THE DANISH GIRL
2015, Focus Features, 120 min, UK/Germany/USA, Dir: Tom Hooper

The Danish girl of the title started out as a man - Einar Wegener, who was one of the first recipients of sex-reassignment surgery in 1930. Eddie Redmayne has drawn raves for his performance in the role, as has Alicia Vikander, who plays Wegener’s painter wife, Gerda. The shift in their relationship is complicated by the arrival of art dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts) in this thought-provoking adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel. “There’s no denying that Hooper and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have delivered a cinematic landmark, one whose classical style all but disguises how controversial its subject matter still remains.” - Peter Debruge, Variety


THE KING’S SPEECH
2010, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Dir: Tom Hooper

Colin Firth stars as King George V, the reluctant and severely stuttering monarch faced with the challenge of bringing guidance and hope to pre-World War II Britain. When George enlists the help of an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), he must confront his own stubbornness, pride and fear of failure, as well as the looming likelihood of war against a very well-spoken opponent: Hitler. An amazingly intimate portrait of the burden of being king. With Helena Bonham Carter.


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