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thumbnail Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019 Australia)

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Directors:  Richard Lowenstein
Starring: Micheal Hutchence
Genre: Documentary
Duration:  102 mins

A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.
At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head lead to a series of personal battles ending tragically with his death at the age of 37, the night before embarking on a world tour.

The advertised film, Big Fish and Begonia , is not available for screening due to film distributor issues.

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.

thumbnail Parasite (2019 South Korea)

Comedy, Drama, Event, Genre, Thriller , comments closed

Directors: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park
Genre:  Drama, thriller, comedy
Duration:  132 mins

Meet the Park family: the picture of aspirational wealth; and the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide indispensable”luxury services while the Parks give the Kims a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims’ newfound comfort.

The advertised film, Birds of Passage, was not available.

thumbnail Capharnaum (2018 Lebanon)

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Director:  Nadine Labaki
Starring:  Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Genre: Drama
Duration:  123 mins

The title refers to the ancient city on the Sea of Galilee whose name is now a stand-in for anarchy and disorder. Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki takes to the slums of Beirut to follow the plight of Zain, a 12-year-old boy doing five years in jail for stabbing a so-called “son of a bitch”. The boy had lived with his parents, Souad and Selim in an apartment of unadulterated squalor, where Zain and his siblings were regularly used to sell drugs. Their business turns to human trafficking when the couple decide to sell Zain’s 11-year-old sister, Sahar, to their landlord Assadd. The price is a few chickens. The sorrow inherent in this tale would be unbearable without the film’s flashes of humor and performances by a cast of nonprofessionals that are moving beyond measure.

thumbnail Ash is the Purest White (2018 China)

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Director: Zhangke Jia
Starring:  Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao
Genre: Drama
Duration: 141 mins

In his 13th collaboration with wife and muse Tao, director Jia Zhangke crafts an emotionally propulsive drama that doubles as a damning state of the nation. Brandishing the director’s usual penchant for kinetic action, Ash is the Purest White examines the choices that not only make, shape and break relationships, but also lives – not to mention an increasingly changing China. It’s 2001, and Qiao’s existence revolves around gangster Bin, but she steers clear of his underworld antics. When they’re attacked in the street, she fires the gun that saves him and then lands in prison for having an unlicensed weapon. Released five years later, Qiao expects to pick up where their romance left off, only to discover that love and loyalty have become elusive concepts.

thumbnail Thelma (2018 Norway)

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Director: Joachim Trier
Starring:  Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
Genre: Drama, fantasy
Duration: 116 mins

Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

thumbnail The Guilty (2018 Denmark)

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Director: Gustav Möller
Starring:  Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
Genre: Crime, thriller, drama
Duration: 85 mins Rated R

A police officer, Asger, temporarily assigned to emergency dispatch duty takes a desperate call from a kidnapped woman. The minutes that follow are so taut, that you almost forget to breathe but there’s more to The Guilty than a race against the clock. Drop by drop, information is fed to us about the incident that left Asger confined to desk duty. On the phone, he also veers wildly from the what-to-say-to-in-a-kidnap-scenario instructions given out at the Police Academy. Is Asger a good guy going the extra mile, or does he have a dangerous delusion of himself as a crusading cop? Or is it more complicated than that? This is Denmark’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

thumbnail Suspiria (2018 Germany)

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Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick
Genre: Horror, fantasy
Duration: 152 mins

Dario Argento’s 1977 landmark of horror clearly enthralled Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash). His version in six acts with an epilogue has Susie Bannion, a sheltered Mennonite from Ohio, arriving in late Seventies Berlin to attend the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Academy. Immediately, she is hit with reminders of German history, from the Nazi era to the Berlin wall straight outside the academy’s doors. The Baader-Meinhof Gang throws bombs in the streets and danger is everywhere, especially inside the academy where Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) enlists Susie to perform in Volk, a modern dance piece where a wrong move can cause bodily injury…

Swinton stuns in the role, playing the chain- smoking taskmaster with an intensity and sudden flashes of warmth that make all the girls her slaves. The score from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke creates an inescapable feeling of melancholy and mystery.