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Editorial Sing Street A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escaping his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Mustang When five orphan sisters are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
Money Monster Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an armed irate investor takes over their studio.
Sundance London Other People A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a break-up and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.
Wiener-Dog The life of a dog as it travels around the country spreading comfort and joy.
Indignation In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student, attends a small Ohio college where he struggles amid sexual repression and cultural disaffection admid the ongoing Korean war.
The Intervention A weekend for four couples turns out to have been designed as an intervention on the marriage of a couple without their knowledge of intentions.
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FilmFest Follower Edinburgh Extras Money Monster Sing Street PHOTO CREDITS: Lionsgate: 1,5,7,8,32 Artificial Eye: 2,9,11,12 Sony Pictures Releasing: 13,16,31 Vertical Entertainment: 18 IFC Films: 20 Pinema: 22 Paramount: 24
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EDITORIAL At the end of Sing Street there is a dedication to brothers everywhere following on from the last scene when Brandon says an emotional goodbye to his brother Cosmo. While in our other main feature review Mustang, centres on five devoted sisters who are endeavouring to stay together. So this issue of Movies by Mills is dedicated to siblings everywhere and to the treasured memory of my own dear brother Peter. Our cover is this month’s choice of our favourite feel-good film of the year so far. Sing Street. The film tells the story of a young boy in Dublin who becomes infatuated with a girl and tries to impress her by forming his own band. It is a delightful film that will have your feet tapping to the music and your heart fluttering at the teenager falls in love with the most amazing girl he has ever seen. Mustang is a French/Turkish production about five sisters who want to have fun but are forbidden to play with boys and are imprisoned in their home by their strict guardians who are planning their arranged marriages, while the girls have plans of their own – to escape. Another highlight of our reviews this month is Indignation based on a Philip Roth novel. A young Jewish boy who is a brilliant scholar but a loner falls in love with a fellow sophomore who teaches him about sex and having fun. He has never met anyone like her – but her mother tells him to never see her again because she is trouble. There are reviews of Money Monster, the latest George Clooney which is a nail-biting thriller set in a TV studio. We take a glimpse at Sundance London with a few films which were screened in January at Sundance, Park City. And there is a peek at what will be showing at the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Film Festival with our recommendations. And Extras is back pinpointing films which are now on Blu-Ray and DVD which you may have missed at the cinema. And did you know that a few weeks ago an anonymous benefactor donated £87 million to the British Film Institute which they will use to develop a £130 million home between the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall. It will house a gallery and a research and education centre as well as three cinema screens with a combined capacity of 1,100. With that thought…settle down film lovers and…. Enjoy the read
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Directed by John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh. Lucy Boyton. Jack Reynor. Aiden Gillen. Maria Doyle Kennedy. Kelly Thornton. Ben Carolan. Mark McKenna. Percy Chamburuka. Conor Hamilton. How come you’re not in school? - Conor I’m a model - Raphina Do you want to be in a video for my band? - Conor As a former vocalist and bassist for the Irish band, The Frames in the early nineties, you can expect that music will play a major part of John Carney’s films, if not all of them. Sing Street follows in the romantic and feel-good mode of Carney’s musical Once. Two kindred spirits meet each other on the streets of Dublin; a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs, and a young Czechoslovakian mother trying to find her way in a strange town. As their lives intertwine they discover each other’s talents and encourage each other to reach their dreams and come to realize that they have found in each the one person that is their soulmate. The film was an astounding success winning the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance. Six years later came the second musical in what was to be a trilogy, Begin Again. Greta and her boyfriend Dave move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, she finds herself alone and far from home. She puts her feelings into song and sings them during an open mic night. Suddenly life begins to look a lot better when a struggling record producer Dan happens to be in the bar and hears her heartfelt song. He asks her to join him by taking her raw
talent onto the streets of New York with a group of musicians and into a recording studio and in so doing transforming their own lives as well as the listeners who hear their vibrant uplifting music. And so to Carney’s most personal film and the third in the musical trilogy: Sing Street. When I was a kid, there was one girl who used to carry her bag like baby, and she was sultry and she was thirteen and I was twelve and I passed her every day but I never had the nerve to go up to her and ask her who she was, so the film is about what it’s like to go up to somebody when you’re that young and what’s going to happen next. Casting the film, I made up my mind that if I didn’t get the kid I wouldn’t make the film. Ferdie was there at the very first audition and he was there at the last audition. He showed the lovely level of improvement over the auditions which is exactly what an actor needs to have. Lucy Boynton. She is a very tape and sent it over to us moment, and the two of them chemistry. Girls are always up than boys and she’s sort thinks he’s cute.
good actress. She put herself on and that was definitely a Eureka together just had this great a bit more precocious and grown of aloof and above it, but she
And the band was just a bunch of kids who came in and made me laugh. Like Ben with that hair and just told stories about being in school, and it was like: ‘He’s in’. And then Mark was like: ‘I don’t want to be an actor. I’m just a musician. I hate films. And…he’s in. And Conor Hamilton appears with all this energy and just one by one, it came together. It was like forming a band. So making this movie, I get to get the girl. I get to form a band; and I get to basically to do all the things I couldn’t do as a wimpy kid. -John Carney
NB: John Carney is scheduled to direct Dogs of Babel. Storyline: Thinking that his wife’s death is suspicious, linguistic professor Paul Iverson looks to teach his dog, Lorelei, to speak since she was the only witness to the tragedy. The project is at present in development.
Jack Reynor and Ferdia Walsh in Sing Street.
Jack Reynor and Ferdia Walsh in Sing Street.
Ferdia Walsh and Mark McKenna in Sing Street.
Ferdia Walsh and Lucy Boynton in Sing Street. 8
MUSTANG * Spoiler Alert *
Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven Starring: Gunes Sensoy. Elit Iscan. Doga Zeynep Doguslu. Tugba Sunguroglu. Ilayda Akdogan. Nihal G. Koldas. Everything changed in a blink of an eye. - Lale. Set in the close-knit seaside village of Inebolu in Northern Turkey. The title is symbolic of the wild untameable horse which five orphan sisters are likened to when they react to the harsh disciplinarian rules imposed upon them by their uncle and grandmother when they are spied upon for playing piggyback with boys on a beach after school. Their behaviour is described to their Uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan) by their grandmother (Nikhal G. Koldas) as ‘pleasuring themselves against boys’ necks’. He immediately has the girls taken to the local hospital for virginity tests, removes them from school, imprisons them by having bars placed around the family home, while the grandmother starts giving them obedience training: sewing drab dresses which are like shapeless sacks which they must wear and learning to cook to prepare them for arranged marriages. Uncle Erol is sinister and looks at the girls in a way they may suggest he is in fact afraid of them while choosing one of them as his favourite. Once the girls are on their own, they quickly discard the clothes given to them and plan ways around the constraints imposed on them. Lale (Gunes Sensoy) the youngest of the sisters narrates the story. She is the strongest and most rebellious of the girls and hatches plans on how to escape their imprisonment and avoid the future that is being planned for them. She manages to get her sisters to attend a soccer game with the help of a friendly truck driver Yasin (Burak Yigit). The football game is being watched by
Uncle and his friends and it is inevitable that the girls will be seen by them. The narration of Lale indicates their feelings against male oppression and their fate of being forced as a teenagers into arranged marriages as part of the village custom. It is a statement about women in society and their secondary place, but it is also a cry for freedom and makes you root for them and hope they will escape to live their dreams. The photography is excellent and creates dull claustrophobic images in the house/prison, while it is warm and bright in the open spaces. Warren Ellis’s musical score is likewise excellent and fitting. The acting is very good but Gunes Sensoy who plays Lale is an exceptional talent. The nubile girls exude sensual physicality and cuddle together at bedtime in their undies. But their togetherness cannot last as one-by-one they are to chosen as a bride. When a portly groom arrives to collect his child bride, the two youngest girls take a desperate step and rage and violence follow. We are with the sisters with every risk they take to escape their nightmare and it becomes a thriller on whether Lale can lead those remaining to freedom. Mustang was nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture at the Academy Awards. It is Turkish-French director, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s first feature film. She brings intensity and freshness to a story that bears similarity to Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides but offers greater hope for its protagonists. Shortly before making the film the director learned she was pregnant. When she informed her lead producer of this fact she was told that she would no longer be producing the film and told the other producers, investors and crew members that Erguven was pregnant and that the film would be a disaster. However, despite this, other producers came forward and the film was successfully shot and completed during Erguven’s pregnancy. The director met her co-writer Alice Winocour at last year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Atelier for new film makers where they were the only two women attending the programme. Erguven was there to work on a film entitled Kings about the LA riots. She failed to attract producers and financiers and Winocour suggested she make a smaller scale film to prove that she was capable of directing. Together they started working on Mustang. Alice Winocour was the director of Disorder which was reviewed in the May issue of this magazine.
Tugba Sunguroglu and Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang.
Tugba Suguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan in Mustang.
Gunes Sensoy, Elit Iscan, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang.
Elit Iscan, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Gunes Sensoy, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang. 12
MONEY MONSTER Directed by Jodie Foster Starring: George Clooney. Julia Roberts. Jack O’Connell. Dominic West. Caitriona Balfe. Giancarlo Esposito. Anyone who can - get out, get out right now. Do not look up. Do not make eye contact, just go. Lee, stay calm. I’m right here.
Jodie Foster goes behind the camera to direct her fourth feature film, a taut tense thriller that grips and grapples your emotions until the final credits. The title refers to a glitzy TV news show about finance, hosted by the charismatic and often goony Lee Gates (George Clooney) who tends to adlib his way through the programme to the dismay of its producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) who endeavours to keep him focused on the script. But everyone is totally unprepared for what happens on its latest show when an irate investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) storms onto the set posing as a delivery guy and pulling a gun on Gates, and threatening to detonate the explosives lining his jacket unless he gets some answers to how he lost his life savings by investing in a firm that Gates had been praising weeks earlier as a sound deal which suddenly crashes and loses $800 million because there was a glitch? What the film does, and does well, is put you in an emotional straitjacket as Gates life hangs in the seemingly unbalanced mind of an infuriated desperado who has a twitchy finger on a detonator and a gun pointing at his head and getting angrier and angrier by the minute and is insisting he wants to speak to the CEO of the firm that lost all his savings. Patty Fenn is trying to locate Walt Camby (Dominic West) the one person responsible for what went wrong. His spokesperson, Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe) and lover, is on her way to the studio and doing her utmost to get Camby to the studio in time to save the day.
The NYPD are on their way to the studio, while the SWAT squad have found Kyle’s pregnant fiancée Molly (Emily Meade) to talk to him and calm him down but unfortunately it does not help the situation at all. This is a hilarious scene and provides Emily Meade with her one scene which she capitalises on with an amazing performance. Money Monster is a high stakes thriller with a superb cast and it is a joy to see Julia Roberts and George Clooney together again, previously matched in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s 12. Jack O’Connell is the lynchpin to the film’s ultimate believability as the character’s emotional complexities are challenging but he conveys them well and the Derbyshire born actor has added another highlight in his filmography to be proud of. Originally on my first reading I was made aware that George was attached and so was Julia. I was already aware that Jodie would direct. So obviously that was very attractive, Jack stated. In 2014 Jack O’Connell’s performance as Gary Hook, a young and disorientated British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast, in ’71, won him Best Actor at the British Independent Awards. Dominic West is the arrogant villain in Money Monster, and like most actors relished playing an evil character. He played Ernest Hemingway in Genius and Detective Jimmy McNulty in the top rated TV series The Wire. Caitriona Balfe, Diane Lester in the film, has until now acted in TV, major role being as Claire Randall in the series Outlander. And another supporting player is Lenny Venito as the cameraman who is loyalty personified as he follows all the events through his unwavering lens – no matter how dangerous it is. It is a standout performance. The story exposes how Wall Street and the complex algorithms of big business have fleeced millions of people like Kyle Budwell. JODIE FOSTER drew critical attention as an actress at the age of twelve when she played a prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver opposite Robert De Niro. She won her first Academy Award for her role as Sarah Tobias, a waitress who is gang-raped in a bar in the film The Accused. Three years later she won her second Academy Award for the film The Silence of the Lambs, playing Clarice Starling to Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter, Jodie was twenty-eight. Her very next film Little Man Tate was her debut as a director.
George Clooney and Dancers in Money Monster.
Julia Roberts in Money Monster.
Giancarlo Esposito and George Clooney in Money Monster.
Jack O'Connor and George Clooney in Money Monster. 16
SUNDANCE LONDON 2016 Reviews OTHER PEOPLE Directed by Chris Kelly Starring: Bradley Whitford. Jesse Plemons. Molly Shannon. David is going through the worst period of his life: he has broken-up with his partner, had his latest comedy script rejected and is trying to come to terms with the fact that his mother is dying from cancer, and he is returning to Sacramento to look after her. What David (Jesses Plemons) finds on returning to the family home is a warm welcome from his mother Joanne (Molly Shannon), and younger sisters: Alexandra (Maude Apalow) and Rebeccah (Madisen Beaty), but indifference from his father Norman (Bradley Whitford). The film is written and directed by Chris Kelly and is autobiographical as he lived through the scenario himself. He mixes humour with pathos which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. It really is at its best through its actors, a great cast. Jesse Plemons is the leading character and so self-centred, it is hard to love him. However the strength of Plemons’s acting wins you over. With all his character’s faults, he manages to show the warmth and love he has for his mother. The mother and son relationship is cast-iron and when she is discussing her funeral arrangements with his father demands that she does not want to be cremated even though he keeps assisting she should. Finally he gives in to her, but it is David who offers her an alternative idea of having a ‘Green Funeral’ being buried into the ground without a coffin, which she likes. And it is in fact Molly Shannon as David’s mother who is a total revelation in the film. Her slow disintegration as the chemotherapy is stopped because it is making her worst, and seeing her fight the disease with humour and trying to show bravery for the sake of David is a heart-breaking to watch. Make no mistake…Molly Shannon registers an award winning performance. A somewhat incongruous sequence is added to the narrative which is brilliant and a very funny act: J.J. Totah as Justin. It wooed the audience at Sundance in January and there is no doubting the fourteenyear-old is a star of the future, but I couldn’t help wondering why it was included? Was it necessary to digress from the storyline with this act?
Overall the subject matter of a young man dealing with a loved one dying of cancer has been done before, most notably with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl which this film, good as it, cannot surpass.
Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in Other People.
Maude Apatow, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Plemons in Other People. 18
WIENER-DOG Directed by Todd Solondz Starring: Julie Delpy. Greta Gerwig. Charlie Tehan. Kieran Culkin. Danny DeVito. Ellen Burstyn. Keaton Nigel Clarke. A dog is not human, it’s an animal. Nature doesn’t care about them. It’s sad but true. We’re a dog’s only friend. - Dina The storyline for this film is ‘Chronicles the life of a dog as it travels around the country, spreading comfort and joy’. What a pity the dog didn’t attend it’s screening because neither was evident in the film. The dog travels from a young boy, Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke) to a vet’s assistant Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig) who saves him from being put down, to a failing screenwriter Dave Schmertz (Danny DeVito)to a Downs Syndrome couple April( Bridget Brown) and Tommy (Connor Long) and then onto a dying cancer patient Nana (Ellen Burstyn).
The film is episodic as we follow the dog and its various owners or moaners. For the characters are boring and depressing in equal portions. Even if someone pays you to sit through this movie – refuse their money and defriend them because life is too precious to waste your time on it. Surprisingly Wiener-Dog has attracted a good cast to play these loathsome people, though they may wish to disown it completely and get it surgically removed from IMDB. Todd Solondz, stands guilty as charged in directing this film and as his past offences have shown he still can lay claim to making the most depressing movies of all-time and to call them black comedies would be a misnomer and an unjust description of his self-despising misery, which he claims to be entertaining. His feel-bad movies would make a staple diet for masochists. Are there any exciting moments? Yes, there are. It is those moments when you erroneously think that the film is going to end, but of course it doesn’t. But you might say in his defence, before he is found guilty of a crime against happiness, against love, what about the subject of the film: Wiener-dog. The main character is a lovely little dog so surely Solondz redeems himself by making a film about a dog. He obviously loves dogs. Warning: if you love dogs do not stay to the very end because the last scene will horrify you and would guarantee that you would never seeanother Todd Solondz film again.
Keaton Nigel Clarke and Wiener Dog in Wiener-Dog
Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog 20
INDIGNATION * Spoiler Alert *
Directed by James Shamus Starring: Sarah Goden. Logan Lerman. Linda Emond. Ben Rosenfield. Tracy Letts. Margo Kazaryan. Why did you come and stand outside my window? - Olivia Hutton I just wanted to make sure that you were alright.
It’s 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are Marcus Mesner (Logan Lerman), the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. This is the sixth feature adaptation of a Roth novel, and the author has stated that he found Indignation, his 29th novel, to be the most faithful and truthful adaptation of his work. Marcus has enrolled in Winesburg College to avoid enlisting in the Korean War, but struggles to connect with his roommates, Flusser and Foxman, who not only try telling him what to do, but learning of the intimate encounter he has had with Olivia in a borrowed Cadillac LaSalle, refer to her as a slut. He requests to be moved to another room and gets the worst dorm on the campus, but he concentrates on his studies…or tries to but can’t get Olivia Hutton out of his mind ever since he first saw her sitting in class and instantly became infatuated with her; her smile and those legs; he couldn't take his eyes off her. He asked her out. It was his first date and he wanted to impress her but felt so intense. Then after they left the restaurant was when Olivia went down on him. His mindset had been scrabbled but he knew where his heart was – he had fallen in love with Olivia Hutton, the first girl to give him an orgasm. What follows is an amazing 15-minute verbal exchange between the Dean of the College, Dean Cauldwell (Tracy Letts) and Marcus. The Dean wants to know why Marcus can’t resolve a simple conflict, despite being studious and highly intelligent. Marcus stands up for his ideals and is not intimated by the Dean’s questioning but as the verbal duelling cuts deeper, so does Marcus’s indignant reaction to what he sees as an unjust interrogation of his privacy. Such a scene earmarks it as a perfect example of an ‘independent film’ and why it is destined for art house audiences and will not be generally released as popcorn fodder at multiplexes. Congratulations to James Schamus for directing this film, his first feature, and writing its screenplay. It is a film that he can rightly be proud, and for assembling such a brilliant cast.
Logan Lerman and Sarah Goden in Indignation.
Sarah Goden in Indignation.
THE INTERVENTION Directed by Clea Duvall. Starring: Melanie Lynskey. Coble Smulders. Alla Shawkat. Clea DuVall. Natasha Lyonne. Ben Schwartz. I came up with the idea in a time of my life when I was focusing a lot of time on other people’s lives and what I thought they should be doing to better their lives; who should stay together, who should break-up. Decisions other people should be making. And I had this moment of self-awareness. I realized I was in a very bad place in my life and the more I was looking out, the more I was looking in and not dealing with the things I needed to be dealing with in my own life better. Because I treat pain with humour, I thought it would be funny to actually have someone who really did say all the things they were thinking and tried to intervene on something they had no business in getting involved in. - Clea DuVall, Director of The Intervention.
DuVall’s film is an ensemble piece about a weekend away for four couples with the intention to host an intervention on a couple’s state of marriage, while ignoring their own marital status. Does the premise work? No, unfortunately not. There is no question that the assembled cast are faultless led by the reliable Melanie Lynsky as Annie, but the screenplay is unconvincing. Though they are right in being concerned about the couple: Peter (Vincent Piazza) and Ruby (Cobie Smulders) who are bickering the moment that they arrive for the long weekend in a Savannah summer house. Peter alleges that Ruby is an anti -Semite and she in turn accuses him of being a racist – and so their bickering continues to the ‘I told you so’ satisfaction of Annie. When Peter realizes that Annie and her cohorts are indeed staging an embarrassing intervention on their marriage, he is infuriated and points to all their own shortcomings. Annie’s reaction is to try to save the best of a very bad idea, aided by another glass of Chardonnay. It is uncomfortable to be in the company of these marital meddlers and it is a party that you would not want to crash let alone accept an invite to ‘The Intervention’, which sometimes it gets close to the feeling I had of watching it all. The film almost cried out for a rewrite – as a black comedy – but alas the last guest has left and they are taking down the balloons.
Clea DuVall and Melanie Lynsky in The Intervention.
Alia Shawcat, Clea DuVall, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Jason Ritter in The Intervention.
FILMFEST FOLLOWER MbM RECOMMENDS June 15th to 26th 2016
70 Anniversary Edinburgh Film Festival THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING Directed by Rob Burnett. Starring: Paul Rudd. Selena Gomez. Jennifer Ehle.
A man suffering from an incredible amount of loss enrols in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
Directed by Meg Ryan. Starring: Tom Hanks. Meg Ryan. Sam Shepard. Jack Quaid. 14 year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.
Directed by Rebecca Miller. Starring: Greta Gerwig. Ethan Hawke. Julianne Moore. Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.
Directed by Paco Cabezas. Starring: Anna Kendrick. Sam Rockwell. Tim Roth. A girl falls for the perfect guy, who happens to have a fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG
Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson. Starring: Dave Bald Eagle. Christopher Sweeney. A road movie through the heart of Lakota country, adapted from the award winning novel of the same name by Kent Nerburn.
Directed by Amanda Sharp. Starring: Ray Liotta. Rose Leslie. Gina Rodriguez. A story about love and loss and maybe one day – love again.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Starring: Ulrich Thomsen-Fares Fares. Trine Dyrholm. A story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the ‘70s.
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Starring: Jeremy Irons. Olga Kurylenko. Simon Johns. Focused on the relationship between an astronaut and his lover, who spend years apart.
Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Starring: Mathieu Amalric. Marine Vach. Gilles Lellouche. Jerome Varienne, a French financier lives and works in Shanghai with Chen-Li, his life and business partner. One day during a short stay in Paris, hears that the family house is going to be sold.
Directed by Kevin Smith. Starring: Johnny Depp. Harley Quinn Smith. Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Kevin Smith. Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER
Directed by Brady Corbet. Starring: Robert Pattinson. Liam Cunningham. Stacy Martin. Berenice Bejo. A look at the childhood of a post-World War One leader.
Directed by Frederic Schoendoerffer. Starring: Benoit Maginel. Reem Kherici. A ‘go fast’ convoy shipping a ton of cannabis to Malaga in Southern Spain is disrupted following a shoot-out that results in the kidnapping of a tourist.
Directed by Fiona Tan. Starring: Mark O’Halloran. Denis Lavant. Anne Consigny. Part fiction, part documentary, part essay, on the contemporary world. It is one man’s odyssey through a Europe in turmoil – and through his own mind.
Directed by Bjorn Hlynur Haroldssen. Starring: Harpa Arnardottr. Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson. Gunnar is a sociologist in his fifties who has written countless self-help books. He lives in a beautiful house that is way too big for him and Disha, his wife of thirty years.
Directed by Thomas Lilti. Starring: Francis Cluzet. Marianne Deniscourt. Christolphe Odent. All the people in this countryside area can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who auscultates them, heals and reassures them day and night. Now Jean-Pierre is sick, so he sees Natalie, a young doctor, coming from the hospital to assist him.
Directed by Vincent Gareng. Starring: Daniel Auteuil. Sebastian Koch. Marie-Jose Croze. Based on a true story, Kalinka is about the struggle of Andre Bamberski to bring justice to his daughter Kalinka who died in disturbing circumstances.
Directed by Mads Matthiesen. Starring: Maria Palm. Ed Skein. Yvonnick Miller. The Model tells the story of an emerging fashion model who struggles to enter the Parisian fashion scene and develops an obsession for male fashion photographer Shane White.
MY NAME IS EMILY
Directed by Simon Fitzmaurice. Starring: Evanna Lynch. Michael Smiley. Martin McCann. A teenage girl runs away from a foster home with the boy who loves her. She searches for her visionary writer father who is locked up in a psychiatric institution. It is a story of redemption.
Directed by Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern. Starring: Gerard Depardieu. Benoit Poelvoorde. Chaos ensues when a father and son travel to a farm festival via the wine trail in a Parisian taxi.
A SERIOUS GAME
Directed by Pernilla August. Starring: Michael Nyqvist. Sverrir. Mikkel Bo Folgaard. An adaptation of Hjalmar Soderbeel’s novel ‘The Serious Game’ from 1912. The Great Swedish Love Story.
Directed by Jon Cassar. Starring: Keifer Sutherland. Donald Sutherland. Brian Cox. Demi Moore. An embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
CINEMA MON AMOUR
Directed by Alexandro Bell. Starring: Cornelia Chelmu. Lorena Cosau. Gheorghe Purice. Every cinema has a story – a tale of loneliness, friendship, hope and unfulfilled dreams.
HAROLD AND LILLIAN – A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
Directed by Daniel Raim. Starring: Lillian Michelson. Harold Michelson. Danny DeVito. Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947 where they became the film industry’s secret weapon. Nobody talked about them. Theirs is the greatest story never told – until now.
THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS Directed by Sion Song. Starring: Motoki Fukami. Eleza Ikeda. Megumi Kagurazaka. Full of laughs and through the eyes of a virgin teenager who wishes to become a hero by saving the world with his suddenly acquired psychic power.
TO NIGHT TO MORNING
Directed by Chadd Harbold. Starring: Shiloh Fernandez. Ella Rae Peck. Paten Hughes. An examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York and his sometimes fleeting experiences with women.
Directed by Christy Garland. A high school cheerleading coach is attempting to give the members of her team confidence, but how do you do that when you are the worst team in Finland?
SHORTS FROM FINLAND Scottish Shorts. Shorts 1: Sign Language 2.Fragments of the City. 3. Flaming Creatures. 4. Other Planes. 5. Radical Transmission. 6. Voices from the Wilderness. The Young and the Wild Shorts. 28
EXTRAS DVDS/BLU-RAYS MbM's Recommendation.
ROOM Directed by Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Brie Larson. Jacob Tremblay. Joan Allen. William H Macy. Ma (Brie Larson) has created a whole new universe for five-year-old Jackâ€™s life. But when Ma decides they have to escape, she risks everything to give Jack (Jacob Tremblay) the chance to make a thrilling discovery: the world. EXTRAS *Audio Commentary with Director Lenny Abrahamson, Cinematographer Danny Cohen, Editor Nathan Nugent and Production Designer Ethan Tobman. *11 x 11 Featurette. *Making Room featurette. *Cast and Crew featurettes.
VICTORIA Directed by Sebastian Schipper Starring: Laia Costa. Frederick Lau. Franz Rogowski. Burak Yigit. Exhilarating and astonishingly ambitious, Victoria is an adrenalinefuelled heist thriller set on the streets of night-time Berlin that features the staggering technical feat of being shot in a single, unbroken take. Victoria (Laia Costa), a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Sonne (Frederick Lau) and his friends are Berliners who promise to show her the real side of the city. But when the group are suddenly forced to repay a debt to a member of the cityâ€™s criminal underworld, the night quickly spirals out of control. EXTRAS *AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER *CASTING SCENES *CAMERA TEST *TRAILER
THE ASSASSIN Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien Starring: Shu Qi. Chen Chang. Yun Zhou. 9th century China, a 10-year-old general’s daughter Ni Yinniang (Shu Qi) is abducted by a nun who initiates her in the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised – a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. EXTRAS *BEHIND THE SCENES: NIE YINNIANG *THE ACTORS: NO REHEARSALS THE FIGHTS BETWEEN MASTERS *A TIME MACHINE TO THE TANG DYNASTY
YOUTH Directed by Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Michael Caine. Harvey Keitel. Rachel Weisz. Paul Dano. Fred (Michael Caine)and Mick (Harvey Keitel) two old friends now approaching eighty, are on a holiday together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a retired composer, is resisting attempts to revive his greatest work, while film director Mick is desperate to make a comeback movie starring his former favoured actress Brenda. The two friends reflect on their past, as they look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests, all of whom, it seems, have all the time that they lack.
EXTRAS *BEHIND THE SCENES FEATURETTE *THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL FEATURETTE *INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR PAOLO SORRENTINO
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