Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING 2

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Fri 7th, Sun 9th & Thurs 13th April (Thurs Elevenses)

Joan Collins and Pauline Collins give delightful performances in this uproarious comedy-drama, reminiscent of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which sees former Hollywood starlet Helen travel to France to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral – assisted in her mission by Priscilla. En route, they cause havoc, enjoy new flirtations and explore the difficulties of ageing in this very funny and enjoyable film.

Fri 7th to Thurs 13th April

Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) is brilliantly cast as Belle in Bill Condon’s gorgeous, sweeping live action remake of Disney’s classic. A young prince (Dan Stevens), imprisoned in the form of a terrifying beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when Belle arrives in his enchanted castle… An all star cast includes Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Sat 8th April
Revisiting Alan J. Pakula’s enthralling dramatisation of the Watergate scandal feels particularly timely in light of the current US political situation. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who, on investigating the burglary of the DNC headquarters at Watergate, uncover a trail of corruption and treachery that may, almost unthinkably, go all the way to the top.

Sat 8th, Weds 12th & Thurs 13th April

Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) star in Adam Smith’s anarchic, West Country-set crime drama. Fassbender is Chad, one of a band of Irish travellers who starts a dangerous conflict with his criminal father (Gleeson) when he tries to change his family’s future. Soundtracked by The Chemical Brothers’ propulsive score, Trespass Against Us is an exhilarating crime thriller.

Sun 9th April
Mommy director Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World boasts a fantastic ensemble cast. Gaspard Ulliel plays writer Louis; Nathalie Baye his whimsical mother; Léa Seydoux his punky sister; Vincent Cassel his volatile brother Antoine and Marion Cotillard, Antoine’s wife. Adapted from Jean-Luc Lagarde’s play, it follows Louis as he returns to the troubled family home with a secret to share.

Fri 14th to Thurs 20th April
With an all-star voice cast including Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin and Julia Roberts, this animated reboot is an all-new take on the loveable Smurfs. A mysterious map sets Smurfette (Lovato) and her best friends on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest, filled with magical creatures, to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

Mon 10th & Tues 11th April
The triumphant Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation) The Salesman examines the marriage of a middle-class couple, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Emad (Hosseini): a teacher and his wife working on an amateur production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. Exploring questions of morality and retribution, it’s another beautifully observed, painstakingly crafted film from Farhadi.

Sat 15th April
The wildly, brilliantly prolific filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder pays homage to Douglas Sirk with this take on All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a young Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) and they fall in love; but their affair shocks everyone they know. Exploiting the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama, Fassbinder exposes racial tensions underlying German culture.

Sun 16th & Mon 17th April

This earthy, stirring, poignant and playful Spanish fable is the third collaboration between Goya Award-winning director Icíar Bollaín (Take My Eyes) and Ken Loach screenwriter Paul Laverty. Beautifully shot, it follows engaging young woman Alma (Anna Castillo), whose grandfather Ramón is mourning the loss of a beloved olive tree. Desperate to help him, she embarks on a European journey to try and retrieve it.

Tues 18th & Thurs 20th April
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in Garth Davis’s rousing, gripping Lion, adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home. Adopted as a young boy by an Australian couple (Kidman and David Wenham), the adult Saroo (Patel) is curious about his origins. Discovering Google Earth, he begins an obsessive search that leads him across the globe in hopes of meeting his biological family and understanding his past.

Weds 19th April
Set in the coastal Russian city of Kaliningrad, Kirill Serebrennkiov’s sombre, elegant drama follows a teenage boy whose religious fanaticism makes waves in his school. Believing the world is nearing its end, his beliefs bring him into conflict with his mother, classmates and teacher Elena. Scathingly satirical, The Student is driven by strong performances and Vladislav Opelyants’ inventive cinematography.

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd April

Delighting audiences ever since its multi Oscar-winning 1964 release, Robert Stevenson’s nostalgic musical fantasy stars Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, the world’s most effective nanny – who, hired by George Banks to look after his children, starts teaching them valuable and magical lessons. Full of irresistible songs and an effortlessly perky spirit, Mary Poppins is a true classic.