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THE KING’S CHOICE

Based on extraordinary true events, Erik Poppe’s superbly-realised box office hit is an absorbing story of morality and honour set during a pivotal moment in World War II, when an unprepared Norway was invaded by German forces and their monarch presented with a terrible ultimatum.

9 April, 1940. As the German war machine arrives in Oslo under the guise of offering the sovereign nation ‘protection’ from the British, the royal family flees the capital, not knowing if they’ll ever see each other again. The aging King Haakon VII (Jesper Christensen, in a towering performance) and his fiery son the Crown Prince Olav (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) make a dramatic escape from the city into hiding, while Crown Princess Märtha (Tuva Novotny) seeks refuge in Sweden with the children.

With the time for mediation between Norway’s passive government and the Nazi’s envoy (Karl Markovics) fast running out, and an attempted coup by collaborator Vidkun Quisling underway, King Haakon is faced with a momentous choice: should he recognise Quisling as Prime Minister to prevent bloodshed, or abdicate in the hope of inspiring civilian and military resistance, even with the loss of life that may entail?

OFFICIAL SELECTION (NORWAY) – 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
2017 NORWEGIAN ACADEMY AWARDS – a RECORD-BREAKING 12 NOMINATIONS incl. Best Film, Director, Actor (Christensen), Supporting Actor (Christiansen), Supporting Actor (Markovics), Screenplay, Sound, Cinematography

★★★★★
“An intelligent, deeply humanistic portrait of both a monarch, a man and a nation at a pivotal point in their histories. An outstanding piece of cinema.“
Madeline Copley, FILM FOCUS

“Original and intricately told.”
Owen Gleiberman, VARIETY

Movie Review Club film for September

On the fourth Wednesday of each month (March to November) the Arts Cinema hosts a Movie Review Club. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss the selected film with a forum of academics.

Simply see The King’s Choice ahead of time, and join us on the day for an interactive discussion. Lunch is offered at a special price and it costs nothing to become a member of the Movie Review Club.

When: 10.30am, Wed 27 Sep 2017
Where: The Lounge Room
Cost: Free!

SESSION TIMES
Fri 22/09
Sat 23/09
Sun 24/09
Mon 25/09
Tue 26/09
Wed 27/09
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