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Winged Migration

Jacques Perrin, France, 2002, 86 min

Five film crews filmed a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and 7 continents, using planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty. On view are the world’s most gorgeous birds through areas as remote as the Arctic and the Amazon and as populated as Paris and New York City. Academy Award for Best Documentary 2002.

Monday 5 June

Cyclo AF

Tran Anh-hung; France-Vietnam, 1995, 129 min

Tony Leung plays a taciturn gangster in Ho Chi Minh City who diverts an 18-year-old cyclo (pedal cabbie) into a life of crime, and his sister into prostitution. In a remarkable about-face from the serene emotions of his debut feature The Scent of Green Papaya, Tran’s admirably unsentimental film paints a compelling portrait of moral derailment and salvation in a city in social and spiritual turmoil. Distinguished by dazzling camerawork, feverish energy and dark, visceral power, this film will have you reeling.

Monday 12 June


Ousmane Sembene; Senegal, 2004, 120 min

This acclaimed film from the legendary Ousmane Sembene, widely regarded as the father of African cinema, brilliantly tackles his most controversial subject to date: female circumcision. In a small village in Burkina Faso, four young girls flee the ritual of ‘purification’ and seek protection (mooladé) with Collé, a circumcised woman who had helped her own daughter escape excision earlier. Collé grants the girls sanctuary and the stage is set for a tense confrontation between opposing sets of values. A wonderfully realised, life-affirming film with the power to change the world, Moolaadé celebrates the strength of women in modern Africa, to whom it is dedicated. ‘Powerful! A masterpiece of political filmmaking’ (New York Times).

Monday 19 June

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström; US, 1993, 118 min

The funny, moody tale of Gilbert (Johnny Depp) who lives in a small town with his 500-pound mother (beautifully played by non-professional Darlene Cates), his autistic brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio, outstanding) and his sisters. Nothing much happens: Arnie keeps getting stuck in a water tower, Gilbert is involved with a married woman (Mary Steenburgen), then meets a new girl who’s closer to his age (Juliette Lewis). But that’s its attraction: not formulaic, it allows you to get to know these characters and the possibilities for change for the better. Depp proves yet again that he’s one of the most interesting and unpredictable actors in American movies, while DiCaprio received an Oscar nomination for his standout performance.

Monday 26 June

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