Category Archives: Cine Club

Monthly Film (March)

Le Salaire de la Peur (The Wages of Fear) 1953
by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Salaire de la peur POSTER for mail

Thursday 20th March 2014 – 6.00pm
at
Sri Lanka Foundation
No.100, Sri Lanka Padanama Mw,
Independence Square,
Colombo 7.

 

 

 

Synopsis

In a desert town in Central America, burnt under the sun, four adventurers accept a suicide mission against a premium of $ 4,000: conveying 500 km, two truckloads of nitroglycerin to extinguish a burning oil wells. The manager of the SOC, the American company practicing drilling in the country, tested and chose Mario, Luigi, and Bimba Smerloff. Jo, a small Parisian gangster off the plane, is too old to travel. But at the moment of departure, Smerloff is found and Jo, who is no stranger to the disappearance, takes his place. The journey is long and dangerous …

Dans un village désertique d’Amérique centrale, brûlé par le soleil, quatre aventuriers acceptent une mission suicide contre une prime de 4.000 dollars : convoyer sur 500 kilomètres, deux camions chargés de nitroglycérine pour éteindre l’incendie d’un puits de pétrole. Le gérant de la SOC, la compagnie américaine qui pratique des forages dans tout le pays, procède à des essais et choisit Mario, Luigi, Bimba et Smerloff. Jo, un petit gangster parisien débarqué de l’avion, est trop vieux pour être du voyage. Mais au moment du départ, Smerloff est introuvable et Jo, qui n’est pas étranger à cette disparition, prend sa place. Le voyage est long et périlleux…

Reviews of the film

Upon its original release, Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote “The excitement derives entirely from the awareness of nitroglycerine and the gingerly, breathless handling of it. You sit there waiting for the theatre to explode.”

In 1982, Pauline Kael called it “the most original and shocking French melodrama of the 50s.”

In 1992, Roger Ebert stated that “The film’s extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema.”

In 2010, the film was ranked #9 in Empire magazines “The 100 Best Films of World Cinema.”

Awards

  • Palme d’Or ~ Cannes Film Festival 1953
  • Golden Bear ~ Berlin Film Festival 1953
  • BAFTA Best Film ~ British Film Institute 1955

Monthly Film (February)

Versailles (2008)
by Pierre Schoeller

VERSAILLES POSTER for mail

Thursday 20th February 2014 – 6.00pm
at
Sri Lanka Foundation
No.100, Sri Lanka Padanama Mw,
Independence Square,
Colombo 7.

 

 

 

Synopsis

A young mother Nina and her son Enzo find themselves sleeping on the streets of Paris. Their tentative lifestyle eventually leads them to Versailles. Out in the woods near the palace, they encounter a man named Damien who lives cut off from the rest of the world. Nina and Enzo decide to take refuge with him over night. The next morning, Nina appears to have disappeared. As days and seasons pass, Damien and Enzo grow fond of each other, unaware that one day they will have to leave the safe haven of the hut.

Paris, aujourd’hui. Un enfant et sa jeune mère dorment dehors. Nina est sans emploi, ni attaches. Enzo a 5 ans. Leur errance les conduit à Versailles. Dans les bois, tout près du château, un homme vit dans une cabane, retranché de tout. Damien. Nina passe une nuit avec lui. Au petit matin, Nina laisse l’enfant et disparaît. À son réveil, Damien découvre Enzo, seul. Au fil des jours, des saisons, l’homme et l’enfant vont se découvrir, s’apprivoiser, s’attacher. Leur lien sera aussi fort que leur dénuement. Un jour pourtant il faudra quitter la cabane… Un premier long-métrage très remarqué au Festival de Cannes et l’un des derniers rôles de Guillaume Depardieu, exceptionnel en père qui s’invente.

Reviews of the film

“The film’s anti-naturalism is sufficient in itself (in contemporary French cinema), to propose our admiration” – Cahiers du cinema

“Everything is in the choice of this extraordinary actor [Depardieu] that opens a meteoric film renaissance.” – Le Monde

Awards

  • Official Selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ ~ Cannes Film Festival 2008
  • Nomination for Caméra d’Or ~ Cannes Film Festival 2008
  • Guillaume Depardieu ~ Nomination for Best Actor in a leading role – César: National Film Awards of France 2009