May 2024

Carol proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and The French Dispatch (6 first preferences) was preferred to The Favourite (5 first preferences) and Oppenheimer (3 first preferences).

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Saturday, 1st June 2024
  • Time: 20:00 for a 20:30 start

Please note the date is 1st June (rather than the last Saturday of the month) to avoid clashes with the Kardamyli Jazz Festival.

This month, as with all of the months during the summer, we shall be watching the film outdoors. When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Oppenheimer is a 2023 epic biographical thriller film starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. The film chronicles the career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, with the story predominantly focusing on his studies, his direction of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II, and his eventual fall from grace due to his 1954 security hearing. Oppenheimer won seven Oscars at the 2024 Oscar Ceremony, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
The Favourite is a 2018 satirical absurdist period dark comedy thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia ColmanEmma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Set in early 18th-century Great Britain, it examines the relationship between cousins Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Hill as they vie to be court favourite of Queen Anne.

The Favourite received widespread critical acclaim and it won or was nominated for numerous awards, including ten Academy Award nominations; It won ten British Independent Film Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, and eight European Film Awards, and Colman won Best Actress at each of those ceremonies, as well as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and others.
The French Dispatch is a 2021 American anthology comedy drama film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson. It features an expansive ensemble cast and follows three different storylines as the French foreign bureau of the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper publishes its final issue.

The first segment, “The Concrete Masterpiece”, follows an incarcerated and unstable painter, and stars Benicio del ToroAdrien BrodyTilda Swinton and Léa Seydoux. The second, “Revisions to a Manifesto”, is inspired by the May 68 student protests, and stars Frances McDormandTimothée Chalamet, and Lyna Khoudri. The third, “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” features Jeffrey WrightMathieu Amalric, and Stephen Park, and follows the kidnapping of a police commissioner’s son. Bill Murray also stars as Arthur Howitzer Jr., the paper’s editor, while Owen Wilson appears in a short segment that introduces the film’s fictional setting of Ennui-sur-Blasé.

15 thoughts on “May 2024

  1. The Favorite or French Dispatch both look great…. Oppenhemimer just a little to long unless your offering an old fashioned interval with ice cream and pop corn…😊

    • Denise further writes: “ I am sorry I cant attend I have been asked to lead a walk in Crete…”

  2. God wonderful.choices and I’ve seen them all except Oppenheimer which is very long but for me The French Dispatch is first choice closely followed by The favourite.

    • Pete further writes: “Hi Carol, sorry I wont be able to make the film but have good evening, Pete”

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