We will be attending the 6:30 showing of the critically acclaimed Australian film "Lore" which is which part of SIFF's Women in Cinema series that is being held during the last week of January. Here is a description of this film taken from SIFF's web site:
"Australian director Cate Shortland created a stir with her debut, Somersault, eight years ago. Among other things, it introduced Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington to the world. Her belated follow up is unexpected, a German-coproduction set in Europe, 1945.
"As Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, Lore and her four younger siblings are stranded after their high-ranking SS officer father and disdainful mother are imprisoned. To survive, the five children embark on an incredible journey across the devastated country, from Bavaria to their grandmother’s house in Hamburg, 900 km to the north.
"On the road, the Nazi-indoctrinated children struggle to survive the punishing postwar conditions. Food is hard to come by, dead bodies proliferate, and their safety seems threatened at every turn. In these dire circumstances the imperious Lore eventually starts to understand the reality and consequences of her parents’ actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war. When the mysterious and resourceful Thomas, who is carrying papers identifying himself as a Jew, joins their tattered group and takes on the role of leader, Lore loses her sexual innocence as well."
Here is a preview of this film:
Lore - trailer
This film has an 89 rating on rottentomatoes.com. Here is a link that that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Lore
Here are some snippets from reviews:
"Told through the eyes of a Nazi-indoctrinated teenager leading her siblings on a trek to promised safety in the immediate aftermath of World War II, "Lore" offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective on Germany's traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state. Played in a determinedly understated tone that will appeal to upscale auds and restrict broader commercial appeal, the sophomore feature by Aussie helmer Cate Shortland (2004's "Somersault") holds a marketing trump in the knockout lead perf by newcomer Saskia Rosendahl. World-preemed in the Sydney fest competition, the pic should generate respectable niche biz worldwide." (Variety)
"The history books are written by the winners. Cate Shortland considers what happens to the rest in her devastating World War 2 flick Lore." (Quickflix)
"A thoughtful study of the politics of war and the devastating fallout it causes regardless of the winners and losers. Exquisite visuals combined with a brutal story about survival, family and patriotism." (The Popcorn Jungle).
"Lore" is Australia's nomination for best Foreign Language film for this year's Academy Awards; however, it did not make the short list.
There will be only one showing of "Lore" during the Women in Cinema series. Here is where you can purchase tickets on-line:
Lore - ticket purchase
The good folks at SIFF are offering members of this meetup group a $2 discount on the ticket price of this film and most of the others in the series. This is what they sent me:
"Seattle Cinema Club members receive $2 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION* SIFF tickets for Women in Cinema with the promo code WIC2013. It can be redeemed online, over the phone or at the box office.
*Not valid for Reception ticket for Hannah Arendt, or matinee screenings of The World Before Her, Satellite Boy, WIC Shorts or Love, Marilyn."
Meet me in the lobby of the SIFF/Uptown Theater at 6:15. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look.
There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of "Lore". We will regroup in the theater's lobby after all of the credits have rolled by and decide which cafe or restaurant to patronize to discuss this film and any other topic under the sun.