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Love Italian-Style on 7 April

 

imagesSplendid Cinema is about to go all amore this Spring, as we screen Woody Allen’s latest Euro-treat, To Rome With Love (2012) on 7 April.

 

In To Rome with Love, five romantic comedies interweave around the Italian capital. Opera singers are discovered (but who can only sing in the shower), famous Italian heartthrobs fall in love with lost housewives, prostitutes are passed off as wives, everyday Italians become media superstars and a middle-aged American architect tries to give his younger self love advice from the future.

 

Written and directed by Woody Allen (his 43rd film!), To Rome with Love sports an International cast of Americans, Italians, Spanish, Australians and even two Canadians:  Allen himself, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill and Ellen Page.

 

While Allen’s films are often hit and miss, To Rome with Love offers sufficient laughs and romantic subplots to warm even the most cynical of movie fans.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

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

 

 

To Rome with Love (US/Italy/Spain, 2012, Woody Allen) 107 min. 12 Cert.

7 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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British Horror has never sounded better: Berberian Sound Studio 17 March!

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British writer-director Peter Strickland’s acclaimed psychological horror thriller,  Barberian Sound Studio (2012), will be next up at Splendid Cinema on 17th March.

Set in the 1970s, the film’s central character, Gilderoy (Toby Jones), an English sound technician hired to work on a soundtrack for an Italian horror film, finds himself trapped in a claustrophobic sound studio. Immersed in the horrific sounds, Gilderoy spends his days stabbing and punching vegetables to get the desired effects. And gradually finds himself losing his grasp on reality.

Peter Strickland orchestrates a film which celebrates the pleasures of the Italian giallo film without resorting to the gruesome imagery which often characterizes the genre, and yet never sacrifices Gilderoy’s humanity.

Listed as one of the best films made in 2012 by the Sight and Sound annual critics’ poll, Barberian Sound Studio won several awards at the British Independent Film Awards, including the Best Achievement in Production, Best Technical Achievement, and Best Director, as well as earning actor Toby Jones a nomination for Best Actor at the Golden Globes.

Don’t  believe us? Here’s the trailer!


In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening A Child’s Toy a short film by Tom Lee Rutter, before the feature 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

Berberian Sound Studio (UK, 2012, Peter Strickland) 92 min. 15 Cert.

17 March, 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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This Sunday: Mother (South Korea, 2009, Joon-ho Bong) on 17 February

Mother (2009 film)

 

No limits to a mother’s love in Korean thriller

 

The next film to be screened at Splendid Cinema is Mother (2009), the latest film from South Korean director Joon-ho Bong, a film which redefines the cliché about what a mother would do for her children.

 

The film centres on a devoted mother (Hye-ja Kim) who will stop at nothing to protect her mentally challenged son (Bin Won) from a murder charge she’s positive he is not responsible for. And we mean she will stop at nothing!

 

Director Bong hit the international stage five or six years ago with the much acclaimed monster movie The Host (2006). He‘s since finished princple photography on his first Hollywood film, Shadowpiercer, which is due out later this year.

 

The film is notable for its unexpected narrative twists and the director’s exceptional cinematic vision. It questions the nature of motherhood, specifically, how far would a woman go in order to defend her child, making Mother a thought provoking, emotionally resonant social satire, where director’s masterly combined plot-driven realism and atmospheric cinematography make this film a remarkable two-hours.

 

At the centre of Bong‘s film is the remarkable Hye-ja Kim, as the titular mother, who has earned several international critics‘ awards for her performance. The film too earned several awards, both in Asia and in the West, including the Best Film nod at the Blue Dragon awards (South Korea‘s Oscars).

Don’t believe us about how mind-boggling brilliant this film is? Check out the trailer:

In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening Eventide, a short film by Brian Harley, before Mother as part of the Splendid Cinema’s initiative supporting local filmmakers while also celebrating the best in World 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 us on Twitter @splendidcinema or our blog splendidcinema.wordpress.com.

 

Mother (South Korea, 2009, Joon-ho Bong) 128 min. 15 Cert.

17 February 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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Next up at Splendid Cinema: Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2012) on 10 February

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Love, Canadian-Style at Splendid Cinema

Take This Waltz (2012) is Canadian actor/writer/director Sarah Polley‘s follow up to her internationally acclaimed debut, Away from Her (2006), and will be screened as part of Splendid Cinema’s 2013 Season on 10 February.

The romantic comedy-drama follows Margot (Michelle Williams), a 28-year-old free-lance writer, who finds herself struggling to find happiness in a beautiful, but routine, marriage with Lou (Seth Rogen). During a work trip to Nova Scotia, she meets a handsome young man named Daniel (Luke Kirby), and the chemistry the two obviously share, complicates Margot’s life.

Director Polley’s film is a definite visual treat for the audience, capturing the story of the restless human struggle in a romantic looking Toronto and its colourful neighbourhoods. The beautifully photographed city becomes an engaging poetic and slightly idyllic environment, which would make anyone dream of crossing the Atlantic.

Empire magazine’s David Hughes called Take This Waltz “a masterfully painted portrait of an ordinary marriage under threat, dominated by a central performance of exquisite subtlety and observation“.   Nominated for several Genie awards (the Canadian Oscars), including a Best Actress nomination for Williams, Take This Waltz is a romantic fairy-tale of a film for anyone who has ever fallen in love.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:


In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening I would…, a short film by John Blox, before Take this Waltz as part of the Splendid Cinema’s  initiative supporting local filmmakers.

The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 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

Take This Waltz (Canada, 2012, Sarah Polley) 116 min. 15 Cert.

10 February 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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Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø, comes to the big screen, kicking off Splendid Cinema’s Winter 2013 schedule!

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Norway’s biggest international best-selling author, Jo Nesbø, gets the big screen treatment in Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (Morten Tyldum, 2011) and Splendid Cinema is excited about bringing this film to Worcester.

Roger Brown (Askel Hennie) is overcompensating for his shortness by being the best corporate headhunter in Scandanavia and being married to the uber-gorgeous Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund). Roger is also an art thief of no small acclaim. But our anti-hero has more than met his match, when he tries to lift a priceless Reubens from SAS-trained psychopath Clas Greve (played with perfect menace by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Director Tyldum brings the right amount of absurdity to Nesbø’s story, very much in the spirit of some of the Coen Brothers’ films, whom Tyldum cites as an inspiration to him. Headhunters is the right amount of humour, horror and nail-biting suspense one expects from a Nesbø story. Tyldum also demonstrates that he can out-do Hollywood in making fast-paced, glossy and absolutely gorgeous thrillers.

Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language at this year’s awards, Headhunters has already won the People Choice award at the 2012 Norwegian Oscars, the Amanda Awards. This movie is a definite crowd-pleaser! Don’t believe us? Here’s the trailer:

In addition, we will be screening Hotel Bardo, a magical short film by Lauren Hatchard before the feature as part of our new initiative supporting local filmmakers while also celebrating the best in World Cinema.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome St., Worcester, WR1 1UH) on Sunday evenings at 18:30 (box office will open 30 minutes before the film) (note new start time). Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, look for us on Facebook, or follow our blog (splendidcinema.wordpress.com)

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Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (Norway, 2011, Morten Tyldum) 89 min. 15 Cert.

27 January 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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This Christmas, Splendid Cinema offers up Yuletide horror!

This Christmas, Splendid Cinema offers up Yuletide horror!

On 9 December, Splendid Cinema is very proud to be screening a brand new Christmas horror film, Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming ! Writer/Director James Plumb will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

The abandoned home of Wilfred Butler, a wealthy but troubled man who committed suicide in 1987, has been willed to his grandson, Jeffrey. Just before Christmas 2012, many years after Wilfred’s death, Jeffrey and his lawyer appear in town to negotiate the sale of the property. But an Axe wielding maniac has set up residence in the house, and he doesn’t take kindly to strangers.

Shot in 10 days, in and around Swansea and Carmarthen, this is a Welsh horror film, through and through. Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming is loosely based on the 1972 British thriller film of the same name, but updates the action to 2012 and is filled with fanboy & fangirl references by one of British horror’s newest auteurs. The film stars Adrienne King, star of the first two Friday the 13th films.

Co-writer and director James Plumb will be on hand for a Q&A session after the film.  This is an amazing opportunity for students of Film Studies, Screenwriting and Digital Film Production to meet and talk with a working independent filmmaker.

Here’s the trailer:

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (UK, 2012, James Plumb) 85 min. 18 Cert.

9th December,  2012

Box office opens at 7pm, film begins at 7:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

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

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Winter 2013 Season announced!

Winter 2013 Schedule

27 January: Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 2011, Norway) 100 min 15 cert.

Adapted from the international best-seller by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is the nail-biting Nordic Noir about a corporate head-hunter who moonlights as an international art thief and who meets his match in an exceptionally well-trained black ops soldier in a very deadly game of cat-and-mouse. One of the best films of 2012!

 

10 February: Take this Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2011, Canada) 115 min 15 cert.

Canadian writer-director Sarah Polley follows up her 2006 debut film, Away From Her, with this fun romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and the incomparable Michelle Williams. Filmed entirely in beautiful Toronto, the location footage itself is enough to make you want to cross the Atlantic.

 

17 February: Mother (Joon-ho Bong, 2009, Korea) 128 min 15 cert.

The mother of a developmentally challenged young man accused of murder will stop at nothing to prove her son’s innocence. Although a slightly older film, Bong Joon-ho’s follow up the incredibly successful Korean monster movie, The Host (2006), is one of the greatest films made in the past ten years and more than deserves a Splendid Cinema screening.

 

3 March: Mugabe and the White African (Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson, 2009, UK) 90 min. 12 cert.

After a successful screening at the Worcestershire Film Festival, Splendid Cinema is very pleased to screen this very powerful documentary about a white Zimbabwean family’s opposition to Mugabe’s land reform legislation on the grounds of racism and discrimination. The film’s editor, Tim Lovell, will be in attendance to do a Q&A after the film.

 

17 March: Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Stickland, 2012, UK), 92 min. 15 cert.

British horror is alive and well in this thriller about an English sound technician (Toby Jones), working for an Italian film company, who begins losing his grasp on reality. The film is an homage to Italian giallo films of the 1970s.

 

7 April To Rome with Love (Woody Allen, 2012, US) 112 min. 12 cert.

Woody Allen’s latest Euro-Comedy sees several interweaving stories all focusing on the Italian capital. Stars Allen himself, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and the great Roberto Benigni. Not to be missed!

 

28 April: Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012, Canada) 105 min. 15 cert

Robert Pattinson stars in the new film by David Cronenberg, and based on the acclaimed novel by Don DeLillo, about a 28 year-old billionaire who is confronted with the lives he has destroyed as he crosses Manhattan in his limo.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

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