For a second week we have three films on show, with a screening on Saturday to commemorate the end of World War One.
Tuesday evening’s film, Crazy Rich Asians, is a romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan. Its worldwide box office take of $234 million to date makes it the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the last 10 years. It is also the first Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
Thursday – Sarah Waters’s books lend themselves to successful screen adaptations, as those of you who saw Chan-wook Park’s The Handmaiden will attest, and Thursday’s film The Little Stranger is no exception. Lenny Abrahamson follows up on the award-winning Room with this study of the declining aristocracy in the aftermath of the Second World War, with a superb performance from Ruth Wilson.
Saturday – To commemorate the end of the First World War in November 1918, we are screening the acclaimed French film The Guardians on Saturday afternoon. A story of the women running the ‘home front’ in war-torn France, it stars Natalie Baye, her real-life daughter Laura Smet and newcomer Iris Bry, and shows the efforts made to cultivate the land in the absence of the menfolk with the strains this places on the les guardiennes. The moving score is by veteran composer Michel Legrand.