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Steven Murphy is a successful cardiac surgeon who lives a happy life with his ophthalmologist wife Anna and their two children Kim and Bob. However, his perfect life starts coming apart at the seams after he befriends 16-year-old Martin.
Steven spends much of his time hanging out alone with the teenager and also invites him round to his upper-class home to socialise with his kids.
However, when Steven visits Martin and his mother for dinner, the teenager's motives for their unusual friendship become clear and it transpires he's willing to go to great lengths to get what he wants, to the detriment of Steven and his family.
A man employs a lawyer, to help claim the land he lives on from the corrupt grasp of the town Mayor. But this begins a series of events that throw him into a whirlwind of problems infusing every area of his life, from his family to his home.
Leviathan is a Russian, critically acclaimed domestic drama with epic themes.
Nominated for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Palme D'or at Cannes and winner of their Best Screenplay competition. Also won Best International Film at the Munich Film Festival.
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.
Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania's Beauty And The Dogs tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important true story head-on.
A rare, startling film from a female Tunisian director, it's a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
Award-winning psychological drama from acclaimed Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar. Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardam) is a Galician who broke his neck as a young man and has spent more than 25 years as a quadriplegic. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramon sees his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. His decision results in controversy throughout Spain as well as in his own house, where his friends and family all have different opinions on the fate he has chosen.
Loving Vincent is a biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh.
It is the world's first fully oil painted animated film and brings his artwork to life in an exploration of the death of one of history's most celebrated artists.
A true labour of love, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.
(Academy Award nomination for: Best Animated Picture)
The individual journeys of three South African men in the build up to their attendance of the Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Teeming with magic, beauty and pure joy, this crowd-pleasing winner at the Sundance Film Festival has emerged as one of the 2012's most acclaimed films.
Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as Hushpuppy, the six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to the outside world.
But Hushpuppy's quest is hindered by a "busted" universe that melts the ice caps and unleashes an army of prehistoric beasts.
(Academy Award nominations for: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay)
At the stroke of midnight on August 15th, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinies meant for each other.
Over the next three decades, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict, whether it be because of class, politics, romantic rivalry, or the constantly shifting borders that are drawn every time neighbors become enemies and decide to split their newborn nation into two, and then three, warring countries. Through it all, the lives of Saleem and Shiva are mysteriously intertwined.
They are also inextricably linked to the history of India itself, which takes them on a whirlwind journey full of trials, triumphs and disasters.
Amir is a young Afghani from a well-to-do Kabul family; his best friend Hassan is the son of a family servant. Together the two boys form a bond of friendship that breaks tragically on one fateful day, when Amir fails to save his friend from brutal neighborhood bullies.
Amir and Hassan become separated, and as first the Soviets and then the Taliban seize control of Afghanistan, Amir and his father escape to the United States to pursue a new life. Years later, Amir, now an accomplished author living in San Francisco, is called back to Kabul to right the wrongs he and his father committed years ago.
A rural woman called Yesterday who falls ill and discovers that she is HIV positive.
Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept her condition and she is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, hoping that she will survive long enough to see her child go to school.
The extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible.
Directed by Oscar-nominee Lasse Hallstrom and written by Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy, this feature film is based on Paul Torday's acclaimed novel about a scientist who looks to fulfills a sheikh's dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his homeland in Yemen.
A tragic accident in Morocco sets off a chain of events that will link four groups of people who, divided by cultural differences and vast distances, will discover a shared destiny that ultimately connects them. Brad Pitt, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal lead an outstanding international ensemble cast in this breakthrough film.
Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece “Precious” Jones is a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want.
She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically.
School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.
Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for.
So begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Having eventually won 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, Precious was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a leading role.
When Driss, an ex-con from the projects, is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure.
Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women and paragliding over the Alps is just the beginning as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down.
As this unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other.
Based on the #1 international best-selling book You Changed My Life.
In French with English subtitles.
This powerful drama earned director Martin Scorsese an Academy Award Nomination for Best Achievement in Directing in 1989, as well as Golden Globe Nominations for Barbara Hershey (Best Actress) and Peter Gabriel (Best Score).
Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and starring Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ is a visually breathtaking accomplishment.
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.
As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy.
Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.
Selma is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. She escapes the hardships of her tough life through the films that inspired her childhood. In her imagination she sees the world as an all-singing all-dancing Hollywood musical.
But Selma harbours a secret: she is losing her eyesight and unless she can save enough money to pay for an operation her 10 year-old son will inherit her blindness.
When a desperate neighbour falsely accuses Selma of stealing, her life begins to slip beyond her control and propels itself towards a tragic and numbing finale.
Director Guiseppe Tornatore's bittersweet, Oscar-winning film focuses on the effect that cinema had on the inhabitants of a small Sicilian village during World War Two.
After receiving news of the death of his old friend Alfredo, a famous movie director returns to his home village after spending 30 years away. In flashback, he recalls his fatherless childhood, his fascination with the films he saw at the local cinema and his adventures with Alfredo, the cinema's projectionist.
Kaya Scodelario as Cathy and James Howson as Heathcliff lead an impressive British cast in this timeless story of two of the most memorable lovers in literature.
This raw and gritty version of Emily Bronte's classic novel is ruthlessly brought down to its essential roots, and presents us with an adaptation that's startlingly original and completely unforgettable.
You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.
Quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires a drugged, comatose, Lucys absolute submission.
This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life as she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.
Haunting and provocative, Julia Leigh's powerful vision is one of the most startling debut features of recent years.
Fanis is a man torn between his Greek ethnicity and his emotional roots in Turkey, the country of his birth.
Using the device of cuisine as a metaphor for national identity and personal feelings, we see Fanis grow from a boy whose grandfather imparts culinary and philosophical expertise from the Aladdin's cave of his spice shop, to a young man with a true passion for food.
Deported to Greece with his family as a young boy, Fanis returns home after 35 years for an emotional reunion with his grandfather...and his first love.
In Greek and Turkish with English subtitles.
Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe.
On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lusty, branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
The new film from Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac contains all the shock and controversy you would expect from the unrivalled enfant terrible of contemporary cinema. But don't let that put you off, because underneath the surface is a richly complex, fearlessly intelligent and frequently hilarious work that will provoke thoughts you never knew you had.
PLEASE BE AWARE: This is a mainstream movie, but with an artistic element, and the scenes depicted are of an extremely graphic nature.
When the victorious Roman general, Titus Andronicus, returns home after a long and brutal war with the Goths, his first act is to sacrifice the eldest son of his prisoner, the Goth Queen Tamora.
But when the corrupt Saturninus is made emperor and surprisingly makes Tamora his queen, a new battle ensues as Tamora... and then Titus... enact a campaign of retribution.
Featuring a spectacular all-star ensemble, this stunningly innovative adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic tale marks the feature film debut of renowned writer/director Julie Taymor.
It's 1936 and respected hero of the Bolshevik Revolution, Colonel Sergei Kotov is living an idyllic life in the Russian countryside with his wife Maroussia and daughter Nadia.
One glorious summer's day his serenity is interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Dimitri, a former lover of Maroussia who had disappeared from her life ten years earlier. With songs and stories their new guest charms everyone but Kotov soon begins to suspect more sinister motives for his re-appearance.
Set against the growing threat of Stalin's regime of terror, Nikita Mikhalkov's poignant, Oscar-winning film lingers in the memory long after viewing.
In Russian with English subtitles.
The Last Station is a love story set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife the Countess Sofya.
Tolstoy, having rejected his title and embraced an ascetic lifestyle, finds himself increasingly at odds with Sofya. As his devoted disciple Vladimir Chertkov urges him to sign a new will leaving the rights to his work to the Russian people rather than his family, the conflict between husband and wife grows to breaking point.
The Last Station is a film about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it.
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