WHAT’S ON


TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SCREENINGS

17 MARCH 2020

We have decided to suspend screenings at West Side Cinema until we can be sure of a safe and appropriate time to resume. We feel it is only right to avoid placing our community, both audience and staff, in any unnecessary risk, and  are following the latest advice from Cinema For All, the national support and development organisation for community-led cinema.

We know this will disappoint many of you, and indeed the West Side team will miss rolling out the big screen magic too. Soon though, we hope to be able to bring news of alternative ways to watch films, and we plan to use our volunteers in other ways to help the community through this time.

Stay safe and healthy, we hope to see you back at West Side Cinema as soon as possible.

The West Side team


TBC: THE CHAMBERMAID (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: scene of sexualised nudity

The Chambermaid uses one woman’s experiences to take audiences inside a life and a culture that’s as bracingly unique as it is hauntingly relatable.

Eve, a young chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life.


TBC: MONOS (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: strong language, drug misuse, violence, sex

As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.

MONOS, Alejandro Landes’ third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom, who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora. The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream.


TBC: LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: infrequent strong language, moderate threat, bloody images

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Jue Huang) haunted by loss and regret, told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Again centering around his native province of Guizhou in southwest China, the director has created a film like nothing you’ve seen before.

Oozing atmosphere with its noirish neon glow, the film chronicles the return of Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled many years before. Back for his father’s funeral, Luo recalls the death of an old friend, Wildcat, and searches for lost love Wan Qiwen (Tang Wei), who continues to haunt him. Sculpting time and space through virtuosic technical feats, Bi’s film yields successive visual and aural delights. With talismanic cues and motifs of uncanny doubling, the film is bisected — its first half recast in the second through a vertiginous, trance-inducing, hour-long single take. A hushed, hypnotic study of hazy memory, lost time, and flight — and featuring the formidable Sylvia Chang as Wildcat’s mother — Long Day’s Journey Into Night leads the viewer on a nocturnal, labyrinthine voyage, one that both reveals and conceals a world of passion and intrigue.


TBC: HONEYLAND (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: infrequent strong language

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city, a mere four hours walk away.

Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.

 

One thought on “WHAT’S ON

  1. Stephane Jaeger-Rouse says:

    Great choice of films; can you add us to your emailing list?

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