Hey everyone, May is just about here, so this is your official Film Club update. For April we watched David Lynch's wonderful film: The Straight Story, thanks to everyone who made it, we had a pretty good sized group. For everyone wasn't able to make it we do own the film at the Crete Library if you would like to check it out, otherwise, hope to see you next time!
For the month of May I've chosen the outstanding, moving, and beautiful film: Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuarón (director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Y Tu Mamá También). Children of Men is a 2006 British dystopian science fiction film loosely adapted from P.D. James's 1992 novel The Children of Men. In 2027, two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Illegal immigrants seek sanctuary in England, where the last functioning government imposes oppressive immigration laws on refugees. Clive Owen plays civil servant Theo Faron, who must help a pregnant West African refugee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Pam Ferris, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Children of Men received critical acclaim and was recognized for its achievements in screenwriting, cinematography, art direction and innovative single-shot action sequences. It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. It was nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, winning Best Cinematography and Best Production Design, and for three Saturn Awards, winning Best Science Fiction Film.
This film is technically science fiction but is very grounded in reality. The vision of Britain in 2027 is incredibly realistic and draws from the situations of today and brings them to their worst-case scenarios, with added female infertility as a driving plot device. This is a remarkable cinematic achievement that you will not want to miss. Come on out and join us May 17th at 6:15pm!
Here is the trailer: