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La Nuit des Rois
Director Phillipe Lacôte brings magical realism and Ivorian narrative custom to an unlikely setting in this dazzling prison movie.
Young Roman, (Bakary Koné) has been incarcerated in La Maca penitentiary in Ivory Coast. He soon meets Blackbeard the de facto ruler of the inmates. Blackbeard is a man on the verge of death. He is too sick to lead. And the laws of the prison dictate that a Dangôro, who can no longer lead, must take his own life. Such a transfer of power cannot come easily, of course; usurpers, are already nipping at his heels. So it’s up to Roman to keep the inmates distracted through the night by telling stories. He must tell them as if his life depends on it - because, like Blackbeard’s, it does. This is magical stuff, tense and feverish and unforgettable. Subtitles
France 2020 Philippe Lacôte 93m
A poignant story of one woman's search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness – Robin Wright’s compelling directorial debut.
After a terrible personal tragedy grief-stricken Edee (Robin Wright) retreats to the magnificent but unforgiving wilds of the Rockies. She sets herself up in a remote cabin but she is unprepared for the challenges ahead. She can’t chop wood or shoot a gun. The harsh winter and local wildlife take their toll until Miguel (Demián Bichir) shows up to nurse her back to health and teach her valuable survival skills. The cinematography is extraordinary – could it be anything but, given the location? Wright’s internalised performance is phenomenal and she commands this compassionate, poignant and affecting film. Given the restrictions we have all undergone, ‘Land’ offers simple lessons and stunning landscapes that may feel like a welcome balm.
USA 2021 Robin Wright 89m
This fantastic new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca follows the publication of musicologist Roger Parker’s critical edition for Ricordi.
The Music Director Riccardo Chailly presents Puccini’s work in the light of this most recent research, building on the great success of La Scala’s Turandot, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly and Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpieces have so far been presented in versions that often bear the burden of tradition. With the return of Director Davide Livermore, already highly acclaimed for Attila, this inaugural version of Tosca will be first and foremost at a music festival. Combined with the stunning stage set design of Giò Forma and the powerful voices of Anna Netrebko and Luca Salsi, this thrilling spectacle is not to be missed. Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Tosca: Anna Netrebko Cavaradossi: (tbc) Scarpia: Luca Salsi, Angelotti: Vladimir Sazdovski Sagrestano: Alfonso Antoniozzi Spoletta: Carlo Bosi Sciarrone: Giulio Mastrototaro . Running time: 160 minutes including 2 intervals with interviews