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The Sketch Artist on DVD and On Demand

The Sketch Artist on DVD and On Demand

Eve Garance is a remarkable sketch artist capable of “reading” people. In the Investigation Unit of the Police Department, she uses her talents to create composite sketches to catch criminals. Her colleagues include Maryse Ferron, the methodical director whose disability has never stopped her; Bernard Dupin, the seasoned investigator who keeps the dark regions of his life under wraps, and Anthony Kamal, the new technician who doesn’t know what he is getting into. This is the team assigned to solve a laundry list of sordid crimes. They will tackle also cold cases – even if old wounds are opened in the process.

The return of Eve’s ex will force her to reopen a very personal cold case: that of the disappearance of their son William, then six months old. For five years, Eve has been secretly imagining and sketching the faces that her son could have today in the hope of finding him one day.

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Drive My Car | Academy Award WINNER | Out DIGITALLY and on DVD

Drive My Car | Academy Award WINNER | Out DIGITALLY and on DVD

Dir. by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | MA15+

Based on the Haruki Murakami story.

*WINNER of Best Foreign Film at The 2022 ACADEMY AWARDS*

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR charts a winding road trip through love, loss, truth and peace.
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theatre festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900.

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn…

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn…

Dir. Radu Jude | 2021 | Romania | 106 Mins | R18+

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, BAD LUCK BANGING (OR LOONEY PORN) is an outrageous Romanian comedy satirising the sensitivities of modern culture.

Emi (Katia Pascariu), a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat when a personal sex tape is leaked to the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.

Director Radu Jude (Aferim!) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humor and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies in a film of three loosely connected parts: a walk in the city of Bucharest, a playful essay on obscenities, all culminating in an incendiary comic confrontation.

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It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven

Dir. Elia Suleiman | 97 mins | Comedy | Palestine 2019 | M in Aus | PG in NZ

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.

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Nahid

Nahid

(M) 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?

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Wednesday, May 9

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?

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Neon Bull

Neon Bull

Dir. Gabriel Mascaro | Brazil 2016 | 101 min

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.

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The Human Resources Manager

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

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

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

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.

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

(M) Dir. Kelly Reichardt, USA, 2008. 80 min | Drama
By the acclaimed director of Meeks Cutoff and Old Joy (Sundance, Best Film Rotterdam Tiger competition). A woman’s life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of Wendy’s financial situation comes apart, and she is led through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. Starring Michelle Williams.

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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.

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.

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.