Season: 2013

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    Voted number 1 in the 2012 Sight & Sound directors’ poll, this gentle tale focuses on a small town Japanese couple, played by Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama, as they reflect on changing family values and relationships in post-war Japan. With their children scattered to Tokyo and Osaka, and too busy with their own lives…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    Woody Allen meets French new wave as Frances (Gerwig) bluffs her way through tough times to follow her dreams. Frances Halladay is a 27-year-old dancer who lives in New York City with her best friend from college, Sophie. Her life is upended when Sophie tells her she plans to relocate from Brooklyn to Tribeca, which…

  • The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology

    The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology

    British documentary film directed by Sophie Fiennes and written and presented by Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalytic theorist Slavoj Žižek. It is a sequel to Fiennes’s 2006 documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. Though the film follows the frameworks of its predecessor, this time the emphasis is on ideology itself. Through psychoanalysis Žižek explores “the mechanisms…

  • Blancanieves

    Blancanieves

    Based on the 1812 fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, the story is set in a romantic vision of 1920s Andalusia. However, the film approaches storytelling through the integration of Spanish culture from characters’ names to traditions they follow. Additionally, it alludes to other fairy tales including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.…

  • Do The Right Thing

    Do The Right Thing

    The story explores a Brooklyn neighbourhood’s simmering racial tension between its African-American residents and the Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria, culminating in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day. The film was a critical and commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor…

  • Thérèse Desqueyroux

    Thérèse Desqueyroux

    In the south-west of France, in the late 1920s, Thérèse Laroque agrees to a marriage of convenience between wealthy families by marrying Bernard Desqueyroux, a bourgeois landowner. They then settle on his family’s property, located in a vast area stretching over acres of pine forests. Bernard is a local man with a passion for hunting…

  • A Hijacking

    A Hijacking

    Virtuoso display of Nordic suspense from Borgen scriptwriter as Somali pirates take over Danish cargo ship and battle with Copenhagen-based hostage negotiator. (Warning: may contain Faroe Isle sweaters.) The film was shot on location and used a real ship. The crew of the ship, who worked as extras, had been hijacked in the past, and…

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    This tense story of love and subterfuge set in the world of The Lives of Others was a huge success in Germany and was selected as the German entry to the Oscars. Barbara is working at a prestigious university hospital in 1980 East Berlin, hoping to join her boyfriend in West Germany. Having applied for…

  • Amour

    Amour

    In this two-hander, played by French acting legends Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Georges and Anne are two retired music teachers who have been blissfully married for at least 6 decades. When Anne suffers two strokes, Georges lovingly assumes the role of carer but their love is tested in the face of the demands falling…

  • Even the Rain

    Even the Rain

    A film within a film. Cast & crew descend upon a Bolivian town to make a low-budget movie about Columbus in America and the original exploitation of local people, and succeed in replicating that exploitation. Things fall apart as cheaply hired extras abandon filmmaking to protect their water rights from privatisation by a multinational company…

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