Films previously shown in 2020/2021

Here are details of Cheltenham Film Society’s 2020 programme. We were able to show films until the Covid situation once again caused us to shut up shop.

The titles of each film are linked to the Internet Movie Database, and there is a link to a trailer where available.

Originally shown Tuesday 22 September 2020


Mark Jenkin | UK | 2019 | 15 | 89 mins | English

Bait tells a simple story of unwelcome incomers in a Cornish fishing village, but it is also an astonishing technical achievement. Using a clockwork camera and shot on short lengths of film, hand processed, it has a unique look that perfectly matches the gritty feel of the narrative. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 13 October 2020

17:30 and 20:15

Woman at War

Benedikt Erlingsson | Iceland | 2019 | 12 | 101 mins | Icelandic

Halla is a mild-mannered choir teacher who leads a double life as a ferocious eco-warrior. Then she receives a letter telling her that her adoption request has been approved, and everything changes. A drama with lighter moments and a powerful advertisement for its Icelandic setting. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 27 October 2020
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Hail Satan?

Penny Lane | USA | 2019 | 15 | 95 mins | English

The Satanic Temple started life as a prank designed to antagonise the religious right in America. Over time, it found itself turning into a real movement advocating the separation of church and state, and documentarist Lane was on hand to witness the transition. The result is thought provoking and often very funny. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 10 November 2020
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The Guilty

Gustav Möller | Denmark | 2018 | 15 | 85 mins | Danish

A compelling and potent film about a police officer in an emergency call centre who receives a call from a woman who has been kidnapped. The film doesn’t leave that single set, and its intensity builds, thanks to an excellent performance by Jakob Cedergren as the police officer. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 8 December 2020
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 9 December

The Perfect Candidate

Haifaa Al-Mansour | Saudi Arabia / Germany | 2019 | PG | 104 mins | Arabic/English

A young female doctor decides to run for office in her local elections after the male incumbent ignores her request that he fix the road leading to her clinic. She faces opposition from both family and community. Heartening, gently humorous and inspiring Saudi cinema. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 25 May 2021
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 26 May 2021


Alejandro Landes | Colombia | 2019 | 15 | 102 mins | Spanish

Teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 15 June 2021
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 16 June 2021

And Then We Danced

Levan Akin | Georgia | 2019 | 15 | 113 mins | Georgian

A remarkable film, filled with dance and music. Two young dancers, after clashing in rehearsal, discover their mutual attraction. The film led to violent protests in its conservative homeland for its sympathetic depiction of a gay love affair. Trailer.

Originally shown Tuesday 29 June 2021
17:30 and 20:15

Wednesday 30 June 2021

The Farewell

Lulu Wang | USA-China | 2019 | PG | 100 mins | Mandarin/English

An elderly Chinese lady has cancer and her relatives rally round from all over the world to create one last reunion for her, without telling her she is dying. From this potentially tragic material, Wang has created an insightful and gently humorous film about China old and new. Trailer.