Escape the rain and chilly weather this week at the ANU Film Group with films that will take you away from dreary Canberra and transport you around the world: from Japan (DRIVE MY CAR) to New Zealand (COUSINS) to Mexico (BOOK OF LOVE), 14th century France (THE LAST DUEL) and even a not-too-distant future where we all interact using robots (RON’S GONE WRONG).
And in case an acclaimed Kiwi film wasn’t enough, the New Zealand High Commission will also be giving out complimentary cups of New Zealand Natural ice cream prior to our screening of COUSINS on Thursday. First in, best dressed!
• WED 6 APR @ 7:30 PM: BOOK OF LOVE (M, 106 MINS)
An English writer (Sam Claflin) is delighted to learn his book has become a surprise hit in Mexico but when he is invited there to promote it, he quickly discovers why: the publisher’s Spanish translator has rewritten his dull novel into an erotic tale.
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico
• THU 7 APR @ 7:30 PM: COUSINS (M, 98 MINS)
Bound by blood but separated by circumstance, three Māori cousins spend a lifetime searching for each other after one of them is taken from her family as a child and raised in an orphanage, in this powerful, decades-spanning Kiwi drama.
Presented in partnership with the New Zealand High Commission
• FRI 8 APR @ 7:30 PM: DRIVE MY CAR (MA, 179 MINS)
Still grappling with the recent loss of his wife, a theatre director accepts an offer to stage a play at a festival in Hiroshima, where he finds his life changed by the young woman appointed to drive his car, in this highly-lauded Japanese Oscar winner for Best International Film.
• SAT 9 APR @ **5 PM**: RON’S GONE WRONG (PG, 107 MINS)
In a world where children exclusively socialise through walking, talking, digitally-connected robots, a socially-awkward schoolboy discovers that his malfunctioning robot buddy doesn't quite work the same as the others do.
• SAT 9 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE LAST DUEL (MA, 153 mins)
In 14th century France, a noblewoman (Jodie Comer) accuses a squire (Adam Driver) of raping her – an outspoken act of bravery which forces her husband (Matt Damon) to challenge their former friend to a judicial duel to the death. Directed by Ridley Scott.