Friday 21st June 'THE IDEAL PALACE' (PG) FLICKS @ LOPDELL Titirangi. Brand new Release
“A beautiful, romantic work that looks like master paintings.” Thanks to Vendetta films for licensing the film the day after it releases in New Zealand. Based on the incredible true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Jacques Gamblin), comes the remarkable tale of a simple postman who spent 33 years crafting the magnificent ‘Ideal Palace’. Everyday Cheval travels along the river Drôme from village to village, quiet and alone he enjoys the solitude of his rounds, daydreaming about a world full of wonder he can only imagine through postcards. If you liked Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources then this film is for you.
Showing at 10-30am / 2pm/ 6pm / 8-15pm Tickets from eventfinder.co.nz Text bookings 02102225558.
Directed by Nils Tavernier ('Aurore (2006)', 'The Finishers')
Starring Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta, Aurélien Wiik, Alain Blazquez, Florence Thomassin, Bernard Le Coq, Natacha Lindinger, Zelie Rixhon
Written by Laurent Bertoni, Fanny Desmares, Nils Tavernier
Drama, True Story & Biography, World Cinema, Festival & Independent 105mins Rating: PG Nudity French with English subtitles France, Belgium
"Based on the remarkable true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, filmmaker Nils Tavernier delivers this stunning and engrossing account of love and dedication, The Ideal Palace.
Set in the south of France in 1879, Cheval is a humble postman. He leads an unassuming life, seemingly revelling in the solitude of his 20-mile delivery routes and daydreaming about the world of wonders that he only sees through the postcards and magazines he delivers. He meets and falls in love with the breathtaking Philomène and the arrival of their baby daughter, Alice, causes him to look at things in a different way. He sets about building a castle for Alice – one fit for a princess – that consumes the next 30-plus years of his life. This castle eventually becomes recognised as an enduring and important French historical monument.
Spectacular photography and equally noteworthy performances give credence to this absorbing parable of persistence and vision, the larger-than-life undertaking of one very reserved man and the huge legacy he bestowed on France.am absolute 'must see' piece of cinema.