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Friday 25th February 8 pm: The Secret in their Eyes


Juan Jose Campanella writes and directs this Argentinian crime drama based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri. 25 years after the event, Buenos Aires federal justice employee Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) remains deeply affected by an unsolved case involving the brutal rape and murder of a young girl in 1974. Meanwhile, he is also struggling with a strong attraction towards his boss, investigating judge Irene Hastings (Soledad Villamil).


The film won the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.


Director: Juan Jose Campanella     

Country: Spain, Argentina   Language: Spanish, English Subtitles

Year of release: 2009     Running Time:  2 hrs 9 mins     Rating: 18

Friday 4th March 7.30 pm: Crude Impact
This award-winning documentary feature film explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil.
Year of release: 2007  Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins  Rating: not stated 
Teignmouth Film Society is supporting this free screening, being shown by Teign Estuary Transition as part of their Film into Action season, funded through a 'Making it happen' grant from Teignbridge Srategic Partnership.
Victoria Hall, Shaldon        
Free entry - donations welcome

Friday 18th March 8 pm: In the Shadow of the Moon

In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of humanity's great achievements.


Director: David Sington

Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Stephen Armstrong

Year of Release : 2007     Running Time:  109 mins   Rating: PG
Language: English 

 Friday 15th April 8 pm: Cinema Paradiso
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies. Shot in Sicily, and told largely in flashback it tells the story of his return to his native Sicilian village for the funeral of his old friend Alfredo, who was the projectionist at the local "Cinema Paradiso". Ultimately, Alfredo serves as a wise father figure to his young friend.
Seen as an example of nostalgic postmodernism, the film intertwines sentimentality with comedy, and nostalgia with pragmatism. It explores issues of youth, coming of age, and reflections about the past. Cinema Paradiso is also a celebration of films.
This film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and the 1989 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Director:  Guiseppe Tornatore
Year of release: 1988   Running Time: 2 hrs 3 mins   Rating:  PG  
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Audience appreciation index8.87 

Friday 20th May 8 pm: Persepolis
Marjane is a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists first take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands.
‘Persepolis’ is realism seen through special eyes. Satrapi’s animation, with its stark monochrome palette and soft edges, allows her to stress the warmth of her family while suddenly lunging into the mood of claustrophobia caused by prying relatives, Iran’s moral police or leering men on the street. This is a delightful, curious film that indulges in both the personal and the political and provides a potted history of modern Iran through one woman’s experience.

DirectorsVincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi


Year of release: 2007    Running Time:  1 hr 35 mins Rating: PG-13  English voice-over
The Film Society's AGM will be held at 7 pm before this screening. All members and interested parties welcome.  
Audience appreciation index: 7.96 (61 people voted)

Friday 17 June 8 pm: Whale Rider
On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence dates back a thousand years to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death after his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and male. Many generations later, this contemporary tale revolves around a young mother whose male newborn twin dies in childbirth. Her husband flees New Zealand in grief, leaving grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers to raise the survivor, a feisty little girl named Pai, who radiates with life and energy. It's no wonder that her grandmother and the entire community love her, but the grandfather she worships is too busy mourning the loss of the baby boy he expected would lead the tribe to better times.

Director: Niko Caro

Year of release: 2002    Running Time:  1 hr 45mins  Rating: 13
Language: English
Audience appreciation index: 8.86 (50 people voted)

Friday 15h July 8 pm: Chinatown

A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder.


As bruised and cynical as the decade that produced it, this noir classic benefits from Robert Towne's brilliant screenplay, director Roman Polanski's steady hand and wonderful performances from Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

Director: Roman Polanski
Year of release: 1970 Running Time:  2 hrs 10 mins   Rating: 15   
Language: English
Audience appreciation index: 7.2 (45 people voted)

Friday 19th August 8 pm: All About My Mother 

Manuela, a nurse and single mother in her late thirties must come to terms with the tragic loss of her only son, Esteban, when he is struck by a car. She never told Esteban who he was. In memory of her son - who's his father's namesake - Manuela leaves Madrid and goes to Barcelona in search of Esteban's father. However the man that she left behind, eighteen years ago when she was pregnant, is now a transvestite named Lola. The search for a man with that name cannot be simple.


The plot does handstands in its eagerness to use coincidence, surprise and melodrama. But the characters have a weight and reality, as if Almodovar has taken pity on them - has seen that although their plights may seem ludicrous, they are real enough to hurt.

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Year of release: 1999     Running Time:  1 hr 39 mins     Rating: R
Language: Spanish Catalan, English subtitles
Audience appreciation index: 7.6 (52 people voted )

Friday 16th September 8 pm: The Red Violin

Francois Girard's The Red Violin follows the imaginary history of a unique instrument as it passes across continents and through lives over three centuries.


Nicolo Bussotti, a master violinmaker in seventeenth century Italy, is making his masterpiece instrument in anticipation of the birth of his son. Mother and son both die during childbirth, so the stricken Bussotti completes the instrument as an homage. A century later, the violin is in the possession of an Austrian order of monks who shelter orphans. In the third episode, the violin is played by Frederick Pope, an aristocratic English musician in the nineteenth century. The violin continues around the world, the next part of the story set in the Cultural Revolution in China, where the instrument is owned by a leader of the repressive regime. She turns it over to an old music teacher for safekeeping. In the final episode, the Chinese authorities, now in possession of the late music teacher's collection, consign it to auction in Montreal.


Each segment of the tale is told with handsome settings, lavish costuming, first rate acting, and accomplished cinematography. Arching over all, and crucial to its effectiveness, is a lush score by composer John Corigliano, which showcases the violin and the variety of beautiful sounds it can make. The film was shot in five languages, in five countries, over a period of six months. Beginning in Canada, the production moved on to Austria, Italy, England and China before returning to Montreal for post-production.

Director: Francois Girard

Year of release: 1998   Running Time:  2hrs 11 mins     Rating: R  
Language:    Various, English subtitles
Audience appreciation index: 7.83 (61 people voted)

Friday 21st October 8 pm: White Ribbon 

Visually masterful, shot in black and white, The White Ribbon tells a simple story set  in a village about people and suggests that we must find a balance between fear and security.


Something is wrong in the village; some malevolent force, some rot in the foundation. This wrongness is first sensed in a series of incidental "accidents." Then the maiming of a child takes place. This forces the villagers, who all know one another, to look around more carefully. Is one of them guilty? How can that be? One person couldn't be responsible for all of these disturbing events. Have many been seized by an evil contagion?


After the first screening at Cannes, everybody had theories about who "did it." Haneke is never that simple: it may have been "done," but what if there seems to be no doer? And what if bad things happen to good people who are not as good as they think they are?


Director: Michael Haneke

Year of release: 2009    Running Time:  2 hrs     Rating: R
Language:  German, English subtitles   
Audience appreciation index: 6.2 (40 people voted)

Friday 18th November 8 pm:  Goodbye Bafana
GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Billie August

Actors:  Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger
Year of release: 2007   Running Time:  1 hr 58 mins     Rating: 15
Language: English
Audience appreciation index: 8.73 (49 people voted)

Friday 9th December 8 pm:  Breakfast at Tiffany's

A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbour, an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. Soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.


Holly Golightly first appeared in the pages of Truman Capote's short novel Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1958 - from there her story inspired what is considered one of the most memorable romantic films of all time, a classic fashion style, and the most popular and reproduced theme song in cinema history. 

Director: Blake Edwards

Actors:   Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Martin Balsam, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney

Year of release: 1961   Running Time:  1 hr 49 mins     Rating: PG

Language: English

Audience appreciation index: 7.32 (55 people voted)

Friday 20th January 8 pm:  Concert
Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a cleaner at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. If they succeed, this very special concert will be a triumph.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu

Year of release: 2008   Running Time:  2 hrs     Rating: PG-13
Language:  French, English subtitles


Audience appreciation index: 9.0 (64 people voted)


Friday 17th February 8 pm:  Up

In this hugely enjoyable animated film, 78 year old Carl ties thousands of balloons to his home and lifts off to fulfill his life long dream to see the wilds of South America. However, an eight year old boy has stowed aboard and together they embark on an adventure where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin…


Directors:  Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Production Year:  2007 Length:   1 Hour 29 mins   Certificate: PG

Language: English



Audience appreciation index: 8.5 (44 people voted)

 Friday 16th March 8 pm: Chariots of Fire
The true story of two British athletes, a Jew and a Christian, who compete in the 1924 Olympics. The film stars Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nigel Havers.

Director:  Hugh Hudson
Year of release: 1981   Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins   Rating:  PG  
Language: English 
Audience appreciation index: 8.72 (36 people voted)