24/01/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Antonioni’s trilogy L’Avventura, La Notte and L’Eclisse are masterpieces of Italian cinema. La Notte charts 24 hours in the life of a socialite couple, whose stale marriage is in its final stages. Author Giovanni Pontano (Marcello Mastroianni) and his bored wife Lidia (Jeanne Moreau) are in an existential crisis. The first part of the film sets the scene, with architecture and interiors illustrating the wealth and lifestyles of the protagonists and their disaffection with life. A wealthy industrialist throws a party in Giovanni’s honour, where the guests also display dissatisfaction with their lot, and whose sexual appetites are a sign of a vacuum in their feelings. Lidia escapes from the party to return to the poor industrialised area of her childhood, to try and recapture the optimism of those early years.
” […] revolutionary in form, eloquent in content and can affect you deeply. Is he the Henry James of film-making?” (Derek Malcolm, theguardian.com)
Dir: Ingmar Bergman 92mins Sweden 1964
31/01/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
This beautiful animation follows the story, set in Afghanistan in 2001, of 11 year old Parvana and her family. The Taliban rule. Her father, a teacher, passes on to Parvana his love of storytelling, while the family endure the difficulties of everyday life. One day the Taliban break into their home and Father is taken away to prison. Parvana, disguised as a boy, takes over the essential tasks which women are prohibited from doing. Thus life goes on and she becomes the storyteller, helping her siblings to cope with their predicament with stories of the Evil Elephant King. However, the gathering storm of war approaches.
“It’s somehow inspiring to immerse oneself in this pared-down adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ well-regarded young-adult novel, about an 11 year old girl who must step up and care for her family after the Taliban raids her home and arrests her father.” (Peter Debruge, variety.com)
Dir: Nora Twomey 94mins Ire/Can/Lux 2017
7/02/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
A joy to the eye, this beautifully restored film is pure romance, telling the story of how the Taj Mahal came to be built. Shiraz is a lowly but talented potter in love with his adopted sister, Selima, who is sold to the palace as a slave. Her beauty is spotted by Prince Khurran who makes his intentions clear. Shiraz is always gripping, at times with edge- of-seat tension. This, together with its musical soundtrack, ensures no allowance is needed for it being a so-called ‘silent’ film – it simply isn’t!
“Multilayered, pulsing with energy, weaving a selection of Indian and European instruments together […], Shankar’s score invigorated the film.” (Pamela Hutchinson, silentlondon.co.uk)
Dir: Franz Osten 106mins Ind/Ger/UK 2016