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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2015

SALT OF THE EARTHE poster 4:30pm Sunday July 5
THE SALT OF THE EARTH

FR (M) 109mins

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity.

He has witnessed the major events of our recent history ; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.

Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.

LEVIATHAN poster 4:30pm Sunday June 28
LEVIATHAN

RU (MA) 141mins

“When a man feels the tight grip of anxiety in the face of need and uncertainty, when he gets overwhelmed with hazy images of the future, scared for his loved ones, and fearful of death on the prowl, what can he do except give up his freedom and free will, and hand these treasures over willingly to a trustworthy person in exchange for deceptive guarantees of security, social protection, or even of an illusory community?...”
- Andrey Zvyagintsev - Director’s Statement.

Winner - 2014 Cannes International Film Festival - Prix du Scenario,
Winner - 2015 Golden Globes - Best Foreign Language Film
Winner - Best Film - 2014 BFI London International Film Festival - Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Munich International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA poster 4:30pm Sunday June 14
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

FR (M) 114mins

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago.

But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl 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 (Chloe 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 HOMESMAN POSTER 4:30pm Sunday May 17
THE HOMESMAN

US (MA) 123mins

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank).

Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realises just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.


The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in.

But the group must first traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat..

X + Y POSTER 4:30pm Sunday May 10
X + Y

UK (M) 111mins

Shrewdly calculated to warm hearts with affecting elements of emotional uplift, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people.


Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” and “A Beautiful Mind” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers.

But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms, fiction loosely based on fact that adds up to a satisfying, compelling drama

CITIZEN FOUR POSTER 4:30pm Sunday April 26
CITIZEN FOUR

US (M) 114mins

CITIZENFOUR is a real time thriller, giving audiences an exclusive front-row seat to the moment Edward Snowden changed history with his revelations of widespread government surveillance around the world.


In June 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald met with Snowden confidentially in Hong Kong, As the story breaks, they find their personal security and that of their loved ones under threat.


CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again..

4:30pm Sunday March 29
LIVING IS EASY ( WITH EYES CLOSED)
SPAIN (M) 108mins

Inspired by true events, writer/director David Trueba’s multi award-winning box office smash LIVING IS EASY (WITH EYES CLOSED) is a buoyant and heartfelt comedy set in conservative, Franco-era Spain, about a free-spirited English teacher’s quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, and the inspirational effect he has on two young people who share in the journey.

It’s 1966: Dedicated schoolteacher Antonio (portrayed by the brilliant Javier Cámara) is an obsessive Beatles fan – a passion that carries through to his classroom where he uses the lyrics from “Help!” to teach his pupils English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming Richard Lester’s absurdist comedy How I Won the War on the other side of the country, Antonio drops everything and sets out in in his tiny Fiat to find the production’s location, hoping Lennon can help him understand the lyrics to the newly released Revolver LP.

En route, Antonio adopts two hitchhiking runaways: Juanjo (Francesc Colomer), a 16-year-old boy fleeing his disciplinarian father, and Belén (Natalia de Molina), 20 years old, single and pregnant, heading home to face her mother. Together the trio travels across the sun-drenched Spanish landscape and learn more about each other – and themselves – than any had expected.

Fuelled by the affecting backbeat of surging Beatles euphoria, and accompanied by a glorious, award-winning original score by the legendary Pat Metheny, this funny and deeply affecting film is both a farewell to an era of repression and a welcome to a new age, capturing the spirit of both the ‘60s and of a nation aspiring to a better future.

 

4:30pm Sunday March 22
FOLIES BERGERE
FRANCE (M) 100mins

The fabulous Isabelle Huppert leads an exceptional cast in the wonderfully charming and poignant new romance from writer-director Marc Fitoussi.

Long married 50-somethings Brigitte (Huppert) and Xavier (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) are prize cattle breeders in regional France. Life is good, but the departure of their children from home has thrown Brigitte’s world into flux, as she finds herself locked into routine. She keeps hoping for something else, something more.

A party held by students on the adjoining property accelerates this latent crisis and Brigitte impulsively sets off for Paris under the guise of a doctor’s appointment. The city immediately invigorates her, and when she meets a charming Danish gentleman (Michael Nyqvist, As It Is In Heaven, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), she impulsively allows herself to be flattered by his attentions...

Beautifully performed by the central leads but also expertly supported by Marina Foïs, Audrey Dana, Pio Marmaï, Clément Métayer and Anaïs Demoustier, FOLIES BERGÈRE is a deliciously appealing fable about the choices of everyday life, and a reminder that it’s never too late to change.

 

OF HORSES AND MEN

4:30pm Sunday February 15
OF HORSES AND MEN
ICELAND (M) 80mins

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become intertwined with enormous consequences. The fortunes of people in the countryside as seen through the eyes of horses.

The man loves the woman and the woman loves the man but the man is in love with his most prized possession, the mare, and the mare is obsessed with the stallion.

In a remote valley in Iceland where neighbors follow each other closely, the couple’s first official visit is closely monitored.
Spring is coming and with it, the dangerous force of nature.
This can not end well.

Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences for the whole community. We follow the fortune of people through the horses’ perception.

WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR San Sebastion and Tokyo International Film Festivals.

100% ROTTEN TOMATOES

BABADOOK

8:30pm Friday February 13
THE BABADOOK
AU(M) 92mins

Single mother Amelia (Essie Davis), plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's Samuel (Noah Wiseman) fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Review by Louise Keller:
Creepy from the outset, Jennifer Kent's debut horror thriller has plenty going for it, from the unsettling mood created to a standout performance by Australian actress Essie Davis. The beauty of Kent's screenplay is its simplicity, relying on the elements and the characters' response to them. Life is not always as it seems, says Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a six year old boy with bad dreams and behavioural problems, whose mother (Davis) is finding it hard to cope, since the death of her husband. While Kent uses all the tools of the trade to create a chilling, claustrophobic atmosphere, none of it feels contrived or predictable. It's a darned good chill...

URBAN CINEFILE

 

JIMMY'S HALL

4:30pm Sunday February 1
JIMMY'S HALL
UK/IRE (M) 106mins

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy's Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers.

The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall. The film is freely inspired by Jimmy’s life and the turbulent times in Ireland.

'Jimmy’s Hall works beautifully both as political polemic and as straightforward entertainment; after a bit of a slow start we quickly become invested in these well-rounded characters, all of whom benefit from naturalistic, intelligent performances from the cast and a sure-footed technical confidence that finds the cinematic beauty in the Irish countryside.'
- read David James' full review.

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