By Alan Davies
Sunday, September 8, 2013
THE 68th Welwyn Garden City Film Society season opens later this week at the Campus West cinema.
THERE is no need to travel to London for the best in world cinema.
The Welwyn Garden City Film Society’s 68th season starts this week, again featuring some of the best films from around the globe.
Famous French actor Daniel Auteuil stars, and also makes his debut as a director in, the charming The Well Digger’s Daughter which kicks off the society’s season on Friday, September 13.
The film, like Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, is based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol. Again we are in the sunlit Provençal countryside in the 1930s.
Barbara takes us back to communist East Germany, where a paediatrician is torn between her Hippocratic Oath and her desire to flee to the West.
And is the doctor she comes to love working for the Stasi?
Mitsuku Delivers is a Japanese screwball comedy about a pregnant teenager who not only sorts out her own problems, but other people’s, too.
In gripping Russian thriller Elena, the former nurse and now wife of a wealthy man hatches a plan to secure her inheritance when he falls gravely ill.
Set in French-speaking Canada, Monsieur Lazhar is about an Algerian who is drafted in to replace a class teacher who has committed suicide.
Ken Loach directs a rare and engaging comedy in The Angel’s Share. Glaswegian Robbie, on community service, discovers unexpected skills in the whisky distillery business.
One of the two classics this season is Vittorio de Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis on January 10.
This story of doomed love is set in the beautiful garden behind whose walls the aristocratic Jewish Finzi-Continis have retreated in Mussolini’s Italy.
HERE is the full WGC Film Society 2013-2014 season.
* September 13
The Well Digger’s Daughter (PG)
* September 27
* October 11
Mitsuku Delivers (PG)
* October 25
* November 8
Monsieur Lazhar (PG)
* November 29
The Angel’s Share (15)
* January 10, 2014
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (12A)
* February 21
About Elly (12A)
* March 21
* April 25
Les Intouchables (15)
* May 23 - double bill
A Useful Life
Silent Souls (15)
* June 20
Moonrise Kingdom (12A)
About Elly, from the director of A Separation, shows how one lie can open up a Pandora’s box of problems.
Middle class friends leave Tehran for a weekend at the seaside, taking Elly, the teacher of one of their daughters. But Elly disappears.
The other classic is Accident, written by Harold Pinter and directed by Joseph Losey, and starring Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker.
An Oxford professor, in mid-life crisis, begins to feel alive again in the presence of a beautiful student.
Les Intouchables is a culture-clash French box-office hit. A quadriplegic aristocrat hires a Senegalese from the slums as his carer.
There is a double bill on May 23. A Useful Life is the moving and quirkily funny story from Uruguay of a worker at a film theatre which is closing down.
Silent Souls follows the funeral rituals of the Russian Merja people. It is engaging and bawdy, but with a twist.
The final film on June 20 will be Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.
A peaceful island community in New England is turned upside down when two 12-year-olds run away together.
All 12 shows, some including a short film, can be seen on the cinema screen at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, for a membership fee of £30 (students £15). There is nothing else to pay.
Non-members may attend any show, as guests, for £5. All shows are on Fridays, and start at 7.45pm.
For information about joining, call membership secretary Anna Gladstone on 01727 842215, visit the society’s website at www.wgcfs.org.uk, or just pop along to any screening.