What's on this week Sun 24 - Sat 30 July

That fate keeps throwing Maggie (Greta Gerwig) curveballs matters not to a woman determined to control her own destiny in Rebecca Miller's (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) smart, goofy and offbeat delight of a film.

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Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen reunites with star Mads Mikkelsen for a delightfully absurdist horror-come-comedy full of fist fights, bad haircuts, questionable progressive optimism and moving personal revelations.

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Athina Rachel Tsangari follows Attenberg with a biting and strange dissection of the male ego, featuring six super-competitive men on a boat who all take part in an increasingly absurdist game.

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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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Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice last year, Lorenzo Vigas’ first feature is a slow-burn thriller and Venezuelan gay love story.

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Considered by many to be Tarkovsky’s magnum opus, this genre-defying evocation of a decayed post-industrial society is a brooding muse on human desires and the ambition we employ in order to achieve them.

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Join us for the world premiere of this new restoration of the ultimate dysfunctional family drama The Lion In Winter, the centrepiece of Cinema Rediscovered's tribute to the late cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.

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One of the first fictional features written and directed by a black female American director, now digitally restored, Losing Ground is an insightful and often hilarious portrait of a romance at the crossroads of a New York summer.

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Revisit Mark Cousins’ epic journey through film history, spanning over 600 films and 15 hours, by taking the chance to drop in and out of this brilliant visual essay whenever you like. A free event over three days including some Conversations about Cinema sessions hosted by the team behind Cinema Rediscovered.

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Discover the magic of cinema at one of the oldest running cinema venues in the UK. Visit Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon for a special screening, guided tour, Christie organ demonstration and lunch. Travel from Bristol to Clevedon included, spaces limited.

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Christopher Harris’s love of cinema shines through this stylish, thought-provoking melancholic film. Using grainy 16mm he picks over fragments from the remnants of urban decay in his hometown of St Louis.

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The Commune reunites Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking) in a story that focuses on the clash between personal desires versus the solidarity and tolerance in a commune in mid-70s Copenhagen.

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A historic programme of striking short films curated by the Cinema Ritrovato festival and restored by L'Immagine Ritrovata labs. This collection showcases the Pochoir colour technique, which employed elaborate stencils to add precise colour detail to two-tone Kinemacolor prints.

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John Schlesinger's (Midnight Cowboy) tender story of a frustrated relationship and marriage between a young couple (Alan Bates and June Ritchie) set against the backdrop of a Lancashire town.

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Stanley Kubrick's breathtaking exploration of Wiliam Makepeace Thackeray's novel sees his 18th century Irish adventurer meet his share of women, take part in the Seven Years' War, get recruited as a spy and marry into the English aristocracy, inventing new stories about himself at every turn of the road.

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Racial and sexual tensions mount between a black man and a white woman as they ride on the New York subway. Based on LeRoi Jones's award-winning 1964 play, this rarely seen two-hander by Lion In Winter director Anthony Harvey still has the power to shock.

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To get you in the mood, Hellfire DJs will be spinning their mind-bending musical delights in a specially curated Cinema Rediscovered playlist of deranged vinyl and cinematic soundscapes to match the moods of the movies.

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Highly cerebral, beautifully realised, and symbolically obscure, Tarkovsky’s first film directed outside of his home country stands as a testament to his own conflicting thoughts regarding Russia as he considered a self-proclaimed exile while aware of the pining for his homeland that this would inevitably inflict.

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A genuine one-off. Made in 1973, at a time when Blaxploitation was in vogue, writer and director Bill Gunn used the vampire genre to smuggle in politically charged cultural themes of black identity, sexuality, religion and addiction under the guise of a horror movie.

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Watershed teams up with Check the Gate to bring you this late night 35mm treat as selected by director Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The Double). Nicolas Roeg’s and Donald Cammell’s explicit and experimental thriller about a hunted gangster taking refuge with a reclusive rock star is a classic of British cinema.

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After the latest DVDs, Blu-rays, film journals and books?! Then take a stroll through Cinema Rediscovered’s dedicated Film Fair; plus, a chance to meet some of the people behind some of the key labels and publishers in the UK.

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Unlocking secrets of an imperial past through personal history, Miranda Pennell shares seven things she knows about Iranian Oil in The Host. Followed by short films about love, infidelity, time and identity from Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain, and panel discussion.

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Apparently more people have seen The Wizard of Oz than any other film. Known for its pioneering use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling and musical score, Cinema Rediscovered brings it to the big screen in 3D for a truly dazzling experience.

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Drop in and find out how cinema got started! Make your own illusions and re-create the magic of cinema with replica praxinoscopes and more at this free drop-in children's workshop. An expert will be on hand - perfect for ages 6-12.

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What happens when the leaders of your country set out to destroy your film culture and history? This award winning documentary follows Ibrahim Arify’s journey rebuilding Afghanistan’s film history and culture, after years trying to protect it from the Taliban.

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Cinema screens may be flat but the images they show are bursting with life. Beyond colour and concept lies texture and materiality. Join programmer and critic Tara Judah for an illustrated journey through the tantalising textures of five short films.

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A darkly humoured send-up by one of Italy’s most prolific directors, The Birds, the Bees and the Italians brilliantly captures the conflicts and contradictions of "the ladies and gentlemen" of the Italian title.

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40 years ago, punk tore up the rule book. At the heart of the filth and the fury was one infamous band: The Sex Pistols. In Sid & Nancy cult British director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Walker) gives us one of the most notorious chapters in their history: the self-destructive, drug-fuelled ride that was the relationship between Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious.

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Conflicting cultural imperatives and repressions between East and West collide in Nagisa Oshima’s enthralling World War II drama, which sees a war of wills - and unspoken erotic attraction - unfold between David Bowie's rebellious prisoner and a Japanese POW camp commander.

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Sun 31 July - Sat 6 Aug

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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Athina Rachel Tsangari follows Attenberg with a biting and strange dissection of the male ego, featuring six super-competitive men on a boat who all take part in an increasingly absurdist game.

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Revisit Mark Cousins’ epic journey through film history, spanning over 600 films and 15 hours, by taking the chance to drop in and out of this brilliant visual essay whenever you like. A free event over three days including some Conversations about Cinema sessions hosted by the team behind Cinema Rediscovered.

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The Commune reunites Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking) in a story that focuses on the clash between personal desires versus the solidarity and tolerance in a commune in mid-70s Copenhagen.

Read More  Book Tickets

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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Stanley Kubrick's breathtaking exploration of Wiliam Makepeace Thackeray's novel sees his 18th century Irish adventurer meet his share of women, take part in the Seven Years' War, get recruited as a spy and marry into the English aristocracy, inventing new stories about himself at every turn of the road.

Read More  Book Tickets

Highly cerebral, beautifully realised, and symbolically obscure, Tarkovsky’s first film directed outside of his home country stands as a testament to his own conflicting thoughts regarding Russia as he considered a self-proclaimed exile while aware of the pining for his homeland that this would inevitably inflict.

Read More  Book Tickets

After the latest DVDs, Blu-rays, film journals and books?! Then take a stroll through Cinema Rediscovered’s dedicated Film Fair; plus, a chance to meet some of the people behind some of the key labels and publishers in the UK.

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One of the largest archive collections of amateur film shot in the British Empire and Commonwealth is held here in Bristol. Archivist Nicky Sugar will introduce a selection of these ‘unofficial’ private family films, from Africa, India and the Middle East.

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Norman Jewison’s action packed dystopian science fiction sports film is one of those films for the senses. James Caan takes on a Corporation who wishes to suppress his achievements in the only way he can - by playing Rollerball! The future is now...

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I Pugni in Tasca (Fist in the Pocket) made in 1965 was a striking debut feature film by the 26 year old Marco Bellocchio and this restoration affords an opportunity to approach this this important classic of Italian cinema anew.

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A six-time Oscar®-winner lauded for its ensemble performances and sumptuous period recreation, this is the story of Sir Thomas More's conflict with Henry VIII.

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Hailed by the Guardian as "some of the most emotionally devastating filmmaking ever created in the UK, a film that genuinely changed British cinema for ever", Room at The Top sees an ambitious young man cheat his way into two relationships, with tragic consequences.

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For one night only, the infamous 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz comes to Watershed. Test your knowledge across a wide range of film geekery with hosts Dave "Herzog" Taylor and Mr Bags as they rediscover movie trivia in the bar.

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Head on over to this relaxed reading space in the Café/Bar, where you'll find comfy seats, copies of Roald Dahl's books, and activities for the kids. All the activities in this area are free and fully grown human beans are always welcome too!

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Invent your own sweet treat at this unique cooking demo event, inspired by Roald Dahl's inventive stories Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and George's Marvellous Medicine.

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Come and make your very own insect finger puppet inspired by the bugs in Roald Dahl's James and The Giant Peach, then scuttle on over to the cinema to catch the animated film adaptation on the big screen.

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Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) beautiful captures the free-floating sense of adventure and wonder in this adaptation of Dahl’s creepy-crawly classic tale - about a boy who journeys across the Atlantic on a giant peach!

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Naomi Kawase follows up Still The Water with this sweet ode to the simple joys in life that revolves around the owner of a Japanese pancake shop and the mysterious old woman he hires.

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Oscar®-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as a charming architect called Alexandre who charms single lawyer Diane (Virginie Efira) over the phone into meeting for a first date - which takes an unexpected twist when it is revealed he is only 4'6" tall - in this sweet French romance of mismatched coupling.

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Set in the final hours before a nuclear war threatens to wipe out humanity, Tarkovsky’s visionary final film, was a visually breathtaking meditation on existential terror and a melancholic swansong from one of cinema’s true auteurs.

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40 years ago, punk tore up the rule book. At the heart of the filth and the fury was one infamous band: The Sex Pistols. In Sid & Nancy cult British director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Walker) gives us one of the most notorious chapters in their history: the self-destructive, drug-fuelled ride that was the relationship between Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious.

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Sun 7 - Sat 13 Aug

Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) beautiful captures the free-floating sense of adventure and wonder in this adaptation of Dahl’s creepy-crawly classic tale - about a boy who journeys across the Atlantic on a giant peach!

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Naomi Kawase follows up Still The Water with this sweet ode to the simple joys in life that revolves around the owner of a Japanese pancake shop and the mysterious old woman he hires.

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Oscar®-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as a charming architect called Alexandre who charms single lawyer Diane (Virginie Efira) over the phone into meeting for a first date - which takes an unexpected twist when it is revealed he is only 4'6" tall - in this sweet French romance of mismatched coupling.

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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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Set in the final hours before a nuclear war threatens to wipe out humanity, Tarkovsky’s visionary final film, was a visually breathtaking meditation on existential terror and a melancholic swansong from one of cinema’s true auteurs.

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40 years ago, punk tore up the rule book. At the heart of the filth and the fury was one infamous band: The Sex Pistols. In Sid & Nancy cult British director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Walker) gives us one of the most notorious chapters in their history: the self-destructive, drug-fuelled ride that was the relationship between Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious.

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Join neurogastronomer and chocolate enthusiast James Wheale of Understory for this unique illustration workshop using some of finest fair trade chocolate known to human beans!

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The all-time classic starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka sees golden ticket winners enter a world of candy-striped trees, rivers of chocolate, lickable wallpaper, three-course dinner chewing gum and much, much more. Pure imagination, indeed…

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Set sail for a heartwarming experience for all the family with this inspiring, rambunctious and nostalgic tale of summer adventure, as Arthur Ransome's enduring 1930’s children's novel is brought to life in this beautifully realised adaptation of a quintessentially British classic.

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Join us as we read aloud Roald Dahl's magical story Matilda from cover to cover in a day. Featuring special guest readers, live illustrations by local artists, BSL interpretation, and more!

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The travels of an adorable Dachshund are at the heart of this mordantly funny and elegantly wrought portmanteau comedy, as acerbic US indie director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) demonstrates he’s lost none of his bite.

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A geologist tries to prevent a catastrophe when a mountain overlooking a popular Norwegian tourist destination begins to collapse into the ocean in this pulse-pounding Scandi action-thriller.

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French screen legends Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu are reunited in this moody, moving duet about a former couple looking for reconciliation in Nevada’s Death Valley.

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Super clever schoolgirl Matilda develops telekinetic powers - and uses them to get her own back on her horrid parents. Smell your way through the film with specially commissioned cards!

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Sun 14 - Sat 20 Aug

The travels of an adorable Dachshund are at the heart of this mordantly funny and elegantly wrought portmanteau comedy, as acerbic US indie director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) demonstrates he’s lost none of his bite.

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A geologist tries to prevent a catastrophe when a mountain overlooking a popular Norwegian tourist destination begins to collapse into the ocean in this pulse-pounding Scandi action-thriller.

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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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French screen legends Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu are reunited in this moody, moving duet about a former couple looking for reconciliation in Nevada’s Death Valley.

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Super clever schoolgirl Matilda develops telekinetic powers - and uses them to get her own back on her horrid parents. Smell your way through the film with specially commissioned cards!

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Luke discovers that a coven of witches are planning to turn all children in England into mice - starting with him - in Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty retelling of Dahl's tale.

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Come along to our Book Den and enjoy a costume making workshop inspired by Roald Dahl's furry entertaining story Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Steven Spielberg re-united with ET writer Melissa Matheson to create this magical adaptation of Roald Dahl's adored tale which simply radiates with open-hearted warmth.

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Wes Anderson's stop motion animation adaption of Dahl's tale follows Mr. Fox and his quirky band of animal friends as they try to outwit the farmers on their tails - a great fusion of two men's creative minds that will delight audiences little and large.

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Set sail for a heartwarming experience for all the family with this inspiring, rambunctious and nostalgic tale of summer adventure, as Arthur Ransome's enduring 1930’s children's novel is brought to life in this beautifully realised adaptation of a quintessentially British classic.

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Indie darling Brady Corbet makes his directorial debut with this operatic psychodrama about what exactly makes a dictator.

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