I mean, come on! Agora was nominated for 13 Goya Award, and won 7 of them. It was screened out of competition for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and it talked about the 4th CE Egypt without the usual swords and gladiator-style debacles. Well, okay, it eventually ended up with a riot that killed my new fave heroine mathematician-astronomer-librarian Hypatia (played by Rachel Weisz, excellently I believe), but still, it is favoured by many and it's not screened in Australia yet?!?!
Okay, okay, it was screened in several cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra) during the Spanish Film Festival last May, but not yet in Townsville, the city of Powerpuff Girls! And not in big chain cinemas like Event Cinemas and Reading Cinemas. What an insult.
Even United States was late; it started the limited screen
of Agora on 28 May10. Come on people, a good movie is there, and it's
not the cliche gladiator stuff, nor the cliche Julius Caesar and
Cleopatra stuff, and we're not watching it?!
I guess the fact that it was made by Spanish Alejandro Amenabar and was first screened in Spain in October last year didn't elevate it to the international level huh? Bummer. I'm telling you what: I'm buying the DVD in Ebay, and I will tell you what I think of it after I receive it. I will also STILL watch it in the cinema if ever it plays here by the end of the year...
That's the least I can do for a woman who died protecting sound science, her faith in herself, and the past glory of the Library of Alexandria.
Pic: DVD cover R2 of Agora from Amazon.com