Coming soon:

4 films by Kieslowski (1984-1991)

August-September 2019 - Fridays 7pm.

Krzysztof Kieslowski was a filmmaker of unparalleled talent whose simple stories dealt with difficult, fundamental and universal questions about complex human feelings. Here’s a chance to enjoy some of the early films he made in his native Poland. He died at 54 in 1996, after the international success of his “Colours” Trilogy.

August 23rd:


1984, 108 min.   The ghost of a young lawyer, Antek, observes the realm of the living in the Poland of 1982, during the country’s period of martial law.  Thanks to the help of his widow, Ulla, one of Antek’s former clients -a worker accused of being an opposition activist- will have now the possibility of a defense.

August 30th:


1988, 81 min.   A disaffected young man murders a taxi driver and is put on trial by the state. Though defended by an idealistic lawyer, he is finally sentenced to death by hanging for his crime. Disturbing, thought provoking and graphically filmed in harrowing detail.

September 6th:


1988, 83 min.   A young man falls in love with an older woman who lives across the courtyard in the same Warsaw apartment block.  He watches her and her succession of lovers until she becomes aware of his spying and confronts him with a sexual invitation.

September 13th:


1991, 94 min.   Irene Jacob stars in the twin roles of Veronique and Weronika, two young women leading totally separate lives in France and in Poland, yet each strangely aware of the other’s presence.  Despite their different backgrounds, the two share the same likes, foibles and prodigious musical talents.

Our Cineclub has a free entrance, but you should reserve tickets by emailing

Coming Soon:


A new play by Argentinian playwright Eva Halac, translated into English.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth, so we are bringing a new play to the Calder Bookshop & Theatre that explores a little-known aspect of her legacy.

It’s the beginning of the 60s in Argentina, a time of political violence and popular revolt, and it is in this seething atmosphere that journalists Rodolfo Walsh and Tomás Eloy Martínez have an idea for an exclusive article to sell to Paris Match Magazine. Together, they embark on an investigation to find out where the abducted corpse of Eva Perón has been hidden by the dictatorship that deposed her husband. As they follow their dark path, they meet with that of the reticent, obsessive Colonel Moori Koenig—and his wife, who keeps a few secrets of her own.

Irish Coffee tells the story of a doomed investigation, woven into fiction from very real events first by Walsh in a short story, then by Martínez in a novel, and now by Eva Halac in this very play. Newly translated into English, it poses stinging questions for our political present about the urge for action beyond the written word and whether impartiality is ever possible.

October 10th to November 3rd

Thursdays to Sundays 7.30 pm.

The Calder Bookshop & Theatre. 51 The Cut SE1 8LF. 020 7620 2900.