This award winning film is Rated PG. Set in 1952, this is the true story of Estonian champion fence...Read more
This award winning film is Rated PG. Set in 1952, this is the true story of Estonian champion fencer and coach Endel Nelis, whose encouragement of children in his motivational sport led him into danger from Stalinist Russia. Activists from the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920) were hunted down by the Russian secret police. Hiding out in in self-imposed exile in his homeland, Nelis was tempted out of isolation by the needs of war-damaged children. This film by Finn Klaus Haro has been called a Slavic version of the classic tale of inspirational teacher sacrificing himself for his students (To Sir with Love, Dead Poets Society, As it is in Heaven). It has the charm of truth, set in an evocative landscape. An independent, crowd-funded production, nominated as Best Foreign Film in the Golden Globe awards....Read less
Scotland- Drama – 135 mins – M
Set in rural Aberdeenshire, before WWI, Sunset Song follows Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn), daughter of a dictatorial Scottish farmer (Peter Mullan), as she comes of age over six crucial years. Exploring Chris’ relationship with the land on which she grows up, Sunset Song, the novel, was written by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Published in 1932, Sunset Song is not only critically acclaimed as a classic of Scots literature but also was voted Scotland’s favourite novel in 2015. Terence Davies, the perfectionist director of the classic Distant Voices, Still Lives, took 18 painstaking years to make the book into a film. Reviewing Davies’ film in the Sydney Morning Herald, Paul Byrnes describes the film as “achingly beautiful and powerful” with “an epic grandeur both in look and tone”.
Spain – Drama – 99 mins – M
In his strongest film for many years, renowned director Pedro Almodóvar explores themes of love, memory and guilt. Loosely based on three stories from Runaway by Alice Munro, the film uses flashbacks over thirty years to tell the story of a woman estranged from her daughter. A middle-aged Julieta decides to write about the tragedy that led to her daughter running away. We then meet the younger Julieta, equally well acted. As the film moves back and forth in time and place, Almodóva builds suspense and makes brilliant use of costume and other visual detail to create a cinematic masterpiece.
US/Australia – Drama – 120 mins – PG
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in this real-life story of an Indian boy who became lost after a long train journey at age 5, struggled to survive on the streets, and ended up in an orphanage where he was adopted by a Tasmanian couple. His attempts to find his parents lead nowhere, as his pronunciation of his name (and the name of his village) are slightly wrong. As an adult, with the advent of satellite imagery on Google Earth, and painstaking research, he begins to track down his mother and siblings. The film raises issues of cross-cultural adoptions, as he struggles with his identity and the privilege he now has, compared with his family’s poverty. The film is visually arresting throughout, with fine performances from its stars.