SEASON FOURTEEN: 2012-2013
September 2012: Beginners
October 2012: Thank You for Smoking
November 2012: Coriolanus
December 2012: The Hedgehog
January 2013: Le Quattro Volte
February 2013: Senna
February 2013 (HFS AGM): The Help
March 2013: Delicatessen
April 2013: Incendies
May 2013: A Separation
SEPTEMBER 2012: Beginners
Ewan McGregor is Oliver, a 38-year-old graphic designer, in this moving and funny exploration of the vagaries of love. His elderly widowed father (Christopher Plummer in an Oscar-winning performance) has come out as gay and throws himself joyously into a new lifestyle, forcing Oliver to re-examine his parents’ lives and his own relationships. Great jazz soundtrack.
Writer and director: Mike Mills
OCTOBER 2012: Thank You for Smoking
This savagely satirical comedy-drama stars Aaron Eckhart as Nick, a man who excels in his career as spindoctor for Big Tobacco. He plots with colleagues how to make other dangerous products more appealing, and visits Hollywood to influence a movie producer, all the while trying to remain a role model for his young son (Cameron Bright).
Director: Jason Reitman
Based on a novel by Christopher Buckley
NOVEMBER 2012: Coriolanus
In this uncompromisingly modern version of Shakespeare’s last tragedy, Ralph Fiennes has created a forceful, intelligent Coriolanus with a powerful political relevance for our own troubled times. Shot in Serbia, the film is beautifully acted and visually striking.
Director and star: Ralph Fiennes
DECEMBER 2012: The Hedgehog
Paloma, an 11-year-old with a pessimistic but often hilarious outlook on life, alters her views when friendships develop with Renee, the prickly concierge of their Parisian apartment building, and Kakuro, an elderly Japanese resident.
Director: Mona Achache
Based on a novel by Muriel Barbery
JANUARY 2013: Le Quattro Volte
Birth, death, and transformation are examined in this profound and often comic meditation on the cycles of life on earth. Exquisitely shot in a remote Calabrian village, the film focuses as much on the life of goats and the natural world as on the human inhabitants. Totally absorbing.
Writer and director: Michelangelo Frammartino
FEBRUARY 2013: Senna
You don’t have to be a Formula One fan to enjoy this BAFTA award winning documentary on Brazilian motor-racing legend, Ayrton Senna. Featuring previously unseen behind the scenes footage, the film gives rare insight into his personal and professional journey from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.
Writer: Manish Pandey
Director: Asif Kapadia
FEBRUARY 2013 (HFS AGM): The Help
In 1960s Mississippi, three extraordinary and very different women build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project on the lives and views of African-American maids – an enterprise which puts them all at risk.
Director: Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
MARCH 2013: Delicatessen
Horror, sci-fi and humour are combined in this surrealistic black comedy set in a post-apocalyptic French boarding house. Visually memorable and wickedly funny, the film does contain the occasional stomach-churning image!
Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
APRIL 2013: Incendies
Twin brother and sister make life-altering discoveries when they travel to the Middle East to fulfil their mother’s last wishes. The deeply moving story brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful testament to the will to survive.
Writer and director: Denis Villeneuve (Play by Majdi Mouawad)
MAY 2013: A Separation
This Oscar-winning drama, set in contemporary Iran, traces the dissolution of a marriage as Simin and Nader face a major decision – whether to improve the life of their child by a moving to another country or to stay and care for a deteriorating parent with Alzheimers.
Writer and director: Asghar Farhadi