What's on this week Fri 31 July - Thu 6 Aug

Cinéphiles

Until Mon 3 August

Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed’'s programme. All are welcome.

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Amy 15

Until Thu 6 August

Fresh from Cannes and a triumphant critical reception, Amy reunites the team behind the award-winning Senna, including director Asif Kapadia, to tell the incredible story of the glorious rise and heartbreaking fall of Amy Winehouse.

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Salt of the Earth 12A(S)

Until Thu 6 August

A documentary looking back at his life's work of photographer Sebastião Salgado. A stunning visual odyssey that allows us to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest image-makers of the last century.

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The Wonders 15(S)

Until Thu 6 August

Winner of last year's Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders is a quiet, enchanting coming-of-age tale about a unique family in the Italian countryside.

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Summer Animated Adventures: Song of The Sea PG

Until Thu 6 August

A gorgeous hand-drawn animation inspired by Celtic magic and folklore - this time inspired by the ancient Irish legend of the Selkies, magical beings who live as seals in the water and as humans on land.

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Eden 15(S)

Until Thu 6 August

The exhilarating latest from Mia Hansen-Love (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) traces the rise of the 'French touch' generation of house music - one that spawned superstars like Daft Punk and Cassius - from the 1990s to the present day.

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London Road 15

Fri 31 July - Sun 2 Aug

Rufus Norris’s feature film adaptation of his acclaimed National Theatre production is an utterly gripping, macabre and very moving cine-opera in a reportage verbatim style, that deals with the 2006 Ipswich serial murders and their complex psychological effect on the inhabitants of London Road.

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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson 15

Fri 31 July - Thu 6 Aug

A terminal cancer diagnosis proves more liberating than traumatic for the legendary rock-guitarist Wilko Johnson in Julien Temple’s (Oil City Confidential, Glastonbury) freeform documentary. Both joyful and thoughtful, this is Temple's second film about the ex-leader of Dr. Feelgood. Wilko’s unexpectedly buoyant response to very bad news makes for a film about saying goodbye that is without grief, fear or regret.

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Cinébabies: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson 15

Mon 3 Aug 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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De Niro: Mean Streets 18

Sun 2 Aug 12:00

A graphic portrayal of life in the underworld, Martin Scorsese’s semi-autobiographical depiction of the experiences and relationships of a petty hoodlum, his epileptic lover and her unstable cousin on the run from a loan shark was Robert De Niro’s first major role and went on to become a landmark of 1970’s American cinema.

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Dear White People 15

Mon 3 - Thu 6 Aug

The diversification of an all-black residence hall forces a group of African-American university students to take a stand in Justin Simien’s funny, inventive and provocatively tongue-in-cheek, razor-sharp social satire of racial politics.

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Fri 7 - Thu 13 Aug

Lunchtime Talk: Summer Break

Until Fri 21 August

The lunchtime talk and Open Studio Friday programme will be taking a break over the summer so that they can take their sandwiches out into the sunshine. Fear not, they're already busy lining up exciting speakers for September.

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Summer Animated Adventures: Shaun the Sheep Movie U

Fri 7 - Thu 13 Aug

To coincide with Shaun The Sheep’s ewe-nique arts trail across Bristol this summer we are giving you another chance to see him in his feature debut!

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52 Tuesdays 15

Fri 7 - Thu 13 Aug

This remarkable and enthralling experiment in storytelling takes its cue from the title: the director shot chronologically, on every Tuesday for a year. It sensitively explores the complexities of both sexual and gender identity.

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Marshland 15(S)

Fri 7 - Thu 20 Aug

A pair of mismatched cops prowl the swamplands of Andaluz investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls in Alberto Rodriguez's satisfyingly atmospheric Southern gothic pot-boiler that cooks up its True Detective-esque thrills Spanish style.

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Cinébabies: Marshland 15(S)

Mon 10 Aug 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Diary of a Teenage Girl 18

Fri 7 - Thu 20 Aug

A huge hit at Sundance and based on Phoebe Gloeckner's popular graphic novel, this gutsy feature debut charts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie (Bel Powley), a lonely and artistic 15 year old growing up fast in the countercultural haze of 1970's San Francisco.

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Hard to be a God CTBA

Fri 7 - Wed 12 Aug

The late Russian maestro Aleksei German dedicated the last 15 years of his life to delivering this brutal, visceral and densely detailed final masterpiece - a visionary, medieval sci-fi epic based on a 1964 novel by the Strugatsky brothers (whose work formed the basis for Tarkovski's Stalker).

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De Niro: The Deer Hunter 18

Sun 9 Aug 12:00

Michael Cimino's astonishingly powerful and vivid epic about three men from Pennsylvania whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of War.

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Butter on the Latch 15

Mon 10 Aug 18:50

Butter on the Latch is the tale of an entangled female friendship, set in a real-life Balkan music camp in upstate New York, told with avant-garde flourishes and disturbing psycho-sexual undercurrents - and it is based on an actual Balkan Folk song.

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Help us to design the prosthetic hand of the future

Wed 12 Aug 10:00

Vitória Maurício, Pervasive Media Studio resident and lead designer at Open Bionics, is hosting a workshop for potential wearers of their 3D printed robotic prosthetic hand to test out different designs and functionality.

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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely + Director's Q&A 18

Thu 13 Aug 18:00

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is the wildly imaginative and unexpected feature from one of the leading lights in US indie filmmaking, Josephine Decker.

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Fri 14 - Thu 20 Aug

Lunchtime Talk: Summer Break

Until Fri 21 August

The lunchtime talk and Open Studio Friday programme will be taking a break over the summer so that they can take their sandwiches out into the sunshine. Fear not, they're already busy lining up exciting speakers for September.

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Marshland 15(S)

Fri 7 - Thu 20 Aug

A pair of mismatched cops prowl the swamplands of Andaluz investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls in Alberto Rodriguez's satisfyingly atmospheric Southern gothic pot-boiler that cooks up its True Detective-esque thrills Spanish style.

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Diary of a Teenage Girl 18

Fri 7 - Thu 20 Aug

A huge hit at Sundance and based on Phoebe Gloeckner's popular graphic novel, this gutsy feature debut charts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie (Bel Powley), a lonely and artistic 15 year old growing up fast in the countercultural haze of 1970's San Francisco.

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Summer Animated Adventures: Kiki's Delivery Service U

Fri 14 - Thu 20 Aug

This lush fantasy adventure from Hayao Miyazaki follows Kiki, a young witch who must fly off to a faraway city accompanied only by her chatty black cat to live alone for a whole year by using her magical powers.

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Precinct Seven Five 15

Fri 14 - Thu 20 Aug

This entertaining, slick and fascinating documentary charts the transformation of Michael Dowd from shiny young rookie to criminal mastermind in 80s New York in this true life cop version of GoodFellas.

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Mistress America 15

Fri 14 - Thu 27 Aug

Noah Baumbach’s fantastically refreshing tale of youth and female friendship - a great mix of old school Hollywood screwball comedy and John Hughes-esque romp - tells the story of two future stepsisters navigating New York together.

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Cinébabies: Mistress America 15

Mon 17 Aug 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Theeb 15(S)

Fri 14 - Wed 19 Aug

This epic adventure tale plays like a combination of classic American Westerns and WWI dramas. Set in the Arabian Desert, 1916 – a time of historical change and turmoil. Young Bedouin brothers Hussein and Theeb find their lives interrupted with the arrival of a British Army officer on a mysterious mission.

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De Niro: Raging Bull 18

Sun 16 Aug 12:00

Robert De Niro’s intense portrayal of middleweight boxer Jake ‘The Bronx Bull’ LaMotta earned him his second Oscar® and marked the zenith in his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese; delivering with shuddering effect a pummeling assault on the senses and arguably the greatest sports film ever made.

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Cyclescreen: Bicycle: A Great British Movement PG

Thu 20 Aug 18:00

The story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, its birth, decline and rebirth from Victorian origins to today including Bristol’s pioneering role in the birth of Sustrans and the National Cycle Network.

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Cyclescreen: Who is Dervla Murphy? + Come on Eileen 12A

Thu 20 Aug 20:30

A double bill of films looking back at two of the most inspiring women to ever make use of bicycle. One became one the world’s foremost travel writers – the brilliant and fearless Dervla Murphy and the other was the time trial sensation that was the magnificent Eileen Sheridan.

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Fri 21 - Thu 27 Aug

Lunchtime Talk: Summer Break

Until Fri 21 August

The lunchtime talk and Open Studio Friday programme will be taking a break over the summer so that they can take their sandwiches out into the sunshine. Fear not, they're already busy lining up exciting speakers for September.

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Mistress America 15

Fri 14 - Thu 27 Aug

Noah Baumbach’s fantastically refreshing tale of youth and female friendship - a great mix of old school Hollywood screwball comedy and John Hughes-esque romp - tells the story of two future stepsisters navigating New York together.

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Summer Animated Adventures: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind PG

Fri 21 - Thu 27 Aug

A nature-loving princess of the tiny Valley of the Wind seeks to make amends for the mistakes of her ancestors in Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure.

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Gemma Bovary 15

Fri 21 Aug - Thu 3 Sept

In this sexy and lighthearted re-imagining of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel (itself a re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic) Gemma Arterton stars as an earthy beauty who stirs passions in the male inhabitants of a Normandy village.

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The Wolfpack 15

Fri 21 - Thu 27 Aug

This stranger-than-fiction documentary depicts the unusual upbringing of six brothers who have spent their childhoods locked away from the outside world by their protective father and whose only reality is via the world of movies they have been obsessively watching and re-enacting.

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Cinébabies: The Wolfpack 15

Mon 24 Aug 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Cyclescreen: The David Millar Project

Fri 21 Aug 18:00

Scottish director Finlay Pretsell joins author and cycling journalist Daniel Friebe to discuss his exciting collaboration with enigmatic racing cyclist David Millar.

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Cuisine+Colour

Fri 21 Aug 19:00

Following our sold out Moorish street food feast, we continue to experiment with how we animate our spaces and offer different experiences by inviting you to devour the work produced by Cuisine+Colour, a bespoke sit-down meal where colour is delicious and cuisine is to dye for.

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Cyclescreen: La Course en Tête 12A(S)

Fri 21 Aug 20:00

An all time classic of the cycling genre, this glorious study of Eddy Merckx, a rider who dominated an entire cycling generation, is an inspirational study in determination and a cinematic poem to the greatest rider of all time.

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Cyclescreen: Slaying The Badger 12A

Sat 22 Aug 13:00

Engrossing documentary looking back at the pivotal 1986 Tour de France and the epic rivalry between cyclists Greg LeMond and Bernard 'The Badger' Hinault.

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Cyclescreen: Michael Hutchinson - The Hour

Sat 22 Aug 15:00

Professional Time-Trialist and author Michael Hutchinson examines the rich history of cyclng’s most iconic record – The Hour, and recounts his own attempt to claim it through a relentless obsession to go faster.

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Cyclescreen: The Impossible Hour + Moon Rider 15(S)

Sat 22 Aug 17:00

A selection of films examining the niche art of time-trialing including Danish auteur Jorgen Leth’s iconic 1974 documentary of his compatriot Ole Ritter’s attempt on the iconic World Hour Record and Daniel Dencik's honest and heartbreaking study of Danish time-trial specialist Rasmus Quaade.

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De Niro: The Godfather: Part II 18

Sun 23 Aug 12:00

Francis Ford Coppola’s second installment in his operatic mafia trilogy was an ambitious prequel/sequel without equal, featuring towering performances from Al Pacino as crime boss Michael Corleone and an Oscar®-winning Robert De Niro as a young brash immigrant kid who grows into the fearsome Don Corleone.

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Cyclescreen: The Printing Bike Project

Sun 23 Aug 13:00

Nick Hand and Robin Mather discuss their recent collaboration involving building a custom made bicycle which they rode to Mainz in Germany – the spiritual home of the printing press.

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Cyclescreen: Herbie Sykes: The Race Against The Stasi

Sun 23 Aug 15:00

Cycling author and journalist Herbie Sykes talks about his award winning book about the life of East German cyclist Dieter Wiedemann who in 1964 rode the Peace Race under socialism and Stasi surveillance before dramatically defecting to the West.

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Cyclescreen: Dummy Jim PG(S)

Sun 23 Aug 17:00

The story of a young Deaf man called James Duthie who in 1951 biked from his Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. Director Matt Hulse worked for 12 years on this visual mix of documentary and fiction and the result is a treat for both the eyes and ears.

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Puppetry Festival: The Quay Brothers Retrospective + In Conversation 12A(S)

Thu 27 Aug 18:00

A retrospective of the visionary, surreal work of identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay - followed by a rare opportunity to hear them talk about their life and career.

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Puppetry Festival: The Night Flyer, King Pest, Rock Charmer

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Aug

Puppet show, cinema and slideshow converge with a mix of live animation and music as the Paper Cinema team present three of their lovingly crafted earlier works just for the festival.

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Puppetry Festival: Bristol Festival of Puppetry Opening Party

Thu 27 Aug 21:15

Help us get the Bristol Festival of Puppetry started in grand style, with pop up puppets and animation including The Hickboo, Lionel The Vinyl and a few surprise guests - all in the Café/Bar.

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