Each season TFS members may vote for one film to be shown at the Members' Choice screening, which this year will be on 6th March 2020.
The options for this season are as follows:
The Breadwinner 2017 Ireland 94 mins
The Breadwinner is a 2017 animated drama film by internationally renowned Cartoon Saloon whose work has received four Academy Award nominations, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie.
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.
The Breadwinner was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature
Breathe 2017 UK 118 mins
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.
When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brother (Tom Hollander) and the ground breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
The Children Act 2017 UK 105 mins
"When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration.” The Children Act, 1989
Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement), The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases.
As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam , a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.
The Wife 2017 UK 100 mins
After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.
Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
Glenn Close was nominated for an Oscar for this performance.
3 Colours Red 1994 France 99 mins
Part-time model Valentine (Irène Jacob) meets a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who lives in her neighbourhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won't allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog to the judge's house, she discovers him listening in on his neighbours’ phone conversations. At first Valentine is outraged, but her debates with the judge over his behaviour soon leads them to form a strange bond.
Directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. It is the final instalment of the Three Colours Trilogy, which examines the French Revolutionary. Blue, white, and red are the colours of the French flag in left-to-right order, and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity.
Nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay