Gobsmacking, astonishing, extraordinary, breathtaking
just some of the superlatives you may have heard during the course of an exceptional 2016 and you could be forgiven for thinking that sometimes “I think I’ll wake up and it will have all been a dream” ….
Well, no, it wasn’t a dream: Monico Movies really did win a Big Lottery Fund Award, and have a very shiny new cinema kit that will continue to bring neighbourhood cinema to Rhiwbina. Hurrah!
I know what you’re thinking; all those wonderful movies, short films, ice creams and laughter, can it get any better?
In a word, yes!
The Monico Movies crew are busying away preparing more movie going treats for the year ahead.
In the meantime, let’s look at the movies for February.
18th February is a special Monico Movies day as we have two screenings. A 3pm matinee, Song of the Sea (PG) and in the evening Casablanca (U).
Song of the Sea (PG) is a film you may well not have heard of, released in 2014, it is an Oscar nominated animation from Irish film-maker Tom Moore.
It is a visual delight that will appeal to children and adults alike.
Up and down the coasts of Ireland and Scotland, stories were once commonly told in which beautiful, shape-shifting creatures – the selkies, or seal-people – would emerge from the sea and bring comfort to lonely souls. They would marry and raise children with their human partners. And all would be well until the day they were called home, and they would slip off as softly and unstoppably as a wave back down the shore. The stories are bereavement allegories.
Song of the Sea begins on the evening Ben, the four-year-old son of a lighthouse keeper, is about to become a big brother. His beautiful mother kisses him goodnight, and as his eyes close she tells him he’ll be the best big brother any child could ever wish for. But in the morning, Ben’s mother has gone and his new baby sister, Saoirse, is all he and his father have to remember her by.
Six years later, Ben learns that his mother was a selkie, and that Saoirse has inherited her gift – a discovery that spirits brother and sister away into a world of faeries, elves, enchanted wells, a broken-hearted sea-giant and his own jealously protective mother, the owl-witch Macha.
The fantastical story is brought to life in swirling hand-drawn animation, inspired partly by Celtic folk art and partly by modernist painters such as Klee and Kandinsky, while, as in The Wizard of Oz, each fantasy element in the tale has a real-world equivalent. (Macha, for example, looks not unlike Ben’s well-meaning but surly grandmother.) That interplay of reality and magic makes it the most complex and subtle exploration of grief in a children’s film.
Casablanca (U) is of course one of the all time classic Hollywood movies. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It has been said it is perhaps the perfect movie and after 75 years it is still regularly in many a film buffs top 10. Thanks to a new digital transfer, to mark the 70th anniversary, it also looks great on screen.
Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films.
Saturday 18th February
3pm Song of the Sea (PG)
7.30pm Casablanca (U)
Tickets are £4, and selling fast…
cash only (including a free ice-cream for children at Song of the Sea) and are available from:
10am – 4pm
closed Sunday and Monday
10 Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6LX
7am – 7.30pm
closes on Sundays 1pm
1 Wenallt Rd, Cardiff, CF14 6SA
029 2062 0735
93A Heol Llanishen Fach, Cardiff, CF14 6LB
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