Toni Erdmann

Germany 2hr 42mins    Drama/Comedy  Rated R

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann”: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach.
 
“Brilliantly funny and moving.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
 
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Salesman

Iran 2hr 5mins    Drama/Thriller  Rated PG-13

After their flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, Iran, must move into another apartment. Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes their lives, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.
 
“Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from Iran. You are in the hands of a major film artist.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

After The Storm

Japan 1hr 57mins Drama Rated PG

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

“A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity…. The filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Soul On a String

China  2hr 22mins    Drama  Rated PG

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a solitary Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha’s Handprint. Pursued by black market traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the long-ago death of their father, Taibei’s journey will be a long and difficult one – even before it is thrown off course by strange, mystical events..

“A beguiling combination of Western and Buddhist parable, Zhang Yang’s latest is a beautiful and thought-provoking work…” – Michael Jaconelli, The Skinny

 

Afterimage

Poland 1hr 54mins    Drama/Bio Rated PG

The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda returns with this passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski (brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda), who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art.

“Built on a classical narrative structure, Afterimage really puts the emphasis on its remarkable lead actor, Boguslaw Linda, a legendary performer in Poland, who has, in the past, starred in films by the country’s greatest directors.” -Dorota Hartwich, Cineuropa

 

The Women's Balcony

Israel 1hr 36mins Comedy/Drama

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Israel’s #1 Film of the Year!

 

Land of Mine

Denmark 1hr 50mins Drama Rated R

After the end of World War II in Europe, a dozen German POWs are ordered to defuse 45,000 landmines buried by the Germans on a beach near a small Danish town. Rasmussen, the Danish sergeant in command, hates Germans but gradually becomes protective of his charges, most of whom are only teenagers.

A tight and suspenseful film” … AO Scott, NY Times

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM