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thumbnail About Endlessness (2019 Sweden)

Drama, Genre , comments closed

Director: Roy Andersson
Starring:  
Bengt Bergius, Anja Broms, Marie Burman
Genre:  
Drama
Duration:    
73 mins

Swedish director Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence) has been so committed to honing his unique brand of melancholic tragicomedy that even Samuel Beckett would have to tip his hat to him in mournful admiration.  About Endlessness arrives brimful with lost souls and lonely hearts, all making vague efforts to connect with their neighbours. A film that makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly, Andersson likes to frame his subjects in medium shot, posing them in drab offices, cafes or train stations, observing them for a few minutes before moving on. These people might be exhibits in some tatty museum of human curiosities. If so, it would be the sort of establishment where the labels on the cases have long since peeled off and the postcards in the gift shop have gone yellow at the edges.

thumbnail The Disappearance of My Mother (2019 Italy )

Documentary, Genre , comments closed

Director: Beniamino Barrese
Starring:  
Carlotta Antonelli, Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:   
94 mins

Benedetta Barzini at the age of 75 wants to disappear. Her desire began when she was quite young. In her teenage diary, Barzini wrote that her mother, who came from a wealthy Italian family, cared only about money and saw her daughter’s beauty as a commodity. Out of spite, Barzini stopped eating. As her anorexia progressed, she found pleasure in watching her body vanish. That body, thin and athletic, and her strong-boned, perfectly proportioned face made her a “supermodel” in the mid-’60s. She became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970’s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. As her son Beniamino witnesses her journey, the making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta – the image of her liberation.

thumbnail The Lighthouse (2019 USA )

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Director: Robert Eggers
Starring:  
Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman |
Genre:
Drama
Duration:    
110 mins                 Rated R

While Robert Eggers’ 2017 film The Witch explored the insidious effect of fairy tales on a small God-fearing community, the writer/director’s follow-up shows how such stories can corrupt the mind of an individual. The elder, Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), is the veteran, a thickly bearded, salty old dog. He’s an absolute tyrant and a bully and it seems his former assistant lost his mind and died. His replacement, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), is new to his job. Previously an itinerant timberman, he’s wracked by guilt at having stood by while a man was drowned in a river and he wants to make a new life for himself. But the longer he stays on the island with a gruff, mean, farting, ranting Dafoe the more he drinks; and the more he drinks the crazier he gets.

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thumbnail We Don’t Need a Map (2017 Australia)

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Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring:   –
Genre:
Documentary
Duration:    87 mins

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people. One of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in this bold, poetic essay-film. We Don’t Need a Map asks questions about where the Southern Cross sits in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

thumbnail Pavarotti (2019 Italy)

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Director: Ron Howard
Starring:  
Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Griminelli, Nicoletta Mantovani
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:    
114 mins

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winning director Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of the Voice…the Man…the Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage.

thumbnail The County (2020 Iceland)

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Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring:  
Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann
Genre:  
Drama, comedy
Duration:    
92 mins

After the death of her dairy farmer husband, a middle-aged woman courageously sacrifices her livelihood to speak out against the corruption and injustice at work in her community. It’s all anchored in a riveting, urgent performance by Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir as Inga, the widowed farmer left to face the prospect that her husband died by suicide to leave her to pay their large debts to the local co-op. The more she comes to realize the extent of her financial predicament, the greater she discovers the “mafia-esque” tactics of the co-op to benefit themselves at the expense of the workers who supply them. Like writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s previous film Rams, it probes a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the Icelandic national spirit, while championing traditional Icelandic values over the exploitive underside of capitalism.

thumbnail Anthropocene: the Human Epoch (2018 Canada)

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Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Starring:  
Alicia Vikander
Genre:  
Documentary
Duration:    
87 mins

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch puts a frightening twist on the standard nature documentary. Rather than exalting the awesome beauty of landscapes or animals, it captures alarming ways in which that beauty has been disturbed. The movie takes its cues from the research of the Anthropocene Working Group, a team of scientists who in 2016 recommended a formal declaration of the end of Earth’s Holocene epoch, which began as many as 12,000 years ago. They argued that we are now in a new geologic phase, the Anthropocene epoch — a time when humans now change the Earth more than all the planet’s natural processes combined. The film hops from continent to continent to depict the scale of those disruptions, which at times have an almost science fiction quality.

thumbnail Bacurau (2019 Brazil)

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Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Starring:  
Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira
Genre:
Sc-fi thriller
Duration:    
132 mins

Set a few years from now Bacurau begins like one of those feel-good movies white people enjoy watching about poor-but-noble brown people surviving against the odds. We couldn’t imagine ourselves managing in such circumstances, but god bless them for their courage. Deep in the north-eastern Sertão – the Brazilian outback – it mashes up many themes and influences, but is chiefly a scream of satirical defiance against new president Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right globaliser famously promising to make the country more open to foreign trade. This movie’s closing credits pointedly note that the production created 800 jobs.

thumbnail Woman At War (2018 Iceland )

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Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring:  
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
Genre: Black comedy
Duration:    
101 mins

Having conquered the theatre stages and TV screens of Iceland as a writer, director and performer, Benedikt  Erlingsson turned to feature films in 2013, where his brand of deadpan tragicomic humour once again struck a national nerve. His directorial feature debut, Of Horses and Men earned several Icelandic academy Edda awards. Here choir teacher by day, green renegade by night, Halla takes up this vital mantle on her quest to rid the Icelandic highlands of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant. When her long-forgotten application to adopt a child is suddenly approved, the down-to-earth insurgent must reconsider her notions of motherhood, civic duty and heroism.