Film screening: Two Days, One Night (2014) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – Wednesday 11 February

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Gorvy Lecture Theatre (Dyson Building, Battersea), 14.00-15.40

Preceding the research biennial, this film series seeks to explore how and in what ways ethical questions have been and can be interrogated in film.

In Seraing, an industrial town of Liège in Belgium, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is a young wife and mother, who works in a small solar-panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. During her absence, her colleagues realize they are able to cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and the management proposes a €1,000 bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant.

Sandra later returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her sixteen co-workers, and she must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus. However, most of the co-workers need the proposed bonus for their own families and Sandra faces an uphill battle to keep her job before the crucial vote on Monday morning. This film presents the ethical question of the face-to-face encounter through Sandra’s encounters with her co-workers.

Biennial film screenings are curated by Helena Bonett, Emily Richardson and Mercedes Vicente