Wolf Children adds some bite to cinema programme

wolf-childrenThe Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign’s festive season at the Spread Eagle continues on Monday, December 30, if you’ve had enough cold turkey (no, not that sort) and mince pies.

But the organisers have now also released details of their January 2014 programme of films, which begins on January 5 with what the STDLCC says is “what we hope members will consider an attractive and diverse selection of films”.

Monday Jan 6 at 2.30pm and 8pm
WOLF CHILDREN (PG) 2012 Japan 117 mins
Director: Mamoru Hosoda ● Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki
Fundamentally, this moving and beautifully illustrated animation is about a young widow who moves from the city to the country to find a safe place to raise her two small children… The twist, of course, is that Ame and Yuki’s father was a wolfman, and so their experiences of growing up, exploring the world and establishing their own identities are different to, and often much funnier than, those of ordinary kids. This outstanding feature was recognised as Best Animation Film at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards. English subtitles.

Mon Jan 13 at 2.30pm and 8.00pm
MUSEUM HOURS (12) 2012 Austria/USA 107 mins
Director: Jem Cohen ● Stars: Bobby Sommer, Mary Margaret O’Hara
A guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, who spends his days appreciating the artworks and the museum’s visitors, befriends a Canadian woman who is alone in the city. In part an essay film about the glories of fine art, yet also a celebration of platonic friendship and ordinary lives, ‘Museum Hours’ is a richly rewarding experience and, in its quiet way, quite unique. English subtitles.

Mon 20 January at 2.30pm and 8.00pm
THE EAST (15) 2013 USA 116 mins
Director: Zal Batmanglij ● Stars: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson
In this tense and thought-provoking thriller, an operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an extreme eco-activist group.

Mon Jan 27 at 2.30pm and 8.00pm
WINTER NOMADS 2012 Switzerland/France/Germany 90 mins
Director: Manuel von Stürler ● Stars: Pascal Escusier, Carole Noblanc
A pair of shepherds take three donkeys, four dogs and 800 sheep on a four-month journey through the Swiss winter, following the ancient transhumance routes as closely as the modern landscape will allow. Only ever screened in festivals in the UK, Winter Nomads will leave you fascinated by the shepherds, their animals and the mountains. It was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the 2012 European Film Awards. English subtitles.

The Spread Eagle is in Katharine Street, next to Croydon Clocktower. Screenings are free, just order your drinks or food before going upstairs. Seats are first-come, first-served.

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