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Autumn 2015

The mid-week films have attracted a different crowd to the main season, which is great. Not that we have anything against the Friday members. Although the attendances don't compare well against the Fridays, it was not all that long ago when 40 people turning up would have caused us to pop the champagne corks.

 

Fireworks Wednesday

12 | Iran | 2006 | Persian
Drama, Mystery
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Date Shown: Wednesday 16 September 2015

On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife's suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai?


The Edge of Heaven

15 | Turkey | 2007 | German, Turkish, English
Drama
Director: Fatih Akin
Date Shown: Wednesday 30 September 2015

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.


Peppermint Candy

12 | South Korea | 1999 | Korean
Drama
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Date Shown: Wednesday 14 October 2015

Yong Ho, a problematic guy, is walking alone at the riverside. He suddenly bumped with his friend's reunion. He join them and after that go to the railway to commit suicide.Then, the train reverse back to show why he become like that from the beginning. Covers five phase of his life.


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Biutiful

15 | Spain | 2010 | Spanish, Chinese, Wolof
Drama
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Date Shown: Wednesday 28 October 2015

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.


Wings of Desire

12 | Germany | 1987 | German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish, Japanese
Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Director: Wim Wenders
Date Shown: Sunday 1 November 2015

This autumn the BFI, in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), will rekindle the nation's passion for film and television's most enduring love stories with a major UK-wide season dedicated to LOVE, running from late October to the end of December 2015. Shrewsbury Film are absolutely delighted to be involved by showing one of Wim Wenders's most stunning achievements. Visible only to those like them and to human children, Damiel and Cassiel are two angels, who have existed even before humankind. Along with several other angels, they currently wander around West Berlin, generally on their own, observing and preserving life, sometimes trying to provide comfort to the troubled, although those efforts are not always successful. Among those they are currently observing are: the cast and crew of a movie - a detective story set in WWII Nazi Germany - which include a sensitive and perceptive Peter Falk; an elderly man named Homer looking for eternal peace; and the troupe of a financially failing circus, which has closed early for the season because of those financial problems. One day, Damiel tells Cassiel that he wants to become human, to feel not only the sensory aspects of physical beings, but also emotional aspects. He embarks on this thought with the full realization that there is no turning back if he decides to do so. His thoughts are largely because he has fallen in love with Marion, the trapeze artist with the circus. If he does decide to become a human, there is no guarantee that as a human that he will be able to locate Marion or that she will return his affection. His angels, however, may be looking out for him.


Salvatore Giuliano

12 | Italy | 1962 | Italian
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Francesco Rosi
Date Shown: Wednesday 11 November 2015

In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other reprobates were recruited by separatist politicians to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and following Giuliano's death. After Sicily's self-rule is declared, will the outlaws be pardoned as promised? And why does Giuliano order his gang to fire on a peaceful May Day rally? Police, Carabinieri, and Mafia have their uses for him. There's a trial after his death: will the truth come out or does the code of silence help protect those in power?


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Stations of the Cross

15 | Germany | 2014 | German, French, Latin
Drama
Director: Dietrich Bruggemann
Date Shown: Wednesday 25 November 2015

Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven - just like all those holy children she's always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable. STATIONS OF THE CROSS is an indictment and, at the same time, the legend of a saint. It's a story of religion, devotion and radical faith, and the film itself comes along just as radical as the subject matter, telling the story in only 14 fixed-angle long shots, allowing the viewer to contemplate the interactions on screen in an entirely different way than in a traditional film.


The Life of Riley

15 | France | 2014 | French
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Alain Resnais
Date Shown: Wednesday 9 December 2015

In the midst of rehearsals for a new play, amateur dramatics proponents Colin and Kathryn receive the shattering news that their friend George is fatally ill and only has a few months to live