Director: Andrew Haigh
United Kingdom 2015
English/ 94 minutes
After forty five years of marriage, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay) enjoy a quiet retirement. When Geoff learns that the body of an old girlfriend has been discovered where she fell on their hiking trip nearly fifty years earlier, hidden tensions begin to emerge between the couple. As Geoff is drawn back into the past, Kate becomes consumed by jealousy yet remains outwardly composed as she plans their upcoming wedding
anniversary. A powerful film that builds slowly and naturally to its poignant finale, 45 Years encompasses a lifetime of emotion in a mere ninety minutes.
Director: Jafar Panahi
Persian with English subtitles / 82 minutes
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi drives a taxi through the vibrant streets of Tehran, filming as he picks up and talks with passengers throughout the day. Panahi quietly coaxes his fares to speak to him about their concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations. And the men, women, and children he picks up respond with
candour to the curious and gracious driver/director. Brilliantly
redefining the borders of comedy, drama, and cinema, Taxi presents a spirited and multi-layered mosaic of Iranian society.
Director: Kent Jones
English/French with English subtitles / 80 minutes
In 1962, François Truffaut conducted a week-long interview
with Alfred Hitchcock. The resulting book, Hitchcock/Truffaut,
remains one of the most influential cinema publications ever
written. This documentary deepens the legacy of the project,
bringing in contemporary directors to discuss both Truffaut’s book and Hitchcock’s films. Blending insights from such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and David Fincher with the original audio recordings of Hitchcock and Truffaut’s interviews
and a generous helping of film clips, this is a fascinating dialogue across generations.
Director: John Crowley
English / 105 minutes
In 1950s Ireland, young Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) decides to leave her homeland to look for new opportunities. Across the ocean, Eilis starts to make a place for herself with the help of her landlady (Julie Walters) and an Irish priest (Jim Broadbent), and finds romance with Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen). When Eilis is compelled to return to Ireland, she is surprised to discover that the hardships that previously seemed insurmountable inhibit her no longer. Poignant and gorgeously realized, Brooklyn is an exquisitely crafted story about family, memory, and the places we call home.
Director: Christian Petzold
German with English subtitles / 98 minutes
A concentration camp survivor unrecognizable after facial
reconstruction surgery, Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) is fixated on the
memories of her former life. She returns to Berlin to fulfill the dream
that sustained her throughout her imprisonment: reuniting with her
husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld). But even as she scours the
ravaged city to find him, Nelly is haunted by rumours that it was
Johnny himself who betrayed her to the Nazis. Featuring impeccable
art direction, a faultless score, and powerhouse performances in the
leading roles, Phoenix is one of the most thrilling and engrossing
dramas of the year.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
English / 112 minutes
During the US housing market meltdown, Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his home
despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets by real estate shark Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), Dennis is offered a deal with the devil – he can join Carver’s crew to earn back his home. Unable to resist, Dennis enters a world of shady transactions where the losses of the many are the gain of a few. A compassionate portrait of a man who has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American
crisis, this provocative character study explores the ethical dilemma at the heart of man’s struggle to reach higher – by whatever means
Director: Martin Bourboulon
French with English subtitles / 85 minutes
Success is everything to Florence (Marina Foïs) and Vincent
(Laurent Lafitte) Leroy, be it in their careers, their marriage, or their
children. And it goes without saying that they’ll also be successful in
divorce. But when they both receive the promotions they’ve always dreamed of, everything changes. In their bid for success, each of the former model parents will stop at nothing to make sure that they will not be the one to end up with custody of their three children. A decidedly unconventional take on custody battles, Papa ou Maman is full of fun and mayhem.