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thumbnail Birds of Passage

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Directors:   Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Starring:   Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
Genre: Drama
Duration:  125 mins

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

The advertised film Roma could not be shown due to distributor issues.

thumbnail Sorry Angel (2018 France)

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Director:  Christophe Honoré
Starring:  Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès
Genre: Drama
Duration:  132 mins Rated R

Paris, 1993. Jacques is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense of romance and humour in spite of the turmoil in his life and the world. While on a work trip to Brittany, he meets Arthur, an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties, who is experiencing a sexual awakening and eager to get out of his parochial life. Arthur becomes instantly smitten with the older man. From writer-director Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) comes a mature and deeply emotional reflection on love and loss, youth and aging. In its inter-generational snapshot of cruising, courtship, and casual sex – Jacques’ forty-something neighbour Mathieu rounds out the triumvirate – Sorry Angel balances hope for the future with agony over the past in an unforgettable drama about finding the courage to love in the moment.

thumbnail One Last Deal (2018 Finland)

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Director:  Klaus Härö
Starring:  Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, Amos Brotherus
Genre:  Drama
Duration:  95 mins

An elderly art dealer Olavi is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything, even his family, cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his attention. Olavi suspects it is worth much more than its starting price, which is low because its authenticity hasn’t been confirmed. Olavi’s instincts kick in. He decides to make one last deal in order to earn some proper pension money. At the same time, Olavi’s daughter Lea, whom he hasn’t seen for years, asks him to help her with his teenage grandson Otto. Together with Otto, Olavi starts to investigate the background of the painting…

thumbnail Storm Boy (2019 Australia)

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Director:  Shawn Seet
Starring:  Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil
Genre: Drama
Duration: 120 mins

This new version of the Colin Thiele’s 1964 book about the relationship between a pelican and the son of a beach-dwelling hermit not only compares favourably with the original, it often outdoes it, offering more story and substance. The new film stages things a little more dramatically. It casts the story as a flashback told by an ageing corporate exec Mike (Geoffrey Rush) to his grand- daughter Madeline. She, like many in the community is angry that his company, which she is soon to be part of, wants to develop the beach where Mike raised three pelicans as a child with his reclusive fisherman dad and indigenous friend Fingerbone Bill. Though less subtle in its contemplation of environmental devastation, coping with loss and change and letting go of the ones you love, this four-decades-later remake still flaps its way into viewers’ hearts like its intrepid pelican hero.

thumbnail Happy as Lazzaro (2018 Italy)

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Director:  Alice Rohrwacher
Starring:  Alba Rohrwacher, David Bennent, Nicoletta Braschi
Genre:  Drama, mystery
Duration:  130 mins

Beloved by audiences and critics at Cannes (where it was awarded the Best Screenplay prize), Alice Rohrwacher’s new film is a beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy. Its summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate, where an extended family of tobacco farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa and where the handsome and hard-working Lazzaro, a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son, Tancredi first visits the fields, he senses an opportunity and embroils Lazzaro in an audacious plan to swindle his mother.  

Channelling the spirit of Pasolini, Rohrwacher’s fascinating tale casts a wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema.

thumbnail Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019 USA)

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring:  Luke Perry, Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio
Genre: Drama, comedy
Duration: 120 mins Rated R

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is a sprawling tale of counterculture California and the final days of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Set in 1969’s LA, the two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they no longer recognize, but Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour, Sharon Tate.

Tarantino has said “I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore.” Cinematographer Robert Richardson added, “I think the tone of it is – it’s difficult to describe because it’s very fresh, but it oscillates between humorous, serious, spooky; it’s playful. It’s not easily describable.”

thumbnail Never Look Away (2018 Germany)

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Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring:  Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
Genre: Drama
Duration: 189 mins Rated R

Inspired by the early life and career of renowned contemporary artist Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) once again looks into the dark corners of his country’s recent history. Opening with the notorious 1937 Degenerate Art exhibition organized by the Nazis, the film tells the parallel stories of a doctor involved in “cleansing” allegedly racially inferior people and of a young boy who is fascinated by art. That child later comes of age amid the chaos of postwar German partition: as a man living in East Germany, Kurt has a job creating propaganda billboards while pining to be an artist. Meanwhile, the doctor, Seeband, is captured by the Soviets and interrogated for his role in the Nazi eugenics program. The intertwined fates of these two men forms the dramatic focus of this reflection on the two sides of the German Democratic Republic’s political and ideological past.

thumbnail The Heiresses (2018 Paraguay)

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Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring:  Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
Genre:  Drama, crime
Duration:  95 mins

Asunción, Paraguay, 2013. Sixty-somethings Chela and Chiquita have been living together for more than thirty years, their relationship armoured against anything like homophobic complaint by the prerogatives of wealth and class. Times have changed though and with debts mounting the couple begin to sell-off some precious heirlooms to stay afloat. But the financial situation proves untenable and convicted of fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order. Suddenly, the sheltered Chela must fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and the choices she’s made…

Writer-director Marcelo Martinessi exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire and privilege to tell an intimate and serenely rewarding story of loss, loyalty and self-determination.

thumbnail Dogman (2018 Italy)

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Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
Genre: Crime, drama
Duration: 101mins

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman returns the film-maker to the realist mob world of his 2008 film Gomorrah, but goes further than that film in explaining the toxic emotional inadequacy of gangsterism – its brutality, its sycophancy, its pusillanimity, its craven addictions. In a dilapidated Neapolitan suburb, the pint-sized, mild-mannered Marcello runs a dog-grooming business, caring for the neighbourhood pooches and raising his young daughter, Alida, for whom he’d do anything. He’s popular. But there’s a specific reason for that. Marcello is no angel: he deals coke on the quiet and has indirectly created a monster: a violent tough guy and poisonous bully called Simone who has been turned into a raging cokehead through Marcello’s business. Marcello soon becomes swept up in a criminal plan he wants nothing to do with.

thumbnail Who you think I am (2019 France)

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Director: Safy Nebbou
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil
Genre: Drama
Duration: 104 mins

To spy on her lover Ludo, 50 year-old Claire Millaud (Juliette Binoche) creates a fake profile on social media and becomes Clara, a beautiful 24 year-old. Alex, Ludo’s friend is instantly enamored. Claire, trapped by her avatar, falls madly in love with him. Although everything is played out in the virtual world, the feelings that blossom are quite real. A beguiling story where lies are entangled with reality.

The advertised film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, was not available.