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

 

Julieta

Spain  1hr 36mins    Drama  Rated R

After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her checkered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. This drama is directed by Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar.
 
“Both a film noir and a candy-colored confection, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta is one of the most absorbing films he’s made in years.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

 

Elle

France  2hr 10mins    Drama/Thriller   Rated R

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

“Leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn, dispensing discomfort and delight and daring us to distinguish one from the other.” – A.O.Scott, New York Times

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE – BEST ACTRESS: ISABELLE HUPPERT