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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.

thumbnail Of Horses and Men – Iceland (2013)

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The director is Benedikt Erlingsson, an actor-turned-film-maker who performed in Lars von Trier’s Gervaisesque comedy The Boss Of It All. He brings something of Von Trier’s deadpan humour to this film. The original Icelandic title is Hross í oss, that is ‘Horse in Us’.

A collection of interlocking fables about a group of rural Icelanders’ relationships with their horses and each other, and which run the gamut from stony-black comedies of sex and death to chilly meditations on the blind cruelty of fate. Almost everything happens in the great Icelandic outdoors: a colossal and wildly beautiful valley plain that is like a giant natural stage. The human inhabitants are smallholders and horse breeders who take a certain curtain-twitching interest in each other’s business.

thumbnail The Women on the 6th Floor (2012, France)

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Les Femmes du 6ème étage

Director: Philippe Le Guay

Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 102 mins

Paris, 1962. Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work as a stockbroker, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain) while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke). Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to a group of Spanish maids living upstairs on the sixth floor, refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds. A social comedy that pits the propriety of a well-to-do French family with the earthiness and humour of the Spanish refugees. The director, Philippe Le Guay, grew up in a middle-class family, with a Spanish maid and a stockbroking father and his sense of humour, laced with bile, comes from a close knowledge of his class, and their sense of superiority.

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thumbnail Win Win (2011, USA)

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Director: Thomas McCarthy

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Duration: 106 mins

Tom McCarthy, acclaimed writer/ director of The Visitor and The Station Agent, once again explores the depths and nuances of human relationships in his new film about the allegiances and bonds between unlikely characters. Beleaguered attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. McCarthy’s deft touch with balancing drama and comedy, broken hearts and poignant humanity is at play in “Win Win”.

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thumbnail Playtime (1967, France)

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Director: Jacques Tati

Starring: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 115 mins

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with “Playtime”. For this monumental achievement (a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production) Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.


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thumbnail Inside Llewyn Davis (2013, USA)

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Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett
Genre: Drama, Music
Duration: 105 mins

Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making. Written, directed and edited by the Coen brothers, this film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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thumbnail Second Hand Wedding (2008, New Zealand)

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Director: Paul Murphy

Starring: Vivien Bell, Jimmy Best, Nick Blake, Charlie Bleakley, Geraldine Brophy

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 98 mins

In a time when trade-me and e-bay threaten the primeval urge for a first hand crack at the second-hand, Jill keeps the dream alive until she is forced to confront the habits of a lifetime and concede that no bargain is worth her daughter’s happiness. Father of the bride, Brian, quips that Cheryl’s upcoming wedding will be the first time anyone in the Rose family has given something away – and that’s the crux of it.

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thumbnail Quartet (2012, UK)

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Director: Dustin Hoffman

Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 98 mins

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it& ‘s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they& ‘re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House& ‘s gala concert?

 

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