Season: 2009

  • Jules et Jim

    Jules et Jim

    To mark the 25 anniversary of Truffaut’s death, WFC brings you Truffaut’s third film, recognised now and then as a defining film of French New Wave cinema. The story tells of a menage a trois. Two young writers, Jules (Werner), an Austrian, and Jim (Serre), a Frenchman, live a decadent lifestyle in pre WWI Europe…

  • Waltz With Bashir

    Waltz With Bashir

    This animated film depicts director Ari Folman’s search for lost memories of his experience as an Israeli soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War. Framed as an exercise in therapy, it consists of a series of interviews with his former comrades. As more memories come to the surface, Ari realises that his unit played a role…

  • Man On Wire

    Man On Wire

    Early on an August morning in 1974, Philippe Petit, a French street performer and wire-walker focused the attention of New Yorkers as he crossed back and forth on a high wire strung 1350 feet up between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Using contemporary interviews, archival footage and dramatic reconstructions the film tells the story…

  • Let The Right One In

    Let The Right One In

    Oskar (Hedebrant) is a 12 year old loner, bullied at school he is full of suppressed rage. Eli moves in next door – she’s a bit of a misfit too and they become friends. She encourages Oskar to stand up to the bullies. As the two young people find solace in each other Oskar begins…

  • Sequins Soca and Sweat

    Sequins Soca and Sweat

    Sequins, Soca and Sweat, is the debut documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Rudder. Sequins, Soca and Sweat follows six Mas camps in the weeks leading up to Notting Hill Carnival and captures the unique atmosphere of camp life. It gives insight into the spectrum of participants ranging from the originators of the carnival tradition to…

  • I’ve Loved You So Long

    I’ve Loved You So Long

    In Claudel’s story of estrangement from society, Juliette (Scott Thomas) has served a term in prison, we can guess this much from her institutionalised appearance in the opening sequences. Her younger sister Lea, (Zylberstein), offers her refuge as she makes her first steps in the outside world, yet they have not seen each other for…

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire

    Based on Vikas Swarup’s novel Q and A, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of an orphan (Jamal) from the slums of Mumbai, a petty thief, imposter and survivor. At twenty he finds himself on a TV quiz show – he answers every question correctly and becomes a national hero. But is he a cheat? The…

  • Gomorra

    Gomorra

    Gomorra caused quite a buzz on release in the US and across Europe. The gritty realism used in telling the story of Naples much bigger and wealthier version of the Mafia, the Camorra, explodes the myth of Hollywood’s treatment of mob drama, which often suffuses the violence with a romantic glow of period nostalgia or…

  • The Class

    The Class

    The leading actor in The Class, Bégaudeau, is a man of many parts novelist, actor, screenplay writer and former teacher. The film is loosely based on a Bégaudeau’s fictionalised account of his experience as an idealistic, novice teacher. Director, Cantet, whose parents were teachers, workshopped the script with Bégaudeau and a group of teenage pupils…

  • Caramel

    Caramel

    Caramel delightfully weaves together a comedy about the daily lives of five Lebanese women. Each woman has a romantic problem and they play out their dramas against the backdrop of Layal’s (Nadine Labaki) Beirut beauty salon. Will one resolve a relationship with a married man, will another marry while trying to cover up her past,…

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