Our 2019 Season of Fine Films will be held on the following Tuesdays: April 30th • May 28th • June 25th • July 23rd • August 27th • September 17th

Each month we invite you to join us at “The Vine” Restaurant, Rutherglen High School.
Come for a light & tasty meal and a glass of wine (BYO) OR just for the film!
Food is served from 6pm, film commences at 7.30pm

April 30th: Captain Abu Raed

Arts Rutherglen’s first film for 2019 will be “Captain Abu Raed”, a Jordanian film directed by Amin Matalqa. Below is an excerpt from a review by Screen Daily when it was first released:

“Only a handful of full-length films have come out of Jordan in the fifty years since the country’s first feature, Struggle in Jarash. This makes Captain Abu Raed’s commercial poise and polish all the more remarkable: a moving dramatic fable about an elderly airport janitor’s relationship with a bunch of Amman street kids, Amin Matalqa’s film has the potential to be the Middle East breakout title of 2008, following hard on the heels of Lebanese title Caramel.

Unashamedly sentimental, but with a toughness to the script that saves it from schmaltz, the film is given sharp dramatic focus by the remarkably nuanced performance of London-based Jordanian actor Nadim Sawalha in the title role – for which he received best actor in Dubai.

With its lush orchestral soundtrack (recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony) and universal storyline, Captain Abu Raed makes no secret of its crossover ambitions – though its Arabic dialogue and fiercely local settings preserve it, mostly, from blandness. Given an upbeat, emotional reception at its Dubai premiere, the film is heading for Sundance, where it may well arrive with a specialty-division US studio deal already inked. Given the right marketing, and a release strategy that allows the film the breathing-space for word of mouth to kick in, Captain Abu Raed could play at the wider end of the limited-release niche worldwide, and a Foreign Film nomination for the 2009 Oscars is by no means unthinkable.”

We’re looking forward to another season of fine food and fine films!