FRANCE 124min Drama Rated R
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
The three women in “Clouds of Sils Maria” love, talk and move, move, move, sharing lives, trading roles and performing parts. The lives they lead are messy and indeterminate, but each woman’s life belongs to her.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times
IRAN 119min Drama Unrated
With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.
From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat.
NORWAY 88min Comedy Unrated
In his new film, 1001 Grams, Hamer shifts his focus to urbane urbanite Marie (Ane Dahl Torp, from Pioneer and Cold Lunch), a thirtysomething scientist whose life is as rigorously controlled as those of any of Hamer’s male heroes. Recently divorced, Marie devotes her life to measurements, spending her days inspecting ski slopes while studiously avoiding her ex. The pride of the institute where she works is a perfect kilogram weight, a model for all measurements in the country, which Marie is supposed to take to a big conference in France. It’s her first time going, and the first time her father, a fellow scientist and a legend in their field, will not be attending. When a family emergency jolts Marie even further out of her element, she finds herself introduced to whole new worlds.
“1001 Grams” achieves a charming equipoise of levity and gravity, of formal rigor and soulful sentiment.” A.O.Scott, New York Times
MEXICO 106min Comedy/Drama Unrated
Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra’s kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomas discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects on his deathbed. But what they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City’s invisible frontiers.
The Farewell Party
ISRAEL 95min Comedy/Drama Unrated
THE FAREWELL PARTY is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma.
Restored in 4K by Deluxe, England, on behalf on Studiocanal, from a fine grain master positive struck from the original negative. A 2015 Cannes Classics Selection.