Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING 2

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FILMS SHOWING

Fri 11th to Thurs 17th August
Christopher Nolan (Inception, Interstellar) returns with this brutal, epic war film with a terrific ensemble cast including Tom Hardy, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance. Depicting the miraculous rescue of Allied forces from the beaches of Dunkirk, it another brilliantly ambitious film from Nolan, vast in scale and emotional scope, and must be seen on the big screen.

Sat 12th August
A modern classic, the riotously funny, effortlessly touching Little Miss Sunshine portrays a dysfunctional family on a mission. Would-be motivational speaker Richard (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), sad Uncle Frank (Steve Carell), sombre teen Dwayne (Paul Dano) and foul-mouthed grandfather Edwin (Alan Arkin) go on the road to support beauty queen hopeful Olive (Abigail Breslin) on a trip that stretches their sanity to the limit.

Sun 13th August
Grande dames of French cinema Catherine Frot (Marguerite) and Catherine Deneuve (Belle du Jour, Potiche) share the screen for the first time in this sparkling, buoyant drama by Martin Provost (Séraphine, Violette). Conscientious midwife Claire (Frot) is in a rut after years of putting others before herself until an unexpected phone call, from her father’s former mistress, freewheeling Béatrice (Deneuve), changes everything.

Thurs 17th August
Ermanno Olmi’s newly restored neorealist masterpiece (winner of the 1978 Palme d’Or) is a truly life-enhancing film. Made with utmost grace and sensitivity, it follows late 19th century peasants farming in rural Lombardy as they sow seed and reap the harvest; feed and slaughter animals; mark births and weddings, and enjoy and suffer the triumphs and tragedies of their small but indisputably meaningful world.

Fri 18th to Thurs 31st August
Featuring the voices of James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart (as, the, er poop emoji!), this zippy, funny animation explores the hidden world of a smartphone, where the bustling city of Textopolis is home to emojis including the unusually expressive Gene. On a mission to become ‘normal’, he enlists his friends’ help. But, travelling through apps, they discover a danger threatening their very existence.

Fri 18th to Sun 20th August
Tipped to be the strongest Apes yet with its compelling combination of a powerful, morally complex storyline and breathtakingly dynamic special effects, Matt Reeves’s (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) War for the Planet of the Apes sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes forced into a deadly conflict with a human army led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Sat 19th August

Nominated for nine Oscars, this lavish, landmark adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel follows the interwoven lives of three families in Edwardian England. Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson are the two sisters who fatefully collide with a wealthy family – one benefiting from the acquaintance, the other all but destroyed by it. Featuring superb supporting turns from Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Samuel West.

Sun 20th to Thurs 24th August (excluding Tues 22nd August)
US comedian Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine cultural differences and the history of their real-life courtship in this touching, humane and brilliantly funny romantic comedy. With Kumail as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily, it sees their relationship start, then stall as he fears the familial fall-out from dating a white American woman. Then, unexpectedly, she falls mysteriously, seriously ill.

Tues 22nd August
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore give typically insightful performances in this terrifically perceptive and witty comedy by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art). They are lesbian couple Jules and Nic, parents of teens Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), both conceived from the same sperm donor; who turn their postmodern family upside down when they decide to track down their father (Mark Ruffalo).

Thurs 24th August
The late, great John Hurt’s acting breakthrough was in this much-loved, newly remastered TV film adapted from the memoirs of dandy and raconteur Quentin Crisp. Played brilliantly by Hurt, Crisp makes the courageous choice not to hide his homosexuality in the repressive environment of ‘30s and ‘40s England. But – confronted with criminal charges – he must decide how far he will go to defend his lifestyle.

Fri 25th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th August
Produced by the team behind Control, this amusing, nostalgic biopic of oft-controversial and uniquely talented singer Morrissey, erstwhile frontman of seminal ‘80s band The Smiths, explores his early life in ‘70s Manchester. Jack Lowden (’71, Denial) stars as young Steven Patrick Morrissey; full of alienation, youthful arrogance and nascent musicality, he longs to break free from the mainstream and realise his dreams.

Sat 26th August
The masterful first film in Godrey Reggio’s Qatsi trilogy, this triumphant, justly renowned documentary, beautifully scored by Philip Glass, explores the relationship of humanity to nature. Featuring rolling, relentless time-lapse footage of natural landscapes and human interventions – oil fields, rockets, cities, mass transit – on a vast scale, it simply sweeps you away. A must-see on the big screen.