Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Wednesday, 2 January

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

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MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE   1983 (Senjō no Merī Kurisumasu, 戦場のメリークリスマス) Directed by Nagisa Oshima 120 minutes In English with English subtitles

Here is a post-Christmas film which will take a bit of the saccharine aftertaste and pull you deep into an existence where loyalty, betrayal, eroticism, pain, life and death are all intertwined. Starring David Bowie (in one of his most riveting performances) and Japanese actor-director Takeshi 'beat' Kitano (in the role which would lead to his international breakthrough), this movie focuses on cultural differences between the west and orient. The setting is Java in 1942 where there is a Japanese prison camp for British officers. A strange sympathy and respect develops between both prisoners and captors, but at the same time there is also the realization that these two worlds will never comprehend one other.

The movie is based on the book The Seed And The Sower by South African writer Laurens Van der Post, and is beautifully crafted by director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses). Besides Bowie and Kitano, it stars Tom Conti and Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed the legendary soundtrack for the film - the theme song, co-written with David Sylvian, remains one of the best in the world). This is not a war film, but a rich examination of the complexities of human relationships.

This will be a high-definition screening.

Date & Time: 

Wednesday, 2 January, 2019 - 20:30

Category: 

  • film

Price: 

  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam
Netherlands

Directions: 

Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.

Squat: 

Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.