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Annette

A globally acclaimed opera singer and a stand-up comedian have their first child, and their lives are completely changed.

Coming Friday, August 6th

Director: Leos Carax
Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Musical
Rating: R for sexual content including some nudity, and for language
Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Pig

A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.

Coming Friday, August 13th

Director: Michael Sarnoski
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Rating: R for language and some violence
Run time: 1 hour 40 mins

The Night House

Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel.  THE NIGHT HOUSE stars Rebecca Hall (HOLMES & WATSON, CHRISTINE), Sarah Goldberg (Barry, Elementary), Vondie Curtis Hall (DIE HARD 2, EVE’S BAYOU), Evan Jonigkeit (Togetherish, Sweetbitter), and Stacy Martin (VOX LUX, NYMPHOMANIAC).

Coming Friday, August 20th

Director: David Bruckner
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Rating: R for some violence/disturbing images, and language including some sexual references
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Together Together

A young loner becomes a surrogate mother for a single, middle-aged man who wants a child. Their unexpected relationship soon challenges their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.

Coming Friday, August 27th

Director: Nikole Beckwith
Cast: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R for some sexual references and language
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The Card Counter

Tell (Oscar Isaac) just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Tye Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.

Coming Friday, September 10th

Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Tye Sheridan, Tiffany Haddish, Willem Dafoe
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Run time: 1 hour 52 minutes

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over by Beth B is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and always electric artistry. As New York City’s preeminent No Wave icon from the late 70’s, Lunch has forged a lifetime of music and spoken word performance devoted to the utter right of any woman to indulge, seek pleasure, and to raise voice in a rage as loud as any man. The film frames Lunch’s work through the lens of the various philosophical themes that have obsessed her for years to enlighten and empower women to voice the unheard and to break the cycle of violence toward women throughout the world. Lydia Lunch is the psycho sexual transgressive who revoked patriarchal expectations of what a female performer might mean, while forging a vocabulary of rare emotional honesty, philosophy and humor.

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over includes interviews with Lydia Lunch and longtime collaborators and colleagues including: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; performance artist Kembra Pfahler; Teenage Jesus bass player, Jim Sclavunos; Donita Sparks from L7; famed DJ and musician Nicolas Jaar; Art Critic Carlo McCormick; Filmmaker Richard Kern and a long list of other groundbreaking artists connected to Lunch’s past and present. Filming in rehearsal and on tour with her band Retrovirus, the behind-the-scenes footage reveals a side of Lunch’s personality that has been unseen. Her warmth and generosity in private interactions along with hilarious banter in the rehearsal studio with band members contrasts wonderfully with her brash, assaultive style of performance. The film is not only about Lunch, but about the scene that she helped spawn, continues to grow and influence, and the creative people who join her in creating a new vision of woman.

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Director: Beth B
Cast: Lydia Lunch
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 17 minutes

The Boys in Red Hats

It was the smirk heard round the world, igniting a social and mainstream media shitstorm. But what really happened at the 2019 March for Life when MAGA-hat-wearing school boys from Kentucky appeared to mock a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? In this feature documentary, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder investigates how the now infamous confrontation became one of the most polarizing viral moments in history while chronicling his own journey at his former high school, Covington Catholic.

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Director: Jonathan Schroder
Cast: Jonathan Schroder
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Platform

A ROCKY-esque tale of determination and grit, PLATFORM follows of three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sisters thrilling underdog story explores not only their dedicated training, but also their surprising place in society as they challenge traditional gender roles on the path to success.

“Iranian cinema has a rich, varied, and self-aware texture. While one might expect the strictures of a theocratic state to impinge creative output, these very restrictions push filmmakers to extraordinary lengths to tell stories with unique, even revolutionary methods. PLATFORM explores the unique and extraordinary tale of three sisters rejecting the assumptions placed upon them to become masters of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. They are not free from the conservatism of their country – they are forced to cover themselves entirely, unlike their opponents – but they do not shy from these problems, and succeed in spite of them.

While compelling in content, Sahar Mosayebi also proves herself very much a daughter of Iran’s history of engaging, well-crafted cinema. The editing is especially impressive, cutting together fights and training as though part of a choreographed action sequence. These scenes provide the documentary with a spark and the spirit of these fighters seems to infect the film itself – a welcome meeting of content and form. PLATFORM is more than a simple telling of a sporting success story, it is an inspirational, motivational film about what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”—Milo Garner.

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Director: Sahar Mosayebi
Cast: Shahrbanou Mansourian; Elaheh Mansourian; Soheila Mansourian
Language: Persian, Mandarin
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Dead Pigs

The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai in Cathy Yan’s (BIRDS OF PREY) debut feature.

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Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Zazie Beetz, Mason Lee, Meng Li
Language: Chinese, English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.

Coming in September

Director: Jamila Wignot
Cast: Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Summer of Soul

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

Showtimes for Friday July 30th- Sunday August 1st

6:10pm

Showtimes for Monday August 2nd – Thursday August 5th

6:10pm

Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Questlove, Stevie Wonder
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13 some disturbing images, smoking and brief drug material.
Run time: 2 hours

Monuments

A young widower sidesteps grief, loss, and familial dysfunction when he steals his wife’s ashes and sets off on an impulsive odyssey through America’s heartland in the charming new road trip comedy, MONUMENTS.

Ted (David Sullivan) encounters a cast of eccentric characters, including his rival Howl (Javier Muñoz), who direct and misdirect him on his mission to find something he’d lost long before the death his wife Laura (Marguerite Moreau).

MONUMENTS infuses humor and hope into a story of mourning, loss, and marriage to create one of the best feel-good indie films of 2021.

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Director: Jack C. Newell
Cast: Marguerite Moreau, David Sullivan, Joel Murray
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunya holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

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Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Cast: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Simeon Moni Damevski
Language: Macedonian
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Drunk Bus

Michael (Charlie Tahan, OZARK) is a recent graduate whose post-college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple, a 300-pound punk rock Samoan.

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Director: Brandon LaGanke & John Carlucci
Cast: Charlie Tahan, Pineapple Tangaroa, Kara Hayward
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Take Me Somewhere Nice

It’s one debacle after another for Alma (newcomer Sara Luna Zorić). When her long-estranged father is hospitalized in his native Bosnia, a not-quite-headstrong young woman leaves her home in The Netherlands to visit him. When she lands at the airport with a few Bosnian phrases and a new dress, her distracted older cousin Emir neglects to drive her to the hospital, preferring to hang out with his buddy Denis, “who has a girlfriend, so don’t even think about it.” 

After dyeing her hair and outlasting her patience, she hits the road on her own, quickly losing her luggage, her money, and her mooring. Along a bizarre chain of events and interactions with a cast of road-weary characters, Alma faces disappointment after disappointment with devil-may-care detachment and a newfound maturity. 

In its breathless series of hotels, cars, buses, and waiting rooms, Take Me Somewhere Nice captures the dreary, fish-out-of-water isolation of the unfamiliar highway. An endearing update of Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendez-Vous d’Anna, fused with the jazzy cynicism of Wim Wenders’ and Jim Jarmusch’s 70’s road movies, and the stark, sunlit despair of a David Hockney painting. 

Recipient of the Special Jury Prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Take Me Somewhere Nice is the unpredictable, neon-tinted feature debut for Ena Sendijarević, a Bosnian-born refugee raised in Holland who is now one of Dutch cinema’s fastest rising talents. Her film’s breezy wit and pastel color palette disguise dark truths about national identity, gender, and coming-of-age, making it the first essential road movie about the TikTok generation.

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Director: Ena Sendijarevic
Cast: Sara Luna Zoric, Ernad Prnjavorac, Lazar Dragojevic
Language: Bosnian, Dutch, English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

One Ocean Film Tour 2021

Written and directed by Suzanne Lindon (Vincent Lindon’s daughter and 20 years-old at the time of production), SPRING BLOSSOM is charmingly refreshing, and oh so French coming of age story that heralds Lindon as a rising international filmmaker to be reckoned with.
Suzanne (Suzanne Lindon) is sixteen. She is bored with people her own age. From the outside, everything appears lovely in her charmed world, but the everyday monotony of school and her relationships with friends and family feels completely uninspired. Every day on her way to high school, she passes a theater. There, she meets a 35-year-old actor named Raphaël (Arnaud Valois, BPM (Beats Per Minute). Despite their age difference they find in each other an answer to their ennui and develop a strong connection. Immersed in the world of grown-ups and adult choices, Suzanne begins questioning the pitfalls of blossoming too quickly and missing out on life – the life of a 16-year-old, which she had struggled so much to enjoy in the same way as her peers.
SPRING BLOSSOM is a refreshing tale of young teen’s sense of curiosity and wonderment at first-love replete with freewheeling musical numbers that echo the song-and-dance routines of Jacques Demy’s beloved The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

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Director: Suzanne Lindon
Cast: N/A
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time:

Spring Blossom

Written and directed by Suzanne Lindon (Vincent Lindon’s daughter and 20 years-old at the time of production), SPRING BLOSSOM is charmingly refreshing, and oh so French coming of age story that heralds Lindon as a rising international filmmaker to be reckoned with.
Suzanne (Suzanne Lindon) is sixteen. She is bored with people her own age. From the outside, everything appears lovely in her charmed world, but the everyday monotony of school and her relationships with friends and family feels completely uninspired. Every day on her way to high school, she passes a theater. There, she meets a 35-year-old actor named Raphaël (Arnaud Valois, BPM (Beats Per Minute). Despite their age difference they find in each other an answer to their ennui and develop a strong connection. Immersed in the world of grown-ups and adult choices, Suzanne begins questioning the pitfalls of blossoming too quickly and missing out on life – the life of a 16-year-old, which she had struggled so much to enjoy in the same way as her peers.
SPRING BLOSSOM is a refreshing tale of young teen’s sense of curiosity and wonderment at first-love replete with freewheeling musical numbers that echo the song-and-dance routines of Jacques Demy’s beloved The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

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Director: Suzanne Lindon
Cast: Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois
Language: In French with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind . . . Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

Showtimes for Friday July 30th- Sunday August 1st

(3:30)pm, 8:40pm

Showtimes for Monday August 2nd – Thursday August 5th

8:40pm

Director: Morgan Neville
Cast: Anthony Bourdain
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: R for language throughout
Run time: 1 hour 58 minutes

Stillwater

An American oil-rig roughneck travels to Marseille, France, to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, he soon builds a new life for himself as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate her.

Showtimes for Friday July 30th- Sunday August 1st

(3:10)pm, 6:00pm, 8:50pm

Showtimes for Monday August 2nd – Thursday August 5th

6:00pm, 8:50pm

Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for language
Run time: 2 hours

Two Lottery Tickets

The next generation of Romanian filmmaking talent finally arrives in the U.S. with Paul Negoescu and Two Lottery Tickets. A buddy comedy produced on a shoestring budget, starring three of the most recognizable faces in Romanian movies, Two Lottery Tickets suggests Pineapple Express by way of Abbas Kiarostami

A winsome, riotous comedy of errors, Negoescu’s second feature is an audience-friendly social satire which merges a stoner’s shaggy-dog story with the sophisticated, intensely realistic style that has made the Romania cinema one of the most popular national film movements in the world.

Police, Adjective star Dragoș Bucur plays against type as Sile, an irresponsible carpenter who spends most afternoons at the pub, placing small bets, racking up a huge tab, and buying lottery tickets. He convinces his drinking buddy Dinel (Dorian Boguță), whose wife has just left him for an Italian, to play the lottery one hot afternoon. Borrowing a few Euro from Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol), the local conspiracy theorist, Dinel plays the numbers on the off chance that a win would bring back his wife. 

After two petty criminals jack his fanny-pack and the winning ticket, the three guys spend what little money they have tracking down the thieves. Although all three guys are easy marks with zero talent for sleuthing, their wild goose chase around Dinel’s apartment complex precedes a road trip to Bucharest, where the two thugs might be about to cash in on the €6 million jackpot.

Unpretentious, well-acted, and consistently hilarious, Two Lottery Tickets is a breezy reminder of the eternal essentials for good comedy: smart performances, a clever and intuitive style, and an irresistibly, unpredictable yarn.

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Director: Paul Negoescu
Cast: Dorian Boguta, Dragos Bucur, Alexandru Papadopol
Language: Romanian
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 26 minutes

Edge of the World

Edge of the World is an upcoming adventure drama film directed by Michael Haussman and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the British soldier and adventurer James Brooke. The film also features Dominic Monaghan, Hannah New, and Josie Ho. The script was written by Rob Allyn, who also produced the film.

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Director: Michael Haussman
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dominic Monaghan, Hannah New
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Tomorrow’s Hope

Tomorrow’s Hope brings us into the journey of passionate educators and tenacious kids and their families on the South Side of Chicago, determined to carve out the future despite a sea of incredible challenges. The film follows three present-day high school seniors who had started out in the Educare preschool’s first-ever class, exploring how they’ve navigated foreboding realities past and present, while also delving into the lingering ripple effects from their early childhood education.

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Director: Thomas Morgan
Cast: N/A
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire.

Coming Friday, September 17th

Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield
Language: English
Genre: Biography, Drama
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and drug abuse
Run time:

Blue Bayou

Antonio LeBlanc is a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou. He’s married to the love of his life, Kathy, and raising his beloved stepdaughter, Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must soon confront the ghosts of his past after learning that he could be deported from the only country he’s ever called home.

Coming Friday, September 17th

Director: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The French Dispatch

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch.”

Coming Friday, October 22nd

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language
Run time: 1 hour 43 minutes

Emily @ the Edge of Chaos

EMILY @ THE EDGE OF CHAOS interweaves Emily Levine’s live performance with animation, appearances by scientists, and animated characters (John Lithgow as Sir Isaac Newton, Lily Tomlin as Ayn Rand, Leonard Nimoy as Sigmund Freud, Richard Lewis as Aristotle, Matt Groening as Aldo Leopold). The film uses physics, which explains how the universe works, to explain our metaphysics – the story of our values, our institutions, our interactions. Using her own experience and a custom blend of insight and humor, provocation and inspiration, personal story and social commentary, Emily takes her audience through its own paradigm shift: from the Fear of Change to the Edge of Chaos.

Emily Levine, like her film, was one-of-a-kind. She was a television writer, a stand-up performer, and an out-of-the box-thinker, whose brilliant TED Talks have been watched by millions. She made this film with Wendy Apple, who produced and directed it. Wendy died in 2017 and Emily continued working on the film until she also passed away in 2019

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Director: Wendy Apple
Cast: Emily Levine, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Leonard Nimoy, Richard Lewis, Matt Groening
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour

Queen Marie

Devastated by the First World War and plunged into political controversy, Romania’s every hope accompanies its queen on her mission to Paris to lobby for international recognition of its great unification at the 1919 peace talks.

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Director: Alexis Sweet Cahill
Cast: Roxana Lupu, Daniel Plier, Richard Elfyn
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Nina Wu

After toiling for years in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (Ke-Xi Wu, who also co-wrote the script based on her own personal experiences) finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. The part, which calls for nudity and explicit sex scenes, is made all the more challenging thanks to the director’s unending belittlements. While seemingly on the brink of professional triumph, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack under the pressure. As she rushes to her childhood home following a family emergency, Nina begins suffering paranoid fantasies that a mysterious woman is stalking and attacking her. As Nina clings to memories of happier times, it seems that there is one crucial memory that she is repressing…

This sumptuous, stylized thriller, reminiscent of Mulholland Drive, Black Swan and other poison pen letters to the entertainment industry, is a “a vividly disorientating #metoo themed drama” (Screen Daily) anchored by Wu’s “ferocious, driven performance” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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Director: Midi Z
Cast: Wu Ke-Xi, Sung Yu-Hua, Hsia Yu-Chiao, Shih Ming-Shuai, Chang Li-Ang
Language: Chinese with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 43 minutes

Hope

Based on filmmaker’s, Maria Sødah, own experiences — Hope is the story of Anja and Tomas, longtime romantic partners whose large, blended family is upended when Anja receives a grave medical diagnosis.

ANJA (43) lives with TOMAS (59) in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years the two adults have grown independent of each other, with creative jobs in parallel worlds. When Anja gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. Alone with her grief and her fears, Anja realizes that she needs Tomas’ full help and support. It’s their only chance. How else will their children find the strength once she is gone, if their parents are unable to weather the storm together? Anja and Tomas are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust, and eventually a joint struggle, to deal with this unexpected and premature death. By getting to know each other anew, they unconsciously become the principal characters in a love story where they finally learn to truly love each other after a long life together.

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Director: Maria Sødahl
Cast: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård
Language: Norwegian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

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Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
Cast: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Looking For A Lady With Fangs And A Moustache

Amidst the bustling maze of life in present day Kathmandu, a worldly, young Tibetan man TENZIN brazenly enters an abandoned, sacred temple of the Goddess Kali declaring this to be the ideal place to house his new business venture. Having borrowed his mother’s life savings as funding for the venture Tenzin is fully immersed in his plans to create Nepal’s best cafe. But when Tenzin is struck by a dream like vision of a girl moving through a vast ocean of red flowers Tenzin’s friend JACHUNG fears it’s a sign of impending death. On the advice of a great sage a skeptical Tenzin must seek out a very special woman – a “dakini” who may have a moustache, fangs and a third eye.

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Director: Khyentse Norbu
Cast: Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Tulku Kunzang, Orgen Tobgyal Rinpoche
Language: Tibetan and Nepali with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 53 minutes