Chester Film Society 2023/2024 Season
Full details of our 2023/2024 Season are shown below.
For a handy downloadable pdf of the whole season, click on the image below:
For details on how to join as a Member, or attend films as a Guest, go to the Members & Guests page
As last season, all films will be screened in the GARRET THEATRE at Storyhouse, and will take place on THURSDAYS.
Films start at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.
28 September 2023
USA | 2022 | 1hr 45m | Cert 15
Director: Graham Moore
To survive a fateful encounter with the mob, an elderly English tailor, or cutter, as he keeps insisting, must outwit a dangerous group of gangsters who take shelter in his shop on a tensely long night.
“Enjoyable and stylish”;
“Mark Rylance is superb! Very clever film”;
“A wonderful film”; “Mark Rylance – Olivier for modern times”
“So many twists! Superb acting, all in one room? Love Mark Rylance and Simon Russell Beale. Thank you!”
“A tad Claustrophobic.”
“Need to watch again – all the twists!”
Audience Score: 8.56
12 October 2023
Love According to Dalva
Belgium/France | 2022 | 1hr 28m | Cert 15
Director: Emmanuelle Nicot
A young girl struggles to cope in the aftermath of parental abuse in this emotionally intense Belgian drama which handles its uncomfortable subject matter with sensitivity, respect, and restraint.
“Mesmerising performance by Dalva”“Hard watching”“Enjoyable”“Harrowing but brilliant depiction of abuse”“Hopeful, thought provoking ““Not easy to watch but excellent film”“More questions than answers”“Well acted , positive ending”“Difficult subject done well”
Audience Score: 8.3
26 October 2023
Cairo Conspiracy aka Boy From Heaven
Sweden/France/Finland | 2022 |
2hr 1 min | Cert 12
Director: Tarik Saleh
The threat of state-sanctioned violence hangs over a male student after he is recruited as an informant. A deadly power struggle ensues between the political and religious establishment in this dark Egyptian conspiracy drama.
“A cruel male-dominated world”
“A little too topical”
“Thought provoking “
“Head mashed. Corruption! Corruption!”
“An exhilarating film whilst not enjoyed, depicted so much in its content and action. Superb”“Weird fish chase seagulls”
“The pulse in the webbing of the police chief’s head! 10/10”
Audience Score: 8.3
2 November 2023
Italy/France | 2019 | 2hr 9m | Cert 15
Director: Pietro Marcello
Martin Eden, an aspiring writer, navigates societal complexities, love, and self-discovery in early 20th-century Italy, revealing the struggles and sacrifices of artistic ambition when he falls for a wealthy woman, to the disappointment of her family.
“Loved first 2/3 lost a bit at end? Not sure”
“Unlikeable, no levity, his sister had it right when she said people need a break from sadness”
“Martin Eden-who cares? Like a continental pastry!”
“A fascinating film which was interesting for the first 75% of the film then a disappointing end.”
“Loved the atmospheric shots of people in Naples”
“Heavy going, but much truth”
“Too long. Lost its way but enjoyed the first half and social/economic context”
“A film of great beauty”
“Capitalism has failed, not socialism”
“Unbearable, loathsome and a depressing ordeal to watch”
“Raw, earthy. Disintegrated towards the end!”
“The film was like the beautiful sailing boat- started off magnificently before sinking without trace.”
Audience Score: 7
23 November 2023
France/Spain | 2022 | 2hr 18m |
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
A French couple’s new life farming in a Galician village is disrupted by hostility, intimidation, and escalating acts of violence from a neighbouring local family in this brooding thriller about familial bonds and forgiveness.
7 December 2023
Winners + Smile
UK | 2022 | 1hr 25m | Cert PG
Director: Hassan Nazer
Persian language drama in which two young children find a lost Oscar statuette in their remote Iranian village and decide to find its owner. Showing with Chester Animation Festival winning entry ‘Smile’.
11 January 2024
The Quiet Girl
Ireland | 2022 | 1hr 31m | Cert 12
Director: Colm Bairéad
Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Irish drama in which an unhappy and neglected girl from a dysfunctional family is sent to live with foster parents for the summer who are coming to terms with an unspoken loss of their own.
25 January 2024
Canada/Belgium/France | 2021 |
1hr 32m | Cert 12
An animated biopic of the German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon inspired by her autobiographical painting series, Life? or Theatre?
8 February 2024
Argentina/France/Switzerland | 2021 |
1hr 40m | Cert 12
Director: Andreas Fontana
Swiss banker visits Buenos Aires to handle the business concerns of his missing associate. Gripping drama that elegantly slips the viewer into its cold embrace and never loosens its grip.
22 February 2024
France/Netherlands | 2022 | 1hr 44m| Cert 12
Director: Lukas Dhont
Devastating drama in which the move to high school forces two lifelong young friends apart and leaves one of them struggling to understand what happened to their friendship.
21 March 2024
Sweden/Costa Rica/Belgium/Germany/France | 2021 | 1hr 46m | Cert 15
Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Costa Rican drama in which a woman experiences a sexual and spiritual awakening after years of repression by her community.
4 April 2024
Italy/France | 2022 | 1hr 58m | Cert 12
Director: Mario Martone
Italian drama in which a man returns to his hometown of Naples after 40 years, stirring up a past which he’s tried to keep buried.