Wednesday 16th May, 2012
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Thursday 17th May, 2012
Kid With A Bike
Cannes-winning French drama about a wild 11-year-old boy rebounding between the care of a kind, single woman (Cécile de France) and the blandishments of a streetwise older boy. “Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha (de France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.”
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Culinary-doco about an 85-year-old sushi legend. Jiro Ono is a legend in his field. His Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi bar in Tokyo’s Ginza subway station seats only ten, but it’s widely considered the best place for sushi in Japan. Customers book as much as a year ahead for a full meal costing upward of 30,0000 yen ($460). Says restaurant critic Masuhiro Yamamoto, ‘Nobody has ever had a bad experience there.’
The Woman In Black
Gets a wider release this week! A young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter Series), is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true identity.
Thursday 24th May, 2012
Men In Black 3
J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) don the black suits once more for the third instalment of the extra-terrestrial FBI comedy franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two, also returns. Meanwhile Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men & True Grit (See a connection there?)) will make his first appearance alongside Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. When K suddenly disappears, J is told that his partner has been dead for over 20 years. This perplexing paradox isn’t just a threat to the missing MiB veteran, but also a threat to humankind. With even more universal secrets to discover, Agent J (literally) jumps back in time and partners up with the younger Agent K (Brolin) to set matters straight.
Norweigian sex romp that won the Grand Jury Award (World Cinema Drama) at Sundance 201. Centers on the consequential misbehavings of two married couples and the politically incorrect games of their children. There’s a well-honed eye for marital malaise in this Norwegian sex comedy that’s reminiscent of Mike Leigh – and a matter-of-fact attention to details of sexual shenanigans that’s much more… well, Scandinavian. Schoolteacher Kaja lives happily enough in a remote town with her husband Eirik and their son. Eirik’s sour temper becomes much more obvious to the habitually chipper Kaja when affable Sigve, his lawyer wife Elisabeth and their adopted Ethiopian son move from the city and rent the (only) house next door. While the boys play games of unspeakable political incorrectness, their oblivious parents play more consequential grown-up games: truth or dare, for example, and hide and seek.
Empire of Silver
From the Academy Award winning producer of “THE LAST EMPEROR” and inspired by historical events, one man’s choice will change the fate of an empire!
China, 1899. A hedonistic young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother’s wife, “Third Master” reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father. Powerful bank-owner Lord Kang is determined to prepare Third Master for financial leadership by molding his son into his own image. The ruthless businessman tries to convince his son to choose a proven unscrupulous bank manager over a more honest one. But the idealistic Third Master has always questioned his father’s autocratic rule and ethics. The tense relationship is further complicated by Third Masters undying love for his beautiful young stepmother, his first and only love stolen from him by his own father. Embarking on a metaphysical journey, Third Master must decide whether to follow his father’s path or find his own. Greed, deception and jealousy surface under the pressures of war and the impending change from silver to paper bills…
Robert Pattinson (the Twilight saga) branches out with this period drama about a young Parisian who rises to power through bedding the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 French novel and starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. Georges Duroy (Pattison) travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony
For over eighty years the immense Gothic Symphony remains unperformed in its entirety. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs it is regarded as the Mt. Everest of classical music. Seemingly impossible to stage due to its complexity and massive scale the Gothic Symphony is the ultimate cult neglected work by a British composer. Since his death in 1972, Havergal Brian has moved from near total obscurity to recognition as one of twentieth century England’s most significant composers.
Filmed over 5 years, The Curse of the Gothic Symphony charts the parallel stories of the life of Havergal Brian and the dedicated team who aspire to mount a performance of his infamous symphony in Brisbane. At the core of this odyssey is Gary Thorpe who for over twenty-eight years has been pitching the idea to stage the massive symphony without success. Then there is John Curro, conductor of the Queensland Youth Orchestra who is challenged by the opportunity to stage big productions and wants a crack at the Gothic Symphony. And Alison Rogers a choral master who wants to prove herself despite there not being enough choristers in Brisbane for such a huge undertaking. And finally, Veronica Fury, who is gripped by the curse and crosses the line from film producer to entrepreneur caught up in the odyssey, seized by the sheer titanic scale of the task…
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony reveals the passion, the obsession, the incalculable scale required to stage a massive event that has eluded others for eighty years. Gripped by the challenge to bring off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds … failure is not an option. The curse must be broken.
All these films will be screening at a cinema near you from the 16th of May, 2012.