All screenings take place in the King's School Lecture Theatre, Old Palace opposite Ely Cathedral, at 7.30pm on the dates shown.

Films may be preceded by a short film by an independent filmmaker, and screenings are accompanied by programme notes about the film, the directors and the cast, and members are encouraged to stay behind to discuss the film.

You can also visit Ely Film Society's 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 programmes and their accompanying programme notes.

 

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)

US

Directed by: Preston Sturges

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Screening: Monday, 19 June 2017

 

FOUR LIONS (2010)

UK

Directed by: Chris Morris

Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Screening: Monday, 17 July 2017

 

THE FIREMEN’S BALL (1967)

Czechoslovakia

Directed by: Miloš Forman

The fire department in a small town is having a party for the ex-boss’s 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don’t go as planned...

Screening: Monday, 21 August 2017

 

BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)

US

Directed by: Richard Linklater

A young man and woman meet on a train while exploring Europe, and spend one magical evening in Vienna. Both know it is probably their only night together.

Screening: Monday, 18 September 2017

 

THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)

UK

Directed by: David Lynch

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who scrapes a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Screening: Monday, 16 October 2017

 

CARMEN (1983)

Spain

Directed by: Carlos Saura

A group of flamenco dancers rehearse a very Spanish version of Bizet’s opera. Real life passions echo those of the drama.

Screening: Monday, 20 November 2017

 

THE ILLUSIONIST (2010)

France

Directed by: Sylvain Chomet

A French illusionist out of work travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes their lives forever.

Screening: Monday, 18 December 2017

 

CENTRAL STATION (1988)

Brazil

Directed by: Walter Salles

The emotive journey of a former school teacher and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Screening: Monday, January 15 2018

 

CANTERBURY TALE (1944)

UK

Directed by: Powell & Pressburger

A ‘Land Girl’, an American GI, and a British soldier are on the road to Canterbury, and tangle with the local magistrate, an eccentric figure with a strange, mystical vision of England.

Screening: Monday, February 19 2018

 

WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957)

Sweden

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

After living a life marked by coldness, an ageing professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Screening: Monday, March 19 2018

 

THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (1980)

UK

Directed by: John Mackenzie

Rich gangster Harold is set to close a property deal when bombs start blowing up in inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his patch - he wants to know who.

Screening: Monday, April 16 2018

 

CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994)

Hong Kong

Directed by: Wong Kar-wei

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant.

Screening: Monday, May 21 2018

 

THE CONFORMIST (1970)

Italy

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

A weak-willed man becomes a flunkey for Mussolini’s fascists and goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Screening: Monday, June 18 2018

 

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)

US

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

In 1951, a group of high-schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Screening: Monday, July 16 2018

 

OF HORSES AND MEN (2013)

Iceland

Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences.

Screening: Monday, August 21 2018

 

INNOCENT SORCERERS (1960)

Poland

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda

A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love.

Screening: Monday, September 17 2018

 

ROME, OPEN CITY (1945)

Italy

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape.

Screening: Monday, October 15 2018

 

THE PLAYER (1992)

US

Directed by: Robert Altman

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?

Screening: Monday, November 19 2018

 

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014)

US

Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Screening: Monday, December 17 2018

 

ALPHAVILLE (1965)

France

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

A secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Screening: Monday, January 21 2019

 

ARCHIPELAGO (2010)

UK

Directed by: Joanna Hogg

Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

Screening: Monday, February 18 2019

 

THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013)

Italy

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

At 65, Jep has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but a shock from the past makes him look past the parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Screening: Monday, March 18 2019

 

THE CONVERSATION (1974)

US

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Screening: Monday, April 15 2019

 

FIREWORKS (1997)

Japan

Directed by: Takeshi Kitano

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Screening: Monday, May 19 2019

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