|Wed 9th July||7.45pm|
|Thurs 10th July||7.45pm|
Dir: Roman Polanski | France, Poland | 2013 | 96 mins | French w/Eng ST
Cast | Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Roman Polanski’s provocative, erotic Venus in Fur stars Mathieu Amalric as Thomas, a director auditioning actresses for a version of Venus in Furs, the Sacher-Masoch novel about sexual submission. It’s the end of a long day and when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives late, Thomas nearly dismisses her – but then she starts performing and stuns him with her interpretation of the role. The balance of power shifts, and Polanski explores ideas of sexual intimacy and role-play through their conversations as Thomas starts to wonder who the real Vanda is – and is she acting when she’s on-stage, or off?“Taut, witty […] a sly dismantling of the sexual politics of performance” **** Jonathan Romney, The Observer
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