|Films that have been shown in 2018.|
Babette’s Feast (1987, 103 Minutes) – The film begins in the year 1870, during the time of the Franco-Prussian War. On the desolate coast of Denmark live two sisters of a devout clergyman who preaches salvation through self-denial. Both girls sacrifice youthful passion to faith and duty, and even after their father’s death; they keep his austere teachings alive among the townspeople. But with the arrival of Babette, a mysterious refugee from the radical socialist government that ruled Paris. life for the sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Soon, Babette has convinced them to try something truly outrageous- a French feast! Babette’s extraordinary gifts as a Chef de Cuisine and a true connoisseur, so characteristically French, breaks the towns distrust and superstitions, elevating them not only physically but spiritually. Old wrongs are forgotten, ancient loves are rekindled, and a mystical redemption of the human spirit settles over the dinner table. The film is in Danish, with English subtitles.
LOVING VINCENT (2017, 94 Minutes) – On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. ‘Loving Vincent’ tells that story
BEING THERE (1979) – Hailed as a genius for his simplistic approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident, into the game of politics. The man is soon presented as a possible Presidential candidate although no one knows his true background.
MOONLIGHT (2016, 111 Minutes) – A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles three defining chapters in the life of a young black man growing up in a rough area of Miami. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Moonlight is a profoundly moving portrayal of the moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are. Oscar for Best Picture 2017.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) – Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama with elements of film noir. It stars Tyrone Power (in his final screen role), Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton, with Elsa Lanchester in a supporting role. Set in the Old Bailey in London, the picture is based on the play of the same name by Agatha Christie and deals with the trial of a man accused of murder.
THE INTOUCHABLES (2010) – This French language film (with subtitles) is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables broke box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.
ANONYMOUS (2011) – Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
THE HOLLOW CROWN and THE WARS OF THE ROSES
This Shakespeare Mini Film Festival featured seven BBC produced films of William Shakespeare’s plays of the same names: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1,
Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, Richard III.
BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) – Yesterday strangers, today inseparable soulmates. But separate they must in just a few hours. Jesse and Celine are making every moment count, pouring as much living as they can into the time before sunrise.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) – Beginning in Chicago on 14 February 1929 two struggling musicians witness the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress and join an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can’t tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take “No,” for an answer.
STILL ALICE (2014) – Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) – After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. The consensus of film critics is that David Lynch’s dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmerising performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
LA LA LAND (2016) – LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) – This ALFRED HITCHCOCK classic is about a psychotic socialite who confronts a professional tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder – a theory that he plans to implement.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) – The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
GALLIPOLI (1981) – Gallipoli tells the tale of two young soldiers, Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson). Each competitive runners, their initial rivalry soon transforms into a close friendship – or, rather, mateship. They each join the Anzacs, but Peter Weir, the director, luxuriates in the daily details of their lives rather than rushing into battle. We watch as they train in sands of Cairo, as they swim in the seas of Gallipoli and, ultimately, as Archy is cut down by Turkish gunfire sprinting towards the enemy’s trenches. It is a story of mateship, of tragedy, of a young nation and the young men who sacrificed their lives in its name.
MY LEFT FOOT (1989) – This is the true story of Christy Brown, born into a large, poor, loving family in a Dublin slum and considered for the first 10 years of his life to be hopelessly retarded. He was born with cerebral palsy, and his entire body was in revolt against him – all except the left foot, with which one day he picked up a piece of chalk and wrote a word on the floor. Everyone was amazed except for Christy’s mother, who had always believed he knew what was going on. She could see it in his eyes.
DIVA (1981) – Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
SECRETS & LIES (1996) – A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone’s secrets are exposed.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010) – Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
LION (2016) – A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
THE CONFORMIST (1970) – A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000) – In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992) – A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.
LUST CAUTION (2007) – During World War II, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.