Season 21: 2019 - 2020
September 2019: Woman at War
October 2019: The Mustang
November 2019: Capernaum
December 2019: Anna and the Apocalypse
January 2020: Shoplifters
February 2020: The Silence of Others
February 2020 (AGM): For Sama
March 2020: Maiden
March 2020: The Birks Cinema closed
April 2020: Roma
May 2020: The Souvenir
June 2020: Nancy
July 2020: La Verite
Sunday 8 September 2019: Woman at War
Halla's escalating one-woman eco-war against the local aluminium industry falters when she is finally approved to adopt a little girl. As quirky, stylish and funny as his 'Horses and Men', Erlingsson's film treats its serious subject with warmth, wit and wisdom.
2018 | Iceland | 101 min | Cert 12A
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 46
Bean score: 3.83 / 4.00
Sunday 13 October 2019: The Mustang
Roman, a violent long-term inmate of a Nevada prison, is paired in a rehabilitation training programme with an equally wild mustang. It's no easy ride - Roman has his own demons to tackle - but it's a riveting film, with excellent performances from a cast led by Matthias Schoenaerts.
2018 | US France Belgium | 96 min | Cert 15
Director: Laure Clermont-Tonnerre | Sundance Award
Bean number: 42
Bean score: 3.55 / 4.00
Sunday 3 November 2019: Capernaum
Having run away from an abusive home, Zair is befriended by an illegal immigrant. When she is arrested, Zair ends up back on the streets of Beirut, looking after her baby and facing some terrible choices. An angry, tough and funny film with affecting performances.
2018 | Lebanon France US | 126 min | Cert 15
Director: Nadine Labaki | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 40
Bean score: 3.90 / 4.00
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 November 2019
Sunday 8 December 2019: Anna and the Apocalypse
High school musical meets zombie horror in this exuberant and cheerfully gruesome tale. When a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven, Anna and her friends are forced to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, with only themselves to rely on.
2018 | UK | 108 min | Cert 15
Director: John McPhail (Palme-Dewar Winner 2013 & 2014) | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 19
Bean score: 3.21 / 4.00
Sunday 12 January 2020: Shoplifters
Professional shoplifter Osamu takes pity on a little lost girl shivering in the cold and takes her home to his family of petty crooks. Despite news reports of her disappearance, they welcome her into their home and way of life. A nuanced family drama that builds to a surprising ending.
2018 | Japan | 121 min | Cert 15
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (After the Storm) | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 32
Bean score: 3.13 / 4.00
Sunday 9 February 2020: The Silence of Others
This powerful documentary follows victims of Franco's 40-year dictatorship as they pursue the 'Argentinian Lawsuit', fighting state-imposed amnesia and refusing to let past crimes stay buried, when the suffering and many of those who caused it are still very much alive.
2018 | Spain / France / Canada / USA | 95 min | Cert PG
Director: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar | Executive Producers: Pedro and Agustin Almodovar | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 25
Bean score: 3.72 / 4.00
Sunday 23 February 2020 (AGM): For Sama
Journalist Waad al-Kateab documents life during President Bashar al-Assad's repressive regime in Aleppo. As the conflct escalates, she falls in love, marries and gives birth to Sama. Should she flee the city to protect her daughter or stay to fight for the freedom she believes in?
2019 | UK / Syria | 100 min | Cert 18
Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Bean number: 32
Bean score: 3.94 / 4.00
Sunday 8 March 2020: Maiden
In 1989 Tracy Edwards faced down opposition and derision to skipper Maiden, with an all female crew, in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Original footage and recent interviews make for enthralling viewing, even for those with no knowledge of sailing.
2019 | UK | 97 min | Cert 12A
Director: Alex Holmes
Bean number: 26
Bean score: 4.00 / 4.00
Date tbc: Roma
This intimate family drama, drawn from Cuaron's own childhood in 1970s Mexico, is a triumphant blend of tragedy, comedy and absurdity. When newly pregnant Cleo is abandoned by her husband, her home-help Sofia invites her to join a family holiday.
2018 | USA / Mexico | 135 min | Cert 15
Dir: Alfonso Cuaron
Date tbc: The Souvenir
In the early 1980's a shy but ambitious film student, trying to develop her own artistic vision, falls into an intense relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man. A gem of a film featuring real-life mother and daughter Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne.
2019 | UK / USA | 120 min | Cert 15
Writer / Director: Joanna Hogg
Date tbc: Nancy
Nancy, a lonely fantacist and creator of imaginary identities on the internet, spots on TV an updated image of a little girl who disappeared 30 years ago and contacts the parents. Her resemblance to the picture is remarkable - is she or is she not their missing child?
2018 | USA | 85 min | Cert 12
Writer / Director: Christine Chloe
Date tbc: La Verite
Sparks fly when an ageing French diva (Deneuve), who's just written her autobiography, is visited by her daughter and family. A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues as Lumir (Binoche) takes issue with her mother's version of the past and family relationships.
2019 | France / Japan | 106 min | Cert 15
Writer / Director: Hirokazu Koreeda