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All films start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 November


When Detective Harry Hole opens an investigation into the disappearance of a woman on the first snow of winter, he discovers a pink scarf wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, triggering fears that an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, he must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

The latest thriller from Tomas Alfredson, following Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Snowman is adapted from Jo Nesbø’s bestselling novel, starring Michael Fassbender as Detective Harry Hole.

UK/Sweden/USA, 2017, 125 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November


Armando Iannucci’s brilliantly sulphurous black comedy about the backstairs Kremlin intrigue in the days following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1953. An all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs and Olga Kurylenko, play the remaining members of the Secretariat of the Communist Party as they vie for power and control, in an acerbic satire adapted from the French graphic novel series by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.

France/UK, 2017, 107 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Tuesday 28 November


Zoologiya (original title)

A middle-aged woman, Natasha, shares her life with her mother and a cat, and works as a procurement officer in a zoo. One day, she discovers that she has grown a tail, something of an unexpected development that leads to new life experiences and others that she has previously been denied.

A story that owes much to the traditions of Russian literature, director Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s observational style gives Zoology an unusual resonance; simultaneously presenting contemporary reality and the absurd. Natalia Pavlenkova gives an impressive and moving performance in the role of Natasha.

Russia/France/Germany (Russian dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 91 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer ::

Professor of film Peter Hames, will introduce Zoology and lead a Q+A

Thursday 30 November


Ég man þig (original title)

An elderly woman hangs herself inside a church in the remote Westfjords of Iceland, prompting Freyr, the new psychiatrist in town, to start an investigation into the strange deaths of elderly people in the region. A grieving father searches for the truth about what happened to his missing son, and across the bay three city dwellers are restoring a house where mysterious occurrences begin to unfold.

The latest scandi-thriller to reach the Film Theatre takes a supernatural turn in this adaptation of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s best-selling novel.

Iceland (Icelandic dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 105 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian ::

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December


Breathe tells the inspiring true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple whose promising future is seemingly ended when Robin is paralysed by Polio at the age of 28.

In a stellar British cast, Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy play the courageous, witty couple determined to not just survive, but to truly live. Andy Serkis’ spirited directorial debut is a heart-warming celebration of human possibility following Robin and Diana’s life together and the impact they had on progressing mobility and access for people disabilities.

UK, 2017, 117 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Tuesday 5 December


Call Me By Your Name is a gorgeous, romantic drama set in the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, where Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is spending the summer at his family's sun-drenched villa, lazily transcribing music, swimming and hanging out with friends. One day his father’s new research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives and Elio finds himself smitten. Luca Guadagnino directs an acclaimed, sublime romance adapted from James Ivory’s screenplay and the novel by André Aciman.

Italy/France/Brazil/USA (English, Italian, French and German dialogue), 2017, 132 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Thursday 7 December


Moonee is a precocious 6-year-old who lives in a motel in the shadows of Disney World with her rebellious mother, courting mischief, hustling change for ice cream and playing tricks on the motel’s staff (including Willem Dafoe). In parallel to Moonee’s madcap adventures, the adults around her struggle with hard times and a failed economy, in an ingenious and charming film with a captivating performance from Brooklynn Kimberly Prince at its heart. Sean Baker’s follow-up to Tangerines, is a lucid, brilliantly realised portrait that captures the joy childhood.

USA, 2017, 115 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December


Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot, whose trip on the Orient Express turns into a busman’s holiday when a fellow passenger is killed amid a carriage full of suspects. An all star cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench, to bring one of Agatha Christie’s most stylish & suspenseful mysteries to life.

Malta/USA, 2017, 114 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 December


Dogtooth and The Lobster director, Yorgos Lanthimos, weaves a complex tale very loosely based on the Greek myth of Iphigenia. Colin Farrell is Steven, a cardiac surgeon with a happy marriage and charming children; however, his picture-perfect life is set off-kilter when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Lanthimos immerses us in a world both familiar and strange, blending Greek tragedy, surrealism and supernatural thriller as Steven descends deeper into a nightmare of Hitchcockian proportions.

UK/Ireland, 2017, 121 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 15 at 7.45pm and Saturday 16 December at 3.00pm & 7.45pm


The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Dan Steven’s plays Charles Dickens in a biographical portrait that reveals the celebrated author’s private life, as well as bringing his creations to life in the manner in which Dickin’s himself claims to have experienced inspiration: haunting his waking hours, popping up in the strangest of places and effectively telling him what to write. Christopher Plummer provides a memorable turn as Scrooge amid a terrific cast in a new take on the timeless festive favourite.

Ireland/Canada, 2017, 104 mins

Saturday 6 January - 3.00pm and 7.45pm


Finding the right birthday present is never easy, but his Aunt Lucy is turning one hundred and Paddington is determined to get her the perfect gift. Happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community he decides to do odd jobs to raise the necessary funds.

This is a funny and sweet natured adventure that perfectly catches the tone of Michael Bond’s original books, with a stellar cast including Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Hugh Grant as the villainous Phoenix Buchanan.

UK/France, 2017, 95 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 January


Annette Bening and Jamie Bell vividly bring to the screen the intense romance between Gloria Grahame, Hollywood star and film noir stalwart, and the charming and much younger actor Peter Turner. Adapted from Turner’s own memoir, Paul McGuigan’s consummate study of a truly extraordinary relationship is filled with humour, passion and insight, effortlessly capturing the connection, both emotional and physical, between them. It’s a beguiling story and Bell and Bening are tremendous as the star-crossed lovers in a cast including Julie Walters as Turner’s sympathetic mother.

UK, 2017, 105 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January


The true story behind the 1973 tennis match between Women’s World number one Billie Jean King and former Men’s champion and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone and Steve Carell play the on-court protagonists, in a rousing, timely tennis drama, capturing the spirit, vulnerability and resilience of Billie Jean, who is playing for far higher stakes as she battles to bring about gender equality, whilst also coming to terms with her own sexuality.

UK/USA, 2017, 121 mins

Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 January


Michael Haneke artfully addresses the enduring themes of his previous films in a bracingly intelligent portrait of a dysfunctional bourgeois family, whose members all seem frustrated, lonely or unfulfilled.

Characteristically sardonic, Happy End yet finds Haneke present a quietly compassionate picture of contemporary life as experienced by complacently well-off Europeans. Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant head a superb cast in a compelling drama leavened by bracing moments of absurdist humour.

France/Austria/Germany (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 107 mins

Monday 15 January


Loving Vincent delves into the ambiguities of the life and last days of Vincent Van Gogh, through the travels of a young man tasked with delivering Vincent’s last letter to his brother Theo. Meeting the people Vincent knew in his final months, Armand’s curiosity is piqued and he begins to question the official version of events.

The first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent brings Van Gogh’s work to life, including his techniques and the subjects of his paintings, in each of this extraordinary animation’s 65,000 hand painted frames.

UK/Poland, 2017, 91 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January


Mugen no jûnin (original title)

After a legendary battle, and haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, the supremely skilled samurai Manji becomes cursed with immortality. Aware that only through fighting evil can he regain his soul, Manji promises to help a young girl avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu.

Takashi Miike adapts Hiroaki Samura’s manga story, creating an entertaining samurai epic, including graphic fantasy violence and a comic sensibility as Manji pursues his relentless and bloody mission of vengeance.

Japan/UK (Japanese dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 141 mins

Further information regarding scenes used by the BBFC to determine the film's certification, may be found at the extended classification link - please note that this page contains spoilers.

Tuesday 23 January


Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (original title)

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum is a key political film of the New German Cinema, co-directed and adapted by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta from the controversial novel by Heinrich Böll. Angela Winkler plays the eponymous young woman enveloped in a climate of fear and paranoia, whose life is scrutinized by the police and slowly destroyed by the media after she meets a young man suspected by the authorities of being a political activist.

West Germany (German dialogue with English subtitles), 1975, 106 mins

States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s, a touring season presented by HOME, Manchester, as part of BFI THRILLER. With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Thursday 25 January


Nothingwood (original title)

Sonia Kronlund’s touching and often hilarious debut is an entertaining documentary on the subject of Salim Shaheen, the Ed Wood of Afghanistan. A force of nature, Shaheen has managed to make and

self-distribute no fewer than 110 films despite the country’s

ongoing war and past conflicts, often employing innovative production techniques such as using real blood and real guns with real ammunition.

15 years of visiting and reporting from Afghanistan as a radio journalist inform Kronlund’s thoughtful voiceover, complementing an intriguing love letter to filmmaking.

France/Germany (French, Dari and English dialogue), 2017, 85 mins

Friday 26 January


The dark side of social media raises it head in this this jet-black stalker comedy, brilliantly skewering dangerous obsession and the sham of Instagrammed perfection. Ingrid is fresh out of the psychiatric ward and on the trail of Taylor Sloane, social media celebrity extraordinaire, whose online feeds overflow with sun-kissed, bohemian LA chic, a world away from Ingrid’s painful past. Flirting with psychological horror and tragedy, Ingrid Goes West is driven by a fearless lead performance from Aubrey Plaza, wittily questioning where sanity lies.

USA, 2017, 98 mins

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