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thumbnail Shape of Water (2017 USA)

Event, Fantasy, Genre, Romance , comments closed
September 2, 2018
7:30 pm
7:30 pm

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Duration: 120 mins

In Guillermo del Toro’s new cold war-era film, Elisa, the cleaner at a shady Baltimore laboratory, swabs out the toilets alongside the hard-bitten Zelda. “Some of the best minds in the country,” sniffs Zelda disapprovingly, “and they still pee all over the floor in here.” Elisa is mute, unable to speak since she was a child. One morning a big metal tank is wheeled into the basement. It contains an exotic amphibian recently fished from a South American river. The creature is dangerous – it devours cats and human fingers. But Elisa is entranced and takes to stealing downstairs whenever she has time to spare, placing hard-boiled eggs on the rim of the tank and waiting for the beast to come and eat his lunch.
The Shape of Water isn’t simply a romance, but a B-movie thriller as well – which naturally means the clandestine meetings can’t last.

thumbnail The Red Turtle (2016 USA)

Animation, Event, Fantasy, Genre , comments closed
September 3, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Genre: Animation, fantasy
Duration: 80 mins

Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese animation house, chose Dudok de Wit as its first European collaborator. Founder, Haya Miyazaki, took a shine to his Father and Daughter which won a short animation Oscar in 2001. This stunning animated fable set on a desert island, creates a world so beautiful the characters need only wander around in it. The Red Turtle details extraordinary moments with animals and the elements but it’s really about the flow of life, embracing its primal glory and persistent melancholy, grasping essential sacrifices and the scarring of mistakes. Dudok de Wit captures an amazing journey of age, experience and responsibility. It’s a sublime picture.

thumbnail Tale of Tales (2015, Italy)

Event, Fantasy, Genre, Horror , comments closed
August 7, 2016
7:30 pm

Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
Genre: Fantasy horror
Duration: 134 mins

Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is based on three folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile, of whom the Brothers Grimm were big fans. Unlike the fairy tales we’re used to, there are no straightforward morals to be swallowed, and the ever-afters aren’t all that obviously happy. Sweet dreams quickly curdle to swirling nightmares. It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression in which everything is treated with deadpan seriousness.

Screening Date: 7-Aug-16

thumbnail Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, USA)

Drama, Event, Fantasy , comments closed
July 21, 2013
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper

Genre: Fantasy

Duration: 93 mins

Living in the bayous of Louisiana, literally at the end of the world is six year old Hushpuppy – with her Daddy, Wink. It may not seem much, but it’s a life valued by them and other residents of The Bathtub. Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Described as a mix of social and magic realism, this is a daring and moving film.

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thumbnail Låt Den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One In) (2008, Sweden)

Drama, Event, Fantasy, Thriller , 4comments
October 30, 2011
7:30 pm

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Duration: 115 mins
Rated: R
Summary: Based on the bestseller by John Ajvide Lindqvist, lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night, moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As the pair gets closer, Oskar discovers Eli’s dark secret, and as Oskar becomes more aware of Eli’s tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.

“Best vampire movie ever.” (Washington Examiner)

 

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