Melding narrative and documentary, Cesar must die is the new film from Paulo and Vittorio Taviani’s and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Set in a high security prison, Caesar Must Die is essentially a story within a story about the inmates staging a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
“…ranks among the most involving adaptations of Shakespeare ever put on screen… a stunning confirmation of the Tavianis’ instincts.” – LA Times
“The isolation and anger of prison bleeds into every moment…. Such is literature’s power that the cast is more at ease portraying ancient Romans...” – New York Post
Park Chan-wook is easily one of the best directors working in film today. His filmography features some of the best Korean movies of the last 15 years including JSA, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance, Thirst and the iconic Oldboy. His first film in English features Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in a tale about the strange effect an unknown uncle has on India Stoker after the death of her father.
“...a splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller, American Gothic fairy tale and a contemporary kink all Park’s own…. exquisitely designed and scored...” – Daily Variety
“…eerie and chilling… you could not ask for three better actors, though even in this accomplished group, Matthew Goode is a standout...” – New York Post
Film Bites: Jacques Audiard
This month’s film bites features three brilliant films from France’s best contemporary director, Jacques Audiard. The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet and Read My Lips are all modern classics, and if you haven’t seen them, they are all worth investigating.
Other films to look out for include:
Beyond the Hills – A drama centred on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one finds refuge at a convent in Romania, the other moves to Germany.
Repulsion – Polanski’s classic study of loneliness and psychological turmoil is still as powerful today as when it was first released in 1965; starring Catherine Deneuve.
Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of one of Britain’s greatest film directors.
Broken – Winner of the Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards, Broken is the story of a young girl whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.
Side Effects – The new Soberbergh is the tale of how a young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.
Arbitrage – A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
The Ladykillers – Screening of the classic Ealing Comedy starring Alec Guinness.
Post Tenebras Lux – Urban and rural collide in this tale of Juan and his family who decide to forsake the big city for the country.
Reality – Reality is the new film from the director of Gomarrah, which centres around a Neapolitan fishmonger whose goal to appear on a reality TV show begins to take over his life.
Shell – Set in the Scottish Highlands, Shell is a 17 year old girl who works in a rural petrol station; her only company is her reserved father and the sporadic cutomers.