Award-winning films from two of the world’s top film festivals will screen at the Weekend Film Series on Sunday May 19.
A River Changes Course, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will screen at 3 p.m., while French dramedy In the House – winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival — will screen at 5.15 p.m.
A River Changes Course, a sellout at March’s edition of Bermuda Docs, had its world premiere at Sundance in January. Since then, it has won additional awards at the Atlanta, RiverRun, Full Frame and Yale Environmental festivals as well as having a sold out screening at Lincoln Centre in New York.
The cinematically spectacular and sensory journey is a profound portrait of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalised economy, with a focus on the human cost of this transformation. Khmer-American filmmaker Kalyanee Mam charts the lives of three Cambodians and their families who have lived off the land and the sea, but must adapt to a new reality caused by deforestation, overfishing and the burden of debt on a farming life.
Beautiful, tender, sometimes hilarious – but also heart-breaking – the film is a breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, telling a universal story of struggle, survival, love, family, and hope.
In the House also won the top film prize at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the year’s outstanding films”. The poignant and funny comedy of manners is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Stylish and brilliantly acted, director Francoise Ozon [Potiche, 8 Women, Swimming Pool] has made a film that is elegant and eloquent, witty and naughty.
Sixteen-year-old Claude [Ernst Unhauer] insinuates himself into the house of fellow high school student Rapha [Bastien Ughetto], writing about his family in essays that blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher Germain [Fabrice Luchini]. Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy’s intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events.
Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Germain’s wife, Jeanne, a contemporary art gallery director who avidly follows Claude’s semi-imaginary escapades, while Emmanuelle Seigner plays Rapha’s mom, Claude’s object of desire insinuates himself into a friend’s
The ‘Weekend Film Series’, sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI. Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 294-0204.