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No (Pablo Larrain, 2012) on 9 June, 2013

noChilean political drama concludes Splendid Cinema season

 

Chilean director Pablo Larraín returns with his latest film, the highly acclaimed No (2012), to Splendid Cinema on 9 June.

 

Set in the late 1980s, the film examines the important moment in Chilean history after dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet authorises a national plebiscite allowing people to vote whether they want him to continue his presidency for 8 more years, or not. Fifteen minutes of television airtime is given for those supporting Pinochet’s regime as well as those who oppose to it.

 

No is a story about a young advertising executive René Saavedra (played by Gael García Bernal in a career defining role), who is hired to run the ”No” campaign. By taking the job René is forced to confront his boss Lucho (Alberto Castro), who organises and directs the ”Yes” campaign. Being constantly criticised for his decision to work for the opposition, and experiencing threats against the safety of his family, René does not give up. No highlights possibly the most incredible advertising campaign in history; to keep a blood thirsty dictator or to embrace democracy.

 

No was nominated for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The uplifting and intelligent take on this significant moment in Chilean history, the fall of their totalitarian regime, is the absolute must see!

Here’s the trailer:

And with our screening of No, Splendid Cinema concludes our 2012/13 seasons. We’ll be back in September highlighting the best in International Cinema.

 

The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 6.30pm with the box office  open from 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door with Café Bliss open for a pre-show treat.

 

For more information on any of the independent cinema’s screenings, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or follow the blog splendidcinema.wordpress.com.

 

No (Chile, 2012, Pablo Larraín) 118 min. 15 Cert.

9 June, 2013

Box office opens at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

 

 

 

 

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Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012) on 26 May

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French writer-director Leos Carax latest masterpiece, Holy Motors (2012), is next up at Splendid Cinema on 26 May.

 Holy Motors takes its audience on a journey with M. Oscar (Denis Lavant) across Paris in a day. Along the way, M. Oscar has several “appointments” to keep. Each of these requires him to adopt a completely different identity. We are pretty confident you’ve not seen anything like Holy Motors before.

Holy Motors is a multi-layered riddle of a film which unfolds as an episodic fantasy. It not only celebrates the remarkable acting qualities of Lavant, but also explores each character he incarnates. The film is bizarre and surreal, and yet surprisingly accessible too.

The Guardian‘s Philip French identified Carax’s film having “an atmosphere all its own, a combination of the mysterious and the lucid, of troubling nightmare and pleasing reverie”.

Listed as one of the best films made in 2012 by the Sight and Sound annual critics’ poll, the film also gathers an impressive supporting cast including Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, singer Kylie Minogue and even Carax himself.

Clever, witty and whole lot of fun, Holy Motors is one of the must see movies of the year! Here’s the trailer:

The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 6.30pm with the box office open from 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door with Café Bliss open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of the independent cinema’s screenings, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or follow the blog splendidcinema.wordpress.com

 

Holy Motors (France, 2012, Leos Carax) 111 min. 18 Cert.

26 May, 2013

Box office opens at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

 

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