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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 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 – Silence – 8pm, Monday 5th February

Silence is a 2016 historical period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely in Taiwan around Taipei. The film stars Andrew GarfieldAdam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.

The plot follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Edo-era Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story is set in the time when it was common for Christians to hide from persecution following the suppression of Japanese Roman Catholics during the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) against the Tokugawa shogunate.

MARTIN SCORSESE

Next feature – Hampstead – 8pm, Monday 22nd January

Hampstead is a 2017 British drama film directed by Joel Hopkins and written by Robert Festinger. The film stars Diane KeatonBrendan GleesonJames NortonLesley ManvilleJason Watkins and Simon Callow.

An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighborhood.

HAMPSTEAD

Next feature – Viceroy’s House – 8pm, Monday 8th January

Viceroy’s House is a British-Indian historical drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Paul Mayeda BergesMoira Buffini, and Chadha.

Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) arrives at Viceroy’s House in Delhi in 1947 with his strong-willed wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson) and daughter Pamela. As the final Viceroy of India, he is in charge of overseeing the dissolution of the British Raj and the establishment of an independent Indian nation. Mountbatten attempts to mediate a disagreement between the two major Indian political leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru, who wants India to remain intact as one nation after independence, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who wishes to establish the separate Muslim state of Pakistan.

INDIA

Next feature – My Life as a Courgette – 8pm, Monday 4th December

Also known as My Life as a Zucchini, the film is a 2016 Swiss-French stop motion adult animated comedy-drama film directed by Claude Barras. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.

A police officer (Michel Vuillermoz) and some new friends help an orphan (Gaspard Schlatter) adjust to life at a foster home. The film features a raft of prestigious actors’ voices, including Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris and Will Forte.

COURGETTE

Next feature – Jackie – 8pm, Monday 20th November

Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and tells the story about her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. KennedyPeter SarsgaardGreta GerwigBilly Crudup and John Hurt also star; it was Hurt’s final film released before his death in January 2017.

The film follows Jackie Kennedy in the days when she was First Lady in the White House and her life immediately following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. It is partly based on Theodore H. White‘s Life magazine interview with the widow at Hyannis PortMassachusetts.

The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for three Oscars at the 89th Academy AwardsBest Actress (Portman), Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

NATALIE PORTMAN