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Film Archive from the 2009-2010 Season
The 2009-10 Season of the Bridport Film Society featured 16 films from around the globe.
15th September 2009Film Information
In our work-defines-you world, a traditionally patriarchal Japanese family confronted with globalisation slowly and painfully disintegrates. Will art reunite it and provide an opportunity for renewal? Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse) deftly progresses from his horror background to social drama.
(moderate violence and one use of strong language)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
120 mins / Japanese with English subtitles
29th September 2009Film Information
The portrayal of a class over the course of a year at a multicultural French inner city secondary school. A brilliant illustration of a talented, inspiring teacher and the interactions with his adolescent students.
Certificate 15 (strong language)
Directed by Laurent Cantet
128 mins / French with English subtitles
Waltz With Bashir
13th October 2009Film Information
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A filmmaker's long-time friend describes his recurring nightmare of being chased by 26 ferocious dogs, triggering an investigation into memories of experiences in Israel's war with Lebanon 30 years earlier. The explosive result: the re-surfacing of hidden trauma, deeply stored in the psyche. Featuring stunningly executed dream-like imagery.
Certificate 18 (strong violence and brief explicit images)
Directed by Ari Folman
90 mins / Hebrew with English subtitles
27th October 2009Film Information
Following the death of his wife, a businessman (Nanni Moretti) accompanies his distraught daughter to school to ensure that her life carries on as normal. Given the events, can his own life possibly remain the same as before? A gentle, tenderly observed and quietly funny portrait of grief adapted from Sandro Veronesi's novel.
Certificate 15 (strong language and sex)
Directed by Antonello Grimaldi
107 mins / Italian with English subtitles
Synecdoche, New York
10th November 2009Film Information
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Angst-ridden Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a theatre director bogged down by his latest production. When his painter wife takes their daughter on a short break to Berlin, life takes a surreal plunge into the vertiginous labyrinths of the mind. Long a writer of wacky screenplays (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kaufman directs his own material for the first time with blackly comic and wonderfully baffling results.
Certificate 15 (strong language, sex references and nudity)
Directed by Charlie Kaufman
The Band's Visit
24th November 2009Film Information
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On a tour the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band find themselves stranded in a remote Israeli town where they are reluctantly helped by the local residents. This tender, humane film charts the culture clashes and hilarity that inevitably ensue.
Certificate 12A (one use of strong language)
Directed by Eran Kolirin
87 mins / Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles
The Spirit of the Beehive
8th December 2009Film Information
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To acknowledge John Surry's significant contribution to the society, we asked him to select one last film. John comments: "Mysterious, haunting, unique. As the little girl fascinated by Boris Karloff's monster in James Whale's Frankenstein Ana Torrent is unforgettable."
Certificate PG (mild violence and distress)
Directed by Victor Erice
98 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
Of Time and the City
5th January 2010Film Information
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This highly personal, and at times irreverent, portrait of his Liverpool home is an increasingly rare outing for one of Britain's most individual, least compliant filmmakers (The Trilogy, Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth). Sparkling archive footage shows that black and white images can be vibrantly colourful. Emotive glimpses of places lost and times forgotten mesh with fluffy pot-shots at royalty, the church and the "British genius for the dismal".
Certificate 12A (one use of strong language)
Directed by Terence Davies
19th january 2010Film Information
This intriguing allegorical black and white silent-era style film, with echoes of Fritz Lang and David Lynch, is set in a nameless city whose inhabitants have lost their ability to speak. A television repairman and an eyeless child endeavour to thwart the sinister plans of the tyrannical and unethical capitalist Mr TV.
Certificate PG (mild violence)
Directed by Esteban Sapir
99 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
2nd February 2010Film Information
The odd last day of work prior to retirement as lived by Norway's most experienced, most reliable, most timely, pipe-smoking, lonely high-speed train engineer. One could say life begins at retirement. Unusual northern European humour from the director of Factotum and Kitchen Stories.
Certificate 12A (brief sexualised nudity)
Directed by Bent Hamer
90 mins / Norwegian with English subtitles
Syndromes and a Century
16th February 2010Film Information
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In a first fragment, love hesitantly flowers in a traditional country clinic, while in a second, human imperfection warms the architecturally white spaces of a modern city hospital. Unusual in form, the film weaves a sensuous spell, in which daily life unfolds vividly even in the apparent gaps, and in which time and the telling of story matters less than being present with what is here now.
Certificate 15 (a strong sex reference)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
105 mins / Thai with English subtitles
2nd March 2010Film Information
A legendary Kurdish musician sets out from Iran in a dilapidated bus to unite his 10 sons and a mysterious female singer for his final concert in a liberated Iraq. Featuring mystic elements and hauntingly beautiful music, this quest unfolds with humour and tragedy set against a backdrop of oppression.
Certificate PG (mild language and threat)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Iraq / Iran 2006
114 mins / Kurdish and Farsi with English subtitles
16th March 2010Film Information
A grief-stricken father seeks understanding of the brain disease that killed his daughter while a police inspector investigates the murder of an ageing thug. Confidently interweaving their lives and long-hidden secrets, Kormákor (101 Reykjavik) adapts Arnaldur Indridason's crime novel.
(sex references, strong violence & very strong language)
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
95 mins / Icelandic with English subtitles
30th March 2010Film Information
The story of Polish military officers captured and slaughtered during WWII, and the women, unaware of the crime, awaiting the return of their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Renowned director Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron) draws on his own family history to create a timeless story of abusive power, lies, uncertainty and longing.
Certificate 15 (strong violence)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
118 mins / Polish, German & Russian with English subtitles
13th April 2010Film Information
A middle class family gathers at the summer home of the matriarch, who herself resides in the memory of her famous brother. She wishes to sort out her estate; the younger generation would rather not be burdened with the traditions of family or nation. Assayas' (Irma Vep) latest work boldly evokes the changing nature of European society and its evolving values.
Certificate 12A (soft drugs use)
Directed by Olivier Assayas
98 mins / French with English subtitles
A Man Escaped
27th April 2010Film Information
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In recognition of Clare Glazebrook's long-standing leadership of the society, we asked her to choose a final film. She writes: "I have chosen Bresson's fourth film in which his austere style and use of non-professional actors demonstrate why he is perceived as the first (and some would say only) cinematographer. His stripped-down methods of cutting and framing, sound and dialogue, performance and movement combined with his unique ability to bring an interior world to the exterior, make him, for me, the greatest of all directors."
Certificate U (suitable for all)
Directed by Robert Bresson
99 mins / French with English subtitles
Seasons Ratings for 2009 / 2010
Following every film screening our audience are asked for their reaction to each film, helping us with our selection process for the following year.
Listed here are the audience reactions for our 2009 / 2010 film season.
This seasons ratings will be added in due course.