Sunday, 19 December 2021

 JANUARY Tuesday 11th: DRIVE MY CAR - Connaught Cinema 



WFC first screening of 2022 will be Japan's Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car (2021) at the Connaught Cinema.

Date: TUESDAY 11th January 2022

Tickets: free to members/ member's one guest £5
£7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students
Doors open: 8.00pm


WFC are really excited about this one. Nominated for the Best International Feature in the 94th Academy Awards and Winner of the Best Screenplay at 2021's Cannes Film Festival it will be one not to miss. Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi adapts a short story by Haruki Murakama into a highly moving meditation on life and art. The story sees avant garde theatre director Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) mourning the death of his wife Oto (Reika Kirishima) - whose infidelity he has just discovered. Accepting an assignment to direct a new multilingual production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, he reluctantly consents to being chauffeured around by the taciturn Misaki (Tôko Miura). And thus the journey begins. Phil Hord of the Guardian says it is 'Vast in philosophical scope but intimate; beautifully controlled but pulsing with erotic undercurrents, it marks Hamaguchi’s emergence as a new cinematic master.'

We really hope you can attend because we think this is going to be a total cracker!



'With its eddying, fluid score and judicious use of silence, its satisfying layers of storytelling, this is a supremely confident piece of film-making from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi' - Wendy Ide - The Guardian

'A thoughtful and tearful ride in which the destination is a spiritual confrontation with oneself, “Drive My Car” devastates and comforts through its vehicular poetry of the sorrow from which we run, the collisions that awaken us, and the healing gained from every bump in the road.' Carlos Aguilar - Robert Ebert.com


Just a quick aside - if you want to join or its time to renew then if you do if before 12/01/22 you can have your year membership for £30. As of 12/01 we will be rising our prices to £35 for a year membership. For the membership we will now be invited to 10 screenings next year, as well as the annual xmas party and access to our terrific DVD library! And if you are stuck for a xmas or birthday gift for the discerning film person in your life why not give them a WFC membership? If you want to join either email the club or come along to a screening and sign up on the night!We really hope to see you all soon. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from Caroline, Mary and Christian!