Alongside autumn blockbusters Downton Abbey (PG) and The Joker (15), the eagerly awaited film of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch (15) heads a typically eclectic film season at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts.

A stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, the story follows the fortunes of a young man whose troubled childhood leads him into the world of art forgery. Ansel Elgort (who played the title character in Baby Driver) stars with Nicole Kidman and Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk).

Lighthouse has also secured the first local showings of The Souvenir (15, pictured right), Joanne Hogg’s critically lauded semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a young woman whose creative career is inspired, derailed and finally strengthened by a toxic relationship. Tom Burke from BBC TV’s The Musketeers stars with Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne.

Back by popular demand, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (12A), is Nick Broomfield powerful documentary about the enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ihlen; and there are rare chances to see film classics including The Third Man (PG) – celebrating its 70th anniversary – and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (15) on the big screen.

Other highlights include The Farewell (PG), Lulu Wang’s real-life story that was so well received at Sundance this year; Bait (15), Mark Jenkin’s extraordinarily stark story, shot in black and white on hand cranked 16mm and processed by hand, about the rising tensions in a Cornish fishing village between the community and an influx of tourists; and Varda By Agnès (15) in which the French New Wave auteur who died this year brings her characteristically enigmatic wisdom to bear on her own career.

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Published 19 September 2019