February 28: GURRUMUL

2018   96 mins     Australia   Rated: PG
Dir: Paul Damien Williams
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album, Gurrumul, brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018 to positive reviews. Cast: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.


March 28: RBG

2018    97 mins       USA      Rated: PG
Dir: Betsy West and Julie Cohen
The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The unique personal journey of this diminutive quiet warrior’s rise to the US highest court has been largely unknown even to some of her biggest fans.
Nominated Best Documentary Feature 2019 Academy Awards.
Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton, Sharron Frontiero.


April 25: FRANTZ

2016          114mins              France/Germany     Rated: PG
Dir: Francois Ozon
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who mysteriously arrives in her town to place flowers on Frantz’s grave. Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer.


May 30: A MAN CALLED OVE

2015          116mins     Sweden   Rated: M
Dir: Hannes Holm
59 year old Ove is the grumpy president of the condominium association, although deposed he still rules over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox an unexpected friendship is formed. Nominated Best Foreign Film 2017 Academy Awards. Cast: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Par, FilipBerg.


June 27: WEST OF SUNSHINE

2017      78  mins   Australia   Rated: M
Dir: Jason Raftopoulos
Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son. Their relationship is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life. Cast: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Kat Stewart.


July 25: DEATH OF STALIN

2017  107 mins   UK/Fr/Belgium    Rated: MA15+
Dir: Armando Iannucci
Based on the French graphic novel La Mort de Staline, this political satire black comedy depicts the power struggle following the death of Soviet revolutionary and politician, Joseph Stalin in 1953.  The film was banned in Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Olga Kurylenko.

 

 

August 29: THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS

2018          96 mins          USA      Rated: PG
Dir: Tim Wardle
Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation, but it also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.  Cast: David Kellman, Eddy Galland, Robert Shafran.


September 26: COLD WAR

2016          88 mins        Poland    Rated: M
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cold War is a passionate love story between two people from different backgrounds and of different temperaments. They are fatefully mismatched and yet committed to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Nominations for Best Director and Cinematography (Lukasz Zal)  2019 Academy Awards.  Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza.


October 31: THE INSULT

2017          113 mins                      Lebanon                      Rated R
Dir: Ziad Doueiri
In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.  Cast: Adel Karam, Rita Hayek, Camille Salameh.


November 28: THE OPTIMISTS

2013          92 mins         Norway      Rated: PG
Dir: Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
In “The Optimists” we meet 15 women aged between 66 to 98 from the Norwegian town of Hamar. They have been playing volleyball for 30 years, but haven’t really had to learn the rules but now they are to play their first match ever, against Swedish male pensioners in Sollentuna. Their final match strategy – consists of laughter, unity, crochet flowers and some handsome Swedish gentlemen.  Cast: Gerd Bergersen, Lillemor, Berthelsen, Mary Holst Bremstad.