Dir: Robin Campillo, Fr, 2018, 143 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
Set in the ‘90s at the height of France’s AIDS epidemic, this outstanding drama portrays a group of activists in Paris as they follow their campaign of agitation against a pharmaceutical company that refuses to reveal its findings on potentially effective new drugs. A heart-rending and visceral love story with a fiercely engaged political undertone.
Dir: Valeska Grisebach, Ger/Bul, 2017, 121 mins, English, German & Bulgarian dialogue
Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
A taut and realistic drama following the tensions that erupt between villagers in Bulgaria and German construction workers when the latter start working in their land. A confident and sharp look into issues concerning human communication and national identity, framed by an unembellished and highly poetic landscape.
Dir: Mike Newell, UK, 2017, 124 mins
Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, this is a historical drama set in 1940’s London, where a free-spirited writer forms a life-changing bond with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club, which was formed during the occupation of the small island of Guernsey in World War II.
Dir: Andrew Haigh, UK, 2017, 122 mins
Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny
Heartfelt slow-burning drama in which a lonely teenager embarks on a treacherous journey across America with his horse. Adapted from Willy Vlautin’s 2010 novel this is a touching portrait of American contemporary underclass and a poignant and compassionate portrayal of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity.
Dir: Michel Hazanavicius, Fr, 2017, 108 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo
A biopic of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the icon of the French New Wave, focusing on his life during the late 1960’s and his rocky marriage with 19-year-old student Anne Wiazemsky. Another moving tribute to classic cinema from Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).
Dir: Paolo Virzì, US, 2017, 112 mins
Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Moloney
Grande Dame Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland play an ailing, elderly couple who run away on one final, unwise journey in their beloved old motorhome ‘The Leisure Seeker’. An affectionate road movie in which their passionate journey takes them further than just a destination.
Dir: Jay Bulger, US, 2013, 92 mins
Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland, Jack Bruce
Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker is one of the original Wild Men of Rock. Blessed with a preternatural musicianship, which he condenses down to being all about timing, but cursed by a self- destructive drive which has seen him wrestle a prodigious drug habit, family implosion and penury. A searing portrait of a man in free fall doing his best to destroy any human relationship he can as he drums on into personal oblivion, this is a stunning film.