Richmond Film Society - Screening of 'Le Havre' (Finland)

22 May 2018
8:00 pm
The Exchange

Following the success of its relocation to The Exchange in January, Richmond Film Society has decided to extend its current Season by two films, the second of which is 'Le Havre', the drama/comedy directed by Aki Kaurismäki. RFS is also presenting a special screening of 'The Florida Project' on 12 June as part of the Twickenham Festival.

When a young African stowaway arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, Marcel, an ageing shoe shiner takes pity on the child and, with the assistance of friendly neighbours and locals, hides him from the police.

Like ‘The Other Side of Hope’ - which proved hugely popular when screened earlier this Season by RFS - ‘Le Havre’ is another instalment in Kaurismäki’s proposed trilogy about life in port cities. Once again, it deals with immigration and attitudes to refugees but it does so with all of Kaurismäki’s trademark lightness of touch, drollery and deadpan humour. The result is an offbeat, warmhearted and charming film, which garnered fifteen awards worldwide, including at the 2011 Cannes, Chicago and Munich Film Festivals.

This additional screening and that of 'The Florida Project' are free to all members in appreciation of making the venue transition so successful. Non-member tickets will, as usual, be available for £6 on the door (cash only), in advance via The Exchange’s Box Office on 020 8240 2399 or online via their website at

Membership is now open for Season 56, which commences on 18 September 2018. In recognition of the loyalty and support of our members over many years and the substantial growth in our membership and audience figures this Season, the Committee have decided to reduce the membership fee for Season 56 by one third from its current level of £60 and to extend the programme from 15 to 16 films. Accordingly, the cost of membership for next season will be £40, representing an unbeatable bargain of £2.50 per film. The concessionary seasonal membership fee for full-time students in Season 56 will be reduced from £35 to £25

For further information on membership enrolment or the films, please visit our website at where a downloadable Membership Form is available, together with a list of the 22 films under consideration for screening in Season 56.

All are very welcome, so do please join us at The Exchange in September for another great Season of World Cinema.

Presented by Richmond Film Society

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