The Wild Pear Tree

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In Australian cinemas from 26 December 2018

Writers: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Duration: 188 mins

“A formidable film… a major statement from a major director.” – Film Comment

★★★★★ “Stunning images… [a] gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie” – The Guardian

“Perceptive and profound. If only more family dramas took such care to get the details right.” – IndieWire

★★★★★ “Sensual and lyrical, tremendously acted… The word visionary has been flogged by the film business to the point of redundancy, but with The Wild Pear Tree, Ceylan reminds us he has earned every letter of it.” – The Telegraph

“His funniest, most politically poignant work yet… achingly personal.” – Village Voice

Sinan is passionate about literature and desperate to become a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, until his father’s debts catch up with him.

A deeply moving and visually stunning countryside tale of the coinciding destinies of fathers and sons, The Wild Pear Tree is touted to be one of the year’s most accomplished foreign language releases.

The follow-up to acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep (recipient of the Palme d’Or – top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival), The Wild Pear Tree was acquired by Sharmill Films out of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and will be released theatrically in late 2018.

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Foxtrot

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In Australian cinemas from 21 June 2018

Writer/Director: Samuel Maoz
Starring: Sarah Adler, Lior Ashkenazi, Yonatan Shiray
Duration: 113 min
Classification: MA15+

"Brilliantly constructed... this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level." - Variety

"Compelling and urgent" - The Guardian

"Beautiful deadpan satire - unexpected...masterful" – IndieWire

“Funny… Fascinating… Truly profound” – Vanity Fair

 

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, he spirals into a whirlwind of emotions, which rival the surreal and darkly comic military experiences of his son.

Foxtrot, the sophomore feature film from director Samuel Maoz (2009's Golden Lion winner Lebanon) and Israel's official Oscar candidate, is a visually bold and emotionally powerful exploration of war, grief and family.

Winner of the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival and recipient of eight Ophirs at the 2017 Israeli Film Awards including Best Film, Director and Actor, Foxtrot has garnered widespread praise for its unforgettable story which weaves three interconnected narratives into an overarching tale of love and loss, mixing comedy and tragedy in a wholly unique way.

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Heal The Living

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Tahar Rahim and Gabin Verdet in Heal The Living

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Writers: Katell Quillévéré. Gilles Taurand
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen
Duration: 104 min
Classification: MA

Directed by Katell Quillévéré

Heal The Living, the third feature from French helmswoman Katell Quillévéré, continues the director’s moving explorations of humanity with a “sublimely compassionate, heart-crushing” (Variety) tale of a transplant donor and recipient, and the connections between their two worlds. Based on the Booker-nominated novel, Heal The Living features “luminous performances” (Screen Daily) by a major cast including Anne Dorval (Mommy), “impressive…resonant” (Hollywood Reporter) story, and a stunning score by Academy Award winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

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The Square

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Winner - 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or
Oscar nominee - Best Foreign Language Film
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)

“This is high wire cinema. It sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds." THE GUARDIAN

Meet Christian, the respected curator of a prestigious contemporary art gallery. A divorced but devoted father of two, Christian drives an electric car, says all the right things, supports good causes, and is on the verge of opening his new show “The Square” - an installation which invites passers-by to examine their willingness to help others.

But disaster strikes when Christian’s phone is stolen, his new performance art piece turns dangerously awry, and his marketing campaign goes viral for all the wrong reasons.  As Christian desperately tries to hold onto his own ego while his comfortable life spirals out of control, his good intentions are increasingly abandoned, with hilarious results.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the most talked-about film of the season, “The Square” is a laugh-out-loud comedy for the modern age - a merciless satire of modern art, hypocrisy, and fragile male ego. 

Runtime: 2 hours, 31 minutes

Lady Macbeth

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Writer: Alice Birch
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Duration: 89 min
Classification: MA

Directed by William Oldroyd

The arranged marriage between beautiful Katherine and wealthy landowner Alexander is the beginning of a gripping and violent psychodrama that's far from a traditional bodice-ripper.

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh in her award-winning breakout role) is sold into a loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family.

When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker, a force inside her is set free – a force so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants, unleashing a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on her husband’s country estate.

Based on the classic Russian novel and showcasing an astonishing performance from Florence Pugh as the unforgettable antihero Katherine, Lady Macbeth is both timeless and timely; a deliciously dark and radically original twist on a period film.

“Imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights” - IndieWire

★★★★★ ‘Mesmerising” – The Telegraph

★★★★★ ‘Lethally charismatic” – The Guardian

“Stunning and original” – Time Out

“Utterly brilliant” – Elle

“A dark, modern twist on a period film… Florence Pugh is sensational” – iD

“A dark gem… Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch” – Variety

“A firecracker of a period piece” – Los Angeles Times

“Noir-tinged… deliciously amoral… Seductive mix of sex, murder, proto-feminist subtext and fabulous frocks.” – Hollywood Reporter

Frantz

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In Australian cinemas from 13 April 2017

Writer: François Ozon
Starring: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney
Duration: 114 min
Classification: PG

"Thrilling... (A) sumptuous period war drama” - The Guardian

"Elegant... Profound... François Ozon’s best film in years" - IndieWire

"Intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying" - Screen Daily

Director François Ozon’s latest masterpiece is a hypnotic tale of love and remembrance. In a small German town in the wake of the First World War, Anna, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé (Paula Beer, in a Venice award-winning performance), forms a bond with an unknown Frenchman (Pierre Niney) who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave.

The arrival of this enigmatic Frenchman raises suspicions and ignites passions in Anna’s war-wounded home town, and as the mystery deepens, secrets long-buried in the past threaten to surface and change everything…

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The Ornithologist

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Paul Hamy stars in The Ornithologist

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Writer: João Pedro Rodrigues
Starring: Paul Hamy
Duration: 118 min
Classification: MA

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

The Ornithologist, from provocative auteur João Pedro Rodrigues, made waves at TIFF and Locarno (where it received the coveted Best Director award) as a visually arresting and powerful… mind-blowing (IndieWire) journey into the Portuguese wilderness and beyond. When an amateur explorer is waylaid on a bird-watching expedition, he stumbles into a suspenseful journey of encounter, danger, and lust, on the path toward total enlightenment. This truly astonishing film has won the hearts of critics, who have called it; “gorgeously realised” (Hollywood Reporter), “deliciously subversive and genuinely funny” (Variety), and “the single most delightful and narratively adventurous movie I saw at Toronto” (The New York Times).

Slack Bay

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Writer: Bruno Dumont

Starring: Fabrice Luchini. Juliette Binoche. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Duration: 123 min
Classification: M

Directed by Bruno Dumont

Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrice Luchini mix it up for laughs in the latest Cannes entry from Bruno Dumont, a filmmaker continuing to trade his former heavyweight formalism for the absurdity and slapstick he revelled in with the great Li’l Quinquin.
Breezily mining the class divide for bizarro comedy, Dumont sets his new film on the Channel Coast in the Summer of 1910, where Luchini’s barmy patriarch and his wife (Bruni Tedeschi) vacation with her flamboyant sister (Binoche) and the latter’s wild, cross-dressing daughter (mononymic newcomer Raph). With a cast of local farmers on the seaside below, Slack Bay delights with its Chaplinesque humour, witty dialogue, gender-bending identity crises and a dash of old-fashioned cannibalism thrown in for good measure.

Measure Of A Man

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Directed by Stéphane Brizé
In cinemas 30 June 2016

The iconic actor Vincent Lindon returns with The Measure of a Man, a moving social drama that scooped the Best Actor Award at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2015.

Lindon plays Thierry, a middle-aged man, long out of work and short on prospects. His is a precarious existence, surviving with his beloved wife and son on meagre state benefits while subject to the corroding humiliation of pointless job interviews and skills training. When Thierry finally does land a job as a Head of Security he is thrust into a world of stark moral choices in which he discovers that his job not only pays, it costs.
Acclaimed director Stéphane Brizé (Mademoiselle Chambon) coaxes assured performances from an ensemble cast of non-professional actors who complement the veteran Lindon’s stunning role. Combining touching moments of unforced comedy with gripping tension, The Measure of a Man is an enthralling exploration of one man’s struggle for dignity in the fraught world of the economically marginalised.

“This film is a testament to human resilience and decency” David Stratton

“Tremendous. Excellent… superbly composed and performed.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“…at once compassionate, engrossing from start to finish, and utterly relevant.” Time Out

“An all-consuming lead performance from Lindon.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Powerfully affecting… Compelling. A sharp and devastating force.” Variety

Rated PG
Run time: 93 minutes

Our Last Tango

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In Buenos Aires in the 1940s, she was the most beautiful girl in the neighbourhood. He could not dance at all. But they had a dream. Together they changed the history of tango.
The feature documentary film, directed by German Kral and executive produced by Wim Wenders (Pina, Buena Vista Social Club), tells the story of María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, the two most famous dancers in tango’s history.

María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met as teenagers, and danced together for nearly fifty years. Now, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. Our Last Tango bridges the gap between generations, as Juan and Maria tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies.

These beautifully shot choreographies compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.

“Engrossing… balances between a studious fascination with the dance form’s history and an embrace of the passions it stokes.” Hollywood Reporter

Official selection 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Nominated for Best Documentary at the Stockholm and Yamagata International Film Festivals.

Running time: 85 mins.

Louder Than Bombs

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Writers: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, Devin Druid
Duration: 109 min
Classification: M

Directed by Joachim Trier

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene (Gabriel Byrne, The Usual Suspects) and withdrawn younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid, TV’s Louie) than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

The English-language debut from celebrated Oslo, August 31st director Joachim Trier, Louder Than Bombs mesmerised audiences at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival with its sublime imagery and moving portraits of a family navigating grief, growing up, and each other.

London Road

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In Australian cinemas from 24 September 2015

Writer: Rufus Norris
Starring: Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson
Duration: 92 min
Classification: MA 15+

★★★★★ “London Road was a mighty success on stage. Now it is a unique triumph on the movie screen.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

★★★★★ ‘Touching, haunting, thoughtful and blazingly original. A deeply inventive, bold, life-affirming musical.’ Dave Calhoun, Time Out.

★★★★★ ‘A bold, inspired and entirely unique piece of British cinema, London Road is absolutely unmissable.’ The List

Hailed as a remarkable, ground-breaking work during two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, the feature film adaptation of London Road reunites the award winning team, with script by Alecky Blythe, music by Adam Cork and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken).

London Road documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, London Road tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences.

London Road features an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Colman, Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, Anita Dobson, James Doherty, Hal Fowler, Kate Fleetwood, Linzi Hateley, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward, Duncan Wisbey and Tom Hardy.

Mommy

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Writer: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Duration: 139 min
Classification: MA

Directed by Xavier Dolan

WINNER JURY PRIZE
Festival de Cannes 2014

NOMINATED Palme d’Or
Festival de Cannes 2014

NOMINATED Queer Palm
Festival de Cannes 2014

“A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work from Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan.” Variety ★★★★

“It’s an uproariously emotional movie, to all appearances painfully personal and featuring performances which are almost operatic in scale.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Dorval gives a force-of-nature performance” The Hollywood Reporter

“A powerful film about the ferocity of mother love.” Time

Synopsis
French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan returns to the subject of motherhood after his breakthrough first feature I Killed My Mother, with his Cannes Jury Prize-winning MOMMY.

A feisty widowed single mom (Anne Dorval) finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her rambunctious 15-year-old ADHD son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable ménage, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar, new girl across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.

Country of Origin: Canada
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 139 mins
Rating: CTC
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Australian release: April 9, 2015

Force Majeure

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Writer: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius
Duration: 118 min
Classification: M

Directed by Ruben Östlund

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls her husband Tomas as she tries to protect her children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life…

Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected action leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.

WINNER JURY PRIZE – UN CERTAIN REGARD

Festival de Cannes 2014

“Visually stunning”

Variety

★★★★

“[Force Majeure] brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.”

Guardian

★★★★

“Brilliantly testing, laugh-as-you-wince experience”

Telegraph

“Biting satire… a smart and original film.”

Indiewire

”Confrontational and sharply observed… another solid and provocative feature from Östlund”

Hollywood Reporter

“Sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts.”

Screen International

 

Highly Strung

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Highly Strung: A story of passion…of obsession…and possession.

Join director Scott Hicks (‘Shine’, ‘Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts’) on a journey delving into the rarified world of fine instruments and the musicians, dealers, museums and philanthropists who seek them out.

‘Highly Strung’ explores the complex, stirring connections between elusive tones evoked by horsehair on strings, high-rolling investors tempted to spend millions on unique instruments, and a quartet of virtuosi caught up in a duel of tension and harmony.

Focussing on members of the Australian String Quartet and the unique world of rare Guadagnini instruments, ‘Highly Strung’ takes us from Adelaide to London, Paris, Venice and New York to meet the fascinating characters that bring these instruments to life.
And then there’s the music!

Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine and Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts).