This is the lot at picturehouse. heard there’s another bunch at alliance francoise. Anyone keen?
Tickets are at $10 each and will be available from 24 April online and also at The Picturehouse Box Office located at Level 5 of The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233.
Concession tickets at $9 are available for Singapore Film Society members only, upon presentation of valid membership card at The Picturehouse Box Office. Only one concession ticket is valid per membership card, per screening.
AUSTRIA: My Father, My Wife and My Mistress
Screening on SUNDAY 11 May @ 7.15pm
synopsisMaximilian is a greedy, cold and unscrupulous doctor but at the same time a charming and risk-loving genius. His son Ernst on the other hand, continually strives to give his best but always seems to be at the losing end. He is forced into marriage by Vally, a streetwise and unscrupulous former maid of his parents’, who is carrying his child. Ernst’s true love, the beautiful countess Eveline, claims to be pregnant by him – but when the baby turns out not to be his after all. Joining the army and returning home to take care of his ailing father, who has suffered a stroke, he takes over his practice and reunites with Vally who cares touchingly for the motherless infant he left behind.
BELGIUM: The Ice Rink
Screening on SATURDAY 10 May @ 7.40pm
synopsisA film director is shooting a highly symbolic film called ‘Dolores’ at an ice rink. He has hired a Lithuanian ice hockey team with which he is having enormous communication problems. His actors all have inflated egos, his film crew is made up of fools, and there is a politician on his back. But he must finish the film, no matter what, in time for the Venice Film Festival. A black comedy which is applicable to all absurd situations of life, but particularly those associated with the film industry, La Patinoire is a clever satire from beginning to end.
EXCLUSIVE Q&A session with Director Jean-Phillippe Toussaint after the Film Screening at The Picturehouse Lounge, Level 5. Free & Open to public. Please RSVP your place at email@example.com.
BELGIUM: La SÉvillane
Screening on THURSDAY 8 May @ 7.30pm
synopsisA young man is charmed by his driving teacher and her father. They spend an afternoon together–including an interlude at the young woman’s flamenco dance lesson–and decide to take a trip to London in the training car.
CZECH REPUBLIC: EMPTIES
Screening on SUNDAY 11 May @ 9.10pm
synopsisEmpties, is an intelligent, sophisticated bitter comedy about a man facing old age Secondary school teacher Tkaloun unwillingly goes into retirement. Instead of a peaceful family life he chooses part-time job in a supermarket at the bottle-return counter. The exciting new world that he creates there however leaves less and less room for his wife, Eliska, and she of course has no intention of getting used to it.
denmark: we shall overcome
Screening on MONDAY 12 May @ 7.30pm
synopsis13-year-old Frits has fallen out of favour with the headmaster of his provincial school. The year is 1969. The world is changing rapidly and corporal punishment has been banned. The tyrannical headmaster, however, hasn’t bothered to notice. Frits spends his summer holidays watching the family’s first television, and is influenced by the winds of change. Martin Luther King’s speeches and dreams of a better life have armoured Frits with courage and the desire for rebellion. When the headmaster steps over the line during punishing Frits, the boy takes up battle against the authorities.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DELEGATION: After Years of Hate
Screening on WEDNESDAY 14 May @ 9.20pm
synopsisCleverly mixing fact and fiction, this film is set between the day of Robert Schuman’s declaration, and when Jean Monnet was appointed president of the European coal and steel community’s governing body, the forerunner of today’s EU. It was also the wedding day of a young Franco-German couple, Marie and Jürgen. The constant interplay between these two aspects mirrors the difficulties at that time of overcoming the obstacles to reconciliation between the two European nations. Dealing with the birth of modern Europe, the film shows us the extent of the struggle by men and women on either side of the Rhine that led to the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
Tickets available for collection from 24 April at The Picturehouse Box Office (Counter 1), Level 5, The Cathay Cineplex. Limited to a maximum of 2 tickets per person. While stocks last.
FINLAND: COLORADO AVENUE
Screening on THURSDAY 15 May @ 9.30pm
synopsisBased on Lars Sund´s novels the film’s storyline is based in the early years of Finland’s independence. When Hanna is little, she and her mother are forced to leave their home island in the Bothnia archipelago after Hanna´s father drowns at sea. Hanna becomes a hired girl at the Smeds´ house. She starts to save money to go to America. In 1893, at the age of 18, she travels to the Unites States and Colorado, determined to make money in the Great West. Ten years later in 1905, Hanna returns to her home village Siklax with her son Otto and daughter Ida, but without a husband. With her American dollars she buys a parcel of rocky land and opens a country store. The store becomes the village centre and the local people begin to respect the industrious Hanna.
germany: Fata Morgana
Screening on WEDNESDAY 14 May @ 7.30pm
synopsisDuring their vacation in Morocco, Daniel and Laura, a young couple, decide to take a day trip through the Sahara desert on their own. But soon, the inexperienced desert travelers notice that they have completely lost their way. In panic, they try to find the way back to the city – but to no avail. Then, all of a sudden, a mysterious French man appears and offers them to give them directions to Agadir. But on the way to Agadir, Daniel and Laura soon realize that there is something wrong with the enigmatic stranger.
GREECE: One Day in August
Screening on THURSDAY 15 May @ 7.30pm
synopsisEvery summer we have to escape… make this journey. August in Athens. A time to escape. In the city center, the residents of an apartment block prepare to get away. Their final summer escape. In the blistering summer heat they journey to different parts of the Greek mainland. A journey that will unsettle their lives and bring them face-to-face with critical choices. In their absence a 17 year-old burglar on the run from the police invades the empty apartment block. There he finds a refuge from the outside world and through his prying eyes we uncover the secret lives of the main characters. Four parallel stories, conflicting takes on everyday life and the small everyday miracles that will unsettle the lives of our heroes…
HUNGARY: The EmigrÉ – Everything is Different
Screening on FRIDAY 16 May @ 7.30pm
synopsisA film about writer Sándor Márai’s last years of self chosen exile. The “story” starts in Naples with the memories of Márai’s and Lola’s youth and ends at the secluded world of loneliness in San Diego. Escaping from dictatorships and writing only in his mother tongue, the writer not only dissociates himself from post-1947 Hungary physically, but he even refuses to have his works published there as long as the boots of a single Russian soldier trample on his homeland’s soil. Often invited to return to be rehabilitated, but the uncompromising writer keeps his vow.It is the tragedy of Márai’s fate that he commits suicide just half a year before the change of regime, all alone, having lost his wife and son.
HUNGARY: Fresh Air
Screening on SATURDAY 17 May @ 7.40pm
synopsisViola is still a beautiful woman. Angéla is ashamed of her mother. Communication between them has become almost impossible. They are together only to watch their favourite television series; they never miss an episode. Probably, in secret, they both are in love with the protagonist. Viola works where no one else wants to. She is looking for a real man whom she could love. Angéla would like to design nice dresses. She desires something different. Another life. Fresh air.
IRELAND: Inside I’m Dancing
Screening on FRIDAY 16 May @ 9.30pm
synopsisLIVE LIFE LIKE YOU MEAN IT. Michael is a twenty four year long-term resident of Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O’Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory’s dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore.
Screening on FRIDAY 9 May @ 9pm
synopsisPaolo is a famous 40-year-old photographer. Despite his age, Paolo refuses to settle down. He does not want to love exclusively one woman, he switches from one lover to another and behaves like a curious child wanting to understand more about emotions. Céline is 28 years old. She is an italo-french actress who has a 10-year-old daughter but who is divorced from her husband. Paolo and Céline both live in Rome in two nearby neighbourhoods and have common friends. Their paths keep crossing although they never notice each other. They are too busy with their daily lives, their problems and their dramas so they never manage to really meet. Will they ever realize they might be each other’s one true love?
MALTA: HEROES IN THE SKY
Screening on FRIDAY 9 May @ 7.30pm
synopsisDuring World War II, the tiny island of Malta was the most bombed place on earth. Young pilots were sent to defend it, and despite the overwhelming odds, they achieved incredible success. They hailed from every corner of the world, Britain, Canada, The United States, Australia and New Zealand. They were unique, a breed of their own who made a fine art out of fighting in the sky. With no strict rules, Malta was the right place for them to experiment and develop their raw talents. With their unconventional methods these pilots shot down Hitler’s hopes of conquering North Africa and paved the way for the liberation of south Europe.
POLAND: What the Sun Has Seen
Screening on SATURDAY 10 May @ 9.30pm
synopsisThree individuals: young Sebastian, a teenage Marta, and a fifty-something Józef don’t know each other, but their fates are tied together because of a common need – the need to raise a small, but at the moment indispensable, amount of money. In the process of fulfilling this need, they fight to maintain their dignity in tact and their dreams alive.
ROMANIA: California Dreamin
Screening on TUESDAY 13 May @ 9pm
synopsisKosovo War, 1999. In a small Romanian village, the chief of the railway station, who also happens to be a local gangster, stops a NATO train transporting military equipment. The two American officers are in charge of the transport only have verbal approval from the Romanian government for their journey. They are without official documents. Their arrival in this small village dramatically changes its landscape.
SPAIN: Un Franco, 14 Pesetas
Screening on THURSDAY 8 May @ 9.20pm
synopsisSpain, 1960. Two friends named Martin and Marcos decide to look for jobs in Switzerland. They leave their families behind and head off on their journey to the free, progressive part of Europe. They adapt to very different way of life there, working as mechanics at a factory and living in a small industrial town. The arrival of Martin´s wife Pilar and son Pablo, and Marcos´girlfriend, marks the end of their bachelor life. Martin and Pilar´s everyday life is their work, while little Pablo starts going to school and making the new place his home. When Martin´s father dies, they realize they’ve already go what they went there for and it´s time to return. Much to their susprise, going home is much harder than leaving was.
SWEDEN: Kidz In Da Hood
Screening on SATURDAY 17 May @ 2.10pm
synopsisKidz in da Hood is the gripping and warm story of Amina who came to Sweden with her grandfather three years ago. Amina has not yet received her residency permit and when her grandfather dies everything comes to a head. She’s temporarilly hiding out with pierced and tattooed rocker Johan who lives in a worn-down suburb. The wild girl Mirre lives on the same floor as Amina and together they begin fighting for Amina to stay in Sweden and live with Johan.
SWEDEN: A Breach In The Wall
Screening on SATURDAY 10 May @ 2.10pm
synopsisLars Herdin, supply teacher, regains his lust for life when he realizes that one of his pupils is a math genius. He offers Jonny private lessons for him to be able to start studying at the university. A joyful friendship starts, but Herdin doesn’t realize that Jonny’s class travel creates new voids. And neither does he realize that Jonny’s girlfriend, Claire, falls in love with him.
UK: Hallam Foe
Screening on TUESDAY 13 May @ 9pm
synopsisHallam Foe is a darkly funny, bittersweet and kinky coming of age story about a 17-year-old misfit. Hallam is almost over the sudden death of his mother when he begins to suspect that his beautiful step mother may have had a hand in her death, and it doesn’t help that Hallam fancies her rotten. After a confrontation with his step mum, Hallam escapes to Edinburgh. Out of money and out of friends, he finds his tree-top skills well suited to the rooftops of the city, where he lives ferally, attempting to avoid the perils of the streets below and becoming obsessed with a gorgeous girl who happens to look just like his mother.
|Thursday 8 May||7.30pm||La Sévillane||Belgium||NC16|
|9.20pm||Un Franco, 14 Pesetas||Spain||NC16 (Some Nudity)|
|Friday 9 May||7.30pm||Heroes in the Sky||Malta||PG|
|9pm||Grazing (Sfiorarsi)||Italy||PG (Some Sexual References)|
|Saturday 10 May||2.10pm||A Breach In The Wall (Sprickorna | Muren)||Sweden||NC16 (Some Nudity & Sexual References)|
|7.40pm||The Ice Rink (La Patinoire)||Belgium||NC16 (Some Nudity)|
|9.30pm||What The Sun Has Seen (Co Slonko Widzialo)||Poland||To Be Advised|
|Sunday 11 May||7.15pm||My Father, My Wife and My Mistress (Mein Vater, meine Frau und meine Geliebte)||Austria||M18 (Scenes of Intimacy)|
|9.10pm||Empties (Vratne lahve)||Czech Republic||NC16 (Sexual References)|
|Monday 12 May||7.30pm||We Shall Over Come (Drommen)||Denmark||PG|
|Tuesday 13 May||9pm||California Dreamin (Nesfarsit)||Romania||M18 (Sexual Scene)|
|Wednesday 14 May||7.30pm||Fata Morgana||Germany||M18 (Scene of Intimacy)|
|9.20pm||After Years of Hate (Nous nous sommes tant haïs)||EC Delegation||PG|
|Thursday 15 May||7.30pm||One Day in August (Dekapentagoustos)||Greece||NC16 (Nudity & Coarse Language)|
|9.30pm||Colorado Avenue||Finland||NC16 (Brief Nudity)|
|Friday 16 May||7.30pm||The Emigré – Everything is Different (Az emigráns – Minden másképp van)||Hungary||NC16 (Some Nudity)|
|9.30pm||Inside I’m Dancing||Ireland||NC16 (Course Language)|
|Saturday 17 May||2.10pm||Kidz In Da Hood (Förortsungar)||Sweden||NC16 (Some Sexual References)|
|7.40pm||Fresh Air (Friss Levegö)||Hungary||PG|