The Utopia’s Summer Follies programme continues with a slew of acclaimed indie films.
Arthouse is alive and well in Luxembourg despite the recent takeover of Utopia Group by Belgian giant Kinepolis. At least in the summer months the Utopia in Limpertsberg gives cinephiles a chance to catch up with some great indie arthouse and world cinema movies with its Summer Follies programme.
Among the treats on show this week is Peter Strickland’s unique “The Duke of Burgundy” (photo), which Scott Foundas in Variety describes as an elaborate tribute to the “Euro sexploitation pics of the 1960s and ‘70s”. The beautifully shot film stars Chiara D’Anna and Sidse Babett Knudsen as a pair of entomologists who engage in sexual games of domination and submission, games which are actually the basis of what Foundas says is “a surprisingly tender romance.”
Also on the programme this week is New Zealand film “Dark Horse”, a moving drama about a former chess champion coming to terms with being bipolar. Based on a true story, the film stars the great Cliff Curtis as he takes charge of a group of underprivileged kids and promises to lead them to the national finals.
And Wim Wenders pops up with rather heavy-handed melodrama “Every Thing Will Be Fine” in which a superb cast of James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams struggle to cope with the accidental death of a child.
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Action, US, 116 min
Cast: Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander
Director(s): Guy Ritchie