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7:30pm, Thursday, October 8, 2015
Damian Szifron’s jet black comedy Wild Tales contains six shorts that all tell disturbing and funny tales. Stories about love, deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
Director: Damián Szifrón
Cast:: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Runtime: 122 minute
Country: Argentina | Spain
Language: Spanish (with English Subtitles)
7:30pm, Thursday, November 12, 2015
A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.
“This is an amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. Using the filmic language of noir, Petzold crafts a story of a culture caught in the aftermath of horror.” – Brian Tallerico, RobertEbert.com
Director: Christian Petzold
Cast:: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Runtime: 98 minutes
Language: German | English (with English subtitles)
7:30pm Thursday Dec. 3, 2015
Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity – to join Carver’s crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what’s his. Delicately training his eye on the rigorous details, the reliably astute Ramin Bahrani imbues his characters with icy complexity to achieve his compassionate portrait of a man whose integrity has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American crisis. With precision and care, Bahrani’s provocative character study applies all the cinematic tools at his disposal to explore the ethical dilemma at the heart of man’s struggle to reach higher – by whatever means necessary.
“Ensemble work is excellent across the board, with those cast as the various evictees contributing a particularly vivid gallery of one-scene performances, ranging in tone from white-hot fury to silent desolation.” – Guy Lodge, Variety
“99 Homes is an exciting and emotionally grandstanding drama about temptation, shame, humiliation and greed.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Cast:: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Clancy Brown
A Brilliant Young Mind
7:30pm Thursday, Jan 14, 2016
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
“Deeply affecting … Matthews’ affinity for the subject and empathy for his characters pays rich dividends, while his documentary background shines through in his and DP Danny Cohen’s eye for striking visual details.” — Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Morgan Matthews
Cast:: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
Runtime: 111 mins.
Country: United Kingdom
7:30pm Thursday Feb 4, 2016
Following the recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali, a proud cattle herder comes into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital, in this luminous, lyrical and poetic drama from the great African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.
“An unflinching, quietly furious exploration of life under radical Islamist rule. It also makes a point about power that even nonextremist, democratically elected leaders would do well to keep in mind.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
“Dazzling and morally devastating …” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“In the hands of a master, indignation and tragedy can be rendered with clarity yet subtlety, setting hysteria aside for deeper, more richly shaded tones. Abderrahmane Sissako is just such a master.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Cast:: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Runtime: 97 minutes
Country: France | Mauritania | Mali
Language: Arabic | French | Tamashek
7:30pm Thursday March 3, 2016
This Sundance hit from Festival alum John Crowley — with its stellar cast including Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters — is an exquisitely crafted period piece telling the tale of a young immigrant in a strange new land.
There aren’t many opportunities for young women in postwar Ireland, but soft-spoken Eilis Lacey (Ronan) is lucky: America has long been considered the land of opportunity, and when her family makes arrangements with a kindly Brooklyn priest (Broadbent) for her to move there, she jumps at the chance. Set up tentatively in a boarding house and working in a swanky Brooklyn department store, Eilis struggles to find her place — but after meeting Tony (Emory Cohen), a handsome young Italian man with an infectious passion for life, she’s filled with the joy of young love and the promise of a future. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she discovers that her perspective has changed dramatically; facing mounting pressures from those closest to her, Eilis must decide where she is to spend the rest of her life.
Adapted by Nick Hornby (Wild, An Education, About a Boy) from Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed novel, Brooklyn is a story universal in its reach yet personal in the telling. Painting with a luscious colour palette, Crowley recreates 1950s Brooklyn as a romantic dream — and at the centre of this dream are the captivating performances. Ronan (How I Live Now, Hanna,Atonement) is outstanding, letting us in on every nuance of Eilis’ transformation from a lonely young wallflower to a confident adult, and you won’t soon forget Cohen as the tough but tender Tony. Brooklyn is a gorgeously realized film about family, memory, and making a new home.