The blog and the Community

Hi all !!
Welcome to the Cinema-Club blog. We have decided to open this as our own web space and to invite all of you to participate actively in the organisation of the Welcoming Cinema Club.
You can enter and add all your opinions about the viewed movies and also make suggestions for the forthcoming. We hope that you will take the best out of it !!
See you at the screenings!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

1st of September "Betty Blue" (France, 1986)

"Betty Blue" with the original French title of 37°2 le matin, which means "37.2°C in the Morning" is a social drama of a couple. Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty walks into his life, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss they leave and Betty manages to get a job at a restaurant. She persuades Zorg to try and get one of his books published but it is rejected which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly Betty's wild manners starts to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Can his love prevail even if it comes to the worst?

The film received both a BAFTA and Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986, as well as winning a César Award for Best Poster. In 1992 it was awarded the Golden Space Needle of the Seattle International Film Festival.
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Writers: Philippe Djian (novel), Jean-Jacques Beineix
Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle and Gérard Darmo

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

25th of August "Princess Mononke" (Japan, 1997)

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) was directed by Japan's world renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki. It was released in 1997 to widespread critical acclaim.

Set in Japan's Muromachi period (1336-1573), the film's central dynamic revolves around the relationships between: Ashitaka, a prince from a small indigenous tribe; San, a forest dwelling young woman who was been raised by a wolf god; and Lady Eboshi, the leader of an iron smelting town. Ashitaka's role is as an intermediary between the natural world of the forest, championed by San, and the encroaching world of man, championed by Lady Eboshi.
By the end of the film, the viewer is left to reflect on what it is like to live as an individual in a world that is morally ambiguous, with no positions being clearly differentiated as 'right' or 'wrong'.
This film will be hosted by The Japanese Institute of Scotland Film Group and is part of the coming event, "Cheer Up Japan", on 27th of August. For more information check here.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

18th of August "Carlos the Jackal" (France/Germany 2011)

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. He is better known as Carlos the Jackal (born on October 12, 1949), a Venezuelan convicted of murder in France who has worked with and for causes associated with communists, Arab nationalists and Islamists. He is serving a life sentence in prison.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

11th of August "The Triplets of Belleville" (France, 2003)

 The Triplets of Belleville (French: Les Triplettes de Belleville) is a 2003 animated adventure film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. It was released as Belleville Rendez-vous in the United Kingdom. The film is Chomet's first feature film and was an international co-production between companies in France, the United Kingdom, United States, Belgium and Canada.

The story focuses on Madame Souza, an elderly woman raising her young grandson, Champion. Souza notices her grandson is sad and lonely so she buys him a puppy named Bruno to cheer him up. Although he is initially happy, he quickly becomes melancholic once again. After discovering that Champion has a keen interest in road bicycle racing, because it is implied that Champion's deceased parents were bicyclists, she buys him a tricycle. Years later, Champion becomes a professional cyclist with Souza as his coach.
Eventually, Champion enters the Tour de France but during the race, he and two other riders are kidnapped by two French mafia henchmen and brought to a bustling metropolis in North America ...

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Writer: Sylvain Chomet
Stars:Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda and Michel Robin
For more information click here.

Monday, 1 August 2011

4th of August "The Wedding'' (Poland, 2004)

Director Wojciech Smarzowski's nutty black comedy The Wedding plunges into shenanigans that transpire when two Poles,groom Janusz and bride Kaska, decide to tie the knot.The day is beset with outrageous and occasionally violent complications,including fingers chopped off, exploding toilets, illicit sexual encounters, and several deaths. It is then capped off by an even more absurd and over-the-top event, when Kaska's well-to-do father gives the bride and groom a new Audi as a wedding present-that just happens to come with a few messy strings.

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski
Writer: Wojciech Smarzowski
Stars:Tamara Arciuch, Andrzej Beja-Zaborski and Iwona Bielska

The director won the Eagle at the Polish Film Awards, the East of West Award - Special Mention at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Youth Jury Award - Special Mention at Locarno International Film Festival, while as writer he won the Best Script award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Marian Dziedziel (Wojnar) won the Audience Award and the Eagle at the Polish Film Awards.
For more click here.