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January 2017

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all films Fridays 7:30pm
Ealing Town Hall
February 2017

We explore and celebrate how cinema has made efforts to represent reality: shot in outdoor locations, with mostly amateur actors and innovative technology. Everyday social issues are brought to the fore, and depictions of countries, cultures and society are offered to the rest of the world. Far from being objective reportage, these are passionate, personal and powerful works.

Friday 6th January
The Divide 2015
74 minutes
Certificate 12A
A film by Katharine Round
What happens when the rich get richer?
The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. This isn’t based on real life. This is real life.
Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Glaswegian rapper Darren just wants to stay sober; Newcastle carer Rochelle wishes her job wasn't looked down on so much; Jen in Sacramento, California doesn’t even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community – they’ve made it clear to her she isn’t “their kind”.
By weaving these stories with news archive from 1979 to the present day, The Divide creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. It becomes clear that a higher income doesn’t ensure happiness and inequality hurts us all – rich and poor. It serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

This documentary screening will be attended by the executive producer Christopher Hird, who will take part in a Questions & Answers discussion.
He is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making, and he says: “With opinion polls showing that over 80% of the population think that inequality is an important issue, Katharine Round’s film could not be more timely. Without graphs and without didactic narration, the film shows the social, economic and psychological realities of living in an unequal world.”

Friday 13th January
Rome, Open City 1945
100 minutes Certificate 12
directed by Roberto Rossellini
starring Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi
In the Italian capital, a priest comforts and supports the people and partisans under Nazi occupation. Made immediately after the end of World War II, on the real ruined streets of the city, and based on actual individuals from the resistance, it was lauded worldwide as a revelation of Italian neorealism, described by Martin Scorsese as “the most precious moment of film history.”
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes film festival, accolades for actress Anna Magnani and named best film and best foreign film by Italian and USA film journalists, and nominated for the Academy Award for best screenplay.

Friday 20th January
Los Olvidados
(The Forgotten) 1950
77 minutes certificate 12
directed by Luis Bunuel
In the slums of Mexico City, street children struggle through a tough life of poverty and hunger, excluded from society, with the temptation to join dangerous criminal gangs wresting away their morals and decency. Spanish surrealist Bunuel had a crowning moment in his career with this uncharacteristically grounded project, although it does contain what critic Pauline Kael called “perhaps the greatest of all movie dream sequences.”
Winner of best director at the Cannes film festival, nominated for best film and the UN award by BAFTA, and a sweep of eleven prizes at the Ariel Awards in Mexico, including the top prize.

Friday 27th January
Pather Panchali
(Song of the Road)
1955 120 minutes Certificate U
directed by Satyajit Ray
A young boy in rural West Bengal finds joy and wonder in his life, even while looking up at the difficulties of the adult world through his family. Satyajit Ray’s first film instantly made him an internationally renowned filmmaker of Indian parallel cinema, and he would follow this character Apu as he grew up through a trilogy. This also boasts classical-folk music by Ravi Shankar.
Winner of two awards and called Best Human Document at Cannes, nominated for best film by BAFTA, recognised as best foreign film by critics in Denmark, Japan and USA, and best picture and best director at the San Francisco international film festival.

Fancy a thrill? These films play on cat-and-mouse chases, with characters toying with each other, and trying to get into one another’s heads. Similarly, the mystery movies themselves challenge us as an audience, keeping us on the edge of our seats in tension, while daring us to work out the twists of these puzzle pictures.

Friday 3rd February
Cape Fear 1962
106 minutes Certificate 15
directed by J. Lee Thompson
starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas

A criminal gets out of prison and promptly pursues his grudge against a lawyer, subjecting him and his family to an escalating campaign of stalking, threats and terror, while managing to remain just within the law. Mitchum turns in an utterly unhinged and unsettling presence as Max Cady, and the “terrifying war of nerves, unparalleled in suspense!” is underscored by the brilliant Bernard Herrmann orchestrations.

Friday 10th February
Spider 2002
94 minutes Certificate15
directed by David Cronenberg
starring Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave

Showing in partnership with the Ealing Music and Film Festival, the Valentine Festival

A man is released from a mental institution and moved into a halfway house, and as he walks the desolate streets of London, he tries to piece together his fractured memories of a traumatic childhood incident. This is a more intimate and minimalist study from the famed Canadian master of contemporary horror, with a prize-winning score by Howard Shore.
Winner of several awards from numerous associations in Canada, including the Academy’s Genie and Directors Guild for best direction, and named best Canadian film by the Toronto critics and film festival. It was also given audience awards and top prizes from festivals and reviewers dedicated to fantasy and horror, while its actors picked up many nominations and multiple wins from critics circles for their performances.

Friday 17th February
The Tenant 1976
120 minutes Certificate 18
directed by Roman Polanski
starring Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters, Jo Van Fleet, Lila Kedrova

A man moves into a Paris apartment and becomes fixated on its previous inhabitant; he begins affecting his personality and doubting his identity, all seemingly spurred on by his odd suspicious neighbours. Taking the lead role himself, this is one of several films by the director focused on fomenting paranoia, claustrophobia, and mistrust in an urban setting – finding horror in the household.

Friday 24th February
The Vanishing
(Spoorloos) 1988
102 minutes Certificate 15
directed by George Sluizer
starring Gene Borvoets, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Johanna ter Steege

A Dutch couple are on holiday in France, when one of them enters a service station – and never returns. Her boyfriend desperately tries to find her, and then obsessively seeks to know what happened to her – and then he’s approached by someone who knows where she is. With a depth of psychology and philosophy rare to the thriller genre, this was a sensation on release, and features one of the most notorious and chilling endings; Stanley Kubrick told the director it was “the most horrifying film I’ve ever seen.”
Winner of best supporting actress at the European Film Awards, the International Fantasy Film Awards for best director and best actor, best screenplay at Mystfest, the Dutch Film Critics Award and best film at the Nederlands Film Festival, and counted amongst the best foreign language films by USA critics associations.