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Contemporary Movies

An eclectic mix of inspiring international cinema

Exils

Exils

(M) Dir. Tony Gatlif, France, 2004. 103 min | Adventure, Drama
Winner Best Director Cannes Film Festival 2004. From the director of Latcho Drom, Vengo and Swing. Beginning in Paris and travelling overland through Spain, a young couple make their way to Algeria, the land their parents were forced to leave years before. Great music, as in all Gatlif films. Stars Romain Duris and Lubna Azabal.

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.

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.

Sabah

Sabah

(PG) Dir. Ruba Nadda, Canada, 2005. 87 min | Comedy, Romance
Sabah is a smart, attractive Canadian Muslim whose passion and independence have been dulled by 20 years of duty to her loving yet demanding family. As a treat to herself on her 40th birthday, Sabah buys a swimsuit and then goes swimming. She meets Stephen, who is tall, handsome, sympathetic and definitely not Muslim. Their mutual attraction grows and Sabah finds herself sneaking around like a teenager. Eventually she will have to confront her family – can she rely on their love?

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.

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.

Yes

Yes

(M) Dir. Sally Potter, UK/USA, 2004. 100 min | Drama, Romance
Follows a passionate love affair between an American woman and a Middle-Eastern man in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation religious, political and sexual.

In the Shadow of Women

In the Shadow of Women

(CTC) Dir. Philippe Garrel, France, 2015. 73 min | Drama, Romance
After Jealousy, Philippe Garrel delivers a new variation on the theme of romantic passion, the birth and death of relationships and the strange paths of desire. Pierre and Manon make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth, she becomes his mistress. Cannes International Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight 2015 – Opening Night.

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Heat Wave

Heat Wave

(CTC) Dir. Raphaël Jacoulot, France, 2015. 102 min | Drama
As temperatures soar in a summer heatwave, daily life in an outwardly quiet French hamlet is disrupted by Josef Bousou, the son of a family of scrap merchants. The villagers single him out as a troublemaker, the source of all their problems. One day, Josef is found lying dead in his family’s yard…

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Russian Ark

Russian Ark

(G) Dir. Alexander Sokurov, Russia, 2002. 96 min | Drama, History
Sokurov’s extraordinary masterpiece is a unique journey through time and Russian history. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this groundbreaking film recreates 300 years of history in a single, unedited, feature length take. Sokurov’s camera glides through 33 rooms of the Hermitage, covering three centuries of Russian history and European art. Re-released in stunning 2K digital in 2016.

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