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Contemporary Movies

An eclectic mix of fantastic international cinema

Symphony of the Wild

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.

Exposed

Exposed

(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.

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Calle 54

Calle 54

(G) Dir. Fernando Trueba, Spain/France/Italy, 2000. 105 min | Documentary
A musical documentary celebrating the music of some of the world’s greatest Latin Jazz musicians. Narrated by the film’s director Fernando Trueba (Belle epoque), musicians including Jerry Gonzalez, Gato Barbieri and the late Tito Puente, are introduced before their respective performances, filmed and recorded under the finest conditions at the Sony Music Studios in New York.

Darwin’s Nightmare

Darwin’s Nightmare

(M) Dir. Hubert Sauper, France/Austria/Belgium, 2004. 111 min | Documentary
Winner Best Documentary, 2004 European Film Awards and Nominee Best Documentary Academy Award
Some time in the 1960’s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. This documentary is captivating with fascinating subject matter.

Latcho Drom

Latcho Drom

(G) Dir. Tony Gatlif, France, 1993. 103 min | Documentary
Winner Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2003. The film takes the viewer on a journey west, from India to Spain, with stops along the way, to dramatise Romany’s nomadic culture. Gatlif holds his camera on the elemental essentials of this life: water, the wheel, fire, beasts of burden and of sustenance, colorful clothes, jewelry, musical instruments, song, and dance. Throughout, via song and dance, young and old celebrate, embody, and teach the cultural values of family, journey, love, separateness, and persecution.

The Gleaners and I

The Gleaners and I

(G) Dir. Agnès Varda, France, 2000. 82 min | Documentary
Agnès Varda’s award-winning documentary. The secluded life of the deep French countryside is portrayed in this semi-autobiographic study of the obscure lifestyle. Focusing primarily on gleaners, those who scavenge an already harvested field, the moral, political and aesthetic aspects of these people are gradually revealed.

The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later

The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later

(G) Dir. Agnès Varda, France, 2002. 63 min | Documentary
Available on DVD only
Varda revisits some of those profiled in The Gleaners and I and visits others who were so delighted by the film that they wrote to her to tell her so. An amusing, and once again, fascinating follow-up.

The Last Trapper

The Last Trapper

(G) Dir. Nicolas Vanier, Canada/France, 2004. 100 min | Documentary
A mix of documentary and fiction this poetic ode to ecology and the protection of the environment follows the life of Norman Winther and his wife who live in complete isolation the Yukon (Canada) hunting grizzlies and wolves. The changing seasons, relationship with their much relied upon huskies and the sometimes perilous conditions form a dramatic and engaging narrative.

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

(PG) Dir. Graham Coleman, UK, 1979 & 2005. 134 min | Documentary
Available on Digibeta, Betacam and DVD formats only.
Stunning cinematography, unprecedented access and informed direction take us on an intimate journey deep into the heart of the ancient Buddhist culture of Tibet. A classic work filmed on location in India, Nepal and Ladakh over 25 years ago it has recently been digitally re-mastered and edited into a spellbinding introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata

(PG) Dir. Philippe Béziat, France, 2012. 113 min | Documentary
An intimate and fascinating documentary that invites you to go behind the curtains of one of the world’s greatest operas, Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata. Director Philippe Béziat offers you a rare glimpse into the creative process of renowned singers and musicians as they collaborate to produce a contemporary re-telling of this classic opera at the prestigious Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France.

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