January 8: Jane Eyre (2011), Cinematheque de la Ville, 8pm
If you studied English in secondary school, you almost certainly read Charlotte Brontë’s, Jane Eyre. The story is one of love, loss, and beauty. It interrogates the various forms in which all three of these things come into our lives. It does so through the framework of a nineteenth century tragic romance. In 2011 Cary Fukunaga became the next in a long line of directors who hoped to successfully adapt the novel for the big screen. As far as most critics are concerned, Fukunaga did a good job. Head to the Cinematheque de la Ville and see if the performances of Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Judi Dench win you over, too!
January 7-9: Sword Art Online—Progressive, Kinepolis, times vary
This one is for all the Anime fans out there! Sword Art Online took the (manga and anime) world by storm in the 2010s, becoming a defining series of the anime genre. It has spawned countless novelisations, spinoff series', and even a Netflix live-action version is in the works. The long and short of the plot is this: an online, virtual reality, multiplayer game (VRMMORPG for the fellow geeks out there) offers players a new world in which to play out lives that differ vastly to their own. There is, however, a catch...
The new film, Sword Art Online—Progressive, narrows in on the early days of the game, exploring the first encounters and trials faced by the series' main characters: Kirito and Asuna. This is the second large-production film in the Sword Art Online franchise, and this weekend presents a rare opportunity for Luxembourgers to see it as intended: on a big screen.