Stir­ring per­for­mances

Benalla Ensign - - Com­mu­ni­tyvoice -

Bril­liant per­for­mances are given by Emma Thomp­son and Bren­dan Glee­son in the first film of this week­end, Alone In Ber­lin (M).

This true story un­folds against the tu­mul­tuous back­drop of Ber­lin in 1940.

When Anna and Otto’s son is killed they start car­ry­ing out small acts of anti-Nazi sub­ver­sion.

Far from be­ing mere vic­tims, their small protests se­ri­ously un­set­tled the Nazi hi­er­ar­chy and the clos­ing scenes are a trib­ute to the power of two hu­man ‘‘grains of sand’’.

Poul­try lovers will en­joy the sec­ond film screen­ing, Chicken Peo­ple (PG).

Chicken may be just food for most peo­ple, but rais­ing the per­fect chicken is an all­con­sum­ing pas­sion for some.

Chicken Peo­ple doc­u­ments the colour­ful and hugely com­pet­i­tive world of cham­pion show chicken breed­ers.

There are many strug­gles and tri­umphs, hu­mans and their chick­ens, on the road to the Na­tional Poul­try Show.

These films will be shown on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, at 7 pm and on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, at 6 pm.

Screen­ing on Novem­ber 3, 4 and 5 is the de­light­ful Aus­tralian film, Ali's Wed­ding (M).

Af­ter a reck­less lie sets off a cat­a­strophic chain of events, Ali, the naive and mu­si­cally gifted son of a Mus­lim cleric, finds him­self caught be­tween his sense of duty to his fam­ily or fol­low­ing his heart with a Le­banese, Aus­tralian-born girl.

Based on real events, this ir­rev­er­ent, fun film won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award at the 2017 Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

The sec­ond film is a won­der­ful French drama/com­edy about a much-loved coun­try doc­tor who falls ill and must be re­placed, The Coun­try Doc­tor (M).

All of the in­hab­i­tants can count on Jean-Pierre, the doc­tor who cares for them and who re­as­sures them day and night, seven days a week.

Nathalie, a doc­tor new to the pro­fes­sion, comes to as­sist him, will she man­age?

Come along to a Fri­day morn­ing mati­nee of the en­ter­tain­ing Ali’s Wed­ding (M).

Tick­ets for just $10, in­clude tea/cof­fee and a bis­cuit be­fore the show from 10.30 am. The movie starts about 11 am.

A free screen­ing of An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth To Power (PG) by Al Gore is brought to us with the com­pli­ments of Swan­pool Land­care on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, at 7.30 pm.

As Al Gore trav­els and con­tin­ues his tire­less fight to in­flu­ence cli­mate pol­icy, he pur­sues the idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the per­ils of cli­mate change can be over­come with hu­man in­ge­nu­ity and pas­sion.

The Swan­pool vol­un­teers have been busy mak­ing their fa­mous choc-top ice-creams for the new sea­son.

The candy bar opens half an hour be­fore screen­ing and at in­ter­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.swan­pool­cin­ema.com.au or phone the cin­ema on (03) 5768 2415.

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