Bit­ter­sweet and funny tale

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

Swan­pool Com­mu­nity Cin­ema has started its new sea­son with an­other in­ter­est­ing va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar, Euro­pean and art house films.

The reg­u­lar Swan­pool Cin­ema value deal of a dou­ble fea­ture will be screen­ing this Satur­day and Sun­day.

Screen­ing first is the film that won the French film Academy’s Ce´sar Award for Best For­eign Film.

Love­less (MA), is the story of an es­tranged Rus­sian cou­ple who are go­ing through a bru­tal di­vorce.

Both have new part­ners and are im­pa­tient to turn the page — even if it means threat­en­ing to aban­don their 12-year-old son Alyosha.

Ev­ery­thing changes when Alyosha dis­ap­pears af­ter wit­ness­ing one of their fights.

Screen­ing sec­ond is The Other Side Of Hope (M), a film from Fin­land.

A bit­ter­sweet and gravely funny tale of hu­man kind­ness in the face of of­fi­cial in­dif­fer­ence.

Dis­placed Syr­ian Kha­lad lands in Helsinki as a stow­away.

Mid­dle-aged sales­man Wik­strom leaves be­hind his wife and job to buy an un­prof­itable seafood restau­rant.

Af­ter Khaled is de­nied asy­lum, he de­cides not to re­turn to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross for­tu­itously.

Both films will be screened on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, at 6 pm and on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16, at 5 pm.

Screen­ing on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21, as an af­ter­noon mati­nee and in the evenings of Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 22 and 23, is the re­cently re­leased Aus­tralian film ver­sion of the Tim Win­ton novel, Breath (M).

Breath is an au­then­tic comin­gof-age drama, set in the 1970s, in a re­mote cor­ner of the West­ern Aus­tralian coast.

Two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, are hun­gry for dis­cov­ery.

The pair form an un­likely friend­ship with Sando, a mys­te­ri­ous older surfer and ad­ven­turer who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a last­ing and pro­found im­pact on their lives.

Screen­ing sec­ond is the UK/ Ire­land/USA film, Dis­obe­di­ence (MA), star­ring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Cara Hor­gan.

New York pho­tog­ra­pher Ronit Krushka flies to London af­ter learn­ing about the death of her es­tranged fa­ther.

Ronit is re­turn­ing to the same Ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity that shunned her decades ear­lier for her child­hood at­trac­tion to Esti, a fe­male friend.

Their for­tu­itous and happy re­union reignites their burn­ing pas­sion as the two women ex­plore bound­aries of faith and sex­u­al­ity.

The ex­cit­ing new pro­gram of films in­cludes a haunt­ing and spell­bind­ing film about the life of ‘‘Gur­ru­mul’’ Yunupingu.

Blind from birth, Gur­ru­mul found pur­pose and mean­ing through his songs and mu­sic in­spired by his com­mu­nity and coun­try on Echo Is­land in far North East Arn­hem Land.

This doc­u­men­tary high­lights the over­lap­ping of two cul­tures.

The Swan­pool vol­un­teers have been busy pre­par­ing a wide range of flavours of their fa­mous choc­top ice-creams.

The candy bar al­ways opens half an hour be­fore screen­ing, with hot cof­fee, hot choco­late and treats avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.swan­pool­cin­ or phone the cin­ema on (03) 5768 2415.

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