Hamilton Film Group
If you love top quality films from all corners of the world, such as The Kings Choice, Loveless and The Teacher, you will love the program at Hamilton Film Group. Join us for monthly screenings to enjoy the best of independent, foreign language and art house films.
NORMANDY NUDE (Normandie Nue)
(M) FRANCE 109 mins, Sub-Titles
Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm
Friday 7 December, 2pm
FRANCE • COMEDY, DRAMA • French with English subtitles
Directed by: PHILIPPE LE GUAY
Starring: François Cluzet, François-Xavier Demaison, Arthur Dupont, Grégory Gadebois
The eagerly-awaited new comedy from Philippe Le Guay, director of 2011 favourite The Women on the 6th Floor, Normandy Nude is a warm and wise tale of a proud farming community who must put their grievances aside in order to save their village.
The charming town of Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis. Dairy and livestock prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports, and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (the irrepressible François Cluzet, beloved from The Intouchables and The Country Doctor AF FFF2017) does his best to fight and raise awareness of their plight, but the situation isn’t deemed newsworthy for national media.
Things seem hopeless... until the day famous American photographer Newman (Toby Jones) passes through the village, inadvertently discovering the perfect backdrop for his next shoot. Balbuzard sees a rare opportunity, and sets about convincing the townsfolk - the farmers, the butcher, the pharmacist, some 200 in all - to participate. The catch? They all have to pose naked!
Le Guay’s wonderful ensemble delivers a memorable portrait of community, resilience and 'fraternité'. Leave your inhibitions at home; you’re assured of returning with a smile.
★★★★ “Authentic and endearing.” Victoria Gairin, LE POINT
★★★★ “Euphoric!” Olivier de Bruyn, MARIANNE
(M) JAPAN 121 mins, Sub-Titles
Thursday 31 January, 7.30pm
Friday 1 January, 2pm
A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.
Hirokazu Kore-eda (The Third Murder) took out the 2018 Palme d’Or with his latest deeply felt slice of Japanese life, exploring the heartbreak and hidden secrets of a family of small-time thieves.
In true Kore-eda fashion, the writer/director/editor’s 13th feature is both a humanistic portrait and an indictment of a society so willing to cast struggling people aside – as anchored by lived-in turns from his regulars Lily Franky (After the Storm, Our Little Sister, Like Father, Like Son) and Kirin Kiki (I Wish, Still Walking).
For the Shibatas, every day brings new troubles, particularly of the monetary kind. Father Osamu and pre-teen son Shota shoplift what they can, but one light-fingered session sees them bring home something different: abandoned, abused five-year-old Juri, whose presence sparks joy as well as life-changing revelations.
"Among the very best of the writer/director’s delicate, deceptive and profoundly moving dramas about the forces that hold a family together (or don’t)." – IndieWire
Writer and Director
Winner - Cannes Film Festival 2018, Palme d'Or
Winner - International Cinephile Society Awards 2018, Prix du Jury
Winner - Munich Film Festival 2018, Best International Film
Winner - Vancouver International Film Festival 2018, Best Film
Evening and Matinee screenings
Film Group movies are monthly, usually every third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. If the evening screening doesn't suit, you can catch the movie the next day at 2pm.
Membership and tickets
Memberships are available at the door, from Hamilton Performing Arts Centre.
Membership: full year $95, 6 films $55, 3 films $35
Concession prices: full year $85, 6 films $50, 3 films $30
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