Season: 2019-20

  • Love Affair

    Love Affair

    Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and then… Often cited, most famously in Sleepless in Seattle, this instant hit was twice remade: in 1957 with Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt; and in 1994 with Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katherine Hepburn. McCarey, who directed the first two, was a key figure in 1930’s Hollywood, mainly…

  • Woman at War

    Woman at War

    Filmed, like the director’s debut Of Horses and Men, by cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, Woman at War sets highland landscapes against home comforts, no-holds-barred environmentalist activism against inner peace, the ethos of earth mother versus the joys and responsibilities of mother-and-child. Erlingsson challenges us to juggle multiple realities at once, as his heroine Halla attempts to…

  • Drive


    Accounts differ over how they came to collaborate on Drive, but Refn and Gosling both describe their close relationship as “telekinetic.” Their greatest difference is that Refn can’t drive. Most of the film is shot with wide-angle lenses. “I want you to see what’s behind the actor, what’s going on behind the character action,” says…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    With his third film, 33-year old Fellini made his name and found his voice: evolving from Italian Neo-Realism into a freer, more poetic and episodic style.The narrative is sprinkled with many of his recurrent motifs: variété and carneval; storms and windswept beaches, the Catholic Church; the happy fool and the wise child – all bound…

  • Philadelphia


    For a decade after it was identified, victims of HIV faced early death, treated like pariahs while the virus ravaged the gay community. Philadelphia was the first major film to address the related issues of HIV, homophobia and discrimination and is widely credited with changing the national discourse. Tri-Star Pictures banked on celebrity director Demme,…

  • For Sama

    For Sama

    Waad Al-Kateab started filming as a “citizen journalist” for Channel 4 News and won awards for her contribution to the series “Inside Aleppo.” (online at ) The 21-year old economics student first used a mobile phone, graduated to a camera and occasionally borrowed a drone. Friends’ amusement at her preoccupation changed when one of…

  • The Lunchbox

    The Lunchbox

    Irrfan Khan, who died last month age 53, was that rare Bollywood star also to receive international acclaim, if mainly through films by Western directors, such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man. Batra’s The Lunchbox is that other rarity: an Indian film which reached a worldwide audience. The award-winning short filmmaker…

  • Get Carter

    Get Carter

    A low-budget, British crime thriller that has become a cult classic.

  • So Long, My Son

    So Long, My Son

    China’s recent history – from the lingering sting of the Cultural Revolution and the draconian one-child policy (in effect 1979-2013) to the dramatic shifts in social structures as the country careened toward a market economy – is explored through an intimate focus on two families, exposing the human cost and personal hurt tempered by compassion,…

  • My Life as a Courgette

    My Life as a Courgette

    A neglected 9-year-old boy lands in a rural home for orphans, where he finds that everyone has a personal story to rival his own. Written in episodic monologue, Gilles Paris’ novel Autobiography of a Courgette (2002) is retold in a “stop motion” film that captivated audiences around the world. Trained in illustration and computer graphics,…

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