Marguerite

France 2hr 7min Drama/Comedy NR

1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

“CRITICS’ PICK”  The New York Times 

“IMPRESSIVE… Catherine Frot in a heartbreaking and hilarious performance…”  A.O.Scott, New York Times

 

The Wave

Norway  1hr 44min  Drama/Thriller  Rated R

The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.

“AN IMPRESSIVE, THUNDEROUS NERVE-WRACKER.”- Peter Debruge, Variety

 

SEARCHING for SUGAR MAN

Sweden  1hr 35min

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

“Do NOT miss it. Astonishing.” – Roger Ebert

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My Golden Days

France 2hr 3min  Drama/Comedy Rated R

MY GOLDEN DAYS is the story of Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan  (Matheiu Amalric). Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix‹his mother’s attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression. He remembers a student trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life. He remembers University life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.

“MASTERPIECE. THIS IS WHAT GREAT CINEMA LOOKS LIKE. Richly, fully alive.”

Viva

Ireland/Cuba  1hr 40min  Drama  Rated R

VIVA stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, VIVA becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

“A REMARKABLE, STARTLINGLY BEAUTIFUL MOVIE. The cast is absolutely superb.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Dheepan

France  2hrs 3min  Drama  Rated R

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life—only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

“The most compassionate and humanistic film Audiard’s made to date.” Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist