Kafka On Film: The TrialPG

Directed by Orson Welles | France/Italy/West Germany | 1961 | 1h 58m | Starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Elsa Martinelli, Romy Schneider, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff

Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They inform him he is on trial, without exposing the reasons behind it. In order to find out more and protest his innocence, the man starts to look behind the facade of the judicial system. His efforts, however, seem to lead nowhere. A dizzyingly expressionist take on Franz Kafka’s novel, Orson Welles casts Anthony Perkins as a bewildered office drone who is plunged into a disorienting bureaucratic labyrinth of guilt, corruption, and paranoia.

To mark the momentous occasion of the centenary of Franz Kafka’s death, we reflect the significant impact of Kafka’s work on a wide variety of major film-makers, from Orson Welles to Terry Gilliam, David Lynch to Michael Haneke. Kafka On Film begins with one of the first, and probably best known, adaptation of a Kafka novel.

Introduction by Professor Carolin Duttlinger, Professor of German Literature and Culture, Wadham College, University of Oxford and Guardian Film Critic Peter Bradshaw.

100 years after Franz Kafka’s untimely death in 1924, the AHRC-funded research project ‘Kafkas’s Transformative Communities‘ is celebrating Kafka’s huge enduring legacy in different artforms and communities. Working in partnership with leading artists and cultural institutions, we are co-sponsoring five new artistic responses to Kafka in different media (prose fiction, music, dance, drama and visual art) while also introducing his works to a new generation of readers. The project also includes a free public exhibition at the Weston Library Oxford, Kafka: Making of an Icon, which opens on 30 May.

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Tuesday 28 May

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What else is on?

Today (Sunday 19th May)

14:45

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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17:15

Challengers 15
2h 11m
Jealousy, lust, and betrayal take centre court in this propulsively energetic love-triangle sports drama starring Zendaya and Josh O'Connor, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).

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20:00

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century Italy, the Catholic Church kidnaps a young Jewish boy claiming that he was secretly baptised at birth. A gripping drama told with operatic intensity and visual grandeur by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio.

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Tomorrow (Monday 20th May)

18:00

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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20:30

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry 15
1h 50m | Georgian w/ English subtitles
In a Georgian village, a middle-aged woman vows never to marry, causing intrigue amongst the locals. But when she unexpectedly begins to fall in love, she must choose between her life of independence and romance.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!