December 2016

Neruda

Chile  1hr  47mins    Drama   Rated R

An investigator launches a search for Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, who became a fugitive in his own country for his Communist leanings during the 1940s.

“Not a biopic but a Nerudian take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, “Neruda” is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer.” Jay Weissberg, Variety

The Handmaiden

Korea 2hr 25 mins   Drama/Romance    NR

A ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel ‘FINGERSMITH’ by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. Powered by remarkable performances from KIM Min-hee as Lady Hideko, HA Jung-woo as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress KIM Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience.

“Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.”  Tom Long, Detroit News

 

 

Things To Come

France  1hr40mins Drama  Rated PG13

Nathalie is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own.

“Convincing proof that Mia Hansen-Løve is one of the best filmmakers on the planet.” David Ehrlcih, IndieWIRE