Il BucoU

Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino | Italy | 2021 | 1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles | Starring Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Denise Trombin, Nicola Lanza

In 1960s Italy, a group of scientists explore Europe’s deepest cave in the Calabrian hinterland – the almost 700m deep Bifurto Abyss. Their venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a neighbouring village, but not by an old shepherd whose solitary life interweaves with the group’s journey. A decade after the award-winning Le Quattro Volte, Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice 2021.


‘Unhurried meditation on the beauties of geological time…It lives alone; the cinematic equivalent of a hermit on a mountaintop.’
Xan Brooks, The Guardian

‘It’s a magnificent piece of work, completely beguiling from end to end and one which wears its immense philosophical profundity with admirable lightness.’
David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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Thursday 7 July

4.15pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Saturday 2nd July)


All My Friends Hate Me 15
1h 34m
A school reunion in the countryside turns sour in Andrew Gaynord’s superb black comedy exploring the modern horrors of social anxiety and paranoia.

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Tomorrow (Sunday 3rd July)


The Ladykillers PG
1h 27m
Ealing comedy caper in which a group of oddball criminals move into a little old lady's boarding house to plot an elaborate heist. What could go wrong?

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Il Buco U
1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary set in the mountains of Southern Italy.

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Between Two Worlds 12A
1h 47m | French w/ English subtitles
Juliet Binoche (Three Colours Blue, Cache) stars as an author going undercover as a cross-Channel ferry cleaner to research an upcoming book.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!