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Monthly Sunday Films at The Coach House:
Oct 17th at 3pm: Le Roi et l’Oiseau
Nov 21th at 3pm: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Jan 16th at 3pm: L’Homme du Train
Feb 13th at 3pm: Fahim
Mar 13th at 3pm: L’heure de la Sortie
Apr 17th at 3pm: La Tourneuse de Pages
Jun 12th at 7pm: French Cancan
SPECIAL SHOWING AT MALVERN CINEMA:
Dec 5th at 2pm: La Grande Vadrouille
MAY FILM WEEKEND AT THE COACH HOUSE
Six films set around the South of France:
Saturday May 14th:
Sunday May 15th:
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(Some trailers lack subtitles but be assured that we show all films with English subtitles)
Oct 17th 3:00pm
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 1964: Paul Grimault – director
Nov 21st 3:00 pm
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
December 5th 2:00 pm at MALVERN CINEMA
1966 (U) – colour 132 mins (comedy/adventure/war)
During World War II, two French civilians and a downed British Bomber Crew set out from Paris to try to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must avoid German troops – and the consequences of their own blunders. Simple plan, but with hilarious outcome. “Possibly the best French comedy ever made, endlessly enjoyable whether you are a French speaker or not”.
Winner: David de Donatello – Golden Plate 1967, German Golden Screen Award 1977
January 16th 3:00 pm
2002 (12A) – colour 90 mins (crime/drama/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
February 13th 3:00pm
2019 (12) – Colour 107 mins (biography/comedy/drama)
Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight year-old chess prodigy, Fahim, arrives in Paris with his father. By a stroke of luck, Fahim meets one of France’s top chess coaches, who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose. The film tells the story of a child who learns to live without his mother and his father, far from home, his roots and his language. It is not only a moving account of the grim realities of a supposedly caring society, but also a heartwarming testimony to a father’s determination, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s courageous will to succeed.
Oscars 1959: Best Foreign Film, National Board of Review
March 13th 3:00pm
2018 (15) Colour 104 mins (drama/mystery)
A replacement teacher arrives for a class of elite students after their previous professeur committed suicide. The substitute soon notices the strangely violent behaviour of this close-knit group of six. Unusually smart and precocious, the teens are intent on cutting themselves off from the rest of the school, engaging in activities that resemble the creepy rituals of a sect, spreading hostility and fear across the school. Soon, the teacher discovers their dark vision of a doomed future and their contempt towards the powerless adults who can no longer protect them.
Catalonian International Film Festival 2018: Sébastien Marnier – Special Mention
April 17th 3:00pm
2006 (15) – colour 85 mins (drama/music)
Mélanie Prouvost, a ten-year-old butcher’s daughter, is a gifted pianist, which is why her parents decide that she should sit for the Conservatoire entrance exam. Although it is expected that Mélanie will be admitted, she unfortunately gets distracted by the president of the jury’s offhand attitude and she fails. Ten years later, Mélanie becomes the page turner for the same woman and waits for a revenge opportunity.
César Awards 2007: Catherine Frot – nominee Best Actress
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May
Weekend of films based on the South of France
2013 (12A) colour 93 mins (drama)
Part one of Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy. Marius’ biggest dream is to embark on a boat and sail to a faraway land. Fanny has secretly been in love with Marius since her childhood; Marius, never admitting it, has always loved Fanny. One day, Marius is offered a job on an exploratory ship. Fanny confesses her love for him and thereby provokes a fight between Marius and Panisse, who despite his old age, has been courting Fanny. Torn between realising his ambition and his love for Fanny, Marius abandons his dream, to remain with Fanny, but he cannot ignore the call of the sea and decides to accept the job, leaving Fanny behind.
Lumière Awards, France 2014: Most Promising Young Actor – Raphaël Personnaz
2013 (PG) colour 102 mins (drama)
Part two of Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy. Marius has now gone to sea on a five-year contract to follow his dream; Fanny discovers she is pregnant. Her mother and Marius’ father, César, distraught at the idea of an unmarried mother, persuade her to accept the romantic advances of the much older suitor, Panisse. To save face and despite her disappointment, Fanny accepts the arrangement and marries the rich merchant of the Vieux Port. Although he is 30 years her senior, he will look after her and will recognize her son as his heir.
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 2013: Best Actress Victoire Bélézy
Étoiles d’Or, France 2014: Best Music
1954 (U) – B&W 104 mins (comedy)
A small town seeking publicity tries to bring together the quintuplet grandsons of the town’s oldest inhabitant. This film is mainly a vehicle for the great Fernandel, the wonderful comedic actor with the “horse-faced” grin, who plays not only the old man, but all five grandsons. This is a classic French comedy with not only Fernandel but also Louis de Funes. By nature of the plot, it is episodic featuring each of the grandsons and some of these cameos are gems. A clever film that will be a joy for old cinema lovers or equally lovers of old cinema.
Locarno International Film Festival 1954: Prize: Henri Verneuil
Oscar nominee 1956: Best Motion Picture Story
1986 (PG) – colour 120 mins (comedy/drama)
In a rural French village old Cesar and his nephew cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear that a new tenant is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour, Jean Cadoret, tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter’s hearts they think only of monopolising the spring.
César Awards, France 2018: nominated Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay
Lumière 2018: nominated Best Film
1986 (PG) – colour 113 mins (comedy/drama)
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, Manon, the daughter of Jean Cadoret, has remained on the farm, tending goats, in the hills of the idyllic Provencal countryside, growing into a beautiful young woman. Cesar’s business has greatly prospered from the fresh spring water and the carnations grow well. Ugolin, his grandson, begins to turn his mind towards ideas of love and steadily falls for the distant Manon. Meanwhile she has discovered the treachery that once befell her father and begins to plot vengeance on the men who caused her father’s untimely death years earlier.
National Board of Review USA 1987: Best Foreign Film
Kansas Film Critics Award 1987: Best Foreign Film
1990 (U) – colour 105 mins (adventure/drama/biog)
The film is set in 1900 and while a very detailed description of the life of a French family in the south of France of the time, it is more the story of a young boy’s life. Marcel witnesses the success of his teacher father, whom he admires greatly, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their summer vacations in a cottage in Provence, and one day when lost, Marcel meets and subsequently befriends a local boy who teaches him the secrets of the hills of Provence.
National Board of Review USA 1991: Top Foreign Film
Seattle International Film Festival 1991: Best Film
Jun 12th 7:00pm
1955 (U) – colour 102 mins (comedy/drama)
Jean Renoir (son of Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
It’s 1890 and Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) café ‘Le Paravent Chinois’ featuring his mistress, belly-dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmartre, where the then old-fashioned cancan is still danced. There he conceives the idea of reviving the cancan as the feature of a new, more popular establishment and meets Nini, a laundress and natural dancer whom he hopes to make the star of his new show. But a tangled maze of jealousies intervenes.
Grand Prix de l’Academie du Cinéma – 1956
As part of the restrictions currently in place at The Coach House Theatre, designed to minimise any potential spread of the Covid virus, only numbered seating will be available. Seats may be booked through Malvern Theatres Box Office up until 6 p.m. on the day before each film. Unsold seats (if there are any) can also be purchased on the day of the film at the door. The MFFC will try to let those on the mailing list know in advance if any film is fully booked. This will also be shown on the ‘Film Programme’ page.
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At the May Weekend if three or more films are booked at the same time the cost per film is reduced to £5 per ticket – bookable through the box office only.
Tickets booked via Malvern Theatres “for collection” will be available on the door at The Coach House. (Please note that Malvern Theatres’ terms and conditions with regard to returns or refunds apply
For at least the first few films, masks must be worn inside the auditorium. Chatting / socialising can only happen in the courtyard. Other regulations may also be in place.