Film buffs will go wild for Royston Picture Palace’s arrival from Argentina

Wild Tales

Wild Tales - Credit: Archant

One of the delights of the programming at Royston’s Picture Palace is the way the team mix it up – there are guaranteed bums on seats box office hits and family-friendly features, but you also get to dip your toe into film buff territory with a chance to see highly-praised cinema from all over the world.

That’s certainly the case this week and film buffs will be fired up by the thought of catching Wild Tales on the big screen.

Wild Tales – those who are wont to sneak off to Cambridge for a regular dose of arthouse enjoyment will probably prefer to call it by its original title, Relatoz Salvajes – is a 2014 comedy drama which comes all the way from Argentina.

It’s a portmanteau piece in which director Damián Szifrón serves up six short stories about people in a state of distress.

The combination of modern rage and black comedy from a land which is cementing an international reputation for interesting cinema comes hot on the heels of highbrow hits like The Secret In Their Eyes and El Aura, and has been hailed as one of the best and funniest movies from Argentina as well as one of the most accessible for international audiences


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The six stories are unrelated but share a common theme of revenge and are shown back to back, rather than intercut.

Director Szifrón has an impressive body of work behind him in his native country, and Wild Tales was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival as well as being nominated as best foreign language film at the Oscars earlier this year.

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If that all sounds a bit out there, try some comfort cinema instead – on Saturday there’s another serving of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which has already proved to be popular with Picture Palace punters.

Wild Tales is showing on Friday evening and the Marigold ensemble escapade about wrinklies making a new life in India is on Saturday.

Check out the website at www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk for more details and to book tickets.

On the multiplex front, it’s a packed week. There’s the Mad Max reboot, romantic drama with an immortality twist The Age Of Adaline, Samuel L. Jackson thriller Big Game, TV spin off Spooks: The Greater Good and Chris Rock comedy vehicle Top Five, and that’s just the movies listed for blanket release.

Big Game, with Jackson as a stranded US president lost in the wilds of Finland and relying on a teenager to help him steer clear of the bad guys, has the most intriguing premise. It’s a long way from Snakes On A Plane, for sure.

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