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AGOG

Agog! A Feast of Foreign Films, returns to the James Theatre Dungog on 5 and 6 July 2019.

Starting at 7pm on Friday 5 July with the highly acclaimed Cold War (M), Agog continues with four great new release European films on Saturday 18 August, commencing at 10.30am. 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 June 14 – 10% discount on bookings
All five films – $75
Four Saturday Films – $60
Single films – $16
Supper behind the Screen $40
(A small booking fee is also charged at the time of purchase.)
Early bird until 14 June – 10% discount on bookings

The full program is:
7.00 pm, Friday 5 July – Cold War (M) Poland
10.30 am, Saturday 6 July – The Realm (M), Spain
2.00 pm, Saturday 6 July – The Guilty (M), Denmark
4.00 pm, Saturday 6 July – Family Photo (M), France
6.00 pm, Saturday July – Supper behind the Screen
7.30 pm, Saturday 6 July – Woman at War (M), Iceland

PROGRAM

Drama/Music/Romance
Friday 5 July, 7pm

Cold War (M) Poland (2018) 1h 28m

A critical and audience favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Agog 2019 opens with the splendid Cold War. Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe. In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the beautiful Zula (Joanna Kulig), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula – whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity – struggle to find their moment in time… Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, and inspired by the real-life story of the director’s own parents, Cold War meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white visuals, and a terrific soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning Cold War is one of the films of the year. WINNER Cannes International Film Festival 2018, Best Director NOMINEE Academy Awards 2019, Best Director, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Cast: Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig Country of Origin: Poland Duration: 88 mins

Drama/Thriller
Saturday 6 July, 10.30 am

The Realm (M) Spain (2019) 2h 20m

Co-written with Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s fast-paced thriller The Realm depicts Spain’s political world through the shamelessness of a politician who will stop at nothing to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. Antonio de la Torre plays Manuel, a crooked politician who enjoys the lifestyle that kickbacks afford. He eats at fancy restaurants, parties with his friends on yachts, and provides a very luxurious lifestyle for his family. Manuel brazenly bribes, extorts, and pays off anyone who threatens to expose the activities of his inner circle. When he is singled out to take the fall for a case of fraudulent government contracts, rather than admit to any wrongdoing, Manuel decides to sell out his whole party in an effort to avoid jail time. It’s a decision that puts many lives at risk. “Acclaim should carry it far among those craving intrigue, suspense and muckraking social commentary.”– Variety “When it comes to generating tension, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and his co-writer Isabel Peña start from a place where the screw is turned and, when you think they can’t get it any tighter, find new ways to increase the tension – matching their torque with action”– Eye for Film Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Monica Lopez, Josep Maria Pou Language: Spanish Duration: 140 min

Thriller
Saturday 6 July, 2 pm

The Guilty (M) Denmark (2018) 1h 25m

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes clearer. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mind-space. Director: Gustav Möller Cast: Jakob Edergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi Duration: 85 mins Country of Origin: Denmark Language: Danish

Drama/Comedy
Saturday 6 July, 4 pm

Family Photo (M) France (2018) 1h 38m

Award-winning director Cécilia Rouaud has assembled some of France’s most talented and beloved stars for this superbly witty and entertaining new dramedy, a major success with French critics and audiences in 2018. Gabrielle, Elsa and Mao are three adult siblings, leading very different lives. Single mother and artist Gabrielle (Vanessa Paradis) has struggled to make ends meet, and finds herself working as a human statue along the Seine; Elsa (Camille Cottin) has married well but is increasingly distraught at her inability to conceive; videogame designer Mao (Pierre Deladonchamps) drowns his melancholy and frustration at the world in psychoanalysis and booze. Their long-separated parents aren’t exactly helping matters. Pierre (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has taken up with a woman younger than them all, and Claudine (Chantal Lauby) drives everyone crazy. The passing of their grandfather forces a family reunion, and the raising of a question that none of them wants to face: what to do about beloved matriarch, Mamie? Cleverly mixing hilarious sibling battles with moments of burgeoning romance and touching, if fragile, reconciliation, Family Photo delivers laughs and tears in way that many films try, but few achieve so expertly. Director: Cécilia Rouaud Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Camille Cottin, Pierre Deladonchamps, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Chantal Lauby Duration: 98 mins Country of Origin: France Language: French

Agog Supper behind the Screen 6 pm to 7.30 pm

Drama/Action/Thriller
Saturday 6 July, 7.30 pm

Woman at War (M) Iceland (2018) 1h 44m

Woman at War, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time. Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves. But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow.

WINNER: SADC AWARD, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: BEST FILM, NORDIC COUNCIL’S FILM AWARD 2018

WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION: CRITICS’ WEEK, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

“Gloriously Icelandic. An intelligent feel-good film that tackles urgent global issues with humour and a sense of justice. A satisfying stand by one woman against the powerful forces of industry. Delightful.” -Variety “Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite. A modern-day fable about a female David taking on the Goliath of her country’s government and industry.” The Hollywood Reporter “Winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller with a crafty plot and heartfelt and believable stakes.” British Film Institute

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
Duration: 104 mins Country of Origin: Iceland Language: Icelandish

JAMES CALENDAR

December

  • 7 Sat 7.30 pm
    Comedy/Romance
    Last Christmas (PG)
  • 15 Sun 7 pm
    Drama/Sport
    Ford v Ferrari (CTC)
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