World Cinema in Swindon – two very different films showing this week

World Cinema in Swindon – two very different films showing this week

From New Zealand, a brilliant comedy for both adults and kids:

On Tuesday 21st March Hunt for the Wilderpeople is showing at the Ellendune Centre in Wroughton. A boy and his foster father become the subjects of a manhunt when they get lost in the New Zealand wilderness. Visually stunning, this is a story of survival and family which is full of action and also hilariously funny. Director Tiki Waititi is fast becoming the most popular New Zealand film-maker of this generation. A film very definitely to be enjoyed by all the family.


From Hungary, the darkest side of human experience:

At the Arts Centre on Wednesday 22nd March, Swindon Film Society’s season of World Cinema returns to Europe, and to the most difficult time in the history of the 20th Century. Son of Saul is the debut feature-length film of Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes. It is set in Auschwitz-Birkenau and covers two days in the life of Saul, who discovers amongst the dead the body of a young boy he believes to be his son. He desires a proper Jewish burial for the boy, but this involves difficult choices.

Clearly, for the audience, this is no easy ride. However, Laszlo’s film has won many prizes, including the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2015, and for good reason. Whilst the setting is the brutal reality of the Auschwitz camp, the drama examines how any of us would manage the tightrope between survival and collaboration, morality and necessity, life or death. A film that may be painful to watch, but brings the reward of experiencing a powerful work of art.

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