Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put together programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details and reviews for any of our up-coming films, we recommend the following websites:
www.independent.co.uk www.imdb.com www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com www.metro.co.uk www.timeout.com

12th April


Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite,

USA, 2017; 115 minutes

Cert. 15. Drama

A child’s sense of wonder is at the heart of Sean Baker’s joyful story of people living on the impoverished fringes of Florida’s tourist traps.

Six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.


26th April


Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter's future.

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Vlad Ivanov Romania,

2017; 128 minutes

Cert 15. Crime/Drama


Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who's just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success.

Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Graduation is a masterful look at the complex moral choices and compromises some people make when desperation takes hold.





Director: Bill Pohlad

Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

USA, 2015; 116 minutes
Cert 12A. Biography/Drama/Music

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy......

Set against the era-defining catalogue of Wilson's music, Bill Pohlad’s film flits between two distinct phases in his life: the 1960s Wilson (Paul Dano), struggling with his demons to create his masterpiece, Pet Sounds, and the 1980s Wilson (John Cusack), a broken, mentally ill man under the shady scrutiny of therapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). The film is great on the realities of making music, but equally fascinating on Wilson’s deterioration as Landy battles for his soul with girlfriend Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). Perfectly played by Dano and Cusack, it’s the film Wilson’s talent deserves: original, smart and affecting. And it goes without saying that the tunes are sublime.





Director: Ciro Guerra
Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar

Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis Columbia,

2015; 125 minutes

Cert. 12A. Adventure/Drama


Embrace of the Serpent is the first Colombian movie to ever be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Shot in dreamy black and white, spoken in nine separate languages, and told with an unerring devotion to authenticity, the result is unique and intoxicating, an art movie that grips like a thriller. It’s 1909, and terminally ill German explorer Theodor Koch- Grunberg (Jan Bijvoet) is on the trail of yakruna, a sacred plant said to have healing properties. He recruits young mystic Karamakate (Nilbio Torres), the last of his tribe, as a guide. Thirty-one years later, American scientist Evan (Brionne Davis) takes up Theo’s quest, and starts by tracking down the shaman, now living alone in the jungle painting rocks. What follows is a dreamlike, episodic road movie by canoe, as first Theo, then Evan come face to face with the ghosts of a tribal past and the horrors of a colonialist present – all leading to a finale of cosmic, mind-expanding beauty.





Director: Paul McGuigan

Cast: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening,

Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave

UK, 2017; 105 minutes

Cert. 15. Biography/Drama/Romanc

A tremendous central duo breathe life into Paul McGuigan’s endearing retelling of the real-life romance between a young actor and Oscar-winner Gloria Grahame.

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award -winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening). As an unknown, struggling young actor in the late 70s, Turner met and fell in love with Gloria Grahame, the legendary Hollywood star and Oscar-winner who was living in the same north London boarding house. She was in the endgame of her career yet maintaining a never-say-die optimism, looking for stage work in Britain and suppressing worries about her health. Then, some time after their affair ended, Turner received a phone call: Grahame had collapsed in her dressing room while on tour in the UK, and had asked to come and stay with Peter and his family in Liverpool, convinced that she could recover there.....





Director: Ceyda Torun

Cast: Bengu, Deniz, Duman, Gamsiz, Aslan Parcasi

Turkey, 2016; 79 minutes Cert. U. Documentary

KEDi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your backyard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal. Street cats are such a big part of the culture that when US president Barack Obama visited Istanbul, part of his tour included a stop at the Hagia Sophia to visit its famous cat, Gli. Cats are as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki and fish restaurants.




Director: Craig Gillespie
Actors: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

USA 2018; 119 minutes Cert. 15. Biography/Comedy/Drama

Based on the unbelievable, but true, events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensa- tional scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more

poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a moustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked--and checkered--glory.




Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put to- gether programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details, clips and reviews for any of our up-coming films, try the following websites:

www.independent.co.uk; www.imdb.com; www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com; www.timeout.com; www.rogerebert.com