VILE&Unlikeable • feat. Naked, To Die For & The Piano Teacher @ The Prince Charles Cinema, London [from 10 to 17 September]

VILE&Unlikeable • feat. Naked, To Die For & The Piano Teacher

10 - 17
12:30 - 12:50

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The Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7 London, United Kingdom
Are you drawn to the rude? The nasty? The perverse? The monstrous? This season of films is for you. This curated selection of special films all spiral around one common theme – the unlikable protagonist. Separated into three sections — the stubborn, the secret, and the monster — this series features films from masters such as Mike Leigh, Gus van Sant, Michael Haneke, and more as they put a lead character front and centre who audiences are tested to like, despite how despicable they are. Do they earn our sympathy once the lights go up? If so, how? This repertory season asks what limits audiences have in engaging with these kind of characters, and why we are drawn to them –whether we like it or not!

— Naked (1993 film) • Sunday 10th September 12:30
A deep, disturbing, and darkly funny character odyssey that travels from Manchester to local Dalston, Mike Leigh’s Naked is a seminal film that introduced the world to the unpredictable talents of David Thewlis. Johnny Fletcher (Thewlis) escapes the north after a sexual assault to hide away with his ex-girlfriend Louise in London. However, sooner than later, Johnny’s antics lead him into twisted trouble and unexpected seduction that leads to a breathtaking climax.

Section: The Stubborn

Presented by Andrew Espe [NFTS]

— To Die For [35mm] • Sunday 17th September 12:50

Gus van Sant adapts Joyce Maynard’s novel about a deathly ambitious television personality with a career-capping performance from Nicole Kidman. Dazzled by the media since young, Suzanne Stone (Kidman) is disappointed with her life in New Hampshire with her husband Larry (Matt Dillon). Desperate for fame and success, she conspires with local high school students to have her husband killed – and she will be the subject of all the drama, in front of cameras. This dark comedy perfectly encapsulates America’s overreliance and unhealthy obsession with media portrayal and consumption, and positions an anti-heroine for the ages.

Section: The Monster

Presented by Andrew Espe [NFTS]

— The Piano Teacher [35mm] • Sunday 1st October 12:30

Based on the novel by Elfried Jelinek, Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher displays the filmmaker’s still but harrowing style as well as a breathtaking performance from Isabelle Huppert. Erika (Huppert) is a piano professor at a music conservatory in Vienna. She goes through her day with students, patiently coaching them through complicated pieces – but behind this banal façade lies a woman obsessed with indulging her sadomasochistic tendencies that borderline on dangerous. Things go out of control when she falls for Walter (Benoit Magimel) in this engrossing, pitch-black character study about a woman with a secret that might push her over the edge.

Section: The Secret

Presented by Andrew Espe [NFTS]
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