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Far North
A dark thriller and lovers' tale set in the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic.
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2008 10:37 GMT

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Entertainment editor Amanda Palmer is joined by Asif Kapadia
Two-time Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia joins Amanda Palmer and The Fabulous Picture Show audience to discuss his most recent work, Far North, a dark, epic tale set in the harsh beauty of the Arctic. 

Saiva (Michelle Yeoh) and Anja (Michelle Krusiec) struggle to survive on the frozen tundra. One day a figure, Loki (Sean Bean), appears on the ice and collapses, close to death.

Despite her fears, Saiva saves him. Loki recovers; Saiva and Anja compete for his attention. A passionate relationship forms between Anja and Loki, which leaves Saiva isolated. When the lovers plan to leave for a new life together, a desperate Saiva acts with terrifying and tragic consequences.

The audience asks Kapadia where the concept for his dark thriller came from, and how he managed to shoot a whole feature in temperatures of minus-40 degrees.

Maradona by Kusturica

Emir Kusturica and Diego Maradona

Renowned Bosnian Serb director Emir Kusturica, a two-time winner of the top prize at Cannes, presents the extraordinary history and phoenix-like resurrection of Diego Maradona. 

Kusturica takes the audience on an intimate, whirlwind tour of the places and people closest to this god of football.

But there is another aspect to the film - the growing self-indulgence that has sidetracked Kusturica from doing what he does best. 

Maradona by Kusturica contains scenes of almost laughable self-delusion, in which the viewer is treated not to insights into the great Maradona, but rather pointless vignettes such as Kusturica trying on hats in a Buenos Aires market. 

FPS looks back at Kusturica's career and his increasingly outspoken Serbian nationalism.

Australia

Brandon Walters breathtaking debut performance in Baz Luhrmann's Australia

Australian director Baz Luhrmann is best known for the highly stylised theatricality of his three previous features: Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge

His latest film, an epic romantic adventure set in Australia's Northern Territories at the beginning of the Second World War, combines those hyper-realistic visuals with a heartfelt story about a man and a woman (Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman), a cattle drive, and a young boy named Nullah, played by Brandon Walters, who, many critics believe, is so amazing in the role that he nearly steals the show.

FPS presenter Amanda Palmer talks to Luhrmann and Jackman about the film, and its depiction of the 'stolen generation' - the Aboriginal and mixed-race children taken from their families in order to re-settle them in white society. 

 

 

The Class

Laurent Cantet and the students featured in The Class

The Class (Entre les Murs) scooped the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the first French film to do so in 20 years. 

It is based on a book by secondary-school teacher François Bégaudeau, who also stars in the film. 

François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough Parisian neighbourhood. 

We speak to Bégaudeau, as well as director Laurent Cantet, about The Class and look back at the brief but remarkable career of this rising world-class filmmaker.

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show will be broadcast at the following times GMT:
Saturday, December 20: 0830, 2230; Sunday, December 21: 0630, 1930; Monday, December 22: 0300; Tuesday, December 23: 1430; Wednesday, December 24: 1230, Thursday, December 25: 0330, 1400, 2330; Friday, December 26: 0730.

 

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