2019/20 Season

Open Film Society
th Anniversary

The Open Film Society first started showing films in late 1969. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are re-showing ten films from previous seasons in five double bills spread throughout the programme. We have chosen to show films by some of the directors whose films have featured most frequently in past seasons. All of the directors chosen have had at least six films previously shown by us, and in particular we are showing films by the three directors whose films appeared most often, namely Woody Allen (22 films), Pedro Almodóvar (14) and Ken Loach (13).


Autumn & Winter 2019

Wednesday 30 October 2019:
Cold War

A riot of folk dance and song, but also the pain of lost love and a homeland given up.

Wednesday 6 November 2019:
An Impossible Love

An excellent French drama of a most intense kind. An ill matched pair.

Wednesday 13 November 2019:

An old man celebrates the joys of life and fights on and on.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 :

A Japanese family with an unorthodox way of making ends meet.

Wednesday 27 November 2019:
Wild Strawberries

An elderly professor reminisces while on a journey to receive an honorary doctorate. (OFS 1985)

Wednesday 27 November 2019:
An Autumn Tale – at 8.15pm

The friends of a lonely widowed wine-grower try to help her find a new man. (OFS 1999)

Wednesday 4 December 2019:
The Wild Pear Tree

A prickly young man has to come to terms with an unappreciative world.

Wednesday 18 December 2019:
Return of the Hero

A captain proposes marriage and disappears to battle. Lies abound until his inglorious return.

Winter 2020

Great films from around the world in the second part of the season.  Unfortunately many of these films have had to be cancelled but we plan to show most of then between October and December.  Check below to see which films are involved.

Wednesday 8 January 2020:
The House by the Sea

A multi-layered family drama involving several generations.

Wednesday 15 January 2020:

In mediaeval Japan, four people give conflicting accounts of an incident in a forest. (OFS 1990)

Wednesday 15 January 2020:
Ladybird Ladybird – at 8.15pm

An unmarried mother struggles to keep her children out of care. (OFS 1996)

Wednesday 22 January 2020:

Nice dogs shame about the petty crooks in a run down Italian town.

Wednesday 29 January 2020:
Summer 1993

Following the death of her mother, a little girl struggles to adapt to a new life in the country.

Wednesday 5 February 2020:
Wajib: The Wedding Invitation

For the sake of a family event and ancient custom, an estranged father and son are forced to cooperate.

Wednesday 12 February 2020:
L’Amant Double

Franco-Belgian erotic thriller in which Chloe falls in love with twin brothers. Or does she?

Wednesday 19 February 2020:

A womanising Spanish gentleman pays the price for seducing his young ward. (OFS 1982)

Wednesday 19 February 2020:
Amarcord – at 8.15pm

Rimini during the fascist era is remembered in exuberant fashion by Fellini. (OFS 1979)

Wednesday 26 February 2020:
In the Fade

A German woman’s determined fight for justice against prejudice and the authorities.

Wednesday 4 March 2020:

The story of three individuals and a mysterious incident that they experience.

Wednesday 11 March 2020:
The Guardians

When World War One takes their men away, some French women are left minding the farm.

Films carried forward for possible screening in the autumn of 2021.

Spring 2022:
The Heiresses

A wry look at two Paraguayan sisters whose lives are drifting towards the rocks.

Spring 2022:

A young woman living on a trailer park struggles to keep her life together. (OFS 2000)

Spring 2022:

A woman’s remarriage is overshadowed by her grief over first husband’s suicide. (OFS 1997)

Spring 2022:

Forbidden romance in a strict Jewish community in north London.

Spring 2022:
Sicilian Ghost Story

Luna’s first boyfriend Giuseppe vanishes and she tries to locate him by dreaming.

Spring 2022:

An unlikely meeting at an Indiana hospital creates an odd couple.

Spring 2022:
Woman at War

Can an Icelandic eco warrior/saboteur manage to stay a step ahead of the authorities?

Spring 2022:

A Beirut child sues his parents for giving birth to him, before ending up caring for a stranger’s baby.

Spring 2022:
The Guilty

A police officer in race against time on answering an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Spring 2022:
Happy as Lazzaro

A tale of Lazzaro, a young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman, and their friendship.

Spring 2022:
The Workshop

A creative writing group for teens takes a violent turn in this summer school drama.

Spring 2022:

A TV writer frets about his job, his relationships, his friendships and his life generally. (OFS 1981)

Spring 2022:
Talk to Her

Two comatose women bring together the two men who care for them. (OFS 2004)

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