Lincoln Film Society: New season reveals how the rest of the world handles truth
Great stories reveal universal truths about the human condition. This is no less true for films than it is for books.
Film Society’s new season, starting on September 6, provides a chance to see how these truths are seen by other cultures, giving us a different – and frequently illuminating – perspective.
We’re showing 26 films, more than ever before: European films, including a good selection from Britain, make up the majority, but there are plenty from elsewhere including North and South America and the Middle and Far East.
Dramas about contemporary society feature strongly. The House (France, 2012), and Compliance (USA, 2012) both examine truthfulness, storytelling, voyeurism and manipulation – fast becoming significant issues in today’s celebrity-driven, social media-obsessed culture – forcing us to consider our own stand on such matters.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (France, 2011) is about a couple whose social ideals are tested to the limit when they are the victims of a violent robbery.
Barbara (Germany, 2012) is a tense affair about a doctor in 1980s East Germany who has fallen foul of the authorities. We see her balancing her professional duty against her desire to escape the ultimate surveillance society.
Out In The Dark
Out In The Dark (Israel/Palestine, 2012) takes us to the present-day Middle East and the relationship between Nimr (a gay Palestinian student) and Roy (an Israeli lawyer.)
It’s relevant, exciting and truly moving and gained the highest audience reaction when we previewed it in London earlier this year.
Period drama is not forgotten, either. A Royal Affair (Denmark, 2012) is set in the 18th century court of Danish King Christian V11 and is the story of his Queen, Caroline, and her friendship with a doctor employed to treat the King’s eccentric behaviour.
Set during the First World War, the visually sumptuous Renoir (France, 2012) explores the relationship between the artist and his film maker son Jean, as Jean recovers from wounds he received in action. We’ve coupled this with La Grande Illusion (France, 1937), Jean Renoir’s masterpiece and arguably the finest anti-war film ever.
There are plenty of good thrillers to enjoy. The Hunt (Denmark, 2012) is a powerful tale of a teacher falsely accused of child abuse and the impact of this accusation on him and his community.
A Hijacking (also Denmark, 2012) is a gripping story (based on true events) of how crew and owners respond when a freighter is seized by Somali pirates. The tension and claustrophobia are accentuated by the fact that the film was shot on location.
In Even The Rain (Mexico, 2010) a film crew making a feature about Columbus trigger events which touch on issues such as land rights and the exploitation of both the environment and indigenous peoples.
Chinatown (USA, 1974) is a new digital restoration of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film noir masterpiece, set in 1940s Los Angeles and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
Four films explore love, that universal, perplexing but always wonderful emotion. Amour (France/Germany 2012, directed by Michael Haneke) is a truthful study of a devoted elderly couple facing their mortality.
It won numerous awards earlier this year. Tabu (Portugal/Germany 2012) is also a tale of passionate love and its consequences, set in three different centuries and two continents. Filmed in black and white, it’s a narrative and visual delight.
Before Midnight (USA, 2013) is Richard Linklater’s third film about the ongoing relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) whom society audiences have met in the two previous films, ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset’.
Your Sister's Sister
Your Sister’s Sister (USA, 2011) is a little gem, sparky, witty and an engaging tale of an eternal triangle with a difference.
Three films explore age-related issues. Le Petit Nicolas (France, 2009) is a delightfully funny film about childhood and a joy to watch.
Me and You (Italy, 2012) introduces us to Lorenzo, an Italian teenager, who bunks off a school skiing holiday to hide in the family basement and be himself for a while. But when his drug-dependent half-sister turns up, he finds he has more to deal with than he bargained for.
A Simple Life (Hong Kong, 2012) is a touching look at the generation gap as an elderly woman finds herself being cared for by the youngest son of the family she was employed by, who is totally clueless about what to do when she has a stroke.
Comedy is well represented. In The Angels’ Share (UK, 2012), Ken Loach revisits his favourite territory of the luckless and dispossessed in an entertaining yarn of three young Scots who see a money-making opportunity via a cask of rare whisky.
Good Vibrations (UK/Ireland 2012) is great fun too; a hugely enjoyable biopic of Terri Hooley, 1970s Belfast record shop owner & punk enthusiast who discovered Feargal Sharkey and The Undertones. This film has a fabulous soundtrack.
Finally, documentary – now a significant genre in its own right – has two quality films.
McCullin (UK, 2013) is about Don McCullin, the 1970s news photographer who covered the Vietnam War. His story is told through powerful images and testimony. Nostalgia For The Light (Chile, 2010) movingly explores links between astronomers in the Atacama Desert (reputedly the driest place in the world and ideal for stargazing) and Chile’s recent and distant past.
The society also plans three screenings of films yet to be released, as we strive to bring the best of world and independent cinema to Lincoln.
No matter what your taste, everything is in full digital cinema format, thanks to our partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University. Why not join us and be part of the best value cinema in the city?