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Tuesday 8 January

SUSPIRIA (18)

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria pays homage to Dario Argento’s cult giallo film, retaining its key plot points; but this is no ‘remake’. Instead Guadagnino directs a delirious, feminist supernatural horror that unfolds in Berlin in 1977, where American Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is auditioning for a prestigious international dance school where a vacancy for a boarding student has unexpectedly become available. The strange mistresses who run the all-female school are captivated by her untutored passion for dance, in particular, the precise Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). Thom Yorke contributes a terrific, eerily dramatic, disquieting score, enveloping the darkness swirling at the centre of the dance company and threatening to engulf the artistic director, its young dancers, and a grieving psychotherapist caught in the intrigue.

Italy/USA, 2018, 152 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.

Thursday 10 January

NAE PASARAN (15)

In 1974, in response to General Pinochet’s military coup, and in solidarity with the people of Chile, workers at the Rolls-Royce factory in Glasgow refused to undertake vital inspections of engines of the Chilean Air force's Hawker Hunter aircraft; retaining the engines in quarantine for four years until they disappeared overnight in mysterious circumstances.

Forty years later Nae Pasaran recounts the tale, reuniting the figures behind the boycott and revealing the impact of their actions.

UK (English and Spanish dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 96 mins

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 January

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (12A)

The story of Forrest Tucker, an audacious career criminal, whose CV included breaking out of 18 prisons (including San Quentin at the age of 70) and an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. In what is reportedly his final film, Robert Redford stars as Tucker, leaving the silver screen with an effortlessly charismatic performance that radiates wisdom and charm, in an entertaining and endearing tale of cops and robbers and romantic outlaws.

USA, 2018, 93 mins

Tuesday 15 January

LIZZIE (15)

In 1892 Lizzie Borden is unmarried, living an oppressed existence under the iron rule of her authoritarian father. When new housemaid Bridget Sullivan comes to work at the Borden house, Lizzie finds in her a friend and confidante, but as their relationship blossoms familial tensions rise.

Craig William Macneill directs Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart in something more than a simple retelling of a much-documented case, lending a claustrophobic foreboding and reframing Borden from axe-wielding monster, to victim taking revenge on the patriarchal world that subjugates her.

USA, 2017, 105 mins

Thursday 17 January

DISOBEDIENCE (15)

Disobedience is director Sebastián Lelio’s English language debut, a rich and rewarding British drama about forbidden love and fighting for what you truly believe in. Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit, a photographer happily living in New York, who returns to London after the death of her father. Once back, and again the black sheep of the Orthodox Jewish community, she discovers that her childhood friend Esti, with whom she once shared a complicated romantic bond, is now the wife of the young rabbi most likely to replace her father at the synagogue.

UK/Ireland/USA, 2018, 114 mins

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15)

Sorry To Bother You is an inventive satire, in which Cassius, a mild-mannered African-American call centre operator, discovers that the secret to success lies in cultivating a “white voice”. But as Cassius soon discovers, rising through the ranks has it consequences; alienation from both his colleagues and his activist girlfriend, Detroit, and worse still, his boss has disturbing ambitions for him.

Boots Riley directs with visual panache and caustic wit, acerbically lampooning office life.

USA, 2017, 98 mins

Tuesday 22 January

THE WILD PEAR TREE (15)

After graduating from university, Sinan returns from the bright lights of Cannakale, to Can, his rural hometown, where his father is knee deep in gambling debts and his family is pitied. He would like recognition for his writing talents but lacks funds to publish a book of his essays and stories.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep, is a discursive and engrossing portrait of the opinionated and bemused young writer at odds with his hometown and family. The Wild Pear Tree sets Sinan against a gallery of superbly played characters and interwoven themes to create a gently penetrating dissection of the flawed male psyche.

Turkey/Republic of Macedonia/France/Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Bulgaria/Sweden (Turkish dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 188 mins

Thursday 24 January

THE MARVELLOUS MABEL NORMAND (15)

Mabel Normand was a trailblazing silent film star in 167 shorts and 23 features, epitomising the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood. An extraordinary performer, from the anarchic days of Mack Sennett’s Keystone company to the refined comedies of the 1920s, she was first lady of silent comedy, directed her own films and ran her own production company.

The Film Theatre presents a celebration of her work with four shorts from the BFI National Archive; Mabel’s Blunder (1914), Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913), His Trysting Place (1914) and Should Men Walk Home? (1927). They featuring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy, but Mabel was always the star. A newly commissioned recorded score by The Meg Morley Trio complements the films.

USA (silent, B/W), 1914-1927, 78mins

Friday 25 January

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (Cert TBC)

Attracting a level of notoriety that only arch-provocateur Lars Von Trier could command, his new work stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer, who views his crimes as art and his continuing liberty as an expression of the failures of society. Tongue-in-cheek and deliberately challenging, The House That Jack Built is graphically violent and beautifully shot, with a spectacular finale. Von Trier’s cast also includes Uma Thurman, and Bruno Gantz as the man to whom Jack recounts five incidents.

USA, 2017, 98 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.

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