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thumbnail A Man Called Ove (2015 Sweden)

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June 24, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 116 mins

Ove is a widower whose daily visits to his recently deceased wife’s gravesite end with his verbal promise to join her in the afterlife. His failures of self-annihilation are due more to bad timing than botched attempts-he is constantly interrupted by neighbors or some distracting event going on in his housing complex. Priding himself on his reliability, Ove feels compelled to stop killing himself to address each interruption. His clumsy attempts bring him into contact with the Persian family next door, and his growing friendship with them helps him reconnect with life. A heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

thumbnail The Distinguised Citizen (2016 Argentina)

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April 29, 2018
7:30 pm

Directors: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Starring: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 118 mins

Taciturn novelist Daniel Mantovani has an ambivalent relationship to fame: it’s brought him the kind of wealth few authors can ever imagine, yet he’s concerned such success means he’s not the challenging writer he was at one time. All this is conveyed in the opening scene when Daniel receives the Nobel prize and voices his fears. Five years later, the Barcelona-based author remains too much in demand, relying on assistant Nuria to politely decline most offers, until he gets a letter from his hometown of Salas, a seven-hour drive from Buenos Aires. It’s been four decades since he’s been back, despite using Salas as the setting for all his stories. To Nuria’s surprise he accepts the invitation to receive the town’s Distinguished Citizen award.
Oscar Martínez (Wild Tales) as Daniel won Best Actor at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

thumbnail Just to be Sure (2017 France)

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April 22, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Carine Tardieu
Starring: François Damiens, Cécile de France, Guy Marchand
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 100 mins

In her third feature, director Carine Tardieu and her co-writers build a muted classical comedy of errors that Shakespeare would have recognised. Set in Brittany, the novelty comes in the way the script recognises how science has changed the way we live now – specifically, the DNA test. Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens would have hated the DNA test and the mobile phone for the way they disempower tension in storytelling. However, they can also be used to bring it back. That’s Tardieu’s clever realisation. Erwan Gourmelon is a middle-aged widower with a feisty daughter Juliette, a social worker who got pregnant in a one-night stand, and now she won’t tell him who the father is.

thumbnail On Body and Soul (2017 Hungary)

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April 15, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Starring: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider
Genre: Dramedy
Duration: 116 mins
Rated R

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Hungarian writer-director Ildiko Enyedi (‘My Twentieth Century’) delivers a love story that unfolds both in dreams and an outer world of ostensible normality. An Hungarian abattoir provides the backdrop for an affair between two workers who share the same nightly dream that they are deer wandering a snowy forest. They discover their dreams are shared through Ildikó’s comically preposterous plot mechanism whereby someone in the slaughterhouse has been stealing a special Viagra powder for cattle so each employee must be interrogated by a police psychologist.

thumbnail Perfect Strangers (2015 Italy)

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October 15, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Paolo Genovese
Starring: Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini
Genre: Drama, comedy
Duration: 97 mins

Named Best Film at the Donatellos, (the Italian Oscars), Perfect Strangers is a hilarious comedy of manners built around mobile phones and the secrets they hold. The perfect strangers are actually seven long-time friends (three couples and one bachelor) who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘we have nothing to hide’ bravado, they place their phones on the table and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered cheating). But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends, quickly turns into something more as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they truly know each other.

thumbnail Toni Erdmann (2016 Germany)

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August 13, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Starring: Maren Ade
Genre: Comedy, drama
Duration: 162 mins
Rated R

There’s something delightfully strange about Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, a German comedy with hidden depths. It could be seen as an existential fable, or an account of a very public breakdown, but really it’s about a father’s quest to regain his daughter’s love. Winfried Conradi is a divorced music teacher, an old-age hippie of sorts with a passion for bizarre pranks involving several fake personas. Over the bereavement of his dog, he decides to reconnect with his daughter Ines, who is pursuing a career in business consulting and is currently posted in Bucharest, Romania, where she works on an outsourcing project in the oil industry.

thumbnail The Young Offenders (2016 Iceland)

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May 21, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Peter Foott
Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 83 mins

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork. Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat and mouse with the local Garda, Sergeant Healy. When a drug trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euro are seized, word gets out that one bale is missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives.

thumbnail Rosalie Blum (2016 France)

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April 30, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Julien Rappeneau
Starring: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 96 mins

Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut is a warm and witty comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences. Vincent Machot is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum. Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection.

thumbnail Rams (2015 Iceland)

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April 23, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Genre: Drama, comedy
Duration: 93 mins
Rated R

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Who would have thought that a tale about sheep in rural Iceland could bring tears to your eyes? Grímur Hakonarson’s Rams does just that. Majestically shot in a spectacular, weather-swept valley, this wryly observed fable about two brothers who are more obstinate than the sheep they breed, begins as a droll comedy about rural life and grows into a graceful and mythic tale about family, community and legacy.

thumbnail Closer to the Moon (2014 Romania)

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April 16, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Nae Caranfil
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd
Genre: Comedy, drama
Duration: 110 mins

A band of Romanian freedom fighters pull off the crime of the century in this gripping heist film based on an incredible true story. Bucharest, 1959: with anti-Semitism on the rise, a group of Jewish WWII resistance members, led by a police inspector and an academic, team up again for an audacious act of political agitation. Posing as a movie crew, they hold up the Romanian National Bank by making it look like a film shoot. But what comes next is even more unbelievable. Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd co-stars in this slyly comic satire ripped from the strange-but-true pages of history.