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CINEMA SUBLIME (article first published : 2003-05-3)

Cinema Sublime is an art movie series held at the Berea CineCentre at Berea Centre every Sunday at 17h15. Proceeds go towards assisting the NSA’s outreach programmes.

May 4: Pellet - a Spanish film with English subtitles directed by Achero Manas which won the Spanish Goya Awards in 2001 for Best Film, Best New Actor and Best New Director. Pellet tackles the sensitive issue of children's rights and tells a story of two conflicting worlds. Pellet (Pablo Galan) is a twelve year old boy raised in a violent environment, but the embarrassment of his family prevents him from building any lasting relationships with outsiders. When a new boy arrives at his school, Pellet discovers the true meaning of friendship and he is introduced to a family where communication and love prevail. This provides him with enough strength to finally confront his own situation.

May 11: Pinero, an American film made in 2000 directed by Leon Ichaso which tells the chaotic true-life story of the acclaimed late Puerto Rican poet/playwright Miguel Pinero (Benjamin Bratt), who captivated New York's cultural elite in the 1970's and 80's. His life is a study in contrasts as he did time in Sing Sing prison for drug dealing and petty theft, which he turned into an award-winning play. But the resulting fame and notoriety were too much for the Latino genius and he died a premature death in 1988 at the age of 40. Pinero is remarkable in its honesty and it reflects his turbulent love life and the founding of the acclaimed Nuyorican Poets Café in the Lower East Side.

May 18: The King's Daughters, a 2000 Belgium/France/Germany production, directed by Director: Patricia Mazuy. In French with English subtitles, it won the Official Selection Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2000. The film is based on the life of Madame Maintenon (Isabelle Huppert) formerly an ambitious courtesan in the time of Louis XIV, who founded Saint-Cyr, a boarding school for girls. This was an attempt to cleanse herself of her past and devote herself to educating women in order for them to shape their own destinies. She calls her pupils "Daughters of the King" but her grand scheme starts to unravel when some acquire a taste for the power she herself had in the past. Maintenon becomes fanatical in her attempt to save them, even to the point of eschewing her own ideas about freedom and excellence. This film is a lush period drama.

May 25: Promised Land, a South African film made in 2002 and directed by Jason Xenopoulos. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles, it won Best Screenplay Award at the Tokyo Film Festival 2002.This is a stylish film which follows the inward turn-around of George Neethling (Nick Boraine) when he arrives in South Africa from London to fulfil his dying mother's wish. He encounters, en route to the family farm, a community isolated from reality and the changing world. This film explores the final moments of an era steeped in decay and the heritage of a people in whose wake tidal waves of blood still rake the land. It is a tale of death and rebirth, of two tormented worlds that collide, leaving fragments of hope and salvation.




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