Expect the unexpected as World Movies takes you on a journey beyond the clutter of Hollywood blockbusters, to the most stunning, award-winning films of the last few years. In one epic week, see the films that challenge convention and break down borders, leading the battle against boring through cutting-edge cinematography, soundtracks, editing, directing and acting.
The Assassin (2015)
Monday 1 August 8.30pm
Set in the last years of the Tang Dynasty in China, an assassin must choose between love or duty when her master gives her orders to kill a man from her past.
Winner of CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Best Director and Best Soundtrack), ASIAN FILM AWARDS (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Production Design and Best Sound), PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Best Foreign Film), GOLDEN HORSE FILM AWARDS (Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup & Costume Design and Best Sound Effects) and SATELLITE AWARDS (Best Costume Design).
Tuesday 2 August 8.30pm
On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift family sets about establishing a new life, only to find themselves embroiled in violence.
Winner of CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Palme d’Or), MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Grand Jury Prize) and ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS (Best Non-US release).
Wednesday 3 August 8.30pm
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz, during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
Winner of BAFTA (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Best Director), BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Best Picture by a New Director) and BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Best Film and Best Script).
Thursday 4 August 8.30pm
Hot-headed car mechanic, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor of his coastal Russian town when plans to demolish his family home are revealed. Kolya recruits a lawyer friend to help, but his arrival only brings more misfortune for Kolya, his wife and teenage son.
Winner of CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Best Screenplay), GOLDEN GLOBES (Best Foreign Language Film), LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (Best Film), PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FIPRESCI Prize) and ASIA PACIFIC AWARDS (Best Film).
The Great Beauty (2013)
Friday 5 August 8.30pm
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Winner of ACADEMY AWARD (Best Foreign Language Film), GOLDEN GLOBE (Best Foreign Language Film), BAFTA (Best Foreign Film) and SILVER RIBBON AWARDS (Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Sound).
And don’t miss our Award Winners marathon as we play all five films back to back from 2pm Saturday 6 August.