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Casablanca

Dir.: Michael Curtis
| 102 minutes

Everyone visits Rick’s cafe in Casablanca under the Vichy regime. Underneath the exterior of a cynical cafe owner, hides a tough romantic who has to choose between the heart and ideals, when his former lover reenters his life. A treat to be seen over and over again.

Eyes Wide Shut

Dir.: Stanley Kubrick
| 159 minutes

A couple returns to their home after a party in which they flirted quite a bit. Envy leads to a fight and sends the husband on a nightly odyssey that will challenge his senses and conscience. Polished, ironic, and unsettling, Eyes Wide Shut is a glorious work. 

Do the Right Thing

Dir.: Spike Lee
| 120 minutes

Spike Lee's powerful film centers on an Italian pizzeria, which acts as a Caucasian and archaic settlement in the heart of an African-American neighborhood, when racial tensions explode on the hottest day of the year. Lee’s brilliant, enjoyable, and enthralling film seems as relevant as ever. 

Cruel Tale of Bushido

Dir.: Tadashi Imai
| 122 minutes

A salary-man remembers how, throughout generations, his family’s commitment to the samurai code brings them to sacrifices themselves for the sake of their cruel lords. Now, he will have to realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes. Bushido is a classic that should not be missed.

Ballad of a Soldier

Dir.: Grigory Chukhray
| 88 minutes

This is the story, a young soldier that at the height of the war came home for a brief visit.  With striking camerawork, Chukhray plays on the heartstrings to create a candid portrait of the Soviet Union during WWII. 

Vermeer from The National Gallery, London

Dir.: Phil Grabsky, Ben Harding
| 85 minutes

The National Gallery of London is offering a fresh look at arguably one of the greatest artists of all – Johannes Vermeer. This new cinematic exploration will take their enjoyment of Vermeer’s life and work to a new level. In glorious HD see these paintings as never before.

Aga

Aga

Dir.: Milko Lazarov
| 96 minutes

In icy northern Siberia, Nanook and Sedna struggle to maintain their traditional ways. While Nanook refuses to acknowledge their estranged daughter, Aga, Sedna misses her desperately. A mesmerizing cinematographic feat.

Les Misérables

Dir.: Ladj Ly
| 104 minutes

Ladj Ly’s début film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, follows a Paris police special crimes unit operating in one of the city’s most sensitive districts. A botched arrest leads to a battle the between police and raging citizens.

The Dead of Jaffa

Dir.: Ram Loevy
| 96 minutes

Three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel. They arrive at the home of George and Rita, Israeli Palestinians living in Jaffa. A foreign film is being shot nearby. When the two stories intertwine, tensions erupt.

A One and a Two

Dir.: Edward Yang
| 173 minutes

N.J. and Min Min must take a break from their career-oriented lives to deal with the sudden illness of Min Min’s mother, and the teenage crisis of their daughter. An emotional drama with literary scope, about simple people.

The Cranes Are Flying

Dir.: Mikhail Kalatozov
| 95 minutes

With her fiancé on the battlefront, Veronika must go on with her routine and wait for a sign of life as WWII rages on. A digitally-restored print of Mikhail Kalatozov’s Soviet masterpiece, winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or in 1958.

Fate of a Man

Dir.: Sergei Bondarchuk
| 103 minutes

WWII rattles Andrei Sokolov’s life – he enlists as a truck driver, falls into captivity, survives prison camp and manages to escape. “Emotional, expressionistic, lyrical; it takes you by the heart” (Jonas Mekas, Village Voice).

Extra Ordinary

Dir.: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
| 94 minutes

Rose has a love/hate relationship with her supernatural abilities to talk with the dead. She tries to ignore the voices around her, but when she meets Martin and his departed wife, life is about to change…. Extra Ordinary is a sweet treat with a romantic comic twist.

Queen of Hearts

Dir.: May El-Toukhy
| 127 minutes

Anne is a successful lawyer with a charming husband and twin girls. When Gustav, her husband’s teenaged son from a previous relationship moves in, Anne’s perfect family life takes a surprising turn. A beautiful and intriguing drama, intelligently directed by May El-Toukhy.

The Submarine Case

Dir.: Dvorit Shargal
| 50 minutes

In the summer of 2017, Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist, boarded a private submarine in Denmark to interview the entrepreneur Peter Madsen and disappeared. At the same time, director Dvorit Shargal dreams a strange and disturbing dream. 

Lost Lives

Dir.: Dermot Lavery, Michael Hewitt
| 93 minutes

Inspired by the book of the same name, Lost Lives is a documentary feature about the conflict in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1998, known as The Troubles. Lost Lives is an astonishing requiem.

Ivan’s Childhood

Dir.: Andrei Tarkovsky
| 95 minutes

Tarkovsky’s lyrically psychological film looks at a twelve-year-old boy who, during WWll, engages in intelligence work against the Nazis. He seems a fearless individual, but his dreams reveal the terror involved in growing up so quickly. 

Black ‘47

Dir.: Lance Daly
| 96 minutes

1847 and Ireland has been in destitute for two years. When an Irish ranger working for the British forces discovers that his mother died of famine and his brothers where executed by the Brits, he sets out to take his revenge…. An uncompromising thought-provoking work. 

Gregory’s Girl

Dir.: Bill Forsyth
| 91 minutes

A simple and gentle comedy about an awkward teenager’s first romantic fling. A small and surprising hit in the early 1980s, Gregory’s Girl is full of dry British humor and a bashful romance that will leave you with a smile. 

Hot Snow

Dir.: Gavriil Yegiazarov
| 105 minutes

November, 1942, at the height of the battle for Stalingrad, Soviet forces manage to crown the Nazi army that controls the city. This is a film about war, about commitment and endless sacrifice, but the finale chord seems a bit ironic, perhaps even subversive.

The Swallows of Kabul

Dir.: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec
| 82 minutes

In 1998 Kabul, a young couple’s love blossoms. The streets are rife with violence, but they do not lose hope until an accident causes their lives to take an irreversible turn. Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec employed a special watercolor technique to create this mesmerizing animated film. 

1917

Dir.: Sam Mendes
| 119 minutes

April, 1917. Two British soldiers are sent deep into enemy territory to deliver a message that will save the lives of thousands of British troops. A main component of the film’s power and brilliance derives from its presentation in a one-shot that is sure to leave you breathless.

The Ascent

Dir.: Larisa Schepitko
| 108 minutes

Survival and sacrifice, the value of life and ideology are some of the subjects Schepitko tackles in her adaptation on WWII stories by writer Vasil Bykov. The breathtaking black-and-white cinematography is only one of the reasons that makes The Ascent a masterpiece that should not be missed.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Dir.: James Foley
| 100 minutes

David Mamet’s scorching, profane, Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an office full of desperate real estate salesmen-cum-con-artists. Director James Foley faithfully adapts it to the screen with a stunning ensemble of actors.