Film society’s mini-season

People in Eastbourne will have the opportunity to see a much-admired film on Wednesday (March 19) that received no less than six Oscar nominations including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director.

The film in question is Nebraska, the latest work from Alexander Payne who made such memorable movies as Sideways and The Descendants.

This presentation of Nebraska marks the start of the Eastbourne Film Society’s spring mini-season which, following on from their popular winter programme, consists of four titles to be screened between March and May at the Curzon Cinema with seats available for the general public.

At the Oscars Nebraska had to be content with nominations rather than wins, but the veteran actor Bruce Dern, now 77, who takes the leading role had already carried off the award for Best Actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

In this affecting tragic-comedy he plays a cantankerous father who, as he ages, becomes ever more difficult. However, circumstances give his younger son played by Will Forte the opportunity to drive the old man on a 750 mile journey and his hope is that during the trip he will be able to re-establish a bond with his passenger before it is too late.

This very atmospheric view of America finds humour in such matters as the greed of the old man’s relatives but, quite avoiding sentimentality, it is also a work which recognises sadness in life so that it becomes decidedly touching as we wait to see whether or not the son will succeed in building a rapport with his difficult and all-too-human father.