BIGSCREEN Showcase Films

BIGSCREEN Cinemas is proud to announce the return of our BIGSCREEN Showcase sessions for lovers of fine film.  These arthouse, or non-mainstream, films are specially selected to provide the discerning film buff, or indeed the casual moviegoer curious to step off the well worn blockbuster path, with a variety of local and foreign productions that are sure to appeal. These films will each be with us for just two weeks so don't miss out! Please check our weekly program for details.

20th Century Women

  • Cast
  • Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup
  • Director
  • Mike Mills
  • Synopsis
  • Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, this film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother and divorcée in her mid-50s doing her best to raise her adolescent son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in a time of sweeping cultural change and rebellion. More than anything, she wants to make a good man of her son without the influence of a male presence.

    The boy's coming-of-age is further shaped by Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited photographer living as a boarder in the Fields' home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a provocative teenage neighbor, both of whom impart the ways of the world and teach him different lessons about love and freedom.
  • Classification
  • M, 140 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Sexual references, coarse language, drug use and nudity
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 118 minutes

The Promise

  • Cast
  • Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale
  • Director
  • Terry George
  • Synopsis
  • It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), ITS once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos.

    Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.

    Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.

    When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive — even as monumental events envelope their lives.
  • Classification
  • M, 150 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature themes and violence
  • Genre
  • Drama, History
  • Running Time
  • 133 minutes

Monsieur Chocolat

  • Cast
  • Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme
  • Synopsis
  • SUBTITLED. Omar Sy stars in the French-Language film, MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT which is based on the life of Rafael Padilla - a former Cuban-born slave, who became a performer in France during the Belle Epoque era.

    Padilla was born in Cuba in 1868 and was sold into slavery at the age of 9, to a Portuguese merchant. After escaping slavery, he traveled to Paris and launched a career in the circus, captivating the French with his talents as a singer and dancer, and as a clown, working under the stage name 'Chocolat'.
  • Classification
  • M, 140 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature themes, violence and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Biography, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 119 minutes

A Quiet Passion

  • Cast
  • Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradin
  • Director
  • Terence Davies
  • Synopsis
  • Born into privilege in 1803, Emily Dickinson spent most of her life on her parents’ estate in Armherst, Massachusetts. In her youth, the introverted Emily is depicted as a fiercely intelligent young woman who exchanges forthright opinions on life and art – and, more particularly, on the place of women in a patriarchal society.

    Emily (a brilliant Cynthia Nixon) becomes more and more reclusive as the years pass, gradually withdrawing from society. In her cloistered existence she is consumed by poetry, but the lack of recognition – fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1800 poems were published in her lifetime – and her frustrations regarding gender inequality and creative integrity make for an ever more vociferous dissention…

    Gloriously realising Dickinson’s interior world, Davies gives great weight to the role in which her family, and their various bourgeois guests, play in her life. It’s Emily’s encounters with her sister (Pride & Prejudice’s Jennifer Ehle), brother, mother and father (Keith Carradine) that provide the hinge around which the film is structured.

    Stunning in both its sumptuous production design and also in the respect and love that it brings to its subject, the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s sharp-sighted verse is integrated into the narrative is one of A QUIET PASSION’s many joys. Davies’ portrait may just be the perfect match of filmmaker, actress and subject.
  • Classification
  • PG, 140 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mild themes
  • Genre
  • Biography, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 125 minutes

The Trip to Spain

  • Cast
  • Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, Claire Keelan
  • Director
  • Michael Winterbottom
  • Synopsis
  • Rob and Steve are back. Six meals in six different places on a road trip through Spain from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast- visiting Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile La Mancha and ending in Andalucia.
    Steve, now turned 50, is still chasing love - he wants to get back together with his ex-girlfriend Mischa, but she is with another man. Rob’s acting career is going from strength to strength, his family life is fulfilling – he has had another child since Steve last saw him.
    Steve has just starred as a chef in a US TV series and is asked to do a set of restaurant reviews in Spain to publicise the show. As usual Rob will write the newspaper articles, this time using Don Quixote as inspiration. Meanwhile Steve is hoping to write a more ambitious book based on this trip and his earlier experiences in Spain. He imagines himself in the tradition of writers such as Orwell, Hemingway, and Laurie Lee. After all, Steve is now an Oscar nominated writer.
  • Classification
  • M, 130 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Coarse language
  • Genre
  • Drama
  • Running Time
  • 111 minutes

 

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