What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Big Scream
Director: Joel Hopkins.
Starring: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville. UK 2017. 103 mins.
While looking out over the unspoilt parkland of Hampstead Heath from her attic window, American widow Emily Waters (Keaton) calls the police when she sees an unkempt man, Donald Horner (Gleeson), being attacked by thugs outside a ramshackle hut. Curious about the man she helped save from afar, she ventures out the next day to visit him and discovers that he has lived wild on the Heath for 17 years. As ruthless property developers adopt heavy-handed tactics to remove him from the area he calls home, an unlikely friendship – and then a romance – begins to blossom. With Last Chance Harvey, director Joel Hopkins demonstrated his talent for chronicling unlikely relationships, and his affinity for the Hampstead area adds resonance to this heartwarmingly quirky love story.
Director: Mike Nichols. Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross. USA 1967. 105 mins.
This archly hilarious observation of smug, middle-class American mores remains a delight half a century after its release, as callow college graduate Dustin Hoffman is seduced by Mrs Robinson (Bancroft). Bancroft’s career-defining role is perfectly matched by Katharine Ross as her daughter, who ultimately takes Benjamin’s fancy. The Graduate confirmed director Mike Nichols’ talent for socially astute storytelling, with fabulous performances from some of his generation’s finest actors.
Director: Vincent Perez.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl. UK/France/Germany 2016. 103 mins.
Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s bestselling novel Alone In Berlin was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.” Vincent Perez brings this powerful story to the big screen in an atmospheric film that boasts outstanding performances from its three leads. After learning that their only son has died in battle, and witnessing the persecution of an old Jewish woman living in their building, a working-class couple in Berlin (Gleeson and Thompson) risk execution with an extraordinary act of rebellion. They begin printing and circulating postcards attacking the Nazi regime, hoping to inspire others to take a stand. But in a city paralysed by fear, the postcards soon end up in the hands of Gestapo officer Escherich (Brühl), and so a dangerous game of cat and mouse unfolds. Contains moderate violence, threat, injury detail.
Director: Edgar Wright.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey. USA 2017. 113 mins.
Young getaway driver Baby (Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to leave his criminal life behind. But one last heist puts his love, life and freedom on the line. With an eclectic soundtrack ranging from Queen and Martha Reeves to The Beach Boys, Edgar Wright’s musical crime caper rolls out one terrific tune after the other.
Director: Jon Watts.
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton. USA 2017. 133 mins.
Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man following his sensational debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Several months after his thrilling web-slinging cameo with The Avengers, Peter tries to settle back into life as an ordinary high-school student in Queens, New York City. Desperate to prove himself and exercise his superpowers, he gets his chance when a new threat emerges in the shape of The Vulture (Keaton).
Director: Hannes Holm.
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll. Sweden 2015. 116 mins. Swedish/Persian with English subtitles.
Having lost his wife, his job and social status in short order, world-class curmudgeon Ove (Lassgård) has given up on everything – including himself. The quintessential ‘angry old man next door’, he spends his days aggressively enforcing laughably strict neighbourhood by-laws and chatting sorrowfully to his wife at her graveside. But an unlikely friendship with boisterous new neighbours obliges him to re-evaluate his devoutly negative approach to life.
Director: Jon Sanders.
Starring: Meret Becker, Bob Goody, Anna Mottram. UK 2017. 98 mins.
In an attempt to revisit a creative collaboration and revive his marriage, a theatre director brings together a group of performers to spend a week with him and his wife in an isolated, mountainous part of southern France. As the work progresses, fiction and reality become blurred and tension develops between the characters’ own lives and the nature of the project – an investigation into the changing nature of love.
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.