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HIT THE ROAD

Tuesday 4 October 7.30 pm

Dir Panah Panahi      Iran 202      93 mins    Cert 12A   Subtitled

 

Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of recently imprisoned Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. The award-winning Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns.  The film follows a family of four – two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old – as they drive through the twisting desert highways and misty green valley of north western Iran. Over the course of the trip they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown and fuss over their sick dog.  Unspoken tensions arise and the film builds emotional momentum as it slowly reveals the purpose for their journey. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PTz6Dzsv6A

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Tickets for films: £5.00 (Regal Film Society Members/Friends of the Regal, Students/ES40s £3)

WEDS 5 OCT 7.15PM
MAYERLING

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LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Choreography: Kenneth McMillan   Conductor: Koen Kessels Cast: Ryoichi Hirano (Crown Prince Rudolph), Natalia Osipova (Baroness Mary Vetsera)

3 hours and 25 minutes (incl 2 intervals)

 

Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolph leading to the murder-suicide with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian Court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolph fixates on his mortality. Kenneth McMillan's 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer;'s death. Expect to see The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deus in the ballet repertory.

Tickets: £15.50 Regal Film Society Members/Friends, Students /ES40 £13, under 14s £10

 

TUES 18 OCT 7.30PM
HOPPER

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Edward Hopper’s work is the most recognizable art in America – popular, praised, and mysterious. Countless painters, photographers, filmmakers and musicians have been influenced by his art – but who was he, and how did a struggling illustrator create such a bounty of notable work? This new film takes a deep look into Hopper’s art, his life, and his relationships. From his early career as an illustrator; his wife giving up her own promising art career to be his manager; his critical and commercial acclaim; in his own words, this film explores the enigmatic personality behind the brush… Combined with expert interviews, diaries and a startling visual reflection of American life, Hopper brings to life America’s arguably most influential artist.

Released to coincide with the major Hopper exhibition, Edward Hopper’s New York  at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Oct  ‘22 – Mar ’23.

TUES 1 NOV 7.30PM
OFFICIAL COMPETITION

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Dirs Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat          Spain/Argentina 2022 115 mins
Cert 15 Subtitled

Penélope Cruz dazzles in her role as a superstar film director with highly unconventional working practices in this deliciously funny and entertaining send-up of the movie industry. A pharmaceuticals millionaire decides to reframe his legacy by bankrolling a piece of great cinema, buying the rights to a hot literary novel and enlisting a team of top talent headed up by eccentric award-winning director Lola Cuevas (Cruz) and two stars Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez), cast in the lead roles of brothers who are violently at odds with one another. As Félix and Iván jostle for Lola’s approval rehearsals become increasingly wacky in this sharp comedy skewering wealth, art and pride.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nq7oEFi0JY

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TUES 24 JAN 7.30PM

CEZANNE:PORTRAITS OF A LIFE

Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to be bringing back one of its most successful ever films, dedicated to the life and work of Paul Cézanne. One cannot appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from experts and curators from MoMA in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences to the places Cézanne lived and worked, and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists.

 “... a film that thoroughly repays careful listening and looking”              The Guardian 

 

Released to coincide with a major Cézanne exhibition at Tate Modern Oct 22 – Mar 23.

WEDS 12 OCT 7.15PM
AIDA

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LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast: Elena Stokhina (Aida), Francesco Meli (Radames), Agnieszka Rehlis (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Soloman Howard (Ramfis), In Sung Sim (King of Egypt)

3 hours and 25 minutes (incl 1 interval)

 

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonising choice between their loyalty to home and their love for each other. In this new production director Robert Carsen situates Verdi's large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi's glorious, monumental score.

Tickets: £15.50 Regal Film Society Members/Friends, Students /ES40 £13, under 14s £10

 

THURS 20 OCT 7.15PM
LA BOHEME

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LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Conductor: Kevin John Edusei
Cast: Ailyn Perez (Mimi), Juan Diego Florez (Rodolfo), 
Andrew Zhilikhovsky (Marcello), Danielle de Niese (Musetta), Ross Ramgobin (Schaunard),
Michael Modidian (Coline)

3 hours

Paris, 1900. Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs - until he meets Mimi, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs. So begins a timeless love story that blooms, fades, and rekindles with the passing seasons;. But while the couple's friends Marcello and Musetta passionately row and make up, a force greater than love threatens Rodolfo and Mimi. Richard Jones's production evokes the vivid contrasts of the fin de siecle Paris, from Bohemian apartments to glittering arcades.

Tickets: £15.50 Regal Film Society Members/Friends, Students /ES40 £13, under 14s £10

 

TUES 6 DEC 7.30PM
THE LOST KING

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Dir Stephen Frears  UK 2022 108 mins    Cert 12

Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan star in the life-affirming true story of a woman whose single-minded determination led to the discovery of the remains of King Richard III beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012 after being lost for more than five centuries. The search for King Richard III’s final resting place was initiated by amateur historian Philippa Langley (Hawkins), whose obsession was met by incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. But Langley refused to be ignored, taking on the country’s most eminent historians and forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in English history.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QCa25CmONI

WED 8 MARCH 7.30PM
MARY CASSATT: PAINTING THE MODERN WOMAN

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Women’s Day -released to coincide with International  Women’s Day

Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art. Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted.

She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals - the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art. The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.