A smorgasbord of gloriously defiant and talented women headline this month’s movies, including:
With Sidse Babett Knudsen…150 Milligrams
Wednesday 6 December 8.30pm
150 Milligrams is based on the true story of Irène Frachon (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen), a French pulmonologist who, between 2009 and 2011, waged a one-woman war against the makers of a seemingly life-threatening diabetes drug.
With Natalie Portman…Planetarium
Wednesday 13 December 8.30pm
This is at least three features in one — a supernatural story, a Holocaust drama and a snapshot of the French film industry in the years leading up to World War II. The big deal about Planetarium, which follows two spiritualist sisters who claim they can communicate with the dead in 1930s Paris, is that it marks Portman’s first film in French!
With Marion Cotillard…From the Land of the Moon
Monday 25 December 8.30pm
For her parents, their oldest daughter Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a problem that needs to be solved. She is told she must marry – their chosen candidate is a stoic Spanish labourer called José– or be sent to a mental institution. Gabrielle chooses marriage, but the union is loveless. It’s not until she is sent to a sanatorium that Gabrielle finds her one true love…
We’re also showing:
A Bag of Marbles- Wednesday 20 December 8.30pm
A schoolboy game becomes a symbol of survival and resilience against the odds. Joseph (Dorian Le Chech) and Maurice (Batyste Fleurial) are two cheeky Jewish brothers who have nothing but a map, some money and the clothes on their back as they flee occupied France in World War 2.
Smoke and Mirrors- Wednesday 27 December 8.30pm
This is a story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and imposters, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.