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New French comedy concludes 2013 Season

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Splendid Cinema concludes its 2013 season with the latest film by French satirist François Ozon, In the House, on 8 Decemeber.

 

The follow up film to the international blockbuster Potishe, Ozon returns his caustic vision to the bourgoisie with In the House, in which a mild mannered high school teacher, Germaine (Potishe‘s Fabrice Luchini), encourages one of his creative writing students, Claude (Ernest Umhauer), to continue the serialized adventures he has been writing not realizing these stories are more fact than fiction. And Claude draws Germaine in to a very dangerous game of voyeurism and culpability.

 

In the House engages in the guilty pleasures of voyeurism through its multi-layered storytelling and visual construction which includes a few nice references to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, it all culminating in the closing scene –  an homage to Rear Window (1954).

 

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

 

 

 

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The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) on 24 November

THE-HUNT-POSTERA dangerous lies destroy lives in award winning drama

Thomas Vinterberg returns with his latest film The Hunt (2012), which will be screened at Splendid Cinema on the 24th November.
The Hunt is a story about a man wrongly accused of child molestation. Played with a great skill and sensitivity by Mads Mikkelsen (TV‘s Hannibal), Lucas is a popular member of a tightly bound local community in rural Denmark. He is also a beloved kindergarten teacher whose life transforms after being called into the principal‘s office to find out he is suspected of child abuse. This suspicion quickly becomes a collective hysteria when a child‘s commentary is constantly repeated and re-imagined, which makes Lucas a social outcast and a threat within the once comforting and family-like community.

One of the founding members of the minimalist film movement Dogme 95, director Vinterberg still demonstrates the best values of the movement –  close focus on a story and performance – in The Hunt. The collaboration of Vinterberg and Mikkelsen alone guarantees a sharp, powerful and moving cinematic account on an uneasy subject matter, which is not to be missed.

Critically acclaimed all over Europe, the film was nominated for BAFTA award in the category of the Best Film not in the English Language, winning the Best International Independent Film in British Independent Film Awards, and the Best Actor award for Mads Mikkelsen in Cannes.

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

 

 

The Hunt (DK, 2012, Thomas Vinterberg) 115 min. 15 cert.

24 November, 2013

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

Tickets £5 on the door, or in advance from

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

 

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No (Pablo Larrain, 2012) on 10 November

Please note: Past technical problems at the WAW have now been mostly sorted.  And Splendid Cinema can confirm that this screening is going ahead on 10 November. 


noChilean political drama continues Splendid Cinema season

Chilean director Pablo Larraín returns with his latest film, the highly acclaimed No (2012), to Splendid Cinema on 10 November.

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:

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.

10 November, 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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