2019 - June 2020 Film Programme
TPH shows are in The Cossham Hall,
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
The show starts 7.30pm
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 2019/20 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.
Chez Les Ch'tis
to the Sticks)
free screening to be shown on September 6th
The Cossham Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.
6th, 2019 Special screening in the Cossham Hall
Chez les Ch'tis (12), 2008, France
Boon, 106 mins. French subtitles.
All welcome, Free entry
to our opening film of the 2019/20 season
Also known to English audiences as "Welcome to the Sticks"
This is one of the most successful comedies to come from the French
cinema. TPH has been attempting to screen this film for several
years and at last, thanks for the persistence of committee member
Mike Harris, we have a reached an agreement with the French distributors.
Phillipe, a Post Office official living in Provence seeks a
position on the French Riviera to please his wife Julie. He tries
to deceive an inspector in an effort to secure his transfer and
as a result, as a punishment, he is posted to the cold North of
France leaving his wife and child behind..
The trials and misunderstandings he experiences as he attempts
to come to terms with the attitudes and beliefs of the Northerners
speaking an unintelligible accent called Ch'tis makes him wonder
whether an unassuming life in a quaint southern town was not so
bad after all and he realises that his attitude to the locals
was nothing but prejudice.
For full synopsis
and reviews click
the Fade (18), 2017 Germany/ France
Fatih Akin, 106 mins.
Katja, the German wife of a Turkish
immigrant Omar, settle into a happy daily routine in Hamburg, with
their six-year-old son, Rocco. But then, a high-power nail bomb
and a racially motivated attack will crush friends and relatives
under the unbearable burden of tragedy, robbing Katja of everything
The devastated mother succombs first
to drugs to dull her pain, and then, to utter despair, as the search
for truth can sometimes be an impossible task for a complex legal
system that has its hands tied. And when the justice isn't enough
should you take the law into your own hands?
For full synopsis
and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5723272/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl
October 11th, 2019
(12), 2017, Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg USA.
: Nora Twomey, 94mins. English Language
Based on Deborah Ellis'
bestselling novel, Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under
the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully
arrested, Parvana dresses like a boy in order to support her family.
She discovers a new world of freedom and danger and draws strength
from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest
to find her father and reunite her family.
The Breadwinner is a
thrilling luminously animated tale about the power of stories to
sustain hope in the face of unimaginable danger.
full synopsis and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3901826/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
War (15), 2018 ,Poland, UK, France
Pawel Pawlikoski 88 mins. English
Filmed in Black and White
the colour style creates a romantic and nostalgic atmoshere, during
the era of the beginning of the cold war.
Set against the background
of the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts
an impossible love story in troubled times. A music director falls
in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist
Poland for France. It's a passionate love story of two people of
different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched
and yet stuck with each other.
full synopsis and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6543652/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1
(AKA The Wedding Invitation)
(15), 2016 Palestine/ France/ Germany/ Columbia/ UAE/
Annamarie Jacir, 96mins, Subtitled.
Also known as "The Wedding Invitation"
A father and his estranged son must come together to deliver by
hand his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per the
local Palestinian custom.
But what is more important is the context. The two main characters,
Abu and Shadi drive around Nazareth in a battered old Volvo in single
day. We see the father telling lies (doesn't matter white or not)
to comfort fellow citizens, or compromising with the occupants etc.
On the other hand the son is unbending in his political and even
asthetical standards. They bicker, reminisce, manipulate and needle
each other but, as time passes, we understand how hard is the father's
struggle to unite his "family" (read as his "nation")
again back in Palestine. All his flaws are actually developed to
achieve this aim. And yes, his son enjoys being free from the hardships
of the everyday life in Palestine and has no concerns about the
reunion of the Palestinians in the fatherland.
full synopsis and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6695212/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
January 10th 2020
Prince , (15), 2018, Belgium/ Germany/ Italy
Everett, 105 mins. English Language
Once the most famous man in London
Oscar Wilde is now disgraced and living in exile a cheap Paris Hotel.
The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him.
Facing his own death he reviews
the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance,
the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas
and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed
to save him from himself. Travelling through Wilde's final act and
journeys through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust
is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. It is a portrait
of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love.
full synopsis and reviews click
Solo, (12), 2015 USA
Chin, Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi, 100 mins/
The climax to the film is is well known, nevertheless the Directors
manage to convey a palpable sense of fear and tension as Alex Honnold
repeatedly practices climbs in preparation for his free solo climb
of the famed El Capitan, a 3,000 foot wall of sheer granite in Yosemite
Honnold makes a fascinating subject as the climber at the heart
of the story. He specializes in free soloing - climbing without
using ropes or any other sort of protection. What he does is insane,
and the film repeatedly stresses the fact that one wrong move would
result in his death. But Honnold's passion for free soloing is his
lifeblood, and despite the inherent (and obvious) dangers of his
profession, it's the one thing that keeps him going. FREE SOLO is
a tribute to him which captures his feats in breathtaking glory
full synopsis and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7775622/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
(15), 2018, Lebanon/ USA
Nadine Labaki, 126 mins. Subtitled
won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.)
Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain
al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise
child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent
parents. He survives through his wits on the streets where he meets
Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and
food, in exchange Zain takes care of her baby son Yonas.
Zein later gets jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally
seeks justice in a courtroom against his parents for the "crime"
of giving him life when they could not afford to look after him.
(15), 2018, Japan
Hirokazu Koreeda 121 mins. Japanese Subtitles
(Hirokazu Koreeda won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival)
Osamu, is a
man with a shifty, wheedling grin. He is the head of an extended
family of roguish people all nursing secrets and lies. This household
appears to be a middle-aged husband and wife, a teen daughter, a
young son and a grandma all living together in a cramped
a casual labourer on construction sites, Osamu actually makes his
money selling the things he steals on daily shoplifting expeditions.
His wife, Noboyu, works in a hotel laundry and she, too, steals
things left in clothes pockets all the time. The younger woman
is Aki who brings in her share of the family finances by taking
part in a soft-porn peep show in town.
across a little girl of perhaps six or seven shivering in the cold
and decides to take in the poor little waif for a few days. She
appears to have marks on her body consistent with abuse and she
wets the bed: another classic sign. Osamus wicked old heart
is evidently melted, and he says that they will keep this little
girl, and train her up in the ways of shoplifting.
It's a complex,
subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise
For full synopsis
and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8075192/?ref_=ttawd_awd_tt
at War (12), 2018, Iceland, France, Ukraine
Benedikt Erlingsson, 101 mins,Subtitled
a bike-riding environmental guerrilla, magnificently played by Halldóra
Geirharðsdóttir, combines the athletic physicality of
Tom Cruises Ethan Hunt with the kaleidoscopic character depth
and subtlety of Liv Ullmann or Greta Garbo. She is a woman in her
forties, declaring war on the local aluminum industry to prevent
it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect
the highlands of Iceland.
When not secretly
holding heartless industrialists to ransom, Halla leads a local
choir, producing harmonious songs that offer a choral counterpoint
to the increasingly discordant strains of modern life. But along
with saving mother Earth, Halla is also in the process of attempting
to adopt a child, a lengthy procedure brought to an unexpected head
when a Ukrainian orphan finds herself in dire need of a home. Can
Halla continue to wage environmental war while taking on the mantle
of loving mother? Or will the authorities catch up with her clandestine
activities before she gets to fulfil her dreams?
full synopsis click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7279188/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl
Woman at War
15th 2020 (also TPH AGM at 7.15pm)
(15), 2018, Denmark
Gustav Moller. 85 Mins, Subtitled
There is an
adage which states that if you allow the audience to discover the
picture from the barest bones of plot they will love you for it.
Its a lesson that that first-time feature director Gustav
Möller has learned well. His superb, multi-award-winning debut,
The Guilty, is a masterclass in wringing breathless tension from
just a few key ingredients.
takes place in two rooms, and the story unfolds in a series of phone
calls. A police officer Cedergren temporarily assigned to emergency
dispatch duty takes a desperate call from a kidnapped woman. The
75 minutes that follow are so taut, that you almost forget to breathe.
A crucial part
of the picture is Jakob Cedergrens tinderbox of a performance.
Officer Holm has been taken off the street pending a formal investigation,
which is scheduled for the following day. From his brusque manner
it seems he feels the emergency phone operator work is beneath him.
But theres something more than that. A brief, jovial chat
with a former colleague from the beat leaves him hollowed out and
deadened. The camera creeps towards him as he stares, unseeing,
at his desk and catches the glint of a tear in his eye.
that eventually become clear, Holm very much needs to be a hero
right now. When he answers the sob-choked call from Iben (voiced
by Jessica Dinnage), phoning covertly from her ex-husbands
van, Holm grabs at the chance to redeem himself.
full synopsis and reviews click https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6742252/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
(15), 2020, USA
Scott Cooper, 134 mins. English
a tough but tender tale of blood and dust, populated by characters
who express themselves most eloquently through gestures rather than
words, accompanied by a superb Max Richter score that wrings mournful
song from troubled landscapes.
In New Mexico,
1892, the remote homestead of Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike) is besieged
by Comanche raiders who burn her house and massacre her husband
and children. Meanwhile, Captain Joseph J Blocker (Christian Bale)
captures and torments an Apache family, rounding them up like cattle
for imprisonment at the isolated Fort Berringer. We are all
prisoners, says Blocker, who has a war bag of reasons
for hating savages, and a brutal reputation for claiming
more scalps than Sitting Bull himself. But these territorial
wars are ending, and the close-to-retirement captain is ordered
to escort home his dying nemesis, Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk (Wes
Studi), to the Valley of the Bears in Montana. En route they pick
up the traumatised Rosalee, who is terrified by the sight of Yellow
Hawks chained family, but whose sympathies shift as the mismatched
group encounters Comanche raiders and vicious fur-trappers.
ensemble cast breathes life into the films moral quandaries,
with Studi the standout as a cancer-ridden warrior on his final
journey. With his leonine features and regal gait, Studis
stoical Yellow Hawk offers an imposing counterpoint to Bales
embittered Blocker, quietly drawing our attention away from the
captains invasive angst towards a more profound sense of indigenous
pathos and loss.
full synopsis and reviews click
free 12th Film for our 14th season. Small
prices for a big screen experience.
and see for yourself at our free film "Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis"
a hilarious comedy which kick starts an exciting and thought -provoking
we are passionate making your "Trip to the Pictures" a more engaging and
enjoyable experience. You can watch films at home anytime but we welcome
you to a different experience, high defination projection combined with
Surround Sound, a big screen all in a friendly atmosphere.
is the 100th Anniversary of the Thornbury Picture House first commercial
screening in May 1920, we are making celebratory plans so watch this space.
also be screening selected drama, opera and ballet filmed on the
London stage in our Event Cinema series, these events are not
included in the regular season's membership, keep an eye on the
Thornbury magazine and local websites for date and pricing