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Subtitled Screenings At Greenwich Picturehouse

April 20, 2011

I have just recieved the following information by email from the Greenwich Picturehouse:

We have our next season of subtitled screenings for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences at Greenwich Picturehouse confirmed.

They will be screening every Tuesday, with family films screened during the school holidays and more adult titles in term time. Bookings can be made online at or over the phone on 0871 0902 5732.

Please find details below of our forthcoming screenings for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences and help us spread the word!

ARTHUR (12A), Tuesday 26 April (tickets on sale from Friday 22 April)
The Oscar-winning 80’s comedy gets a 21st-century re-boot, with vivacious funnyman Russell Brand inheriting the eponymous role made famous by Dudley Moore.

This update sees Arthur, a boozy but loveable upper-class fop, face the ultimate dilemma when he falls for a girl his family strongly disapprove of. Arthur’s not about to let his relatives’ fickleness stand in the way of true love, but will talk of him being denied the handsome inheritance he’s been awaiting force him into a sudden change of heart? With Jennifer Gardner, Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren.

FAREWELL (12A) – Tuesday 3 May (tickets on sale from Friday 29 April)
Featuring a heavyweight European cast and steeped in ’80s Cold War atmosphere, director Carion’s (MERRY CHRISTMAS) FAREWELL is a taut espionage thriller based on true events that changed the world.

Colonel Sergei Gregoriev (played by revered director Emir Kusturica, ARIZONA DREAM), a Russian KGB operative, finds himself increasingly disenchanted with the communist regime. He starts liaising with the enemy, supplying documents to a Moscow-based French engineer, who relays them to the French secret service. At the height of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan (Fred Ward) meets with French president François Mitterrand (Philippe Magnan) to use this information to alter the course of international politics.
(NB – in French, English and Russian with full English subtitles)

HANNA (12A) – Tuesday 10 May (tickets on sale from Friday 6 May)
A full-blooded action-thriller with a pulsing score from The Chemical Brothers, HANNA marks a change of tack for multi-BAFTA-winning British director Joe Wright (ATONEMENT).

The plot follows a teenage assassin named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan, THE WAY BACK), who’s been raised to kill in an isolated snow-blanketed shack in Finland by her ex-CIA father (Bana, MUNICH). Her moment of truth arrives when her father sends her out on a stealth mission across Europe, where she is duly tracked by a team of intelligence operatives commanded by a ruthless US government agent (Blanchett, ROBIN HOOD). As she nears the end of her assignment, however, the truth about her existence will change Hanna’s fate forever.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (12A) – Tuesday 17 May (tickets on sale from Friday 13 May)
Adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel by acclaimed screenwriter Richard LaGravenese (THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE HORSE WHISPERER), WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a deeply romantic film that confronts the trauma of loss and how seemingly insignificant decisions can shape the course of our lives.

Recently orphaned and adrift, Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson, TWILIGHT) jumps aboard a passing train and enters the world of freaks and misfits in a second-rate circus struggling to survive the Great Depression. Landing the job of looking after the animals, he encounters Marlena (Witherspoon, WALK THE LINE), a gentle and alluring equestrian who happens to be betrothed to the villain of our tale. This timeless and endearing story of love against the odds has a beautiful period recreation that harks back to classic Hollywood melodrama on a grand scale.

ATTACK THE BLOCK (15)– Tuesday 24 May  (tickets on sale from Friday 20 May)
One half of comedy team Adam and Joe, Joe Cornish marks his first venture into feature filmmaking with ATTACK THE BLOCK, an urban comedy with an intergalactic twist.

After an alien spaceship crash-lands in a south London neighbourhood, a gang of local hoods hunt and kill the onboard invader before parading it through their closely guarded block. But this is just the beginning.

As the attacks become more frequent, the youths must rally together to defend their territory and save the planet. With Nick Frost (HOT FUZZ), Jodie Whittaker (VENUS) and Luke Treadaway (CLASH OF THE TITANS) also starring, ATTACK THE BLOCK promises to be 2011’s answer to fellow British comedy alumnus KICK-ASS.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (cert tbc) – Tuesday 31 May (Half Term family screening, 11am)
Captain Jack is back! In this fourth instalment of the swashbuckling franchise Jack Sparrow (Depp) teams up with his salty old pal Barbossa (Rush, THE KING’S SPEECH) and sets out on an epic quest to uncover the legendary Fountain of Youth. But their plans are thrown off course when an old flame (Cruz, NINE) turns up unannounced and tricks Jack aboard her father’s vessel. As fate would have it her pop’s none other than the infamous Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane, THE SORCEROR’S APPRENTICE), who’s out to claim the Fountain for himself.

The first PIRATES film to be presented in 3D, ON STRANGER TIDES promises to be a rip-roaring adventure for the whole family.

HANGOVER 2 (cert tbc) – Tuesday 7 June  (tickets on sale from Friday 3 June)
After their legendary lads’ weekend in Las Vegas, the boys find themselves in a spot of bother all over again in Todd Phillips’ highly anticipated sequel to 2009’s smash hit comedy THE HANGOVER.

This time, Phil (Cooper, LIMITLESS), Alan (Galifianakis, DUE DATE) and Doug (Bartha, THE REBOUND) head to Bangkok for their best pal Stu’s (Helms) wedding. But things go awry when Stu’s brother-in-law-to-be goes missing and the gang hit the city to find him and save the ceremony. Expect the unexpected from this riotous buddy comedy, including plenty more wild cameos from the likes of Mike Tyson and Paul Giamatti (BARNEY’S VERSION).

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (cert tbc) – Tuesday 14 June (tickets on sale from Friday 10 June)
While comic-book movies continue to jostle for our attention in a lately somewhat crowded genre, Matthew Vaughn’s (KICK-ASS) attempt to reinvigorate the hitherto lucrative X-MEN franchise will certainly not disappoint this summer.

As the origin story to end all origin stories, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS takes us all the way back to the early 1960s, where Professor Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and his best friend Erik Lehnsherr, aka future archenemy Magneto (Fassbender), are gearing up their Mutant comrades to thwart the single greatest threat the world has ever known. With an all-star cast and blockbuster effects, Vaughn’s film promises to give the genre a much-needed injection of new blood.

Foreign language subtitled films we will be showing:

ADELE BLANC SEC (12A), from 22 April
Who else could unleash a pterodactyl swooping above the boulevards of pre-First World War Paris? Set your imaginations to soar with French director Luc Besson’s return to the big screen with his version of Jacques Tardi’s much-loved cartoon strips and books.

Intrepid young journalist Adèle Blanc-Sec (Bourgoin) laughs at fear and is ready for anything. Which is just as well as she must face down Egyptian mummies, buck-toothed villains and a refugee from the Jurassic era in her quest to find a cure for her desperately ill sister.

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC blends eye-popping fantasy with gorgeous period detail and precisely the sort of strong female lead we would expect from the man who gave us NIKITA.

France fell in love with Louise Bourgoin, for her portrayal of a thoroughly French heroine full of wit and charm, and we’re sure you will too.

13 ASSASSINS (15), from 6 May
Culminating in an epic 45 minute battle sequence that stands up as one of the most blistering action set-pieces in cinematic history, 13 ASSASSINS is a work of refined visionary genius from prolific and controversial Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.

Japan, 1844. Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira (Inagaki) is a vindictive young megalomaniac whose blue blood status gives him free rein to rape and murder as he pleases. But his wanton behaviour doesn’t go unnoticed and veteran samurai Shinzaemon (Yakusho, BABEL) is called in to head up a daring assassination plot. He enlists the services of eleven more samurai, comprising both seasoned elders and steely upstarts. A brash local chancer joins the band of brothers en route and the first stages of Shinzaemon’s carefully laid plan come together. But will they be enough to bring Naritsugu to justice once and for all?

LE QUATTRO VOLTE (cert tbc), from 27 May
One of the real highlights of this year’s Cannes film festival was this almost wordless film of striking beauty and originality. Set in remote, rural Calabria in southern Italy it is a delicate and wryly funny meditation on rural life.

Quasi-documentary in form and with a pace exquisitely matched to that of the village itself the main subjects are an elderly goatherd, baby goat, dog, fir tree and smoking charcoal kiln. There is no dialogue as such but a rich soundscape of goat bells and howling winds, church bells and burning wood. The film’s titles translates as ‘The Four Times’ derived from a Pythagorean text identifying man’s nature as mineral, vegetable, animal and rational; the overall feel is of something elemental, primordial even.

In LE QUATTRO VOLTE one can find echoes of the poetry of SLEEP FURIOUSLY or the dry humour of HUKKLE (2003) but this is a rare and wondrous work.

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