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Winter Wednesdays

Thanks to a grant from Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, we were able to put together a "Winter Wednesdays" season.

This was a season of eight dramas ranging from the established cinema classics like L'Atalante and Journey to Italy to the most contemporary films such as Lilting and Le Week-End. Covering many different languages, countries, decades and styles, they all have one thing in common - their excellence.

 

Le Week-End

15 | UK | 2013 | English, French
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Roger Michell
Date Shown: Wednesday 8 October 2014

A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.


I Am Love

15 | Italy | 2009 | Italian, Russian, English
Drama, Romance
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Date Shown: Wednesday 12 November 2014

Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. But Emma, although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend and partner, makes her senses kindle. It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with the sensuous young man.


Fear Eats the Soul

15 | Germany | 1974 | German, Arabic
Drama
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Date Shown: Wednesday 10 December 2014

Emmi, a German woman in her mid-sixties, falls in love with Ali, a Moroccan immigrant worker around twenty-five years younger. When they abruptly decide to marry, everyone around them seems appalled. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali's relationship grows uncertain.


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Far from Heaven

12A | USA | 2002 | English
Drama, Romance
Director: Todd Haynes
Date Shown: Wednesday 14 January 2015

Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives.


Journey to Italy

PG | Italy | 1954 | English, Italian
Drama, Romance
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Date Shown: Wednesday 28 January 2015

Catherine and Alexander, wealthy and sophisticated, drive to Naples to dispose of a deceased uncle's villa. There's a coolness in their relationship and aspects of Naples add to the strain. She remembers a poet who loved her and died in the war; although she didn't love him, the memory underscores romance's absence from her life now. She tours the museums of Naples and Pompeii, immersing herself in the Neapolitan fascination with the dead and noticing how many women are pregnant; he idles on Capri, flirting with women but drawing back from adultery. With her, he's sarcastic; with him, she's critical. They talk of divorce. Will this foreign couple find insight and direction in Italy?


Lilting

15 | UK | 2014 | English, Mandarin
Drama, Romance
Director: Hong Khaou
Date Shown: Wednesday 11 February 2015

In contemporary London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language, as through a translator they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved.


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L'Atalante

PG | France | 1934 | French, Russian
Drama, Romance
Director: Jean Vigo
Date Shown: Wednesday 25 February 2015

When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live with him as he captains a river barge. Besides the two of them, are a cabin boy and the strange old second mate Pere Jules. Soon bored by life on the river, she slips off to see the nightlife when they come to Paris. Angered by this, Jean sets off, leaving Juliette behind. Overcome by grief and longing for his wife, Jean falls into a depression and Pere Jules goes and tries to find Juliette.


The Past

12 | France | 2013 | French, Persian
Drama, Mystery
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Date Shown: Wednesday 11 March 2015

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done.