By David Saitch
Hello from the Hurstpierpoint Village Cinema. We have three extraordinary and radically different films and a fantastic Live Broadcast coming up in March.
Thursday 9th March – NT Live Hedda Gabler
Ruth Wilson stars in this stunning adaptation of Ibsen’s masterpiece, directed by Ivo van Hove. Her performance has received rapturous reviews and the productions stark simplicity has been called ‘Dark, bold and devastating’. Not to be missed, an absolutely spellbinding triumph.
Thursday 16th March – Things to Come (12A)
Isabelle Huppert is simply incredible as a philosophy teacher who finds herself having to soldier on as she loses her job, her mother and her husband leaves her over a short period of time. A poignant, wonderfully funny and elegantly crafted meditation on coping with the surprises that life can spring on you. Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve just keeps getting better and better and Things to Come marks her out as one of the most talented and exciting directors working today. French with English Subtitles.
Sunday 19th March – I, Daniel Blake (15)
Winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes and Best British Film at the Baftas, the Evening Standard Film Awards and Best Film at the European Film Awards, as well as a host of awards for the director and cast, this searingly angry but also very funny and humane polemical film is one everyone should see. This is a charity event and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the local food bank - a fantastically worthy local charity.
Friday 24th March – Tale of Tales (15)
Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is fabulous in every sense; a stunningly beautiful but freaky portmanteau film. It is gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful, hilarious and internally consistent. It immerses you in a complete created world. It is a masterpiece of blackcomic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression. The secret is the deadpan seriousness with which everything is treated. Tale of Tales is a treat, and Toby Jones is utterly superb as a conceited, melancholy, ridiculous king. It has fantastic performances from Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly.