Throughout February and March, we’re showing all five films nominated for Best International Feature at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. From Jerzy Skolimowski’s Polish drama about a lone donkey’s journey across Europe, to Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s crushingly emotional coming-of-age tale Close – you can see them all at the UPP. More info on each title as well as full listings and booking info can be found underneath.
Released from a travelling circus, a grey donkey treks across the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, all the while observing the follies and triumphs of humankind. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar, legendary filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski’s (Deep End, The Shout) engrossing and surreal portrait of modern Europe won the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Thursday 2nd March 20:30 – Book tickets
All Quiet On The Western Front (15)
At the outbreak of the First World War, a group of young men, encouraged by romantic dreams of heroism, enlist in the German army. Full of patriotic fervour, they enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the Western Front, they are soon confronted with the unbearable horror of war. A visceral and visually striking anti-war film based on Erich Maria Remarque’s renowned bestseller from 1928. Nominated for nine Oscars and winner of seven BAFTAs, including Best Film.
Argentina, 1985 (15)
In 1980s Argentina, a young lawyer and his inexperienced legal team dares to prosecute the leaders responsible for the country’s bloodiest military dictatorship. A gripping and brilliantly acted courtroom drama telling the true story of the first major war crimes trial the world had seen since Nuremberg.
The Quiet Girl (12A)
In 1980s Ireland, a quiet nine-year-old girl is sent to live on a farm with foster parents for the summer. After a short period of unease she begins to blossom in their care, however, she soon discovers that her foster parents have secrets of their own. Centred on a remarkable performance by its young star and adapted from Claire Keegan’s acclaimed short story, this poignant Irish-language film is a moving coming of age story and a beautiful portrait of rural life.
Thirteen-year-olds Léo and Rémi are inseparable; they spend every waking moment together, playing in the fields and sleeping at each other’s houses. However as they begin a new school year, the pressures of early adolescence challenge their bond with unexpected consequences. Featuring incredibly emotional performances by its two lead actors, Lukas Dhont’s award-winning drama is a powerful coming-of-age story about male friendship, intimacy, and masculinity.
Friday 24th March 18:00 – Book tickets
Saturday 15th March 15:00 – Book tickets
Monday 27th March 20:30 – Book tickets
Wednesday 29th March 18:00 – Book tickets
Thursday 30th March 20:45 – Book tickets