A round-up of some of the best films and events coming to East of Scotland – including Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, Perth and Fife – cinemas over the next seven days.
Pick of the Week is the onstage interview with cult filmmaking provocateur Alex Cox as part of the University Of Aberdeen’s ‘The Director’s Cut’ series of lectures. Cox is the director best known for works like Repo Man and Sid & Nancy and has a new film, a sequel to Repo Man, coming soon. The event is taking place at King’s College Conference Centre on Monday 29 March at 6.00pm and tickets are free.
The former presenter of the BBC’s Moviedrome will be in conversation with The Movie Cafe’s Janice Forsyth and more details along with how to book tickets are available from the University website. In tandem with this, Aberdeen Cineworld Union Square has a showing of Repo Man on Sunday 28 March at 7.30pm and tickets for that can be bought separately at Cineworld’s website.
Another highlight is the rereleased print of Max OphÃ¼ls’ 1948 meisterwerk Letter From An Unknown Woman which Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) has got its hands on. Selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry, it’s set in early-1900s Vienna and concerns a young girl (Joan Fontaine) who falls for a suave charmer played by Louis Jourdan. With chronology-hopping panache, it has lost none of its charm this last 62 years.
It’s showing on Sunday 28 March at 1.15pm and Monday 29 March at 6.30pm. Prices are £4.20/£3.20 (conc.) on Sunday and £5.20/£3.20 (conc.) on Monday. Further details and online ticket booking are available the DCA website.
Elsewhere, The DCA has an interesting programme this week taking in street art quasi-docs in the shape of elusive graffiti artist Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop and Michael Moore’s bank-baiting diatribe, Capitalism: A Love Story.
If you’re hoping for something off-the-beaten-track, they’re also offering up Father Of My Children (Le PÃ¨re De Mes Enfants); the story of an obsessive French filmmaker whose family life suffers as a result of his devotion to his art. Inspired by the life of film producer Humbert Balsan, it’s a harsh warning on the dangers inherent in giving your life to filmmaking. The DCA website has all the details.
The Belmont in Aberdeen is the place to go if you’re a student as they’re hosting a free screening of earthy comic book flick, Kick-Ass, on Monday 29 March at 1.30pm as part of the E4 Slackers Club. Tickets are available in person at the box office or by phoning 0871 704 2068 “ but you’ll need your Slackers Club membership card. This is available for free at the box office upon presentation of a valid student card.
As well as this special event, there’s also the chance to catch Iranian rock band drama No One Knows About Persian Cats and Japanese family drama Still Walking. Monday 29 March at 8.40pm brings a one-off showing of Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential, with Temple following the fortunes of Dr Feelgood in the final entry of his unofficial British rockumentary trilogy. Tickets for this can be bought online at The Belmont’s site.
If your tastes veer towards the more highbrow, The Belmont is screening the Met Opera’s production of Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet live from New York via satellite on Saturday 27th March at 5.00pm. Tickets are available from The Belmont box office. As if that weren’t enough for your ˜high art’ fix, they’re also screening the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Les Flammes De Paris from Moscow on Wednesday 31st March at 7.00pm. Visit The Belmont website for details.
It looks like upcoming weeks are shaping up to be quite interesting but that’s all for now from this vastly-encompassing regional round-up.
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