Films previously shown in 2020

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.