Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING

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Fri 20th to Thurs 26th January (Thurs Elevenses)
A passion project for Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street), Silence is a searing, overwhelmingly powerful drama that’s being hailed a masterwork by critics. Starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Adam Driver, it’s based on the acclaimed novel by Shūsaku Endō and explores the age of ‘hidden Christians’ during a time of rigorous, bloody religious persecution in 17th century Japan.

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd January
Elle Fanning lends her voice to this spirited animation about a young girl following her dreams. In 1879, orphan Félicie hopes to become a ballerina. Leaving rural Brittany for Paris, she finds her way into ballet school where she comes up against harsh training and ruthless classmates. But in mysterious caretaker Odette and young inventor Victor she finds the friends she needs to face her challenges

Sun 22nd January
This outstanding directorial debut is set in 2001 Nepal, wherein a temporary ceasefire gives a much-needed break to a small village otherwise ravaged by conflict. Two boys – best friends despite the divisions of caste and social creed – set out to recover their pet hen; unaware they may soon be caught between rival forces. A wistful, touching debut from an exciting new voice in world cinema

Thurs 26th January
The hilarious, confident feature debut of British filmmaker Chanya Button is more than a typical road-movie comedy: it’s a sincere exploration of loss, grief and a voyage of self-discovery. Seph (Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael) and Alex (Chloe Pirrie) go on a trip across Britain to spread the ashes of their friend Jack– accompanied by the comic videos he’s left behind.

Fri 27th January to Thurs 2nd February (Thurs Elevenses)
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are terrific in Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s beguiling musical romance, La La Land. Set in contemporary Hollywood, pianist Seb (Gosling) and wannabe movie star Mia (Stone) fall in love, but find professional success comes at personal cost. Full of smartly choreographed numbers performed with dazzling charisma by its stars, Chazelle’s musical is an undoubted masterpiece.

Sat 28th & Sun 29th January
This enjoyably rambunctious action adventure, incorporating live action and animation, follows high school
senior Tripp who’s looking for any way possible to get away from the life and town he was born into. He’s building a truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars when he meets a strange and subterranean creature with a taste for speed.

Sat 28th January
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie, the sleepy-eyed, brilliant and possibly disturbed teenager who sleepwalks,
wakes up in strange places and even more weirdly, is repeatedly visited by an oddly benign 6-foot rabbit. Don’t miss this stunning, haunting and highly original film on the big screen. Surreal Reels are supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Sun 29th January
Revisit Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, beloved for the authenticity and infectious energy of its storytelling. A panorama of the Italian-American underworld, Goodfellas is made with terrific skill and panache.

Fri 3rd to Tues 7th & Thurs 9th February (Thurs Elevenses)
Fans of Kenneth Lonergan’s perfectly pitched dramas You Can Count on Me (2000) and Margaret (2011) will be thrilled by the superlative Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck as Lee, a Boston janitor who after a family tragedy returns home to face up to the difficulties of the past. Brilliantly observed and immensely moving, it’s perhaps Lonergan’s most fully realised film to date.

Sat 4th, Sun 5th & Thurs 9th February
Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in Spanish director J.A. Bayona’s (The Orphanage) heartbreaking, magical fable (based on Patrick Ness’ novel) about a young boy in a northern town who – thrown into turmoil by his mother’s illness – finds himself confronted one night by a monstrous tree come to life. Mixing drama with beautiful watercolour animation, it’s a fantastical tale of real-life tragedies and truths for all ages

Sat 4th February
Gurinder Chadha’s (Bend it Like Beckham) triumphant 1993 debut, scripted by Meera Syal, follows a group of British Asian women on a Blackpool day trip; where they learn one another’s secrets, upset stereotypes, experience racism and sexism and befriend and bicker with each other. Hilarious and heartwarming, it’s a feminist statement, perceptive on age, identity, diaspora and the joy and energy of difference. Presented in 35mm glory via our 1950s projector, it’s not to be missed on the big screen.