April 2006






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Cinema Kingston
Sunday, 9 April

Cinema Kingston presents Caché (The Hidden) (Michael Haneke: France/Austria/Germany/Italy, 2005) on Sunday, 9 April 2006, in Etherington Auditorium at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets will be available for $8 at Etherington Hall (94 Stuart Street) the night of the screening. A season pass is also available for $30 at Novel Idea, Classic Video and Destinations at Queen's University, which provides the opportunity to view five of the films presented by Cinema Kingston.

The Hidden is a contemporary look at the growing culture of fear that threatens the everyday. "Haneke raises questions of guilt, responsibility and complacency that have global implications" (Mathew Layland, BBC Movie Reviews). Set in France, The Hidden follows a couple as they are manipulated by a secretly recorded video. The intrusion into their private lives threatens the security of Georges (Daniel Auteuil), his wife, Anne (Juliette Binoche) "Binoche is quietly sensational". (Michael Atkinson, Village Voice), and their 12-year-old son, Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). As Georges begins his investigation into the source of the mystery tapes, he revisits his childhood and rediscovers a dark secret Ð his childhood manipulation and abuse of Majid (Maurice Benichou), an Algerian orphan taken in by his parents. Georges suspicion of the grownup Majid causes him to confront his past guilt. Haneke successfully parallels real life national issues within The Hidden, drawing attention to a perpetual widespread ignorance and disregard of those suffering from economic and racial discrimination.

The filming of The Hidden blurs perception and understanding. This high-concept thriller engages the viewers, "challenging not only our relationship to the characters' reality, but the reality of our own lives." (Kevin B. Lee, The Chicago Reader). Directed by director Michael Haneke (Winner, Best Director 2005 Cannes Film Festival).

Michael Haneke is both Austria's most esteemed and most controversial filmmaker. Haneke's polemical approach attempts to lay bare the coldness of European society and challenge Hollywood's blithe treatment of violence. Born in 1942 in Munich, HanekeÕs career as a director captures devastating critiques of Austrian society and expands into investigations of broader European problems.

The Screening Room
120 Princess St.


Beowulf & Grendel

(14a) coarse language, violence
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Runtime: 103 min
Country: Canada / Iceland / UK
Language: English
Directed by: Sturla Gunnarsson

Starring: Sarah Polley, Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgard, Ingvar Sigurdsson

This is a very updated version of the Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf," using contemporary English.This movie still has the mythical, epic qualities of the poem that have inspired readers throughout the ages. In an excellent performance, Gerard Butler effectively captures the conflicted hero Beowulf as he endures the slow erosion of his military code of conduct. Beowulf & Grendel is more than a story of blood and war. Themes of vengeance, loyalty and mercy are powerfully entwined with the beginnings of Christianity in southwest Sweden in 500 AD. Another theme which is explored is human inability to tolerate that which is different. Gerard Butler is extremely effective as Beowulf, but perhaps the best performance in the movie is that delivered by the tempestuous and weirdly beautiful land of Iceland.

"The incredible landscapes are breathtaking and hint at how inhospitable nature can be."
-- Louis B. Hobson, JAM! MOVIES


The Libertine

(14a) coarse language, mature theme, sexual content
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 114 min
Directed by: Laurence Dunmore
Starring: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter, Stanley Townsend, Francesca Annis, Rosamund Pike

The story of John Wilmot (Depp), a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

"This is the kind of film that Depp loves, understands, and unfurls his nastiest acting regalia for."
-- Jules Brenner (FC), CINEMA SIGNALS


April 7 Lucid
Joel Rothman can't sleep. And that's the least of his problems.

April 14 What The Bleep!?
Down the Rabbit Hole

Interviews with scientists and authors, animated bits, and a storyline involving a mute photographer (Marlee Matlin) are used in this docudrama to illustrate the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.

April 28 The World's
Fastest Indian

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro(Anthony Hopkins), who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

April 28 Joyeux Noel
Christmas Eve, 1914. On a World War I battlefield, a Momentous Event changed the lives of soldiers from France, Germany and England.

May 5 The Three Burials
Of Melquiades Estrada

Ranch hand Pete Perkins (Jones) looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.

May 12 CACHE
A married couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.

May 19 Why We Fight
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

May 19 Omagh
An examination of the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

May 26 Tristram Shandy:
A Cock & Bull Story

Director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

The Screening Room 120 Princess St.