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A scene from 'The Heiresses', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Sept 25, 2019  
The Outfit
21 September 2022
  Rating 15

USA (2022) 106 minutes
Director: Graham Moore

Mark Rylance stars as a British tailor caught up in a 1956 Chicago mob war in this precision-tooled crime thriller from Oscar winner Graham Moore (The Imitation Game). Leonard Burling isn’t just a tailor. He’s a cutter, and there’s a big difference. Mark Rylance is superb as this very precise, very correct British master cutter who moved to Chicago after the Second World War. Ten years later his clientele includes wise guys from the powerful Boyle crime family. On a white-hot night of mob violence Leonard’s shop becomes the epicentre of a tense and bloody power struggle. The screenplay sizzles with pungent dialogue and clever twists as Leonard attempts to stay alive and keep loyal secretary Mable (Zoey Deutch) from joining the mounting pile of corpses. Alexandre Desplat’s slinky jazz score adds the finishing touch to this beautifully arranged and executed thriller.



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  A scene from 'Capernaum', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Oct 9, 2019  
HIve
5 October 2022
  Rating 15

Kosovo/Switzerland/Albania/North Macedonia (2021) 84 minutes
Director: Blerta Basholli

A major award-winner at Sundance, Hive is an outstanding first feature from director Blerta Basholli. In March 1999, the Kosovan village of Krusha e Madhe was the site of a massacre that left 240 people dead or missing. Seven years later, the villagers live without knowing the fate of their loved ones. Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) has become everything to her family - home maker, plumber and provider. She hopes to start a small business selling the relish ajvar. Her determination to move on inspires the other women but is also a source of bitter conflict in a deeply patriarchal community.

Hive became the first film in Sundance history to win all three main awards – the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Directing Award – in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

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A scene from 'Citizen Jane - Battle for the City', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Oct 23, 2019  
Made in Bangladesh
19 October 2022
  Rating 12A

Bangladesh (2019) 95 minutes
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Shimu (Rikita Nandini Shimu) works long and physically punishing shifts at a Dhaka garment factory. After a fire at the factory sends all the workers fleeing in panic into the streets, they all mourn the death of one of their co-workers. This catastrophe ripples through the consciousness of these poor women workers who share their feelings of grief, anger, helplessness, and hopelessness. A labour advocate (Shahana Goswami) contacts Shimu and invites her to bring some of her co-workers to a meeting where she explains the value of organizing a union to defend the workers' rights. Shimu proves to be a resourceful young woman as she gathers the necessary signatures to apply for union recognition. She is elected president but faces criticism from some of her co-workers who are fearful of losing their jobs. In this colourful drama, director Hossain draws out a bold and inspiring performance from Rikita Nandini Shimu as a leader who comes into her own as she faces formidable challenges in the fight against rampant corruption and injustices in the textile industry.

Amiens International Film Festival 2019 – Winner – Prix Spécial du Jury fiction - Best Film

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  A scene from 'Woman at War', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Nov 7, 2019  
Another Round
2 November 2022
  Rating 12A

Denmark (2020) 117 mins
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen reunites with Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) in this spirited and thought-provoking drama that asks if a regular tipple is the key to unlocking the best version of yourself. Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Vinterberg’s spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. At its heart is Martin, an unappreciated tutor, husband and father. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever- surprising Mikkelsen delivers a touching, note-perfect performance including surely one of his most lithe and memorable onscreen moments to date.

Academy Award for Best International Feature 2021

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  A scene from 'Alone in Berlin', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Nov 20, 2019  
Bacurau
16 November 2022
  Rating 18

Brazil/France(2019) 130 mins
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

A bracing mash-up of genres and political comment, Bacurau offers stinging insights into the state of modern Brazil and the legacy of colonialism. Set in the near future, it follows Teresa (Bárbara Colen) as she returns home to attend her mother’s funeral. Bacurau is a forsaken backwater in the scrublands, deprived of basic amenities and state support. Its citizens have been sold as prey for a safari of foreign hunters. As the deranged killers close in, the villagers prepare to fight back using a psychotropic drug as their secret weapon. Bacurau is a fiery, violent and original film with a nod to classic westerns.

Festival de Cannes 2019 – Jury Prize

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  A scene from 'Birds of Passage', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Dec 4, 2019  
Our Memory Belongs to Us
30 November 2022
  Rating 12A

Syria/Denmark/France/Palestine (2021) 90 mins
Director: Rami Farah

Nearly 10 years after the beginning of the Syrian revolution, three Syrian activists, Yadan, Odai and Rani reunite on a theatre stage in Paris. Through life-size projections onto a big screen, director Rami Farah confronts the three men with footage, some of it their own, depicting events that changed their destinies forever. Watching the brutal footage together, they reflect on their personal journeys, revive their collective memory, and wonder what is left of their hopes and dreams. Their reunion serves as a unique window into the complexity of the situation in Syria where a peaceful uprising was replaced by a ferocious war. Rami Farah is a Syrian dancer, actor and filmmaker. Farah’s meeting with the revered Syrian director Omar Amiralay, who would later go on to be his mentor, marked a turning point in his approach to filmmaking. Amiralay had also encouraged Farah to ‘go search for the truth’, resulting in his graduation from The Arab Film Institute in 2007, where Rami made a 35-minute documentary about the Golan Heights entitled Silence. After he fled Syria, he entered France where he made his most recent work, Our Memory Belongs to Us.

Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2021- Winner- Human Rights Award




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  A scene from 'Welcome to the Sticks', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Dec 18, 2019  
Our Ladies
14 Dec 2022
  Rating 15

UK (2019) 100 mins
Director: : Michael Caton-Jones

Lock up your loved ones. The girls of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour are heading to the big city and nobody is safe. Michael Caton-Jones’ adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos does not disappoint. A school trip to an Edinburgh singing competition is just the ticket for a group of rowdy, vodka-fuelled Highland girls in search of adventure, shopping and a good time. A deft balance of hilarity and poignancy with breakthrough performances from a talented ensemble cast, Derry Girls meets Fellini’s I Vitelloni in a film that is guaranteed to steal your heart.


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  A scene from 'Shoplifters', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Jan 8, 2020  
Parallel Mothers
4 January 2023
  Rating 15

Spain/France (2021) 118 mins
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s new feature film follows two women, Janis (Penelope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit), whose paths cross in a hospital where they are about to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, has no regrets and is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared and repentant. Janis tries to encourage her as they move like sleepwalkers through the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between them, which, by chance, will develop and complicate, changing their lives in a decisive way.

Venice Film Festival 2021 – Winner – Best Actress – Penelope Cruz



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  A scene from 'The Sisters Brothers', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Jan 22, 2020  
Compartment No. 6
18 January 2023
  Rating 15

Finland/Estonia/Germany/Russia (2021) 107 minutes
Director: Juho Kuosmanen

As a train weaves its way through Russia to the Arctic Circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life. A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the Arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long journey and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment number 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection. With atmospheric 35mm cinematography, director Kuosmanen captures a hint of romance in the desperate cold of The Arctic.

Festival de Cannes 2020 – Joint Winner – Grand Prix

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  A scene from 'Styx', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Feb 5, 2020  
Maudie
1 February 2023
  Rating 12A

Canada/Ireland (2016) 116 minutes
Director: Aisling Walsh

Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance set in 1930s Nova Scotia in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Aspiring artist Maudie spends her life battling rheumatoid arthritis, but when discovered, her colourful paintings establish her as one of Canada’s most iconic artists. With Hawkins at her engaging best in a rare leading role, and Hawke bringing humanity to an initially difficult character, Maudie is a moving exploration of a fascinating life.

Canadian Screen Awards 2016 – Winner of seven awards

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  A scene from 'The White Crow', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Feb 19, 2020  
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
15 February 2023
  Rating 18

Brazil/Germany (2019) 139 minutes
Director: Karim Ainouz

Eurídice (Carol Duarte), 18, and Guida (Julia Stockler), 20, are two inseparable sisters living under the oppressive guard of their father, Manuel (Antônio Fonseca), the patriarch of their conservative household. It’s 1950 in Rio de Janeiro and the girls dream of better lives abroad: Eurídice, as a professional pianist in Vienna, and Guida as the wife of a Greek sailor she is smitten with. When both have their hopes shattered, the heartbreak is harder to bear due to the separation from each other also forced upon them. As the years pass, each sister struggles to build a meaningful and fulfilling life. Among the daily hardships, the greatest battle is against the fate that separated them. Will they find each other in time to overcome oppression that suffocates them?

Festival de Cannes 2019 – Winner – Un Certain Regard


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  A scene from 'The Guardians', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Mar 4, 2020  
The Toll
1 March 2023
  Rating 18

UK (2021) 82 minutes
Director: Ryan Andrew Hooper

This Welsh thriller mixes the dark comedy of the Coen Brothers with the antihero of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns as the past catches up with a former criminal. Brendan (Michael Smiley) is content with his life as a lone toll booth operator in a small Welsh town. But when a familiar face from his previous life of crime resurfaces, it sets off a madcap chain of events that lead to a showdown of epic proportions. Meanwhile, local traffic cop Catrin’s (Annes Elwy) investigation into a robbery has her unknowingly heading directly into the thick of the action.



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  A scene from 'Land of Mine', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Mar 18, 2020  
Everything Went Fine
15 March 2023
  Rating 15

France/Belgium (2021) 113 minutes
Director: François Ozon

A daughter is forced to reconcile her past with her father when he contacts her with a devastating final wish in François Ozon’s powerful family drama. André (André Dussollier) has never been the easiest of fathers. When he suffers a debilitating stroke and calls on his daughter Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau) to help him die with some dignity, she finds herself faced with a painful decision. An adaptation of Emmanuèle Bernheim’s memoir, Everything Went Fine is both a detailed portrait of family relationships and a frank account of the process involved in assisted dying. Featuring stunning central performances by Marceau and Dussollier, as well as a scene-stealing cameo by Charlotte Rampling as André’s ex-wife, Everything Went Fine finds Ozon tackling a difficult subject with intelligence, sensitivity and humour.

Festival de Cannes 2021 – Nominee – Palme d’Or

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  A scene from 'Cold War', showing at Abergavenny Film Society on Apr 1, 2020  
Bangla Surf Girls
29 March 2023
  Rating 15

Bengal (2021) 86 minutes
Director: Elizabeth D. Costa

Elizabeth D. Costa’s Bangla Surf Girls shows us the struggle with being pressured into conforming to tradition despite your aspirations and the resilience in young women to push against the social tide. At times brutal with its honesty, this beautifully compelling documentary is fantastic. Shobe, Aisha and Suma break away from the drudgery of their lives by joining a surf club in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The girls fight family pressure and social judgement for a few hours on the waves. They gain confidence as their natural skills and prowess gain attention and praise. Soon they are poised to make history as the first women surfers in Bangladesh. The odds are stacked against them but the girls refuse to give up. Balancing the freedom of the waves with the restrictive realities of their circumstances, we experience the thrill and struggle of coming of age in a developing country.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2022 – Best Feature


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Coming Soon

Welcome to our 2022/2023 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.

Abergavenny Film Society Committee members attend Art House cinemas, film festivals and screening days organised by the Independent Cinema Office, Cinema for All and Film Hub Wales.

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. 

Society rules state that membership is for people aged 16+ only, regardless of the film's certificate.

 

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