The failure of a relationship is told from two sides.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
When a body washes up on a Cape Town beach, ambitious township cop Sizwe seizes the opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. But when the investigation leads him to a black market smuggling ring, Sizwe is caught in the middle of a deadly power play orchestrated by an old friend. With no one left to trust, Sizwe must take the law into his own hands in this gritty crime drama.
Sotho, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English Subtitles, 92
John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer) returns with this eerie tale of a couple - Samantha Morton (Minority Report) and Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) in a pair of fierce, brilliant performances - that keeps their sick young son Andy isolated from the outside world. When young Maryann moves next door, her attempts to befriend Andy are met with vehement resistance from his overprotective parents, fueling her suspicions. But she could never imagine the shocking truth.
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Also starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael K. Williams, and Alfre Woodard.
A brilliantly-observed, hilarious sex farce from Czech New Wave master Jirí Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), The Don Juans looks at a small town opera company’s efforts to mount a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The eccentric director Vitek has unusual views on opera and uses the production as an excuse to bed every woman he meets. Passions flare onstage and behind the scenes as the small company prepares for a wholly unique adaptation of the Mozart classic.
Czech with subtitles, 98
An unreservedly honest, emotionally resonant love story from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette), Le Week-End follows Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), whose 30-year marriage is dominated by routine and built up resentments. An anniversary holiday to Paris only makes matters worse, with each word and action inciting deep-seated rancor. An accidental meeting with an old American colleague (Jeff Goldblum) challenges the couple to find some way to re-ignite the spark.
The latest film from Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-Liang (The Wayward Cloud) tells the story of a father and his two children who live on the margins in Taipei. Squatting in an abandoned building, they get by on handouts and the father’s meager salary as a human billboard. Mysterious and affecting, the story of the father’s unwinding is told with the sublime, rapturous beauty that has come to be associated with Tsai’s work in one of his most emotionally powerful films.
Mandarin with English subtitles, 138
In this deeply unsettling psychological thriller, A-Chuan, a quiet young chef, unexpectedly collapses one night and becomes catatonic. When he finally awakens in his childhood mountain home, he doesn’t seem quite like himself, as if he is possessed. As he evinces unstable and even dangerous tendencies, his father grows more and more wary until A-Chuan’s strange, violent behavior sets off a sequence of chilling events in the remote, hazy alpine locale.
Mandarin with English Subtitles, 112
Dedicated to Roger Ebert, The Unknown Known offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the larger-than-life figure who served as George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, director Errol Morris has Rumsfeld perform and explain his “snowflakes” - the enormous archive of memos he wrote across almost fifty years. The memos provide a window into history - not as it actually happened, but as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.
In the summer of 1989, beautiful yet melancholy linguistics student Boaz finds his quiet life with his devoted girlfriend Noa derailed when he begins receiving amorous letters from a closeted secret male admirer. Both flattered and troubled, Boaz is thrown into a profound internal conflict, questioning his own sexuality and alienating Noa in this tender, affecting drama.
Hebrew with English subtitles, 85
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