Kidnapped12A

Directed by Marco Bellocchio | Italy | 2023 | 2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles | Starring Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Filippo Timi

In 1858 in Bologna, papal soldiers burst into the home of the Jewish Mortara family and kidnap their seven-year-old son, claiming he is Catholic due to a secret baptism in infancy. As the church began indoctrinating the young boy, the family launch a struggle to regain their son. Directed by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio, this gripping narrative unfolds with operatic intensity and visual grandeur, depicting a small Jewish community in turmoil as they resist the overbearing authority of the Catholic Church.

Reviews

‘It is a full-tilt melodrama with the passionate vehemence of Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens, which lays bare an ugly formative episode of Europe’s Catholic church: an affair of antisemitism and child abuse.’
★★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Sunday 19 May

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Wednesday 22 May

3.00pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Sunday 19th May)

14:45

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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17:15

Challengers 15
2h 11m
Jealousy, lust, and betrayal take centre court in this propulsively energetic love-triangle sports drama starring Zendaya and Josh O'Connor, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).

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20:00

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century Italy, the Catholic Church kidnaps a young Jewish boy claiming that he was secretly baptised at birth. A gripping drama told with operatic intensity and visual grandeur by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio.

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Tomorrow (Monday 20th May)

18:00

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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20:30

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry 15
1h 50m | Georgian w/ English subtitles
In a Georgian village, a middle-aged woman vows never to marry, causing intrigue amongst the locals. But when she unexpectedly begins to fall in love, she must choose between her life of independence and romance.

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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!