Welcome to Season 87
We are a Not-For-Profit organisation, run entirely by dedicated volunteers who have a wide variety of interests in film. We have the longest continuous history in the film society movement in the UK, so you are in reliable hands. We are also committed to the future and to giving you a warm welcome and a different but special night out.
It’s easy to join us as a member or guest. We look forward to meeting you soon at our next show at the Little Theatre in Altrincham.
Welcome to our 87th Season, presenting an eclectic mix of films both classic and new for your enjoyment. Our titles include Award winners from Romania,Turkey, Brazil, Georgia, France, Spain and Italy.
Our aim is to share a special film experience with you.
Film notes are available for each show, together with occasional introductions by guest speakers. We also like to emphasise the social side of the society for those who enjoy friendly discussions in the cosy Little Theatre bar. Members can also provide feedback after shows, and vote for films for the next season.
Other social events include the annual dinner, the end of season party, being involved in judging the student film competition and entering our optional annual film quiz.
Cristian Mungiu ROM/FR/BEL 2016 127m
A Romanian doctor encourages his daughter to pass a life-changing exam. A superbly-acted tale of moral compromise and corruption that grips the attention from the first moment.
Cannes Film Festival Winner 2016: Best Director
Adam McKay USA 2015 130m
Small-time brokers pit themselves against the flawed and corrupt excesses of the American sub-prime housing market scandal that preceded the global financial crash of 2008.
Oscar Winner 2016: Best Adapted Screenplay
THE BIG SHORT
Set in WWI, two French POWs, a working class pilot and an aristocratic officer are sent to a seemingly impassable fortress. While most inmates are intent on escape, the aristocrat commiserates with the prison commandant over the demise of old Europe.
Oscar Nominated 1939: Best Picture
LA GRANDE ILLUSION
Jean Renoir FR 1937 113m
Jacques Demy FR 1964 91m
Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winner 1964
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
In Demy's romantic 'film-in-song', a young woman separated from her lover by war faces a huge decision.
Followed by festive refreshments and an optional quiz
Iciar Ballain SP/GER 2016 100m
When a family's 1000 year-old olive tree is sold off without her grandfather's approval, a young girl embarks on a quest to recover this symbolic tree.
Introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero
Goya Award Winner: Best New Actress 2017
THE OLIVE TREE
Deniz Gamze Ergüven FR/GER/TUR/QA 2015 97m
César Award for Best First Feature Film 2016
In a village in Northern Turkey, five free-spirited sisters are enjoying the beach until prying neighbours tell their parents. Confined to the house, the girls react to their loss of freedom.
Luis Buñuel FR/IT 1967 100m
BAFTA Nominated 1967: Best Actress
BELLE DE JOUR
A young surgeon's beautiful but unresponsive wife indulges her masochistic fantasies by working in a brothel during the day. But how much is dream, and how much reality?
Introduced by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden
Luchino Visconti IT/FR 1960 177m
ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
A widow and her five sons arrive in Milan from the impoverished south to seek a better future in the booming Northern Italian economy of the 1950s.
François Truffaut FR 1980 131m
Winner of 10 César Awards including Best Director
THE LAST METRO
In occupied Paris, an actress secretly keeps her Jewish husband hidden from the Nazis. Then a handsome young actor arrives with secrets of his own.
This event offers an opportunity to view, in competition, short films by some of the North-West's most-talented student filmmakers.
TOM AINSWORTH SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Zaza Urushadze GEO/EST 2015 97m
BAFTA Winner 2015: Best Foreign Language Film
Despite the war, an Estonian man stays to harvest his tangerine crop. When the bloody conflict arrives at his door, he is forced to take an injured soldier from each side of the conflict into his home.
Our chairman will choose a recent film from world cinema that offers an innovative or challenging take on life today.
Ciro Guerra COL 2015 125m
Oscar Nominated 2016: Best Foreign Language Film
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Drama in which the last-surviving member of his Amazonian tribe, works with two western scientists to find a sacred healing plant.
Lloyd Bacon & Busby Berkeley USA 1933 89m
At the end of the great depression, a failing director mounts one last show to try to revive his fortunes. An extravagant feast of show tunes and kaleidoscopic dance routines.
MARJORIE AINSWORTH WINS ROEBUCK CUP
We are delighted to announce that Marjorie Ainsworth, President of Manchester & Salford Film Society has been awarded the Cinema for All 2016 Roebuck Cup for 'Services to the Film Society Movement'.
This is the second time that the society's President has won the prestigious award, with Marjorie's husband Tom Ainsworth also winning the Award in 1987, presented by no less a star than Tony Curtis.
Marjorie was delighted to attend the Film Society of the Year Awards 2016 in Sheffield, and honoured to receive such a distinguished award.
Make sure to watch Cinema for All's interview with Marjorie above, a fitting tribute for an extraordinary woman who has devoted so many years to the film society.
The Film Society
Manchester & Salford Film Society was established in 1930 and is the longest running film society in Britain, and a founder member of the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All). The society screens the best of contemporary world cinema and classic movies, on Saturday evenings throughout the year, at the Altrincham Little Theatre.
We have excellent facilities, now updated to 21C Digital Standard with a large projection screen. But the Film Society is more than somewhere to watch movies. It's a friendly, welcoming club where members socialise and meet friends. Members are able to participate in choosing the films themselves, and can attend several society events throughout the year.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the society is entirely run by a team of dedicated volunteers whose love for film is the life-blood of the society.
In addition to the film screenings and social events, we also run the annual Tom Ainsworth Short Film Competition, where the North-West's most talented student film-makers are invited to compete for the prizes.
Way back in 1930 the Film Society's manifesto stated that their purpose was...
"to cater for those who are dissatisfied with the average productions of the commercial cinema, with their shallowness and divorce from reality, and to offer in their stead films more closely in sympathy with the life and thought of this age."
Some 87 years later, we hold to their words, showing thought-provoking cinema, seldom shown at the multiplex.
To learn more about the history of Manchester & Salford Film Society, click here
Way back in 1930 those earnest young men outside that Salford cinema could never have imagined that their brainchild would still be around more than eighty years on, still showing engaging and challenging films, and still getting people talking.
ALTRINCHAM LITTLE THEATRE
Our high-quality digital screenings take place in the pleasant surroundings of Altrincham Little Theatre (formerly the Club Theatre) WA14 2ED on Oxford Rd. close to the centre of Altrincham. It has a friendly lounge bar where members can meet before and after each show.
Metrolink & Train
Both trams and trains arrive at Altrincham Interchange station. Trains come from either Manchester, Chester or Stockport. On exiting the Interchange turn left and walk down Railway Street. Pass Lloyd Street and turn immediately left onto Oxford Road. Altrincham Little Theatre is the first tall building on the left, just beyond Peter Street.
There are some parking spaces on Oxford Road. Parking in Regent Road Car Park is free after 6pm, but please check the parking charges to confirm.
The 263 bus, travels from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, via Stretford and Sale to Altrincham Interchange.
BECOME A MEMBER
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Our annual membership fee is just £39 which covers entry to all 13 films shown during the season.
Guest tickets are always available on the door and cost just £5 each.
For more information about becoming a member contact us by phone or email (details below). You can also join us on your first film visit by paying by cash or cheque at the box office at the Little Theatre in Altrincham, WA14 2ED:
Further membership enquiries & general queries:
t: 07948 793734
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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