2018-19 ProgrammeWelcome to our 30th year of screening the best of world cinema here in Bradford on Avon.
The films are selected from top-scoring 'member's choices', together with award winners from the international film festivals.
Click on a film title or picture to see the cast list, trailer and reviews.
Buy a TicketClick on any red TICKET> link below a film. Your e- ticket will be sent to your email address - please present this ticket for admission (print or mobile phone).
Standby tickets can be bought on the door from 7.30pm.- subject to availability. Please note that we must follow UK film classification (BBFC) age restrictions. These are shown alongside each film.
F-Rated - a new feature at BOAFS
This indicates a film with a woman as Director or Scriptwriter - a Bath Film Festival initiative, now widely adopted. The ultimate motivation of the F-rating is to influence studios & producers to fund talented female film-makers & also to improve the huge gender pay differentials between actors.
Greta Gerwig, 2017
English (US), 95 min, 15.
US comedy drama set in 2002. A heartfelt coming of age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood, with Saoirse Ronan.
THE SALESMAN21st September 2018
Asghar Farhadi, 2017
Persian, 121 min, s/t, 12A.
Forced to leave their Tehran apartment due to building work, a young couple become embroiled in a very disquieting situation involving the previous tenant of the new flat.
GET OUT5th October 2018
Jordan Peele, 2017
English (US), 102 min, 15.
It's time for a young African-American to meet his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend at their secluded estate in the woods. Before long the polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
I AM NOT A WITCH19th October 2018
Rungano Nyoni, 2017
A delicate satirical fable about a young girl accused of being a witch. It is set in modern Zambia but portrays a world where witchcraft is accepted as a fact and can even be a tourist attraction.
JOURNEY S END2nd November 2018
Saul Dibb, 2017
English (UK), 105 min, 12A.
The centenary of the end of World War One is here with a new film of R C Sherriff s classic stage play set in the front-line trenches.
It is expertly cast, well acted, powerful and heartfelt.
BoA Town Council
IN BETWEEN23rd November 2018
Maysaloun Hamoud, 2016 Arabic, 101 min, s/t, 15.
Three Palestinian women juggle modernity and tradition; we see them enjoy the freedom of Tel Aviv nightlife and we also see them with disapproving friends, families and partners.
BoA Womens 100
THE DEATH OF STALIN7th December 2018
Armando Iannucci, 2017
English (UK), 104 min, 15.
Audacious comedy chronicling the frantic power struggle for the Soviet leadership after the death of 'Uncle Joe'. With all the brawling and back-stabbing going on, just who IS running the country?
UNTOUCHABLE21st December 2018
Olivier Nakache, 2011
French, 110 min, s/t, 15.
Uplifting comedy depicting the unlikely and good-natured camaraderie between two men - a disabled millionaire and an ex-convict - who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing at all in common.
THE PARTY11th January 2019
Sally Potter, 2017
English (UK), 68 min, b&w, 15.
Janet hosts a party in her London home to celebrate her promotion. As the guests arrive, her husband seems preoccupied and it is clear that not everything is going down as smoothly as the red wine.
THE HANDMAIDEN25th January 2019
Park Chan-wook, 2016
A girl is hired as a lady's maid to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate. The maid has a plan, but unexpected emotions arise.
BBFCInsight strong sex, sex references
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP15th February 2019
Whit Stillman, 2016
English (UK), 93 min, U.
London 1790s, recently widowed Lady Susan involves her daughter in schemes to secure a steady flow of money, with staggering success. An inventive film adapted from Jane Austen's early work.
Church St Practice
FRANTZ1st March 2019
Francois Ozon, 2017
Fr/Ger, 113 min, b&w, s/t, 12A.
In the aftermath of World War One, a young German woman grieves the death in France of her fiance. She then becomes involved with a mysterious Frenchman who comes to visit the grave in Germany.
SWEET BEAN15th March 2019
Naomi Kawase, 2015
Japanese, 113 min, s/t, PG.
The manager of a pancake stall is confronted by an elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, starting a relationship that is about much more than food.
Travel Options 4U
GOD S OWN COUNTRY29th March 2019
Francis Lee, 2017
English (UK), 104 min, 15.
Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual boyfriends, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker sets Johnny on a new path.(explicit sex)
THINGS TO COME12th April 2019
Mia Hansen-Love, 2016
French, 102 min, s/t, 12A.
Natalie is a philosophy teacher, seemingly settled in her accomplished life. Then her husband drops a bombshell...
A soul-searching and intelligent film, with Isabelle Huppert.
Canal Trust Cafe