Au­da­cious and ir­rev­er­ent

Benalla Ensign - - Community Voice -

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

This clev­erly made Bri­tish 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 en­coun­ters and chance 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.

Th­ese films will screen on Fri­day, June 22, and Satur­day, June 23, at 6 pmand on Sun­day, June 24, at 5 pm.

Fri­day 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 and in­clude af­ter­noon tea.

Com­ing soon

Screen­ing on the week­end of Satur­day, June 30, and Sun­day, July 1, is Phan­tom Thread (M) and Dark­est Hour (PG).

Star­ring in Dark­est Hour is Lily James, Gary Old­man and Ben Men­del­sohn.

Newly elected Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill must de­cide whether to ne­go­ti­ate with Hitler or fight for lib­erty and free­dom eight months into World War II.

With a scep­ti­cal king, an un­pre­pared pub­lic and his own party plot­ting against him, Churchill must en­dure his dark­est hour and rally the na­tion.

St Kilda Film Fes­ti­val

This year’s St Kilda Film Fes­ti­val will be held on Satur­day, July 7.

Proudly pre­sented and pro­duced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Fes­ti­val sup­ports the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try by turn­ing the spot­light on a wide range of fas­ci­nat­ing works that may not oth­er­wise see the light of day.

Come and see ex­cep­tional films by emerg­ing artists on the big screen at Swan­pool.

There will be two ses­sions with an in­ter­mis­sion start­ing at 7 pm. Nor­mal ticket prices ap­ply.

The hard­work­ing Swan­pool Cin­ema vol­un­teers will have a Win­ter break af­ter Satur­day, July 7, with screen­ings start­ing again on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

Swan­pool Com­mu­nity Cin­ema Candy bar opens half an hour be­fore screen­ing time for cin­ema­go­ers to en­joy the open fire and real 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 de­tails, visit www.swan­pool­cin­ema.com.au or phone the cin­ema on (03) 5768 2415.

●Win­ter break

Thought-pro­vok­ing and funny: Der­mot Crow­ley, Paul White­house, Steve Buscemi, Jef­frey Tam­bor and Paul Chahidi in a scene from The Death of Stalin.

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