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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 Burning (2018 South Korea)

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Director: Chang-dong Lee
Starring:  Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Duration: 148 mins

Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller Burning was the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact and featuring three remarkable performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession.

thumbnail The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017 USA)

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Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell
Genre: Mystery, horror
Duration: 119 mins
Rated R

Taking its titular theme from the myth of Iphigenia, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a wrathful tale of retribution and responsibility transposed from the stages of ancient Greece to the screens of 21st-century cinema. Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon, wealthy, slightly world-weary and too fond of a drink, presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob and 14-year-old Kim. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

thumbnail Jasper Jones (2017 Australia)

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Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette
Genre: Drama, mystery
Duration: 85 mins

Adapted from Craig Silvery’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in WA. During the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love and discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

thumbnail A Bigger Splash (2015, Italy, France)

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Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Aurore Clément
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 124

This movie received much acclaim and a Golden Lion nomination when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year. ‘A Bigger Splash’ follows an aged rock star (Tilda Swinton) who spends her days on a beautiful Italian isle with her younger boyfriend (Schoenearts). But when their idyllic getaway is interrupted by an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson), what seems like a good-natured shakeup quickly devolves into a swirling storm of passion, anger and danger.

Screening Date: 22-May-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 Short Film Night

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A delicious selection of short films.  Full details to be announced.

thumbnail Night Train to Lisbon (2013, Switzerland)

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Director: Bille August

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Christopher Lee, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Lena Olin

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Duration: 111 mins

Raimund is a Latin teacher. He saves a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern from jumping to her death. The woman disappears, leaving only her coat. Inside, a book by a Portuguese doctor contains a train ticket. Intrigued, he uses it to set off on a journey to Lisbon, a journey which ultimately transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine, encountering love and evolving into a liberating search for the true meaning of life. Directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons. August is a Danish Academy award winning film director who is one of only six directors to win the Palme d’Or twice.

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thumbnail Agora (2009, Spain)

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Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Duration: 127 mins
Rated: R

Alexandria, 391 CE: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city’s Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the great institutions of learning and governance may not survive. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city’s prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. The Christians enforce public morality; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she’s concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and the brotherhood of all. What place is there for her?

Screening Date: August 26, 2012

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thumbnail Das weiße Band-Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (The White Ribbon) (2009, Germany)

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Director: Michael Haneke

Starring: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Duration: 144 mins

Rated: R

Summary:

Set in a village in Protestant northern Germany on the eve of World War 1, The White Ribbon captures a mood of thickening tension and mounting violence as a series of brutal but apparently unrelated events, which gradually take on the character of ritual punishment, turn the people of the village against each other and shatter what remains of a fragile social consensus. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery. Celebrated Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s fi lm is a dense account of childhood, courtship, family and class relations in a painfully repressed and repressive society.

A tale of the past that points to the future. A picture that will be viewed and discussed for decades to come.” (The Guardian)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, 2009

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