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Fifty years ago, the face of World Cinema was radically changed by a group of young, radical French film critics turned directors who were styled The New Wave. Filmmakers who took filming out of the security of studio and injected improvisation and non professional cast members, setting the tone for a new independent cinema. 

Fri 30 Oct – Thu 5 Nov Dir: Terry Gilliam. France/UK/Canada 2009 122mins Cast: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole In the present day, immortal 1,000 year-old Doctor Parnassus (Plummer) leads a fantastical travelling theatre troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror, a gift from the Devil (Waits), who now comes to collect his fee, the doctor’s daughter (Cole). The troupe, joined by mysterious outsider

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A number went on to become the most celebrated of their day, Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer and their legacy is still evident throughout cinema. On Sat 7 Nov, Prof Ginette Vincendeau returns to the Arts Centre to talk about the origins and the heritage of the New Wave. In association with this, there is a wealth of new French cinema including the return of the French Film Festival bringing hot new titles not seen in this country before, reminding us that this is still the most vigorous film industry in Europe. Closer to home, a lot closer to home, Debbie Isitt's new film for all the family, Nativity is based and shot in Coventry. Its stellar cast includes Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, John Sessions, Alan Carr and a large number of Coventry school children - an ideal lead in to the Christmas festivities.


In addition, George Clooney stares at goats, Matt Damon informs for the FBI, Ang Lee relives the spirit of Woodstock and The Coen Brothers explore the world of A Serious Man - as if! Have fun.

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Peter Haneke's The White Ribbon is a more sombre study of a rural German community in the year leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. It sets the tone for a society on the brink of disaster with immense power and restraint and justifies its choice as winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. 

Tony (Ledger), voyage through parallel worlds to rescue her. Gilliam’s latest visual feast has been somewhat overshadowed by the death of leading man Heath Ledger during production. Creatively re-worked by Gilliam, the lead role was shared with Ledger by his friends and colleagues Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Katalin Varga


The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus 12A

Sat 31 Oct & Sun 1 Nov Dir: Sergio Leone US 1968 165mins Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

A harmonica-playing stranger joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad in this long frontier epic. Shadowy pasts and loyalties are tested amid fast gun battles and dramatic landscapes. “Leone showed with Once Upon A Time In The West that it was possible to honour the Western tradition while raising the artistic bar to such a level that nobody has made a better Western since.” Empire Magazine

Set in rural Transylvania, a woman abandoned by her husband and banished from her village sets out on a quest to find the real father of her son. With revenge in mind, she too is being hunted in this brutal tale of the cycle of violence, where the lines between victim and aggressor become blurred.

Coco B efore Chanel

“A powerful and elegant debut by the British directorial discovery of the year.” Edinburgh Film Festival

Coco Before Chanel 12A Coco Avant Chanel Fri 6 – Sun 8 Nov Dir: Anne Fontaine. France 2009 105mins subtitled Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde Audrey Tautou (Amelie) plays the legendary “Coco” Chanel in an enthralling exploration of her early life before she rose to worldwide fame as the most celebrated fashion designer of the 20th Century. We meet the young Gabrielle Chanel, illegitimate daughter of a travelling salesman who learns to sew in a Catholic orphanage before following her singing ambitions leads her to a cabaret club. It is here she earns the nickname Coco and catches the eye of several high society gentlemen who would ignite her passion and become instrumental in the development of her remarkable career. Coco Before Chanel is the fascinating untold story of how one woman rose from humble beginnings to become on the couture’s most important icons.


Tue 3 Nov The latest album of snapshots from the Media Archive of Central England focuses on the changing life and landscape in Coventry and Warwickshire with a couple of recently made documentaries. Local artists Talking Birds explore Coventry’s ring road whilst a portrait of the lives of travelling fairground people features in A Way of Life by Alan van Wijgerden. In addition there will be films about Lockheed in Leamington Spa and other insights to local life from the Central TV news archive.


Mon 2 – Thu 5 Nov Dir: Peter Stickland. Romania/UK/Hungary 2009 82mins subtitled Cast: Hilda Péter, Tibor Pàlffy

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Fri 6 – Thu 12 Nov Dir: Wes Anderson. UK 2009 93mins Voices: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon In his first animated feature, Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums) proves the perfect filmmaker to bring Roald Dahl’s much-loved story to the screen. Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life, but after 12 years this proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, and in doing so endangers not only his own beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped 03 underground with not enough food to go round, the animals band together to fight against the evil farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. Anderson has stuck closely to the spirit and events of the original, but has opened it out, giving the story a delightful feel whilst successfully retaining the essence of Dahl’s writing which has enchanted audiences young and old for over 40 years.

Southern Softies

a documentary film by John Shuttleworth plus Q&A with director Graham Fellows Sun 8 Nov 6.30pm Cinema £10 (£8) “Sheffield’s funniest man” (The Independent) travels to Jersey to discover if it’s Soft down South. Hilarious sequel to critically acclaimed spoof documentary It’s Nice Up North.

Tales From The Golden Age 12A Amintiri Din Epoca de Aur Mon 9 & Tue 10 Nov Dir: Hanno Höfer, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru Romania/France 2009 131mins subtitled Cast: Alexandru Potocean, Avram Birau


This comic and darkly ironic look at Romania under the Ceaucescu regime uses five urban myths from this so called ‘golden age’ to show the idiocies of daily life in a dictatorship. The tales present a rudimentary approach to media manipulation, doctoring the image of the leader to make him look taller; the lengths to which people would go to relieve the monotony of the mid-80s Romanian diet; and the impact of the growth of free enterprise on individual lives. This affectionate look at the absurdity of the communist regime is both knowledgeable and knowing, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Born in ’68 15

Nes en 68 Wed 11 & Thu 12 Nov Dir: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau France 2008 173mins subtitled Cast: Laetitia Casta, Yannick Renier Set over a period of four decades, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s film is a meticulously made survey of recent French history. It begins in 1968 and focuses on Catherine (Casta), a Parisian student who joins the cause of the radical activists who believed they could construct a new society that re-embraced the revolutionary principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. She subsequently leaves the city to set up a commune in an abandoned Dordogne farm with lovers Yves and Hervé. But ideals change as quickly as emotions as Catherine falls victim to the same socio-economic forces she had tried to smash, and her two children grow up to reject her flower-power ethos.

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“A bit of a shambles frankly, and utterly inspired.” Daily Telegraph

The Magic Hour tbc

Fri 13 Nov Dir: Katherine Arianello, Andrew Gibbs, Charlie Swinburne, John Williams UK 2009 75mins Cast: Katherine Arianello, Jenna Harrison, Matt Kirby, Jason Maza, Nicola Stepleton Five extraordinary films from new directors. The Magic Hour is a compilation of short stories by five different directors who each have a disability. Paraphernalia - combines live action and animation to tell the story of a boy discovering what his annoyingly rubbish robot is actually for. Hands Solo - a comic mockumentary about a deaf porn star whose unique gift becomes a curse. Buttermouth – mesmerising stop motion animation about a mother and daughter and their blindness. The Hunger House – a searing drama set in World War II Germany about two disabled friends. Follow Me on my Journey to Die – an acerbic black comedy about a Euthanasia craze hitting London’s fashion victims.

An Education 12A

Fri 13 – Thu 19 Nov, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Dec Dir: Lone Scherfig UK 2009 100mins Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina A lively and witty adaptation of Lynne Barber’s memoir of a London schoolgirl seduced by the lifestyle of an older man.

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It’s 1961 in the London suburb of Twickenham, and bright sixteenyear-old Jenny is on the cusp of womanhood, fantasising about a more sophisticated, refined life. Jenny is an assiduous schoolgirl with a real chance of landing a spot at Oxford University. Her path takes a turn, however, when she meets David, a man who seems to embody her every fantasy. An Education is a moving film set against the stifling backdrop of post-war, pre-Paul McCartney England. This is both a powerful coming-of-age story and a portrait of a culture on the threshold of change.

The Army of Crime 15

L’Armee du Crime Sat 14 – Mon 16 Nov Dir: Robert Guediguian France 2009 139mins subtitled Cast: Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stevenin Paris, 1941. The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and émigrés in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS General, eventually reaches Berlin. Under the orders of the Gestapo, French police and collaborators hound Manouchian and his Résistants until, to escape torture, one of their associates denounces the whole group. After a show trial, the twentythree heroes are brought to face a firing squad…

Beyond BIBA:

A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki tbc Tue 17 Nov Conference Room Dir: Louis Price UK 2009 56mins Cast: Barbara Hulanicki, Twiggy Barbara Hulanicki will always be remembered for BIBA, the shop that changed the face of UK fashion in the 1960s and 1970s. This film provides an invaluable glimpse into Barbara Hulanicki today. A rare insight into the woman herself, her memories of her father’s murder, the impossible glamour of BIBA, the impact of her husband Fitz on her life, 05 her thoughts on modern America and her refusal to give up and live in the past. Focusing on these elements, and more, this film is an all access portrait of an overlooked and elusive artist.

Q&A with Producer Tom Walters (A Graduate of the University of Warwick)

Fri 20 – Thu 26 Nov

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Fri 20 Nov Dir: Philippe Lioret France 2009 110mins Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi Bilal, a 17 year-old Kurdish boy, has travelled through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, freshly immigrated to England. But his journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel. Having decided to swim across, Bilal goes to a local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor, who decides to risk everything and take Bilal under his wing, giving him shelter and swimming lessons in an effort to win back his estranged wife. An ode to the abandoned immigrants trapped on the shores of Calais and the good Samaritans who take risks to help them.


Grown-Ups 15 Les Grandes Personnes Sat 21 Nov Dir: Anna Novion France 2008 84mins Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin Single father Albert takes his daughter Jeanne to Sweden for her 17th birthday to look for the lost treasure of a famous Viking. Upon arrival, they realise that the house they have rented is already occupied by Annika and Christine. This sudden change of plans destabilises Albert’s well organised vacation, to the sheer delight of his daughter, who opens up to a new world through the presence of these two emancipated women. “A clever, multilingual screenplay by Anna Novion, Beatrice Colombier and Mathieu Robin pokes gentle fun at problems of communication.” Variety

The Girl From Monaco 15

I Always Wanted to be a Gangster 15

La Fille de Monaco Sun 22 Nov Dir: Anne Fontaine France 2008 95mins subtitled Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem

J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster Mon 23 Nov Dir: Samuel Benchetrit France 2007 113mins subtitled Cast: Anna Mouglalis

A bodyguard hired to look after a lawyer ends up protecting the man from himself in this breezy comedy.

At the centre of Samuel Benchetrit’s charming existential comedy about wishful criminality are four stories and an unadorned roadside cafeteria. A small-time criminal decides to hold up the cafeteria, but has second thoughts when he’s captivated by the waitress. A pair of good-natured kidnappers hold a teenage girl for ransom but fail to anticipate her suicidal tendencies. Two musicians (once friends) meet by chance. One is successful; the other sees a chance to settle the score. Finally, four retired crooks spring their ailing buddy from a hospital and head to their old hideout, where they entertain the notion of one final heist.

Bertrand Beauvois is a successful fifty-something attorney hired to represent Edith Lasalle, who has been charged with killing a man with ties to the Russian Mafia. Edith’s adult son, Louis, has been warned that ‘the Russians’ may try to silence his mother and her legal team, so hires stone-faced Christophe Abadi to protect them. Bertrand doesn’t initially see the need for Christophe’s presence, but gradually the two strike up a friendship.

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Tue 24 Nov Dir: Diane Kurys France 2008 120mins subtitled Cast: Sylvie Testud, Pierre Palmade In 1958, Francoise Sagan is not yet 30. Her first novels have made her rich and famous. She leads a frivolous and wild life, surrounded by her group of friends. On August 8 of that same year, at the Deauville Casino, she bets her final chips on the number 8 and wins 8 million francs. With this sum, a few hours later she buys the house she has rented for the summer, vowing that nobody will ever drive her away from this place. Why then, 40 years later, is she merely a guest at the house?

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Wed 25 Nov Dir: Thomas Gilou France 2007 124mins subtitled Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Mathieu Amalric Messaoud, a young Arab boy, is placed in a foster family in rural France at the age of nine. The year is 1961 and Algeria is in the midst of revolution. Gisele, his adoptive mother, by fear of the antiArab sentiment that has broken out in the region, decides to change the child’s identity. Messaoud is renamed Michel, ‘Michou’. Gisele also hides the truth from her own husband, Georges, a retired soldier. Little by little, things get complicated between Georges, Gisele and Michou.

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The Beautiful Person 15 La Belle Personne Thu 26 Nov Dir: Christophe Honoré France 2008 90mins subtitled Cast: Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux Upon her mother’s death, Junie is obliged to change high schools. The sixteen-year-old joins a new class where Mathias, her cousin, is also a student. He becomes her ambassador, introducing 07 her to his gang of friends. The males in the gang vie for her company and soon she becomes the girlfriend of the calmest among them. But he is just a precursor to her first true love affair: Junie falls for Nemours, her Italian Studies’ teacher. The passion that develops between them is doomed to fail. Not wanting to give into her feelings, Junie persists in refusing happiness, because to her mind it’s just an illusion.

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Thirst 18 Bakjwi Tue 17 – Thu 19 Nov Dir: Chan-wook Park South Korea 2009 133mins subtitled Cast: Kang ho Song, Ok Vin Kim A priest becomes a vampire… another man’s wife is coveted… a deadly seduction triggers murder. Already a box office smash in Korea, Thirst was honoured with the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize) at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. Sang-hyun is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a 08 vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sanghyun soon finds himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

The Men Who Stare at Goats tbc

Fri 20 – Thu 26 Nov Dir: Grant Heslov US/UK 2009 90mins Cast: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges Like a twenty-first century Dr. Strangelove, The Men Who Stare at Goats takes war to its illogical conclusion, with hilarious results. This uproarious tale about a top-secret brigade of psychic soldiers trained in New Age warfare is, amazingly, based on a true story. The source is Guardian columnist Jon Ronson’s surreal non-fiction account of the US army’s attempts to harness psychic and paranormal power in the wake of the Vietnam War. Down-and-out journalist Bob Wilton stumbles over what might just be the biggest story of his life when he encounters the First Earth Batallion, a group of super-soldiers trained to don cloaks of invisibility, run through walls and kill goats simply by staring at them.

Starsuckers tbc Wed 25 Nov Conference Room Dir: Chris Atkins UK 2009 100mins

Starsuckers is a dark, satirical polemic that examines the psychological reasons behind our irrational obsession with fame, a journey through the problems that overconsumption of celebrity-dominated media has inflicted on us and our children. This is a blisteringly paced, anarchic ride which uses humour and mischief to expose the immoral, corrupt and illegal practices of some of the biggest names in the media industry. The film has been written and directed by Chris Atkins, whose last feature documentary Taking Liberties was a critical and commercial hit and nominated for a BAFTA in 2008. Similarly hilarious and hard hitting, Starsuckers uses a combination of exclusive footage, real life stories, dazzling animation and undercover filming.

Q&A with Director Chris Atkins (A Graduate of the University of Warwick)

“Awesome! Director Ang Lee has done it again. A fantastic coming-of-age movie.” Empire Magazine

Michael Haneke’s latest, mesmerising work, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May, surveys the life of a rural Protestant village in northern Germany over several months from 1913 to 1914, ending, tellingly, on the eve of World War One. The rituals and intimacies of domestic lives are experienced in the homes of the pastor, the baron, the doctor and the steward. But strange, violent acts start to occur: the doctor’s horse falls over a trip wire, the crops in the field are destroyed, an accident happens in the mill…

The unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. But by the time Fanny’s alarmed mother and Keats’ best friend Brown realised their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats’ illness proved insurmountable.

Partly a portrait of a time and place in history and partly a study of how sickness in the home can lead to sickness in society, it’s a mystery that, in typical Haneke fashion, is down to us to unravel.

The W hite R ibbon

This comedy is based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber who inadvertently played a role in making 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Featuring a standout ensemble cast, and songs from a score of 60s musical icons including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish – plus a new recording of ‘Freedom’ from Richie Havens – Taking Woodstock is a joyous voyage to a moment in time when everything seemed possible.

Das weiße Band Fri 4 – Tue 8 Dec Dir: Michael Haneke Germany/Austria/France/Italy 2009 145mins subtitled Cast: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch

Jane Campion has returned with a haunting film that some will compare with The Piano, but which is very much a work of its own: a bold retelling of the love affair between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne. As their relationship progresses, it becomes achingly clear that their love for one another will never be an untroubled path to happiness.


Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – and it’s a trip!

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Fri 27 Nov – Thu 3 Dec Dir: Jane Campion UK/Australia 2009 119mins Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw

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Fri 27 Nov – Thu 3 Dec Dir: Ang Lee US 2009 110mins Cast: Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Eugene Levy, Imelda Staunton, Liev Schreiber

Bright Star PG

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Fri 4 – Thu 10 Dec Dir: Steven Soderbergh US 2009 108mins Cast: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula

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Steven Soderbergh directs a bulked up, bespectacled Matt Damon in the story of the highest-ranking corporate whistle-blower in American history, Marc Whitacre. Seeing himself as something of a crusader for truth, justice and the common man, Whitacre volunteers information on his company’s multi-national price fixing conspiracy to the FBI. He eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, fuelling his view of himself as some kind of secret agent.


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After three years of clandestine operations and with the case about to come to trial, it turns out that Whitacre has been less than candid about some of his other activities, and a series of ever more jawdropping revelations follow. The convoluted twists and turns of Whitacre’s imagination make it almost impossible to separate out fact from fantasy, and provide great dramatic and comic tension, helped by the combination of Soderbergh’s confident direction and Damon’s pitch-perfect performance.

The First Day of the Amelia tbc 17 Dec Rest of Your Life 15 FriDir:11Mira– ThuNair Le premier jour du reste de ta vie Wed 9 & Thu 10 Dec Dir: Rémi Bezançon France 2008 114mins subtitled Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman 10

Marie-Jeanne and Robert have three children: Albert, Raphaël and Fleur. This portrait of their family is sketched out over twelve years, through five days. Five crucial days in the life of a five-person family. Five days that are more important than any others, and after which, nothing will ever be the same again.

US 2009 tbc mins Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Christopher Eccleston Two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviatrix and enigmatic symbol of the American free spirit, who was guided by a profound curiosity for everything life had to offer. Earhart’s early aviation triumphs and meteoric rise to fame and fortune were propelled along by her tempestuous partnership and eventual marriage to publisher George Putnam (Gere).

Bound by mutual ambition, admiration and ultimately a great love, their bond could not be broken even with her brief passionate affair with Gene Vidal (McGregor). In 1937, Amelia’s life was tragically cut short with her mysterious and untimely disappearance as she attempted to be the first to fly around the world in an equatorial flight.

A Serious Man 15

Fri 11 – Thu 17 Dec Dir: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen US 2009 106mins Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Simon Helberg, Adam Arkin Joel and Ethan Coen are at the top of their game, equally at home in serious drama and madcap comedy, working with the biggest stars in the world or unfamiliar talent. Hot on the heels of No Country For Old Men and Burn After Reading, they’ve switched gears again to deliver this dry, hilarious and gloriously absurd comic drama that takes them all the way back home.

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It’s 1967: Larry Gopnik wants to be taken seriously, but he’s assailed on all sides by disrespect. At home, his rotten children steal from his wallet, his wife pesters him for a divorce and his brother has annexed his couch. It’s no better at work where a disgruntled student threatens to sabotage his reputation. Yet, in spite of it all, we can’t help but laugh as we contemplate Larry’s plight in a world with no silver linings that might just seem uncomfortably familiar to us all.

Nativity PG

Fri 18 – Thu 24 Dec Dir: Debbie Isitt UK 2009 90mins Cast: Ashley Jensen, Martin Freeman This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with the biggest challenge of his life – mounting the school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh local school for the honour of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film.

The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr Poppy fuelling his ‘little white lie’, Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the centre of quarrelling parents and overexcited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Nativity was shot entirely in Coventry an Kenilworth by West Midlands Director Debbie Isitt.

It’s A Wonderful Life U Sat 19 & Sun 20 Dec Dir: Frank Capra. US 1946 130mins Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Bart

Nominated for numerous Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director) and ranking at number 11 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movies, Director Frank Capra managed to create a poignant and feel-good film that has stood the test of time and is rightly considered to be the quintessential Christmas classic.


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Our regular weekend movie events for you to enjoy as a family

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday U Les Vacances des Monsieur Hulot Sat 21 Nov 2pm £4.50 (£2.50) Dir: Jacques Tati France 1953 114mins subtitled Cast: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike!

Christmas Programme U Sat 12 Dec 2pm £4.50 (£2.50)

The Snowman Dir: Dianne Jackson, UK 1982 26mins

Father Christmas Dir: Dave Unwin, UK 1991 25mins Raymond Briggs’ classic tales promise to fill you with festive cheer.

Shakespeare on Screen: King Lear Sat 28 Nov 11am – 3.30pm £7.50 (£5.50)

French New Wave Cinema By Professor Ginette Vincendeau, Head of Film Studies Department, King’s College, London Sat 7 Nov 11am – 3.30pm £7.50 (£5.50) In this illustrated talk, Ginette Vincendeau revisits the excitement and innovation of Truffaut’s moving autobiographical film, Les Coups 400, and of the New Wave, placing them in the social, cultural and cinematic context of France at the turn of the 1960s.  12

The popularity of Shakespeare's tragedies appears to go in cycles. The close of the last century saw a spate of Othellos and the start of this a hesitancy of Hamlets. There are currently two new productions of King Lear in production or preproduction, one with Anthony Hopkins, the other with Al Pacino. It seems timely to examine the history of Anglo Saxon king on screen with Professor Anthony Howard and to focus on a recent production, My Kingdom in which Peter O'Toole plays Lear as a gangland boss in contemporary Liverpool. Director, Don Boyd will be here to introduce the film and talk about his realisation.

West Midlands Film Hub Warwick Arts Centre and Screen WM have joined forces to create a Film Hub for the West Midlands. Come along to experience, understand, enjoy and even make movies.

Give your opinion or pose questions for further debate on the film you have just seen in this series of postscreening discussions.

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus 12A Wed 4 Nov 4pm

An Education 12A Thu 19 Nov 6.30pm

The White Ribbon 15 Tue 8 Dec 6.15pm

It’s A Wonderful Life U Sat 19 Dec 4pm

Mon 21 & Tue 22 Dec Dir: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward US 2009 77mins Narrator: Zabou Breitman

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The Cr imson Wing

In a remote and forgotten wilderness, one of nature’s late great mysteries unfolds: the birth, life and death of a million crimson-winged flamingos. Against a dramatic backdrop of never before seen landscape, these secretive birds struggle to survive and prevail over danger and fate. This inspiring story, set in the extraordinary “other world” of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, the cradle of humankind, reminds us: here on earth is a universe waiting to be discovered. The score to this film comes from British band The Cinematic Orchestra.

Wed 23 Dec Dir: Michael Keaton US 2008 96mins Cast: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes Running away from a troubled marriage, Kate Frazier hopes to find anonymity with a new life in Chicago. When Kate meets Frank Logan the two discover an unexpected shared silence. As the holidays pass their friendship becomes one of necessity and survival. Frank is forced to face the man he really is, while Kate struggles to be the stronger woman she needs to be. A truly original Christmas story, this is a heady mix of suspense, romance, and quiet humour – a riveting, uniquely entertaining tale of forgiveness and redemption that blends a hopeful spirit with a surprisingly dark heart.

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Mystery of the Flamingos PG

The Merry Gentleman tbc

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Me and Orson Welles 12A

After a decade of making acclaimed and award-winning television dramas, Stephen Poliakoff returns to the cinema with an absorbing thriller set on the eve of the Second World War. The film centres on the upper-class Keyes family, determined to preserve their way of life in the midst of political uncertainty. When adopted eldest daughter Anne (Garai) stumbles upon secret recordings hidden in the outbuildings of her family home, she is drawn into a confusion of secrets and betrayal, the full horror of which is as shocking to the audiences as it is to Anne.

The story of a whirlwind week in 1937 NYC when a young aspiring actor (Efron) is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles’ historic staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Sat 26 – Wed 30 Dec Dir: Stephen Poliakoff UK 2009 125mins Cast: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Eddie Redmayne, Julie Christie

Working with a stellar British cast including David Tennant, Jeremy Northam, Jenny Agutter and Hugh Bonneville, Poliakoff handles the shift in tone from carefree to menacing with great skill capturing the full sense of threat and unease of this significant moment in British history.

Sun 27 – Thu 31 Dec Dir: Richard Linklater UK 2008 114mins Cast: Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Christian McKay

During this week, Richard will find romance with a worldly older woman (Danes), become immersed in a creative experience few are afforded, and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles (McKay). Richard is about to grow up FAST. “Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles is surely one of the best movies about the theatre I’ve ever seen.” Chicago Sun-Times “The movie is a delight, a thoroughly entertaining slice of historical fiction.” Time Out Chicago


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Films A-Z


A Serious Man p11 Amelia p10 An Education p05 Army of Crime (The) p05 Beautiful Person (The) p07 Beyond BIBA (Conference Room) p05 Born in '68 p04 Bright Star p09 Coco Before Chanel p03 Crimson Wing (The) p13 Fantastic Mr. Fox p03 First Day of the Rest of Your Life (The) p10 Girl from Monaco (The) p06 Glorious 39 p13 Grown-Ups p06 I Always Wanted to be a Gangster p06 Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (The) p02 Informant! (The) p10 It's A Wonderful Life p11 Katalin Varga p03 MACE p03 Magic Hour (The) p04 Me and Orson Welles p13 Men Who Stare at Goats (The) p08 Merry Gentleman (The) p13 Michou d'Auber p07 Nativity p11 Once Upon A Time In The West p02 Sagan p07 Southern Softies p04 Starsuckers (Conference Room) p08 Taking Woodstock p09 Tales from the Golden Age p04 Thirst p08 Welcome p06 White Ribbon (The) p09

Sun 01 Mon 02 Tue 03 Wed 04 Thu 05 Fri 06 Sat 07 Sun 08 Mon 09 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24

Events Film Talk: Franch New Wave Film Talk: Shakespeare On Screen Family Films: Monsieur Hulot's Holiday Family Films: Christmas Programme

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To get the most enjoyment from your visit to the film theatre, we ask that all mobile phones are switched off.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Once Upon A Time In The West Katalin Varga The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus MACE The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus S. PSD. Katalin Varga The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus S. Katalin Varga Fantastic Mr. Fox Coco Before Chanel Film Talk: Franch New Wave Coco Before Chanel Fantastic Mr. Fox Coco Before Chanel Fantastic Mr. Fox Southern Softies Coco Before Chanel Fantastic Mr. Fox Tales from the Golden Age Fantastic Mr. Fox Tales from the Golden Age Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox Born in '68 Fantastic Mr. Fox Born in '68 The Magic Hour An Education An Education The Army of Crime An Education An Education The Army of Crime An Education The Army of Crime An Education S. Beyond BIBA (Conference Room) Q&A. Thirst An Education S. Thirst An Education An Education PSD. Thirst Welcome The Men Who Stare at Goats Family Films: Monsieur Hulot's Holiday The Men Who Stare at Goats Grown-Ups The Men Who Stare at Goats The Girl from Monaco The Men Who Stare at Goats The Men Who Stare at Goats S. I Always Wanted to be a Gangster Sagan The Men Who Stare at Goats

4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 4pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 9pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 11am 4pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 2.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 4pm 6.15pm 8.15pm 6.15pm 8.15pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 4pm 6.15pm 9pm 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 4pm 6.15pm 9pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 2pm 4.15pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 9pm

Wed 25 The Men Who Stare at Goats S. Michou d'Auber Starsuckers (Conference Room) Q&A. The Men Who Stare at Goats Thu 26 The Men Who Stare at Goats The Beautiful Person Fri 27 Taking Woodstock Bright Star Sat 28 Film Talk: Shakespeare on Film Bright Star Taking Woodstock Bright Star Sun 29 Bright Star Taking Woodstock Mon 30 Taking Woodstock S. Bright Star

4pm 6.30pm 7.30pm 9pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 11am 4pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm

Tue 01 Wed 02 Thu 03 Fri 04 Sat 05 Sun 06 Mon 07 Tue 08 Wed 09 Thu 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19

6.30pm 8.50pm 4pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.50pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.15pm 9pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 2pm 4pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 4pm 6.30pm 8.30pm

December Bright Star Taking Woodstock Bright Star Taking Woodstock S. Bright Star Bright Star Taking Woodstock The Informant! The White Ribbon The Informant! The White Ribbon The White Ribbon The Informant! The Informant! The White Ribbon The White Ribbon PSD. The Informant! The Informant! The First Day of the Rest of Your Life The First Day of the Rest of Your Life The Informant! Amelia A Serious Man Family Films: Christmas Programme Amelia A Serious Man Amelia Amelia A Serious Man A Serious Man Amelia Amelia A Serious Man A Serious Man Amelia Amelia A Serious Man Nativity An Education It's A Wonderful Life PSD. Nativity An Education

Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Sun 27 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed 30 Thu 31

It's A Wonderful Life 4pm Nativity 7.30pm Nativity 6.30pm The Crimson Wing 8.30pm The Crimson Wing 6.30pm Nativity 8.15pm Nativity S. 6.30pm The Merry Gentleman 8.30pm Nativity 2.30pm HAPPY CHRISTMAS Glorious 39 3pm Glorious 39 3pm Me and Orson Welles 5.30pm Me and Orson Welles 3pm Glorious 39 5.30pm Glorious 39 3pm Me and Orson Welles 5.30pm Me and Orson Welles 3pm Glorious 39 5.30pm Me and Orson Welles 3pm

Subtitled Screenings (S.) We continue our series of films in the English language that are screened with English subtitles to assist our dead and hard of hearing patrons and those for whom English is not their first language.

November Wed 04 Thu 05 Tue 17 Wed 18 Mon 23 Wed 25 Mon 30

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus An Education An Education The Men Who Stare at Goats The Men Who Stare at Goats Taking Woodstock

4pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 4pm 6.30pm 4pm 6.30pm

December Wed 02 Taking Woodstock Wed 23 Nativity

6.30pm 6.30pm

In The Frame Post Screening Discussions (PSD Chaired by Julia Jones, these Post Screening Discussions will give the audience the opportunity to discuss the film they have just seen in more detail.

Question & Answer Session (Q&A.) For some screenings, we are delighted to welcome members of the team involved in creating the film - often the director. The Q&A session will take place in the Cinema at the end of the screening and give you the chance to put your questions forward.

EAT OPENING TIMES Lunch: Tue - Fri 12noon - 2.30pm Dinner: Tue - Sat 5pm - 8pm

EAT restaurant has re-opened with a tantalising new menu. Award-winning chef Jon Harvey-Barnes has drawn on his background at Claridges and a host of top Midlands establishments to create modern bistro adaptations of traditional favourites bursting with fresh and organic ingredients.


how to find us By Car On approaches to Coventry, simply follow the brown signs for Warwick Arts Centre. Once on the University of Warwick campus, head for car parks 6, 7 or 8. For the latest on the roads around Coventry visit:

By Train Services run regularly from Birmingham, Leicester and London to Coventry from where we are a short taxi or bus ride away.

By Bus Regular bus services from Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth stop outside the Arts Centre. Centro Hotline: 024 7655 9559

booking information Telephone Bookings

CP = Car Park

024 7652 4524

Online Bookings

Box Office Opening Times

Warwick Arts Centre is a resource provided by The University of Warwick. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

Mon - Sat 9.30am - 9pm Sun - 2.00pm - 8pm

Ticket Prices (unless otherwise stated) Full Price:




Groups of 5+:

£4.75 each

Full Time Students, Under 16s, Registered unemployed: £4.25 University of Warwick students: £3.00 Weekday Matinees: £4.25 * 60+ in full-time retirement, Passport to Leisure holders

Brochure available in large print on 024 7652 4524 Warwick Arts Centre reserves the right to change the film programme without notice. Please check our website or contact the Box Office for updated information.

Design by Un.titled

Cinderella Sat 28 Nov - Sun 3 Jan For everyone 7+

“ of the finest Christmas shows this festive season is likely to offer.” The Telegraph

Warwick Arts Centre Cinema Diary Nov Dec 2009  

Film programme for the months of November and December 2009 at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, West Midlands, UK

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