Spring Season 2019

Welcome to our Spring Season 2019.

We start with the story of revered journalist Marie Colvin.

Wednesday 24th April 7pm

A Private War (2018) 106 min 15

A Private War honours its real-life subject with a sober appraisal of the sacrifices required of journalists on the front lines- and career-best work by Rosamund Pike. In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Youth Club Digital storytelling 6.00pm

Portsmouth Film Society has collaborated with Portsmouth City Council to make a topical short film with members from the Charles Dickens centre’s youth club. We are proud to share their film with the public and families of those involved.

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Cold War (2018) 89 min 15 Polish 7pm

With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn’t waste a moment of its brief running time- and doesn’t skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact. Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.

Wednesday 8th May

Happy as Lazzaro (2018) 130 min Certificate 15 Italian

Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship’s ups and downs as a satisfying expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth. Lazzaro is a naive and optimistic twenty-year-old farmer; Tancredi is a young man with a fervid imagination. Between the two is born an unexpected friendship that above all for Lazzaro turns out to be an important moment of growth.

Wednesday 15th May

The first of our films for the Green Festival

Blue (2017) 76 min PG

A provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing
the critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. It is the story our generation needs to hear. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. Sponsored by the British Science Association Portsmouth & IOW branch. Dr Liz Clutton from the Institute of Marine Sciences will give a pre-screening talk on beach cleans and the See Bin Sea Change project she runs. Post- film discussion led by Clare Seek of Plastic Free Portsmouth and The Final Straw.

Thursday 16th May

Our second film of the Green Festival

Demain (Tomorrow) (2015) 118 min

Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. Not just a film,
it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Directed and narrated (in English) by actress Melanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion. Together, they travelled to 10 countries to
visit permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable initiatives. The film shows how bottom-up community action can have a meaningful impact by offering constructive solutions to act on a local level. Followed by a discussion led by members of Extinction Rebellion Portsmouth.

Wednesday 22nd May

Shoplifters (2018) 121 min Certificate 15 Japanese

Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda’s richly humanistic filmography. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.

Wednesday 29 May

Burning (2018) 148 min 15 Korean 7pm

Nominated for 2018’s Palme d’Or, Burning is a sublime mystery thriller about alienation, obsessive love and economic inequality in modern day South Korea. The latest film from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang- dong based on Haruki Murakami’s short story ‘Barn Burning’.