WINTER PROGRAM 2018

WALK WITH ME                                        Wednesday 10 January, 7.30pm
94min | PG | US| 2017                                            

        With unprecedented access, WALK WITH ME goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose – to transform their suffering and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ pursuit of a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

THE SQUARE
Wednesday 17 January, 7.30pm
142min | 15 |
Sweden/Germany/ France| 2017     Rm. 1.10

France Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

LAND OF MINE
Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm
99min | 15 Denmark/Germany| 2017

In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark. Directed by Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine uses an oft-forgotten chapter from the aftermath of World War II to tell a hard-hitting story whose period setting belies its timeless observations about bloodshed and forgiveness.

THE BIG SICK
Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm    119min | 15 | US | 2017

Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore. Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. With a budget of $5 million, it grossed $54 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing independent film.


 4TH PRIDE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL IN COLLABORATION WITH  UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY UNIT

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY
Wednesday 4 February, 7.30pm
104min  | 15 | UK | 2017  

This film is a romantic drama in which a young man struggling with both his sexuality and the challenges of running the family sheep and cattle farm falls in love with Romanian migrant worker engaged for the lambing season. It’s a transporting wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of northern England. The festival launch event will start at 7pm with an introductory talk from the University of Portsmouth.

TOM OF FINLAND
Wednesday 14 February, 7.30pm
114min  | 18 | Finland/ Sweden/ Denmark | 2017
Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals, and gay men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
IN BETWEEN
Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm
96min  | 15 | Israel-Palestine | 2017  

Three Arab-Israeli women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud. The director calls this “an authentic picture of a kind of invisible life that we live here as a younger generation of Palestinians” and it’s a claim that seems to ring true.


THE AGES OF SHADOWS
Wednesday 28 February, 7.30pm
138min  | 15 | S.Korea-US | 2017

Japanese agents close in as members of the Korean resistance plan an attack in Seoul. Cult director Kim Jee-woon delivers the goods with an ultra-stylish cloak-and-dagger actioner set in Korea. The irresistible pull of a spy thriller, the heightened stylishness of a 1920s setting, and terrific technical specs make “The Age of Shadows” an unabashed delight.

LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD
Tuesday 6 March 7:30pm
117min | PG | US | 2016
Free screening to public

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make? We show this remark to International Women’s Day, supported by University of Portsmouth, Equality & Diversity.

SPOTLIGHT
Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm
129min | 15 | USA | 2015

This drama is based on real events, about a team of investigative journalists uncovering widespread historical child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Kim Hosier, Centre Director of Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS), will introduce the film speaking about how support and awareness is helping survivors of abuse come forward. PARCS runs vital services for survivors, counselling in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

LOVELESS
Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm
127min | 15 | Rusia-France | 2017

An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of the rights. From the director of Leviathan.  It is a visually mesmerizing lm, even as it captures a nightmarish situation.

KILLS ON WHEELS
Wednesday 21 March, 7.30pm
105min | 15 | Hungary | 2017

This is a meaningful action-comedy of a wheelchair-bound assassin gang. Driven by despair and fear of becoming useless, a 20-year-old boy, his friend, and an ex-fireman offer their services to the mafia. But things are not what they seem. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur and the story become a whirling kaleidoscope showing us gangsters and gunfights, but also the challenge of life in a wheelchair and the pain caused by a father’s rejection.

Audience Choice
Wednesday 28 March, 7.30pm     TBC

After our audience votes, we will show the most wanted film.