Sunday 10 September 2017: Ran
A visually and dramatically breathtaking interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Kurosawa’s last and greatest epic is by turns achingly delicate and shockingly violent, the marvellous colours, movement and sound enhanced by recent 4K restoration.
1985 | Japan / France | 162 min | Cert 15
Dir: Akira Kurosawa | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 22
Bean score: 3.45 / 4.00
Sunday 8 October 2017: A Man Called Ove
Ove, the classic curmudgeonly old man, finds his life changing and opening up when a lively young family moves in next door. Unsentimental but nonetheless heartwarming, this bleakly funny comedy drama is based on a best-selling novel.
2015 | Sweden | 116 min | Cert 15
Dir: Hannes Holm | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 57
Bean score: 3.84 / 4.00
Sunday 5 November 2017: Oh! What a Lovely War
Employing music hall traditions and the jaunty songs of WW1, this anti-war satire movingly recreates the period, bringing home the huge loss of life, the stupidity which caused it and the lasting impact. Full of famous faces and still dazzling after nearly 50 years.
1969 | UK | 144 min | Cert PG
Dir: Richard Attenborough | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 25
Bean score: 3.68 / 4.00
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November 2017
Sunday 10 December 2017: Hell or High Water
In an intelligently crafted thriller that reflects on the current plight of rural America, two brothers rob banks in order to save the family ranch, closely pursued by an old-style Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges on fine form) and his sidekick.
2016 | USA | 102 min | Cert 15
Dir: David Mackenzie | Oscar Nominated
Bean number: 28
Bean score: 3.25 / 4.00
Sunday 14 January 2018: Denial
When a well-known Holocaust denier sues an acclaimed writer and historian for libel, the onus is on the defence to prove the historical truth. Timothy Spall and Rachel Weisz are the protagonists in this tense, real-life courtroom drama from writer David Hare.
2016 | UK / USA | 110 min | Cert 12A
Dir: Mick Jackson | BAFTA Nominated
Bean number: 44
Bean score: 3.57 / 4.00
Sunday 11 February 2018: Moon Dogs
In a deft blend of mismatched-buddy road movie, coming-of-age comedy and youthful love triangle, two teenage step-brothers and a free-spirited girl travel from Shetland to Glasgow, the flawed characters made vividly real and endearing by three young ‘unknown’ actors.
2016 | UK | 93 min | Cert 15
Dir: Philip John | Several Festival Awards
Bean number: 50
Bean score: 3.36 / 4.00
Sunday 25 February 2018 (AGM): Neruda
An unlikely, often surreal and incredibly entertaining film that plays fast and loose with time and facts in recreating a year in the life of Pablo Neruda, dissident Chilean poet and Nobel prize-winner. With Luis Gnecco as Neruda and Gael Garcia Bernal his pursuer.
2016 | Chile | 107 min | Cert 15
Dir: Pablo Larrian
Bean number: 31
Bean score: 2.97 / 4.00
Sunday 11 March 2018: Certain Women
In a moving, thoughtful trio of tales, the lives of three women intersect in small-town America – a lawyer contending with sexism, a wife and mother with home and marriage on shaky foundations and a young law student who forms a tentative bond with a ranch hand.
2016 | USA | 107 min | Cert 12A
Dir: Kelly Reichardt | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 27
Bean score: 2.63 / 4.00
Sunday 8 April 2018: Kes
In Ken Loach’s acclaimed drama, a tormented working-class boy finds an escape from the bleakness of his life in befriending and training a young kestrel which he finds on a nearby Yorkshire farm. A film steeped in its time and place which still resonates today.
1969 (Digitally restored 2011) | UK | 112 min | Cert PG
Dir: Ken Loach | International Awards
Bean number: 35
Bean score: 3.74 / 4.00
Sunday 20 May 2018: Rising from the Ashes
This uplifting documentary chronicles the transformation of a ragtag group of cyclists into the first Rwandan national cycling team. Coached by the legendary American cyclist Jock Boyer they - and he - overcome their past to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
2012 | USA / Rwanda | 82 min | Cert TBC
Dir: T C Johnstone | International Festival Awards
Bean number: 26
Bean score: 3.65 / 4.00
Sunday 10 June 2018: The Salesman
While both are taking part in a production of ‘Death of a Salesman’, a teacher’s wife is sexually assaulted, leaving him determined to take revenge. A drama of powerful emotions, of the male pride and violence seething beneath the surface of Iranian middle class life, from the director of ‘The Past’ and ‘A Separation’.
2016 | Iran / France | 124 min | Cert 12
Dir: Asghar Farhadi | Oscar Winner
Sunday 8 July 2018: Aquarius
Retired music critic Clara loves life, music and her seafront apartment, refusing to yield to unscrupulous developers trying to force her out. Both a satire on unfettered capitalism and a celebration of its spirited heroine, the film boasts a stunning soundtrack.
2016 | Brazil / France | 146 min | Cert 18
Writer / Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Multiple Awards