Feast of international titles at Cinema Nouveau


The best of art-house titles from around the world show at Cinema Nouveau until 26 July 2013 during the ‘World Cinema Fest’. 

With a diverse range of films from Australia, Austria, Spain, France, the UK and the Americas, plus some local flavour, audiences can look forward to a selection of the world’s best movies.  

The ‘World Cinema Festival’ titles are:

The Sapphires   
Released 24 May 

Starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell and Tory Kittles.

Genre:  Drama, Musical and Performing Arts, Comedy
Director: Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson
Country:  Australia

The Sapphires, inspired by a true story and based on the 2004 stage play, follows four vibrant, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. 

Shadow Dancer 
Released 31 May    

Starring Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson and Martin McCann

Genre:  Mystery and Suspense, Drama
Director: Tom Brady
Country:  Ireland

Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Mac) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. 

Fly me to the Moon (Un Plan Parfait) 
Releases 7 June

Starring Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol and Robert Plagnoi

Genre:  Action, Romance
Director:  Pascal Chaumeil
Country:  France (French with English subtitles)

Fly Me to the Moon centres on a 30-something woman who has a great career and a loving boyfriend. However, her family is plagued with a curse that turns every first marriage into a divorce. So when her boyfriend presses her to get married, she decides to wed and divorce a stranger before her actual wedding.

I’m So Excited 
Releases 14 June

Starring Cecilia Roth, Lola DuenÞas, Raul Arevalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre and Hugo Silva

Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Pedro Almodovar
Country:  Spain (Spanish with English subtitles)

A technical failure endangers the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots attempt, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to prevent the plane from crashing. The flight attendants and the chief steward try to forget their personal problems and devote themselves to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers. Life in the clouds is as complicated as it is on the ground…  

To the Wonder
Releases 21 June

Starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Director:  Terrence Malick
Country:  North America 

Director Terrence Malick tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). 

Song for Marion
Releases 28 June

Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston

Genre:  Drama, Musical and Performing Arts, Comedy
Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Country:  Britain

This is a heart-warming story about the loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and his wife, the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). While she is happy to sing her heart out with the unconventional local choir, Arthur would prefer to hide himself away and complain about how embarrassing it all is. But when heartbreak strikes, Arthur is forced to re-think his outlook on life.

Die Laaste Tango 
Releases 5 July 

Starring Louw Venter, Antoinette Louw, Marius Weyers, Stian Bam and Rob van Vuuren 

Genre: Crime, Drama
Director:  Deon Meyer 
Country: South Africa

De Wet (Venter), a 34-year old, workaholic detective is burnt out, having immersed himself in an investigation involving the ruthless murder of nine girls. When De Wet captures the killer he loses all control and almost beats the suspect to death. Sent away to Loxton in the middle of the Karoo until the controversy blows over, De Wet meets Ella (Louw), a passionate and beautiful woman who is dying of cancer. As he and Ella fall in love, the killer awakes from his coma and travels to Loxton for revenge… 

Releases 19 July

Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert

Genre: Art House and International, Drama
Director:  Michael Haneke
Country:  Austria (French with English subtitles)

Georges and Anne are in their 80s. They are both cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. When Anne has an attack the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Release date to be confirmed

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco, Antonia Zegers and Marcial Zegers

Genre: Drama
Director: Pablo Larrain
Country: Chile (Spanish with English subtitles)

The film is based on the unpublished play El Plebiscito, written by Antonio Skarmeta. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal plays Rene, an advertising man working in Chile

in the late 1980s. The historical moment the film captures is when advertising tactics came to be widely used in political campaigns. The campaign in question was the historic 1988 plebiscite of the Chilean citizenry over whether general Augusto Pinochet should have another eight-year term as President.


At the end of the festival, 10 lucky winners have the opportunity to win a personalised cooking master class with renowned French chef, Michel Morand. 

This experience is presented courtesy of Institut Français South Africa, Alliance Française, lepetitjournal.com and Exclusively Yours Catering by Michel Morand. 

There are more chances to win with exclusive DVD box sets featuring great French art-house films up for grabs for the ten weeks of the promotion.


Visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or in-cinema for all the details.

For booking details and more information about the competition and prizes, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi or call the SK Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow Twitter @nouveaubuzz. 


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