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What is on at Burg Kino this week (28 March - 3 April)

By Kostyantyn Steblovskyy

This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:

The Grand Budapest Hotel: A comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. The film follows the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and his lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), who becomes his most trusted friend. The two team to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The cast also includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, and William Dafoe.

Her: A science fiction romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are - 2009). The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. The film centers on a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system (OS) with a female voice and personality. It marks Jonze's solo screenwriting debut. The film was under fire, when Scarlett Johansson won numerous awards in Best Supporting Actress categories, because we don't see the actress actually playing in the film.

Nymphomaniac (Volume I & II): A two-part Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, and Willem Dafoe. The world premiere of the first part of the five-and-half-hour-long uncut version premiered on February 16, 2014 at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. "Nymphomaniac" is the third and final entry in von Trier's "Depression Trilogy", having been preceded by "Antichrist" and "Melancholia".

The Book Thief: A war drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, directed by Brian Percival and written by Michael Petroni, with an Oscar-nominated musical score composed by John Williams. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. The film stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Joachim Paul Assböck.

American Hustle: A crime comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner). Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character. The film won three Golden Globe Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and three BAFTA Awards.

Gravity: One of the most talked about movies of 2013, "Gravity" is a science fiction thriller and space drama film. It was directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón, and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to earth. The film was made in the UK, where British special effects company Framestore spent more than three years creating most of the film's visual effects, which comprise over 80 of its 91 minutes. "Gravity" won seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards including Best Director for Cuarón, Best Cinematography for Lubezki, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score for Price.

12 Years A Slave: A historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate. This is the third feature film directed by Steve McQueen. The screenplay was written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard are all featured in supporting roles. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Magnolia, Bocage, and Destrehan. Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation where Northup was held.

Le Passé (English - The Past): A French drama film written and directed by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa. The film follows an Iranian man, who deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Dallas Buyers Club: A biographical drama film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. Matthew McConaughey stars as the real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the "Dallas Buyers Club" while facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The film received acclaim from critics, and won numerous accolades – most recognizing the performances of McConaughey and Jared Leto, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making it the first film since Mystic River (2003) to win both awards. Real life Woodroof told his incredible tale to screenwriter Craig Borten just a month before he died - and it took a further 20 years to get the film made.

The Third Man: A 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is particularly remembered for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score, and it is considered one of the greatest films of all time. The screenplay was written by novelist Graham Greene, who subsequently published the novella of the same name. Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles).

28.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Studio) 20.45 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 18.10 (Studio) 20.30 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S)
American Hustle (OV) 15.40 (Studio)
Dallas Buyers Club (OV) 22.40 (Gr.S)
The Third Man (OV) 22:50 (Studio)

29.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Studio) 20.45 (Gr.S) 22.40 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 18.10 (Studio) 20.30 (Studio) 22.50 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S)
American Hustle (OV) 15.40 (Studio)

30.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 16.20 (Studio) 18.45 (Gr.S) 20.45 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 18.10 (Studio) 20.30 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S)
Gravity (OV) 14.30 (Gr.S)
The Third Man (OV) 14:20 (Studio)

31.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Gr.S) 20.45 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 18.10 (Studio) 20.30 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S)
Le Passé (OmU) 15.45 (Studio)

1.4
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Gr.S) 20.45 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 18.10 (Studio) 20.30 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S)
The Third Man (OV) 16:00 (Studio)

2.4
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Gr.S) 20.45 (Gr.S)
Her (OV) 16.15 (Gr.S) 20.30 (Studio)
12 Years a Slave (OV) 16:15 (Studio)
Dallas Buyers Club (OV) 18.30 (Studio)

3.4
The Grand Budapest Hotel (OV) 18.45 (Studio)
Her (OV) 16.00 (Gr.S) 20.30 (Studio)
The Book Thief (OV) 16.15 (Studio)
Nymphomaniac - Volume I (OV) 18.15 (Gr.S)
Nymphomaniac - Volume II (OV) 20.30 (Gr.S)

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