The films for 2021/2022

Our last season has now finished and here are the films shown for 2021/2022 at The Bacon Theatre.

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
(14 September 2021)

Céline Sciamma | France | 2019 | 15 | 122 mins | French | Trailer

Set in 18th century Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire tells of Héloïse, a woman on the brink of an unwanted marriage, and Marianne, a young painter sent to make a secret portrait to send to her suitor. In time, the pair become closer. A breathtakingly beautiful depiction of forbidden desire.

Corpus Christi
(21 September 2021)

Jan Komasa | Poland | 2019 | 15 | 115 mins | Polish | Trailer

Daniel’s criminal record prevents him from entering into a seminary but he won’t give up his dream. He is accidentally accepted as a minister in a small parish town and connects with the parishioners in unorthodox but powerful ways. A mesmerising central performance by Bartosz Bielenia.

(5 October 2021)

Bong Joon Ho | South Korea | 2019 | 15 | 132 mins | Korean | Trailer

Sweeping last years awards, this best film Oscar winner is a black comedy thriller, at its core highlighting the injustices of inequality when the struggling Kim family start working for the wealthy Parks. Bong makes social commentary simultaneously tense, funny and wonderfully entertaining.

(12 October 2021)

Tamara Kotevska/Ljubomir Stefanov | Republic of North Macedonia | 2019 | 12 | 89 mins | Turkish/Macedonian | Trailer

Filmed over three years and tracing the life of Hatidze, a traditional bee keeper in Macedonia. A large migrant family move next door and try to copy her methods with life changing results. Powerfully illustrates how we must look after the relationship between humanity and the world we live in. A very worthy Sundance prize winner.

Birds of Passage
(26 October 2021)

Christina Gallego / Ciro Guerra | Colombia | 2018 | 15 | 125 mins | Wayuu/Spanish | Trailer

Set in the 70’s at the beginning of the Columbian drug trade, the Wayuu family become involved in selling marijuana to America. When greed and passion take over, a fratricidal war breaks out. Striking imagery and stunning cinematography.

The Truth
(2 November 2021)

Hirokazu Koreeda | France/Japan | 2019 | PG | 106 mins | French | Trailer

Fabienne, played by the ever resplendent Catherine Deneuve is an ageing star of French Cinema. Her recently published memoir confuses her colleagues and daughter. What is Truth? is it just how you remember the past. Directed by Koreeda whose film ‘Shoplifters’ was a recent CFS hit.

(9 November 2021)

Pema Tseden | China | 2019 | 12 | 102 mins | Tibetan/Mandarin | Trailer

Set in 1980’s rural Tibet a pastoral family struggle with the penalties of China’s recently introduced one-child policy after their young sons blow up the last of the family’s condoms. With stunning images Balloon illuminates the consequences, balancing documentary realism with gentle humour and lyricism.

System Crasher
(16 November 2021)

Nora Fingscheidt | Germany | 2019 | 15 | 118 mins | German | Trailer

Benni is a ‘system crasher’, a nine year old whose violent and uncontrolled behaviour results in her absconding or being moved from children’s home to foster parent over and over, taxing the diligent German Social Services. A superb central performance by Helena Zengel who manages to convey the traumatised Benni’s vulnerability in the midst of her anger and aggression.

Another Round
(14 December 2021)

Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark | 2020 | 12 | 117 mins | Danish | Trailer

Inspired by a Norwegian psychiatrist’s suggestion that having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 enhances creativity and relaxation, four middle-aged high school teachers resolve to test it by drinking alcohol every day. Can daytime drinking help them become better versions of themselves or is this a reckless experiment leading to disaster? Comedy, drama and tragedy combine in this Oscar/BAFTA/César winning bittersweet black comedy.

(18 January 2022)

Lee Isaac Chung | USA | 2020 | 12 | 115 mins | Korean/English | Trailer

A Korean American family move to an Arkansas farm in search of the American dream. They discover resilience and the importance of family and what makes a home. Critically acclaimed with Youn Yuh-jung winning Best supporting actress in last years Oscars.

(1 February 2022)

Ben Sharrock | UK | 2020 | 12 | 103 mins | English/Arabic | Trailer

Four asylum seekers have been sent to a remote Scottish island whilst awaiting the processing of their refugee status. You invest in the characters and are moved by their predicament. A bittersweet, smartly funny yet poignant film which captures a universal dilemma.

I Never Cry
(15 February 2022)

Piotr Domalewski | Poland/Ireland | 2020 | 15 | 98 mins | Polish/English | Trailer

When Ola’s father suddenly dies whilst working in Ireland, she must travel there to bring her father’s body home. Ola battles through the foreign bureaucracy and learns about her father’s life and her own. A stunning central performance by Zofia Stafiej.

Les Miserables
(22 February 2022)

Ladj Ly | France | 2019 | 15 | 104 mins | French | Trailer

An out-of-town cop joins an anti-crime unit working in a rundown Parisian immigrant neighbourhood. A gritty modern tale of unintelligent, macho and corrupt policing. With a fabulous ending, a must see.

(8 March 2022)

Antoneta Kastrati | Kosovo/Albania | 2019 | 15 | 97 mins | Albanian | Trailer

Set in rural Kosovo 10 years after the Balkan war. After losing her daughter during the war Luna is under constant pressure from her family and society to conceive again. A beautifully crafted film about the power of grief and the damage war inflicts on those touched by it.

The Reason I Jump
(22 March 2022)

Jerry Rothwell | USA/UK | 2020 | 12 | 82 mins | English | Trailer

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world. A great insight on the difficulty of communication which uses sound and camerawork to illustrate their feelings. Sensitively made, thought provoking and ultimately moving.

After Love
(29 March 2022)

Aleem Khan | UK | 2020 | 12 | 89 mins | English/French/Urdu | Trailer

After her husband’s unexpected death Mary Hussain discovers he had a secret. Shocked by his deceit she travels to Calais determined to find out more and understand who he was, whilst coming to terms with her betrayal. Benefiting from a masterful performance by Joanna Scanlon the film sensitively explores culture and identity.

The Invisible Life Of Euridice Gusmao
(5 April 2022)

Karim Aïnouz | Brazil | 2019 | tba | 139 mins | Portuguese | Trailer

Set in 1950’s Rio de Janeiro two sisters are kept apart by a terrible lie. Years pass as the sisters forge their respective paths through the conservative, patriarchal society, each believing the other to be half a world away. Beautifully filmed and saturated in sound, music and colour.

(26 April 2022)

Fanny Liatard/Jérémy Trouilh | France | 2020 | 12 | 95 mins | French | Trailer

The Gagarine housing estate in Paris has been earmarked for demoltion.  Teenager Yuri does everything he can to maintain the building and uses his passion for space travel to devise ingenious ways of avoiding the inevitable. A joyful celebration of community, love and shooting for the stars.