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Monthly Sunday Films at The Coach House:
29th September ‘19 at 7pm – Les Choristes (PG, 97mins)
20th October ‘19 at 7pm – Mon Oncle (U, 116mins)
17th November ‘19 at 3pm – L’année dernière Marienbad (U, 94mins)
19th January ’20 – La Belle et la Bête(PG, 93mins) – 3pm with English subtitles, 7pm with French subtitles
15th March ‘20 at 3pm – Le Boucher (15, 93mins)
19th April ‘20 at 7pm – L’Homme Du Train (12A, 90mins)
17th May ‘20 at 7pm – Le Roi et L’Oiseau (U, 83mins)
14th June ‘20 at 7pm – Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (U, 91mins)
SPECIAL SHOWING AT MALVERN CINEMA:
Sunday 8th December ‘19 at 2pm – C’est La Vie/Le Sens de la fête (15, 117mins)
FILM WEEKEND – SIX French Gangster Films AT THE COACH HOUSE:
(All films are shown with English subtitles with the exception of La Belle et la Bête on 19th Jan at 7pm which will be shown with French subtitles)
Sunday 29th Sept ’19 at 7pm
2004 (PG) Colour 97mins (music/drama)
Clément Mathieu, a former music teacher, comes to a school for “difficult” boys run by Rachin a cruel minded principal. The motto of the school is “Action – Reaction”, but this technique obviously isn’t working as there are a lot of problems and problem children. Clément tries to reach his boys and build trust and true order through music, particularly with the rebel Pierre whose single mother he begins to develop an attraction to.
César Awards 2005 : Best Film Music, Best Sound
Lumiere Awards 2005: Best Film
National Board of Review USA 2004: Top Foreign Film
Sunday 20th Oct ’19 at 7pm
1958 (U) – B&W 116mins (comedy)
The hopeless Monsieur Hulot once again finds himself affecting people’s lives without realizing what he has done. Hulot’s young nephew lives in an ultra-modern house where his overly pretentious mother will barely let him breathe. Hulot has taken the boy under his wing, but concerned that he may be a bad influence, Hulot’s sister and brother-in-law devise a plan to keep him away. However an attempt to introduce him to other people at their garden party doesn’t quite work out as planned.
Oscars 1959: Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA 1958: Top Foreign Film
Cannes 1958: Jury Prize – Tati
Sunday 17th Nov ’19 at 3pm
1961 (U) B & W 94 mins (drama/mystery)
In a picturesque old-fashioned luxury chateau hotel, an enigmatic man tries to convince a married woman that they met in the Czech spa-town of Marienbad and spent time together there the previous year. The woman has no recollection whatsoever of having met this man and is convinced that he is just making all of this up. However, the more the man talks about their activities on that occasion, the more convincing he becomes. The question remains though – have they previously met or not?
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1962: Best Film
C’EST LA VIE / LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
from the same team that made LES INTOUCHABLES
Sunday 8th Dec ’19 at 2pm
2017 (15) – colour 117 mins (comedy/drama/romance)
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Pierre is marrying Héléna and wants his wedding party to be first rate. Therefore, he has engaged the services of Max Angély, a seasoned caterer, and his team. The reception is to take place in a sumptuous 17th century castle and its beautiful park. The rich arrogant bridegroom demands that everything is just so. Max assures him that it will be, but what he fails to tell him is that he has had to make a few staff substitutions for this event. But Max will “always adapt” and do everything to try to see that all goes well. But will it?
César Awards, France 2018: nominated Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay
Lumière 2018: nominated Best Film
Sunday 19th January ’20 at 3pm (with English subtitles) & 7pm (with French subtitles)
1947 (PG) – B&W 93 mins (fantasy/romance)
Returning home late one night a merchant takes shelter in a castle. As he leaves the next morning, he takes a rose to give to his daughter Belle. But just then the master appears, a creature half man and half beast, telling the merchant he must choose between dying or having one of his three daughters come to live in the castle. The selfless Belle agrees to go, against her father’s wishes. Once there, the Beast assures her she will come to no harm, but she must meet him once a day at 7pm in the dining room. Every day he asks her to marry him but she refuses. Love grows between them however, leading to a magical resolution.
Prix Louis Delluc 1946, Cannes 1946: Grand Prize nominee
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February
Six Great Gangster Movies
Tickets £6 (£5 when three or more films are booked at the same time – only available through the box office on 01684 892277)
Saturday 15th Feb ’20 at 11am
2009 (18) colour 155 mins (crime/drama)
Malik, an illiterate eighteen year-old Franco-Arab is sent to Brécourt prison sentenced to six years for assaulting police officers. Alone and without money, he finds himself unprotected in an environment of corruption and violence from the opposing Corsican and Muslim gangs. César, the head of the Corsican inmates, forces Malik to kill one of the Muslims and in reward gives him support and protection. In working to save himself while in prison he learns how to deal drugs and so climbs up the hierarchy of César’s mafia.
BAFTA 2010: Best film not in the English language
Cannes 2009: Jury Grand Prize, Prix Louis Delluc – 2009
Saturday 15th Feb ’20 at 3pm
1965 (16) -B&W 105 mins (comedy/action/crime)
Ex-gangster Fernand receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed “The Mexican”. The declining mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some unfinished criminal business and also asks him to look after his soon-to-be-married daughter. When another mobster heavy, Volfoni, takes exception to Fernand for being an outsider, he and his “friends” come after Fernand, who calling on his old skills and law-breaking ways, defends himself against a series of attempts on his life from the persistent mob.
“One of the funniest, coolest and yet silliest movies of all time. An absolute classic. I loved every minute of it.”
Saturday 15th Feb ’20 at 7pm
1955 (12) – B&W 118 mins (crime/thriller)
Fresh out of jail after a five-year imprisonment, a weary master burglar returns to a rain-soaked Paris only to find his girl is now the mistress of a rival dope-dealing gangster. Utterly disheartened, he reluctantly accepts the proposition of his young protégé, for a quick smash-and-grab raid on a prestigious jewellery store, but only if they step up the job into an all-out jewel heist. With an impeccable plan and an expert safe-cracker, the thieves are on a roll. But what if opening the impregnable safe is the easiest part of the job?
Cannes 1955: Best director
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1956: Best Film
NBR USA 1956: Top Film
Sunday 16th Feb ’20 at 11am
1954 (15) – B&W 83 mins (crime/drama)
Max, an old gentleman gangster, and his buddy Riton, have got away with 50-million francs worth of gold bars, which they have “put away for their retirement”. But Riton’s mistress, Josy, has grown tired of him. She has found herself a new protector in the shape of Angelo, the dangerous boss of a rival gang. Through Josy, Angelo learns about his rivals’ hidden stash and plots to get it. He therefore decides to kidnap Riton to force Max to give him the gold. But will Max decide to give up the gold in exchange for his long-time buddy?
Venice Film Festival 1954: Best Actor – Jean Gabin
Sunday 16th Feb ’20 at 3pm
2005 (15) – colour 108 mins (crime/drama/music)
Tom, 28, is a pretty tough guy who leads a life that might be regarded as criminal. While feeling he is at a critical point in his life, a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano again and work to become a concert pianist like his mother. His teacher is a Chinese virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. Speaking no French, music is the only language they share. Soon, Tom’s bid to be a better person means he begins to want to find true love. But his attempt falters when his dubious past comes to light.
BAFTA 2006: Best Film not in the English Language
César 2006: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & more
Sunday 16th Feb ’20 at 7pm
1937 (PG) – B&W 94 mins (crime/drama/romance)
Pépé le Moko, one of France’s most wanted criminals, hides out in the Algerian Casbah. Protected by his gang, he eludes the authorities and capture, all the while knowing the police will be waiting for him if he ever tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby Gould, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her. She also reminds him of all the things he loved about Paris. Even though Pépé knows he is being closely watched by Inspector Slimane, he considers a future with Gaby.
National Board of Review USA 1941: Best Foreign Film
Kinema Junpo Awards 1940: Best Foreign Language Film
1970 (15) colour 93 mins (drama/thriller)
Helénè, a lonely village headmistress, befriends the local butcher Popaul. On Popaul’s birthday Hélène gives him a lighter. Later, during an excursion with her class to a cave in the woods, Hélène stumbles across the latest stabbed victim of a presumed serial killer. She recognises the woman and finds Popaul’s lighter at the scene but hides it from the police. When Popaul next visits her she discovers that he still has his lighter and is much relieved. However, when Popaul paints the ceiling of her house, she makes a discovery that seriously affects her sense of security.
Bodil Awards 1971: Best European film & director Chabrol
Sunday 19th April ’20 at 7pm
2002 (12A) colour 90 mins (crime/thriller)
Milan is a beleaguered old thief who rolls into a small French town with the aim of robbing its bank. However, with no place to stay and following a chance meeting with Manesquier, a retired poetry teacher, he accepts his offer of shelter, which leads to an unexpected friendship. Milan has grown tired of his adventurous life on the run and wishes to retire in peace; Manesquier craves the danger he’s never known in his bookish existence. Their shared admiration and envy inspires each to reconsider their future.
Lumière Awards, France 2003: Best Actor
Venice Film Festival 2002: Best Film
NBR USA 2003: Top Foreign Film
Sunday 17th May ’20 at 7pm
1980 (U) – colour 83 mins (animation/fantasy)
What is now regarded as a masterpiece of French animation, began life in 1948, as The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (loosely based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen) but was not completed until 1980. It’s a true explosion of fantasy that will capture a child’s imagination, but will also fascinate adults. The basic plot involves a chimney sweep and a shepherdess seeking to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. The whole film, though, is a metaphor of what power can do to people. It shows how love and freedom can never be suppressed.
Prix Louis Delluc 1979: Paul Grimault – director
Sunday 14th June ’20 at 7pm
1964 (U) – colour 91 mins (drama/musical/romance)
This is the story of 16-year-old Geneviève and 20-year-old Guy who are very much in love. Her kind mother won’t hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to complete his military service. Geneviève is heartbroken when he leaves for army service in colonial Algeria and is upset to have only received one letter from him in two months. She is also pregnant. Her mother’s solution to this situation is kindly diamond-merchant Roland Cassard. He agrees to raise Geneviève’s child as his own, and when Guy returns from Algeria he finds Geneviève now married.
Prix Louis-Delluc 1963, Cannes 1964: Palme d’Or
French Syndicate of Film Critics 1965: Critics Prize – Best Film
Any tickets booked via Malvern Theatres “for collection” will be available on the door at the Coach House, half an hour before the start time. (Please note Malvern Theatres terms and conditions with regard to returns/refunds are applicable.)
Tickets are also usually available on the door at the Coach House.
NOTE: Seats in the Coach House will not be numbered and patrons may choose any vacant one on arrival. (With tiered seating, visibility is not an issue from anywhere in the auditorium.)
The Malvern French Film Centre, operates a membership scheme under which a subscription of £30 is payable in advance, and admission to each film then costs only £1. This represents a significant saving to members if they see at least ten of the fifteen films on offer.
Anyone interested in becoming a subscribing member can find more details on our website: www.malvernfrenchfilmcentre.uk where an electronic version of this brochure will also be found along with other information of interest to French cinephiles.