USA – 2012 – 103 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY SEAN BAKER
STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.
AUSTRALIA / GERMANY – 2012 – 109 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GERMAN & ENGLISH
A FILM BY CATE SHORTLAND
SWEDEN / NORWAY – 2013 – 126 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JAN TROELL
A remarkable drama set against Sweden's tumultuous political world during the Second World War, Jan Troell’s THE LAST SENTENCE is based on the life of Torgny Segerstedt, a leading Swedish journalist of the 20th century. The film chronicles Segerstedt’s extraordinary one-man battle against both Nazism and his own country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler.
USA – 2012 – 106 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY IRA SACHS
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers — compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself. Director Ira Sachs’s fearlessly personal screenplay is anchored by Lindhardt, who embodies Erik’s isolation and vulnerability with a gentle presence. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and layered, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is a film that looks at love and all of its manifestations, taking it to dark depths and bringing it back to a place of grace.
USA – 2013 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RYAN MCGARRY, M.D.
In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic young doctors-in-training as they wrestle with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.
USA – 2012 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY TRAVIS FINE
Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, ANY DAY NOW is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he's never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, ANY DAY NOW touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.
FRANCE – 2013 – 124 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES
An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND MICHAEL KOHLHAAS stars Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist's novella, a classic of German Romanticism, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS was previously adapted for film in 1969 by Volker Schlöndorff and served as the inspiration for E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime.
MEXICO – 2015 – 74 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY RODRIGO PLÁ
FEATURING: JANA RALUY, SEBASTIÁN AGUIRRE, HUGO ALBORES
In a desperate attempt to save her husband's life by accessing the medical treatment that he needs to survive, Sonia embarks on a chase against her corrupt and negligent insurance company and its complicit representatives - leading her son and herself into a vertiginous spiral of violence.
POLAND – 2013 – 120 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI
From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.
18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.
USA – 2012 – 101 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY MARK MORI
With a stunning array of gorgeous photographs, unusual archival material, and playful movie footage, BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL! shows how Bettie’s unabashed sexual expression and provocative poses set the stage for the sexual revolution and ushered in a modern era in fashion. For stars like Katy Perry and Beyonce, as well as new generations of adoring fans around the world, Bettie remains an irresistible style icon and an empowering role model.
NEW ZEALAND – 2013 – 92 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ANTHONY POWELL
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth.
USA – 2014 – 135 MIN
A FILM BY ANDREW HORN
FEATURING: AY JAY FRENCH, EDDIE OJEDA, DEE SNIDER, MARK "THE ANIMAL" MENDOZA, AJ PERO
A mesmerizing, wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans.
SPAIN – 2015 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY PABLO LARRAÍN
WITH ROBERTO FARÍAS, ANTONIA ZEGERS, JAIME VADELL, ALEJANDRO GOIC, ALEJANDRO SIEVEKING, MARCELO ALONSO, JOSÉ SOZA, FRANCISCO REYES
In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.