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Hepburn classic to screen

Funny Face, which stars Audrey Hepburn, screens this Sunday.

MAREEL is introducing a new “screen classics” strand to its cinema programming, with a showing of musical Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire kicking things off this weekend.

The charming Paris-set feature film, directed by Stanley Donen and featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, has been restored and made available digitally to “look and sound as good as it did on its release in 1957”, and will be shown at 2pm on Sunday (12 March).

Shetland Arts cinema programmer Jenny Leask said: “There’s nothing better than watching a great film in a cinema rather than on a small screen at home.

“That sense of occasion, and of a communal experience, can’t be matched. For this strand, our definition of ‘classic’ is very wide, so expect gems from the 1980s and 1990s as well as earlier favourites.”

Mareel already features older films regularly as part of its “screen focus” seasons, which present four films linked by a common genre, director or actor.

The next focus showcases four outstanding collaborations between director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro. Beginning next Tuesday (14 March) with Taxi Driver, it also includes Raging Bull (21 March), The King of Comedy (28 March) and Goodfellas (4 April).