January 11, 2016 at Watershed in Bristol.
This will be a Descriptive Subtitled* screening for Deaf/deaf and hearing-impaired cinema-goers that displays additional auditory information on the screen. We’ll be joined on the night by a special guest and there will be discussion on the film afterwards.
Deaf Conversations About Cinema
The film screening will be followed by an informal discussion on The Danish Girl (20:25). There will be a special guest TBC plus a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter, so that both Deaf and hearing members of the audience can join in the conversation.
keep your ticket for the 18:15 screening to get 10% off drinks in the Café/Bar too so grab a drink and then let us know your thoughts on The Danish Girl…
Taking part in Deaf Conversations About Cinema is free.
The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne gives a transformative performance, in a role that is sure to land him a second consecutive Oscar® nomination, in this true story of a Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in this beautiful, moving biopic from The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper.
In 1920s Copenhagen, Einar Wegener (Redmayne) is an in demand landscape painter who is happily married to Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), a less successful portrait artist. While working on her latest painting, Gerda asks her husband to stand in for a female model, wearing feminine clothes – and the experience doesn’t awaken new feelings in Einar, exactly, so much as stir some that were already there.
At first the sexually adventurous Gerda finds it a bit of a turn on, and is amused at her husband’s rediscovery, but when Einar attends an upcoming party as Lili (where an admirer, played by Ben Whishaw, notes “You’re different from most girls”) it becomes unclear which identity is the performance and which is the reality. The couple’s situation entered into completely unchartered territory as Einar finds it impossible to put the genie back in the bottle: she will become Lili, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery.
It’s a sensitive and remarkable story – of a personal struggle and of a marriage – that isn’t painted by numbers. The Danish Girl will be in the frame long after Oscar® season rolls by – mark our words.
*As well as showing the dialogue, Descriptive Subtitles provide information on other significant sounds. For example: when something is being sung; when a phone rings; when a door slams. This extra information allows customers using the subtitles to access the film more fully.