The magic of The Royal Ballet comes to the Big Screen with Cinema Nouveau

 A classic production of Swan Lake –“the World’s Most Loved Ballet – combines drama and tragedy in the battle between good and evil”.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

A season of five famous ballets from the Royal Ballet is being screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres over the next few months. The season launched with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in March. The next production to be shown on the big screen is the iconic ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music, Swan Lake on 2 May.

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. The ballet is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.

Swan Lake releases on South African screens on Saturday 2 May for four screenings only – on 2, 6 and 7 May at 7.30pm and on 3 May at 2.30pm – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 2 hours, 10 minutes plus two intervals (20 minutes and 25 minutes).

For booking information on the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi. For queries, call TicketLine on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Information supplied by Cinema Nouveau.

Serial (Bad) Weddings comically and personally takes on France’s racial issues

A review by Brenda Daniels

Poster supplied by Ster Kinekor

Poster supplied by Ster Kinekor

In this humorous foreign film, Catholic French couple, Claude and Marie Verneuil, have four daughters, each of whom marries a man of a different culture and religion. Three of the daughters marry in quick succession and a Muslim Arab, a Shephardi Jew and a Chinese become the Verneuils’ sons-in-law.

These three different men really test the Verneuils’ tolerance levels and cause tensions between the sons-in-law themselves. Gradually, however, the family makes an effort to accept the others’ differences, and a jumbled working relationship begins to form. But when daughter number four brings home – horrors – a black man, the whole family is thrown into disarray.

It seems important that this film is set in France. Despite the country’s cherished secular tradition France has a Christian majority. And partially as a result of its secularism, France has experienced recent tensions with controversial Muslim issues like the headscarf and halaal food. In Serial (Bad) Weddings the Verneuil family forms a picture of a changed French society and what it takes to make that society work.

The family, and by extension France, doesn’t gloss over its differences and the difficulties they pose. But the characters are ultimately united by their commonalities: the fact that they are all French, and that they are all family.

The humour in Serial (Bad) Weddings is quirky and lots of fun. It escalates as the movie progresses culminating in a joyous, non-sugary, gratifying celebration.

Serial (Bad) Weddings is a French film with English subtitles. It opens at Cinema Nouveau on 1 May.