2013 DENMARK 1 hr 30 min Drama/Suspense R
The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.
20 Feet From Stardom
2013 USA 1h 29 min Documentary/Music PG
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In this com- pelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
The Great Beauty
2013 Italy 2h 20 min Drama/Comedy R
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Mother of George
2013 USA 1h 47 min Drama R
Adenkike and Ayodele are a Nigerain couple living in Brooklyn. Following a joyous celebration of their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child – a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that can either save her family or destroy it. Acclaim- ed director Andrew Dosumnu captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant and moving portrait of a couple whose joys ans struggles are at once intimate and universal.
2013 Cuba 1h 26 min Drama R
Accused of assault, Raul is forced to flee Havana. He relies on his best friend Elio to help him escape to Miami. Elio is conflicted over protecting his sister’s welfare and his own desire to get out. One stressful night, the duo face the biggest challenge of their lives, involving 90 miles of treacherous ocean.
2013 UK 1h 34 min Drama PG-13
Based on the 2009 book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s where abouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.