Be prepared to choose a side – because epic battles, political fugitives, culture clashes, race relations, and star-crossed lovers will be featuring at the ANU Film Group this week. As if real life wasn’t exciting enough!
• WED 27 SEP @ 7:30 PM: NERUDA
In the late 1940s, a police inspector (Gael García Bernal) sets out to hunt down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who has become a fugitive in his home country for joining the Communist Party, in this inventive biopic.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Chile **
• THU 28 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE BIG SICK
Kumail, a Pakistan-born comedian, and Emily, an American student, fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily falls into a coma, Kumail finds his competing worlds colliding as he is faced with meeting her parents for the first time in this acclaimed romantic comedy.
• FRI 29 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE DARK TOWER + BATTLE OF MEMORIES
A gunslinger (Idris Elba) embarks on a quest to find the mythical Dark Tower in an attempt to save his dying world – all while being pursued by his nemesis (Matthew McConaughey) in this long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s opus.
Then, in Chinese sci-fi thriller BATTLE OF MEMORIES (at approx. 9:15 PM), a man undergoes a procedure to erase memories of his failed marriage, but soon begins having unexplained recollections relating to a series of unsolved murders.
** Presented in partnership with Conflux: The Canberra Speculative Fiction Conference **
• SAT 30 SEP @ **7 PM**: VICEROY’S HOUSE + MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT
In VICEROY’s HOUSE, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of final Viceroy of India in 1947, charged with handing the country back to its people, and must contend with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Then, in MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT (at approx. 9 PM), a former slave working in a French circus in the late 1800s is taken in by an established performer. Together, they are catapulted into stardom and riches – until racism begins to drive them apart.
** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE DARK TOWER, VICEROY’s HOUSE **
WIN TICKETS TO ‘FINAL PORTRAIT’ – IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 5
Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to FINAL PORTRAIT, a new drama starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer.
The film follows the relationship between American art critic James Lord (Armie Hammer) and legendary Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), when Lord decides to sit for a portrait with his friend. He is unprepared, however, for the eccentric painter’s demanding intensity, and the experience tests their relationship to the core. Directed by Stanley Tucci, the film is a revealing insight into the beauty, frustration and, at times, chaos of the artistic process.
To find out more about the film, or to view its trailer, go to: http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/final-portrait
And for your chance to win one of ten in-season double passes to see FINAL PORTRAIT in cinemas, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, membership number (under the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Name one film on our Semester Two 2017 programme that Geoffrey Rush has appeared in.’
Entries close on WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at future ANUFG screenings. Good luck!