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Stirring performances

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October 27, 2017

Brilliant performances are given by Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson in the first film of this weekend, Alone In Berlin (M).

This true story unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940.

When Anna and Otto’s son is killed they start carrying out small acts of anti-Nazi subversion.

Far from being mere victims, their small protests seriously unsettled the Nazi hierarchy and the closing scenes are a tribute to the power of two human ‘‘grains of sand’’.

Poultry lovers will enjoy the second film screening, Chicken People (PG).

Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some.

Chicken People documents the colourful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders.

There are many struggles and triumphs, humans and their chickens, on the road to the National Poultry Show.

These films will be shown on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, at 7pm and on Sunday, October 29, at 6pm.

Screening on November 3, 4 and 5 is the delightful Australian film, Ali’s Wedding (M).

After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the naive and musically gifted son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family or following his heart with a Lebanese, Australian-born girl.

Based on real events, this irreverent, fun film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival.

The second film is a wonderful French drama/comedy about a much-loved country doctor who falls ill and must be replaced, The Country Doctor (M).

All of the inhabitants can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who cares for them and who reassures them day and night, seven days a week.

Nathalie, a doctor new to the profession, comes to assist him, will she manage?

Come along to a Friday morning matinee of the entertaining Ali’s Wedding (M).

Tickets for just $10, include tea/coffee and a biscuit before the show from 10.30am. The movie starts about 11am.

A free screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (PG) by Al Gore is brought to us with the compliments of Swanpool Landcare on Thursday, November 16, at 7.30pm.

As Al Gore travels and continues his tireless fight to influence climate policy, he pursues the idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

The Swanpool volunteers have been busy making their famous choc-top ice-creams for the new season.

The candy bar opens half an hour before screening and at interval.

●For more information go to www.swanpoolcinema.com.au or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.

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