A modern cinema with an old fashioned ethic, that’s how the Guardian describe The Barn cinema at Dartington.
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Tabu’s narrative is split into two parts: Lost Paradise and Paradise. The first hour of the film follows the lives of three elderly women in present day Lisbon: Pilar (Teresa Madruga), Santa (Isabel Cardoso) and Aurora (Laura Soveral). The three elderly women are all going about their mundane lives, until Aurora’s death and it’s this event that triggers the film’s second half, Paradise.
Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is a refugee seeking asylum in Montreal, Canada, after his wife and children were murdered by terrorists in Algeria. The former restaurateur decides to pass himself off as a teacher – a profession he observed his wife in for many years – and when Martine, a teacher at a local school hangs herself, the perfect opportunity presents itself.
The independent film Four Horsemen will be screened followed by Q&A and discussion with the makers of the film Ross Ashcroft and Mark Braund, they will be joined on the panel by Satish Kumar and Jonathan Dawson of Schumacher College.
Two members of the Depp household are making an appearance at the Dartington Barn cinema this week, what with Monsieur Depp staring in Dark Shadows. While Madame Paradis is making an appearance in the touching Cafe De Flore.
Dark Shadows, the latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp hasn’t had the best of receptions, although it’s sure to keep the most ardent of the pair’s fans happy.
You know this film will be beautiful. You will expect something from its reputation, from it’s director and from the fact that the film was famously shot almost entirely in the magic hour of dawn and dusk. This was Terence Malick’s second film and his last for 20 years and, until The Tree of Life, it was the work known as the visionary director’s most striking. You know this film will be beautiful but will it be anything else?
Barry Hines’ story has shaped generations both in book form – Barry Hines’ A Kestral For a Knave – and as Ken Loach’s film, Kes. Now on a re-release 42 years after first coming onto the screen, the movie – which is in the British Film Insitute’s top ten films to see before the age of 14 – seems even more poignant.
You already know what My Afternoons with Magueritte (La Tête en Friche) will be like. It is excellently made, played with charm, and shot with lightness and light in mind. If you are planning on watching it, then you will certainly enjoy it.
Devon filmmaker Robin Whenary reviews A Prophet, which added the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film to its shelf of awards. It’s at The Barn Cinema, Dartington until Thursday, February 25
The title refers to the main character, Malik El Djebena, a 19-year-old man of North African origin, arriving in a French prison to start a six-year term. Without allies, he finds himself forced by Cesar, the aged leader of the Corsican faction, to murder a new Muslim prisoner who is due to be transferred to testify against the mob.
Devon filmmaker Robin Whenary reviews the masterful Still Walking at The Barn Cinema, Dartington runs until Thursday, February 11
This masterful film unfolds over 24 hours, as the middle class Yokoyama family gather at the family home in the leafy suburbs, for an annual reunion to mark the accidental death of the eldest son 15 years ago.
The Barn Cinema at Dartington has teamed up with D+CFilm for filmmakers to review a selection of films which are screening at the cinema. It seemed like a good idea – you get to read insights into cinema releases from the (sometimes warped) perspective of a filmmaker, and who knows, the filmmakers might be inspired and mention us in their Oscar speech. First up will be Still Walking, which runs at The Barn from Tuesday, February 9 to Thursday, February 11.
Dartmoor Killing Ltd in association with Barn Cinema Dartington, picked up the prize for Premiere of the Year 99 sites and under at the Screen Awards, held at The Brewery, London.
Do you remember Raymond’s pasty shop in Barnstaple? Did you ever see elephants walking around town? How did Butcher’s Row become knee deep in dough?
‘Over the past two years’, says a Dartington Barn Cinema leaflet which has been flopping through the letter-boxes around South Devon recently, ‘we’ve systematically been improving the facilities we offer – from state-of-the art 3D projection through to new seating being installed at the end of March.’ And now those cine-holics are offering a Barn Cinema Loyalty Card.
The screening wasn’t packed, but once again Dartington’s Barn proves itself to be the South West’s premiere art-house cinema, with a limited run of Orson Welles’, F for Fake.
Do you have a favourite film that you’ve never seen on the big screen? Would you like to pick a film to be screened at Dartington’s Barn Cinema? Of course you would, and the good folks at Dartington are making that a reality. Yes, you, the lovely cinema-goers have the opportunity to choose what film is screened at the Barn Cinema’s, Facebook Film Lover’s Night, on Sunday, October 21 at 8pm.
If this summer is anything to go by then we’re in for a wet and windy autumn, so it’s a good thing that Dartington’s Barn Cinema, have a cracking autumnal line-up.
After a couple of guest episodes on the ever so tedious CSI, followed by a brief break, Billy Friedkin is back, and his newest film is Killer Joe.
Film fans will no doubt have been made aware of the recent, distressing news that Martin Scorsese has announced his permanent move from film to digital. Is it a harbinger of unpleasant things within the industry? Is cinema as a whole becoming more mechanised, and do we risk losing any sense of its heritage?
It takes a while for Thomas Lawes’ documentary The Last Projectionist to tap the melancholy undertones inherent in the title. For the most part, it’s an ambling, amiable and fascinating examination of Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK (it first opened in 1909). As the documentary proceeds, the history of The Electric effectively acts as a microcosm for the birth of cinema in the UK.
What to look for in a film that features in the Interrogate! social justice conference? A movie set in LA which focuses the Hispanic community and echoes the Neo-realist classic The Bicycle Thieves, perhaps? Well that’s just what they’ve got in the form of A Better World.
At one point in the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, Tommy Lee Jones’ Sheriff, lamenting the violence of the modern world, opines: ‘I laugh myself sometimes… Ain’t a whole lot else you can do’. The same sentiment applied here – it was fascinating to see how Dr Strangelove’s dark humour both went against and complemented the gloomy message of Walker’s documentary.
An empty space is needed to house the main film set for an animated short, which is being filmed in the Exeter area.
Let’s face it, trying to find an eclectic film programme at your local cinema in Torbay is a bit of challenge.