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Aix – At the Cinema

Windy weather right now with rain coming through – a good time to scurry into one of the Aix cinemas.  Quite a programme to look forward to.

  • Two classic adaptations from EM Forster novels showing at the Mazarin: ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Howards End’, both with excellent casts.  VO.
  • ‘Scandale’ in VF and VO, inspired by a controversial US TV news channel with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron.  At the Cézanne
  • Awards nominated films continue: ‘1917’ and ‘A Couteaux Tirés’ or Knives Out.  Thanks to all the friends who recommended the latter to me, easy to see why it is Oscar-nominated for best screenplay.  ‘Little Women’ or ‘Les Filles du Docteur March’ continues too.

Coming up, two special events both at the Cézanne:

  • ‘An American in Paris’, 3rd Feb, preceded by dance from the juniors at the Pavillon Noir
  • ‘Le Prince Oublié’. This preview will take place in the presence of director Michael Hazanovicious, and actors Berenice Bejo and Omar Sy.

Details https://www.lescinemasaixois.com

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This Week at the Cinema

It won at the Golden Globes and now we have the opportunity to see it – 1917, directed by Sam Mendes, and by all accounts an overwhelming experience of life in the WW1 trenches and behind enemy lines.

Also this week, the chance for catch-up as some of the top films from the past year are being featured at the annual Telerama festival.  For instance two films tipped for Oscars are on show at the Renoir, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (Sunday) and ‘Parasite’ (Saturday).  The latter looks intriguing but unless you are a Korean-speaker, you will have to contend with fairly fast French subtitles.  More here: https://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/23e-festival-telerama

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‘Little Women’ was a brave choice for director Greta Gerwig to tackle (more…)

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Feminism Rocks the Cinema

At last, ‘La Reine des Neiges’ or ‘Frozen 2’ hits the cinemas in France tomorrow.  It’s been 6 years since the first instalment thrilled young girls around the world with its powerful messages of self-reliance and independence: at last female characters weren’t sitting around waiting for a prince to rescue them. ‘Frozen‘ is the top animated film of all time with box office takings of $1.27bn and the trigger for a tidal wave of themed merchandise. (more…)

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….the Cézanne cinema to be specific to the delight, no doubt, of its many TV followers.  In the film, we rejoin the Crawley famly and their staff, busily preparing for an unexpected visit from King George and Queen Mary, exacting guests.   But trouble soon arises when Mrs. Patmore, Daisy and the rest of the servants learn that the king and queen travel with their own chefs and attendants — setting the stage for an impromptu scheme and other shenanigans.

Starts Wednesday 25th September. VO.

Details https://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/downton-abbey

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If you were in Aix in 2013, you will remember the delightful January day when (more…)

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Both PARADES in the cours Mirabeau, which opens the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Parade Pique-Nique, part of MPG2019, are all booked out, (June 30th), but it’s always nice to wander in town around these events.

It’s very much the beginning of a packed summer of events in town, and also throughout the region, so what you need is a copy of ‘Le Guide de l’Eté’ published by La Provence. (more…)

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Fresh from its outing at Cannes, Rocketman opens this week in Aix with showers of sparkle, terrific choreography and of course some great music. (more…)

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No need to leave the cours Mirabeau to have a front row view of the Opening Night in Cannes.  Once again, it will be transmitted live to the Renoir.  The programme begins Tuesday, 14th May, at 18:45 with red-carpet interviews, then we move inside the Palais des Festivals for this year’s opening film, ‘The Dead Don’t Die’.

The plot: “In a peaceful, small town, zombies suddenly rise from their graves, terrorizing the citizens. Three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish mortician with a love for drag makeup and sword fighting must band together to try and stay alive. The road to survival, however, may be a dead end.”



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