Join us for a night of French food and cinema with our Cottage Café serving up some classic French dishes and wine ahead of the wonderful French/Polish drama The Innocents (Les Innocentes / Agnus Dei).
In 1945’s Poland, Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor comes to the aid of a group of Polish nuns, many of whom are in the advance state of pregnancy, after their vows were violated by Russian soldiers. Anne Fontaine’s assured and sensitive drama is based on real events, and is an emotionally layered, tender and insightful drama about faith and trauma. Based on real events, Fontaine explores this fraught situation with great humanity and sensitivity. Mathilde protects the nuns not only from further attacks but also from the convents hierarchy who wish to conceal the scandal at all costs.
“A restrained but cumulatively powerful French-Polish drama about the various crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war” - Justin Chang, Variety
“Played with restraint and individuality by a fine ensemble, this is a moving but provocative study of belief, duty, compassion and acceptance.” - David Parkinson, Empire
Director: Anne Fontaine
Duration: 115 minutes
Language: French, Polish & Russian (with English Subtitles)
Cert: 15 (UK)
Doors Open: 7:00pm (for food)
Cinema commences: 8:30pm
SEAC Friends/Members - FREE, advance booking essential*
Concessions and guests of SEAC Friends/Members - €4 in advance, €6 at the door*
Non-Members - €5 in advance, €7 at the door*
*General admission is not inclusive of food; please book the pre-event supper (€15) with your tickets if you wish to take part in the food event at 7:30pm