Friday 30th September at 7.45pm: STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE ( Fresa y chocolate) Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea , Cuba, 1994, 108 mins. Cast; Jorge Perugorria, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Franciso Gattorno

Cultivated, intellectual, sceptical, homosexual Diego meets and falls for David – a young, aggressively heterosexual, misogynistic doctrinaire child of the revolution – and changes both their lives. Watching this engaging and deeply humane film is like chancing upon some undiscovered early gem by Woody Allen or the French New Wave director Jean Luc Goddard, and yet it has a worldliness and wit that is all its own. In 1994, Strawberry and Chocolate was remarkable for being the first Cuban film with an overtly gay character, but the ideas it raises about sexualities both gay and straight are still right up to date in 2011.

+ THE LEAD SHOES Dir: Sidney Peterson, USA, 1950, 15 mins

Distorting lenses, unlikely props and a jazzy soundtrack – a key experimental film from 1950s San Fransisco.

Friday 28th October at 7.45pm COMEDIAN HARMONISTS Joseph Vilsmaier , Germany, 1997, 126 mins.

The true story of a quirky, talented and hugely successful Berlin acapella group from their beginnings in 1928 to 1933, when it suddenly matters that 3 of the 6 young men are Jewish. Very entertaining, very moving and brilliantly acted.

Medway Film Society aims to bring a world of cinema to the Medway Towns. Our Autumn season for 2011 includes rare avant garde shorts and features from Cuba and Germany as well as a great Hollywood classic. We source our films from the UK’s leading film archive at the British Film Institute.

If you are not yet a member you can join MFS, support the society and see all the shows in the autumn programme for just £16 (£13 for students, OAPs and registered unemployed). Non-members are welcome to come along for single shows: £6.50 (concessions £5.50).

All the Society’s screenings are on Friday evenings at The Brook, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE, near the Pentagon shopping centre and just 10 minutes walk from Chatham railway station.

More information and updates at: http://www.medwayfilm.org.uk

or contact Caroline Reed, 020 7638 0012 or 07971 953137

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