The first films for 2022/2023

Here is our film programme for the period up to Christmas (nine films), the remaining nine films in the season will be announced in November, once availability has been confirmed with the film distributors. We have some excellent films lined up for the second half of the season, but the exact timing of their availability in a format from which we can screen has been more difficult to ascertain this year. We think this is because of the priority being given by distributors to streaming services before they consider producing films in disk format.

A printable PDF version of our latest programme is also available here CFS 2022 Season Sep-Dec

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


Our Ladies
(13 September 2022)

Michael Caton-Jones | UK | 2019 | 15 | 105 mins | English | Trailer

A boisterous take on the coming-of-age genre adapted from the 1998 cult novel, The Sopranos; it follows six Scottish schoolgirls on a day trip to Edinburgh to participate in a choir competition. After a fleeting acquaintance with culture they’re soon off to have a wild time in the city. Brilliant performances in a riotous comedy that ponders class differences, sexuality and true friendship.
(Be aware that it contains very strong language and full frontal nudity).


Collective
(27 September 2022)

Alexander Nanau | Romania | 2019 | 15 | 109 mins | Romanian| Trailer

Collective documents a fight against total corruption in the Romanian health service. Catalin Tolontan, a journalist from a sports daily newspaper reveals classic and sinister government incompetence following botched treatment of victims from a tragic nightclub fire in the popular Bucharest nightclub Colectiv. (Contains disturbing scenes).


Here We Are
(4 October 2022)

Nir Bergman | Israel | 2020 | 12 | 94 mins | Hebrew | Trailer

A beautifully observed modern day Israeli drama. Aharon (Shai Avivi) has given up a lucrative career to look after his autistic son Uri. It is time for Uri to move into specialised care to learn to live independently, but neither father nor son are ready. A touching portrait of a father son relationship that is in transition, it is moving and unsentimental with a superb performance by Shai Avivi as the patient and caring father.


Papicha
(11 October 2022)

Mounia Meddour | France/Algeria | 2019 | 15 | 108 mins | French/Arabic | Trailer

Fashion students kick back against misogyny and religious extremism on a university campus in Algiers. Nedjma – Papicha, Algerian slang for ‘cool girl’ or ‘rebel girl’, has a defiant idea to stage a fashion show with new designs and colours for the traditional women’s wrap.


Playground/AGM
(25 October 2022)

Laura Wandel | Belgium | 2021 | 15 | 72 mins | French | Trailer

Nora and her older brother Abel have started at a new school. The subsequent bullying is made all the more real as the director films at Nora’s level which gives the viewer an immersive experience. An incredible performance by Maya Vanderbeque as Nora who witnesses the bullying her brother endures when adults aren’t looking.


Charlatan
(1 November 2022)

Agnieszka Holland | Czech Republic | 2020 | 15 | 118 mins | Czech/German/Slovak | Trailer

A multi-layered portrait of the enigmatic Jan Mikolášek whose startling ability to heal the sick using medicinal plants brought him wealth, fame and celebrity clients. Protected and used by the totalitarian regimes of Nazism and 1950’s Communism he finds his morality put to the test. Can he navigate the fine line between good and evil and survive? (Contains strong violence and nudity).


Two of Us
(8 November 2022)

Filippo Meneghetti | France/Luxembourg/Belgium | 2019 | 12 | 99 mins | French | Trailer

Madeline and Nina are two retired ladies in their seventies who live in adjacent apartments, by moving between apartments they have managed to keep their love for each other a secret. A bitter sweet love story that is heightened by suspense as Nina appears to be capable of anything to stay with the woman she loves. A film about true love, loyalty and trust with great performances. France’s submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar.


Happening
(15 November 2022)

Audrey Diwan | France | 2021 | 15 | 100 mins | French | Trailer

It could hardly be more topical: the illegality of abortion in France in the 1960s. Anne is a brilliant student who becomes pregnant shortly before important exams. Determined to complete her studies, she decides to seek an abortion, despite the law. It’s a race against time, and the film has the pace of a first-rate thriller. (Contains abortion scenes and nudity).


Ali & Ava/Wine & Cheese
(13 December 2022)

Clio Barnard | UK | 2021 | 15 | 95 mins | English | Trailer

A warm, optimistic film beautifully directed by Clio Barnard. Charismatic landlord Ali, from an Indian immigrant family, meets widowed Ava, an Irish Catholic teaching assistant, and a deep connection develops. Can it survive the legacies of their past relationships and the prejudices of their respective families? A compelling contemporary love story; funny and moving in equal measure.