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Film Archive from the 2013-2014 Season
The 2013-14 Season of the Bridport Film Society featured 12 films from around the globe.
1st October 2013Film Information
East Germany in the 80s: Barbara, having worked in a Berlin hospital, is banished to the boondocks. Alone, under close Stasi scrutiny, she is strongly drawn to a colleague in her new hospital. Can she trust him? Is he spying on her? This haunting film of subtle shifts and dangerous secrets will keep you guessing until the very last moment.
Certificate PG (some sexual content)
Directed by Christian Petzold
105 mins / German with English subtitles
15th October 2013Film Information
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A brilliant celebration and portrayal of the Serbian performing artist. Her colourful life’s journey through art is interwoven with aspects of her personal life. The film climaxes with her retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Certificate 15 (Some nudity and disturbing scenes)
Directed by Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
29th October 2013Film Information
Shot in a lean, fast paced docu drama style this disturbing psychological drama shows a man’s fight for survival and dignity when a chance remark throws his small community into collective hysteria and his own life into disarray.
Certificate 18 (some nudity, sex and violence)
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
115 mins / Danish with English subtitles
12th November 2013Film Information
This delightful film tells a universal fable of poor but streetwise hotel cleaners Venkatesh and Jhangir, and their relationship with the wealthy but unhappy Nana and his daughter Ayesha, owners of the eponymous swimming pool. From the director of “The Yes Men”.
Certificate 15 (contains strong language)
Directed by Chris Smith
5 Broken Cameras
26th November 2013Film Information
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In 2005 the Israelis started constructing the separation barrier to protect their settlement. Emad Burnat’s video camera, intended to capture his son’s childhood, was soon recording friends and relatives and the non-violent protest in his Palestinian village Bil’in in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
(strong language, violence and disturbing scenes)
Directed by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Palestine / Israel / France / Netherlands 2011
94 mins / Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Searching for Sugar Man
10th December 2013Film Information
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South Africa’s white liberal classes, trapped by the apartheid laws they detested, latched onto songs by an obscure US folksinger. Rodriguez’ music gave them a voice. This movie might make a contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa; it also offers insights into the history of popular music, the vagaries of the rock scene and the nature of celebrity in our time.
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
South Africa / USA 2011
14th January 2014Film Information
This unconventional film begins in Lisbon, centring on cantankerous old Aurora and the people who care for her. She reveals a 1950s tale of forbidden love in rural colonial Africa. Her story is retold in incredible style with a stunning collection of filmic references, so implausible that it benefits immensely from the way a cinema frees the imagination and ultimately pushing your morality buttons.
Directed by Miguel Gomes
Portugal / Africa 2012
118 mins / Portuguese with English subtitles
28th January 2014Film Information
Twelve year old Koichi has been separated from his brother because of their parents’ divorce. He plans for a miracle that will release a magical energy to reunite them all, and make his dream come true. Director Koreeda shows a sensitive and empathic insight into childhood experience in this superbly-acted film.
Certificate PG (general viewing)
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
128 mins / Japanese with English subtitles
11th February 2014Film Information
This uplifting French comedy-drama explores the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and his young ex-convict carer. Closely drawn from real life the story has an irreverent, humorous take on disability. It became the second biggest box office hit in France and Omar Sy received the César Award for best actor 2012.
Certificate 15 (strong language, moderate sex scenes)
Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache
112 mins / French with English subtitles
25th February 2014Film Information
Wadjda, directed by a woman, is the first feature film entirely made in Saudi Arabia. A sparky 11 year old girl’s quest for a bicycle, in the face of her community’s conviction that bicycles threaten girls’ fertility, documents the trials and tribulations of a girl growing up in a slowly changing world.
Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
Saudi Arabia 2012
98 mins / Arabic with English subtitles
11th March 2014Film Information
This thrilling study in basic democracy shows how in 1988 international pressure forced Augusto Pinochet to call a referendum on extending his presidency. Opposition leaders for the “No” campaign persuaded a young advertising executive to spearhead the campaign to set Chile free.
Certificate 15 (strong language, some violence)
Directed by Pablo Larain
Chile / USA / France 2011
Spanish with English subtitles
Village at the End of the World
25th March 2014Film Information
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Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of only 59. A dwindling population and a single teenager longing to escape. Can this community survive against the odds?
Certificate 12A (general viewing)
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Denmark / UK / Greenland 2012
Seasons Ratings for 2013 / 2014
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 2013 / 2014 film season.