UK artist Steve McQueen, in collaboration with Irish playwright Enda Marsh, has created an extraordinary feature debut about the prison life-and-death of IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands. Establishing the conditions of Her Majesty's Maze prison near Belfast in the early 80s, the first movement powerfully pushes into abstraction, with McQueen approaching the prison cells as installation sites for articulating the human body as both weapon and battleground in a series of intense and violent clashes between the wardens and prisoners. In a bold narrative choice, Sands only emerges as a character towards the end of this section, and is brought into sharp relief in a punchy philosophical exchange with a Catholic priest, dissecting the political and religious implications of his decision to starve himself.
A Christmas Tale
Abel and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph’s only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As the y and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother , and Joseph died at the age of seven .The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul- a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems.