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Editorial Molly’s Game The true story of Molly Bloom an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Bingo — The King of the Mornings Based on a true story. Bingo is a film about the man behind the mask. Augusto is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following in the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the 1950s.
The Post Pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.
The Square A poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasing uncertain world.
Sundance. Looking at the exciting and varied programme of the biggest film fest, screening independent films.
DVDS and BLU-RAYS OF THE MONTH 30 EXTRAS A Ghost Story 31 EXTRAS Dunkirk 32
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EDITORIAL The beginning of a year is like the first blank page of a manuscript – it is challenging and exciting at the same time. That is how it is with this magazine that never hides its passion for films. This is MbM’s 57th issue and our cover feature review Molly’s Game is directed by one of the best screenwriters around at present – Aaron Sorkin. Every scene of the film is richly enhanced by Sorkin’s dialogue which caresses your ears and is respectfully delivered by its star Jessica Chastain. One of this month’s film reviews is The Post, which deals with the story of The Washington Post and its battle with the government to stay in business after it prints a story of withholding information on Vietnam from the public. Further, there are reviews of The Square, and Bingo – King of the Mornings. FilmFest FollowerSundance and DVDs of the Month. All-in-all, 32 passionately-packed pages. Enjoy the read
This issue is dedicated to Sam Shepard, Roger Moore, Mary Tyler Moore and Harry Dean Stanton who all passed over during 2017. Thank you for the legacy of precious screen memories you have left with us.
Brian Mills Magazine Editor
Paul Ridler Magazine Designer
MOLLY’S GAME Directed by Aaron Sorkin Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera I was in a room with movie stars, directors, and business titans. They were all in, all the time. - Molly
Aaron Sorkin’s directional debut is, as expected from the writer of The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom, has dynamic dialogue and a narrative that is perfectly paced to deliver and entertain and ignite at the right moments. You go into the film hoping it will live up to its publicity hype and by the time the ending credits roll – you are not disappointed. Molly’s Game is a brilliant movie and a perfect example of what movies are all about: they are meant to move you emotionally and memorably, so that long after you have seen the film, they will continue to play in your head and your heart. Jessica Chastain is the titular Molly and the game is high-stakes poker. Molly Bloom is an ex-Olympic-level skier, coached by her psycho therapist father, expertly played by Kevin Costner. He expects nothing less than perfection. Her attempts to be the best skier is painfully ended with an horrific accident which smashes her vertebrae and curtails any aspirations to be a skier of any of kind as the reality sets in. Fast-forward to Molly’s attitude when she runs her own poker salon: You know what makes you feel OK about losing? Winning. After working as a PA to a rich but sickly Hollywood film producer who bullies her; negates her dress sense and anything else about her, while introducing her to private poker games where the chips and tips are high. It is the world of gambling that Molly sees as a way to get what she wants and subconsciously prove to her father that she is a winner after all. She begins by inviting movie stars, sport stars, hedge-fund managers, poker addicts, and even a loner who 4
knows nothing about gambling but is rich enough to lose, and plays for one reason only: he wants to make friends.
For Molly, she is the princess of players; upping her game, calculating her next move, and dressing like money: diamonds and pearls, and low-cut dresses that are suggestively sexy and deceptively deceiving; sex is not part of her game-plan. The most emotive scene in a very empathetic movie is reserved for the last act of the narrative when she meets-up with her father again and he gives her the answers to life and admits regretting not telling her what she really means to him. Only cynics would find this scene cloying. It is in fact a beautifully redemptive scene that ties-up lose ends and expertly written by Sorkin. In the book that this film is based on, the true names of the people, as Molly tells her quixotically moral lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) are not disclosed, which arouses interest in reading the book to guess their identities i.e. the film star played by Michael Cera is apparently based on Tobey Maguire. Whenever you cash-in your chips, Sorkin makes it undoubtedly clear that Jessica Chastain is the focus of every frame and rises to the challenge to expound his quick-witted dialogue with ease, and justifiably putting her name with upmost certainty for a Best Actress Oscar nomination, come March. She shows that when actresses make a stand for being given more leading roles in movies, Chastain is at the top of the casting list. Like Molly says, ‘she is her own hero’. She has built-up an impressive filmography, which includes working with Terrence Mallick on The Tree of Life. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Miss Julie. She will next be seen in Woman Walks Ahead, and has been announced that she will play Ingrid Bergman in Seducing Ingrid Bergman. As for Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is exemplified in the courtroom when Idris Elba as Molly’s councillor Charlie Jaffrey, makes a great speech for her defence. Jaffrey appears to be a demanding father to his daughter, who adores Molly. She is intelligent and is reading Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which impresses Molly. But her father seems a little demanding of her.
Finally, the film never fails to surprise, as when a Russian mobster pays Molly a visit and violently beats her into unconsciousness. It is another example of the extremes that the film goes to. The film never lets up, grabbing your attention with superb acting and a storyline that is played out with impressive intensity. To Aaron Sorkin, one can only wait in anticipation for his next film as a writer-director. Congratulations to everyone concerned in the production of this movie. It is a story that needed to be told and screened for discerning arthouse cineastes.
Molly (Jessica Chastain) in Mollyâ€™s Game.
Molly (Jessica Chastain) in Mollyâ€™s Game. 6
Molly (Jessica Chastain) and Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) in Mollyâ€™s Game.
Larry Bloom (Kevin Costner) and Molly (Jessica Chastain) in Mollyâ€™s Game. 7
BINGO: THE KING OF THE MORNINGS Directed by Daniel Rezende Starring: Vladimir Brichta, Emanuelle Araújo, Raul Barreto. 70% is inspiration. 30% is whiskey. Bingo Augusto (Vladimir Brichta) is an actor starving for recognition and a place in the spotlight, and to make his son and mother, a stage actress in the 1950s, proud of him. When an opportunity comes to audition for the part of a clown, Bingo, a host clown for a Children’s’ Television Show, Augusto takes it. Fellow competitors prove little challenge to Augusto’s talent and originality, but his problem is keeping to the script. The film is about the man behind the mask, and seeking a place in the spotlight, following in the footsteps of his mother, a successful stage actress in the 50’s. Augusto, while starring in soft porn and soap operas gets the chance to conquer the crowds when he is cast as “Bingo”, a television host clown. With his irreverent humour and natural talent, the show becomes a big hit, but a clause in the contract forbids him to reveal his true identity. Augusto becomes an anonymous celebrity. With make-up he brings happiness to children across the country but not to his own son, Gabriel, who sees his father distancing himself in search of recognition. Filled with irony and humour and an exaggerated pop look from the backstage universe of the Brazilian 80’s television show, the film tells the incredible and surreal story of a man that whilst looking for his artistic value, finds his personal decay. Vladimir Brichta is the protagonist Bingo and is a multi-talented actor and singer and was raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he began his career. In Brazil he has won numerous awards in theatrical, television and movie productions in Brazil. His career began as a theatrical actor in 1993 on the “Inspector Geral” production in Bahia City northeast of Brazil where he was raised. Since then, he has worked in several theatrical productions: “Uma Historia Sem Fim”, “A Casa de Eros”, “Eu, Brecht”, “Equus”, “Baal”, “Caligula”, “A Milagres”, “Mamae 8
Nao Pode Saber”, “Os Produtores” (The Producers), “A Hora e a Vez de Augusto Matraga”, “Hamelin”, and “Arte”. Those productions gave him the opportunity to win some of the most important awards for theatrical productions. In television he has participated on more than 15 novel adaptations and series. Bingo is a film ‘a clef’, where real life characters and brands have names changed to avoid legal issues: Bingo is the American clown franchise Bozo, TV Mundial stands for the powerful Brazilian network Globo, TVP is its rival TVS (now SBT), Lulu is the children show host Xuxa. The real name of the main character Antonio Mendes, Arlindo Barretto, is revealed at the end. Singer and dancer Gretchen is the only one that was kept with her real(stage) name. What is interesting about this film is that it digresses from the usual screen conception of clowns. Hollywood has long portrayed them as scary and making them the centre of a string of horror films. Stephen King’s It has a clown called Pennywise who every thirty years terrorises children. This is the complete opposite of Bingo who has gained fame by entertaining children and making them laugh. Pennywise’s only victims are children. The adults of Derry, Maine, act like It doesn’t happen. Ironically, they know about ‘It’, but the events are too horrible to talk about. Seven outcasts, known as ‘The Lucky Seven’, Bill, Ben, Beverly, Eddie, Richie, Mike, and Stan are able to defeat ‘It’ as children and make a pact to return and do battle again should Pennywise return. Now 30 years later, Mike Hanlon who stayed behind, is puzzled by a bizarre occurrence of child murders. When he discovers that ‘It’ has come back, he reunites what is left of ‘The Lucky Seven’, now in their middle ages to do battle once again and ‘It’ is ready. There has also been the Joker in Batman played by Heath Ledger and Jack Nicolson, the latter’s Joker has in addition to the more traditional make-up, bright colourful suits and an array of comedic weapons. I remember as a child seeing a clown for the first time. It was white-faced with a wide painted mouth. He appeared at a Children’s School Party and was there to entertain us but most of us thought that he was scary and cried. The only fear that Bingo has, is that his identity will be revealed. When he looks in the mirror and begins wiping off his make-up that is when he is at his most vulnerable. He has to be in control of every situation, which is why he insists on not following the script written for him. He knows, more than anyone, how to make children laugh and he does, and adults, the producers and director of the show. Unlike the aforementioned scary clowns, Bingo is a fun-loving clown that children adore. What a relief to witness a loving and warmhearted showman. Bravo, Bingo!
Bingo (Vladimir Bricta) in Bingo: The King of the Mornings.
Bingo (Vladimir Brichta) and Anjélica (Tainá Müller) in Bingo: The King of the Mornings. 10
Bingo (Vladimir Bricta) in Bingo: The King of the Mornings.
Bingo (Vladimir Brichta) and Anjélica (Tainá Müller) in Bingo: The King of the Mornings. 11
THE POST Directed by Steven Spielberg Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. Can I ask you a hypothetical question? - Ben Bradlee Oh dear, I don’t like hypothetical questions. - Katharine Graham Well, I don’t think you’re going to like the real one either. - Ben Bradlee In the shadow of All the President’s Men and one of the greatest movies of all-time: Citizen Kane, comes the latest film about newspapers. Any film directed by Steven Spielberg is going to attract attention as this one does, focusing on The Washington Post when the paper stood to lose everything by publishing the Pentagon Papers, a leaked Rand Corporation study showing that administration after administration, dating back to Truman, was failing to craft successful policy on Vietnam, and that the war raged on mostly to prevent humiliation over a U.S. loss. The Post’s editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) was furious at first when The New York Times planned to publish the story, but the Department of Justice temporarily halted the ‘Times’ publication of the papers, which gives Bradlee and his staff about a day to sort out the information that the Times had for months. Whether the Post could publish the story was another matter altogether. This is a story about the trust and mutual commitment on which institutions depend – a direct contrast to the corruption which the Post worked to expose. Liz Hannah and Josh Singer’s script builds layer upon layer from painstakingly researched facts. It shows the haphazard nature of the way information is obtained and the awkward humanity of the characters. All the paper’s journalists are aware that they may be out of their depth but equally aware that the issue they face is bigger than the 12
Nixon problem alone – that the freedom of the press in America could be permanently lost if they allow themselves to be silenced.
Meryl Streep plays a woman lacking in self-confidence, Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, who rises to be outspoken and firm in her convictions. Her backstory is one that shows she had taken the paper public, while her family still owned it and she is totally aware of the consequences that if the paper lost she would be arrested for treason. Not to mention the fact that the Pentagon Papers are an embarrassment to Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), an old friend of Graham’s. Steven Spielberg has crafted a solid piece of work that skilfully juggles suspense and Big ideas. Janusz Kaminski’s camera slides its way through newsrooms and dinner parties, all with that brand of early 1970s drabness.
There are some amazing scenes like when we see a master shot of Streep and Hanks at a table in a restaurant. A long unbroken tracking shot follows Streep and she knocks over a chair. Spielberg wanted to show the parody between Graham and Bradlee and wanted to show the dynamic of the two characters: the publisher of the Post and the editor of the Post having this breakfast where they don’t agree on much. In pre-production Spielberg went into the offices of The Washington Post. If he shot the film in the pre-digital times he would have filmed the paper’s editorial meeting which would have been for the next issue of the paper and would have the journalists sitting and listening to the editor, but now that doesn’t happen in real life; everyone has their phones out, they are getting confirmation of the stories going into the paper and then get to talk about what they are going to contribute to the paper when their turn comes up to speak. There are a lot of people looking down making notes. So, he told the actors when Bradlee is holding a meeting they can do their own things and what they can contribute. They have their own work to do. The Post was shot on 35mm. Spielberg has said that film photography is a chemical miracle. He explains it this way: You never know what you are going to get. The shot takes a bath and exposes, the positive from the negative and when you get to see the print, there is a lot on the negative that surprises me that is real; there is grain and the grain is always moving, it is swimming which means that even in a still life, say a flower on a table, it is alive, even though its not moving because the image is alive, its moving - that’s the difference.
Watch the film closely. Appreciate what you are seeing, the magic of the moving image, the quick cuts from a gun to a helicopter, the smooth tracking shots throughout the movie. The acting of everyone in the movie, and the crew. Give thanks to yourself for having the good sense to see this remarkable film. And…to the master filmmaker Stephen Spielberg for making it. Thank you.
Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) in The Post.
Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk), Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Chalmer Roberts (Phillip Casnoff) in The Post. 14
Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) in The Post.
Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) in The Post. 15
THE SQUARE Directed by Ruben Ôstlund Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary. What are the biggest challenges in running a museum? - Anne We are a museum of contemporary art, so we need to present art that is art of today, art that is absolutely cutting-edge, and the competition is fierce. - Christian Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, the X— Royal Museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passers-by to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live-up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. But the purpose of “The Square” which is a small square marked out in the cobblestone plaza in front of the museum with a plaque which reads in part: “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring.” Christian explains to an audience of well-dressed patrons at a cocktail reception that the piece will be an invitation for pedestrians to engage compassionately with anyone with the delineated space. Östlund has great fun with this by cynically populating the plaza with all manner of homeless people who don’t get a second look in the normal scheme of things. A millennial pair of PR experts, hired to create a publicity campaign for “The Square” explain to staff that the museum’s competition for press is not with other museums, but with front-page disasters and terrorist acts. Based on their research into the most attentiongrabbing images, they come up with a controversial promotional video that includes a blonde child, a kitten, and an explosion that blows them to bits. Christian approved the campaign without reviewing the content, and the video goes disastrously viral, generating the kind of publicity no museum would wish for. Christian’s career goes awry, and the glimmer of self-knowledge that dawns on him comes with a heaped hand of regret. 16
The film opens with Christian lying on a sofa at work and awoken to give an interview with an American journalist, Anne (Elisabeth Moss). She wants Christian to explain his comments about exhibitions. The Square has an episodic structure highlighted with satirical setpieces, none more so than when a man pretending to be an ape gatecrashes the museum’s gala dinner. At first his antics seem amusing to the tuxedoed and lavishly dressed diners, but when he admires one particular female and ultimately pulls her off her chair and drags her by the hair across the floor, it awakens the herd instinct of the men and they savagely beat the intruder. At the Q and A with director Reuben Östlund following the screening of the film, he explained to the audience of his motivations in making the film and his opinion on Sweden today and how the behaviour of its citizens has changed since the 1950s and this is reflected in the film’s protagonist Christian. He thinks of himself as a decent, fairminded person. But his vision of himself is, as with all of us, selective. When he’s feeling good, he gives money to beggars; when he’s concerned and distracted, he ignores them. He’s nice, fair-minded progressive in theory, but when less powerful people that he’s wronged confront him. He gets a quizzical look on his face: “Why me?”. When Christian’s wallet and phone are lifted by a pickpocket in a strange incident on the street, he tracks down, with the help of a junior colleague, the location of the phone to a high-rise apartment building in a less than prosperous neighbourhood. Although he drops an accusatory leaflet in every one of the building’s mail slots, he is so paranoid that they might contact him, that the address he leaves is a nearby 7-Eleven both of these gestures will come back to haunt him. Östlund wrote the screenplay and there is a beautiful scene where the visual announces a hammering attitude of modern art: Christian stands in front of a neon sign illuminating the words YOU ARE NOTHING. Another scene which is one of the funniest, shows an artist named Gijoni (Dominic West) who eccentrically wears pyjamas beneath a smart jacket. He is responsible for neat piles of gravel that are rarely visited and even swept up by an industrial cleaner. Another victim of Östlund’s satire is political correctness. When Gijoni is giving an interview about his work, a man with Tourette Syndrome intervenes with a torrent of abuse hurled at the artist and the museum. Although some audience members take offence, there is an outpouring of support for the foul-mouthed sufferer, not least from the artist himself. This also leads to a brilliant scene in which Anne mimics the sufferer when she sees Christian at a party. And when Christian ponders whether to do something extreme, his co-worker Michael (Christopher Laesse) tells him to ‘ditch the political correctness crap’. The film is flawed in many ways, but gives thought to a lot of questions, not all of which are answered, but the overriding one that reverberates through our mind is our ability to ignore the defenceless and our lack of desire to become involved or engaged comes under the director’s scrutiny. The Square is not a perfect film, but it is an interesting one and warrants sufficient interest in future films from this original filmmaker.
Christian (Claes Bang) in The Square.
Anne (Elisabeth Moss) and Christian (Claes Bang) in The Square. 18
Uncredited Child Actor in The Square.
Oleg (Terry Notary) in The Square. 19
FILMFEST FOLLOWER SUNDANCE 2018 JANUARY 18-28 Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said: “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. This year’s Festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION American Animals Directed by Bart Layton Starring: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson. The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
BLAZE Directed by Ethan Hawke Starring: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawcat, Josh Hamilton. A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung song writing legend of the Texas Outlaw Music Movement; he gave up paradise for the sake of a song.
BLINDSPOTTING Directed by Carlos López Estrada Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar. A buddy comedy in a world that won’t let it be one.
BURDEN Directed by Andrew Heckler Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough. After opening a KKK shop, Klansman Michael Burden falls in love with a single mom who forces him to face his senseless hatred. After leaving the Klan with nowhere to turn, Burden is taken in by an African-American reverend, and learns tolerance through their combined love and faith.
EIGHTH GRADE Directed by Bo Burnham Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton. Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school – the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year – before she
I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Directed by Reed Morano Starring: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning. The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse – until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Directed by Sara Colangelo Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar. Lisa Spinelli is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent. Based on the acclaimed Israeli film.
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Based on the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s family in Fall River, MA, this tense psychological thriller lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant and truly terrifying woman within – and her intimate bond with the family’s young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan.
In a speculative and dystopian nottoo-distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST Directed by Desiree Akhaven Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck. 1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre.
MONSTER Directed by Anthony Mandler Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson. “Monster” is what the prosecutor calls 17 year-old honours student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon. Charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit, the film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
MONSTERS AND MEN Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green Starring: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr. An interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police officer killing of a black man. The film is told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenomenon inspired to take a stand.
NANCY Directed by Christina Choe Starring: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi. Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple, whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give wat to wilful belief – and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.
THE TALE Directed by Jennifer Fox Starring: Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki. An investigation into one woman’s memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story.
TYREL Directed by Sebastian Silva Starring: Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera. Tyler spirals out of control when he realizes he’s the only black person attending a weekend birthday party in a secluded cabin.
WILDLIFE! Directed by Paul Dano Starring: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal. 1960: A portrait of a family in crisis. Based on the novel by Richard Ford.
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION BISBEE ‘17 Directed by Robert Greene An old mining town on the ArizonaMexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.
CRIME + PUNISHMENT Directed by Stephen Maing Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistle-blower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.
DARK MONEY Directed by Kimberly Reed “Dark Money” contributions, made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, flood modern American elections – but Montana is showing Washington D.C. how to solve the problem of unlimited anonymous money in politics.
THE DEVIL WE KNOW Directed by Stephanie Soechtig Unravelling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the local drinking water supply.
HAL Directed by Amy Scott Hal Ashby’s obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Academy Award winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as a contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby’s uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING Directed by RaMell Ross An elaboration of coming-of-age in the Black Belt of the American South, using stereotypical imagery to fill in the landscape between iconic representations of black men and encouraging a new way of looking, while resistance to narrative suspends conclusive imagining – allowing the viewer to complete the film.
INVENTING TOMORROW Directed by Laura Nix Take a journey with young minds from around the globe as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Watch these passionate innovators find the courage to face the planet’s environmental threats while navigating adolescence.
KAILASH Directed by Derek Doneen As a young man, Kailash Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. In the decades since, he has rescued more than eighty thousand children and built a global movement. This intimate and suspenseful film follows one man’s journey to do what many believed was impossible.
KUSAMA – INFINITY Directed by Heather Lenz Now one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Yayoi Kusama broke free of the rigid society in which she was raised, and overcame sexism, racism, and mental illness to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. At 88 she lives in a mental hospital and continues to create art.
THE LAST RACE Directed by Michael Dweck A cinematic portrait of small stock car track and the tribe of drivers that call it home as they struggle to hold onto an American racing tradition. The avant-garde narrative explores the community and its conflicts through an intimate story that reveals the beauty, mystery and emotion of grassroots auto racing.
MINDING THE GAP Directed by Bing Liu Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decadelong friendship.
ON HER SHOULDERS Directed by Alexandria Bombach A Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor, 23-year-old Nadia Murad is determined to tell the world her story. As her journey leads down paths of advocacy and fame, she becomes the voice of her people and their best hope to spur the world to action.
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING Directed by Nathaniel Kahn With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a funhouse mirror up to our values and our times where everything can be bought and sold.
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Gloria Allred overcame trauma and personal setbacks to become one of the nation’s most famous women’s rights attorneys. Now the feminist firebrand takes on two of the biggest adversaries of her career, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, as sexual violence allegations grip the nation and keep her in the spotlight.
THE SENTENCE Directed by Rudy Valdez Cindy Shank, mother of three, is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring year earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug sentencing’s devastating consequences, captured by Cindy’s brother, follows her and her family over the course of ten years.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS Directed by Tim Wardle New York, 1980: three complete strangers, accidentally discover that they’re identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
In the Turkish village of Hasanlar, three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their late father, wait to bury his body. As they start to find out more about their father and about each other, they also start to know more about themselves.
DEAD PIGS Directed by Cathy Yan Starring: Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, Meng Li. A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai, China.
THE GUILTY Directed by Gustav Möller Starring: Jacob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen. Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman; after a sudden disconnection, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to solve the crime that is far bigger than he first thought.
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION AND BREATHE NORMALLY Directed by Isold Uggadottir Starring: Patrik Nökkvi Pëtursson, Kristín Þóra Haralsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo. At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect, for a brief moment, while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from GuineaBissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.
Directed by Isabella Eklöf Starring: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer. A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.
LOVELING Directed by Gustavo Pizzi Starring: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves. On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and renew her strength before sending her eldest son out into the world.
Directed by Babis Makridis Starring: Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Makis Papadimitriou.
Directed by Idris Elba Starring: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Philips Nortey, Fraser James.
The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy: addicted to sadness, with such need for pity, that he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.
THE QUEEN OF FEAR Directed by Valeria Bertuccelli & Fabiana Tiscornia Starring: Valeria Bertuccelli, Darió Grandinetti Only one month left until the premiere of The Golden Time, the long -awaited solo show by acclaimed actress Robertina. Far from focused on the preparations for this new production, Robertina lives in a state of continuous anxiety that turns her privileged life into an absurd and tumultuous landscape.
RUST Directed by Aly Muritiba Starring: Giovanni De Lorenzi, Tifanny Dopke, Enrique Diaz. Tati and Renet were already trading pics, videos and music by their cellphones and on the last school trip they started making eye contact. However, what could be the beginning of a love story becomes an end.
TIME SHARE Directed by Sebastian Hofmann Starring: Luis Gerardo Mendez, Miguel Rodarte, Andres Almeda Cassandra. Two haunted family men join forces in a destructive, crusade to rescue their families from a tropical paradise, after becoming convinced hat an American timeshare conglomerate has a sinister plan to take their loved ones away.
UN TRADUCTOR Directed by Rodrigo & Sebastián Barriuso Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Yoandra Suárez. A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment.
Jamaica, 1973. When a young boy witnesses his brother’s assassination, a powerful Don gives him a home. Ten years later he is sent on a mission to London. He is reunited with his girlfriend and their daughter, but then the past catches up with them.
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION A POLAR YEAR Directed by Samuel Collardey Anders leaves his native Denmark for a teaching position in Greenland. As soon as he arrives, he finds himself at odds with tightly-knit locals. Only through a clumsy and playful trial of errors can Anders shake his Euro-centric assumptions and embrace their snow-covered way of life.
ANOTE’S ARK Directed by Matthieu Rytz How does a nation survive being swallowed by the sea? Kiribati, on a low-lying Pacific atoll, will disappear within decades due to rising sea levels, population growth, and climate change. Tis exploration of how to migrate an entire nation with dignity interweaves personal stories of survival and resilience.
THE CLEANERS Directed by Moritz Riesewieck & Hans Block When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like: violence, pornography and political content. Who is controlling what we see…and what we think?
GENESIS 2.0 Directed by Christian Frei & Maxim Arbugaev On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly wellpreserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection will be the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.
Directed by Stephen Loveridge
Directed by Lorna Tucker
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
Dame Vivienne Westwood: punk, icon, provocateur and one of the most influential originators in recent history. This is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles – and her legacy.
OF FATHERS and SONS Directed by Talal Derki Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses on Osama and his younger brother Ayman, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.
THE OSLO DIARIES Directed by Mor Loushy & Daniel Sivan In 1992, Israel-Palestinian relations reached an all-time low. In an attempt to stop bloodshed, a group of Israelis and Palestinians met illegally in Oslo. These meetings were never officially sanctioned and held in complete secrecy. They changed the Middle East forever.
OUR NEW PRESIDENT Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin The story of Donald Trump’s election told entirely through Russian propaganda. By turns horrifying and hilarious, the film is a satirical portrait of Russian media that reveals an empire of fake news and the tactics of modern-day information warfare.
SHIRKERS Directed by Sandi Tan In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore’s first indie movie with her enigmatic American mentor Georges – who then vanished with all the footage. Twenty years later, the 16mm film is recovered, sending Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges’ vanishing footprints.
THIS IS HOME: A Refugee Story Directed by Alexandra Shiva This is an intimate portrait of four Syrian families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland and struggling to find their footing. With eight months to become self-sufficient, they must forge ahead to rebuild their lives. When the travel ban adds further complications, their strength and resilience are put to the test.
A WOMAN CAPTURED Directed by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 1 0 years – one of over 45 million victims of modern-day slavery. Drawing courage from the filmmaker’s presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person.
NEXT 306 HOLLYWOOD Directed by Elan & Jonathan Bogarin Starring: Ruby Berube When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house, they embark on a magical-realist journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.
A BOY, A GIRL, A DREAM: Love on Election Night Directed by Qasim Basir Starring: Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good, Jay Ellis, Kenya Barris. On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, takes a thrilling and emotional journey with Frida, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers.
AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN Directed by Jim Hosking Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jermaine Clement, Matt Berry. Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a fortunate turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only”.
CLARA’S GHOST Directed by Bridey Elliott Starring: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott. Set over a course of a single evening at the Reynolds’ family home in Connecticut, Clara, fed up with the constant ribbing from her self-absorbed showbiz family, finds solace in and guidance from the supernatural force she believes is haunting her.
MADELINE’S MADELINE Directed by Josephine Decker Starring: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July. Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theatre piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face like Madeline is.
NIGHT COMES ON Directed by Jordana Spiro Starring: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Hall, John Earl Jelks. Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10year-old sister that could destroy their future.
SEARCH Directed by Aneesh Chaganty Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing. After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. A thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens.
SKATE KITCHEN Directed by Crystal Moselle Starring: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Jaden Smith. Camille’s life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New York City subculture, she begins to understand the true meaning of friendship as well as her inner self.
WE THE ANIMALS Directed by Jeremiah Zagar Starring: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosardo, Isaiah Kristian. Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world of his own.
WHITE RABBIT Directed by Daryl Wein Starring: Vivian Bang, Nana Ghana, Nico Evers-Swindel, Tracy Hazas. A dramatic comedy following a Korean American performance artist who struggles to be authentically heard and seen through multiple identities in modern Los Angeles.
PREMIERES A KID LIKE JAKE Directed by Silas Howard Starring: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra. As married couple Alex and Greg navigate the roles as parents to a young son who prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for their child, and each other.
BEIRUT Directed by Brad Anderson Starring: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris. A U.S. diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at home. Ten years later, he is called back to war -torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for a life of a friend he left behind.
THE CATCHER WAS A SPY Directed by Ben Lewin Starring: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels. The true story of Moe Berg – professional baseball player, Ivy League graduate, attorney who spoke nine languages – and a top-secret spy for the OSS who helped the U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb.
COLETTE Directed by Wash Westmoreland Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough. A young country woman marries a famous literally entrepreneur in turn -of-the-century Paris: At her husband’s request, Colette pens a series of bestselling novels published under his name. But as her confidence grows, she transforms not only herself and her marriage, but the world around her.
THE HAPPY PRINCE
Directed by Joshua Marston Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Condola Rashad, Jason Segal.
Directed by Rupert Everett Starring: Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas.
Renowned pastor Carlton Pearson, experiencing a crisis of faith, risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic.
The last days of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts haunting them, are brought to vivid life. His body ailing, Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him as the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed.
DAMSEL Directed by David & Nathan Zellner Starring: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As Samuel, a drunkard named Parson Henry and a miniature horse called Butterscotch traverse the Wild West, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT Directed by Gus Van Sant Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black. John Callahan has a talent for offcolour jokes…and a drinking problem. When a bender ends in a car accident, Callaghan wakes permanently to a wheelchair. In his journey back from rock bottom, Callaghan finds beauty and comedy in the absurdity of human experience.
HEARTS BEAT LOUD Directed by Brett Haley Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely song writing duo in the last days of summer before she leaves for college.
FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE Directed by David Wain Starring: Will Forte, Martin Mull, Domhnall Gleeson, Matt Walsh. The story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, Caddyshack, and Animal House. Kenny was at the centre of the 70’s comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation’s way of looking at the world.
JULIET, NAKED Directed by Jesse Peretz Starring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd. Annie is the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s celebrated record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to an encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
OPHELIA Directed by Claire McCarthy Starring: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay. A mythic spin on Hamlet through a lens of female empowerment: Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet’s affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny.
PUZZLE Directed by Marc Turtletaub Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman. Bubba Weiler. Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
UNTITLED DEBRA GRANIK PROJECT Directed by Debra Granik Starring: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Korber. A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to the authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
CHEF FLYNN Directed by Cameron Yates Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbours’ backyards. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen and mother’s camera, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.
THE GAME CHANGERS Directed by Louie Psihoyos
WHAT THEY HAD Directed by Elizabeth Chomko Starring: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner. Bridget returns home her brother’s urging mother’s Alzheimer’s reluctance to let go together.
to Chicago at to deal with her and her father’s of their life
James Wilkes, an elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, embarks on a quest for the truth in nutrition and uncovers the world’s most dangerous myth.
GENERATION WEALTH Directed by Lauren Greenfield Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism and greed.
HALF THE PICTURE BAD REPUTATION Directed by Kevin Kerslake A look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.
BELIEVER Directed by Don Argott Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change.
Directed by Amy Adrion At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers. Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values their voices equally.
JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS Directed by Susan Lacy Girl next door, activist, socalled traitor, fitness tycoon, Oscar winner; Jane Fonda has lived a life of controversy, tragedy and transformation – she’s done it all in the public eyes. An intimate look at one woman’s singular journey.
KING IN THE WILDERNESS
ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY HEAD
Directed by Peter Kunhardt
Directed by Marina Zenovich
From the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr, remained a man with an unshakeable commitment to nonviolence in the face of an increasingly unstable country. A portrait of the last years of his life.
QUIET HEROES Directed by Jenny Mackenzie In Salt Lake City, Utah, the socially conservative religious monoculture complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients in the entire state and intermountain region relied on only one doctor. This the story of her fight to save a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.
RBG Directed by Betsy West & Julie Cohen An intimate portrait of unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers show her early legal battles changed the world for women. Now this 84-yearold does push-ups as easily as she writes blistering dissents that have earned her the title “Notorious RBG”
The intimate portrait examines one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians. Told largely through Robin’s own voice and using a wealth of never-beforeseen archive. The film takes us through his extraordinary life and career and reveals the spark of madness that drove him.
STUDIO 54 Directed by Matt Tyrnauer Studio 54 was the pulsating epicentre of 1970s hedonism: a disco hothouse of beautiful people, drugs, and sex. The journeys of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell – two best friends from Brooklyn who conquered New York City- frame this history of the ‘greatest club of all-time.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Directed by Morgan Neville Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred’s ideals?
EXTRAS DVDS OF THE MONTH A GHOST STORY Directed by David Lowery Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara.
Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star as a young couple who – after being separated by loss – discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief. A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time. Featurette
Deleted Scene “A Composer’s Story”. Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery & Crew.
DUNKIRK Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy.
The story unfolds on land, sea and air, as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk with enemy troops closing in. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenceless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by military officers and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.
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Join director Christopher Nolan and his production team on their epic journey to recreate the miracle of Dunkirk. Equipped with large formal cameras, innovative effects, historic naval and air fleets and scores of actors, the filmmakers surmounted staggering challenges in order to create an accurate, authentic and heart pounding cinematic experience. 31
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