THE Dunamaise Arts Centre will screen Canada’s submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film - ‘Monsieur Lazhar’on Friday September 28 at 2.30pm and 8pm.
After a Montreal elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, she is replaced by Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), an Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. As Lazhar introduces traditional teaching methods to his new class, he begins to develop close relationships with two of his pupils: a boy traumatized by his discovery of the former teacher’s body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event provokes unforeseen revelations.
Next Tuesday, October 2, the centre will be showing ‘It Happened One Night’ at 11am. Frank Capra’s ‘It Happened One Night’ was such a hit in 1934 that it won, unprecedently at the time, Oscars in the five most important categories: Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Actress, Best Film and Director. It’s even reputed to be one of Joseph Stalin’s favourite movies. For more see www.dunamaise.ie.