eone else. A chance encounter between Paul’s wife and Raluca ignites suspicions and recriminations, and the incendiary secret is inexorably drawn into the spotlight. Unfolding in exquisitely observed detail, Tuesday, After Christmas continues the tradition of taut, subtle drama that has become the hallmark of contemporary Romanian cinema.
Romanian with subtitles, 100 min.
The desolate frigidity of the Arctic Circle isn’t enough to dampen the slow boil of anxiety and madness that percolates beneath the surface at a remote science station, where veteran technician Sergei and callow but eager newcomer Pavel struggle to cope with the tedium. Their stress reaches a snapping point when Pavel receives a radio transmission bearing bad news and, afraid of his saturnine partner’s reaction, goes to extreme lengths to keep it a secret.
Russian with subtitles, 124 min.
The complicated love triangle between three friends on the eve of the Cuban missile crisis becomes a metaphor for the fraught politics of the Cold War in this playful dramedy. As Cuba solidifies its alliance with the Soviet Union, lively farm girl Lisanka helps her small town make the transition in whatever way she can. Yet she fiercely maintains her independence from revolution loyalist Sergio, staunch anti-communist Aurelio, and Soviet soldier Volodia, all of whom vie for her affections.
Spanish with subtitles, 110 min.
Running from the police after they mistakenly mark him as a suspect in a missing-person case, the unnamed hero of Missing Man tries to find a way back to his friends and his family. Accustomed to spurning true human contact for the existence of a hermit, he now must rely on the help of a group of vagabonds as he contends with the absurd bureaucracy that frustrates his journey at every turn.
Russian with subtitles, 96 min.