By Ryan Keating-Lambert
This New Year’s Eve, Prague’s Kino Aero will screen a bunch of new titles including an advanced screening of the critically acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro film The Shape of Water.
The Žižkov-based cinema’s festive programme will start from 12.00pm on the 31st of December with new Italian dramedy The Place. Directed by Paolo Genovese, the talent behind this year’s hilarious comedy Perfect Strangers, The Place sees a group of strangers encounter a mysterious figure who grants wishes for certain favours. This version will only screen with Czech subtitles.
The Last Jedi, the latest instalment in the new Stars Wars trilogy will also screen at 14:30. Continuing on from Episode VII The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to unravel mysteries of the force and confront her past. With director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) on board, this is bound to be an interesting and maybe even authentic addition to the mega franchise.
At 17:30 science fiction comedy Downsizing will also have an advanced screening. The world’s population has reached a critical limit and people start to ‘downsize’ – shrink themselves. Directed by Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) and starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz, Downsizing is also a satire and commentary on the very real problems of contemporary society.
Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) has outdone himself with the Venice Film Festival winner The Shape of Water, calling it his best movie to date. The film is an otherworldly fairy tale about mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her relationship with a strange aquatic creature. Set in Cold War America and also starring Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water is an absolute MUST.
For tickets and other details, visit the Kino Aero website.
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