New Woody Allen film

2009-01-16 00:00

WOODY Allen’s Golden Globe winning comedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is one of three new films opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

Also new on circuit are Transporter 3 and The Other End of the Line, while Bollywood film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi joins the line-up at Ster Kinekor and Australia opens at NuMetro.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is Allen’s fourth consecutive film shot outside the United States. The plot centres around two American women — Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlet Johansson) — who are spending the summer in Barcelona where they meet an artist, Juan Antonia (Javier Bardem), who is attracted to both women and ultimately seduces Cristina. But his romantic life is anything but simple as he still enjoys a tempestuous relationship with his ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz).

Vicky Cristina Barcelona has been nominated for and won a string of awards including the 2009 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical. It can be seen at Ster Kinekor in Scottsville.

Transporter 3, the third instalment of the action film franchise masterminded by French film maker Luc Besson, can be seen at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre.

In this latest offering, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has been pressured into transporting Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of the head of the Ukrainian environmental protection agency, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. Along the way and with the help of Inspector Tarconi, Frank has to contend with the people who strong-armed him to take the job, agents sent to intercept him and the general non-co-operation of his passenger.

CineCentre will also screen The Other End of the Line, a cross-cultural romantic comedy starring Jesse Metcalf and Shriya Saran. The film tells the story of Priya Sethi (Saran), who indulges her infatuation with American culture by working at a bank call centre in Bangalore, India. Speaking perfect English, she tells her customers her name is Jennifer David and that she’s a native of San Francisco. Her conservative father wants her to marry a local man, but when Priya falls for an American while talking to him on the phone, she defies convention and travels to San Francisco to see him.

James Dodson directs the project, the first collaboration between Indian production house, Adlabs and American counterpart MGM. — Arts Editor.

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