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thumbnail C’est La Vie (2018 France)

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Directors:  Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche
Genre:  Comedy, romance, drama
Duration: 115 mins

A cantankerous French caterer has to try and create a fairytale wedding while relying on the most disorganized group of waiters, cooks, photographers and wedding singers in the history of holy matrimonies in C’est la Vie. This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose Intouchables became a monster hit a few years ago. Working his last wedding event, Max is just trying to get through night, but has to deal with a cast of offbeat characters and a girlfriend who’s flirting with a young server.

thumbnail Shape of Water (2017 USA)

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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 Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018 UK)

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Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay
Genre: Drama, history, romance
Duration: 124 mins

London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.

thumbnail Carol (2015, USA)

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Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson
Genre: Drama/romance
Duration: 118 mins

An adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, directed by Todd Haynes. Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is a stylish New Jersey homemaker doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in Manhattan when she spies a watchful shop girl named Therese (Rooney Mara). “Carol” traces the two women’s friendship that gradually, inescapably, develops into a passionate romance, bringing the audience along on a love affair born of instinct, affinity and the instantaneous connection that Rilke compared to “two solitudes” touching and greeting each other. Taking place in the early 1950’s, when love between two women still dared not speak its name, Carol battles her soon-to-be ex-husband and Therese swims into consciousness against the tide of an eager boyfriend, their outer selves express all that goes unspoken, silenced by the conformist culture that engulfs them.

Screening Date: 21-Aug-16

thumbnail Family for Rent (2015, France)

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Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Virginie Efira, François Morel
Genre: Comedy/romance
Duration: 97mins

Forty-year-old Paul-André is a timid, rather introverted man.
Rich but alone, he is deeply bored and ends up concluding that what he needs is a family. Violette, a forty-year-old full of energy, is threatened with eviction and is afraid she’ll lose custody of her two children.
Paul-André then proposes a totally above the board contract to rent the family in exchange for him paying off Violette’s debts. For better and for worse…

Screening Date: 29-May-16

thumbnail Blue is the Warmest Colour – France (2013)

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Detailing the relationship between blue-collar Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), 15, and Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older, sophisticated art student, Blue Is the Warmest Colour sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and romance. Director and co-writer Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain) follows Adèle and Emma through a decade of roller-coaster emotions that are shaped and broken by sex, love, betrayal and an unforgiving class system. The politics of the film, loosely adapted from Julie Maroh’s 2010 graphic novel, can be read on the expressive faces of these two unlikely lovers. Exarchopoulos and Seydoux, who deservedly shared the acting prize at Cannes, give performances of unparalleled intimacy.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

thumbnail Oscar and Lucinda – Australia (1997)

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Gillian Armstrong directed this adaptation of Peter Carey’s 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins’ great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led to his birth. The lives of his grandparents (Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett), two 19th century eccentrics driven by faith and temptation, form a love story of enchantment and wicked wit. Gorgeously photographed by Geoffrey Simpson (Shine), it offers a steady supply of visual surprises within compositions suitable for framing.

thumbnail Beyond The Hills (2012, Romania)

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Director: Cristian Mungiu

Starring: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu

Genre: Drama, Romance

Duration: 150 mins

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children when the girls had shared a room at an orphanage. Alina has developed an intense attraction for her friend and wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith, and a family in the nuns and their priest. The story takes place as Romania converts to the euro and plans entry to the European Community. Cristian Mungiu’s prize-winning film is a powerful and sombre meditation on faith and friendship.
Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

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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 The Waiting City (2009, Australia)

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Director: Claire McCarthy
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton, Samrat Chakrabarti, Isabel Lucas, Tillotama Shome
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 103 mins
Rated: R

THE WAITING CITY tells the story of an outwardly happy Australian couple who journey to India to collect their adopted baby. When they arrive in Kolkata they discover that the adoption arrangements have still to be finalised. Soon the intoxicating mystic power of the city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself. The first Australian feature film to be shot entirely in India, THE WAITING CITY is an intimate, complex love story of transformation, set against the exhilarating epic backdrop of Kolkata.

Screening Date: May 13, 2012

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