March 19, 2018
Based on Philippe Djian’s acclaimed novel Oh…, Verhoeven’s first French-language film covers themes of brutality, malice, and humiliation. Elle will prove provocative and divisive. Isabelle Huppert stars as Michèle, the head of a successful videogame company, who is being beaten and raped in her home by a masked assailant. After he leaves, Michèle cleans up, arranges to have the locks changed, and goes about her business. She doesn’t call the police. Days pass. She finds herself fantasising about the assault, aroused by the possibility of her attacker’s return — and the thought of exacting bloody revenge. Huppert is sensational, and the film certainly provides much to discuss and debate.
Land of Mine
April 16, 2018
As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, land of mine exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.
The Other Side of Hope
May 14, 2018
Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it is a beautiful, timely film from one of the world's leading auteurs. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.
June 11, 2018
Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd relocates Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to 19th-century North Eastern England, in this Gothic tale about a young woman (Florence Pugh) trapped in a marriage of convenience whose passionate affair unleashes a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on a country estate. With formal overtones of Dreyer’s Ordet, this incredibly primal work plays out like an early century film noir with increased racial and class overtones. Pugh is fantastic in the central role, a little ball of evil bending the universe and its subjects to her own decree. Oldroyd beautifully balances the dichotomy between the wilds of nature and the chilly symbolism of the patriarchal manor, conjuring a gothic tale of repeated betrayal that is as enthralling as it is disturbing.