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Sunday 7 July, 11.00am
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour. Starring: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf. Saudi Arabia/Germany 2012. TBC mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
Much of the initial buzz about WADJDA arose from its status as the first film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country that has no cinemas. But it’s also the winning tale of a girl’s determination not to be cowed by male-dominated society or religious doctrine. The eponymous Wadjda (a sparky Mohammed) lives with her mother (Abdullah) in a bland, dusty Riyadh suburb. The playful and resourceful girl manages to accrue enough money to buy a bicycle – considered not only unbecoming, but also a danger to her fertility – so as to compete with her cheeky little friend Abdullah. Confrontations with her stern, hypocritical headmistress (Ahd) and her loving but conflicted mother add some twists to the deceptively simple plot, making Al-Mansour’s film a total delight.
One ticket per Member first come served, at the Box Office in person or over the phone. Please see below for when tickets will be available at your cinema.
In association with Lexus
Lexus invited the Weinstein Company to produce a series of short films entitled ‘Life is Amazing’. Five aspiring directors were chosen from around the world and given the brief to simply ‘move people through film’. Over the next five Members’ Free Previews, we’ll be presenting their incredible visions and thought-provoking stories before the main feature.
First up is BEYOND MEMORIES by Cristina Molino.
To find out more, visit lexusshortfilms.co.uk
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Tickets available in person or over the phone from these dates and times:
Stratford Picturehouse, London 0871 902 5740 - from Wednesday 3 July
The Ritzy, Brixton 0871 902 5739 - available now
The Regal Picturehouse, Henley 0871 902 5738 - from Wednesday 3 July
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool 0871 902 5737 - from 11am, 5 July
The Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford 0871 902 5736 - from 11am, 4 July
Hackney Picturehouse 0871 902 5734 - available now
Greenwich Picturehouse 0871 902 5732 - from 12 noon, Friday 5 July
Exeter Picturehouse 0871 902 5730 - available now
Duke's @ Komedia, Brighton 0871 902 5728 - available now
Clapham Picturehouse 0871 902 5727 - from 1pm, Friday 5 July
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge 0871 902 5720 - from 6pm Thursday 4 July
Abbeygate Picturehouse, Bury St Edmunds 0871 902 5722 - available now