Around the world in five movies

La Jalousie (Jealousy)

La Jalousie (Jealousy) - Credit: Archant

The Roses Theatre is well underway with its Autumn film programme, which runs from September to October. One of the main areas of their extensive line-up is World Cinema, and below is a selection of films that have been handpicked as the very best foreign films of the season.

As winner of the cinematography award at the Sundance film festival 2014, Lilting (Friday September 19 7:30pm) is a story of love, and a friendship which transcends language and culture barriers. In this tender chamber piece, Cambodian-Chinese Junn, who speaks no English, forms a friendship with the flat mate of her recently deceased son, and with the help of a translator they share memories of the man they both knew.

Wakolda (The German Doctor) (Monday September 22 7:30pm) set in Patagonia, is a true story that follows a family who welcome a charismatic German man into their home and their hearts, not knowing that he is notorious war criminal Joseph Mengele. This is a gripping drama with a captivating performance from Florcencia Bado as the 12-year-old girl Mengele takes a chilling, obsessive interest in.

Grand Central (Wednesday September 24 7:30pm) brings back actress Lea Seydoux to The Roses’ screen after the 2013 hit Blue Is The Warmest Colour. The twin dangers of radiation sickness and forbidden love lead an employee of a nuclear power plant towards an emotional meltdown in this intoxicating French drama.

In Two Days, One Night (Saturday October 4 7:30pm) Belgium’s Dardenne brothers return with another engrossing slice of social realism. Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard portrays a woman who has one weekend to visit each of her workmates and convince them to relinquish their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Masterfully scripted and directed, this simple premise plays as a compelling modern day morality tale.

Art imitates life in the intimate semi autobiographical drama, Jealousy (Tuesday October 7 6:30pm). Shot in widescreen monochrome, it focuses on an actor who leaves his wife and daughter for an actress. Director Philippe Garrel cast his own son Louis as the adulterous husband, a role that is in fact based on Garrel’s own father.

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For more information or to book seats for these films, ring The Roses Theatre box office on 01684 295074 or go to The Roses website www.rosestheatre.org

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