Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Snows Of Kilimanjaro (film)

The new Eastbourne Film Society season at the Curzon Cinema starts off in great style with a French film from 2011 directed by Robert Gu├ędiguian. Not to be confused with the 1952 Ava Gardner film of the same name, this The Snows Of Kilimanjaro (Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro) is set in Marseille and was inspired by a Victor Hugo poem, Les pauvres gens (Poor People). The film is a 15 certificate.

Trade unionist Michel (Jean-Pierre Daroussin) is tasked with announcing the names of 20 men who will be made redundant from their jobs. His own name is among the 20. Even though he did not need to submit it to the ballot, his sense of fair play and comradeship obliged him to. Family and friends rally round and, as a thirtieth anniversary present Michel and his wife Marie-Claire (Ariane Ascaride) are given the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to see Mount Kilimanjaro. However, they are brutally robbed before they can go, leaving Michel injured. Then a lucky chance leads Michel to discover who robbed him - another of the redundant workers, Christophe (Gr├ęgoire Leprince-Ringuet).

Curzon Cinema, Wed 25th Sep, times tbc.
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (15:00-19:00 daily).