The Elgiva - Chiltern Film Society

Chiltern Film Society

                   We bring a varied choice independent world cinema to your doorstep via a friendly, 
                       welcoming, well-established society. Our films are shown at The Elgiva, Chesham. 

      Membership also includes programme notes and voting slips, and a pre-film discussion group is
      also held in the Elgiva foyer. We look forward to seeing you for our 2017/18 season of films. 
      To see more information, request a printed leaflet and application form, or to join up online please 
      go to or call Sigrid Poole on 01494 727 498. You can also purchase  
membership including gift membership for a friend or loved one at the CFS online shop.

Half year CFS Offer:- £35 for the second half of the 2017-2018 Programme.
                                 With regards, Chiltern Film Society Committee  

                                             A few comments from last season's members

"One of the best things about living in Chesham is that I am able to see a wonderful diverse choice
of films programmed by Chiltern Film Soceity. Many of the films I have enjoyed over the past four
years would not haver been available on the big screen in this area." M.D.

So many quality films interested me that it made sense to join and save myself some money." K.H.

"It beats having to into Town to see a decent film and you don't have the problem of
getting home again". J.G.

"A fantastic opportunity to explore and experience films from around the world and
enjoy different genres of cinema. Offering a brief talk to the audience before each viewing and
and regular socials in the Elgiva bar you know you are amongst friends." S.H.


All films are at 8pm on selected Wednesdays 6th September –9th May.
Here is our list of films for this season 

For more information click here


2017-18 Programme at a glance
'S' denotes subtitled film


Moonlight (15)

   Triple Oscar winner 2017 for best film, supporting actor and screenplay.

A young, African-American, gay man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.

Directed by: Barry Jenkins


The Eagle Huntress (U)

This spellbinding documentary follows 13-year-old Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her family to become an eagle huntress. The film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. "A remarkable documentary, one that combines superb National Geographic-style photography with a storyline that plays out like a real-life folktale with a feminist undertow".

                                                                    KAZAKH – SUB ENGLISH 


Elle (18)

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Starring Oscar -  nominated Isabelle Huppert  

                                                                        FRENCH – SUB ENGLISH 


The Fencer (PG)

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis.


                                                                        ESTONIAN – SUB ENGLISH 


Manhattan (12A)

Forty-two-year-old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channelled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary...

 Starring: Woody Allen 


Blade Runner 2049 (tbc)

  Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.                                                                                                     


Our Little Sister (PG)

 There are three sisters: 29-year-old Sachi Kouda, 22-year-old Yoshino Kouda and 19-year-old Chika Kouda. They live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura, where they grew up after their parents had separated and left them. One day, they receive news of the death of their father whom they haven't seen in 15 years. At the funeral, they meet their 13-year-old half-sister Suzu Asano. As there is nobody to take care of her the oldest sister Sachi invites her to live with                                          them.                                                   


Things To Come (12A)

  Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

                                                              FRENCH   SUB    ENGLISH                                                            


Lady Macbeth (15)

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.                                                                                                                                   

 The Red Turtle (PG)

  Surrounded by the immense and furious ocean, a shipwrecked mariner battles all alone for his life with the relentless towering waves. Right on the brink of his demise, the man set adrift by the raging tempest washes ashore on a small and deserted tropical island of sandy beaches, timid animal inhabitants and a slender but graceful swaying bamboo forest. Alone, famished, yet, determined to break free from his Eden-like prison, after foraging for food and fresh water and encouraged by the dense forest, the stranded sailor builds a raft and sets off to the wide sea, however, an indistinguishable adversary prevents him from escaping. Each day, the exhausted man never giving up hope will attempt to make a new, more improved raft, but the sea is vast with wonderful and mysterious creatures and the island's only red turtle won't let the weary survivor escape that easily. Is this the heartless enemy?                                                                                                                

                                                                       Animation – no dialogue                                                            


Clash (Eshtebak) (15)


Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

                                                                      ARABIC   SUB   ENGLISH                                


 Fire At Sea (12A) 

200km off Italy's southern coast, the island of Lampedusa hit world headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living there, capturing its history, culture and the everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The film focuses on a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land, even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

 Documentary directed by: Gianfranco Rosi 


                                                                        ITALIAN   SUB   ENGLISH        


  Hell Or High Water (15)

 Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex-wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery.

                                                                             (AGM Evening)



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