Film buffs will be pleased that The Actors Studio will be revisiting some classic films from across the globe and sharing them with you. In March, World’s Best Movies will be showcasing two films including The White Balloon (1995) & The Army of Shadows (1969).
Date & Time: 5 & 6 March; 12 & 13 March 2012 @ 8:30pm
Venue: Indicine, klpac (Level 2)
Tickets: Free Admission
5th March 2012 (Monday) @ 8:30pm
THE WHITE BALLOON (1995) – Iran | Colour | 81 mins
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Aida Mohammadkhani, Moshen Kalifi, Fereshteh Sadr Orfani, Anna Bourkowska, Mohammad Shahani
For New Year’s, seven-year-old Razieh is determined to buy a goldfish (a traditional symbol of life in Iranian culture). The young girl manages to convince her mother into giving her money, and then heads to the marketplace alone. Razieh enjoys the excitement of her first experience away from her parents. She is set back when she loses the money, but her independent spirit remains unbeatable… Experienced in real time, Razieh’s wide-eyed misadventures effectively convey the impact that the simplest of events can dramatically leave upon a child.
The White Balloon (Persian: Badkonake sefid) is the debut feature film of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, with a screenplay by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. The movie received many strong critical reviews and won numerous awards in the international film fairs around the world including the Prix de la Camera d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The Guardian has listed this movie as one of the 50 best family films of all time.
Screened in Farsi or Persian with English subtitles.
6 March 2012 (Tuesday) @ 8:30pm
ARMY OF SHADOWS - French | Colour | approx 90 min
Army of Shadows (French: L’armée des ombres) is a 1969 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It is a film adaptation of Joseph Kessel‘s 1943 book of the same name, which blends Kessel’s own experiences as a member of the French Resistance with fictionalized versions of other Resistance members. Army of Shadows follows a small group of Resistance fighters as they move between safe houses, work with the Allied militaries, kill informers, and attempt to evade the capture and execution that they know is their most likely fate.While portraying its characters as heroic, the film presents a bleak, unromantic view of the Resistance.
At the time of its initial release in France, Army of Shadows was not well received or widely seen. In the wake of the events of May 1968, French critics denounced the film for its perceived glorification of Charles de Gaulle. At the time American art-film programmers took their cues from Cahiers du cinéma, which had attacked the film on this basis, and so it was not released in the United States for almost forty years. In the mid-1990s Cahiers du cinéma published a reappraisal of the film (and Melville’s work in general), leading to its restoration and re-release in 2006. The film was greeted with critical adulation in the U.S., appearing in many critics’ year-end top ten lists.
Executive Producer: Dato’ Faridah Merican
Artistic Director: Joe Hasham OAM
Curators: Feroz & Ting LamBuy Ticket