Screening: Code Unknown (20th March 2013, 5pm)

This week we bring you Juliette Binoche in what I can only describe as a rather cerebral movie. Star Trek this is not… However, it is a Cannes award winning (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury) film.

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Michael Haneke, now an Oscar-winning director with Amour, amazed and perplexed critics and audiences in equal measure with this film, Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (or to use it’s original title, Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages). The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw described it as ‘one of the most uncompromisingly difficult and challenging of the year’

The film features several different storylines, all of which intersect periodically throughout the film. The ‘code’ of the title may refer to the alienated, wandering characters who seem unable to decide how to interact with each other and life itself. It could also refer to the codes of film making. What can we really ‘know’ about people whose lives are presented to us on screen?

Don’t expect any traditional form of narrative closure. Haneke has made a career out of being abstract and oblique. But he’s also one the world’s preeminent film-makers so don’t miss the chance to see one of the greatest living directors lesser-seen films on the big screen.

Check out the trailer below:

 

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 20th March 2013

Screening: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (13th March 2013, 5pm)

In a change to the scheduled running order Cineclub seems to have dropped the bizarre Park Chan-Wook film Bakjwi/Thirst in favour of a timely science-fiction announcement. In case you’ve missed the recent news, J.J. Abrahms released some new trailers for the upcoming Star Trek film, Into Darkness. This is the second Star Trek film in what’s been called his franchise reboot, so it makes perfect sense to honour that announcement with a screening of the fan-favourite second instalment in the original film series Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Into Darkness teaser #1:

Into Darkness teaser #2

Rumor has it that Khan will return in this version – can you spot him?

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Anyway, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan sees Kirk, Spock and company take on an old foe from a 1960s TV series (‘Space Seed’) in the guise of the genetically enhanced Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban). It is also notable for featuring one of the first scenes made completely from computer generated imagery.

This was a box office hit, taking close to $100 million when it was originally released and helped reignite interest in the franchise – mainly due to the fateful conclusion… It went on to win two Saturn awards for best director and best actor (for William Shatner!), and was generally well-received by fans and critics alike.

This is quite a pacy little space romp with some truly memorable moments. Let’s just say that if you were a child when you saw this, you might have had recurring nightmares involving earwigs and ears…

Check out the original cinematic trailer below:

Here’s the Blu-ray trailer

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 13th March 2013

Screening: A Prophet (6th March 2013, 5pm)

Hells bells! Looks like I totally forgot to promote last week’s film (Beast of the Southern Wild). I almost forgot to post about this week’s film too! What a travesty that would be as it’s a corker.a prophet

A Prophet charts the journey through adult prison of teenage petty criminal Malik. He comes to the attention of Corsican gangster boss César, a brilliantly menacing performance from Niels Arestrup.

From the quaking peril of his 1st days through a stunning transformation as his prison career evolves, newcomer Tahar Rahim is mesmerising throughout and Audiard has constructed a gripping thriller with much to ponder about identity, ethnicity and power in modern France.

It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards and went on to win the BAFTA for best film not in English amongst many other accolades

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 6th March 2013