HOUSE OF CARDIN
23rd July France 94mins G
Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature, but few know the man behind the larger than life label. Ultimately, we seek to answer the question: Who is Pierre Cardin? What is the story behind this legendary icon?
House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Pierre Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.
30th July New Zealand 96mins M
Told with warm humour, this quietly powerful feature debut takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a personal loss.
Inspired by his own childhood neighbours, director Hamish Bennett follows Ross (Marshall Napier, Babe), a largely silent man who farms his land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle). When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself. Perfectly capturing love, loyalty and reliance in all the little moments, Bennett brings a gracious tenderness to this exquisite, gentle film.
6th August France 87mins MA
Thanks to one very special jacket, it’s open season on killer style – and on filmmaking itself.
Wracked by a mid-life crisis, Georges (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) splashes €8000 on a fringed deerskin jacket, with a digital video camera thrown in to sweeten the deal. And it ignites in him a madness of taste. Convinced he shares a special understanding with the supple suede, Georges decides nobody else must ever wear a jacket. And he recruits waitress and aspiring film editor Denise (Adèle Haenel, The Unknown Girl) to help document his violent adventures on fashion’s wild frontier.
LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
13th August France 110mins M
A French film to equal the gleeful inventiveness of The Truman Show, this reimagining of the film-within-a-film concept boasts the mighty combination of Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant.
Victor (Auteuil), a 70-something tech-phobic cartoonist, is struggling both professionally and personally. His work is evaporating with the growing dominance of the Internet, and his wife, Marianne (Ardant), loathes him. Things take a turn when Victor meets Antoine (Guillaume Canet) whose company offers a unique theatrical service where customers are able to revisit memories and play out fantasies through carefully orchestrated re-enactments. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life.