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Previous Films

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The Piano

Director : Jane Campion

Country : Australia

Release Date : 1993

Duration : 117 mins

Language : English, Māori and British Sign Language

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : PALME D’OR AT 1993 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER : BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS & BEST SCREENPLAY AT 1994 OSCARS

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman (Holly Hunter) is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter (Anna Paquin) and a prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner (Sam Neill), but is soon lusted after by a local plantation worker (Harvey Keitel). In 1993, the film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making Jane Campion the first female director to ever receive this award. It won three Academy Awards in March 1994: Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Anna Paquin and Best Original Screenplay for Jane Campion.

The film is a masterclass in dramatic structure … through Campion’s meticulous screenplay. Almost the perfect film.”  (Kevin Maher – The Times)

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Clara Sola

Director : Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Country : Costa Rica

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 106 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT 2022 GULBAGGEN FILM AWARDS (SWEDISH OSCARS)

In a remote Costa Rican village, Clara, a woman believed to possess divine healing powers, lives under the repressive care of her pious elderly mother. Clara seeks solace in the natural world until the delicate order of her life is unexpectedly disrupted by a powerful sexual awakening, stirred by the arrival of her young niece’s handsome boyfriend. Desire ignites an unstoppable force, leading Clara on a tumultuous path to self-discovery and emancipation. This debut from Costa Rican director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén combines mud, moss and mysticism to arresting effect in this intimate and richly atmospheric film which also features stunning cinematography and an extraordinary lead performance by Wendy Chinchilla Araya.

“One of the most breathtaking debut features in recent memory.” (Roger Ebert)

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An Actor’s Revenge

Director : Kon Ichikawa

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1963

Duration : 108 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

A wildly melodramatic tale of a kabuki onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles), who exacts a long-delayed retribution on the men who drove his parents to suicide. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents’ demise. Kazuo Hasegawa plays the dual role of the actor and the thief in a film which celebrated his 300th screen appearance. A heady mixture of swooning romanticism and stylised action, with a soundtrack that ranges from traditional Japanese music to lush Hollywood strings and cocktail jazz: An Actor’s Revenge is a cinematic tour de force.

A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals.” (Time Out)

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Rojo

Director : Benjamin Naishtat

Country : Argentina

Release Date : 2019

Duration : 109 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

SILVER SHELL : BEST DIRECTOR 2018 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Set in Argentina a year before the military coup of 1976 that turned the country upside down, this is a searing portrait of the middle-class complacency that the Junta later relied upon. A successful lawyer in Argentina has his life unravel when a private detective arrives in town and starts asking tough questions about the secrets of the past which now threaten his present.

A pitch-black thriller with uncommon wit and sophistication, ‘Rojo’ tells a story as rich and evocative as the deepest shade of its title colour.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

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The Olive Tree

Director : Icíar Bollaín

Country : Spain

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 100 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST NEW ACTRESS (ANNA CASTILLO) AT 2017 GOYA FILM AWARDS

Alma is a 20-year-old girl and adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. When the elderly man also refuses to eat, the girl decides to recover the thousand-year-old olive tree that the family has sold against his will. In order to succeed, she needs to count on her uncle, her friend Rafa and the whole town to help her. The problem though is to find out where in Europe the olive tree has gone …

This is a small, soulful film that has two stars: the feisty Spanish actress Anna Castillo and a vast, gnarled, thousand-year-old olive tree.” (Kate Muir – The Times)

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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)