2016 - June 2017 Film Programme
Our apologies for a couple of errors in some headings
in the printed 2016/17 TPH brochure.
Cert 15 was made in the UK in 2015 and is directed by Paolo
Sorrentino, 124 mins.
Tehran" Cert 12 was made in Iran in 2015 and is directed
Panahi, 82 mins.
shows are in The Cossham Hall,
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
The show starts 7.30pm
Movie DataBase (www.imdb.com)
imdb.com gives details of the making of the film, the director,
the actors, lots of other interesting information and invites comment
on each movie listed. Links are provided below to the films to be
shown in the TPH 2016/17 season. Just click on each underlined link
and scroll down to the heading "Users Comments" to read
a reviewer's commentary together with notes from other readers to
say whether the review was helpful or not. However, please be aware
the site may contain "spoilers" which may affect your
enjoyment of the film.
(15), 2014, France
Toledano, Oliver Nakache, 118 mins
Samba is a nice
young man from Senegal who risks being deported. During this decade
in Paris, he worked in all sorts of jobs to take care of his family
back home, and hoping to one day legalize his situation. In his
particular struggle surviving in France and hiding from the police,
he will find 3 people to rely on: his uncle who gives him a roof,
a funny Arabic man who like him does not have a visa, and Alice
a French girl who is helping immigrants while taking a break from
her real job.
of Samba will make you laugh, and they will make you sad. Either
way, they are a clear representation of the reality for thousands
of men who are completely forgotten by the world, and who were born
is from Ludovic Einaudi, who also did the soundtrack for "Les
intouchables". And also like in "Les intouchables"
the music makes a perfect match with the story and the images.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3399024/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
(15), 2015, UK, Brazil,
Stephen Daldry, Christian Duurvoort, 114mins
exciting film from start to finish. The three boys, recruited from
the streets of Brazil are a triumph, and the way the film handles
them, and uses their emotional closeness and their friendship, is
a credit to Director Stephen Daldry and his crew. The story jumps
from one level of excitement to the next in a series of clever set
pieces that, at the same time as they increase the tension to almost
unbearable levels, answers the questions raised by the mystery;
what exactly is the significance of what the boys find, as they
comb through the giant mountains of trash of Rio de Janerio, trying
to earn enough to eat from recycling plastic and tin cans?
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921149/?ref_=nv_sr_1
October 14th, 2016
2016, Iceland, Denmark
: Grimur Hakonarson, 93 mins
Set in a remote
village in Iceland, it is the story of two unmarried brothers, Gummi
(Sigurður Sigurjónsson,) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson),
both heavily bearded sheep farmers who live one hundred yards from
each other but have not talked in forty years.They communicate,
if necessary, by writing letters which are carried from one house
to the other by a sheepdog!
takes a different tack when valley life is threatened by disease
with each brother reacting to stave off disaster in his own fashion:
Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits and the two
gradually coming together in mutual respect and support.
Winner of the
Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. 2015
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3296658/
Queens (15), 2000, Argentina,
Fabian Bielinsky, 114 mins
Marcos and Juan
are fellow small time swindlers. Marcos has much higher stakes in
mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime
scheme falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them
to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine
Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture
a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria,
their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and
pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult
to figure out who is conning whom.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247586/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm
We Do In The Shadows
We Do In The Shadows (15), 2013, New Zealand, USA
Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, 86mins
this vampire-out-of-coffin comedy and mockumentary, a crucifix-wearing
documentary crew has been granted full access to shoot the lives
of flat sharing New Zealand vampires, a part of a secret society,
months before gathering for their annual ball known as "The
Deacon, and Vladislav are the vampires who are finding that modern
life has them struggling with the mundane, like paying rent, keeping
up with the chores, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming
comedy is great, the deadpan nature of it is hilarious, the jokes
are not many movies that make me actually laugh out loud, but this
one did on several occasions"
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416742/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and
stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966 during which
the band became a worldwide cultural phenomenum topping them all.
It also follows how the Fab Four began to change and grow while
the excitement of Beatlemania began to sour their lives into an
intolerable slog from which they simply had to escape, much to the
fans chagrin, who refused to understand the pressure to perform
- come what may.
full synopsis and reviews click
Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
Song (15), 2015, UK,
Terence Davies, 135 mins
in the early 20th century, Chris Guthrie, an intelligent farmers
daughter in north-eastern Scotland struggles for love amid hardship
and family misfortune. After her mother, a poverty-stricken woman
broken by repeated childbirths takes her own life, the resilient
young Chris must manage the farm in her absence and when her father
has a stroke she is left on the land with her closest ally and friend,
her brother. Finally she finds love, only to wave her new husband
off to the Great War. She remains on the farm, connected to a land
about to be changed forever by the onset of technology and war.
Based on Lewis Gibbon's acclaimed novel and filmed in Scotland and
New Zealand it is a visual feast
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262161/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Paolo Sorrentino, 124 mins.
Fred and Mick,
two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot
of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick,
a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and
tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic
young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles
to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important
film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career but a
stranger brings an invitation for one last performance.
Film Award Jane Fonda
Supporting Actress of the Year
European Film Awards
Best European Film
European Director Paolo Sorrentino
European Actor Michael Caine
full synopsis and reviews click
A War (15),
Tobias Lindholm, 115 mins.
A gripping and
thought-provoking story that examines battlefronts at home and abroad.
NATO Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and
his men are stationed in an Afghan province. During a routine mission,
the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save
his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for
him - and his family back home.
in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday
life together with a husband at war and three children who miss
There are no
heroes and no villains, simply circumstances which force men to
make snap decisions when their life is being threatened.
for Oscar 2016 Best Foreign Language Film.
For full synopsis
and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3830162/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt
(12), Iran, 2015
Jafar Panahi, 82 mins.
When Jafar Panahi
noted filmmaker from Tehran is banned from making movies by the
Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie
about social challenges in Iran as he drives his cab in the streets
passengers speak out openly what is on their mind. A female teacher
and a young man discuss death penalty, a bootlegger offers the new
season of "The Walking Dead" and some Woody Allen movies,
two old women want to transport their goldfish in a glass bowl,
a young woman wants to transport her much older husband who has
been injured in an accident, and a cheeky little girl explains the
rules of Iranian filmmaking and her entitlement to a frappuccino.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4359416/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
(15), 2015, UK,
Alex Garland, 108 mins.
Caleb, a junior
programmer working at the company that runs the world's most popular
search engine wins a company lottery. The prize is a week at the
CEO's estate/research facility. When he gets there he discovers
that the boss has been working on androids with superior Artificial
Intelligence. The programmers job is to test how "human"
the android is. What develops is a manipulative game between the
android and the programmer.
deals with a familiar theme in a very unique way. It doesn't bombard
you with effects or superficial action (although the robot effects
are exceptional). Rather, its focus and beauty lie in the subtle
and nuanced performances of its tiny cast as the film explores what
it means to be human".
2016 Best Achievement in Visual Effects
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/?ref_=nv_sr_1
welcome! Following on from last season's successful "firsts"
for TPH - our "Open Air" and "Event Cinema" screenings,
both new ways to to experience moving images in Thornbury, we hope to
offfer these opportunities again in our new season.
core programme promises to be an eclectic mix of world cinema to stimulate,
challenge,and intrigue you. So if you like watching award-winning films
in a warm and friendly atmosphere then join us at the Cossham Hall with
our fantastic high definaition Blu-ray projector, surround sound system
and big screen, near you!
Thornbury Picture House.