This week at the ANU Film Group, catch a double feature of powerful films starring actress Rooney Mara, Annette Bening’s latest celebrated performance, an Australian-German psychological thriller, an Oscar-nominated Danish war film, and an acclaimed Japanese anime film.
• TUE 5 SEP @ 7:30 PM: LAND OF MINE
In the aftermath of World War II, a group of young German prisoners of war are forced to clear Denmark's beaches of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark **
• THU 7 SEP @ 7:30 PM: A SILENT VOICE
A young girl with impaired hearing transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates until she is forced to leave. Shortly after, the male student primarily responsible for her bullying finds himself ostracised – and years later, sets himself on a path to redemption.
** Presented in partnership with the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific **
• FRI 8 SEP @ 7:30 PM: UNA + A GHOST STORY
When she was a teenager, Una (Rooney Mara) ran away with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn), a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. Fifteen years later, she tracks him down at his place of employment looking for answers about their shared past and relationship.
Then, in A GHOST STORY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a recently deceased man (Case Affleck) returns in the form of a white-sheeted ghost to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereaved wife (Rooney Mara) in this poetic mediation on love, loss, memory and time.
• SAT 9 SEP @ **7 PM**: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN + BERLIN SYNDROME
During the summer of 1979, a single mother (Annette Bening) enlists her tenants – a quirky photographer, a mellow handyman, and her son’s shrewd best friend – to serve as role models for her teenage son in a changing world. Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay in 2017.
Then, in BERLIN SYNDROME (at approx. 9 PM), while holidaying in Berlin, an Australian photographer (Teresa Palmer) meets and falls for a charismatic local man. But what appears to be the start of a romance takes an unexpected turn when she discovers he has no intention of letting her go.