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AGOG

Agog! A Feast of Foreign Films, returns to the James Theatre Dungog on 17 and 18 August 2018.

Starting at 7pm on Friday 17 August with hit French film Aurore, Agog continues with four films on Saturday 18 August, commencing at 11am. Our famous Supper behind the Screen also returns, prior to the final film on Saturday night.

Tickets are now available to purchase online here, and get in fast for the early bird special. Ticket prices are:
Early bird until July 17 – 10% discount on bookings
All five films – $75
Four Saturday Films – $60
Single films – $16
Supper behind the Screen $35
(A small booking fee is also charged at the time of purchase.)
Early bird until 17 July – 10% discount on bookings

The full program is:
7pm, Friday 17 August – Aurore (M), France
11am, Saturday 18 August – The Salesman (M), Iran
1.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Two is a Family (M), France
4pm, Saturday 18 August – Under the Tree (MA15+), Iceland
6.00pm, Saturday 18 August – Supper behind the Screen
7.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Truman (MA15+), Spain

 

PROGRAM

 

Aurore125Friday 17 August, 7pm
Aurore (M)
(France 2018) 1h 29m

A hugely entertaining blend of humour, truthfulness and sensitivity, Blandine Lenoir’s warm-hearted romantic comedy Aurore centres on a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes. Fifty-year-old Aurore Tabort (the marvellous Agnès Jaoui), separated from her husband and newly unemployed, discovers she is to become a grandmother. She feels as if her own life has come to a standstill, and is slowly being pushed away to the fringes of society. But after bumping into the great love of her youth, Totoche, (Thibault de Montalembert, Call My Agent!) something changes… Aurore wonders if it might still be possible to embark on something new. On screen from start to finish, actress and co-writer Jaoui (The Taste of Others, Look at Me) is the heart and soul of this witty, feel-great film. She brings a touching, true-to-life poignancy to an endearing portrait of the resilience of womanhood, as an everyday heroine on the road to (re)discovery.
★★★★★ “An intelligent and salutary comedy. Agnès Jaoui shines.” Karelle Fitoussi, PARIS MATCH
★★★★★ “Yes! There is life after 50. Agnès Jaoui proves it beautifully.” Sabrina Nadjar, FEMME ACTUELLE
★★★★ “Beautiful! A galvanising and optimistic ode to life.” Caroline Vié, 20 MINUTES
★★★★ “An ode to women over 50. Truthful and spiced with humour. Jaoui is magnetic, sensual and luminous.” Pierre Vavasseur, LE PARISIEN
Director: Blandine Lenoir
Cast: Agnès Jaoui, Thibault de Montalembert, Pascale Arbillot, Sarah Such, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Philippe Rebbot

 

Salesman-125Saturday 18 August, 11am
The Salesman (M)
Drama (Iran 2016) 2h 4m

When their Tehran flat is badly damaged, Emad and Rana, a young married couple starring in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman, are forced to move into a new flat, until recently occupied by a mysterious young woman. When Rana is violently assaulted in the flat, a rift opens between the couple that will push their marriage to its limits, as Rana seeks solitude and Emad seeks revenge.
Drawing parallels between post-war New York and contemporary Tehran, The Salesman is a powerful social critique that touches on family, sex, and the chilling psychology of vengeance. Director: Asghar Farhadi In Persian (with English subtitles)
WINNER: OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE, ACADEMY AWARDS 2017
WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY & BEST ACTOR, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM, MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW USA 2016
“Saturated with emotional intrigue…Almost metaphysical in its complexity…Tense and devastating.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Leaves the viewer tense and breathless…Farhadi’s work has revolutionized Iranian cinema.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

 

Two-is-a-Family125Saturday 18 August, 1.30pm
Two is a Family (M)
(France 2017) 1h 57m

Hugo Gélin’s bona fide crowd-pleaser not only stormed France’s Christmas holiday season (achieving a phenomenal three million+ admissions), it also charmed audiences internationally, becoming the most popular French-language film of 2017 worldwide. Omar Sy (The Intouchables) stars as a man whose A-list, hedonistic life on the sun-drenched beaches of the Côte d’Azur is turned upside down when an old flame (Clémence Poésy) arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst – an infant daughter, Gloria – in his care. Incapable of looking after a baby, Samuel rushes to the UK in an attempt to return the child to her mother, without any luck. He decides to stay in London and, after finding work as a television stuntman, their relationship slowly begins to bloom. When Kristin eventually reappears, Gloria has grown into a bright and effervescent eight year old… and the inseparable father-daughter team finds their connections tested.
Director: Hugo Gélin Cast: Omar Sy, Gloria Colston, Antoine Bertrand, Clémence Poésy
“A film that simply bursts with hope and joy.” EUROPE1
“A comedy that touches the heart.” LE PARISIEN

 

under-the-tree-125Saturday 18 August, 4pm
Under the Tree (MA15+)
(Iceland 2017) 1h 29m

Writer/director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Under The Tree is a delicious black comedy about a simmering feud between two neighbouring suburban families that gets quite out of hand. Thirty-something Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) has been thrown out of his marital home, accused of cheating, and has temporarily moved back in with his parents: stern mother Inga (Edda Björgvinsdóttir) and put-upon father Baldvin (Sigurdur Sigurjónsson, Rams). Next door, their old friend Konrad now lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg – whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s giant tree block the precious sunshine from their deck, but Inga is resolute in forbidding her husband from trimming it back. Whilst Atli’s desperate and socially questionable attempts to contact his wife and their daughter intensify, the across-the-fence dispute between the neighbouring couples escalates – property is damaged, pets go missing and security cameras are installed… Universal yet singularly Scandi, Sigurðsson’s funny, mordant and compulsively watchable story of bad behaviour in otherwise polite surroundings gradually takes the petty bourgeois tensions on display to rollicking, gasp-worthy extremes. You may find yourself nervously laughing the next time you want to talk to your neighbours about the noise.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER – 2018 ICELANDIC ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FILM, DIRECTOR, ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, ACTRESS, ACTOR & SUPPORTING ACTOR
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2017 – VENICE, TORONTO & ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 HAMPTONS INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Sigurdur Sigurjónsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Selma Björnsdóttir

 

Agog Supper behind the Screen 6 pm to 7.30 pm

 

truman-125Saturday 18 August, 7.30pm
Truman (MA15+)
(Spain 2015) 1h 49m

Two of the greatest talents in modern Spanish cinema – Ricardo Darin (Wild Tales) and Javier Camara (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) – take centre stage in the multi award-winning new film from Cesc Gay. A bona fide audience favourite internationally, Truman is a funny, heartfelt portrait of friendship, and life’s unexpected ups and downs.
When theatre actor Julián (Darín) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julian’s failing health. Tomas is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing possessions, reconciling past disputes, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved canine, Truman. It’s this task that is causing Julián the greatest concern.
Over four days, the two men walk the streets of Madrid, visiting bookshops, restaurants, veterinarians and friends, and examine their lives – their loves, successes and failures – speculating on what the future holds.
In this jewel of a film, Cámara and Darin deliver a masterclass in screen acting, convincingly depicting the ease and rapport that only a life-long connection allows. With characteristic understatement and sensitivity, Gay finds great dignity and humour in ordinary lives, delivering a witty, moving and hugely entertaining reflection on human connection, and a reminder that the best friendships are, indeed, forever.
WINNER – 2016 SPANISH ACADEMY (GOYA) AWARDS Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Camara) and Best Screenplay
WINNER – 2016 GAUDI AWARDS Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Camara), Best Supporting Actress (Fonzi), Best Screenplay
WINNER – 2015 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor, shared (Darin, Camara)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2015 TORONTO, SAN SEBASTIAN, BFI LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
Director: Cesc Gay
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi

JAMES CALENDAR

July

  • 28 Sat 3pm
    Documentary
    Tea With the Dames (PG)

August

  • 2 Thur 11pm
    Comedy
    A Night at the Opera
  • 4 Sat 3pm
    Drama
    Edie (M)
  • 4 Sat 7pm
    Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)
Entertaining Dungog, a history of the James Theatre, available now.