February ’19 Odeon Movies in English

The Odeon Cinema presents three films in the first half of February which have together accumulated 5 Golden Globe awards, 23 Academy Award nominations and 20 BAFTA nominations.  The three, all based on true stories, reveal secrets, human weaknesses and the triumph of the noble aspect of mankind.  The Favourite portrays the relationships and power struggles between Queen Anne of England and two would-be court favorites.  The Green Book, whose title comes “The Negro Traveler’s Green Book,” a guide for African American motorists in the Jim Crow South.  The film chronicles a story of a white chauffeur and a black passenger in the pre-Civil Rights Era South.  Vice, an unsentimental view of American vice president Dick Cheney’s rise to power in an unprecedented erosion of democracy, gives the viewer an eerie understanding of power and corruption.  All films will be screened in English with Italian subtitles.

February 6, 7, 10 (4:15 and 9:15 pm), February 5, 8 and 9 (4:15 and 6:45 pm): THE FAVOURITE

This costume drama-comedy set in the 18th century has won 10 British Independent Film Awards and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actress and two Best Supporting Actresses.  With England at war with France, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), the last of the Stuarts, occupies the throne.  Weak, mercurial and plagued with the gout, she grants much of her power to Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) who manipulates her with conniving behavior and favors.  Enter Sarah’s down-and-out cousin Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), who manages to promote herself from scullery maid to the Queen’s new fascination and the power play of three women ensues.  Although maybe not completely historically accurate, this film offers plenty of bawdy action, betrayal, wigs and wit.

February 11 and 16 (4 and 9 pm), February 12 and 17 (4 and 6:30 pm) February 13 (6:30 and 9 pm) February 14 (9 pm) and February 15 (6:30 pm): GREEN BOOK

It’s 1962 New York City and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), laid off as a bouncer at the Copacabana Club for renovations, seeks temporary employment.  He fast talks his way into a job as chauffer for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), an African American piano virtuoso.  The black musician is educated, impeccably dressed, speaks several languages and does not tolerate vulgarity or ill manners.  Tony is an ignorant, racist Italian-American with atrocious table manners and a rough Bronx accent.  As the concert tour expands into the Deep South with a white man driving a black man in a new Cadillac, the two are thrust into tense and dangerous circumstances.  This true story, written by Vallelonga’s son Nick, unfolds the account of two unlikely characters and the experiences which lead to the bonds made between them.  The Green Book, which received the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Mortensen) and Best Supporting Actor( Ali).

February 11 (6:30 pm), February 12 and 17 (9 pm), February 13 and 16 (4 pm), February 14 (4 and 6:30 pm) and February 15 (4 and 9 pm):  VICE

When Governor George W. Bush chooses Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) as his running mate in the 2000 Presidential election, he knows Cheney’s political experience will add strength to his candidacy.  But the Washington insider Cheney, working from experience in the Nixon and Ford administrations, manages, Machiavellian style, to obtain more and more influence in the legislative and executive branches of the US government.

As Cheney continues to wrest power from the naïve George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell), he becomes emboldened and, in an ironic wielding of his clout, fires his mentor Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell).  The film focuses on the fierce and unswerving support of his cold and ambitious wife Lynne (Amy Adams) as well as his devotion to her and their two daughters, one of them a lesbian.  Director Adam McKay pulls no punches regarding Cheney’s responsibility for the Iraq war and the many thousands of American and Iraqi deaths.  Vice received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and Best Original Screenplay.  (rita kungel)