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Film Sunday 30 April, 2023 11:00am

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

TICKETS: £5 (under 24’s £4)


Once called ‘the world in an hour and a half’ by Jean-Luc Goddard, filmmaker Robert Bresson’s tragic fable is a seemingly simple story of the life and trials of the titular donkey. With a precise cinematic eye and deep compassion, Balthazar is simultaneously a heartbreaking tale and tremendously important reminder of the necessity for kindness.

It’s not money I need but a friend. A friend who can tell me how to run away. I’ve always wanted to. A friend to share my pleasures and pain.

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“Adapting for the screen, whether it be a novel, a stage play, a biography, a historical event or a newspaper article, presents its own particular problems, perhaps more technical, but in no way less intricate than writing an original screenplay. I’ve spent decades ruminating on these issues, without necessarily having reached any firm conclusions, though I do by now, I suppose, have a few tentative suggestions. I’m delighted at the opportunity to visit Bridport to be able to kick some of these suggestions around.”

- Christopher Hampton

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