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Previous Films

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Yeelen

Director : Souleymane Cissé

Country : Mali

Release Date : 1987

Duration : 105 mins

Language : Bambara and Fula

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : GRAND PRIX AT 1987 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Souleymane Cissé’s extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerising fantasy is set in the ancient Bambara culture of Mali (formerly French Sudan) long before it was invaded by Morocco in the 16th century. A young man (Issiaka Kane) sets out to discover the mysteries of nature (or komo, the science of the gods) with the help of his mother and uncle, but his jealous and spiteful father contrives to prevent him from deciphering the elements of the Bambara sacred rites and tries to kill him. Apart from creating a dense and exciting universe that should make George Lucas green with envy, Cissé shot breathtaking images in Fujicolor and accompanied his story with a spare, hypnotic, percussive score.

Conceivably the greatest African film ever made, sublimely mixing the matter-of-fact with the uncanny.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

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Hotel Salvation

Director : Shubhashish Bhutiani

Country : India

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 99 mins

Language : Hindi

Subtitles : Yes

When 77-year-old Daya, wakes up from a strange dream, he knows his time is up and he must get to Varanasi immediately in hope of dying there to attain salvation. His dutiful son, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, leaving behind his wife and daughter. The two of them check into Mukti Bhawan, a hotel devoted to people hoping to spend their last days by the banks of the Ganges. Rajiv finds himself having to take care of his father for the first time in his life. While Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, Daya starts to bloom as he finds a sense of community in the hotel, and a companion in the 75-year old Vimla. As the days go by and Daya shows no sign of dying, Rajiv is faced with the dilemma of whether to remain there with his father or fulfil his duty back home.

Quietly profound, very moving, very engaging and made me feel like I was in a kind of magical bubble and, when cinema works at its best, that’s what it does.” (Mark Kermode)

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Cat Ballou

Director : Elliot Silverstein

Country : USA

Release Date : 1965

Duration : 96 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

WINNER : LEE MARVIN (BEST ACTOR) AT 1966 OSCARS, GOLDEN GLOBES & BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

A 1965 American western comedy film starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor. The story involves a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father’s ranch, and later to avenge his murder, only to find that the gunman is not what she expected. The supporting cast features Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, who together perform the film’s theme song, and who appear throughout the film in the form of travelling minstrels as a kind of musical Greek chorus and framing device. The film references many classic Western films, notably Shane and was selected by the American Film Institute as the 10th greatest Western of all time.

Over 55 years after its theatrical release, the Jane Fonda-starring ‘Cat Ballou’ remains one of the funniest Westerns of all time.” (Danielle Solzman)

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Tampopo

Director : Jūzō Itami

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1985

Duration : 114 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

An entertaining, genre-bending adventure of a band of misfits who help a noodle-shop owner in her quest for the perfect recipe to make ramen (noodles). Many elements of the film closely and knowingly parallel classic Westerns – a ‘spaghetti Eastern’ no less with nods to Clint Eastwood and Luis Buñuel along the way. A mysterious stranger rides into town and saves the pretty widow from being harassed by bad men. Interspersed with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster, a crazy lady who squeezes all the fruit in a shop and the glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy and surreal Tampopo (Dandelion) is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

A thriving, celebratory and delightful classic that will leave you ravished by the end, for ramen, Asian cuisine or really, any form of sustenance.”  (Tina Hassannia – National Post)

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Woman At War

Director : Benedikt Erlingsson

Country : Iceland

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 101 mins

Language : Icelandic, Spanish and Ukrainian

Subtitles : Yes

Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her. The film revolves around her attempts to reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption. All the while, the film’s soundtrack players, consisting of a three-man band and Ukrainian traditional singers, interact with the plot and characters.

A well-turned, well-tuned oddity … confidently and rather stylishly made.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Parallel Mothers

Director : Pedro Almodóvar

Country : Spain

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 123 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST ACTRESS (PENÉLOPE CRUZ) AT 2021 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Two women, Janis and Ana, meet in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and have become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops, complicates and changes their lives in a decisive way.

If you’re already a fan of Almodóvar’s work this is essential viewing; if you haven’t been introduced to his very special world before, ‘Parallel Mothers’ will be a great place to start.”  (David Stratton – The Australian)

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Gunda

Director : Victor Kossakovsky

Country : Norway

Release Date : 2020

Duration : 93 mins

Language : No dialogue

Subtitles : No

Shot in black-and-white and without dialogue, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, some chickens and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using transcendent cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, director Kossakovsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. What is not shown, what is not said, is as much a part of this film as any character. The human presence is so prevalent, in terms of how the sequences were filmed, but more importantly in the lives of the animals who live on farms and who have been specifically bred and raised by and for humans. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and the role played by humanity.

There is plenty of time to ponder the morality of our dominion over the beasts. A highly original, singularly beautiful film.”  (Donald Clarke – Irish Times)

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Richard III

Director : Richard Loncraine

Country : UK

Release Date : 1995

Duration : 104 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

WINNER : SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR AT 1996 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER : BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN & BEST COSTUME DESIGN AT 1997 BAFTAS

This re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Crookback King’ relocates the story to the 1930s and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard III. A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard descend into madness. He aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension – among them his brother (Nigel Hawthorne), his nephews and his brother’s wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard’s plans are compromised. Also starring Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West and Robert Downey Jr. Hugely entertaining.

With a screenplay (co-written by McKellen) that crackles and spits like a roasting pig, it was clearly as much of a blast to make as it is to watch.”  (Ali Catterall – Total Film)

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Meteora

Director : Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Country : Greece

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 82 mins

Language : Greek

Subtitles : Yes

In the plains of central Greece, Byzantine monasteries are perched atop sandstone pillars, suspended between heaven and earth. A young Greek monk and a Russian nun have devoted their lives to the strict rituals and practices of their community, but a growing affection for one another puts their monastic life under question. Torn between spiritual devotion and their carnal human desire, they must decide which path to follow. The film takes its title from the Byzantine monastery complex Meteora, in Thessaly, a series of structures built on natural sandstone pillars whose tops often disappear into the clouds.

The dénouement of ‘Meteora’ is ambiguous as all great films should be.”  (Paula Marvelly – The Culturium)

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Luzzu

Director : Alex Camilleri

Country : Malta

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 91 mins

Language : Maltese

Subtitles : Yes

A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark, is faced with an agonising choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu – a traditional, multi-coloured wooden fishing boat – in the hopes of eking out a meagre living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. Or he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and cast his lot with a sinister black-market operation that is decimating the Mediterranean fish population and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on the fish.

Beautifully filmed and emotionally impactful, ‘Luzzu’ uses one man’s story to capture the struggles of a region at a cultural crossroads.”  (Rotten Tomatoes)