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CINEMA SUBLIME (article first published : 2005-02-18)

After local scriptwriter Janet van Eeden wrote a letter to The Witness halfway through last year bemoaning the lack of a Cinema Nouveau in Pietermaritzburg, a petition was started in the city. Before long, more than 300 emails pledged their support and many more petitions were signed in coffee shops and malls. The Midlands Mall manager, Thea Marx, saw a great opportunity, and soon she and AB Moosa, the owner of CineCentre at the Mall, decided to support this venture.

Cinema Sublime was launched on January 20 with a premiere and a cheese and wine. At the opening speech, Janet van Eeden thanked Thea Marx, AB Moosa and the manager of the cinema, Brendon Reddy, for their faith in the project. She also thanked Margaret von Klemperer, Arts Editor at The Witness, for the continual coverage and support of Cinema Sublime by The Witness.

Continuing her speech, van Eeden spoke about the need for good films: "Good films have a unique ability to transport us away from our own realities into a world which may mirror parts of our lives, but which also casts a light on the way human beings work.

ďA truly good film allows us insights into the depth of experience of humanity," she said. "A truly good film maker allows us to see how and why human beings do the things they do. And it should allow us to return to our lives enriched, enlightened and perhaps inspired to approach life from a more thoughtful perspective. If a film is made in this way, it is Art in its highest sense. And that is why we are here tonight. We are here to be inspired."

Stephen Coan, The Witness film buff, spoke about 21 Grams, the film itself.

Cinema Sublime is well into its fourth week. It is doing so well that another showing at 12h30 will be added to the daily viewing time of 17h30 from the third week of March.

More information about Cinema Sublime on 033 342 7007.




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