Welwyn Garden City Film Society celebrates 70th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:39 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:39 21 August 2015

Marius will open the new Welwyn Garden City Film Society season at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City

Marius will open the new Welwyn Garden City Film Society season at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City


The 70th anniversary season of the Welwyn Garden City Film Society opens next month.

WGC Film Society's 70th season will screen Human CapitalWGC Film Society's 70th season will screen Human Capital

Every year the society shows the best films from across the world in Screen 3 of the Garden City Cinema, at Campus West.

The special season opens on Friday, September 11 with a screening of Marius (12A) from France, from a successful series of adaptations of Pagnol by actor/director Daniel Auteuil.

This will be preceded, at 7.30pm, by a glass of wine for all members to celebrate the society’s anniversary.

This tantalising love story between a wannabe sailor and a sprightly salesgirl is carried by young stars Raphael Personnaz and Victoire Belezy, with Auteuil himself backing them up.

WGC Film Society

* All the WGC Film Society’s shows can be seen at the Garden City Cinema, Campus West, for a membership fee of just £40, and £20 for students. There is nothing else to pay.

* Non-members may attend any show, as guests, for £6.

* For information about joining, call membership secretary Anna Gladstone on 01727 842215, or visit www.wgcfs.org.uk

Featured on the soundtrack is Charles Trenet’s standard La Mer.

The second film in the new season, The Past (PG), comes from Iran and France.

This will be ever-popular director Asghar Farhadi’s third showing by the WGC Film Society in four years, following the success of A Separation and About Elly.

This powerful drama about family relationships can be seen on the big screen at the Garden City Cinema on Friday, September 25.

WGC Film Society’s 70th season

* September 11 – Marius (12A)

* September 25 – The Past (PG)

* October 9 – The Lunchbox (PG)

* October 23 – We are the Best! (15)

* November 13 – Timbuktu (12A)

* December 4 – 42nd Street (U)

* January 15 – Cycling with Molière (15)

* February 12 – Leviathan (15)

* March 11 – Human Capital (PG)

* April 22 – Classe tour risques (12)

* May 13 – A Late Quartet (15)

* June 10 – Two Days, One Night (15)

The show on October 9 will feature the smash hit Indian film The Lunchbox (PG), where a housewife’s packed lunches are delivered to the wrong office worker, leading to a relationship based on a series of notes sent between them, inside the packaging.

The season continues on October 23 with We are the Best! (15) from Sweden.

This hilarious story about three talentless rebellious youngsters forming a punk band in 1980s Stockholm is guaranteed to bring out the ‘inner teenager’ in everyone.

Timbuktu (12A) is the offering on November 13.

This remarkable film about peaceful country people coming under threat from religious fundamentalists is stunningly beautiful.

42nd Street (U) is being shown on December 4, giving viewers a rare chance to see this popular movie about putting on a Broadway musical in a clean digital print on a big screen.

The first screening of 2016 will be the very droll Cycling with Molière (15) from France, on January 15.

Two retired actors on holiday argue about putting on a new production.

Leviathan (15), the Russian movie which won the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film in 2014, is being shown on February 12.

A Russian fisherman faces an uphill battle against local corruption in this tale.

A road accident sparks off a shocking series of events for two privileged families in the Italian film Human Capital (PG), shown on March 11.

Classe tous risques (12), on April 22, is a great crime movie from 1960.

This early work from well-known French director Claude Sautet stars a very young John-Paul Belmondo.

The season finishes with the American A Late Quartet (15) on May 13, and the Belgian Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night (15) on June 10.

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