08 September 2021
In Chloé Zhao’s multiple award-winning feature,Frances McDormand plays Fern, a displaced woman in her 60’s, who, having lost her husband and her home, sets off on the road to explore life as a modern-day nomad.
A mixture of fiction and documentary film making, Nomadland features a cast of real life nomads: people living on the road, travelling for seasonal work, unencumbered by many of life’s obligations. There is freedom and comradery in their community, mirroring the same openness as their vast American landscapes, and Fern finds joy and acceptance there.
Zhao gently balances the precarious reality of a life without safety nets, against Fern’s power to continue to make her own choices in a world that assumes she has none.
Director Chloé Zhao
Starring Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Running Time 107 minutes
I Never Cry
22 September 2021
Rebellious Polish teenager Ola is determined to get her driving licence and receive the car promised to her by her estranged father, who works in Ireland. But when a phone call brings news that her father has died in an accident, Ola, as the only member of her family fluent inEnglish, must travel alone to Dublin to arrange repatriation of his body and sort out the necessary paperwork.Alone in an unfamiliar country, the 17-year-old’s trip takes her on a personal and emotional journey, as she begins to learn more about the father she never really knew, and finds more understanding than she realised she was looking for.
Director Piotr Domalewski
Starring Zofia Stafiej, Kinga Preis, Arkadiusz Jakubik
Running Time 97 minutes
Language Polish, English
03 October 2021
Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship that only comes from spending a lifetime together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to her.
Directors Lisa Barros, D’SaGlenn Leyburn
Starring Lesley Manville, Liam Neeson, Esh Alladi
Running Time 92 minutes
13 October 2021
Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais.
Director Aleem Khan
Starring Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss
Running Time 89 minutes
Language English, French, Arabic, Urdu
27 October 2021
A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.
Director Kelly Reichardt
Starring Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith
Running Time 122 minutes
31 October 2021
Screening at 14:00
Miguel pursues his love for singing in spite of his family’s ban on music. He stumbles into the Land of the Dead, where he learns about his great-great-grandfather who was a legendary singer.
Director Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach
Running Time 105 minutes
31 October 2021
Screening at 20:00
Maud is a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanour causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud’s fervent faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward’s soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost.
Director Rose Glass
Starring Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer, Lily Knight, Rosie Sansom
Running Time 84 minutes
10 November 2021
Inga runs a deeply indebted dairy farm in a remote valley in Iceland. After a tragic loss, she decides to rise up against the corrupt establishment exploiting her and the local community. This way the widowed farmer begins a new life on her own terms by fighting against corruption and injustice in her community.
Director Grímur Hákonarson
Starring Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann
Running Time 93 minutes
24 November 2021
Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite.
Director Pietro Marcello
Starring Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato
Running Time 129 minutes
Language Italian, Neapolitan, French
8 December 2021
Presented in conjunction with Film Hub NI
This screening is part of Collective, a touring initiative from Film Hub NI (BFI Film Audience Network) which connects audiences to great independent film.
John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, devotes his life to raising his four-year-old son Michael, as the child’s mother left them immediately after his birth. Their life is a simple one, made up of universal daily rituals, a life of complete dedication and innocent love that reveals the strength of their relationship. However, John only has a few months to live. Since he has no family to turn to, he will spend the days left to him looking for a new and perfect one to adopt Michael.
Director Uberto Pasolini
Starring James Norton, Daniel Lamont, Eileen O’Higgins
Running Time 96 minutes
I Am Not a Witch
15 December 2021
The first child is taken to a travelling witch camp, where she is Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches on a large truck. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.
Director Rungano Nyoni
Starring Maggie Mulubwa
Running Time 93 minutes
Language English, Nyanja, Bemba, Tonga