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A scene from 'Human Flow', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Sept 26, 2018  
Human Flow
26 September 2018
  Rating 12

Germany (2017) 140 minutes
Director: Ai Weiwei

Made over the span of a year across 23 countries, Human Flow is artist Ai Weiwei’s panoramic document of the global refugee crisis. Filmed with world-spanning breadth but never losing sight of individual human stories, this is a visually arresting work that makes extensive use of drone photography. Compassionate towards its subjects, the film provides insights into the plight of the 65 million people currently displaced by war, famine and climate change. Cutting through the saturation of news images of the crisis, Weiwei artfully captures the scale of global migration in this epic film.

Venice Film Festival 2017 - CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award

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  A scene from 'Jeune Femme', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Oct 10, 2018  
Jeune Femme
10 October 2018
  Rating 15

France/Belgium (2017) 98 minutes
Director: Léonor Serraille

In Léonor Serraille’s livewire character study and sensational feature debut, Laetitia Dosch explodes onto the screen as Paula, a chaotic, impulsive thirty one-year-old Parisienne. Without money and nothing but a cat to her name, Paula finds that doors close in her face now that she is back in Paris after a break-up. Determined to make a new start with style and panache, we watch Paula as she tries her best to reclaim a measure of stability in her life by making new allies and assessing the reappearance of figures from her past.

Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Camera d’Or Award

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A scene from 'In the Fade', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Oct 24, 2018  
In the Fade
24 October 2018
  Rating 18

Germany/France (2017) 106 minutes
Director: Fatih Akin

Diane Kruger gives an astonishing performance as Katja, a loving, unconventional wife and mother, in this riveting thriller by Turkish director Fatih Akin. Katja’s life falls apart when a bomb attack in her home city of Hamburg robs her of everything she holds dear. Struggling to cope with shock and grief, she becomes obsessed with finding the perpetrators and understanding the reasons behind the seemingly senseless attack. A courtroom drama as well as a thriller, Kruger’s brilliantly compelling turn as the hard-drinking, drug-using victim of injustice won a well-deserved Best Actress prize at Cannes.

Winner Best Feature Film Beirut International Film Festival 2016

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  A scene from 'Sweet Country', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Nov 7, 2018  
Sweet Country
7 November 2018
  Rating 15

Australia (2017) 113 mins
Director: Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton’s ravishing, agonising western is inspired by true events and set in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1929. Aboriginal stockman Sam works the land for kindly Christian preacher Fred Smith. When vicious war veteran Harry Morris returns to the area, tensions emerge and Sam is forced to defend himself. His subsequent disappearance sparks a manhunt led by Sergeant Fletcher. As Sam and his wife travel through the heat and dust of the outback, his plight exposes all the injustices of colonialism. With clipped dialogue, beautiful cinematography and impressive performances from a non-professional cast, this film, from the director of Samson and Delilah, has a rare authenticity.

Grand Prix – Venice Film Festival 2017 – Special Jury Prize

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  A scene from 'Custody', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Nov 21, 2018  
21 November 2018
  Rating 15

France (2017) 94 mins
Director: Xavier Legrand

Carefully and sensitively directed with intense, restrained performances throughout, Xavier Legrand’s debut feature is an explosive family drama that is as gripping as it is authentic. Fans of the Dardenne brothers or the work of Maurice Pialat will recognise this film’s unsentimental realism in its approach to this electrifyingly domestic nightmare. The custody battle at the heart of this story is between Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet). In the film’s opening scenes we see the courtroom drama unfold, with Miriam pushing for sole custody of their son who is witness to the testimony of his father’s past abuses. The subsequent ruling of the court sets in motion a chain of events that is almost unbearably tense.

Venice Film Festival 2017 – Winner Luigi De Laurentiis Award

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  A scene from 'The Salesman', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Dec 05, 2018  
The Salesman
05 December 2018
  Rating 12

Iran (2017) 125 mins
Director: Asghar Farhadi

This Oscar-winning film from director Asghar Farhadi tells the story of Rana and Emad, a married couple who are rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Forced to leave their structurally insecure house, they rent an apartment from a fellow performer, unaware of the property’s history. One night, an incident linked to the previous tenant occurs that threatens to change their lives forever. Concerned with the clash of modern culture and traditional conservative values that define Iranian society, Farhadi has crafted another psychological and moral drama that transcends borders to get to the heart of humanity.

Foreign Language Film Oscar 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini)

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  A scene from 'The Party', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Dec 19, 2018  
The Party
19 Dec 2018
  Rating 15

UK (2017) 71 mins
Director: Sally Potter

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) are celebrating with a few close friends when the party takes an unexpected turn as Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions from director Sally Potter.

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 – Guild Film Prize (Sally Potter)

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  A scene from 'C'est la Vie', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Jan 09, 2019  
C'est la Vie
09 January 2019
  Rating 15

France (20175) 117 mins
Directors: Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

In this deliciously deapan comic soufflé, a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner. Pierre and Héléna are holding their capacious wedding in a sumptuous 17th century castle. To choreograph the event they have secured the services of Max Angély, a seasoned caterer and party planner. Max is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket but this assignment involves ridiculous period costumes, a hyper sensitive singer and a micromanaging groom. Meanwhile Max’s colleague, Joisette, is flirting openly with a much younger server. It’s going to be a very long night, especially once the groom’s aerial serenade gets underway.

Seattle International Film Festival 2018 – Nominee for Best Film Award

Nominated Foreign Language Film Oscar 2017

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  A scene from 'The Breadwinner', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Jan 23, 2019  
The Breadwinner
23 January 2019
  Rating 12A

Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg (2017) 93 minutes
Director: Nora Twomey

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Her family is cast into dire straits when her father is imprisoned wrongfully. In Taliban-controlled Kabul, women and girls are not permitted to leave the house unescorted, earn money or shop in the market and the resourceful Parvana is left with no option but to become the family breadwinner. Alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana is exposed to a world of danger and new freedoms normally forbidden to her gender. Drawing courage from her imagination and the fantastical stories she invents, she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Thrilling and enchanting in equal measure, The Breadwinner employs innovative techniques to weave a luminous animated tale about the strength of girls growing up in an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression.

Animated Feature Film Oscar 2018 - Nominee

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  A scene from 'Aquarius', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Feb 06, 2019  
06 February 2019
  Rating 18

Brazil/France (2016) 146 minutes
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Neighbouring Sounds director Kleber Mendonça Filho returns with another intriguing insight into the state of modern Brazil that also provides a magnificent central role for Sonia Braga, so fondly remembered for Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Braga plays Clara, a retired music critic, who is the sole resident of an old apartment block. She refuses stubbornly to move despite the blandishments and pressures of real estate developers. As the battle of wills intensifies, the film pits the brutal demands of big business against a view of the world in which places, objects and memories have a price far beyond money.

Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Nominee for Palme d’Or

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  A scene from 'Redoubtable', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Feb 20, 2019  
20 February 2019
  Rating 15

Italy/France/Myanmar (2017) 108 minutes
Director: Michael Hazanavicius

Adapted from the autobiographical novel Un An Après by actor Anne Wiazemsky, Redoubtable portrays her tumultuous relationship with Godard, from its start on a film set to its eventual unravelling in the midst of his spectacular philosophical and artistic meltdown during the political protests of 1968. It’s superbly directed with Hazanavicius creating a jaunty, lightly comedic tone for the outset of their marriage. An abundance of playful Godardian touches register both as parody of and homage to the great New Wave innovator but the film moves to a darker, more emotive study of Godard as he is caught up in the protest movement. With outstanding production design that brilliantly conjures up France in 1968, there is much to enjoy in this political, philosophical and biographical roller coaster.

Cannes Film Festival 2017 – Nominee for Palme d’Or

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  A scene from 'A Fantastic Woman', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Mar 06, 2019  
A Fantastic Woman
06 March 2019
  Rating 15

Chile/Germany/Spain/USA (2017) 104 minutes
Director: Sebastián Lelio

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows up his 2013 festival hit, Gloria, with another luminous and deeply involving portrait of an isolated woman. In A Fantastic Woman, Lelio has created an exquisitely compassionate portrait of the everyday obstacles of transgender existence. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Her partner, Orlando, is 20 years older and owns a printing company. When Orlando suffers a fatal aneurysm, Marina is suddenly treated with suspicion. By virtue of her gender identity she is treated like a criminal, with everyone from the doctors and Orlando’s family to the police seeing not a grieving woman, but an aberration. Marina’s defiant resistance makes for rousing, wrenching cinema.

Foreign Language Film Oscar 2018

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  A scene from 'The Nile Hilton Incident', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Mar 20, 2019  
The Nile Hilton Incident
20 March 2019
  Rating 15

Egypt/Sweden/Denmark/Germany (2017) 107 minutes
Director: Tarik Saleh

In Cairo, days before the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising, Police Detective Noredin is working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station when he is handed the case of a singer, murdered in The Nile Hilton Hotel. Initially, the amoral Noredin views the job as just another opportunity to pocket a few more bribes. When he uncovers increasingly disturbing details about the reach of the crime, the detective examines his conscience and slowly changes sides to support those who are defenceless against it. Powerful performances and an intelligent script, based on a true story, elevate this drama from a conventional procedural study to an excoriating portrait of systemic corruption.

Sundance Film Festival 2017 - World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

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  A scene from 'Under the Tree', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Apr 03, 2019  
Under the Tree
03 April 2019
  Rating 15

Iceland (2017) 89 minutes
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

When Baldwin and Inga’s next-door neighbours complain that a tree in their garden casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical neighbourly dispute unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control. Acute social drama and black comedy mix in this freewheeling picture of suburban warfare where awkward observational humour is never far from hand. Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson succeeds in bringing a wry sensibility to the lives of two families and a human touch to otherwise unlikeable characters.

Denver International Film Festival 2017 – Best Film Award

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Coming Soon

Welcome to our 2018/2019 Season

Our programme is chosen from film titles suggested by the audience and the Society committee.  We have one important rule; the person who proposes the film has to have seen it recently.

To this end Abergavenny Film Society Committee members make a point of attending Art House cinemas, film festivals and screening days organised by the likes of the Independent Cinema Office and the British Federation of Film Societies.

We aim to feature a balanced programme including a variety of genres from around the world. Foreign language films are shown with subtitles and not in a 'dubbed English' version. 

Please note: Society rules state that admission is for over-16's only, regardless of the film's certificate.


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