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Inside Paris

Inside Paris

(M) Dir. Christophe Honor, France, 2006. 92 min | Drama, Romance
Directors’ Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2006. After breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, Paul returns to his father’s home in Paris. Depressed and lethargic, he remains housebound whilst his younger brother walks the streets of Paris, Antoine Doinel style, chatting up girls. But what this apparent lightness conceals is a deep wound.

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

(G) Dir. Eran Riklis, Israel/Germany/France, 2008. 106 min | Drama
Berlin Film Festival 2008 Panorama. An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. A Palestinian widow must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defence Minister moves next door to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Starring Hiam Abbass.

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A Ma Soeur! (For My Sister! a.k.a. Fat Girl)

A Ma Soeur! (For My Sister! a.k.a. Fat Girl)

(R) Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 2001. 87 min | Drama
Elena is fifteen and diabolically beautiful. She is neither more futile nor more stupid than her younger sister, but she doesn’t realise that she is no more than an object of desire. And, as an object, all she can do is to be taken. Or be had. Indeed, this is the subject, the loss of girls’ virginity, which opens the door to tragedy during one summer holiday period. From the director of Romance, Anatomy of Hell and An Old Mistress.

An Old Mistress

An Old Mistress

(R) Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 2007. 104 min | Drama
A biting, dramatic period feature based on the 19th century novel by Barbey d’Aurevilly sees the young and dashing Ryno de Marigny about to marry the virtuous Hermangarde. But can he give up his mistress of many years, the tempestuous Vellini. Beautifully photographed and full of rich secondary characters, this intimate chamber piece is full of betrayals, confidences and secrets. Starring Asia Argento and Roxane Mesquida.

The Colour of Paradise

The Colour of Paradise

(PG) Dir. Majid Majidi, Iran, 1999. 90 min | Adventure, Drama
A fable of a child’s innocence and a complex look at faith and humanity. Visually magnificent and wrenchingly moving, the film tells the story of a blind boy whose inability to see the world only enhances his ability to feel its powerful forces.

Vengo

Vengo

(M) Dir. Tony Gatlif, France/Spain, 2000. 97 min | Musical, Drama
Set in the dramatic, arid landscape of Andalusia, Tony Gatlif (Latcho Drom) creates a vivid impression of a region and its culture, in which music, machismo and passion intertwine. The plot centres around a grieving father struggling to protect his family from a rival family, and is underscored by vibrant music with a mix of Andalusian and North African influences.

Transylvania

Transylvania

(M) Dir. Tony Gatlif, France, 2006. 103 min | Drama
A young woman, Zingarina, travels to Transylvania, in the heart of Romania, in search of her lover, the father of her unborn child. Searching amongst the Romany Gypsy community where music is a central part of life. Transylvania, starring Asia Argento, Amira Casar and Birol Unel, closed the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Happy Together

Happy Together

(M) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1997. 96 min | Drama, Romance
A chamber drama about two male lovers from Hong Kong, Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing, who start off seeking a new life but end up separating on their way to a waterfall in Argentina. When they meet again, the two realise that being romantically involved is not going work. Instead, Yiu-Fai meets young Chang from Taiwan, bringing a new hope to his life, while Po-Wing continues to suffer on a downwards spiral. From the director of In the Mood for Love and 2046.

Heading South

Heading South

(M) Dir. Laurent Cantet, France/Canada, 2005. 108 min | Drama
On the sun-drenched island of Haiti at the end of the 1970s, tourists idle away their vacations in the palm-fringed paradise of the beach hotels. Three North American women, converge on the island looking for flirtation, relaxation and respite from their mundane jobs and marriages. Starring Charlotte Rampling.

Swing

Swing

(PG) Dir. Tony Gatlif, France, 2002. 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Swing tells the story of 10-year-old Max, whose love of Manouche jazz takes him to the Manouche (one of the many different gypsy populations) neighbourhood where he quickly makes friends with Swing, a young gypsy girl who is the same age, and whose charisma, self-confidence and freedom fascinate him. From the director of Latcho Drom and Vengo.

A Tale of a Naughty Girl

A Tale of a Naughty Girl

(M) Dir. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India, 2002. 90 min | Drama
Set during the time when man is about to set foot on the moon for the first time, this timeless tale of a young girl from a small Bengali village and her quest for an education speaks to a universal contemporary audience.

A Common Thread

A Common Thread

(M) Dir. Elonore Faucher, France, 2004. 89 min | Drama, Romance
When Claire learns that she is five months pregnant at the tender age of 17, she decides to give birth anonymously. She finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers.

Kandahar

Kandahar

(PG) Dir. Mohsen Makmalbaf, Iran, 2000. 85 min | Drama, Biography
Nafas, an Afghan-born journalist living in Canada receives a letter from her sister, who was maimed by a landmine and left behind during the escape, about her intentions to end her life. Desperately racing against time, Nafas sets out on a perilous journey into a land where it’s illegal for women to travel alone.

Lilya 4-Ever

Lilya 4-Ever

(MA) Dir. Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 2002. 109 min | Drama
The third feature from Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love), tells the story of 16-year-old Russian teenager, Lilya, who, after a series of betrayals from those closest to her, begins to feel hope again when she meets Pavel, a young man who takes her on dates and promises her a better life in Sweden.

Red Lights

Red Lights

(M) Dir. Cedric Kahn, France, 2003. 106 min | Thriller
Based upon Georges Simenon’s book, Red Lights is a carefully crafted thriller masterfully incorporating elements of suspense and noir. Starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Carole Bouquet.

Show Me Love

Show Me Love

(MA) Dir. Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 1999. 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Winner at Berlin International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Amal is a sleepy little town in Sweden that the teenagers long to escape from. An innocent prank and a passionate kiss lead to a mixed up romance and an unconventional portrayal of a family’s coming to grips with their daughter’s sexuality. A liberating and immensely warm film. From the director of Lilya 4-Ever.