SEASON FIFTEEN: 2013-2014
September 2013: Osama
October 2013: Untouchable
November 2013: Samsara
December 2013: Café de Flore
January 2014: Nostalgia for the Light
February 2014: The Hunt
February 2014 (HFS AGM): Moonrise Kingdom
March 2014: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
April 2014: A Cat in Paris
May 2014: Beasts of the Southern Wild
SEPTEMBER 2013: Osama
In a terrifying masquerade, a young Afghan girl defies the Taliban by dressing as a boy to go out and support her family. The situation becomes critical when boys are recruited to military training. Inspired by a true story, the film gives a chilling insight into life under Taliban rule.
2003 | Afghanistan | 83 min | Cert PG 13
Writer and Director: Siddiq Barmak
Number of beans: 28
Average bean score: 3.11
OCTOBER 2013: Untouchable
Culture-clash comedy and real life drama blend in this irreverent take on disability. The film charts the relationship between wealthy Phillipe, wheelchair-bound after a paragliding accident, and his young, ex-convict, immigrant carer. Excellent performances have earned the film numerous awards.
2012 | France | 112 min | Cert 15
Writers and Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Number of beans: 28
Average bean score: 3.96
NOVEMBER 2013: Samsara
The ever-turning wheel of life is the inspiration for this unparalleled sensory experience. The links between humanity and nature are illuminated by beautifully shot, enigmatic images from five years of globetrotting, with original music from Michael Stearnes, Lisa Gerrard and others.
2012 | USA/World | 102 min | Cert 12A
Director: Ron Fricke Writers: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson
Number of beans: 32
Average bean score: 3.41
DECEMBER 2013: Café de Flore
This ambitious family drama explores the anguish of love in two parallel narratives - thematically and musically linked - involving a single mother caring for a son with Down’s syndrome in 1960’s Paris and a DJ in present-day Montreal struggling with the demands of daughters, ex-wife and new love.
2011 | Canada/France | 120 min | Cert 15
Writer and Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Number of beans: 30
Average bean score: 2.30
JANUARY 2014: Nostalgia for the Light
In the pure air of the Chilean Atacama desert, while astronomers examine the distant galaxies, women still search for the remains of relatives ‘disappeared’ decades ago during Pinochet’s dictatorship. A stunning and heart-rending documentary that’s both political and personal.
2010 | Chile | 90 min | Cert 12A
Writer and Director: Patricio Guzman
Number of beans: 40
Average bean score: 3.23
FEBRUARY 2014: The Hunt
After a bitter divorce and the loss of his job, a school teacher is slowly rebuilding his life when a child’s casual remark throws his small community into collective hysteria and he becomes the victim of a witch-hunt. Best Actor Award Cannes 2012.
2012 | Denmark | 115min | Cert 15
Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Writers: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterbergia
Number of beans: 26
Average bean score: 3.81
FEBRUARY 2014 (HFS AGM): Moonrise Kingdom
In 1960’s New England a pair of 12-year-olds run off together, sparking a search which throws their peaceful island community into turmoil. Warm, whimsical, poignant and funny, the film boasts a stellar cast.
2012 | USA | 94 min | Cert 12A
Director: Wes Anderson | Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Number of beans: 26
Average bean score: 3.69
MARCH 2014: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
A group of men - a policeman, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murderer and men with shovels - search the Anatolian plain for a corpse. As the night progresses, they spar, banter and reflect on their own lives and mortality, while a meal served by a beautiful girl stirs deep emotions.
2011 | Turkey | 150 min | Cert 15
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Writers: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan
Number of beans: 21
Average bean score: 1.43
APRIL 2014: A Cat in Paris
Dino the cat lives a secret life as a burglar’s aide. When Zoe, the little girl he lives with, decides to follow him one night and falls into the clutches of a gangster, he must come to her
rescue. Academy nominated animation.
2010 | France | 70 min | Cert PG
Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol | Writer: Alain Gagnolouawad
Number of beans: 54
Average bean score: 3.26
MAY 2014: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Six-year-old Hushpuppy confronts floods, ancient Aurochs and the ill health of her irascible father as catastrophe threatens her eccentric community in Gulf Coast Louisiana. Stark realism, surrealism and dream intermingle in this multi award nominated fantasy drama.
2012 | USA | 93 min | Cert 12A
Director: Benh Zeitlin | Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlini
Number of beans: 16
Average bean score: 2.69