Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

A modern arts complex hosting film, theatre and dance events with a terrace cafe, WiFi and classes.


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Wed 25 Oct 7.30pm - No Bears (12A)

Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobasheri
Drama | Romance | Iran | 2022
1 hr 46 min| Subtitles

The brilliant No Bears won Iranian director Jafar Panahi the Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival this year. Unfortunately, the socially conscious filmmaker is now serving a six-year prison sentence in Iran for “making propaganda against the system”. No Bears starts off deceptively simple, but, gradually, it becomes multi-layered as Panahi mixes docu-drama and auto-fiction to devastating emotional effect. He directed his film in Iran from a rented room near the Turkish border using his laptop. The story is filmed in Turkey and concerns a fact-based love story about a couple who fled to the west with false passports. In between filming, Panahi gets involved in another love story in the village where he is staying where fact and fiction become blurred and complex both for the village and for Panahi.

The Purbeck Film Festival is very grateful to the Arts University Bournemouth, whose support will make this a very special evening.

Wednesday 25 Oct. 7.30 pm
Lighthouse Poole BH15 1UG
£10.95: £8.75 (students and under 25s)

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Thurs 26 Oct 7.30pm - Cairo Conspiracy (12A)

Director: Tarik Saleh
Starring: Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri
Drama | Thriller | Egypt | 2022
2 hrs 6 min| Subtitles

Cairo Conspiracy is an unusual and fascinating portrait of a world unknown to most non-Muslims. Set in Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, where the students square off in Quran recital contests. The University is promoted as “a beacon of Islam” but in reality it’s a warren of dark corners, thick with intrigue and conspiracies. It creates an atmosphere both sacred and threatening and one genuinely fears for its central character, Adam, a lowly fisherman’s son. His naive vulnerability makes him the perfect pawn for those who wish to exploit his innocence in the quest for power. Following the death of the University’s chief Imman and spiritual leader, the drama and paranoia reach new heights. Cairo Conspiracy is a compelling watch.

Thursday 26 Oct. 7.30 pm
Lighthouse Poole BH15 1UG
£10.95: £8.75 (students and under 25s)

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Fri 27 Oct 7.30pm - Paris Memories (15)

Director: Alice Winocour
Starring: Virginie Efira, Benoît Magimel, Grégoire Colin
Drama | France | 2022
1 hr 45 min| Subtitles

Three months after surviving a terrorist attack in a bistro which we do not see but only hear, Mia is still traumatized and unable to recall the events of that night. In an effort to move forward, she investigates her memories and retraces her steps.

Revoir Paris is a story about people thrown together, forever changed by their time together. In addition to its emotional resonance, the film highlights Paris’ cultural and economic diversity as we watch Mia interact with people she may have never met. Despite the tragedy, Revoir Paris is a hopeful film about the healing power of human connection and mutual comfort. It’s the kind of movie that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.

Friday 27 Oct. 7.30 pm
Lighthouse Poole BH15 1UG
£10.95: £8.75 (students and under 25s)

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Sat 28 Oct - 7.30pm - Holy Spider (18)

Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Alice Rahimi, Diana AL Hussen, Soraya Helli
Crime | Drama | Thriller | Iran | 2022
1 hr 58 min| Subtitles

Holy Spider is about an Islamic serial killer living in the ancient religious city of Mashad in Northeastern Iran. The film is based on the true life story of a religiously fervent construction worker convicted of killing 16 prostitutes in 2001. The “Spider killer”, as he was known, became a folk hero to the religious right for claiming to be on a holy mission to cleanse the city of prostitution. Saeed (the Spider killer) is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and despises himself for not having been more of a hero, or a martyr. But centre stage is a female investigative journalist from less conformist Tehran, who shows up wanting to crack this long-running case. In her mind, the local police and judiciary have half-heartedly failed to catch the killer due to their patriarchal and religious mindsets. Highly recommended viewing.

Saturday 28 Oct. 7.30 pm
Lighthouse Poole BH15 1UG
£10.95: £8.75 (students and under 25s)

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