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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

CTC | directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | 121 Mins

WINNER of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY explores three female-centred short stories thematically linked by coincidence, regret, and imagination.

“In the place where dialogue and words usually end, the dialogue of this film only begin. That’s when they go deeper, […]

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

CTC | directed by Radu Jude | 2021 | Romania | 106 Mins

WINNER of the Golden Bear for Best Film –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Schoolteacher, Emi, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender.  Radu Jude (director) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humour and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies.

“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. […]

It Must Be Heaven (M -AU) (PG -NZ)

Rated M in Au and PG in NZ | directed by Elia Suleiman | 97 mins | Comedy | Palestine 2019

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find
that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a
comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something
always reminds him of home.

REVIEWS

★★★★ 1/2
Absolutely beguiling.. Superbly done!

-GRAEME BLUNDELL- SCREEN

★★★★

-DAVID STRATTON RECOMMENDS

★★★★

-FOXTEL ARTS- […]

“A profound burlesque comedy”

Nahid

Dir. Ida Panahandeh, Iran, 2015. 105 min | Drama

Winner Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival 2015 – Avenir Prize. A young divorcee living with her son in a small northern city of Iran, wants to marry the man she has fallen in love with. According to the current rules, the father has the custody of children; however, her ex-husband has granted her that right on the condition that she doesn’t remarry. Struggling to keep both of her beloved ones, she has to think about the third option: Temporary Marriage (Sighe). […]

Wednesday, May 9

★★★★ “Jalilvand and his fine cast create considerable tension… so effective” – David Stratton, The Australian

“The humanism of the finest Iranian cinema shines through” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Excellent acting from top star Niki Karimi” – Variety

“The manifestation of high-quality and philanthropic Iranian cinema” – Iran Daily

Dir. Vahid Jalilvand, Iran, 2015. 102 min | Drama

Why would someone give money away? What sort of consolation can that offer? On May 9, […]

Neon Bull

“A unique gem… Lyrically involving and deeply sensual” – IndieWire

“An intoxicating reflection on the interconnection of taste, scent, instinct and desire” – The New York Times

“Unforgettable imagery” – Variety

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and Best Feature at the Adelaide Film Festival.

Dir. Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2016. 101 min

Wild, visually ravishing and absolutely unforgettable. In a macho world, a Brazilian rodeo worker has bigger, […]

The Human Resources Manager

(M) Dir. Eran Riklis, Israel/Germany/, 2010. 103 min | Drama
Audience Award Locarno 2010, Israeli Entry Best Foreign Language Film for Academy Award 2011, Winner of 5 Israeli Film Awards 2010
The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. When one of his employees is killed in a suicide bombing, and the bakery is accused of inhumanity and indifference, the HR Manager is sent on a mission to make things right. From the director of Lemon Tree.

Le Quattro Volte

(G) Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy/Germany, 2010. 88 min | Drama
Selected for the 2010 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. A poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. The story of one soul that moves through four successive lives.

Sister Smile

(PG) Dir. Stijn Coninx, France/Belgium 2009. 119 min | Drama, Biography
Cécile de France (Orchestra Seats, The Singer) stars in the true story of Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, international 60s pop icon Soeur Sourire, or The Singing Nun. Her controversial life story largely depicts her painful struggle between the church, her family and her true self.

Noodle

(PG) Dir. Ayelet Menahemi, Israel, 2008. 97 min | Drama
A twice-widowed flight attendants existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy. A touching comic-drama in which two human beings as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life.