SUNDAY 23rd - 8.30 PM
Director : Peter Weir
USA /2003 /138 min /35 mm /colour /French subtitled

Cast : Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy, Edward Woodall

1805. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing. Nowhere is the fear of Napoleon becoming Emperor of the World more prevalent than in England, where the anti-French sentiment is the strongest. So, in April of that year, the HMS Surprise, commanded by Captain Jack Aubrey, a flamboyant officer of the British Navy, is stationed off the east coast of Brazil with the mission of stopping the French privateer Acheron, which has destroyed many British ships. The first engagement is a near disaster for the Surprise; the French ship is bigger, faster, and has more guns. Only the presence of a fogbank saves Aubrey and his crew. Thereafter, a chase begins, with the Surprise pursuing the Acheron south through the Atlantic Ocean, around Cape Horn, and through the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands. The longer the chase goes on, the less clear it becomes who is the pursuer and who is the pursued in this high-stakes cat-and-mouse game.

2 Academy Awards in 2004