Antichrist (2nd November)

This unsettling and uncompromising thriller from Danish provocateur, Lars Von Trier, polarised audiences at the Cannes film festival and a reported four people fainted during the screening due to the explicit depiction of violent imagery. Von Trier went a step further this year at Cannes by referring to himself as a Nazi in a spectacularly bad joke that resulted in him being rendered persona non grata. The film he was showing, Melancholia, has become one of his most successful.

The narrative of Antichrist follows Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who won the Cannes best actor award for her performance) as they attempt to deal with their grief due to the recent death of their infant child. The Danish newspaper Politiken called it “a grotesque masterpiece,” giving it a perfect score and praised it for being completely unconventional while at the same time being a profoundly serious, very personal … piece of art about small things like sorrow, death, sex and the meaninglessness of everything.”

Check out the trailer:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207, 5pm, 2nd November 2011

Nói Albínói (Noi the Albino) (26th October)

We have a bit of a curve ball coming up on Wednesday. It’s a curve ball mainly because I’m not sure who picked the film and whether or not they’ve written anything about the film in order to promote it ahead of the screening. Yes, I tend to cut and paste most of the blurb you find here from the promo posters.

This Icelandic movie, Nói Albínói (2002, Dagur Kari) was well received when it was released and picked up a number of awards on the festival circuit. Kari was on a roll following the production of his graduate film, Lost Weekend, which won 11 international prizes.  His feature debut won even more…

Set in an isolated fjord during the dead of winter, teenager Noi (Tomas Lemarquis) is stuck living with his grandma Lina (Anna Fridriksdottir). His mother is gone and his father, Kiddi (Throstur Leo Gunnarsson), is busy battling alcoholism. Despite his obvious intelligence, Noi gets expelled from school for cutting class and setting up clever pranks. With little to do in the frozen wilderness, he eventually meets gas station attendant Iris (Elin Hansdottir) and the two start a gentle romance. Noi then gets the idea to rob the town bank and take off with Iris, but it doesn’t work out as planned…

Trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207, 5pm, 26th October 2011

The Long Good Friday (19th October)

“What I’m looking for is someone who can contribute to what England has given to the world: culture, sophistication, genius. A little bit more than a hot dog, know what I mean?”

We’ve got a classic British gangster film for you next on CineClub. Forget your mockney gangster films inspired by Guy Ritchie and the ilk – this one is the real deal. It’s set against the back drop of an ageing gangster attempting to go straight when a business opportunity to redevelop the London docklands for a coming Olympic Games brings the American mafia into play – fitting given 2012 will host said games next year.

Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren star. The Long Good Friday is the best British Gangster film ever made as well as a potent political commentary about Western capitalism (with explosions). It was voted at number 21 in the British Film Institute‘s list of the top 100 British films of the 20th century, and provided Bob Hoskins with his breakthrough film role.  You’d be a Muppet to miss it.

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207, 5pm, 19th October 2011

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (12th October, 5pm)

Coming up this week tomorrow the second in the original series of Apes sequels, Escape From The Planet of The Apes finds an interesting way of varying the ape-human conflict by reversing the power-structure and bringing ape astronauts to 20th Century USA.

Made in 1971, you won’t find any CGI and this isn’t a film full of battles and conquest, instead it focuses on the key dramatic question of how human society will cope (or not) with talking chimpanzees.

At the end of the second film, the futuristic world colonized by simians was destroyed, but apes Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter) were able to escape in the space vessel left behind by 20th century astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston). Cornelius and Zira pass through another time warp, finding themselves in the Earth of the 1970s.

In playing out that central drama, it is at times very funny, moving and, as in all of the Apes films provocatively raises questions about ideas and power in society.

If you saw the excellent reboot of the Apes series this summer, there should be plenty to interest you in this one. If you didn’t, there still is! Trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207, 5pm, 12th October 2011

Martyrs (5th October, 5pm)

The movie this week is Martyrs (2008, Pascal Laughier), a French-Canadian film that, as the poster below suggests, ‘makes Saw look like Sesame Street’. And make no mistake about it; if you are of a squeamish disposition, then I suggest you give this one a miss. Forget US/UK horror, this one cuts right to the bone!

 The film begins as a young girl, Lucy, escapes from a disused abattoir where she has been held prisoner and abused. Fifteen years later, Lucy returns to enact her revenge. Thus begins a tortured path into a dark, nihilistic world where the upper echelons of society seek to uncover the true meaning of God.

Part of the 21st century ‘New French Extremism‘ cycle of films – also described as the French New Wave of Horror. This is a bleak and uncompromising as it gets: an intelligent work of extreme art. Come along and experience it on the big screen.

That is, if you dare….  Get your eyeballs on the trailer:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207, 5pm, 5th October 2011