Contemporary Movies Catalogue
(CTC) 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). However, this will get her into a predicament, as despite its being legal, Sighe is not well-received by the society at all. Would temporary marriage be a good solution for her?
Wednesday, May 9
(M) Dir. Vahid Jalilvand, Iran, 2015. 102 min | Drama
Why would someone give money away? What sort of consolation can that offer? On May 9, Jayal Ashtiyani, a teacher, has offered to provide a significant sum of money to a worthy person in need. His advertisement in the local Tehran newspaper has encouraged people to come to his office and make a convincing appeal. But how will he, and the police, deal with the throngs of needy candidates who assemble? How does he decide who’s actually the most worthy?
(CTC) Dir. Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2016. 101 min | Drama
Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.
Symphony of the Wild
(G) Dir. Jenny Walsh & Lesley Hammond, Australia, 2015. 90 min | Documentary
This dazzling wildlife spectacle propels us into the very private world of some of our most endearing critters. Set across a global stage, a parade of four legged talent struts its stuff against the backdrop of some great classical works. A live action ‘Fantasia‘ features mighty whales breaching, charging elephants, the big cats, and dozens of favourites performing with the symphony orchestra. A highly original event which will thrill everyone, particularly those who share a growing concern for the health of the planet.
Sneezing Baby Panda
(G) Dir. Jenny Walsh & Lesley Hammond, Australia, 2014. 89 min | Family, Adventure
Everybody wants a piece of you when you’re famous. One little sneeze and you’re front page news with over a quarter of a billion viral YouTube views. The hilariously cute sneezing baby panda internet sensation captured eyes, melted hearts and induced fits of laughter all around the world. David Attenborough meets Steven Spielberg in this epic escapade set deep in the heart of China’s forests. Starring A-list panda, Tai Shan.
(MA) Dir. Jon Hewitt, Australia, 2014. 90 min | Action
In the wake of a shocking civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, disgraced Navy SEAL Rick Tyler is sentenced to rot in a maximum security military prison until he is offered the opportunity to put his life on the line to win his freedom. A one-man force of nature, Tyler will have to take-on and take-down some of the world’s most ruthless killers in some of the world’s most brutal locations to win the game, obtain his freedom and find out why he was set up. The question is, can he accomplish all of this before Game On is Game Over?
(R) Dir. Beth B, USA, 2013. 77 min | Documentary
Burlesque performance art beyond anything you’ve seen before. It’s satire. It’s parody. It’s an explosion of art and entertainment. Exposed delves deep into the heart of burlesque with a focus on eight female and male artists who use their nudity to transport us beyond sexual and social taboos. It’s powerful, enlightening, humourous, and it challenges traditional notions of body, gender, and sexuality.
(MA) Dir. Jon Hewitt, Australia, 2011. 85 min | Drama, Thriller
A high-class escort and a fledgling hooker find themselves on an out-of-control rollercoaster ride through the seedy clubs, strip joints and back alleys of Kings Cross. If they can get through the night, they might just have a chance at a fresh start. Stars Viva Bianca (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and Hanna Mangan-Lawrence (Acolytes, The Square).
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.
Anatomy of Hell
(R) Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 2004. 77 min | Drama
After meeting a man in a gay nightclub, a young woman suggests that she pay the man to meet her over four nights to look at her “where she is unwatchable”. What follows is a series of sequences in which writer and director, Breillat sets out to prove that all men are, at their core, misogynists.
I, Don Giovanni
(M) Dir. Carlos Saura, Italy/Spain, 2009. 122 min | Drama, History
A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his Don Giovanni opera. Featuring sumptuous period sets and stunning musical arrangements.
(PG) Dir. Neele Leana Vollmar, Germany, 2008. 94 min | Comedy, Drama
A charming and humorous family drama that follows a family in post-war Germany in the 1960s. Peaceful times in the West can start at last, if only Irene could manage to shake off the past. She is homesick for East Germany, mistrustful of the cease fire, and distraught about her husband’s other women. Her children decide to take matters in their own hands to try and make their mother happy.
(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.
(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.