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Screen­ing first on Fri­day, June 15, and Sun­day, June 17, is the win­ner of the Palme d’Or 2017 from Swe­den, The Square (MA15+).

Claes Bang Chris­tian is a pres­ti­gious Stockholm mu­seum’s chief art cu­ra­tor.

He finds him­self in a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional cri­sis, as he at­tempts to set up a con­tro­ver­sial new ex­hibit called The Square, which re­minds passers-by of their role as re­spon­si­ble hu­man be­ings.

But as Chris­tian discovers, it is some­times dif­fi­cult to live up to your ideals.

The sec­ond film is also from Swe­den, Force Ma­jeure (M).

This wickedly funny and pre­cisely ob­served psy­chodrama tells the story of a model Swedish fam­ily — hand­some busi­ness man To­mas, wil­lowy Ebba and their two blond pre-teen chil­dren — on a ski­ing hol­i­day in the French Alps.

The sun is shin­ing and the slopes are spec­tac­u­lar, but an avalanche turns everything up­side down.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val 2018

Screen­ing on Satur­day, June 16, is the Swan­pool En­vi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val start­ing at 1 pm.

Three thought-pro­vok­ing films; Liv­ing in the Fu­tures Past, Paper Trail and Liv­ing the Change are screen­ing.

Highly re­garded speak­ers and an in­ter­ac­tive panel ses­sion are also part of the pro­gram.

For more de­tails see the Cinema web­site.

Af­ter­noon tea and din­ner are in­cluded with cater­ing by Swan­pool Cater­ing Team.

Tick­ets are just $30, but book­ings are es­sen­tial, so phone 0498 007 988.

Screen­ing on June 22, 23 and 24 is the thought-pro­vok­ing and funny, The Death Of Stalin (MA15+).

This au­da­cious, ir­rev­er­ent satire delves deep into the bow­els of Rus­sian pol­i­tics and picks off scabs.

When tyran­ni­cal Joseph Stalin dies in dic­ta­tor 1953, his par­a­sitic cronies square off in a fran­tic power strug­gle to be­come the next Soviet leader.

This clev­erly made Bri­tish made film is ul­ti­mately about char­ac­ter, and how hu­man na­ture can be twisted by the com­bi­na­tion of fear and greed.

The sec­ond film is de­scribed as, ‘‘a joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion of life’’ from France, Faces Places (G).

Renowned film maker Agne`s Varda and pho­tog­ra­pher JR form a de­light­ful cre­ative friend­ship through art as they work to­gether to shoot a film in ru­ral France.

Through chance en­coun­ters and pre­pared projects, they reach out to oth­ers, lis­ten­ing, pho­tograph­ing, and some­times putting peo­ple on posters.

Through­out the shoot Agnes and JR’s friend­ship de­vel­ops as they tease each other and laugh about their dif­fer­ences.

Af­ter­noon mati­nee

On June 29 at 1.30 pm there will be a Fri­day af­ter­noon mati­nee of Phan­tom Thread (M) star­ring Daniel Day-Lewis.

In 1954 London, renowned fash­ion de­signer Reynolds Wood­cock cre­ates dresses for mem­bers of high so­ci­ety.

His charisma and ge­nius are matched by his ob­ses­sive con­trol­ling per­son­al­ity.

Tick­ets are $10 af­ter­noon tea.

The open fire is alight at the Swan­pool Com­mu­nity Cinema and in­clude Candy bar for cinema go­ers to warm up by as they en­joy cof­fee or hot choco­late. Hot pas­tries can be or­dered for an in­ter­val snack and there are al­ways the de­li­cious hand­made choc-top ice-creams.

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

Af­ter­noon mati­nee: The Phan­tom Thread, star­ring Daniel Day Lewis, will screen at Swan­pool Cinema on June 29.

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