Tonight: City of God or maybe not…

I’ve been a little busy this past week hence I almost forgot to post about this week’s movie at CineClub, which is the awesome City of God (Cidade de Deus in Portuguese) from 2002. This was a well received movie back when it was released, even garnering 4 Oscar nominations. It still regularly features in the ever popular “best 100 films” lists.

As ever entry is FREE

PS: the student takeover was a success last week and around £80 was raised to help fund the victims of the Japanese tsunami. Thanks to everyone who took part and donated generously.

PPS: it turned out that the student who selected City of God as their movie didn’t turn up this week. It may be that they were thrown by the change to the running order following on from last week’s student take-over. We hastily threw what Latin American movies we had at hand in order not to turn away the attendees. The film screened ended up being Amores Perros

Change to the schedule (it’s for a good cause)

One of students here at Sunderland has suggested we try to raise some money to support the victims of the tsunami which struck Japan, by screening another Japanese movie and asking for a small donation from the attendees. As with my previous post, I urge you to donate whatever you can to the British Red Cross, who are able to get the cash to those support groups on the ground.

Back at CineClub, we’ve inserted a new movie into next week’s screening slot and, as a temporary measure, pushed all the others back a week to accommodate this (keep checking back for more info and confirmation via the Schedule tab above).  The movie in question will now be Battle Royale (Kinji Fukayama, 2000).  We’ve handed over the publicity to the students for this screening so I’ll have more info as and when they get back in touch.  In the mean time, here’s the trailer:

Love in Japan

Next week’s movie a powerhouse in cinema, Alan Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, France/Japan).

When Truffaut’s ‘Les 400 coups’ launched the French New Wave at the Cannes Festival in 1959, an equal impact was made by Resnais’ controversial and innovative film about a French actress in Hiroshima in a passionate relationship with a local man.

Simone de Beauvoir said it was the 1st time she’d seen ‘an adult womanin an adult relationship’ on the screen but the controversy also revolved around representing the aftermath of the nuclear bombing by the USA (who threatened to withdraw their entries to the festival) and the dark memories her experiences invoke.

Resnais’ background in documentary comes through in the amazing opening sequence and the other key difference with the ex-Cahiers critics’ New Wave films is that he worked from a script, by Nobel Prize-winning author Marguerite Duras.

Not many films retain their power 50 years on-this is one that does.

As ever, entry is free, but given the film’s Japanese setting and the recent disaster facing the country you are encouraged to make a donation via this link to help support the Japanese Red Cross (they are accepting donations via the UK Red Cross page).

Japan Tsunami Appeal:

A massive earthquake, the seventh largest recorded in history, struck the east coast of Japan on Friday 11 March.  The earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami which hit the east coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves, leaving a trail of destruction.

More than 2,000 people have died in the disaster and some 2,000 are injured. The number of confirmed dead is expected to rise to around 10,000. The earthquake triggered fires and caused severe damage to buildings, leaving 1.2 million homes without electricity and 1.4 million without water.

More than 500,000 people have been evacuated and are being housed in temporary centres set up in schools and public buildings where the Red Cross is distributing thousands of blankets.

The Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground since the disaster began, mobilising 85 teams, made up of around 700 doctors, nurses and support staff, to provide first aid and healthcare and assess the damage and needs of the communities affected.

If you can spare some money, please do so

CineClub away day

Next week’s CineClub is a break from the norm – we won’t be having a screening in the usual Wednesday 6pm slot. In fact, we will be taking the CineClub vibes on the road to one of out local independent cinemas – the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.  We’ll be hitting the cinema a day earlier than normal too – on Tuesday!

This year’s visit to the Tyneside is not to be missed. The Adjustment Bureau is an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story who also wrote the original stories for Blade Runner, Total Recall, Paycheck, and Minority Report. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in a film that has been described as ‘Inception Meets The Bourne Identity’. Screened in the luxurious, luscious, Classical Circle section of the Tyneside which includes (collective pause for breath) actual leg-room! NOT TO BE MISSED!

Naturally, our change of venue means that we’ll be breaking with our tradition of free entry, as we don’t own this venue! Get your penny jar raided and let us know if you can come along.  If you could leave a comment below or email Billy Proctor we’d appreciate it: billyproctor [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

We’ll be meeting outside of North Shore (aka Manor Quay/Campus MQ) at 5pm – this is on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peters, Sunderland.