January Update

Follow up on last movie The Country Doctor

Not a very big attendance for our first film of the year at Unity Hill with only about 15 including guests on the night.
Those members that did attend all loved this beautiful film about the doctor in provincial France.
It was also our first film screened at Unity Hill and while obviously it is not like the Cinema overall the response as to the venue was positive. One comment made by some members was that the sound was very good and I would agree with this. Probably the only criticism I personally have is the screen size.

The February film will again be at Unity Hill as the cinema is undergoing some renovations.

Our February film is the English/German (English subtitles) directed by Markus Imhoof “More then Honey”

Worldwide, millions of honeybee colonies are dying each year. Is this just a momentary fluke? in the unwritten contract between human and bee or are we facing the early stages of a total collapse of the system? Is it caused by bees or us?

Far from being a casual curiosity, the death of honeybees gains frightening importance when we consider that they pollinate a third of all the food we eat!

A complete understanding about the causes of death are yet to be determined, but one thing is certain: We are not just dealing with a few dead insects, and there’s more at stake than just a bit of honey. “If the bee goes extinct, man will surely follow within four years” is how Albert Einstein might have worded the problem.

Searching for answers, More than Honey takes us around the world to meet people living with and off honeybees. On our trip we meet almond growers in California, a Swiss mountain beekeeper, a neuroscientist investigating bee brains in Berlin, a pollen dealer in China, and a bee researcher in Australia. We even get to see “killer bees” invading the New World. We gain spectacular visual insights into the beehive – a fascinating world of fighting queens and dancing workers, of highly sophisticated swarm intelligence, where the individual constantly serves the requirements of the community.

The relationship between humans and honeybees tells us a lot about ourselves, about nature and about our future. We understand that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth and that it is crisis and catastrophe that fuels evolutionary developments. And we learn that a remedy might sometimes arise in the camouflage of a catastrophe and from a totally unexpected source.

Everybody talks about the death of the honeybee. “More than Honey” shows us more about it’s life.

Hope to see you all on Monday for this great documentary.

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December Update

Follow up on last movie “Loving Vincent”

Very good attendance again for our last film of the year this month with close  to 30 including a good number of guests from the arts group.

The film was a success and enjoyed by all members and guests. Everybody commented on the way it looked like a moving painting. I thought it was a bit slow to start with but then build up as it went along when the characters started to become real even though it was an animation.

We still are not sure about the venue for our first film of the year, while the Cinema has apparently been saved we have not been informed whether we will be able to show our movies as in the past. January and February films will now definitely be at Unity Hill as the cinema is undergoing some renovations. Depending on the cost and availability we should be going back to the cinema from March onward.

So our first film the French Comedy Drama directed by Thomas Lilti “The Country Doctor” will be at Unity Hill on Monday the 7th of January.

All of the inhabitants, in this corner of the countryside, can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who cares for them and who reassures them day and night, seven days a week. When Jean-Pierre falls sick, Nathalie, a doctor new to the profession, comes from the hospital to assist him. But will she manage to adapt to this new life and to remplace the man who thought he was… irreplacable?

So all the best for the festive season and hope to see you all in January for our first movie of the year.

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November Update

Follow up on last movie “Maudie”

Very good attendance this month with a total of 30 including a large number of guests.

The film was a big success and enjoyed by all members and guests. I did not hear a single negative comment during our supper and all the committee members again mentioned how much they liked it during lasts month’s meeting.

We also discussed an alternative venue for next year and you would all have received an email about it from Anele.

Our next film on the 4th of December is the 2017 Animation/biography/crime “Loving Vincent”

A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter written to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sur-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armond becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only It is the first fully painted animated feature film.
First conceived as a seven minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.
Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters.

Looking forward to see you all on Tuesday the 4th of December.