May 2024

Carol has proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations close on Friday 11th May, so please vote in the usual way by leaving a comment on this page.

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 25th May 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Oppenheimer is a 2023 epic biographical thriller film starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. The film chronicles the career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, with the story predominantly focusing on his studies, his direction of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II, and his eventual fall from grace due to his 1954 security hearing. Oppenheimer won seven Oscars at the 2024 Oscar Ceremony, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
The Favourite is a 2018 satirical absurdist period dark comedy thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia ColmanEmma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Set in early 18th-century Great Britain, it examines the relationship between cousins Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Hill as they vie to be court favourite of Queen Anne.

The Favourite received widespread critical acclaim and it won or was nominated for numerous awards, including ten Academy Award nominations; It won ten British Independent Film Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, and eight European Film Awards, and Colman won Best Actress at each of those ceremonies, as well as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and others.
The French Dispatch is a 2021 American anthology comedy drama film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson. It features an expansive ensemble cast and follows three different storylines as the French foreign bureau of the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper publishes its final issue.

The first segment, “The Concrete Masterpiece”, follows an incarcerated and unstable painter, and stars Benicio del ToroAdrien BrodyTilda Swinton and Léa Seydoux. The second, “Revisions to a Manifesto”, is inspired by the May 68 student protests, and stars Frances McDormandTimothée Chalamet, and Lyna Khoudri. The third, “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” features Jeffrey WrightMathieu Amalric, and Stephen Park, and follows the kidnapping of a police commissioner’s son. Bill Murray also stars as Arthur Howitzer Jr., the paper’s editor, while Owen Wilson appears in a short segment that introduces the film’s fictional setting of Ennui-sur-Blasé.

April 2024

Helen has proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and the film “In The Mood For Love” beat “Parasite” by a one vote margin.

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 26th April 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

In the Mood for Love is a 2000 romantic drama film written, produced and directed by Wong Kar-wai. A co-production between Hong Kong and France, it portrays a man (Tony Leung) and a woman (Maggie Cheung) in 1962 whose spouses have an affair together and who slowly develop feelings for each other. It forms the second part of an informal trilogy, alongside Days of Being Wild and 2046.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2000, to critical acclaim and a nomination for the Palme d’Or; Leung won Best Actor (the first Hong Kong actor to win the award). It is often listed as one of the greatest films of all time and one of the major works of Asian cinema. In a 2016 survey by the BBC, it was voted the second greatest film of the 21st century by 177 film critics from around the world, saying “never before has a film spoken so fluently in the universal language of loss and desire”. In 2022, the film placed 5th in Sight & Sound‘s “Greatest Films of All Time” critics’ poll. It is the highest-ranked film between 1975 and 2022.
The Power of the Dog is a 2021 Western psychological drama film written and directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Set in Montana but shot mostly within rural Otago, the film is an international co-production among New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The Power of the Dog received universal acclaim from critics, who praised Campion’s direction and screenplay, cinematography, score, and performances of the four leads.

It was highly regarded as one of the best films of 2021 by multiple top-ten lists and has received many accolades, including a leading 12 nominations at the 94th Academy Awards; Campion won for Best Director and its 11 losses tied the record for most in Oscars history. It was named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute, and received seven nominations at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picturefor Smit-McPhee, Best Director for Campion.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won and co-produced. The film follows a poor family who infiltrate the life of a wealthy family.

The script is based on a play Bong wrote in 2013. Bong said he was inspired by the 1960 Korean film The Housemaid and by the Christine and Léa Papin incident in the 1930s.

Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2019, where it became the first Korean film to win its top prize, the Palme d’Or. Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won a leading four Academy Awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

March 2024

George proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and the winner is In The Heat of the Night (9 votes), which beat Dr Strangelove (2 votes) and 2001 A Space Odyssey (0 votes).

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 29th March 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

Please note that on this occasion and henceforth films will be shown on the last Friday of each month, as opposed to the last Saturday of the month as heretofore.

When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles. Please note that the contribution has increased from €2 to enable us to cover our costs.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see, or if you haven’t voted but would like to attend anyway, then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 political satire black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers in three roles, including the title character.

The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It separately follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force exchange officer as they attempt to prevent the crew of a B-52 (following orders from the general) from bombing the Soviet Union and starting a nuclear war.

The film is often considered one of the best comedies ever made and one of the greatest films of all time. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked it twenty-sixth in its list of the best American movies, and in 2000, it was listed as number three on its list of the funniest American films.
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American neo-noir mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. It tells the story of Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), a Black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi.

Released by United Artists in August 1967, the film was a widespread critical and commercial success. At the 40th Academy Awards the film was nominated for seven Oscars, winning five including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Rod Steiger. Quincy Jones’ score, featuring a title song performed by Ray Charles, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In the Heat of the Night is widely-considered one of the most important American films of the 1960s. The quote “They call me Mister Tibbs!” was listed as number 16 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes, a list of top film quotes. The film also appears on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, a list of the 100 greatest movies in American cinema.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke’s 1951 short story “The Sentinel”.

The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. Kubrick avoided conventional cinematic and narrative techniques; dialogue is used sparingly, and there are long sequences accompanied only by music. The soundtrack incorporates numerous works of classical music, including pieces by composers such as Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian, and György Ligeti.

The film received diverse critical responses, ranging from those who saw it as darkly apocalyptic to those who saw it as an optimistic reappraisal of the hopes of humanity. Critics noted its exploration of themes such as human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Kubrick the award for his direction of the visual effects. The film is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

February 2024

Denise proposed three films for us to watch this month (see below) and nominations have now closed. “The Way” received 10 votes and “As Good As It Gets” received 9 votes and so we’ll be showing “The Way”.

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 1st March 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

Please note that on this occasion the date, Friday 1st March, is different to the usual “last Saturday of the month”.

When the film ends those who wish to leave can do so, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €2 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles.

If you are unable to attend a film night then please do not vote.  If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the high and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.

As Good As It Gets

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks’ hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Nicholson gives a show-stopping performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly, helps put Melvin back in the human race. (Original Title – As Good As It Gets) © 1997 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Way

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago – also known as ‘The Way of Saint James’. Driven by his desire to understand his lost son, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his California life behind. Armed only with his son’s backpack and guidebook, he begins the 800km historical pilgrimage but soon discovers that he won’t be alone on this journey – he meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives. From the hardship experienced along “The Way” an unlikely group of misfits are bonded and Tom begins to learn the difference between ‘The life we live and the life we choose.’

January 2024

Dermot proposed three films for us to watch in November 2023 (see below) and Casablanca (8 votes) was preferred to Zorba The Greek and Gone With The Wind (3 votes each). However, because of inclement weather the showing was postponed until January. So we shall be showing the film as follows:

  • Location: Spirit of Life Yoga, Lefktron
  • Date: Saturday, 25th November Rescheduled because of inclement weather to Saturday, 27th January
  • Time: 19:00 onwards for a 19:30 start.

On the evening we will ask for a €2 contribution to defray the cost of wine and nibbles (see below).

When the film ends those who wish to leave can do so, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion.

Zorba The Greek

On the Greek isle of Crete, Basil (Alan Bates), a shy inhibited writer from England is befriended by Zorba (Anthony Quinn) a boisterous peasant with an astonishing love for life. When Zorba agrees to work at Basil’s abandoned mine, it is the beginning of a lesson for the young man as he gradually moves from an observer of the world to a participant. This acclaimed classic co-stars Irene Papa and Lila Kedrova in an Oscar winning performance.

Casablanca

Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history–Casablanca. Rick Blaine (Bogart–The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny) owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund (Bergman–Gaslight, Notorious) walks through the front door of Rick’s club–Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need.

Gone With The Wind

Producer David O. Selznick’s acclaimed screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling novel tells of the romance between the tempestuous Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) and the dashing Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), against the tragic backdrop of the Civil War. This legendary classic earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, (Leigh) Best Director (Victor Fleming), and Best Supporting Actress to Hattie McDaniel, the first Oscar ever awarded to an African American performer.  One of the highest-grossing films of all time (when adjusted for inflation), it is also very much a product of its time, and unfortunately reflects depictions of characters and themes which are offensive and problematic when viewed by contemporary audiences. The film is presented here as originally released in 1939, because to do otherwise would be the equivalent of stating the prejudices and attitudes never existed.

October 2023

Jayne proposed three films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed, the votes have been counted, and the clear winner is Wild Tales.

  • Location: Spirit of Life Yoga, Lefktron
  • Date: Saturday, 28th October
  • Time: 19:00 onwards for a 19:30 start.

On the evening we will ask for a €2 contribution to defray the cost of wine and nibbles (see below).

When the film ends those who wish to leave can do so, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion underneath the stars.

Wild Tales

Wild Tales is a 2014 Spanish-language black comedy anthology film. The film is composed of six standalone shorts with a common theme of catharsis, violence and vengeance and has an ensemble castWild Tales is based on Szifron’s understanding of Western capitalist society as a cage, and depicts the moment at which some people become so frustrated by their surroundings they cannot behave in the socially expected manner. 

Woman At War

Woman at War is a 2018 Icelandic-Ukrainian comedy-drama film. Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved …

Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister is a Japanese drama based on Akimi Yoshida‘s manga series Umimachi Diary. Three sisters, Sachi Kōda, Yoshino Kōda and Chika Kōda, live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura. Their parents are divorced. One day, they receive news of the death of their father, whom they have not seen in fifteen years. At the funeral, they meet their half-sister, fourteen year old Suzu Asano …

June 2023

Kerry proposed three films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and out of 17 people who voted, 17 people voted for Amal. Quite a clear-cut decision and enough to make you think that those elections in North Korea may not have been rigged after all!

This month we will be showing the film outside – so please make sure you have insect repellent and something warm to wear for later in the evening. We will ask for a €2 contribution to defray the cost of wine and nibbles (see below).

When the film ends those who wish to leave can do so, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion underneath the stars.

Amal

Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves – driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who, moved by Amal’s humility, bequeaths him his entire estate before passing away. With only one month to discover and claim the inheritance, Amal’s struggles with duty and wealth are threatened by all those around him – from a young injured beggar girl and a lovely store merchant, to the danger of the old man’s upper-caste friends and siblings, all seeking to claim their share of the riches.

Stella

Stella (Greek: Στέλλα) is a 1955 Greek film is a retelling of Carmen featuring Melina Mercouri. The film was directed by the Greek Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis and written by Cacoyannis and Iakovos Kambanelis. The music was composed by Manos Hadjidakis and Vassilis Tsitsanis.

The Last Samurai

Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.

May 2023

Theresa has proposed three films (see below) for us to watch this month. Nominations have now closed and the overwhelming favourite was … Rembetiko.

We had to purchase the DVD of the film (the version available on YouTube is unsuitable for watching on the silver screen) and so we shall be asking for a €2 contribution to defray the cost.

A discussion about the film has often been mooted but has proved difficult to arrange. On this occasion we propose to have a five minute break at the end of the film. Those who wish to leave can do so during the break, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion.

Brian and Charles

Brian is a lonely inventor in rural Wales who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, he soon attempts his biggest project yet. Using a washing machine and various spare parts, he invents Charles, an artificial intelligence robot that learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages.

Rebetiko

The story of a group of Rembetes, singers and musicians of the Greek equivalent to the blues, in the early decades of the 20th century, seen through the eyes of a young female singer. Unfortunately (as you can see), I’m unable to embed a YouTube clip from the film – but you should be able to click and visit the clip yourself.

The Woman King

In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Faced with a new threat, Gen. Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that’s determined to destroy their way of life.

April 2023

Chris has proposed three films (see below) for us to watch this month. Please nominate the film of your choice by posting a comment below on this page. Nominations close on 15th April.

As an optional extra we can meet for an after-film discussion the following afternoon at 15:00 at Hades in Agios Nikolaos.

Catherine Called Birdy

The year? 1290. In the Medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and the Lady Aislinn. Her playground is Stonebridge Manor, a house that, like the family, has seen better days. Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all the great teen heroines, is spirited, clever and adventurous – and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways. Her imagination, defiance and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the most vile suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.

Young Frankenstein

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind…

The Straight Story

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

March 2023

Andrea and Mario have proposed three films (see below) for us to watch this month. Nominations have now closed and the selection is … V for Vendetta, which won by a single vote over both The Duellists and The Lives of Others.

  • Location:  Carol & Jayne’s House, Agios Nikolaos (see below).
  • Date: Saturday, 25th March
  • Time: 19:00 onwards for a 19:30 start.

After last month’s great success – Babette’s Feast – many people expressed a desire to discuss the film, after some time for overnight reflection. So this month as an optional extra we can meet for an after-film discussion the following morning at 10:30 at Hades in Agios Nikolaos.


Carol & Jayne’s house is directly opposite Vrahos Apartments and immediately next to Stephanou Inn in Agios Nikolaos. It’s the new house, set back about 40 metres from the road. Parking is limited, so please use one of the car parks in the village: it’s only a 2 minute walk. You are welcome to bring drinks and nibbles, but please ensure that you take any rubbish back home with you.


The Lives Of Others

In 1983 East Berlin, dedicated Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), doubting that a famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) is loyal to the Communist Party, receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.

The Duellists

Armand d’Hubert (Keith Carradine) and Gabriel Féraud (Harvey Keitel) are French soldiers under Napoleon. A trivial quarrel between d’Hubert and Féraud escalates into a lifelong grudge, and, as war rages on, the officers repeatedly challenge one another to violent sword and pistol duels. After 15 years, both men have distinguished themselves through their service and become generals, however, their mutual hatred never ceases, even when the initial cause of their rivalry is forgotten.

V for Vendetta

Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England’s oppressors.