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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

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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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The ABCs of Death for Halloween!

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This Halloween, we’re going back to school with the bizarre international horror treat, The ABCs of Death, screening at Splendid Cinema on 27 October.

The project was ambitious: 26 horror directors were chosen and each given a letter of the alphabet. Each director had to select a word which began with that letter and then make a short film based on that idea.

Some of these short films are clever, some stupid; some gross, others chilling; some hysterical and some offensive. With 26 different directors, the film is uneven, of course, but also guaranteed to give something to everyone.

Directors include Xavier Gens, Angela Bettis, Nobou Iguchi, Jorge Michal Grau, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Ti West, Adam Wingard & Ben Wheatley. If none of those names are familiar, The ABCs of Death includes work from the directors of Machine Girl, May, Amer, Tokyo Gore Police, Shutter, A Serbian Film, Evil Aliens, Sightseers and House of the Devil. In total, work from 14 different countries is included: Mexico, Japan, France, Chile Spain, Norway, Denmark, Thailand, Serbia, Indonesia, Canada, Australia as well as from the USA & UK.

Here’s the bonkers 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, or on Twitter: @splendidcinema.

The ABCs of Death (14 countries, 2013, assorted directors) 123 min. 18.

27 October, 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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Sound City (Dave Grohl, 2013) on 13 October

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Marking the directorial debut of the former Nirvana drummer and the frontman of Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, Sound City (2013), is a documentary which illuminates the music industry from the inside..

Central to the success of this particular recording studio in the 1970s and throughout the 80s and into the 90s, Sound City’s sound was created by the unique Neve mixing console. When the studio closed shop in 2011, Dave Grohl enlisted the help of dozens of fellow musicians to tell the story of the particular mixing board, and by extension, to tell the story of some of the most iconic American albums recorded between 1970 and 2011.

Some of the records recorded here include those by Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Foreigner, Rick Springfield, Pat Benetar, The Grateful Dead, REO Speedwagon, Dio, Ratt, Nirvana, Metallica and Rage Against the Machine. Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty, Neil Young and Tom Petty all make appearances in the film.

This is a fascinating story about the music most of us grew up with, and to witness the collective action to save an icon of American music which most music fans wouldn’t even be aware of.

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

 

Sound City (US, 2013, Dave Grohl) 108 min. 15.

13 October, 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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Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012) on 29 September

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One of the most original new voices in British cinema, Ben (Kill List) Wheatley, returns with a dose of dark humour in his latest film Sightseers (2012), which will be screened at Splendid Cinema on the 29th of September.

Sightseers focuses on Chris (Steve Oram) and his new girlfriend Tina (Alice Lowe). Chris is an aspiring writer currently experiencing writer‘s block. Tina is a thirty something year old woman, still living with her mother, who cannot forgive Tina for accidentally killing her dog. The couples‘ shared sense of desperation and need for escape sends them out on ‘an erotic odyssey’ across Britain‘s Northern cultural hotspots.

Director Wheatley proudly projects pictorial, yet naturalistic vision of Northern England in all its beauty. And when this pastoral turns dark and violent, the film still maintains an emotional realisms that remains quintessentially British.

Critically acclaimed all over the wold, Sightseers was nominated for several awards at the British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Co-scripted and largely improvised by its lead actors, Steve Oram and Horrible Histories‘ Alice Lowe, the film won the award for the Best Screenplay.

Disturbingly sincere and thrillingly hilarious film about those who struggle to get it right, this is a film not to be missed!

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

 

 

Sightseers (UK, 2012, Ben Wheatley) 90 min. 15 Cert.

29 September, 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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2013/14 Season announced…

Here is the schedule for the first part of the 2013/14 Season.
29/9: Sightseers (UK, Ben Wheatley, 2012) – Ben Wheatley follows up on his breathtaking first film with this blacker than black comedy about two hapless tourists who turn to serial killing anyone who pisses them off.
13/10: Sound City (US, Dave Grohl, 2013): Foo Fighter’s frontman, Dave Grohl directs this documentary about the legendary Sound City studio in LA, where some of the greatest albums of the 1970s and 1980s were recorded. A fascinating story behind the music we love!
27/10: The ABCs of Death (multiple countries, 26 Directors, 2012): Audacious film project where 26 directors from around the world were each given a letter of the alphabet and expected to choose a word which pertains to death in some way and to make a short film about that word. Possibly the most bizarre film made all year!
10/11: No (Chile, Pablo Larrin, 2012): Chilean satire which tells the true story of the advertising campaign from 1988 which successfully ousted the bloody dictator of Augusto Pinochet. Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this Oscar nominated film.
24/11: The Hunt (DN, Thomas Vinterberg, 2012): Thomas Vinterberg returns with this devastating morality tale about a much-loved kindergarten teacher in a small town who is accused of molesting one of the children. Mads Mikkelsen gives an amazing performance. Not to be missed!
8/12: In the House (FR, Francois Ozon, 2012): Potiche director Ozon returns to Splendid Cinema screens with his latest comedy-of-manners about a high school teacher who encourages one of his students to further ingratiate himself within the family of another boy and seduce the boy’s mother. Possibly my favourite film of the year.
A reminder that all films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome St.).
Tickets are £5 on the door.
Box office opens at 6, for a 6:30 start.

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Splendid Cinema kicks off the 2013/14 season with a bit of transvestism!

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Splendid Cinema kicks off the 2013/14 season with a bit of transvestism!

We’re screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the film which defined CULT Movies!

Please feel free to dress up, get ready to shout, throw things and do the Time Warp, again!

 

14 September, 2013 at the Worcester Arts Workshop.

Tickets are £5 on the door.

Box Office opens at 6:00, screening 6:30

 

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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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Love revised in Oscar winning drama on 12 May

ImageThe latest film by Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke Amour (2012), will be screened at Splendid Cinema on the 12th May.

Amour is a story about a marriage transformed by illness. Elderly couple Georges and Anne played by French New Wave icons Jean Louis Tritignant (A Man and a Woman) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour), enjoy the spoils of retirement. The little charming microcosm they both happily exist in is shaken when Anne suffers a stroke. The physical decline becomes increasingly humiliating for Anne as well as extremely painful for her husband Georges, witnessing the downfall of the woman he loves.

The breathtaking performance by the actor tandem as well as director’s incredibly intimate, but respectful take on the subject matter not only lets the film live up to its title, but offers a platform for the reconsideration of love, empathy, pain, misery and its boundaries.

Critically acclaimed all over the globe, the film won an Oscar in the category of the Best Foreign Language Film, BAFTA awards including Best Film not in the English Language and the Best Leading Actress award for Emmanuelle Riva. Amour, one of the most outstanding films of the year is an absolute must see!

Here’s the trailer:

In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening Irish: On Purpose, a short film by Olivia James, before Amour as part of the Splendid Cinema’s  initiative supporting local filmmakers.

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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Pattinson takes turn in Cronenberg’s surreal drama

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The Twilight star Robert Pattinson demonstrates he’s more than a sparkly vampire in the latest David Cronenberg’s film, Cosmopolis (2012), to be screened at Splendid Cinema on the 28th of April.

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Don Dellilo, Cronenberg’s film focuses on a 28-year-old multibillionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), whose limo journey across a futuristic Manhattan becomes something of a confrontation with everyone who is directly affected by the heartless demeanour of his luxurious lifestyle.

Cronenberg combines Dellilo’s dry, comic satire with a stone-dead, but immersive atmosphere shaped by both Pattinson’s performance and clearly measured, smooth cinematography, making Cosmopolis a very charismatic picture, and is not to be missed!

Cosmopolis also features an international assemblage of actors including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel.

Here’s the trailer:

In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening Irish: On Purpose, a short film by Olivia James, before Cosmopolis as part of the Splendid Cinema’s initiative supporting local filmmakers.

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

 

Cosmopolis (Can/France/Italy/Portugal, 2012, David Cronenberg) 105 min. 15 Cert.

28 April, 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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