With autumn now fully upon us, the Maltings seasonal cine club returns with a brand new theme and screenings for discussion. The new theme encompasses the ideas and experiences surrounding loneliness. The innovative and eclectic selection of films, sees the taboos of loneliness challenged and viewed from a multitude of fascinating characters of all ages and backgrounds: from Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl to Spanish animation maestro Ignacio Ferraras’ film Wrinkles. The season runs in collaboration with our Arts & Health programme and each film will feature a short introduction and be followed by an informal post screening discussion. Have a read below to see what films will be coming up as part of the new season.
Thursday 29 September, 7.30pm
“A funny and heartbreaking animation” ★★★★ The Guardian
Kicking the season off will be the Ignacio Ferraras animation, Wrinkles. Based on the graphic novel by Paco Roca, it follows the story of Emilio, who after being moved into a retirement home befriends the wily wheeler-dealer Miguel, who is full of insider tips and tricks on how to survive his new home. Using hand-drawn animation, Wrinkles moves freely between the inmates’ daily routines and their more colourful, dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter as it pokes pointed fun at society’s attitude towards the elderly.
Notes on Blindness
Thursday 20 October, 7.30pm
“educational, entertaining and inspirational” ★★★★★ The Guardian
October’s film is a critically-acclaimed docudrama about the academic John Hull and his path to becoming totally blind after years of steady deterioration. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. The audience on the night will also get the opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the film’s directors James Spinney about the inspiration and experiences behind making the film.
Tuesday 15 November, 7.30pm
“a masterpiece about the human condition” ★★★★★ The Guardian
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, Anomalisa is an American, adult, stop-motion comedy-drama film directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. It tells the tale of Michael Stone who has the inability to interact deeply with other people. After having low sensitivity to excitement and a lack of interest in most things, he meets an extraordinary stranger on a business trip who changes his view on his mundane life. With glowing reviews from leading film critics, Anomalisa gives a hilariously funny and horribly real portrayal about being unbearingly lonely.
Lars and the Real Girl
Tuesday 13 December, 7.30pm
“A strangely affecting romance with real heart” ★★★★ Empire Online
Concluding the autumn cine club season is the moving comedy Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling as the titular character. Lars is an awkward and shy young man who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to meet his family. The only problem is that dream girl ‘Bianca’ is a sex doll that Lars bought on the internet. However, Lars’ motives are genuinely innocent and what transpires is a deeply moving love story that the whole community get behind, to support the vulnerable boy they’ve seen grow up.