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thumbnail Rams (2015 Iceland)

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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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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.

thumbnail Like Crazy (2016 Italy)

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Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 118 mins

Beatrice is a non-stop chatterbox, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a Tuscan psychiatric clinic for women. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open air nuthouse – the world of sane people.

thumbnail The Belier Family (2015, France)

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The Belier Family (2015, France)
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera, Roxane Duran
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 106 mins

A box office smash in France in 2015 that finds humour and inspiration in a disability. Dairy farmers Rodolphe and Gigi Belier are deaf, as is their young son Quentin. The one fully-abled Belier is 15-year-old daughter Paula, who plays an essential role in running the family business. This puts a lot of pressure on a girl yearning to be accepted by her peers and starting to think fondly of the opposite sex. Rodolphe, driven mad by the incompetence and corruption of the local mayor, decides to run for office himself, with the slogan “I Hear You” and Paula must translate her father’s speeches and interviews. At first, Paula has no idea she can sing, but when cute classmate Gabriel signs up for choir she follows his lead. Paula discovers a God-given talent for singing, but how do you break the news to your deaf family that you want to be a singer?

Screening Date: 16-Oct-16

thumbnail A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence (2014, Sweden)

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Genre: Comedy
Duration: 101 mins

The Swedish director Roy Andersson’s Living Trilogy (‘Songs from the Second Floor’ & ‘You, The Living’) began 15 years ago and concludes with this sublime piece of filmmaking. Like the first two films in the trilogy, it is made up of mostly comic sketches with a cast of non-professionals in whose vacant stares we’re supposed to see ourselves. Andersson has said that he found his film’s unusual title in “The Hunters in the Snow”, a 1565 painting by Breughel the Elder of a hunting party returning to their village, dogs scampering round their feet, while in the distance, skaters whirl on a frozen lake. Above them all, a small cluster of birds are sitting in the treetops, simultaneously humble and aloof, peering down inscrutably on this pageant of human busyness. Andersson’s films take the pigeon’s eye view.

Screening Date: 17-Jul-16

thumbnail Do You See Me? (2014, Italy)

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Director: Riccardo Milani
Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Corrado Fortuna, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 106 mins

A comedy of errors about a talented young woman, Serena (Paola Cortellesi), fighting for her place in the sexist male-dominated profession of Italian architecture. In order to design the building of her dreams, Serena poses as her own assistant to fabricated architect Bruno Serena. For a while she is able to get her foot in the door and no one suspects a thing. She has her own desk and is able to participate in regular meetings. But as time passes, Serena’s boss starts to push for more contact with Bruno, and so Serena ropes in her best friend, Francesco, to pose as him and pretend to Skype from Japan. In dealing with sexism in the workplace in a way that resonates without preaching, director Riccardo Milani endears us so much to Serena, that there is no way to not empathise with her struggles, and by extension the struggles of women everywhere.

Screening Date: 3-Jul-16

thumbnail Family for Rent (2015, France)

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Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Virginie Efira, François Morel
Genre: Comedy/romance
Duration: 97mins

Forty-year-old Paul-André is a timid, rather introverted man.
Rich but alone, he is deeply bored and ends up concluding that what he needs is a family. Violette, a forty-year-old full of energy, is threatened with eviction and is afraid she’ll lose custody of her two children.
Paul-André then proposes a totally above the board contract to rent the family in exchange for him paying off Violette’s debts. For better and for worse…

Screening Date: 29-May-16

thumbnail Wild Tales (2014, Argentina)

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Director: Damián Szifrón
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg
Genre: Black comedy
Duration: 122 mins

Written and directed by Damian Szifron and starring an ensemble cast, it was co-produced by Pedro & Agustin Almodovar. Szifron has remarkable skills as both a director and a storyteller. Each of the six stories here are thoroughly enthralling and all are united by a mordant black humour. Connected thematically in dealing with revenge and retribution, each segment sets up expectations that its successor ingeniously fulfills or surpasses.

Screening Date: 10-Apr-16

thumbnail The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982, UK)

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Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser, Neil Cunningham
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 108 min

Mr. Neville, a cocksure young artist is contracted by Mrs. Herbert, the wife of a wealthy landowner, to produce a set of twelve drawings of her husband’s estate, a contract which extends much further than either the purse or the sketchpad. The sketches themselves prove of an even greater significance than supposed upon the discovery of the body of Mr. Herbert.

Screening Date: 3-Apr-16

thumbnail Starstruck – Australia (1982)

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Starstruck was the creation of screenwriter Stephen MacLean based on his own experiences of growing up at a struggling pub at which his mother worked as a barmaid, whilst raising her four children. MacLean was a classic film connoisseur and in particular, a lifelong Judy Garland fan. It’s no accident that Starstruck follows the same basic formula of many of the Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney musicals of the 1930s and 40s – two crazy kids decide to ‘put on a show’, usually helping a friend or family member out of calamity and finding fame and fortune at the same time. Themes of stardom, ambition and patronage from other MacLean favourites such as Sunset Boulevarde (1950) and All About Eve (1950) also find their way into the story. Gillian Armstrong’s second film is a playful tribute to those who dream big. With tunes by Phil Judd and Tim Finn of Split Enz.