Looe Film Society releases new season of films for 2008/09

Looe Film Society programmeLooe Film Society have just released their latest season of films via their free leaflet and brand new website www.looefilmsociety.org.uk

Films this season include:

  1. The Lives of Others
  2. Michael Clayton
  3. Persepolis
  4. Mamma Mia!
  5. The Rules of the Game
  6. Happy-Go-Lucky
  7. Abouna

Looe Film Society’s latest season of films kicks off on October 6th 2008 with The Lives of Others, a powerful psychological thriller about the secret police in East Germany.

This sums up quite nicely the type of film that the society, now in it fourth season of films, prides itself in showing. With the occasional blockbuster (Mamma Mia!) film interspersed with slightly more ‘off-the-wall’ titles, Looe Film Society is gaining recognition for choosing intelligent and stimulating movies not usually seen in mainstream cinema.

Below is a list of this season’s films (seven in all) and we will follow this up with some fabulous news about the society and how they have managed to raise thousands of pounds of funding towards improving the cinema facilities for local people in Looe and surrounding areas. Enjoy.

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others6 October 2008
Germany, 2007.
137 minutes.
In German with subtitles.
Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Muhe

A powerful psychological thriller that shows the world of the secret police in former East Germany and the atmosphere of corruption that surrounds it. Agent Wiesler spies on a playwright and his mistress, but is drawn into their lives and has to make a difficult choice between saving his own career and protecting the couple. Awarded ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the Oscars.

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton3 November 2008
USA, 2007.
119 minutes.
Dir. Tony Gilroy.
Starring: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

Lawyer Michael Clayton is a New York ‘fixer’ who clears up complex or dirty cases on behalf of corporate clients. Though tired of his job, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. A multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit sees him facing the biggest challenge of his career and his life. A gripping thriller with a great performance from George Clooney as the eponymous hero.

Persepolis24 November 2008
France, 2008.
95 minutes.
In French with subtitles.
Dir. Vincent Parronaud, Marjane Satrapi.
Starring: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve

An elegant and simple animation. This is the poignant coming of age story of Marjane, a precocious young Iranian girl, which begins during the Islamic revolution. With Marjane dangerously refusing to remain silent, her parents send her to Vienna to study for a better life. A new culture provides its own challenges and the young woman must decide where she truly belongs.
Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia15 December 2008
UK/USA, 2008.
108 minutes.
Dir. Phyllida Lloyd.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters

The big screen version of the long-running West End musical based around the songs of Abba. A bride-to-be is planning the wedding of a lifetime but she must first find out who is her real father. This romantic feel-good musical comedy is set to the backdrop of a beautiful Greek Island. Lots of fun.
The Rules of the Game (La Règle du Jeu)

The Rules of the Game12 January 2009
France, 1939.
110 minutes.
In French with subtitles.
Dir. Jean Renoir.
Starring: Nora Gregor, Roland Toutain

Director Jean Renoir’s look at life in France at the onset of World War II. An assorted cast of characters – the rich and their poor servants – meet up at a chateau for a party. As the guests arrive, their cordial greetings hide their real feelings, along with their secrets. The film veers from melodrama to farce, and comedy to tragedy to depict a society obsessed with class. Sophisticated and often funny, this film was recently voted by critics one of the greatest films of all time.

Happy Go Lucky2 February 2009
UK, 2008.
118 minutes.
Dir. Mike Leigh.
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

After his gritty Vera Drake, this has been billed as Mike Leigh’s ‘happy film’. Poppy is a thirty-year-old Primary School teacher in London with great friends, a job she loves and a full life. We watch her confront the harsh realities of life and deal with them head-on, never losing her sense of humour. Another thought-provoking and engaging look at life from Mike Leigh.

Abouna23 February 2009
France, 2002.
84 minutes.
In French/Arabic with subtitles.
Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
Starring: Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid

Set in Chad, North Africa, amongst a landscape of vivid colours and with a soundtrack of haunting guitar music, this film tells the story of Tahir and Amine, two brothers whose lives are in turmoil after their father deserts them. The search for their father eventually leads to an affecting and uplifting family reconciliation. A gentle and artistic film about love and loss.

Visit their website for more information: www.looefilmsociety.org.uk

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