COMPLETE SEASON LINEUP
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SPRING 2018 FILM LINEUP
A FANTASTIC WOMAN - March 26
1st Film of Spring 2018
March 26, 2018 - First Film of the Spring season
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Directed by Sebastián Lelio, Rated 14A
Chile | 103 minutes | Spanish w/English subtitles, Mongrel Media
LGBTQ | SOCIAL JUSTICE | LIFE EXPERIENCES | IDENTITY LATIN AMERICAN
When her significantly older boyfriend dies under what is made out to be suspicious circumstances, transgender woman Marina (Daniela Vega) comes into conflict with both the man's family and the authorities, forcing her to fight not only to clear her name, but for the one thing she demands above all: respect. Making nods to Almodóvar and Fassbinder, the new film from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) is both an incisive character study and an alluring exercise in style.
"Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work." - Guy Lodge, Variety
Principle Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
THE DEATH OF STALIN - April 9
2nd Film of Spring 2018
April 9, 2018
THE DEATH OF STALIN
Directed by Armando Iannucci, Not Yet Rated
France, United Kingdom, Belgium | 107 minutes | English, Elevation Pictures
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | SOCIAL JUSTICE | HISTORY
A specialist in black humour whose television and film work includes the scathing political satires The Thick of It, Veep, and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop, Armando Iannucci is in his element with this acerbic send-up of the Soviet Supremo and his band of scheming bootlicks. Deploying a wide range of English-speaking actors with an assortment of accents — Cockney, Brooklyn, Liverpool — Iannucci sends a not-so-subtle message that Stalin and his inner circle were a bunch of arrivistes who wound up at the helm of a Cold War superpower.
The year is 1953. Joseph Stalin seems in hale (albeit paranoid) condition, terrorizing everyone, summarily killing off any suspected dissenters, and keeping even his cronies on edge. That comes to an abrupt halt one morning when the dictator is found belly-up on the floor of his office following a stroke. What follows is Iannucci's version of hijinks: the plotting and jostling for power by a group of connivers who cowered under their boss. All of the top lackeys are in contention — milquetoast Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), wiseguy Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), bewildered Molotov (Michael Palin), thuggish Zhukov (Jason Isaacs), and depraved Beria (Simon Russell Beale), with Stalin's drunken son Vasily (Rupert Friend) and jaded daughter Svetlana (Andrea Riseborough) off to the side. They move with the clumsiness of aspirants not up to the job but desperate for it anyway. Within the burlesque of The Death of Stalin is a timely allegory about venal, unfit leaders and corrupt governance — the kind of comedy that is Iannucci's specialty. It's not hard to imagine similar, if less bloody, events unfolding in a different capital today.
"A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror." - Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
Principal Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Adrian McLoughlin, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor
FOXTROT - April 23
3rd Film of Spring 2018
April 23, 2018
Directed by Samuel Maoz, Not Yet Rated
Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland | 114 min. | Hebrew, Arabic, German w/English subtitles, Mongrel Media
DRAMA | LIFE EXPERIENCES | CONFLICT | NORTH AFRICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN
The reported death of an upper-class Israeli couple's soldier son sparks a series of tragicomically absurd events, in the new film from award-winning filmmaker Samuel Maoz.
Maoz's follow-up to his debut feature Lebanon (which won the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival) focuses on upper-class Israeli couple Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and Dafna (Sarah Adler), who experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan while on duty. Unable to find solace in the well-meaning condolences of their extended family or the empty patriotic platitudes of bureaucrats, Michael spirals into anger, only to subsequently experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Moving from the grieving parents' apartment to the remote military post where Jonathan was stationed, Foxtrot shows us precisely how much damage can ensue when young soldiers, barely able to tell their toe from a trigger, experience boredom, privation, and loneliness.
“Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety
Principal Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray
THE INSULT - May 7th
4th Film of Spring 2018
May 7, 2018
The Insult (L'insulte)
Directed by Ziad Doueiri, Rated 14A
France / Lebanon | 113 minutes | Arabic w/English subtitles, The Archive
HISTORY | DRAMA | GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | SOCIAL JUSTICE | NORTH AFRICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN
One afternoon in the dog days of a Beirut summer, Tony gets into an altercation with Yasser over a broken drainpipe. Tony is a mechanic and a Christian. Yasser is a construction foreman and a Palestinian. When Tony, hard-nosed and hot-headed, refuses to accept Yasser's half-hearted apology, two bruised male egos begin to swell. Tony utters an unforgiveable insult to Yasser. With a speed neither man could foresee, their personal argument escalates through the neighbourhood and the city to the national stage. The dispute comes to encapsulate the lasting legacy of the Lebanese Civil War — and becomes a lightning rod for people with more power than either man to pursue their own agendas. Co-written with Joelle Touma, The Insult is an impeccably made political drama, layered with clever observations on the complex history of the region.
“The Insult, Lebanon's Oscar candidate, delivers an honest assessment of the conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighborhood and heart.” - A.O. Scott, The NYTimes
Principal Cast: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud, Rita Hayek, Talal Jurdi, Christine Choueiri
Finding Your Feet - May 14th
5th (final) Film of Spring 2018
May 14, 2018
Finding Your Feet
Directed by Richard Loncraine, Not Yet Rated
UK | 111 minutes | English, Entertainment One
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling.
But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet... and romance.
Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again.
"Following in the footsteps of films such as Calendar Girls and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes another charming, if somewhat predictable, crowd-pleaser about embracing life in your later years." - Francesca Rudkin, New Zealand Herald
Principal Cast: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions, Joanna Lumley