the-communexCritically acclaimed examples of world cinema make up Lincoln Film Society’s 65th season. Showing films that would receive little or no exposure in the city has been a successful formula for the society since it was formed in 1953 and the series that started on September 16 is no different.

“They’re not alternative films, but they are more thought provoking than you would normally see at the multiplexes,” explained the Society’s Chairman, Richard Hall.

Many of the pictures have received critical acclaim and international awards so represent the best of contemporary world cinema.

The new season features 26 screenings drawn from 19 countries including Britain, the USA, France, Belgium, Iceland, Australia, Japan and Columbia.

With titles such as ‘Sherpa’, an eloquent documentary, filmed at the time of the 2014 avalanche, the worst in Everest’s history, in which 16 people were killed, this seasons offerings are set to be as intriguing and absorbing as ever.

sherpaxxaaaDirected by Jennifer Peedom, Sherpa was announced winner of Best Documentary at the London Film Festival 2015. The film is a tribute to the quiet courage and moral fortitude of the Sherpa people and explores the ancient culture of the Sherpas and their increasing frustration at the lack of recognition their vital work receives, both by the Nepalese government and certain Western tour operators.

Other highlights include Our Little Sister from Japan – The dynamics of contemporary Japanese family life come under the microscope in this subtle depiction of three adult sisters coming to terms with their shared past, as a new future takes shape and The Commune – Inspired by events from his own unconventional childhood in a hippy commune, Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film is a nostalgic and droll look at an alternative lifestyle in 1970s Copenhagen.

All films are shown at The Venue cinema, at Bishop Grosseteste University, which has a fully equipped bar, raked seating for 225 people and full digital cinema projection, which is a far cry from the early days of the Society.

“We started in the old St Cuthbert’s School, which was at the bottom of Michaelgate, and we used to have to sit on the school benches,” said Val who added between 120-180 people attend each screening.

These take place on Fridays between September and May and all films begin at 7.30pm.

Check out the society’s website www.lincolnfilmsociety.com for details of the full season with enlightening trailers on each film’s individual page.

Like most film societies, Lincoln Film Society is a membership society which enables them to operate under a non-theatrical licence. The terms of such a licence mean that they cannot show films ‘to the general public’, but can show films to members.

Membership is good value for money at £32 per season for senior citizens and students; £35 for single members and £64 joint membership to see all the films in the programme.

Alternatively, you can become a 24-hour temporary member. These may be obtained on the day of the screening in the bar area, priced at £5.00.

The Society welcomes enquiries about future membership. Email: lfs-membership@hotmail.co.uk or telephone: 07788 521 569 for further details.

Top right: The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg.  Above right: Jennifer Peedom’s award winning film Sherpa.