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The Electric Picture House Cinema in Wotton-under-Edge is selecting some of the best new releases from around the world, and are so confident of their quality that the cinema management is offering anyone who disagrees free tickets to another film.
While the independent venue is currently enjoying a successful run of Downton Abbey: A New Era, the managers are also keen to encourage cinemagoers to sample a range of films that don’t have the same high profile.
Managing Director Gareth Negus explains, “We want to raise awareness of some of the films that don’t have the publicity budget enjoyed by the big releases. We’re picking films that we think are just as exciting, just as entertaining, as the major titles in cinemas, and anyone who disagrees after seeing them can claim credit to see any other film of their choice.”
The first title under the scheme is the French drama Happening (15), showing on the 15thand 16th May at 7.30pm, and 19th May at 2pm. Set in 1963, when abortion was illegal, the drama follows Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), a bright young student who discovers she is pregnant. Seeing the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.
The second title is Wild Men (15), a comedy thriller from Denmark, showing on 22nd and 24th May at 7.30pm, that tackles the timely issue of modern masculinity. In the throes of a mid-life crisis, Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) has fled his wife (Sofie Gråbøl) and children, wandering the forest in a misguided attempt to regain his independence by living like a Viking hunter. But when he crosses paths with an injured drug dealer, he finds an unlikely ally in his quest for “manhood.” The duo embark on a friendship spent evading police, criminals, and the cold hard reality which the world seeks to bring them back to.
If any ticket buyer is disappointed by either film, they have a week to write to or email the cinema to explain why. They will receive credit to the value of their tickets which can be spent on any other film at the Picture House of their choice, either straight away, or in the future.
Full details of the scheme can be found at https://www.wottoncinema.com/great-films