Screening Diary

To save paper, cut costs and give us flexibility in selecting films at short notice, we no longer produce printed programmes. All of our films are listed on the Buxton Opera House Cinema website as well as our own. If you’d like to receive a weekly alert for our Monday film please subscribe to our newsletter.

Here is our diary – we update it as soon as new films are confirmed. You won’t find a more varied and interesting programme anywhere!

Monday 19th FebruaryThe Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (PG)The recent release of the documentary Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer and the BFI Southbank’s retrospective has stimulated a renewed interest in the famous director’s films. Buxton Film did consider screening the extraordinary Fitzcaraldo but, due to its length, opted for this seminal 1975 film that won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival that year. The film closely follows the real story of foundling Kaspar Hauser, who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar, devoid of all human contact except for a man, wearing a black overcoat and top hat, who fed him. One day, in 1828, the man takes Hauser out of his cell, teaches him a few phrases, and how to walk, before leaving him in the town of Nuremberg. Hauser becomes the subject of much curiosity and is exhibited in a circus before being rescued by Professor Georg Friedrich Daumer, who patiently attempts to transform him.
Monday 26th FebruaryHow to Have Sex (15)Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2023, this vibrant directorial debut authentically tackles issues of consent. Three British girls embark on a right of passage teen holiday of sun, sex and drink. When a night of excess goes awry, Tara begins to question her experience. Great performances from the actors capture the intensity of young female friendships rarely seen on the big screen.
Monday 4th MarchAmerican Fiction (15)Thelonius is a writer and academic who is struggling to get his finely crafted work published despite the publishing world’s message “black voices should be listened to”. When he puts out, as a prank and under a pseudonym, a trashy ‘ghetto’ novel full of cliches about drug dealers and pimps his publisher is ecstatic. Financial insecurity compels Thelonius to play along and accept the huge advance he is offered. A scathing and hilarious satire about the hypocrisy of the gatekeepers of American literature.
“Smart racial satire on the American publishing industry” Sight and Sound
Monday 11th MarchThe Taste of ThingsFrance 1865. Celebrated gourmet Dodin lives on an idyllic Loire Valley estate. His esteemed cook Eugenie prepares meals with unparalleled attention to detail and the film opens with a mesmerising 38 minute sequence of the preparation and indulgence of a single meal.
An absolutely sumptuous, sensual – but never sickly so – story about food and love executed with intimacy, humour and exactness that is impossible not to relish. Juliette Binoche is as perfect as ever…you must see this film.
Best director winner at Cannes 2023
Monday 18th MarchDriving MumFilms from Iceland have always struck a chord with our Monday night audiences. There is something about their black humour and oddness that appeals, makes us laugh and, not to forget, the landscapes. This film ticks all those boxes and will not disappoint.
Shot in black and white, Driving Mum follows Jón Jónsson and his mother, whose lives are defined by a quiet daily routine, sitting together and knitting while listening to old radio programs. On what turns out to be the night of her death, Mamma lets on to Jón her wish to have a photo of herself taken in front of the impressive Gulfoss waterfalls. So the next morning, when he finds she’s died during the night, he dresses her up as best he can, props up her dead body in the backseat of his car, grabs the dog and he and Mamma begin their journey to her final resting place. More oddness is encountered along the way.
Monday 25th MarchRed Island (12A)At the beginning of the 70s, in Madagascar, a few armed forces and their families live in one of the last French military bases abroad, a relic of the ending French colonial empire. Influenced by his reading of the intrepid comic book heroine Fantômette, Thomas, a ten-year-old boy, is always watching his parents and their circle of expat friends. He gleans what information he can as he builds his world and gradually his eyes open to another reality.
“A compelling and exquisite piece of work” The Guardian
Monday 1st April
Monday 8th AprilFour daughters (15)The life of Olfa, a Tunisian woman and mother of four daughters, oscillates between light and shadow. One day, her two eldest daughters disappear. To fill their absence, director Kaouther Ben Hania calls upon professional actors and sets up an extraordinary film mechanism to unveil the story of Olfa and her family. An intimate journey full of hope, rebellion, violence, intergenerational transmission and sisterhood, which will question the very foundation of our societies.
Monday 15th April
Monday 22nd AprilIf Only We Could Hibernate (tbc)First Mongolian film to screen at Cannes.
Ulzii, a teenager from a poor neighbourhood in Ulaanbaatar, is determinated to win aphysics competition to get a scholarship. His illiterate mother finds a job in the countryside, leaving him and his younger brother and sister in the middle of winter. Ulzii needs to find ways to keep their yurt warm and look after his siblings while preparing for the national competition
Monday 29th April