Two great films in October!

our-kind-of-traitor-posterOur Kind of Traitor (2015, 15)
Friday 14 October

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Total Film

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Evening Standard

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Time Out

“Stellan Skarsgard as a Russian defector and Damian Lewis as a British intelligence officer both give dynamite performances.”
Rolling Stone

 

A couple holidaying in Marrakesh are drawn into the murky world of international espionage when a Russian Mafia money launderer seeks their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services.

Adapted from John le Carré’s novel, the film stars Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard. It promises plenty of taut and twisty plot lines in a contemporary take on the old-fashioned spy thriller.

 

NEW ADDITION TO THE PROGRAMME:

it-followsIt Follows (2015, 15)
Friday 28 October

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“The horror hits of the 70s and 80s are lovingly referenced in David Robert Mitchell’s slick stalker movie”
Mark Kermode

What better way to mark the coming haunting season than hunkering down in the village hall to enjoy a highly acclaimed horror film in the company of friends and neighbours?!

It Follows won many four and five star reviews when it was released last year, and for good reason. It’s a highly effective, and very unnerving, update of the classic Hollywood ‘stalker’ movie.

To book call 01446 781 144 or email llancarfancine@gmail.com

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Autumn/winter season announced!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, U)
Sunday 18 September, 3.00pm

We’re delighted to launch our new season with a very special event marking the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth.

With the kind support of Film Hub Wales, as part of their nationwide Roald Dahl on Film season, we’re going to transform the village hall into a chocolate factory (complete with a chocolate fountain!) for a screening of director Mel Stuart’s 1971 cult adaptation starring Gene Wilder as the unconventional confectioner Willy Wonka.

Everyone arriving in a costume based on their favourite Roald Dahl character (from this or any other film) will be awarded a special prize, plus we’ll be running other competitions at the event.

So join us for an afternoon of madcap fun for all ages: expect the unexpected! All profits from the event are going to support the work of local charity The Cerys Potter Foundation.

Our Kind of Traitor (2015, 15)
Friday 14 October

 

“Director White has an eye for striking and sometimes melodramatic imagery […] Skarsgård is in flamboyant form, urbane and charming one moment, utterly brutal the next […] McGregor is also engaging as the innocent British everyman, somehow caught up in the great game of international espionage.”
Independent

“Ewan McGregor plays the Jimmy Stewart-like everyman in a globe-trotting espionage thriller that puts an ordinary Brit at the center of a high-profile defection.”
Variety

 

While holidaying in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris) befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian (Stellan Skarsgård) who turns out to be a money launderer for the Russian mafia.

The couple are drawn into the dangerous world of international espionage when the Russian asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services (look out for Damian Lewis, who plays a ruthless and determined MI6 agent).

This taut thriller is adapted from John le Carré’s acclaimed novel, and should appeal to anyone who enjoyed the BBC’s recent adaptation of The Night Manager.

Love & Friendship (2016, U)
Friday 18 November

“A fresh, beguiling movie, and the wittiest Austen adaptation to grace the screen.”
The Times

“Breathlessly funny […] Beckinsale doesn’t miss a beat.”
The Telegraph

“A devious delight […] Beckinsale is a hoot to watch.”
The Guardian

Based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’, Love & Friendship relates the story of beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), seeking refuge with her in-laws from the colourful rumours about her love life swirling around polite society.

While there, Lady Susan decides to find another husband for herself and one for her eligible, but reluctant, daughter. Matters get complicated when she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring.

The film is directed and scripted by Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco) and the excellent cast also includes Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry and James Fleet.

The Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell (2016, 15)
Thursday 8 December

“There’s plenty to admire about this nifty, twisty Welsh-language thriller from director Euros Lyn.”
Little White Lies

Our second Cariad Film presentation brings a stylish and offbeat murder mystery to Llancarfan Village Hall. Based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel, this Welsh-language thriller stars Catrin Stewart as twin sister librarians Nan and Ana who plan revenge when their author mother commits suicide, with her final words suggesting her biographer murdered her.

The film is set within the stately National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, where it was filmed on location. This is director Euro Lyn’s first feature, but he knows a thing or two about what makes a good contemporary thriller, having directed the first season of ITV’s acclaimed drama Broadchurch and the BBC’s Happy Valley. He’s also directed episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sherlock.

The BFG (2016, PG)
Saturday 10 December, 3.00pm

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“[F]or all its digital wizardry, The BFG remains a flesh-and-blood film, a story of two living, breathing misfits in whose emotional bonds we can invest, believe and rejoice. Bravo!”
The Guardian

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“Steven Spielberg creates a landscape of astonishments”
The Telegraph

We end the season where we began, with another acclaimed Roald Dahl adaptation. This time, master cinematic storyteller Steven Spielberg brings to life Roald Dahl’s uproarious tale of a big hearted giant who befriends a lonely young orphan, with Mark Rylance as the eponymous hero.

All proceeds from this special festive screening will go to the Llancarfan Primary School PTA.

That’s a wrap!

With the last of our two May screenings behind us, the 2015/16 season has now officially ended.

Our fourth year included some real screen gems, and a fair amount of globetrotting. We started with a return visit to India (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), where a bunch of septuagenarians while away their retirement in 40˚C heat. And we ended the year with a tale of two feuding septuagenarian brothers in the harsh grip of an Icelandic winter (RAMS). Talk about extremes.

During the year we screened our first ever documentary (Amy), which lifted the lid, in an extraordinary way, on the tragic underside of the modern obsession with celebrity.

We also caught up with Sherlock Holmes, now in retirement (Mr. Holmes), and raised a few quid for the village hall with a film quiz.

Minions kept the kids (big and small) entertained at Christmas, and who could forget that dirty protest in Wild Tales, our Argentinian festive treat for grown-ups? More Christmas log, anyone?

Suffragette cast long-overdue cinematic light on the struggle for women’s voting rights, and we learned that a potato-a-day helps you work, rest and play on Mars (The Martian).

Bond returned in Spectre, and themed cocktails were ably shaken, stirred and quaffed with professional zeal. The Lady in the Van helped raise funds for local good causes (which was very good of her), and our penultimate screening took us from County Wexford in Ireland to New York, and backwards in time (Brooklyn).

All in all, it’s been quite a journey. Special thanks to everyone who bought tickets and joined in the fun- we couldn’t do it without you!

There’s plenty to look forward to in our fifth season, starting this September. We’ll share full programme details in July, along with the date of this year’s AGM event. Until then, enjoy the summer!

RAMS (15)

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THURSDAY 26 MAY 2016

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“Rams is a gorgeous, tender and unexpectedly moving film about the most unlikely of subjects: sheep farming in the northern valleys of Iceland.”
The Times


We’re launching  ‘Cariad Film’, a new strand of the best films from around the world, with this acclaimed comedy drama from Iceland. Rams tells the story of two estranged brothers in a remote farming valley who are forced to reconcile their differences in order to save their beloved flocks.

The film has quickly become a firm favourite of those looking for something a bit different from run-of-the-mill comedies. But don’t take our word for it: Mark Kermode called it “hilarious and heart breaking” in his four-star review.

To book tickets email llancarfancine@gmail.com or call 01446 781 144.

Brooklyn (12A)

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FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016

“In the tingling chemistry between [the] young leads, Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen […] the film’s director, John Crowley, achieves something close to a miracle”
The Daily Telegraph

“A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, Brooklyn illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.”
Los Angeles Times

AWARDED BEST BRITISH FILM 2016 (BAFTA)

Nominated for three Oscars and scripted by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin’s celebrated novel, BROOKLYN (12A) tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City.

Homesickness quickly diminishes as a fresh romance blossoms, but soon Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist on either side of the Atlantic.

It’s a brilliantly told story of heart warming (and heart wrenching) drama, and Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar-nominated performance is truly beguiling.

To book tickets email llancarfancine@gmail.com or call 01446 781 144.