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Thursday, February 28, 2008

This week at SFC - Eastern Promises

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Our screenings are free and all are welcome.

Thursday February 28th

Screen time 8:15 pm

The new thriller reteaming acclaimed director David Cronenberg with his
A History of Violence leading man Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises is
written by Steve Knight (Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of
Dirty Pretty Things). As in the earlier film, director and star together
explore the psyche, physicality, and fortunes of a man whose true nature
may never be wholly revealed. The mysterious and charismatic Russian-
born Nikolai Luzhin (Mr. Mortensen) is a driver for one of London's most
notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The
family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed
by Semyon (Academy Award nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose
courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian
restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes
are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassel),
who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But
Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at
Christmas time with Anna Khitrova (Academy Award nominee Naomi
Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by
the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth
to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives.
The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and
Anna seeks answers in it. Anna's mother Helen (Sinéad Cusack) does not
discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy
Skolimowski) urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the
diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With
Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai
unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on
him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives - including his own -
hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and
retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family
and London itself.