Despicable Me 2 and Christmas social

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We still have tickets for December’s screening, which takes place from 3.00pm on Saturday 14 December, immediately after the Llancarfan Primary School Christmas fair.

All proceeds from the screening are going to the school PTA fund, so please join us for mince pies, mulled wine and a one of the year’s funniest films.

Spring season 2014

At the Untouchable screening we announced our forthcoming programme for January to April 2014.

In a varied line-up that, we hope, has something for every taste, we’re offering up psychological horror, action, comedy and drama from world-class directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Ron Howard, Stephen Frears and Woody Allen. It could just be our most adventurous selection yet, starting with a daring double bill of Gothic drama:

Friday 24 January

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 REBECCA (PG)

 “A gorgeous treat from one of cinema’s masters. Not to be missed.”
The Guardian

followed by

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THE SHINING (15)

“Kubrick isn’t out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.”
New York Times

We’re delighted to bring two highly regarded films, made forty years apart (in 1940 and 1980), as part of the BFI’s Gothic season of screenings and events around the UK, in association with Film Hub Wales.

Though tonally these films have their differences, there are intriguing parallels. Both were made by ex-pats (Hitchcock, born in North London, made Rebecca on first arriving in the US, while the reclusive Kubrick, a native New Yorker, was living permanently in Britain when he shot The Shining).

The two films are based on popular novels by masters of the genre (Daphne du Maurier and Stephen King), and both centre their stories on a classic, isolated ‘haunted house’: the rambling mansion of Manderley in Rebecca, and The Shining’s Overlook Hotel. In each case, the drama has a tormented female protagonist at its heart, stalked by uncertainty and madness.

Enjoyed back-to-back, we’re hoping these films will complement one another, casting the works in a fresh light for viewers who may have already enjoyed them in isolation. And if you’ve never seen them on the big screen, with an audience, you’re in for a real treat.

Tickets will be available for either one or both films, and we’re offering a special discounted price for those brave enough to join us for both (£5 members; £7 non members).

The evening gets underway earlier than usual, with doors at 6.45pm. Rebecca will start at 7.00pm, playing through until 9.30pm after a 15 minute intermission.

There will be a half an hour break for refreshments before The Shining starts at 10.00pm. We will have an intermission at the film’s halfway point, before resuming to finish at around 1.00am.

Saturday 22 February

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RUSH (15) 

“The film is outrageously enjoyable.”
The Financial Times 

Rush is one of the fastest, most enjoyable rides you will take this year.”
The Guardian

 “Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing.”
The Daily Telegraph

Released earlier this year, Rush seems destined for classic status. It tells the gripping, real life tale of F1 rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) culminating in the 1976 season that saw Lauda return to the track after suffering horrific injuries earlier that year.

The film is directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), scripted by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), and comes hotly tipped for Oscar recognition:  a highly entertaining evening is a racing certainty.

Friday 28 March

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PHILOMENA (12A)

“A terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it as well as a barely suppressed anger at crimes inflicted on the powerless.”
Time Out

“A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time.”
Empire Magazine

Based on journalist Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 investigation into the forced separation of mothers from children born out of wedlock, Stephen Frears (The Queen ) has fashioned a humane, troubling but touching true-life story starring Dame Judi Dench as Philomena and Steve Coogan as Sixsmith.

The film’s official site describes it as “a bitter-sweet comedy, a compelling narrative of human love and loss, and a heart-breaking story that ultimately celebrates life.” Having already picked up Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, Philomena is expected to feature prominently during the Oscar and BAFTA awards season.

Friday 25 April

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BLUE JASMINE (12A)

“Woody has snapped to wakefulness, his comic and dramatic synapses firing off with an old ease that’s deeply gratifying. [H]is best in about two decades.”
The Daily Telegraph

“It is pure movie-going pleasure.”
The Guardian

“Want to see great acting, from comic to tragic and every electrifying stop in between? See Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.”
Rolling Stone Magazine

From the 1970s to the mid-1990s, Woody Allen could do little wrong. But in recent years his work has met with mixed reactions. Not so Blue Jasmine, which most commentators agree marks a definite return to form, providing Cate Blanchett, as the eponymous heroine, with a genuine shot at Oscar glory.

The story of a haughty, rich socialite brought low by her husband’s misdemeanours, the film wrings every ounce of comedy and tragedy from Jasmine’s plight. This is grown-up filmmaking at its very best, and a great way to wrap up the Spring season.

Tickets are now available. Call 01446 781 144 or email llancarfancine@gmail.com.

A touching success

Yes, there was a rugby international in Cardiff. Yes, it was one of the coldest nights we’ve had so far this winter. Nevertheless, a good crowd gathered in the village hall for France’s second-highest grossing film of all time, Untouchable.

What a treat it was: the subtitled comedy-drama proved a popular hit in Llancarfan, just as it has done all over the world since its original release in 2011.

That’s not mere supposition: we have the evidence to prove it. Audience members were asked to rate the film after the performance and the result was emphatic: 97% said the film was good or very good (in fact 88% gave it the highest rating, and one person even added their own rating of ‘Brilliant’).

So the bar has been set very high, and we shall invite ratings at every screening from now on to help inform future programming choices. Whether any film can touch this one remains to be seen…!

Ministerial visit

Ministerial Visit 6We welcomed the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to the village hall yesterday, in a visit kindly arranged by Alun Cairns MP following our success at the Film Society of the Year Awards.

The Minister met volunteers before we treated her to a sneak preview of our Spring season trailers.  After departing the hall the Minister was given a tour of the conservation work underway at St Cadoc’s, and the newly renovated Reredos, due for unveiling on 5 December.

We’ll be formally announcing next season’s titles at the Untouchable (15) screening on Friday 22 November. So do join us, and there’s every chance you could find yourself on a seat last graced by a Cabinet Minister!