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Your International Film Listings

May 2010

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Highlights include BAFTA Award winning A Single Man, Academy Award Nominated An Education, Oscar Winner The Blind Side and Grand Prix Winner A Prophet plus many more.

mac monthly may 2010 An Education

Ticket Prices Full price: £6.50 | Concession: £4.50 | Matinee (before 5pm): £4.00 (including family screenings)


Mon 10 May, 6pm (99 mins) Tue 11 May, 3.30pm & 6pm Director: Lone Scherfig

It’s Complicated

Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina


Mon 3 May, 6pm (120 mins) Tue 4 May, 3.30pm & 6pm Director: Nancy Meyers Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin

H Nominated For 3 Golden Globes

A Single Man 15 Sat 1 & Sun 2 May, 6pm (99 mins)

When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship... complicated by the fact they’re divorced and he’s remarried.

Director: Tom Ford

British college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) struggles to find meaning in his life after the death of his long time partner Jim (Matthew Goode).

Sat 1 - Sun 2 May, 8.15pm (120 mins)

A Prophet 18

Mon 3 - Tue 4 May, 8.30pm

Wed 5 & Thu 6 May, 6pm (149 mins) Un prophète (French subtitled in English) Director: Jacques Audiard

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Alba Rohrwacher, Edoardo Gabbriellini

H Winner Grand Prix (2009); European Film

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve Cast: Chiara Caselli, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Alice de Lencquesaing

The Ghost

I Am Love 15

Tilda Swinton plays Emma, a Russian woman married into a wealthy aristocratic Milanese family with two adoring grown up children and an all-powerful patriarch by her side. Despite living amid every possible luxury, Emma finds it hard to accept a growing dissatisfaction with her gilded existence, in a film reminiscent of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Le Pere De Mes Enfants (French subtitled in English)

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London whose life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

When Grégoire Canvel, a French film producer devoted to supporting art house cinema, reaches crisis point, his family’s life is altered forever. Inspired by the life of celebrated producer Humbert Balsan.

H Bafta Award Winner: Best Actor

lo Sono l’Amore (Italian subtitled in English)

Fri 7- Sun 9 May, 6pm (112 mins)

H Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode

Wed 5 - Thu 6 May, 9pm

Father of My Children 12A

H Oscar Nominated – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay; Bafta Award Winner – Carey Mulligan – Best Actress

Awards – Best Actor; Bafta Award Winner; Academy Award Nominee – Best Film A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang and given a number of “missions”. He’s a fast learner and rises up the prison ranks, all the while secretly devising his own plans...


Fri 7 May, Sun 9 May 8.15pm (127 mins) Sat 8 May, 3pm & 8.15pm  Mon 10 - Tue 11 May, 8.05pm Wed 12 - Thu 13 May,  8.20pm Director: Roman Polanski Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall

H Berlin Film Festival: Best Director The Ghost is Polanski’s first contemporary film in two decades.Ewan McGregor stars (alongside a superbly ambivalent Pierce Brosnan) as a ghostwriter trying to complete the memoirs of a beleaguered (and very familiar) former PM, under investigation for war crimes.

Still Walking


Wed 12 & Thu 13 May, 6pm (114 mins) Japanese subtitled in English Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, Kazuya Takahashi This sublimely subtle and not-to-be-missed film, portraying the strains within a Japanese family as they reunite on a tragic anniversary, elevates director Hirokazu Kore-eda to the same league as Japan’s other masters of domestic drama, Ozu and Naruse. A modern masterpiece of understatement.

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mac monthly may 2010 Invictus 12A

The White Ribbon 15

Mon 17 May, 6pm (134 mins)

Fri 21 & Sat 22 May, 6pm (144 mins)

Tue 18 May, 3pm

Micmacs 12A Fri 14 - Sun 16 May, 6pm (104mins) Sat 15 May, 3.30pm French subtitled in English Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

H Oscar Nominated: Best Actor & Best

Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Susanne Lothar, Josef Biebichler

Supporting Actor

H Winner Of Palm D’or 2009

Clint Eastwood’s latest is the extraordinary story of the behind-the-scenes efforts of then newly elected President Mandela and the South African rugby team to ensure the country’s triumphant and symbolic victory in the 1995 World Cup. Part biopic, part sports movie, Invictus is an intelligent and inspiring watch.

The White Ribbon is a chilling portrait of collective dysfunction. Set in a pre-World War I German village, all seems well when random and motiveless acts of cruelty begin. A film of unique and profoundly disturbing power, this is Haneke’s best yet.

Cast: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Tue 25 May, 3pm Director: John Lee Hancock Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aron

H Academy Award Winner: Best Actress

Fri 14 - Thu 20 May, 8.15pm (94mins)

Lourdes U

Mon 17 May, 8.40pm

Tue 18 - Thu 20 May, 6pm (99 mins)

Directed: Chris Morris

The Blind Side 12A Sun 23 & Mon 24 May, 6pm (128 mins)

From the acclaimed director of Amélie and Delicatessen comes this zany satire on the arms trade. A thrilling and inventive comedy, it follows Bazil, who having suffered at the hands of local arms manufacturers, seeks to get his own back; all with a little help from his friends.

Four Lions 15A

German subtitled in English

Director: Clint Eastwood

French subtitled in parts

Cast: Chris Wilson, Kevin Eldon, Riz Ahmed

Director: Jessica Hausner

Enfant terrible of British TV, Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye) writes and directs this British comedy. A group of British jihadists push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. ‘A comic tour de force; it shows thatwhile terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots’ Sundance Film Festival

Cast: Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux, Gilette Barbier, Gerhard Liebmann

Lauded with Oscar nominations for Best Film and Best Actress, this film is powered by Sandra Bullock’s indomitable and unsentimental performance, as well the authenticity of its story: a moving modern fable showing the potent effects of a very singular good deed on one boy’s life.

Tue 25 & Wed 26 May, 6pm (89 mins) La mujer sin cabeza (Spanish subtitled in English) Director: Lucrecia Martel Cast: Maria Onetto, Claudia Cantero A woman driving on a dirt road hits something. Looking back, she sees nothing, but afterwards she is plagued with guilt and the curious certainty that something terrible has happened. Director Lucrecia Martel immerses us in the consciousness of Veronica, her confused protagonist, to mysterious and uniquely memorable effect. Destined to be a classic, this is a must-see.

The Departure Lounge: Kicks 15

Thu 27 May, 6.30pm (81 mins) Director: Lindy Heymann Cast: Kerrie Hayes; Nichola Burley Post Show Discussion: Director Lindy Heymann, Writer Leigh Campbell and Producer Andy Stebbing - in conversation with Roger Shannon.

H Winner Of Vienna International Film Festival’s Vienna Film Prize Christine, a young woman with multiple sclerosis, has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. Journeying to Lourdes, she has no faith in miracles and only wishes to meet new people – but then one day she wakes up to find that a miracle has taken place. Jessica Hausner’s funny, gently satirical film is a revelation.

The Headless Woman 12A

Cinema listings continue overleaf

The Departure Lounge is re-launched at mac with a special preview screening of KICKS. Liverpool-set, KICKS is a no budget tale of two scally teens who take their obsession with a big name football star to extreme conclusions. Tackling celeb culture and particularly questioning the average young girl’s eye on a premiership catch.

Ticket Prices Full price: £6.50 | Concession: £4.50 | Matinee (before 5pm): £4.00 (including family screenings)

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The Last Station


Mon 31 May, 6pm (112 mins) Tue 1 Jun, 3.30pm Director: Michael Hoffman Cast: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff

H Oscar Nominated

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 18 Fri 28 - Sun 30 May, 6pm (152 mins) Sat 29 May, 3pm

The Last Station utilises a stellar cast, including Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, Oscarnominated for their roles, to recount the final year in Leo Tolstoy’s life as the author lives amongst his family and associates; in a story full of passion, pathos, drama and intrigue.

Opening Weekend Be part of our opening celebrations on Sat 1 - Mon 3 May

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Swedish subtitled in English Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Explore our amazing new gallery space in this exhibition celebrating Birmingham as a global city encountering change. On 8 and 29 May there will be free activities for families in our public spaces.

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre   Finally The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has made it on to the screen. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist show up for the first of their investigations here; uncovering the awful secrets of the Vanger family in a faithful adaptation that retains the book’s singular appeal.

upc ming highlights Learning & Participation Designed for all from novices to professional artists, from June we’ll be running a series of short courses and workshops. On Sale 1 May.

La danse Tue 1 Jun - Thu 3 Jun, 6pm (159 mins) Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris (French subtitled in English)

Think outside the space All mac’s spaces can be hired privately for meetings and events. For more details visit the website or call Damien Vincent on 0121 446 3250.

Director: Frederick Wiseman



Fri 28 - Sun 30 May, 9pm (92 mins) Mon 31 - Thu 3 Jun, 8.20pm

Frederick Wiseman directs this behind-thescenes documentary following a year in the life of the Paris Opera Ballet. The film shows the company and its dancers as they prepare for, rehearse and stage seven different ballets.

Now showing at mac The website will always be the best way to find information. You’ll be able to book tickets, watch trailers and let us know what you think on our blog section.

Hebrew subtitled in English Director: Samuel Maoz Cast: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen   A simple mission that turns into a nightmare when a lone tank and a platoon of paratroopers are dispatched to search a town during the First Lebanon War.

Or you can pick up this round up flyer - available one month in advance of screenings and can be collected from mac, all Birmingham libraries and Birmingham Ticket shops.

c ming soon This year’s family Christmas show, The Lost Happy Endings, based on Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s much loved book, directed and adapted by Red Earth Theatre Company. Capsule Present Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players Fri 11 June, 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£12) Plaid are no strangers to unusual collaborations, and this mesmerising show is their most ear-opening yet, blending their trademark sound with the hypnotic textures of a Javanese gamelan orchestra.

The Congo Allstars - Rumba Soukous Tour Sat 10 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 (£9) With its four singers, one rapper, three guitarists and a rock solid rhythm section Congo Allstars return to reclaim their crown as the finest dance band in Africa today.

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