Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Todo Sobre mi Madre

Come to the Wolfson College Seminar Room at 8pm this Sunday 7th of March, and to celebrate Women's day, we will be showing the Oscar winning film "All About my Mother" ("Todo Sobre mi Madre"), directed by internationally acclaimed Pedro Almodovar, and starring Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes and Penelope Cruz.

This is a poignant film about the strength of woman's heart, in all its shapes and sizes. Its story starts with Manuela, a nurse coordinating organ transplants in Madrid, and her son Esteban, an aspiring writer scribbling amongst his notes a tale for her: "All About my Mother". His tale is brutally cut short by a car accident as he tries to get an autograph from his favourite actress, Huma Rojo. In a sad twist of irony, she has to decide the fate of her son's heart, and unable to continue her job. Remembering her son's birthday wish she goes to Barcelona, to find all about Esteban's father: Lola.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Let the Right One In

Come to the Wolfson College Seminar Room at 8pm this Sunday 31st of January to see Let the Right One In (Låt den Rätte Komma In), a Swedish film based on the famous novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The film's direction transcends genres, going beyond artificial labels to "aim for the heart", as Clint Eastwood would say :)

The story begins when a young boy, Oskar, witnesses the arrival of a new neighbour in the depth of night. He soon meets the strange, pale skinned girl Eli, who seems to pay no heed to the bitter cold of the Swedish winter, and only comes out at night. A deep bond of affection soon develops between them, but Oskar's innocence soon gives way to experience as she teaches him how to deal with the tormentors he must face each day at school. But Oskar soon discovers the true bitterness of experience when he discovers Eli's secret...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

a Chinese Ghost Story

Come to the Seminar Room this Sunday 8th of November at 20:00 to see "A Chinese Ghost Story" (倩女幽魂) a classic blend of romantic comedy and fantasy that, despite its restricted production budget, far exceeds modern romantic comedies in quality and spirit (pardon the pun :-) Not to be missed!

The story is that of Ling Choi San , an innocent young man working as a tax collector. When his tax books are spoiled by the rain, he is left penniless and unable to afford a lodging. Instead, and despite the warning of the wacky taoist swordsman Yin Chik Ha, he decides to spend the night at the Lan Yeuk temple, long reputed to be enchanted by evil spirits. That night, the sound of the strings of a lute and an alluring voice lead him to Nip Siu Sihn, a young lady of unearthly beauty...

Friday, 21 August 2009

the Double Life of Véronique

Come to the Gatsby Room in Wolfson College's this Sunday the 23rd of August around 21:00 to see one of the masterpieces of director Krzysztof Kieslowski - "the Double Life of Véronique":

Weronika lives in Poland, Véronique in Paris. Their lives run as parallel as lives can do, yet they are bound by links that stretch beyond mere space. Alike as Doppelgängers, they also share a passion for music. Yet as alike as they are, fate has different plans for each of them. Their lives represent a battle between free will and the dark puppeteer that is destiny...