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Winner of top critics’ prize at the Toronto International Film Festival will screen on Sunday

Two award-winning films from around the world will be screening at the upcoming Weekend Film Series.

A River Changes Course, the winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary Category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be screening on Sunday at 3pm.

The documentary tells the “cinematically spectacular and sensory journey” of Cambodians forced to move from their ancient culture into a globalised economy — and about the human cost of the transformation.

Duncan Hall, director of the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival, said it would take viewers through a range of emotions.

“Khmer-American filmmaker Kalyanee Mam charts the lives of three Cambodians and their families who have lived off the land and the sea, but must adapt to a new reality caused by deforestation, overfishing and the burden of debt on a farming life,” Mr Hall said.

“Beautiful, tender, sometimes hilarious — but also heartbreaking — the film is a breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, telling a universal story of struggle, survival, love, family, and hope.”

Also on offer this weekend is thought-provoking and entertaining French comedy ‘In the House’ — starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.

The film also won the top film prize at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival and has been described as a “poignant and funny comedy of manners”.

Mr Hall said: “Stylish and brilliantly acted, director Françoise Ozon (Potiche, 8 Women, Swimming Pool) has made a film that is elegant and eloquent, witty and naughty.

“Sixteen-year-old Claude (Ernst Unhauer) insinuates himself into the house of fellow high school student Rapha (Bastien Ughetto), writing about his family in essays that blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini).

“Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy’s intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events.

“Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Germain’s wife, Jeanne, a contemporary art gallery director who avidly follows Claude’s semi-imaginary escapades, while Emmanuelle Seigner plays Rapha’s mom, Claude’s object of desire.”

In the House will screen on Sunday at 5.15pm at the TradeWinds Auditorium at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

The ‘Weekend Film Series’ is sponsored by Gosling’s and is a joint production of Mr Hall and the BUEI.

Trailers of the films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com. Tickets are on sale at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI or by calling 294-0204.

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Published May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm)

Winner of top critics’ prize at the Toronto International Film Festival will screen on Sunday

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