An interesting duo of films in this week’s programme for the David Lean Cinema.
Tuesday evening at 19:30 sees Sicilian Ghost Story, a supernatural drama with mythical elements re-imagines the tragic story of 12-year old Giuseppe Di Matteo, kidnapped by the Mafia in 1993 in a bid to silence his informant father.
In settings where a forest, lake and animals evoke memories of dark fairy tales, the disappearance of Giuseppe (aged 13 in the film) causes classmate Luna to rebel against the silence and complicity that surround her, in a relentless quest to find him.
Thursday’s film, Shiraz, is a feast for the eyes, as the 1928 silent film come to our screen.
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, it tells not only of their romance but how it led to the construction of one of India’s most majestic buildings: the Taj Mahal.
Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings and the film was restored to its glory from original film elements by the BFI in 2017, accompanied by a new score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar.