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You are warmly invited to attend our next film evening, on Friday 14 May, for a viewing and discussion of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014, run time 1hr 39minutes).* Written and directed by Wes Anderson, this comedy-drama features Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustave, the eminent concierge of the famed Grand Budapest Hotel. At the height of its prominence as a luxury European ski resort in the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel provides first-class service to its guests, including certain specialized services for rich old ladies, personally attended to by Monsieur Gustave himself. When one of his beloved dowagers (Tilda Swinton) dies mysteriously, Gustave is declared the heir to her priceless Renaissance painting “Boy with Apple”, while at the same time he is framed for her murder by her evil son, Dmitri (Adrien Brody). Against the backdrop of an approaching fascist regime, Gustave and his faithful lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) embark on a quest to clear his name and recover the painting. “The Grand Budapest Hotel exists in a baroque bubble of an imagined old Europe where period styles, historical allusions, and joyful generic conventions intersect amidst a seeming compendium of potential films of adventure, emotion, humor, hubris, and tragedy.” (http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2017/8-reasons-the-grand-budapest-hotel-is-wes-andersons-best-movie/) A parade of stars take various cameo roles in this effervescent, yet melancholy romp. While the overriding tone is tongue-in-cheek humour, the brilliantly combined screenplay and cinematic style deliver a confection with greater depth than at first perceived. The viewer is left pondering questions of fate, avarice, loyalty, and the passing of one cultural era into another.
Online Participation Format
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is available on Google Play as well as on iTunes. We will also screen the movie via Zoom on the evening. We invite participants to gather on Zoom to begin at 18:00. When the viewing concludes, at around 19:45, there will be a ten-minute break, after which we will gather for a discussion to last approximately one hour.
Cost The fee for the film evenings during this time of lockdown is R120.
Please make payment via EFT (banking details below). The link will be distributed on the Friday for the evening’s Zoom gathering. The Grand Budapest Hotel is not CPD accredited.* BOOKING INFORMATION | Advanced Booking Essential
Banking Details SAAJA | Standard Bank | Account No.: 072975059 | Bank Code: 025-009 Bank Reference = SURNAME + BUDAPEST Please forward your proof of payment to email@example.com to confirm your virtual seat. Bookings close at 12:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021. Zoom link will be distributed on the day of the event. For more information contact SAAJA at (021) 689-6090 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catering Janis Merand (Lush Food), is available, to deliver food to you (at your own cost), within a reasonable radius of her home in the southern suburbs, on the evening of March 19th. Contact her for details at email@example.com
Library Everyone is invited to visit our website, where you can access our library online. In addition, the library is now open Tuesdays 10:00-14:00 and Thursdays 14:00-19:00, with all Covid-19 protocols in place. For more information on this, contact Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you on Zoom, and look forward to continuing our stimulating film discussions. * We had originally planned to screen and discuss The Pianist, but upon more recent reflection, we agreed that in view of our recent Covid experiences, this is not the right time for a movie, excellent as it is, that directly depicts the violence and cruelty of the Holocaust. Because we were unable to plan for this change and submit an application for CPD points, we regret that there will be no CPD points awarded for this film evening.
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