Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING 3

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FILMS SHOWING

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd & Thurs 27th April
Oscar winner Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy star in British director Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, High Rise) high-octane thriller Free Fire, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese. Set in 1970s Boston, it sees Justine (Larson) broker a gun deal on behalf of two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley); only to find their plans derail into violence. Bloody, sweaty and whip smart.

Sat 22nd April
See the best new British short filmmaking in action! This year’s feature-length programme of all the short films – animated and live action – nominated for the upcoming BAFTAs includes stories that traverse the globe: from a night out drinking in ‘70s Belfast to the world of a child labourer in Indian coalfields; from woolly creatures falling in love to a voyage through Chinese mass-scale production.

Sun 23rd & Thurs 27th April (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.

Mon 24th April
New from Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, The Club) is this provocative, stylish and searching ’anti-bio’ of Chilean poet-diplomat Pablo Neruda. In 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is on the wrong side of an anti-communist drive; in hiding and on the run from a hapless detective (Gael García Bernal). A clever and very beautiful film by the prolific, surprising Larraín.

Fri 28th April to Thurs 4th May
Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery star in Ritesh Batra’s (The Lunchbox) adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Man Booker Prize-winning 2011 novel about a man leading a quiet life until a mysterious diary forces him to investigate his own past anew. A subtly performed, intelligent and suspenseful meditation on ageing, memory and regret.

Sat 29th & Sun 30th April
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 29th April
Consistently hailed the best film of the 21st century, David Lynch’s quintessential neo-noir stars Naomi Watts (Birdman) in a career-making performance as aspiring actress Betty, who after arriving in Hollywood, befriends an amnesiac woman (Laura Harring) and tries to help her recover her memory. A cryptic, seductive and disruptive film, it’s a monumental classic by a giant of contemporary cinema.

Sun 30th April & Thurs 4th May

The masterful Graduation, new from acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), follows a doctor in a small town trying to carve out a good life for his daughter. As time goes on, the consequences of his actions unravel, revealing the layers of corruption still present in Romanian society.