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Film Archive from the 2014-2015 Season
The 2014-15 Season of the Bridport Film Society featured 12 films from around the globe.
Nothing But A Man
23rd September 2014Film Information
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Not previously available for UK audiences, this film had a major impact in John F Kennedy’s USA subtly exposing the apartheid-like conditions in the southern states. You would not think this film was made fifty years ago. The dignity and resolve of its leading character and his graceful wife contribute to a pioneering and enduring independent work. And the soundtrack is stunning.
Directed by Michael Roemer
Like Father, Like Son
7th October 2014Film Information
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A powerful Japanese film about two children, accidently switched at birth, who, six years later, challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents. Extremely sensitively performed and directed, it navigates the emotional minefield without casting judgment or providing any clear cut answers.
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
120 mins / Japanese with English subtitles
Out in the Dark
21st October 2014Film Information
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An intense, carefully written, sensitively acted film about a dangerous and forbidden love affair between a Palestinian psychology student and an Israeli lawyer. The film catalogues the heart-breaking hurdles that await people who cross the border between Israel and the West Bank to fall in love. It also celebrates the power and connecting nature of love.
Certificate 15 (some sexual scenes)
Directed by Michael Mayer
Israel / Palestine / USA 2012
96 mins / Hebrew with English subtitles
Shun Li and the Poet
4th November 2014Film Information
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A poetic exposé of modern day economic slavery in Europe. Shun Li is an economic migrant, a devoted mother remarkably good natured in a desperate situation of isolation and xenophobia. There is a happy ending, at least from her point of view.
Directed by Andrea Segre
99 mins Venetian dialect and Cantonese with English subtitles
18th November 2014Film Information
A chance encounter between a security guard at Vienna’s Museum of Art History, and a lonely Canadian visitor allows Cohen to speculate on art, love and life. Beautifully photographed and observed, its languid pace may initially frustrate, but the developing and complex interweaving of Breughel’s paintings and the city of Vienna, with the developing relationship between the protagonists is steadily engrossing and moving. A charming and mesmerising film.
Directed by Jem Cohen
Austria / USA 2012
106 mins / German & English with English subtitles
A Story Of Children And Film
2nd December 2014Film Information
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This landmark film is the world’s first film about children as portrayed in global cinema. Lovingly curated by Mark Cousins who drew material from fifty-three fine films made in twenty five countries, the film is a joyful celebration of both childhood and the movies.
Directed by Mark Cousins
The Patience Stone
13th January 2015Film Information
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In an unnamed war-torn country a young woman is left alone to care for her wounded husband who is in a coma. For the first time in her life she feels able to confess her deepest feelings, believing he has become her ‘Patience Stone’, a mystical jewel which, according to Persian mythology, will deliver her from her pain and torment.
Directed by Atiq Rahimi
98 mins / Persian with English subtitles
27th January 2015Film Information
This is the true story of Robyn Davidson, a remarkable young woman who, in the 1970s, underwent a solo trek across 1700 miles of baking hot Australian interior. With four camels and her trusty dog in tow, she sets off from Alice Springs, determined by hook or by crook to reach the shores of The Indian Ocean.
Directed by John Curran
10th February 2015Film Information
Thousands of lunchboxes are delivered daily by Mumbai’s efficient Dabbawallas. When a lunchbox is wrongly delivered, an unlikely romantic letter exchange develops. A warm hearted understated film, with excellent performances from Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur.
Directed by Ritesh Batra
India / France / Germany / US 2013
104 mins / Hindi with English subtitles
Before the Winter Chill
24th February 2015Film Information
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This slow-burn thriller is an incisive portrait of a marriage and an inventive policier. Paul, a successful surgeon, is flattered by the attentions of a former patient. Gradually, however, chasms open up between Paul and his wife, exposing previously ignored fault lines in their marriage. This is an adult, controlled and involving piece of cinema.
Directed by Philippe Claudel
France / Luxembourg 2013
103 mins / French with English subtitles
10th March 2015Film Information
Jewish political theorist, Hannah Arendt reported on the Eichmann war crimes trial, coining the phrase ‘the banality of evil’. The nature of totalitarianism and evil were a central concern for her until her death in 1975. The director is known for films that examine events in German history and their impact on women’s lives.
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
Germany / Luxembourg 2012
German with English subtitles
Of Horses and Men
24th March 2015Film Information
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In this remote Icelandic community, the relationship between horses and humans is as important as the relationships between people. Flipping between individual stories around the region, the film is visually spellbinding, subtly witty and wonderfully absorbing.
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland / Germany 2013
81 mins / Icelandic and Swedish with English subtitles
Seasons Ratings for 2014 / 2015
Following every film screening our audience are asked for their reaction to each film, helping us with our selection process for the following year.
Listed here are the audience reactions for our 2014 / 2015 film season.