THE Dunamaise will be showing some treats for cinema goers this week with two filmed being screened. The first of these is Le Gamin au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike) which will be on the screen today, Tuesday November 27.
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.
Directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning Belgium duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo, 2011) continues a remarkably consistent partnership. We’re thrust straight into the action as the film opens with a young boy whose life of conflict and disobedience has resulted in him running away from the children’s home his father (Jeremie Renier) has abandoned him in.
The second film, the acclaimed ‘A Royal Affair’, will be shown on Friday November 30. Johann Friedrich Struensee, town physician and doctor to the poor of Altona – then governed by the King of Denmark, Christian VII – accompanies his monarch in 1768 on the latter’s year-long trip around Europe.
During the journey, he gains the trust of the psychologically unstable king and is made his personal physician. But Struensee wants more: together with Queen Caroline Mathilde, who falls in love with the handsome and assertive medic, he increasingly takes over state affairs. A Royal Affair creates a mixture of historical-political thriller, romance and tragedy. For more information on these events, visit www.dunamaise.ie.