Sulan Film Society presents Beginners on Monday September 26th @ 8.30 pm.
Dir: Mike Mills USA 2011 105 mins Cert: 15A
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic and Kai Lennox
From Mike Mills, the writer/director of Thumbsucker, comes a new comedic drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even in its most serious moments. Beginners unfolds through two intertwined storylines of Oliver and his father, Hal: in the present day, Oliver grudgingly attends a Halloween party where he meets Anna, an alluring French actress. But even as their budding courtship progresses, Oliver finds himself constantly dwelling upon his recently deceased father's last years. At the age of 75, shortly after the death of his wife, Oliver's father Hal came out of the closet. Disregarding his advanced years and a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Hal gleefully embraced his senior bon vivant lifestyle: hitting the clubs, buying a new wardrobe, and, eventually, dating a new boyfriend half his age. Throughout the film, these two narrative strands subtly illuminate each other, as Oliver strives to reconcile his father's exemplary lessons on hope, courage, and romance to his own cloistered life. Drawing upon autobiographical events, Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love. - Seattle International Film Festival 2011
Monday October 10th @ 8.30 pm
Dir: Denis Villeneuve Canada, France 2010 130 mins Cert: CLUB
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard
Language: French, Arabic
A striking adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's stage play, this intimate epic interweaves the personal, the political and the mythical to gripping effect.
Following the death of their Arabic mother, Nawal (Lubna Azabal), adult Canadian twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) find themselves in her homeland, searching for a father they presumed was dead.
Expertly shifting between present and past , writer-director Denis Villeneuve displays an impressive command of his material, patiently building up to an emotionally explosive climax. - Tom Dawson / Total Film
Monday October 24th @ 8.30 pm
Dir: François Ozon France 2010 103 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jeremie Renier, Judith Godreche
Sainte-Gudule, northern France, 1977: Suzanne is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol, who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and "trophy wife". When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated... - Venice International Film Festival 2010
Monday November 7th @ 8.30 pm
Dir: Semih Kaplanoglu Germany/Turkey 2010 103 Cert: CLUB
Starring: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay
From the complicated relationship between a child and his mother to the story of a child and his father. The final part of the trilogy arrives at Yusuf's childhood although the sense of time and place is deliberately distorted as dream sequences converge with reality in six-year-old Yusuf's story. As he goes through the trauma of beginning school, he refuses to talk and dreams are his only way to communicate. Young Bora Alta? is remarkable as Yusuf and there is some superlative photography by Bar?? Özbiçer. Set in the remote and undeveloped eastern Black Sea region, BAL is a beautiful meditation on familial love and the mysteries of nature. - 16th London Turkish Film Festival 2010
Winner - Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2010
Monday November 21 @ 8.30 pm
In a Better World
Dir: Susanna Bier Denmark 2010 119 mins Cert: TBC
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen, Markus Rygaard