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Melancholia15

Dates Showing:
Wednesday 28 September – Thursday 13 October, not Thursday 29 September
Show Times:
times vary [ see showings ]

The opening sequence of Melancholia instantly reveals that there will be no happy ending. No amount of science or weaponry can save the Earth as it is about to be swallowed up by a planet named Melancholia. This apocalyptic sucker-punch results in a movie which is infinitely morbid but completely compelling, and at times very moving.

Melancholia is then played out over two chapters. The first focuses on Kirsten Dunst who plays Justine, a newly wed who is overwhelmingly depressed despite this supposedly being the happiest day of her life. The second half features her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she struggles to accept her husband’s belief that Melancholia will not strike the Earth.

Lars von Trier creates a mesmerizing, visually gorgeous and often-moving alloy of family drama. The Telegraph

Unfortunately the Q&A via satellite with Kirsten Dunst on Wednesday 28 September has been cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

The screening on Sunday 2 October (19.00) is a GFT Screen Salon event: a 15-minute illustrated introduction will set the scene and our speaker will stay on to lead a post-screening discussion.

Director:
Lars von Trier
Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Year:
2011
Running Time:
2h 16m
Country:
Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany
Language:
English

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