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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2015

4:30pm Sunday March 29
LIVING IS EASY ( WITH EYES CLOSED)
SPAIN (M) 108mins

Inspired by true events, writer/director David Trueba’s multi award-winning box office smash LIVING IS EASY (WITH EYES CLOSED) is a buoyant and heartfelt comedy set in conservative, Franco-era Spain, about a free-spirited English teacher’s quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, and the inspirational effect he has on two young people who share in the journey.

It’s 1966: Dedicated schoolteacher Antonio (portrayed by the brilliant Javier Cámara) is an obsessive Beatles fan – a passion that carries through to his classroom where he uses the lyrics from “Help!” to teach his pupils English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming Richard Lester’s absurdist comedy How I Won the War on the other side of the country, Antonio drops everything and sets out in in his tiny Fiat to find the production’s location, hoping Lennon can help him understand the lyrics to the newly released Revolver LP.

En route, Antonio adopts two hitchhiking runaways: Juanjo (Francesc Colomer), a 16-year-old boy fleeing his disciplinarian father, and Belén (Natalia de Molina), 20 years old, single and pregnant, heading home to face her mother. Together the trio travels across the sun-drenched Spanish landscape and learn more about each other – and themselves – than any had expected.

Fuelled by the affecting backbeat of surging Beatles euphoria, and accompanied by a glorious, award-winning original score by the legendary Pat Metheny, this funny and deeply affecting film is both a farewell to an era of repression and a welcome to a new age, capturing the spirit of both the ‘60s and of a nation aspiring to a better future.

 

4:30pm Sunday March 22
FOLIES BERGERE
FRANCE (M) 100mins

The fabulous Isabelle Huppert leads an exceptional cast in the wonderfully charming and poignant new romance from writer-director Marc Fitoussi.

Long married 50-somethings Brigitte (Huppert) and Xavier (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) are prize cattle breeders in regional France. Life is good, but the departure of their children from home has thrown Brigitte’s world into flux, as she finds herself locked into routine. She keeps hoping for something else, something more.

A party held by students on the adjoining property accelerates this latent crisis and Brigitte impulsively sets off for Paris under the guise of a doctor’s appointment. The city immediately invigorates her, and when she meets a charming Danish gentleman (Michael Nyqvist, As It Is In Heaven, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), she impulsively allows herself to be flattered by his attentions...

Beautifully performed by the central leads but also expertly supported by Marina Foïs, Audrey Dana, Pio Marmaï, Clément Métayer and Anaïs Demoustier, FOLIES BERGÈRE is a deliciously appealing fable about the choices of everyday life, and a reminder that it’s never too late to change.

 

OF HORSES AND MEN

4:30pm Sunday February 15
OF HORSES AND MEN
ICELAND (M) 80mins

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become intertwined with enormous consequences. The fortunes of people in the countryside as seen through the eyes of horses.

The man loves the woman and the woman loves the man but the man is in love with his most prized possession, the mare, and the mare is obsessed with the stallion.

In a remote valley in Iceland where neighbors follow each other closely, the couple’s first official visit is closely monitored.
Spring is coming and with it, the dangerous force of nature.
This can not end well.

Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences for the whole community. We follow the fortune of people through the horses’ perception.

WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR San Sebastion and Tokyo International Film Festivals.

100% ROTTEN TOMATOES

BABADOOK

8:30pm Friday February 13
THE BABADOOK
AU(M) 92mins

Single mother Amelia (Essie Davis), plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's Samuel (Noah Wiseman) fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Review by Louise Keller:
Creepy from the outset, Jennifer Kent's debut horror thriller has plenty going for it, from the unsettling mood created to a standout performance by Australian actress Essie Davis. The beauty of Kent's screenplay is its simplicity, relying on the elements and the characters' response to them. Life is not always as it seems, says Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a six year old boy with bad dreams and behavioural problems, whose mother (Davis) is finding it hard to cope, since the death of her husband. While Kent uses all the tools of the trade to create a chilling, claustrophobic atmosphere, none of it feels contrived or predictable. It's a darned good chill...

URBAN CINEFILE

 

JIMMY'S HALL

4:30pm Sunday February 1
JIMMY'S HALL
UK/IRE (M) 106mins

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy's Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers.

The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall. The film is freely inspired by Jimmy’s life and the turbulent times in Ireland.

'Jimmy’s Hall works beautifully both as political polemic and as straightforward entertainment; after a bit of a slow start we quickly become invested in these well-rounded characters, all of whom benefit from naturalistic, intelligent performances from the cast and a sure-footed technical confidence that finds the cinematic beauty in the Irish countryside.'
- read David James' full review.

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