To commemorate the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, World Movies presents two moving international war films.
Captain Conan (France, 1996)
Friday 25 April 4.50pm
The Bulgarian border 1918. Lieutenant Conan commands a special unit which fights behind enemy lines with knives rather than guns. Conan is a maverick with little respect for the military high brass and fiercely loyal to his men. As far as Conan isconcerned it is units like his that have won the war not the regular troops. After the Armistice his battalion is stationed in Bucharest where two of his men are involved in a hold-up. Conan’s friend Norbert is charged with their prosecution. Relations between the two men are strained until they are reunited in defence of a soldier accused of desertion.
The White Ribbon (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, 2009)
Friday 25 April 7.05pm
Directed by Austrian auteur Michael Haneke and winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. In the years leading up to World War 1, a small village in the north of Germany is plagued with a series of accidents. The village’s oppressed and abused children seem to be the tormentors, but no one has any proof or any idea why.