USA | 2006 | 125’ | 12 | Christopher Nolan | 35mm Screening
Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Michael Caine
In Victorian London after a trick goes wrong, two magicians Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier, go from friends to bitter rivals. Their feud escalates when Borden develops a new trick that Angier cannot unravel, travelling the world to seek the answer in his battle for supremacy.
“The Prestige is a dazzling piece of work that left me eager to see it again... gripping, suspenseful, mysterious, moving and often darkly funny.”
Phillip French, The Observer
Screening as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfi.org.uk/powell-and-pressburger.
Art and Obsession
Culminating in our final film in the season, we present a series of films on art and obsession. The origin of story of The Red Shoes was inspired by an incident in Hans Christian Anderson’s childhood where he saw his father create the most beautiful shoes for a customer but when she insulted him he destroyed them. Inspired by this we look at other obsessives in cinema, who take the creative spark to an obsessive extreme.