Film of the week: "Years and years", by Simon Cellan Jones and Lisa Mulcahy

As we will very soon start a new decade, it may be time to have a look at the coming challenges.

“Years and Years follows the Lyons, a busy Manchester family. Daniel’s getting married to Ralph. Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids. Rosie’s chasing a new fella. Edith hasn’t been home for years. All presided over by Gran, the imperial Muriel. But when their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years.

And what a world! Everything we fear, and everything we hope for, happening around this tight-knit family. Society gets hotter, faster, madder, with the turmoil of politics, technology and distant wars affecting the Lyons in their day-to-day lives. Set against this, the Lyons have to navigate their everyday hopes and fears, knowing that one ordinary family could never change the world. Or could they?”

Season 1, 6 episodes of 59 mns, 2019
Call number: 942 YEA HEIDVD 3656

Film of the week: “The Lives of Others”, by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

“The horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in the former East Germany. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don’t always think loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more…”

132 mns, 2007
Call number: 943 LIV

Film de la semaine : “Samouni Road” de Stefano Savona

Dans la périphérie rurale de la ville de Gaza, la famille Samouni s’apprête à célébrer un mariage. C’est la première fête depuis la dernière guerre.

Amal, Fouad, leurs frères et leurs cousins ont perdu leurs parents, leurs maisons et leurs oliviers. Le quartier où ils habitent est en reconstruction. Ils replantent des arbres et labourent les champs, mais une tâche plus difficile encore incombe à ces jeunes survivants : reconstruire leur propre mémoire. Avec des séquences d’animation, Samouni Road dresse un portrait de cette famille au fil de leurs souvenirs, avant, pendant et après l’événement qui a changé leur vie à jamais.


Jour2fête 2019
Cote : 6.5.1 SAM

Film de la semaine : “Capharnaüm” de Nadine Labaki

À la question : “Pourquoi attaquez-vous vos parents en justice ?”, Zain, 12 ans, répond : “Pour m’avoir donné la vie !”.

Enfant des rues, le jeune Zain vit d’expédients dans un quartier misérable de Beyrouth avec sa famille. Le garçon livre les commandes de ses voisins, essaie de soutirer quelques pièces aux automobilistes, aide sa mère à trafiquer des médicaments stupéfiants. Au cours d’une fugue, il rencontre Rahil, une immigrée éthiopienne sans papiers et son bébé Yonas ; en l’absence de Rahil, le préadolescent s’occupe comme un frère du tout jeune Éthiopien qui, autrement, serait mort de faim.

Capharnaüm retrace l’incroyable parcours de cet enfant en quête d’identité et qui se rebelle contre la vie qu’on cherche à lui imposer. Un film coup de poing, tendre et douloureux.


Gaumont Vidéo, 2019
Cote : 4.0 CAP

Film of the Week: “Cold War” (Zimna wojna) by Pawel Pawlikowski

An epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II.

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the communist propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. One day, they spot their chance to make a break for freedom in France, yet fall out with each other and make a decision that will mark their lives forever.

Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with this stunning film. Shot in luminous black and white, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

Publisher: Curzon Artificial Eye, 2018
Call Number: 943.8 COL