Season 22: 2021 - 2022
October 2021: The Truffle Hunters
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, a handful of gnarled old men and their beloved dogs hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle, which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
2020 | Italy | 84 min | Cert PG
Director: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw | Multiple Awards
November 2021: First Cow
A skilled cook travels west and joins a group of fur trappers in Oregon, but only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.
2019 | USA | 122 min | Cert PG
Director: Kelly Reichardt | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 18
Bean score: 2.94
December 2021: The Angel's Share
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
2012 | UK | 101 min | Cert 15
Director: Ken Loach | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 17
Bean score: 3.88
March 2022: Honeyland
Made over three years, this fascinating documentary follows a simple Macedonian countrywoman as she harvests honey from wild bees using ancient methods. The arrival nearby of a rowdy family threatens her way of life - and the bees.
2019 | Macedonia | 89 min
Director: Tamara Kotevska | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 43
Bean score: 3.56
April 2022: The Bright Side
Stand-up comedian Kate bases her act on the ups and downs of her own life, but a diagnosis of breast cancer throws up new challenges. An award-winning Irish comedy-drama with a brilliant central performance.
2020 | Ireland | 100 min | Cert 15
Director: Ruth Meehan | Comedy drama
Bean number: 21
Bean score: 3.62
May 2022: Minari
A Korean-American family struggle with the weather, fate and each other to make a new life on a 1980s Arkansas farm. A touching Oscar-winning blend of comedy and drama, based on the writer-director's own childhood.
2020 | USA | 115 min | Cert PG
Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 27
Bean score: 3.11
June 2022: Luzzu
A cast of real-life Maltese fishermen bring authenticity and impact to a battle between old and new ways, as one man, desperate to save his boat, his family and his livelihood, is drawn into a criminal underworld.
2021 | Malta | 94 min | Cert 15
Director: Alex Camilleri | Multiple Awards
Bean number: 22
Bean score: 3.68