Zubin Mehta conducts a cast led by Fabio Sartori and Julianna Di Giacomo in the acclaimed Don Carlo, Verdi’s opera about love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain, based upon the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1568). Carlos was betrothed to Elizabeth of Valois (1545-1568), the daughter of France’s King Henry II but for political reasons, Elizabeth was ultimately married to Carlos’ father Philip II of Spain.
Based on the 1787 dramatic poem by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867 where politics and religion were dangerously entwined. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years, and this production follows the four-act 1886 version performed at one of the newest Opera Houses in the world, the Opera di Firenze. The Opera di Firenze has pioneered the perception of opera worldwide, demonstrating it can be both traditional and innovative. Their blend of the classic and contemporary puts Opera di Firenze at the centre of opera, guiding its future for years to come.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Run time: 220min
Fri 5 May
- 73 min
- Directed by: Anna Rose Holmer
- Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da’Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson, Makyla Burnam, Inayah Rodgers, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., The Q-Kidz Dance Team
Toni (Hightower) is an 11 year old African-American girl who becomes fascinated with a dance troupe at her brother’s boxing club; but the dancers then start having mysterious seizures. Beautifully rendered, gloriously imaginative coming of age story about the process of forming friendships; Hightower is superb.
Thu 4 May
- Spain / Germany
- 100 min
- Directed by: Icíar Bollaín
- Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs, Manuel Cucala, Miguel Ángel Aladrén
Spanish drama following a determined young farmer as she sets out across Europe to reclaim her grandfather’s beloved olive tree from the German company who bought it.
Wed 3 May
- 134 min
- Directed by: Oliver Stone
- Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo
The story of Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who in 2013 leaked thousands of classified documents to the Guardian, revealing the scope and reach of the USA's global surveillance program. Smartly dramatised and absorbing drama with fine performances from all, with Gordon-Levitt completely convincing as the earnest, idealistic Snowden.
Tue 2 May
- 99 min
- Directed by: Adam Smith
- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear
Chad (Fassbender) is a cocksure criminal from a tight-knit traveller family, trying to get from under the thumb of his ignorant and paranoid father Colby (Gleeson). Fassbender is as magnetic as ever but the gang, supposed to be fearsome, is beyond shambolic, and Kinnear’s incompetent copper isn’t exactly a worthy rival.
Sat 6 May
Tue 9 May
- UK / India
- 106 min
- Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
- Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi
Lord Louis Mountbatten (Bonneville) is to oversee Britain’s withdrawal from India and the ensuing partition, but he and his wife Edwina (Anderson) witness the violence erupting through the country. A below-stairs romance between Dayal and Qureshi is frustratingly insipid and the Indian characters are all unforgivably poorly drawn. Despite some good acting, timid and inert.
Wed 3 May
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