Completing the trilogy comprising Songs From the Second Floor and You, The Living, Swedish director Roy Andersson confirms that he is one of the most singular voices in contemporary cinema with his latest cinematic oddity. Featuring his off-kilter black humour and his trademark tableaux compositions, the film, inspired by Bruegel's painting 'Hunters in the Snow' and Dostoevsky, looks at the tragic consequences of being and questions, given man's inhumanity, what hope there is for our continuing existence. Funny, moving and deliberately provocative, it's like Laurel and Hardy (the film features two travelling practical joke salesman amongst its other coterie of oddballs) coming face to face with Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (2014) and is destined to become a film that lingers in the collective memory.
Set in 1969 in a rural British girls' school, The Falling explores what lies behind a mysterious fainting and twitching outbreak that rapidly spreads amongst the pupils. At the centre of the epidemic are intense and clever Lydia Lamont (Maisie Williams) and admired and rebellious Abbie Mortimer (Florence Pugh), both sixteen years old.
They carve their initials into a majestic English oak tree, which leans over a magical pond, and vow never to lose touch. But Lydia already feels that Abbie is drifting away from her and soon her fears are confirmed.
A model Swedish family - handsome businessman Tomas, his wife Ebba and their two beautiful children - are on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular, but during lunch at a mountainside restaurant an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
A critical favourite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, Force Majeure is a wickedly funny and precisely observed black comedy that marks Ruben Östlund as one of Europe’s most stingingly intelligent filmmakers.
Noah Baumbach's follow up to Frances Ha is an exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) enters their lives.
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Most face them on bended knee - but some of them explode. This is a film about those people.
Comprising six stories of apocalyptic revenge, Wild Tales is a blackly comic series of vignettes on what it means to lose control. By turns shocking, hilarious, violent and preposterous this exhilarating thrill-ride produced by Pedro Almodóvar is one that you're never going to forget.
(T)error is the story of "Shariff", a 62-year-old former Black revolutionary turned terrorist informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is the first film to explore in real time an active domestic counter-terrorism sting operation, from the perspective of the suspect and the informant assigned to set him up. The film intimately explores "Shariff's" 23-year career as a foot soldier in the war on terror, and interweaves it with a penetrating look at the US's counterterrorism tactics.
Wednesday 29 April 6:15pm