Tuesday 24 November 2020
DLC at Home – While the current circumstances prevail, we’re offering a select range of films to watch at home which also enables you to support the David Lean Cinema by purchasing through the links below. A proportion of the cost of these films is donated to us by the distributors. For the best experience connect your computer or mobile device to your television. Thanks for your continued support during the time that we are unable to open, even with a reduced capacity.
Six years in the making, this extraordinary documentary details the hard-knock life of a young Iranian family fleeing the regime in Tehran. Father Sahand and mother Leila have a child, Mani, conceived while Leila was still with her former husband (an abusive drug addict). For this Leila can be stoned to death, and Sahand, previously a police informer, executed. English/Persian/Azerbaijani/Turkish with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Eva Mulvad/Lea Glob | 111min | Denmark
When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present. English/Arabic with English subtitles. Read more….
2020 | Dir ZEINA DURRA | 85 mins | Egypt | UK
Molly Ivins was a nationally syndicated political columnist and author, who remained cheerful despite the state of politics in this country and her own physical trials. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and
national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. Read more….
2019 | Dir Janice Engel | 93mins | USA
Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism and she believed that an archive would be invaluable for future generations. Now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitised and they’ll be searchable online. Read more….
2019 | Dir Matt Wolf | 87mins | USA
After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Portuguese with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Alexandre Moratto | 71min | Brazil
Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour’s ‘Papicha’ follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with a new, dangerous reality. Read more….
2019 | Dir Mounia Meddour | 105min | France | Algeria
Follows the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970s, revealing both the nastiness of the rising National Front at the time and the amazing power of music, activism and a real desire for social change at a grassroots level. Best Documentary BFI London Film Festival. Read more….
2019 | Dir Rubika Shah | 80mins | UK
When Dujuan cannot run nor fight alone, he faces the history that runs straight into him and realises that not only has he inherited the trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people which holds the key to his future. Read more….
2020 | Dir Maya Newell | 84min | Australia
“Rebbot, who’s mostly a comic actor, is terrific here as a family man whose worthy intentions are constantly crushed by the system.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter. French/Arabic with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Walid Mattar | 91min | France
“Young Luc Bruchez, a true revelation, brings his vulnerability but also his strength and sense of empathy to the character of Gus; he’s a mere spectator of this adult theatre, but he will play a definitive role in its next revolution.” – Aurore Engelin, Cineuropa. French with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Delphine Lehericey | 90min | Switzerland | Belgium
Free-spirited Jola, after escaping from a marital nightmare is letting loose with her friends and finds herself thrust into a new romance at a latino dancing class. Polish with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Malgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja | 73min | Poland
Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they’re about to turn 17, their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that’s now too small for her dreams. English/French with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Myriam Verreault | 117min | Canada
Meet Benni a wayward nine-year-old who the “system” has almost given up on. She is expelled from one foster home to the next for her wild and uncontrollable behaviour, but deep down there lies a deep vulnerability. German with English subtitles. Read more….
2019 | Dir Nora Fingscheidt | 125min | Germany
When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences. Read more….
2019 | Dir Craig Roberts | 95mins | UK
Resisting the tired tropes of British crime films involving disaffected youth, Director Rene van Pannevis offers a poignant character piece about a decent young man in crisis. Read more….
2019 | Dir Rene van Pannevis | 89mins | UK
Kit (Henry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness. Read more……
2019 | Dir Hong Khaou | 85min | UK
Passionate about dance, young Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has trained at the National Georgian Dance Ensemble since childhood. His sole aim in life; to join the Main Dance Ensemble, break free from the confines of Georgian society and travel the world. When a dancer in the main ensemble is disgraced and his place becomes available, Merab’s ambitions finally feel within reach. Georgian with English subtitles. Read more…….
2019 | Dir Levan Akin | 105min | Sweden
In a remote Icelandic town, Ingimundur (Ingvar Sirgudson), an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife. Gradually his obsession for uncovering the truth endangers himself and those he loves. Icelandic with English subtitles. Read more……
2020| Dir Hlynur Palmason | Iceland
Having just completed another round of treatment for chronic anorexia, acclaimed war photographer Stephanie (Sian Brooke) is working hard to reconnect with her family. Her mother Susan (Amanda Burton) is supportive but preoccupied by her forthcoming wedding to Annette (Kazia Pelka). Meanwhile Stephanie’s teenage daughter, competitive swimmer Pearl (Fabienne Piolini-Castle), is angry and full of resentment, refusing to give her mother a second chance. Stephanie will need all her strength to keep her head above water. Read more….
2020 | Dir Lucy Brydon | 95m | UK
Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns – friendships, music, social status, academic performance – resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy, going so far as to visit a gynecologist, Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large. Farsi with English subtitles. Read more….
2017 | Dir Sadaf Foroughi | 103min | Iran
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). The emotional wedge in her marriage grows. Memories of a recently botched execution plague her daily. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
2019 | Dir Chinonye Chukwu | 112min | USA