Here are the details of the new Splendid Cinema season, along with trailers to whet your appetites!
23 September: A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011, Can): David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s stageplay about the falling out between Freud and Jung over a female patient, played remarkably well by Keira Knightly. Viggo Mortensen is Freud & Michael Fassbender is Jung – and both give truly wonderful performances.
7 October: Hara-Kiri (Takeshi Miike, 2012, Jap): The never-predictable Takeshi Miike returns to the samurai genre after last year’s 13 Assassins with a very different movie. If 13 Assassins was Miike’s Seven Samurai, then Hara-Kiri is his Rashomon: a quiet and mannered film about duty and revenge.
28 October: Rabies (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, 2010, Israel): Who says horror films can’t be intellectual? In a deserted nature reserve people are being hunted down one by one, but is it single psycho-killer on the loose or is there just something wrong with the land?
11 November: Chico & Rita (Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba, 2010, Cuba): Possibly the most romantic film made in the last decade! This gorgeous animated film from Cuba tells of the love and career of two 1950s jazz musicians in Havana, and how success destroys their relationship.
25 November: The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011, France/UK): French blockbuster director Luc Besson directed the amazing Michelle Yeoh as Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi in this remarkably inspiring and moving biopic. David Thewlis co-stars.
9 December: Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (James Plumb, 2012, UK) Director in attendance. 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.
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.
- ‘Hara-Kiri’: A Samurai’s Bluff Hides A Revenge Plot (npr.org)
- Takashi Miike’s moving tale of ‘Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ‘Hara-Kiri’ review: sumptuous chess game (sfgate.com)
- David Cronenberg Brands Christopher Nolan’s Batman Movies ‘Boring’ (aceshowbiz.com)
- ‘Hara-Kiri’: A Samurai’s Bluff Hides A Revenge Plot (wnyc.org)
- Film: Movie Review: Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (avclub.com)
- Cronenberg’s Talking Cure: A Dangerous Method (moonwolves.wordpress.com)