Programme in the Mill Bistro Seiont Caernarfon

For the Blue Sky progamme click here.   To sign up for emails click here.   We try to start the screening at 7.30pm, food is served from 5.30pm.
Mill Seiont screenings are on the second Wednesday of the month. Blue Sky screenings are on the fourth Thursday.

We would welcome any film suggestions or offers of help to to info@occasionalcinema.org.

2017

13 Sep 17

A Man called Ove

Hanes Holm Sweden 2015  116   Comedy drama

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools

2017 Academy Awards Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as another 22 nominations and 13 wins

 

11 October

Interlude in Prague

John Stephenson    Czech Republic/UK  2017    99 mins    cert.15    Language: English

Biography / Drama / Romance Mozart, Music, Lust, Murder

Prague, 1787. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spends a few turbulent months escaping the frustrating, privileged elite of  Vienna. However his unconventional presence soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Overwhelmed by the tangled web of violence and intrigue that surrounds him and with his mind affected, Mozart creates the astonishing music and drama that becomes Don Giovanni. Shot entirely in Prague, the movie captures the splendour of 18th-century Baroque theatre both through the visuals and sound.

 

8 November

Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross  USA  2016  118 mins  English

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau

Set against the beautiful Pacific Northwest backdrop, Captain Fantastic is easily one of the most nuanced films to come to mainstream cinema in the last few years.

Its main plot addresses the struggle between people with the best of intentions but differing values. Additionally, the film makes honest and straightforward comments on controversial issues in today's society that are often taboo in the media: such as mental illness, the hypocrisy of children's exposure to violence, sex and religion. Flaws in the American education system come in for criticism too. This sounds heavy and uncomfortable but these issues are elaborated in such a way that parts of the film had us in tears from laughing so hard. Director Matt Ross says the project started as an exaggerated exploration of the difficult choices that must be made in regards to raising children in today's society. However the film goes a step further and awakens an internal dialogue in each of its viewers about the way that we live our own lives and whether societal influences are too strong for us.

Acting-wise the film is captivating, with Viggo Mortensen fitting the renaissance profile of Ben like a glove. He projects all the arrogance and hardheadedness of Ben together with his warmth, adoration for his children and respect for his wife's wishes with grace and subtlety in a seemingly effortless performance. He is also surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, from the children to his in-laws and sister. In summary, Captain Fantastic is a rare case where family dynamics, with their controversies and dilemmas are not oversimplified to a preaching doctrine in the finale; the film allows the viewer the space to find their own balance on what it means to raise a child.

 

13 December

A Midwinter's Tale

Kenneth Branagh  UK  1995  Romantic comedy

Starring Richard Briers, Joan Collins, Nicholas Farrell. Celia Imrie, Julia Sawalha, Jennifer Saunders John Sessions, Michael Maloney.

An out-of-work actor on the verge of a nervous break-down decides to put on a production of Hamlet in a church. At Christmas. Despite admonitions from his agent and sister about the career suicide he's about to commit by investing in such a morbid play over the holidays, he pushes on to realize his goal. Faced with a series of challenges and cast of misfits and oddballs, the troupe crawl towards opening night, discovering love, laughter, and friends along the way.

 

We would welcome any film suggestions or comments (positive or negative) to info@occasionalcinema.org. All offers of help gratefully received.

For the Blue Sky progamme click here    To sign up for emails click here  

Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are shown at the Mill Bistro, Seiont, Caernarfon on the second Wednesday of the month and at the Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor on the fourth Thursday and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm. We do not generally show films during the summer.

Membership is available on the door for a cost of 5; the first film is free; after this entrance for the film is 3.00.

Food is usually available from 5.30pm and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (about 11.00 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.  Please make reservations for any meals - The Mill Seiont 01286 676549, Blue Sky 01248 355444. You can't book a seat for the film only, which is on a first come first served basis. If you want to guarantee a seat you must book a meal.
Details of films are available on this website and we send out regular electronic mailings - please enter your details including an up-to-date email address here.