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The next film is ‘Final Portrait’ at 7.30pm Tuesday May 22nd at the De Valence.

Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film written and directed by Stanley Tucci. The film stars Geoffrey RushArmie HammerClémence PoésyTony ShalhoubJames Faulkner and Sylvie Testud.

The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017, by Vertigo Releasing. On March 23, 2018, Sony Pictures Classics released the film in the United States.

Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti bumps into his old friend James Lord, an American critic, and asks him to be a model for his latest portrait in his studio for a couple of days. Flattered by the request, Lord complies and as the days turn into weeks, he realizes his entire life has been wasted by this erratic genius. Jumping between joy and frustration, Lord finally sees logic in Giacometti’s artistic but chaotic vision and witnesses the genius complete one of his last masterpieces.

There is a review here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/11/final-portrait-review-geoffrey-rush-shines-in-stanley-tuccis-witty-giacometti-sketch.

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Next screening at the De Valence Pavilion on Tuesday May 1st at 7.30pm: Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a 2017 biographical romantic drama film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Annette Beningand Jamie BellVanessa RedgraveJulie WaltersKenneth CranhamStephen GrahamFrances Barber and Leanne Best also star. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner, and tells his story of falling for aging Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in 1970s Liverpool, only to face reality when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017 by Lionsgate and in the United States on 29 December 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received three nominations: Best Actress (Bening), Best Actor (Bell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.[4]Film_Stars_Don't_Die_in_Liverpool

Next feature – The Death of Stalin – 8pm, Monday 16th April

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire comedy film directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci. It stars Steve BuscemiSimon Russell BealePaddy ConsidineRupert FriendJason IsaacsMichael PalinAndrea Riseborough and Jeffrey Tambor. Based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline, the film depicts the Soviet power struggles following the death of dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) in 1953. It was released by eOne Films in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2017 and was released in the United States by IFC Films on 9 March 2018.

The Death of Stalin was screened in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and received critical acclaim. It caused controversy in Russia and many other former members of the Soviet Union, and was banned in Russia, KyrgyzstanAzerbaijan, and Kazakhstan.

ARMANDO IANNUCCI

Next feature – Gifted – 8pm, Monday 2nd April

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother.

CHRIS EVANS

Next feature – Goodbye Christopher Robin – 8pm, Monday 19th March

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son  Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

This 2017 biographical drama film was directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan.

AA MILNE

Next feature – Loving Vincent – 8pm, Monday 5th March

Loving Vincent is a 2017 animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

First conceived as a seven minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

VINCENT VAN GOGH

Next feature – Dunkirk – 8pm, Monday 19th February

Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Its ensemble cast includes Fionn WhiteheadTom Glynn-CarneyJack LowdenHarry StylesAneurin BarnardJames D’ArcyBarry KeoghanKenneth BranaghCillian MurphyMark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The film is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production, and was distributed by Warner Bros.

It received eight nominated categories at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards; winning one for Best Editing, eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, three at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and eight at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Pictureand Best Director for Nolan; his first ever Oscar nomination for directing.

DUNKIRK