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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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The ABCs of Death for Halloween!

abcs-of-deathSplendid Cinema teaches you the ABCs

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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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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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

MV5BODk2MDc4MDk2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcyODY1OA@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_Toast of Cannes 2012 comes to Worcester

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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