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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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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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