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BALKAN BLOCKBSUTERS - EMIR KUSTURICA FILMS ' THE ONION
SUNDAY 15TH MARCH FROM 6PM
Last time we showed Black Cat White Cat, Underground and Life Is A Miracle. This stime we show two of his earlier less known films and his first film in English, starring Jonny Depp...
(1993 - 134 MINS - RATED 15)
An Inuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gopher. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles…
Starring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway and Vincent Gallo
WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS
(1985 - 129 MINS - RATED 15)
Celebrated Balkan filmmaker Emir Kus-
turica won his first Palme d’Or at the
1985 Cannes Film Festival for this extra-
ordinary and exuberant portrait of 1950s
Yugoslavia, as seen through the eyes of
a six year-old boy, Malik.
As the country resists the pressures of
Stalinism, many find themselves taken
away ‘on business’ by the police for
making incautious statements against the
But Malik’s father Manojlovic finds himself imprisoned for an altogether less noble reason when
his affair with the mistress of a high-ranking party official is discovered. Naively believing his
Papa to be away on business, Malik must face up to life’s sometimes poignant, often comic tri-
bulations without him.
DO YOU REMEMBER DOLLY BELL?
(1981 - 105 MINS - RATED 15)
The acclaimed debut feature by cele-
brated filmmaker Emir Kusturica is a bitter-
sweet coming-of-age tale set amidst the
uproar of 1960s Sarajevo. As Hollywood
movies begin to find their way into the
country, sixteen year-old Dino becomes
seduced by the glamour of the gangster
films that flash before his eyes at the
local cinema. Determining to follow a life
of crime himself, Dino falls in with a band
of petty crooks until a liaison with local
prostitute Dolly Bell turns his world upside
down in a way not even the movies could
have prepared him for.
A two-times winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or, Kusturica’s energy
and unique cinematic eye are very much in evidence in this thoughtful, charming and eccentric
comedy that won the Golden Lion for best first film at the Venice Film Festival.