Crime and punishment theme to movies

the hunt posterCrime and punishment feature in three films being shown at Derby Quad this month.

Danish film, The Hunt, was the winner of the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival last year for the moving central performance from Mads Mikkelsen. 

The Hunt is a great study into slander. A divorced teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a solitary life whilst fighting for custody of his son.

His life is slowly getting better, a new girlfriend and some good news from his son is about to be shattered by an innocent little lie. The director is Thomas Vinterberg. The Hunt (15 with English subtitles) is screened on January 18, 20 and  21 at 6pm and on January19 at 8.40pm.

Seven Psychopaths is an American/British move featuring a borderline alcoholic screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who is struggling to get his new screenplay up and running.

All he has is a title “Seven Psychopaths”. In an attempt to help him, his actor friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) inadvertently drags him into the world of the Los Angeles criminal fraternity when Billy and his partner Hans (Christopher Walken) dognap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) Shih Tsu.

Director Martin McDonaugh follows the exceptional In Bruges with this riotous black comedy, featuring great extended cameos from Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Harry Dean Stanton and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious). Seven Psychopaths (15) is screened on January 18 to  22 at 8.30pm and also on 19  at 6pm, on Wednesday 23 at 3.15pm and 6.15pm and on Thursday 24 at 6pm and 8.40pm.

Love Crime is a French film set within the sterile offices of a powerful multinational corporation.

Two women reach a face-off. Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier) is a young executive under the orders of Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is a powerful woman she absolutely idolises. Confident of her control over Isabelle, Christine leads her into a confusing, perverse game of seduction and domination. A dangerous game that goes too far, it is directed by Alain Corneau.

Love Crime (15) is screened on January 28 January at 6.15pm and on Tuesday 29 at 8.35pm.

Cinema tickets are: £7.60 full price and £6 concessions. For more information or to book seats for any of the film screeningsplease call QUAD box office on 01332 290606 or see http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on-listing/film