DramaRaimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor, which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle. He is drawn into a high-stakes puzzle. Ultimately his journey transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine, encountering love and evolving into a liberating search for the true meaning of life.
DramaIn this outstanding Oscar winning, psychological and political thriller, we get a fascinating insight into the lengths and depths that the East European government went to in order to keep tabs on the lives of its population in the 80s. When cold and brutal official Wesler is given the task of spying on acclaimed playwright Dreyman and his actress girlfriend, he relishes the task, knowing that if he uncovers subversive behaviour he will gain favour with his boss. But the longer he listens in on the couple, their friendships, passions and ideas, the more he realises that his own life and the harsh political regime are lacking in colour and joy in many respects. Slowly he begins to doubt the morality of his job and politics. As the lines between orders and compassion become blurred, Wesler becomes more involved with his
DramaAcclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 2014 Artificial Eye.
ThrillerIt's been fifteen years since Erik was forced to leave the Norrland Police Department. Since then he has become the National Murder Commission's best interrogator. When Erik's boss orders him back to his home town to solve a brutal murder, he hesitantly returns as the thought of going back stirs up unpleasant memories. What at first appears to be a simple murder soon proves to be something much more complicated and disturbing.
ThrillerWritten and directed by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), Personal Shopper stars Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger and Anders Danielsen Lie. An ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
ForeignThelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja - feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.
DramaWinner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, The Kid with a Bike is a film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors of ‘The Child’ and ‘The Silence of Lorna’. Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father (Jérémie Renier) who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha (Cécile de France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.
ForeignPierre has been married for 15 years and has two kids. He still loves his wife and is fulfilled in his role as father. Overall, he’s a contented man. Until one evening, he meets Elsa. They chat, laugh, and joke around in a way that doesn’t happen every day. Two weeks later, they run into each other again by chance. The same easy mutual attraction they felt for one another is just as strong, and they tell each other as much. As line has been crossed. But Elsa has a golden rule never to get involved with married men, and Pierre wants to remain faithful. They go their separate ways without swapping phone numbers, preferring to let life take its own course. As the line blurs between how they imagine their relationship and what has actually happened, their fantasies start to mingle with reality.
DramaThe timeless story continues in the award-winning sequel to Jean De Florette. Jean's daughter Manon has grown up in to a beautiful and free-spirited young shepherdess on her father's Provence farm.But when she learns the tragic truth about her father's demise, Manon plots her revenge on the dim-witted Ugolin and the scheming Le Papet. A visual feast containing masterly performances leading to a heart-stopping and totally unexpected conclusion, Manon des Sources is regarded as one of the best French Films ever made.
DramaOn the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson (Sofie Gråbøl) are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is believed by seemingly eager social workers, their family is thrust into crisis. Could Henrik have done it? And when Stine prepares to return home, the ugly side of family life is exposed. Echoing themes seen in the recent Danish hit The Hunt, Accused will appeal to all fans of Nordic Noir and Scandinavian cinema alike - starring Sofie Gråbøl and Søren Malling from The Killing.
Documentary2018 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE. Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country.
Concert FilmsIn master storyteller Graeme Murphy's hands, the world's favourite ballet becomes a witty, dramatic and ultimately devastating story of love and betrayal. It's a familiar tale - a love triangle between a princess, her prince, and a woman with a prior claim on his heart. Murphy's choreography is at once a homage to the grandeur of 19th century classicism and an invigorating update that speaks compellingly to the audiences of today. At the centre of this brilliantly danced work is a trio of performances by principle artists Madeleine Eastoe, Robert Curran and Danielle Rowe, that has been acclaimed around Australia and the world. Tchaikovsky's peerless score, and the extraordinary settings and costumes of Kristian Fredrikson, finish off a production that according to Le Figaro "puts fire into the Lake."
DramaThe R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the prison's parallel world of rules, honor, and obligations. R also stands for Rachid, a young Muslim prisoner who becomes Rune's friend and accomplice, defying the rigid racial stratifications among the inmates
ForeignThe story takes place in Carhaix, in the heart of Brittany. In the local cottage hospital, the peaceful maternity unit has few births to deal with. Mathilde, a midwife, Firmine, a pediatric nurse, and Louise, owner of the Carhaix bowling alley, all live in the town, three friends enjoying life. Along comes Catherine, a HR director sent in to restructure the hospital - a task which involves closing down the loss making maternity unit. These four women of different ages, backgrounds and convictions will nonetheless form a quartet united by their humanity and humor to defend the maternity unit.
ComedyAn irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, Untouchable has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), Untouchable depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humour between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and won Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy. The film also won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. Untouchable has received Audience Awards from U.S. film festivals including th
ThrillerRelentless edge-of-your-seat suspense, jaw-dropping, high-octane action and a powerful love story combine in what has been hailed by many critics as "the best film of the year". Tell No One follows one mans frantic race against time when his tragic past is suddenly and unexpectedly unearthed. Dr. Alex Back is left unconscious after his wife and childhood sweetheart, Margot is brutally murdered. 8 years on and still unaware of the truth, Alex receives an anonymous e-mail. Clicking on the link he sees a woman's face in a crowd - Margot's face... But before this can sink in, Alex is thrown headlong into a deadly chase - running from both the police and a team of killers who will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.
ComedyRome, in the splendour of summer. Tourists flock to the Janiculum Hill: a Japanese man collapses, felled by such beauty. Jep Gambardella – a handsome man with irresistible charm, despite the first signs of ageing – enjoys the city’s social life to the full. He attends chic dinners and parties, where his sparkling wit and pleasant company are always welcome. A successful journalist and inveterate seducer, in his youth he wrote a novel which earned him a literary award and a reputation as a frustrated writer. He masks his disenchantment behind a cynical attitude, which makes him view the world with bitter lucidity. On the terrace of his Rome apartment which overlooks the Coliseum, he hosts parties where “the human apparatus” – that was the title of his novel – is stripped bare, and where the comedy of nothi
ComedyVulnerable before a reality that can suddenly be modified and become unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization from brutality. A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
DramaThe Hunt unfolds in a small provincial town in the days leading up to Christmas. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a forty year old divorcee, is finally getting his life under control. He's got himself a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of re-building his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things soon start to unravel. Nothing significant, just a slight comment here, a random lie there. As the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity. The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie can quickly become truth, a modern tale of a witch-hunt, injustice, guilt and ultimately, forgivenes
ComedyIda (Trine Dyrholm) is in the mood to celebrate after finishing a course of treatment for breast cancer and, with her daughters Italian wedding to look forward to, things are looking up. However, when she arrives home from the hospital to find her husband doing some celebrating of his own with a much younger woman, Ida's world comes tumbling down. Arriving solo in Sorrento for the wedding, Ida is determined to put on a brave face and refuses to let even the initially brusque manner of the grooms father, Philip, (Pierce Brosnan - Mamma Mia, Goldeneye) put her off. But as the wedding celebrations gather pace, all involved including the supposedly happy couple are faced with the realisation that the spirit of Italy is offering them the chance of a new beginning, one that Ida and Philip ultimately grasp with both hands.
DramaA Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down.
Sci-Fi & FantasyPAN’S LABYRINTH unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a young girl uprooted to a remote military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a place of great danger, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human after she discovers a neglected labyrinth behind the family home. There she meets Pan, a fantastical creature who challenges her with three tasks which he claims will reveal her true identity.
DramaExamining the close bond shared by an elderly couple when one of them begins to suffer from an illness, AMOUR tells a heart-rending story of sacrifice, devotion and the limits that love can drive us to. Featuring breath-taking, award-winning performances from its two leads, AMOUR is one of the most honest, intimate and deeply affecting portraits of love ever committed to film.
The second film to win Michael Haneke (director of Hidden and The White Ribbon) the coveted Palme d’Or award and hailed as his finest work to date, AMOUR has secured its place as a modern classic and amongst the greatest films ever made.
ComedySet against the wildly atmospheric backdrop of the French Riviera, Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a shy young bartender is mistaken for a millionaire by beautiful scheming opportunist Irene (Audrey Tautou). Abandoned when she discovers his true identity, a love-struck Jean has no intention of letting someone this gorgeous get away! Jean's comical attempts to gain Irene's affection gradually evolve to him setting himself up as a gigolo at the luxury hotel she is staying at…and then the fun really begins. A sexy and thoroughly charming romantic comedy, if you love Breakfast at Tiffany's, you’ll love this.
DocumentaryMeet 85 year-old Jiro Ono, widely praised as the world's greatest sushi chef. His tiny restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is tucked away in a Tokyo subway station and only seats ten, yet bears 3 Michelin stars and has a month-long reservation waiting list. Jiro runs this culinary gem with a will of iron, deft fingers and his eldest son Yoshikazu. Their fascinating relationship lies at the heart of this wasabi-infused tale, as the apprentice struggles with the sometimes overbearing aura of the master. David Gelb's feature film debut nimbly explores every facet of Jiro's daily life, from his total commitment to the craft to his role as patriarch, making our mouths water along the way.
ThrillerWagner Moura is Captain Nascimento, commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), later promoted to sub-Secretary of Security for the State. After a disastrous operation on a prison riot, Nascimento gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only government officials, but also deadly paramilitary groups known as the militias. Nascimento quickly emerges as victim of his own success in tackling Rio's drug gangs, he creates a vacuum filled by protection rackets supported by corrupt police. Dismantling the complex web of allegiances is a job made all the more dangerous by Nascimento's realisation that the very people that he should be able to rely on to support his mission could be his deadliest enemies. Adding to this professional challenge are his troubles at home, as N
DramaWhen his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn't know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations. A SEPARATION is the first ever Iranian film to be awarded the Golden Bear.
DramaThe new film from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the visionary director of The Return and The Banishment, tells the tragic tale of Kolya, who employs a lawyer friend to help fight his case for ownership of the land on which he and his family live when the nefarious town mayor attempts to seize it. But standing up against such men begins a whirlwind of dire consequences, infusing every area of Kolya's life and all he holds dear.
A visually arresting epic which takes an unflinchingly direct look at modern day Russia and the corruption that seethes in even its quietest corners, Leviathan will not only open your eyes but also stay in your mind for years to come.
DramaParis, 1957. Yves Saint Laurent, aged merely 21, had been unexpectedly called upon to oversee the great fashion house established by the recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presents his first haute couture collection for Dior. During the highly successful and ground-breaking show, Yves Saint Laurent met Pierre Bergé future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, they created the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which became one of the most famous brands in fashion and luxury. Despite his own doubts and demons, Yves Saint Laurent, fostered by Pierre Bergé, managed to turn the sleepy world of fashion upside down.
Kids & FamilyCaesar offers the Gauls a deal: if they can perform twelve special tasks successfully, he will hand over the Roman empire to them. If the Gauls fail, they will have to surrender to the Roman Empire. Asterix (fortified by Magic Potion) is ready to take on the challenge.
Action & AdventureSet during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life, a mission that pulls him toward a village ruler who has made a dark pact with evil forces.
ForeignWinfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with pranks - but even worse are his jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany... Enter ashy Toni Erdmann, Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’
DramaIn what is already being heralded as one of her greatest performances, Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, whose employment is threatened when, behind her back, upper management offer the workforce a significant bonus if they vote for Sandra to lose her job.
With only a single weekend to spare she must confront each of her co-workers and persuade them to change their decision so she can maintain her livelihood.
ThrillerFollowing a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy Lebanese businessman and his family. During a lavish party at their luxurious ‘Maryland’ villa, Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Diane Kruger) and their child. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, Vincent battles his own paranoia whilst clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.
From director Alice Winocour, 'Disorder' is a masterful thriller full of suspense that takes audiences on a cinematic and atmospheric ride through the mind of its flawed but heroic main character.
RomanceA forbidden love between two police cadets, Marc and Kay, is at the centre of this brave and uncompromising film. Against the backdrop of intense physical training, the men grow close and instantly Marc is drawn to the handsome and charismatic Kay. Marc begins to realise desires he never knew he had, as feelings begin to intensify between them. Being a married man and a father to be, Marc is torn between his family and his love for Kay. Leading a double life, he finds himself in free fall and realises that try as he may, he will never be able to make everyone happy. Branded the German Brokeback Mountain, 'Free Fall' is an honest and beautiful tale of courage, love and acceptance.
Sci-Fi & FantasyMitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never visited. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai.
ClassicsWinner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Cinema Paradiso tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning to his native Sicilian village for the funeral of his old friend Alfredo. He was the projectionist at the local Cinema Paradiso where Salvatore spent the happiest times of his childhood and developed his love of film. To the fatherless young boy Alfredo became a father figure who guided and loved him. His return also brings back poignant memories of his teenage love, Elena, whom he had to leave in order to pursue his dream.
DramaAcademy award nominee for best foreign language film Embrace of the Serpent centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred Yakruna plant.
DramaWhen Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever…
Evoking the work of other great Scandinavian directors such as Bergman and Dreyer, but with a uniquely joyous, exuberant touch, this tale of everyday passion - of the human capacity to create and to love - is a mouthwatering ode to the glory of life from one of cinema’s true originals.
DramaSummertime. A cruising spot for gay men seeking nameless sexual encounters, is tucked away on the shores of a picturesque secluded lake in rural France. Franck is an attractive young male who falls in love with Michel, a striking, extremely potent but lethally dangerous man. Franck has witnessed this first hand, but his desire for Michel knows no bounds, this is a relationship he must have – at any cost. STRANGER BY THE LAKE is a tense thriller set against the secluded back drop of, what becomes inevitably, the most dangerous lake in France.
DramaSet in 1943 when the Nazis lost 350,000 soldiers while the Russians lost three-quarters of a million defending their city, this film follows a platoon of likeable German soldiers as they fight every inch of the way, losing their humanity along the way. The film alternates between big battle scenes and deft characterisation as it constructs a damning indictment of war.
DramaInspired by cinematic classics including Mean Streets, Do the Right Thing and The Battle of Algiers, Mathieu Kassovitz’s LA HAINE is arguably the most incendiary, provocative and prescient film to emerge from the ‘90s. Starkly shot in black and white to show a Paris not on any tourist map, the film deals with France’s intolerance towards outsiders, following Vinz (Vincent Cassel, Irreversible, Ocean's 12, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), Hubert (the magnificent Hubert Koundé) and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui, Hideous Kinky, Three Kings), three young men trapped in the Parisian economic, ethnic and social underclass. Sensationally premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, LA HAINE saw Kassovitz rewarded with the Best Director prize and subsequently went on to win three Césars (including Best Film). Marked by its unapologe
ClassicsFellini is one of the most original and creative minds of the 20th Century, unanimously ranked one of the greatest directors of all time, his iconic masterpiece, La Dolce Vita is always at the very top of polls. It's a spectacular and acutely relevant soul-searching portrait of celebrity-obsessed culture in which Mastroianni plays a tabloid journalist who yearns to write seriously, but gets his sensationalist gossip stories by non-stop partying and sleeping with socialites; this apparent sweet-life - "la dolce vita" - both excites and repels him.. One of the most influential movies of all time, it finally gets the release it deserves in this new restored HD version filled with iconic images of the 1960s such as the mesmerizing sequence of Anita Ekberg's frolicking in the Trevi Fountain. Not only did "Dolce Vita" and "F
DramaCaramel is a deliciously indulgent and intimate account of five women working together in their local beauty parlour. Beautiful Layal is oblivious to the gaze of a local admirer and instead fixates on a married man. Nisrine is soon to be married, but is afraid her fiancé will discover he isn’t her first lover. Rima has designs on one of her stunning, dark-haired customers. Jamale is a struggling aspiring actress doing anything she can to retain her youth. Rose has sacrificed her life to take care of her elderly sister and is overwhelmed when she discovers love for the first time. As the women from different generations share in each others' experiences and emotions, the beauty parlour becomes a colourful hub of friendship and wisdom. Caramel weaves a delicious tale, one with a soft emotional centre, that will leave
DramaThe surprise hit of the Cannes Film Festival, 'Holy Motors' received rave reviews from the UK critics - including five star write-ups from The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw and the Daily Telegraph's Robbie Collin. Boasting a superb central performance from Denis Lavant playing eleven different characters who are all the same person - and a stellar supporting cast including Edith Scob, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. From dawn until dusk, Monsieur Oscar travels in a limousine from one life to the next: A captain of industry, an assassin, a beggar, a monster, a family man... 'Holy Motors' tears up the rule book of conventional narrative cinema.
RomanceA young couple decide to embark on the most harrowing and exhilarating experience of their lives - having a baby! Filled with the thrills and laughs of pregnancy and parenthood, A Happy Event is the perfect film for everyone who's had a baby... or who might ever want to!
ClassicsHeralded as the greatest film ever made on release, winning an Oscar in 1949 and topping the Sight and Sound film poll in 1952, De Sica's seminal work of Italian neorealism has had an impact on cinema worldwide from release to the present day, with filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach claiming the film as a direct influence on their own films. Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters, for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come, until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle, which will keep them away from poverty and humiliation, but amidst a sea of bicycles and without proof
Action & AdventureOne of the greatest films of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai has influenced the work of directors from George Lucas to Steven Spielberg, and spawned remakes, such as John Sturges' acclaimed The Magnificent Seven. With their village raided every year by vicious bandits, a group of peasants hire seven warriors to protect them. Initially met with suspicion, the warriors eventually gain the trust of the peasants and they join forces to face the bandits. Endlessly copied but never surpassed, Seven Samurai is a truly timeless classic.
DramaWould you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, Still Walking and I Wish, returns to the big screen with another family - a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born. Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby. Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between nature and nurture. Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet
DramaGeorges (Daniel Auteuil) is outstanding as a Parisian who cannot face his demons. The well-known host of a literary TV talk show, Georges finds himself the target of an anonymous stalker who sends video tapes of his house as seen from across the street, in stationary shots that run as long as two hours. There's no commentary, but the message is clear - You're being watched. Accompanying the videos are child's drawings full of obscure, crude, bloody images. Georges' wife, Anne (Juliette Binoche), who works in the publishing business, is understandably rattled. At first, Georges has no idea who may be sending them. Gradually, the footage on the tapes becomes more personal, suggesting that the sender has known Georges for some time and Georges too comes to believe that he knows the perpetrator. Curiously and tellingly he
ThrillerSex and shooting assault the senses in Baise-moi [literally Kiss Me], a bloody buddy movie that's like Thelma and Louise on acid. Banned on release in France, the film has provoked as much horror as it has debate. Manu, a part time porn star, and Nadine, a hooker, set out to leave their town for Paris after witnessing and being subject to rape and violence. They rage against societal expectations in a fury of robbery, orgiastic lust and murder. One of the most controversial movies of the last 20 years, Baise-moi was described as the most sexually explicit film to ever reach British screens by the UK press, the film offers the complacent viewer a cinematic slap in the face.
DramaJulie (Binoche) loses her composer husband and their child in a car crash and, though devastated, she tries to make a new start, away from her country house and a would-be lover. But she is haunted by the music that still surrounds her and by some unpleasant facts that she uncovers about her husband's life. Slowly Julie learns to live again, as music and the gift to create it prove to be a healing force.
Action & AdventureFrom a tender age, Sook-Hee has been ruthlessly raised in China as a deadly assassin in-waiting, primed to kill upon command. After the death of her mentor, she arrives in South Korea to contract as a government agent, with a promise of freedom after 10 years of loyal service. However, two men from her past make an unexpected appearance in her life, bringing out dark secrets from her past.
ForeignBased on the international bestseller by Fredrik Backman, Hannes Holm’s 'A Man Called Ove' has received widespread international acclaim since premiering on the festival circuit, picking up multiple accolades, including a European Film Award for Best European Comedy and two Oscar® nominations. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. Having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his wife Sonja’s grave. But when a boisterous young family moves in next door, immediately incurring his wrath, things take an unexpected turn. Pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her lively children are the complete antithesis of what ill-tempered Ove thinks he needs – a
DramaPower, money and blood: these are the “values” that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the “System”, the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a “normal” life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality.
DramaCaye is a middle-class prostitute whose family are unaware of her profession. While many of Caye's days are spent hanging out with her fellow prostitutes cursing the rapid proliferation of cheaper immigrant prostitutes on the city streets, a chance encounter with Zule, who hails from the Dominican Republic, soon prompts Caye to re-evaluate her condemnation. A dedicated mother who sells her body in order to send money back home, Zule is taken to the hospital by Caye after being badly beaten and left for dead. Now, as a warm bond bgins to develop between the two women whose dreams of financial stability ad kind companionship help to ease the pain of familial separation, the resulting discovery of self-determination leads Caye and Zule in a journey of self-discovery that will leave both women changed forever.
ThrillerBased on true events, Female Agents is a powerful, action packed World War II epic starring Sophie Marceau and Julie Depardieu. Set in spring 1944, a five-women commando unit parachutes into occupied France on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich, Head of German counter-intelligence. Their dangerous mission to change the war becomes a desperate fight for survival.
ClassicsFellini is unanimously named by film critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors of all time and his 8 1/2 is considered a masterpiece and one of the most important films ever made. It won two Oscars including Best Foreign Film. A film director (a magnificent Marcello Mastroianni) is struggling to find the creativity required to deliver his next movie and consequently is being harassed by his producers, colleagues as well as his wife (Anouk Aimée) and his mistress (Sandra Milo). In order to escape his tormentors, the director retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers, until fantasy and reality merge in the director's mind - and on the screen - in a dazzling spectacle ending in a triumph of optimism.
DramaEveryone harbours a dark secret. But it's obvious that Titta Di Girolamo has more than one. Why else would a fifty-year-old man from southern Italy choose to live for eight years in an anonymous hotel room in an anonymous town in Switzerland? Eight years of not working, eight years of silence and cigarettes, sitting in the lobby or the hotel bar, elegantly dressed but never allowing himself any luxuries. A nullifying routine, he's constantly waiting for something daring to happen, but what will happen?
DramaLeonardo and Giovana are best of friends, like all teenagers they yearn for more independence from their parents, dream of going abroad and to experience love's first kiss. Gabriel, the new boy at school quickly becomes friends with them both, but ultimately three becomes a crowd. Being blind, who will Leonardo give his first kiss to?
ForeignA taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran. Diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is none other than the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his car, transforms the car into a mobile film studio, and captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive. Banned from travelling and making films in 2010, Jafar Panahi has managed to astonish us with his beautiful trilogy composed of This Is Not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013) and now Taxi Tehran, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.
DramaIn Between follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves 'in between' the free and unfettered lives they're aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by a blinkered society. Laila, a successful lawyer, craves the love of a good man who she thinks she's found in the apparently open-minded and handsome Ziad. Salma works menial jobs in restaurants and bars hoping her long-held dream of being a DJ becomes a reality. In the meantime she falls for the beautiful trainee doctor Dunia but is forced to keep their lesbian relationship secret from her family. Laila and Salma's hard partying ways initially come as a shock to the more traditional and reserved N
DramaFollowing a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie's request, in order to finalise their divorce procedure. During his stay, Ahmad quickly discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her daughter, Lucie. But Ahmad's attempts to build bridges between the two soon begins to encroach on Marie’s new partner, Samir, and as tensions begin to mount it soon becomes clear that the past is only close behind. Directed by Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) and featuring an unforgettable central performance by Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) that earned her the Best Actress award at Cannes 2013, The Past is a tight-knit family drama as gripping as any thriller.
RomanceKiss Me is a stunningly rendered and honest love story about what happens when you follow your heart. When Mia and Frida's eyes meet for the first time at a party the attraction is instant. However, Mia is engaged to be married to a man she believes she loves, so acting on anything seems out of the question. When subsequent circumstances throw the two women together, openly gay Frida finds it impossible to resist seducing Mia, and Mia finds it impossible to resist. Soon, Mia must choose between following her heart or fulfilling everyone else's expectations of her. A candid and beautiful film, Kiss Me is a classic lesbian movie in the making.
DramaFrom the acclaimed director of The Beat My Heart Skipped, Jacques Audiard brings us the winner of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix, France’s official selection for the 2010 Academy awards and winner of the London Film Festival 2009 Award for Best Film. Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving in prison at the age of 19 he is much younger and more fragile than the other convicts. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions” to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans…
DramaClass, cultural and sexual differences are explored in this romantic gay drama set in scorching, picturesque Tunisia. Tall, quiet Malik (Antonin Stahly), a 30-year-old Parisian architect, returns to his homeland after the death of his father. He's greeted warmly by his over-bearing, petulant mother (Italian icon Claudia Cardinale) and is immediately confronted with her expectation that he stay and get married. This now strange world of his youth, his mothers pressure and his barely hidden homosexuality set off anxiety attacks in Malik, who finally finds relief when he meets the darkly handsome handyman, Balil (Salim Kechiouche, Full Speed.) They begin a tentative relationship, but Islamic mores, a still class conscience society, and the ever-presence of his mother threaten their burgeoning love. A forbidden love story
ForeignWhen Jocelyne, a seamstress in the northern French town of Arras, finds out she’s won €18 million on the lottery and that she can now have anything she wants, she only has one fear: losing her modest way of life made up of simple pleasures that she cherishes more than anything. But fate can be obstinate, and by renouncing this fortune for too long, she triggers a hurricane that changes everything. Everything except her.
ForeignOmar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardise his long-time trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize Un Certain Regard.
Action & AdventureBattle Royale is back. It's time to return to the island and kill your friends, because the cult Japanese movie that defines twisted action and sickening violence is ready to shock you all over again. In a world where teenagers have no respect and adults are losing control there can be only one solution: Battle Royale! Now, see what happens when you let a high school class loose on an island, arm them and then give them a simple choice... Kill your friends or have them kill you; with poison, cross-bows, machetes and dynamite. "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (Violent Cop, Zatoichi) is a teacher pushed to the edge by his unruly charges. Kidnapped and gassed, his class wake up with exploding metal rings around their necks. If they rebel, they could lose their heads. Now they have three days and only one is permitted to survive this
AnimeShoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again... until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late...?
DramaIn Rome, at dawn, when everyone is sleeping, one man is awake. That man is Giulio Andreotti. He's awake because he has to work, write books, move in fashionable circles and, last but not least, pray. Calm, crafty and inscrutable, Andreotti is a synonym of power in Italy for over four decades. At the beginning of the Nineties, this impassive yet insinuating, ambiguous yet reassuring figure appears set to assume his seventh mandate as Prime Minister without arrogance and without humility. Approaching seventy, Andreotti is a gerontocrat who, with all the attributes of God, is afraid of no one and does not know the meaning of awe, since he is accustomed to seeing it stamped on the faces of all his interlocutors. His satisfaction is muted, impalpable. For him, satisfaction is power, with which he has a symbiotic relationshi
DramaForced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighbouring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the centre of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s lives.
DramaPaul Exben is a success story - a great job, a glamorous wife and two wonderful sons. Except that this is not the life he has been dreaming of. A moment of madness is going to change his life, forcing him to assume a new identity that will enable him to live his life fully...
DocumentaryDocumentary profiling the ancient architecture, customs and unique people of the city of Istanbul, as seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the cat.
Action & AdventureDuring the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country general CAO CAO (Jiang Wen), enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land GUAN YUN CHANG (Donnie Yen). However, Guan Yun Chang is a loyal friend of CAO CAO’s enemy LIU BEI. To persuade the peerless warrior to fight, Cao Cao takes his beloved QI LAN (Sun Li) hostage.
Action & AdventureExperience the incomparable martial arts of Shaolin in this blockbuster motion picture event from legendary producer, Jackie Chan. China's last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life's greatest battle. With breathtaking action from the martial arts director of The Transporter 1 and 2 and an all-star cast of Kung Fu superstars, Shaolin sets a new benchmark for Asian Action Cinema!
DramaOn a deserted Russian Arctic island, two men work diligently at a small meteorological station. Their task is to take regular readings from their partly radioactive surroundings and relay this crucial data on to headquarters via radio - their only bridge to the outside world. For a seasoned pro like Sergei, a gruff man in his fifties, this job has become routine. During the years he has spent in extreme isolation, he has learned to take this task very seriously. His new work partner is the fresh-faced Pavel, a bright-eyed college graduate assigned to spend the summer at the station. The two men have little in common, with Pavel sticking to the company of his MP3 and video games to avoid the bullish, vaguely threatening presence of Sergei. The balance tips one day when Sergei leaves his post to go fishing for trout in a
DocumentaryFour Finnish cave divers face their worst nightmare when two of their friends drown deep inside an underwater cave in Norway. When the official recovery operation is called off by the Norwegian and British authorities after being deemed too risky, the friends set out on a secret mission to retrieve the bodies themselves. Diving Into the Unknown isn't just the dramatic story of a life-threatening mission. It is also a story about unconditional friendship that truly runs deep. While each member of the team has years of experience exploring dangerous deep-sea caves, together they are about to face the biggest challenge of their lives.
DramaAcclaimed adaptation of the Marcel Pagnol novel, and Best Film BAFTA winner. City-dweller Jean moves his family to the Provence countryside in the 1920s to forge a new life as a farmer. But his proud, cocky neighbouring rival Le Papet schemes with his simple-minded nephew to acquire some nearby land ensuring the novice owner never discovers an all-important natural spring on the property. A wholly captivating, emotionally powerful and beautifully photographed classic epic of innocence, greed, envy and revenge.
ForeignRomantic and super sexy, this drama concerns an intense love affair between two hitherto heterosexual young men in the slums of Havana. Reinier and Yosvani are best friends and soccer mates. Handsome Reinier, in order to support his mother, wife and baby, prostitutes himself to older male foreigners while the shy Yosvani is reluctantly engaged to a girl and lives with her bombastic loan shark father. After a furtive kiss at a nightclub, the two young men, barely containing their pent-up desire, follow-up with a lusty roof top encounter, where they quickly fall hard for one another. And as their love intensifies, the challenge is not with them but with the unforgiving outside world…a world they so desperately want to escape from. The two leads, Reinier Diaz and Milton García, deliver charismatic and captivating perfo
BollywoodDil Dhadakne Do revolves around an imbalanced Punjabi family on a cruise trip where the film is based on. Ranveer Singh is seen in a character as Kabir, who is a wealthy person by birth. Being a son of a business man, he was raised up to take up the business. But the story reverses, as he is interested in plans and aspires to became a Pilot. Due to this difference he faces a lot many problems until he meets Farah (Anushka Sharma). She is a girl, who escaped from her home to make her dream over dance come true. She comes across Kabir, which turns his miserable life into bed of roses. Priyanka Chopra is seen as Ranvir sister. She plays an ambitious entrepreneur married to Rahul Bose when she goes on the cruise, but Farhan acts as the third angle to Priyanka-Rahul's dysfunctional relationship.
ForeignState Affairs is a suspenseful, action-packed French political thriller in which three main characters cross paths a corrupt politician, his henchman, and a hard-boiled female cop. A plane explodes above the Gulf of Guinea. An escort girl is murdered in a Parisian park. Thousands of miles separate these two events, and yet Nora believes there's a connection between them, much to her superiors chagrin. As Nora investigates, getting dangerously close to the powers that be, the murders and betrayals accumulate, and signs point to a state affair at the heart of it all.
Kids & FamilyA lonely 9 year old boy makes a new friend when he discovers a magical little man inside a cupboard, but when one of the man's spells goes awry, the boy's entire family is shrunk down to four inches in height.
DramaAgnes Vardas classic captures Paris at the height of the sixties in this intriguing tale expertly presented in real time about a singer (palyed toperfection by Corinne Marchand) whose life is in turmoil as she awaits a biopsy test result. As well as memorable cameos from director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anna Karina, it also includes an appearance and impressive score from Oscar-nominated composer Michel Legrand.
DramaRyu and Koichi are brothers who have been separated by divorce. Stoic, grounded 12-year-old Koichi lives dutifully in coastal Kagoshima with his mother and grandparents, while 10-year-old tearaway Ryu is living it up with his deadbeat musician dad in urban Kyushu. Meanwhile, the Kyushu trainline connecting these two cities is nearing completion and Koichi hears a rumour that when the first two trains pass each other a miracle will occur and wishes will be granted to all those who witness it. With this in mind the brothers set out with a plan to reunite their family.
ForeignIn a secluded valley in Iceland, brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their prized ancestral line of sheep. But a long-term grudge means that they haven’t spoken to each other for four decades, passing messages via the sheep dog.
When a lethal ovine disease suddenly appears in the valley, the authorities move in to cull all of the livestock. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up easily and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle, and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the sheep - and themselves - from extinction.
DramaDuring the year 1961, the influential German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt reported for the New Yorker magazine on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Her articles introducing her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil" triggered off an unprecedented controversy. Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, Margarethe von Trotta turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive dramatic cinema.
ForeignJune, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. She’s accompanied by Lene, a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly’s friend from pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who, by refusing to abandon their marriage, protected her from Nazi persecution for so long.Nelly’s family has been murdered in the Holocaust. Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. Nelly agrees: She becomes her own imposter.
DramaTouko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhabitations. His work - made famous by his signature, Tom of Finland - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
ComedyVictoria Spick, a criminal defense attorney on the verge of an emotional breakdown, goes to a wedding where she runs into her old friend Vincent and Sam, a former dealer she had successfully represented. The next day, Vincent's girlfriend accuses him of attempted murder. The only witness is the victim's dog. Victoria reluctantly agrees to defend him, and at the same time hires Sam as an au pair. Her life is about to take a disastrous turn.
Kids & FamilyMysterious events at Moulinsart! Exploding chandeliers, shattered glass, the mirror cracks... but Professsor Calculus is deep in nuclear physics and later in deep trouble! Kidnapped! Will Tintin and Haddock outwit the secret agents and find him? What is it all about? And where will it all end?
DramaAn angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life. Four people, four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: that of an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence.
ForeignPhilippe Abrams is the director of the Salon-de-Provence post office. He's married to Julie, whose depressed state makes life impossible. To make her happy, Philippe plots to get transferred to the Côte d’Azur. But it backfires, and he is transferred to Bergues, a small town in northern France, instead.
DramaFather Adam (Andrzej Chyra) is relocated to a rural village, where he runs a refuge for youths with troubled pasts. It is there, that he meets handsome local outsider, Łukasz (Mateusz Kościukiewicz), and soon Adam struggles to reconcile his attraction to the young man and his spiritual calling. To the village, his energy and enthusiasm are appreciated and the locals accept him as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to him, feeding off of his vitality and power, but no one knows that Father Adam harbours his own secret. Directed by Małgośka Szumowska, 'In the Name Of' is a sensual and deeply visceral portrayal of a Catholic priest battling his own desires.
Comedy1921: not far from Paris, a party is being held at the famous Marguerite Dumont's mansion. Nobody knows much about the mysterious Marguerite except that she has devoted her whole life to her passion: music. As she takes centre stage, she sings enthusiastically but terribly out of tune. When a provocative young journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream - to perform in front of a crowd of complete strangers. Featuring a powerhouse performance from Catherine Frot, Marguerite is a touching and light-hearted feast for the ears. A runaway success in its native France, and featuring music from Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, Marguerite will live in your heart long after the credits roll.
DramaThe original film on which VANILLA SKY is based! Cesar is a handsome playboy who has it all - until he falls for the beautiful Sofia (Penelope Cruz), and a jealous ex-girlfriend tries to kill him in a car accident that leaves him horribly disfigured. His perfect life turns into a nightmare as he suffers from flashbacks and visions and he starts to confuse reality with dreams.
RomanceDespite some back pain after a wild one-night stand, successful architect and womanizer Ange Pagani is having a perfectly normal day. Until a frantic woman named Gabrielle turns up at his office, claiming his son has gotten her teenage daughter pregnant. Problem is, Ange has no son! He does everything to avoid Gabrielle, but for some reason, finds himself irresistibly drawn to this impassioned and proud single mother, wreaking havoc in his life. The situation goes from bad to worse with the involvement of the son it turns out Ange does have, and the rapidly approaching baby. And then she is born, and everything changes. Ange gets a taste of parenthood, while Gabrielle struggles to keep her life and growing attraction for Ange, from spinning out of control. But as everyone involved is forced to face the bonds that unite
DramaAngel Deverell, a youthful, imaginative writer whose only flaw is her fascination with fantasy and romance. After she meets her publisher she has a stratospheric rise to fame. But with celebrity comes heartache and it’s not long before cracks begin to appear in Angel’s fantasy world... Angel learns you can fill your world with romance, but you can’t buy true love...