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04.03, - 19:00, National Palace of Culture Hall 1
06.03, - 10:00, Lumiere
15.03, - 21:00, Lumiere
Director:  Mike Leigh
Cinematography:  Dick Pope
Screenplay:  Mike Leigh
Producer:  Simon Channing-Williams , Alain Sarde
Music:  Andrew Dickson
Cast:  Imelda Staunton , Phil Davis , Peter Wright , Adrian Scarborough , Heather Craney
Production:  Thin Man Films/Les Films Alain Sarde
International distribution:  Studiocanal
Main programme / Opening Gala
Vera Drake

, 2004, 125 min, color
Awards:  Venice 2004 - "Golden Lion" ,Volpi Cup for Best Actress, to Imelda Staunton EFA '04 for Best Actress to Imelda Staunton

London, 1950. Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel. The very epitome of a respectable working-class family, theyre not well off, but they are happy and close, and Vera is devoted to them. Always helping people, Vera takes care of her old mum, regularly pops in to visit a poorly neighbour, and invites another, Reg, round for his tea because she thinks he isnt eating properly. Perennially cheerful, Vera is the salt of the earth. What her family doesnt know is that for more than 20 years, Veras been helping young women who find themselves in trouble.

In telling Veras story, and its repercussions for the people around her, the complexity of the moral issues and social iniquities surrounding her actions are keenly felt, emerging subtly as events unfold. So much of Vera Drakes resonance lies in its accumulation of detail the small moments and seemingly insignificant encounters, their sheer matter-of-factness concealing their dramatic consequences. As Vera, Staunton is simply outstanding, and her transition from cheery stoic to broken woman is devastating to watch. Beautifully crafted, considered and deeply affecting, Vera Drake is a major new work from a world-class filmmaker.
Sandra Hebron

British director Mike Leigh was born in 1943. He trained at
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Film
School. He also writes, directs and designs for the theatre.
He has written and directed over twenty successful stage
plays. The best known of these is Abigail's Party. He won
the Best Director Award at Cannes for Naked, as well as
the Golden Palm for Secrets & Lies.
1971  Bleak Moments
1983  Meantime
1988  High Hopes
1991  Life Is Sweet
1993  Naked
1996  Secrets & Lies
1999  Topsy-Turvy
2001  All or Nothing
2004  Vera Drake
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