Hamilton Film Group
If you love top quality films from all corners of the world, such as The Eagle Huntress, A Man Called Ove and Leviathan, you will love the program at Hamilton Film Group. Join us for monthly screenings to enjoy the best of independent, foreign language and arthouse films.
Evening and Matinee screenings
Film Group movies are monthly, usually every third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. If the evening screening doesn't suit, you can catch the movie the next day at 2pm.
Membership and tickets
Memberships are available at the door, from Hamilton Performing Arts Centre.
Membership: full year $95, 6 films $55, 3 films $35
Concession prices: full year $85, 6 films $50, 3 films $30
If you wish to receive information about the Film Group program, please email your full name and email address to email@example.com.
(PG) USA, 81min with subtitles
Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm
Friday 16 March, 2pm
Performed entirely in Yiddish, a language not used in cinema for many decades, MENASHE follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. In the wake of his wife’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before his wife’s memorial and a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.
★★★★ “A quiet triumph... An engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity.” - THE GUARDIAN
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The Other Side of Hope
(M) FINLAND, 100min with subtitles
Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm
Friday 20 April, 2pm
Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it topped the prestigious Screen International critics’ poll, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from beloved director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Drifting Clouds, The Man Without A Past) is a richly enjoyable and compassionate crowd-pleaser about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding – if completely inexperienced – restaurateur.
After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled (superb newcomer Sherwan Haji) applies for asylum. Things don’t look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection.
"Effortlessly funny. A deadpan, brilliantly observed comic study." - Geoffrey Macnab THE INDEPENDENT
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The Death of Stalin
(MA 15+) UK / FRANCE, 107min
Thursday 17 May, 7.30pm
Friday 18 May, 2pm
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
"”... punchy, raucous, savagely smart screen comedy...” - Kevin Maher Times (UK)
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