Set against the backdrop of the 2008 economic crisis, this ravishingly beautiful erotic drama celebrates love even when it cannot be fully embraced. The fledgling relationship between swimming instructor Kafka and successful businessman Daniel is threatened by Kafka’s dual battle with drug addiction and his own questions about his sexual identity. Their feelings and futures become hopelessly entangled as complications and obstacles multiply.
English, Cantonese with subtitles, 97 min.
Empire battles empire and Jackie Chan battles everyone in this slapstick epic. Chan, a soldier who survives because he’s good at playing dead, captures an enemy general and attempts to turn him in for a bounty, but a dizzying array of armies, barbarians, betrayals, and natural wonders stands in his way. Bitter enemies at first, Chan and the general realize they must work together if either is to survive.
Mandarin with subtitles, 96 min.
A wealthy couple recovering from a tragedy hires a mute orphan to serve as their housekeeper and silent confessor, providing her with lodging and the loving parents she never had. But when she attempts to bring an outsider into their circle, their shared fantasy of domestic bliss shatters as they’re forced to confront the unspoken lies buttressing their fragile peace. Beautiful black-and-white cinematography casts light and shadow on this story of secrets and surrogates.
Hungarian with minutes, 104 min.
Behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary, the secret police task Péter, a literary critic turned informant, with convincing exiled politician Anna to return to her homeland to face her accusers. Anna’s stalwart belief in her principles and her history with Péter’s family cause him to question his allegiances in this based-on-true-events story from award-winning auteur Márta Mészáros (Diary for My Children).
Hungarian with minutes, 103 min.