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A film about the loneliness, despair and hope of six people who all live in a bleak Soviet-era apartment complex in Tallinn, Estonia.

Autumn Ball is a 2007 Estonian drama film directed by Veiko Õunpuu, adapted from Mati Unt’s 1979 novel of the same name. The film depicts six desolate people of different yet similar fates in characteristically Soviet pre-fabricated housing units. It premiered at the 64th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Horizon Award.

Critic Reviews

‘Emboldened by alcohol and steeped in despair, the characters in Sugisball lunge for love but would settle for understanding.’

Awards

Bratislava International Film Festival 2007 Winner Best Director

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2007 Winner Special Critics Award

Nika Awards 2009 Nominee Nika Best Film of the CIS and Baltics

Transilvania International Film Festival 2008 Winner Best Cinematography

During WWII, a German couple receive news that their only son has been killed in battle. Already disillusioned with the Nazi regime, they begin a campaign of civil disobedience and write messages on postcards urging fellow Germans to resist.
A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why. A crew is sent to find out if there are any survivors on a deep-space mining vessel that has been adrift for two years.

Awards

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, US 2017, winner of best special FX Los Angeles Movie Awards, US 2017, winner of the best narrative feature, best director, best cinematography, best costume design, bets production design, best set direction. American Movie Awards 2018, winner of best direction
An unnerving story about a horrid family drama kept behind closed doors, and an elaborate facade where appearances can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems. Miss Violence is a 2013 Greek film directed by Alexandros Avranas. It entered the competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. Avranas won the Silver Lion for Best Director and actor Themis Panou won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. The latest in the remarkable wave of iconoclastic new Greek cinema that yielded Dogtooth and Attenberg, the film unfolds with a skin-crawling sense of deadpan detachment before it explodes in shattering tragedy.

Critic Reviews

‘Ever since Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth wowed audiences back in 2009, Greek cinema has become the new Michael Haneke.’ StarBurst ‘Miss Violence is a grim tale of family dysfunction that also stands as an allegory about moral and economic decline in Greek society.’ Independent UK ‘From the not-so-happy birthday that opens the film … up to the harrowing final revelation, Miss Violence fulfils the grisly promise of its title.’ TimeOut

Awards

Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2014 Winner of the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2014 Winner of the Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 Winner of the Innovation Award – International Competition Stockholm Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Aluminum Horse for Best Script Venice Film Festival 2013 Winner Best Euro-Mediterranean Film Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director Winner of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best Film in Competition
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into blood-thirsty zombies, leading into a city-wide epidemic. Rabid is an award winning Canadian-American drama, horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Frank Moore, Joe Silver and Howard Ryshpan.

Critic Reviews

‘None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication.’ Time Out ‘An intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre.’ Film 4


Awards

Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Winner of best Screenplay and Best Special Effects
Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Saints and Soldiers is a 2003 war drama film directed by Ryan Little and produced by Little and Adam Abel. It is loosely based on events that took place after the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge. The film stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden as the four American soldiers trying to return Kirby Heyborne, a British soldier with vital intelligence, to the Allied lines.

The Washington Times called the film, “one of the sharpest and most compelling entries of the early ‘Mormon cinema’ era”. The New York Times wrote that the film’s, “impressive cast of largely unknown actors and meticulously researched film tells its story with quiet conviction.”

Critic Review

‘It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level.’ Chicago Sun Times

‘Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.’ Common Sense Media

Awards

Gloria Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award and Winner of the Jury Award

Heartland International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Crystal Heart Award and Winner of the Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature

Ojai Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Best Narrative Feature

Sacramento Festival of Cinema 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

San Diego Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film

A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930’s at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Sami Blood is a 2016 Swedish coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Amanda Kernell, as her feature film debut. The first 10 minutes of the film (and part of the end) comes directly from the short film Stoerre Vaerie. Stoerre Vaerie is Kernell’s first film with Sami themes and it was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA.

The film premiered at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days section, in which it was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label Award and the Fedeora Award for Best Debut Director. It won the 2017 Lux Prize and was nominated for the 2017 Nordic Council Film Prize.

Critic Reviews

‘An eloquent coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden that revolves around a spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok.’ Los Angeles Times

‘”Sami Blood” is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance. It has the feeling of a distant memory – one that is neither entirely pleasant nor painful, but persistent.’ Washington Post

‘Swedish helmer Amanda Kernell makes a stirring debut with a coming-of-age tale that pointedly addresses a bygone era of Scandi colonialism.’ Variety

Awards

BZN International Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Audience Award – Narrative Feature

Fargo Film Festival 2018 Winner Best Narrative Feature

Guldbagge Awards 2018 Winner of the Audience Award Winner Guldbagge for Best Actress Winner of Best Screenplay

Göteborg Film Festival 2017 Winner Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film

Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award

Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Youth Jury Award

Newport Beach Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for best Foreign Feature

Riviera International Film Festival 2017 Winner Jury Prize for Best Director

Venice Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Fedeora Award for Best Director of a Debut Film (Venice Days)

A romantic comedy-drama, Nothing in Los Angeles chronicles a young artist’s bittersweet love affair with the city of Los Angeles, focusing on the fleeting nature of personal relationships and professional dreams. With a sterling soundtrack, Nothing in Los Angeles charmed audiences during it’s independent film festival run. Set in Los Angeles, California, it’s a tale of love and relationships, both personal and professional and the trials and tribulations that come along with them all.

Critic Reviews

“Nothing in Los Angeles was one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I saw all year.” Cinequest.

Awards

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the Best Filmed Screenplay, Best Actor and best Supporting Actress. Los Angeles Movie Awards, 2014. Winner of best narrative feature. Route 66 Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the people’s choice competition. Studio City Film Festival, 2014. Winner of best comedy feature and winner of best screenplay – feature.
The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. The Daughter is a 2015 Australian drama film written and directed by Simon Stone, starring an ensemble cast led by Geoffrey Rush. After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that’s been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver’s family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). When Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community, particularly Oliver’s family, and the subsequent fissures release bitter secrets. With The Daughter, debuting writer-director Simon Stone turns Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck into a thoughtful meditation on the bonds of family, friendship, and community.

Critic Reviews

‘Made with taste, skill and discretion, “The Daughter” demonstrates both the staying power of classic material and the risks inherent in bringing it up to date.’ Los Angeles Times ‘In his atmospheric debut film, Australian theater director Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile.’ Village Voice ‘Subtle and skilled, this simmers for long periods until its highly satisfying finale.’ Total Film ‘Beautiful and powerful, The Daughter occasionally veers towards the melodramatic – but who cares when every element is this good?’ One Room With a View

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2016 Winner of the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay Australian Cinematographers Society 2017 Winner of the Award of Distinction – Feature Productions Cinema Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2017 Winner of the FCCA Award for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an award winning 2012 political thriller drama film based on the 2007 novel. The film tells a post-9/11 story about the impact of the Al Qaeda attacks on one Pakistani man and his treatment by Americans in reaction to them. The film premiered as the opening film for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. The film won “Centenary Award” at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. The film has received several awards, many of them honouring the film’s efforts to address tolerance and xenophobia.

Critic Reviews

‘Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He’s in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.’ Toronto Star ‘A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn’t disappoint.’ Washington Examiner ‘I found several of the story’s twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.’ The American Conservatist ‘Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez’s Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.’ The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Awards

CAAMFest 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative – Mira Nair Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite World Feature – Mira Nair Munich Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film – Mira Nair (director)
Kris and Lindy Boustedt’s This Is Ours deals with the complexity of married life and, among other things, what happens when everything you did to live the life you wanted winds up disappointing you. From Kris Boustedt is an editor and producer, known for Perfect 10 (2010), Ten Years Later (2014) and Brides to Be (2016) comes This is Ours. A powerful all American drama which tells the story of Will and Karen, who take a final trip to their vacation home. While there, they meet new friends, embarking on a strange journey of discovery, heartbreak and hope. In a similar way to the powerful indie relationship drama Blue Valentine, the Boustedts’ story gets a lot of its impact from a structure that shifts back and forth from the past to the present.

Critic Reviews

“This is Ours, the self-assured second feature from writing/producing/directing team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, made its world premiere at Dances with Films in Hollywood. It’s a beautifully shot and emotionally charged foray into the world of a once-happy couple whose lives and relationship verge on disintegration.” Living in Cinema.
Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. The story focuses on mother–son relationships, a reoccurring theme in Dolan’s work, and also marks his fourth collaboration with Dorval and his third with Clément. Inspiration for this particular story was drawn from Dolan’s discovery of Pilon and the music of Ludovico Einaudi. The film debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It subsequently became a critical and financial success, grossing over $13 million worldwide. Mommy went on to win numerous other awards, among them nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Critic Reviews

‘Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.’ Times UK ‘Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It’s perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive.’ Empire Magazine

Awards

Bodil Awards 2016 Winner of a Bodil for Best Non-American Film Canadian Screen Awards, CA 2015 Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Makeup Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Jury Prize CinEuphoria Awards 2015 Winner CinEuphoria Best Director – International Competition César Awards, France 2015 Winner of a César for Best Foreign Film Directors Guild of Canada 2015 Winner of the DGC Team Award for best Feature Film International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 Winner of the ICS Cannes Award – Palme d’Or Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2015 – Winner IOMA for best Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 black and white American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film to critical acclaim. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy – and a Shakespearean adaptation that’s hard to resist.

Critic Reviews

‘DP Jay Hunter’s camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.’ Sight and Sound ‘Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.’ USA Today ‘The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon’s grander projects …’ New Yorker ‘The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.’ Chicago Sun-Times ‘One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.’ Behind the Lens

Awards

National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved — now adults living mostly in Australia — with their parents in Britain. Award Winning Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut. The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of “home children”, a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These forgotten children were promised Oranges and Sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions.

Critic Reviews

‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times ‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson’s calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times ‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue ‘Jim Loach’s feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award – Best Actress Emily Watson Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.. The Florida Project is a 2017 American slice-of-life drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her delinquent single mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep ahead of impending homelessness. The misery and squalor of their life in Kissimmee is contrasted with nearby Walt Disney World, which can be seen at a distance in one shot. The Florida Project premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker’s directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. Prince won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

Critic Reviews

‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)

Awards

AFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award – Movie of the Year Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award – Best Breakthrough Performance Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year – International Competition Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
Mid90s is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Jonah Hill, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston, and follows a 13-year-old boy who begins spending time with a mostly older group of skateboarders while living in 1990s Los Angeles. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018 and was theatrically released in the United States on October 19, 2018, by A24. It was well received by critics, who called it a “promising first outing for Hill”, and praised the sense of nostalgia.

Critic Reviews

‘Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty.’ Times (UK) ‘Mid90s cares less about making you laugh than enveloping you in the moment, even when the moments consist of nothing more than killed time – daft small talk, the lazy throb of hip hop, the therapeutic purr and slap of skateboard wheels on concrete.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

Awards

Art Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Blue Angel for Best Director Golden Trailer Awards 2019 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film National Board of Review, USA 2018 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Multiple award winner and winner of the Oscar for best best documentary, Man on Wire tells the astonishing story of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit, who stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This beautifully shot film takes us on a wild exploration of the man behind this staggering feat – with the climax at 7:15 AM, when Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Critic Reviews

‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post ‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound ‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit – this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row ‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema – Documentary
Losing My Edge is an award winning 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Jonathan Hayes. Jake is an unhappy school teacher whose childhood scars are not merely skin deep. Jake’s life is upended when his shifty, rogue of a father, LEIF – an absentee parent and a man who best days as a travel writer are well past him – insists that Jake help him with his next project, a book about Algonquin Park.

Critic Reviews

‘Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with incredible camera angles and the spectacular scenery.’ canada.com ‘It all feels very Canadian, in good way’ Globe & Mail

Awards

WorldFest Houston 2014 Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film
After his son is murdered by drug dealers, a snowplow driver starts seeking revenge.

In Order of Disappearance is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils has just been named Citizen of The Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man’s murder–a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count”, and his Serbian rivals.

Critic Reviews

‘A delicious Norwegian film full of icy landscapes and icier hearts.’ New York Times’

‘A cheeky black comedy and worthy Norwegian successor to Kill Bill.’ Globe and Mail

‘Moland possesses the rare ability to take a story where the viewer knows almost exactly what will happen and make it surprising.’ Salon.com

‘Moland’s In Order of Disappearance is a dark fable played firmly for laughs… A joy to watch.’ CineVue

‘This taut, often hilarious, thriller is a stellar example of why Scandinavian cinema continues to impress.’ Arts Fuse

Awards

Fantasia Film Festival 2014 Winner Best International Film

Austin Fantastic Fest 2014 Winner of Best Actor and Winner Best Director

Departures
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Director Yojiro Takita and writer Kundo Koyama examine the rituals surrounding death in Japan with this tale of an out-of-work cellist who accepts a job as a “Nokanashi” or “encoffineer” (the Japanese equivalent of an undertaker) in order to provide for himself and his young wife. Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Departures is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The film follows a young man who returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across work as a nōkanshi—a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. He is subjected to prejudice from those around him, including from his wife, because of strong social taboos against people who deal with death.

Critic Reviews

‘Fascinating, witty and heartfelt.’ Times UK ‘Moments of clarity and pragmatism are contradicted by flashes of inanity and dry, if well-delivered humour.’ Little White Lies ‘Departure’s cynicism, ironically, is what makes the optimism of its last act so moving.’ London Evening Standard

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009, winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009, Asia Pacific Screen Award winner of the Best Performance by an Actor Asian Film Awards 2009, winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Awards 2010, winner of best asian film
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.

Critic Reviews

‘What makes Nichols’ film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they’re perceived.’ Sight and Sound ‘An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.’ Daily Telegraph UK ‘A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.’ Variety

Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012 Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Writing – Jeff Nichols Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain Winner of the Austin Film Award – Jeff Nichols Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize – Jeff Nichols Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week – Jeff Nichols Winner of the SACD Award – Jeff Nichols New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain New York Film Critics, Online 2011 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Breakthrough Performance – Jessica Chastain Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain  
The Flowers of War
An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.

Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said “The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.

“The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast.”

Critic Reviews

‘Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun.’ The Guardian

‘As you’d expect, it’s beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou’s appeal.’ Empire


Awards

Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni

Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer

Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film

Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor – Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress – Ni Ni

Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit

Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress – Ni Ni

Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay

The Ascent
A group of mercenaries are sent into Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel, but shortly after the mission the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off. The film blurs the lines of action and horror, creating a visually unique movie that deals with time travel, the repercussions of violence and consequence. Rife with practical effects, bone crunching fight sequences and existential dread; its underpinned by a villain with a real purpose. Guaranteed to thrill audiences, “The Ascent” was Paton’s third film to premiere at the prestigious FrightFest film festival in London in August 2019. The film marks the feature film debut of National Television Award Winning actor and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, alongside Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).
La Vie En Rose
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf’s life was filled with tragedy.

La Vie en Rose is a 2007 French biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and starred Marion Cotillard as Piaf.

Cotillard’s performance earned her several accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress — marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role — the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the César Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, the BAFTA Award for Best Makeup, Costume Design, Film Music, four additional César Awards and grossed $86.3 million worldwide.


Critic Reviews

‘Despite its story of suffering that comes in unceasing waves, La Vie en Rose may be the most hopeful film yet made about the grueling rigor of living.’ Charleston City Paper

‘In La Vie En Rose,we get to witness a rare and beautiful thing – an artist baring her soul and creating a performance for the ages.’ The Dispatch

‘In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it.’ Fayette Weekly

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2008 Winner Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Marion Cotillard

Best Achievement in Makeup Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald

Golden Globes, USA 2008 Winner Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicChristopher Gunning

Winner BAFTA Film Award Best Leading Actress Marion Cotillard

Best Costume Design Marit Allen

Best Make Up & Hair

César Awards, France 2008 Winner César Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Marion Cotillard

Best Cinematography (Meilleure photographie) Tetsuo Nagata

Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors) Olivier Raoux

Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes) Marit Allen

Best Sound (Meilleur son) Laurent Zeilig

Hollywood Film Awards 2007 Winner Hollywood Film Award Actress of the Year

As he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Oscar nominated, and Grammy Award winning, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is a 2014 American documentary film about country music singer Glen Campbell. Campbell and close friend Julian Raymond (the film’s executive producer) won a Grammy Award and were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for writing the film’s theme “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”. The heartrendingly honest Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me offers a window into Alzheimer’s that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike. In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.”

Critic Reviews

‘Life is the collection of memories, and Campbell is losing them. But there is solace in the reality that you will not miss what you cannot recall.’ Globe and Mail ‘It’s a rare, intensely personal look at Alzheimer’s that will be tragically familiar to those who have lived with it and sobering and sad for those who have not.’ Toronto Star ‘Emotional and intimate.’ Toronto Sun ‘ This is a portrait of a star gaining luster even as his mortality becomes more evident.’ Seattle Times

Awards

Edmonton International Film Festival 2014 Winner of most outstanding biography Grammy Awards 2016 Winner of the best compilation soundtrack Nashville Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 Winner of the award for most popular documentary feature film
In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enrol in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Precious, is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels.

The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire.At Sundance, it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo’Nique. After Precious’ screening at Sundance in January 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lionsgate Entertainment. Precious won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (particularly the un certain regard section).

Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe. Mo’Nique won the award for Best Supporting Actress, while Geoffrey Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay, becoming the first African-American to win a screenplay award at the Oscars.

Critic Reviews

‘Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year’s best films.’ Rolling Stone

‘While it may not be perfect on a technical level, dramatically it’s a blow-your-socks-off triumph. Be moved. Very, very moved’ Empire Magazine

‘A film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act – don’t dwell – on your dreams.’ Time Out

‘Impressive performances power a surprisingly lively account of an existence blighted by material and spiritual poverty.’ Film 4

‘Precious is a big-screen “misery memoir” that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve.’ Times UK

‘It isn’t the transcendent masterpiece that some admirers would have you believe: more like a black-comic nightmare that isn’t exactly supposed to be funny. It’s certainly arresting, though.’ The Guardian

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2010

Winner Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Mo’Nique Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – Geoffrey Fletcher Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African American to win a Best Screenplay Oscar

Golden Globes, USA 2010 Winner of theGolden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Mo’Nique

BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner – BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 Winner of Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Mo’Nique

CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of theCinEuphoria for Best Actress – Audience Award – Gabourey Sidibe

Top Ten of the Year – Audience Award – Lee Daniels Top Ten of the Year – International Competition – Lee Daniels Best Duo – International Competition – Mo’Nique & Gabourey Sidibe

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature – Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness Best Female Lead – Gabourey Sidibe Best Supporting Female – Mo’Nique Best Director – Lee Daniels Best First Screenplay

Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.

My Feral Heart is a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.

Critic Reviews

‘There’s a lot to like here, including the thoughtful portrait of disability, director Jane Gull’s knack with performers of all ability, and the shimmering cinematography by Susanne Salavati’ The Guardian

‘Gull has a keen eye for nature, beautifully captured by cinematographer Susanne Salavati’ Eye for Film

‘Achingly poignant and beautifully acted’ Observer (UK)

Awards

Woodstock Film Festival 2016 Winner of the James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for best Feature Drama

Fargo Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Honourable Mention for best Narrative Feature

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend, both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play. The Grifters is an american neo-noir crime drama film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The film follows a trio of con artists who are intent on out-foxing each other. Roy Dillon (John Cusack) life is thrown into turmoil when his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) returns home in an attempt to evade the law. The Grifters had its world premiere at the Toronto Festival of Festivals at the Elgin Theater and had a brief Academy Award-qualifying run in New York City and Los Angeles.

Critic Reviews

‘A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.’ Film 4 ‘Best to savour The Grifters for its handsome design — the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape — and its juicy performances.’ TIME Magazine ‘A slick and stylish neo-noir crime drama featuring three exceptional performances.’ BackSeat Mafia


Awards

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Winner BSFC Award for Best Actress Edgar Allan Poe Awards Winner Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner of theIndependent Spirit Award for Best Feature and Best Female Lead London Critics Circle Film Awards Winner ALFS Award Newcomer of the Year National Board of Review, USA Winner NBR Award for Top Ten Films
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

“Black Book” tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce emotion–played out against the dying, explosive months of WW II.

The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of three Golden Calves, Black Book won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.

Critic Reviews

‘The film manages to turn German occupied Holland circa 1944 into a fast-paced thrill ride without sacrificing the emotional core and very real human toll.’ From the Front Row

‘Seven years after he disappeared with the whimper that was Hollow Man, Paul Verhoeven has returned with what may be his best film.’ Stop Smiling

‘The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that “The Good German” and “Valkyrie” failed to be – a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.’ The Film Yap

Awards

Austin Film Critics Association 2007 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Capri, Hollywood 2007 Winner of the Capri Cult Award

Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2007 Winner of the Diamond Film

Nederlands Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Golden Calf for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director of a Feature Film

Venice Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best International Film

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.

The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It was released in the United States on October 21, 2016 by A24, receiving positive reviews and grossing over $65 million worldwide.

Moonlight is cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. The film won several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations. It became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ-related film, and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillon became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.

Critic Reviews

‘You won’t find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight.’ Independent (UK)

‘Jenkins’ authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.; Little White Lies

‘Moonlight is at its most eloquent when its subtext is soft-spoken.’ Sight and Sound

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year (Dede Gardner became the first woman to win Best Picture twice.) Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes, USA 2017 Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Winner of the best Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2016 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Best Picture, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Breakout Performance

Atlantic Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for People’s Choice Award

Austin Film Critics Association 2020 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Movie of the Decade

Austin Film Critics Association 2016 Winner off the AFCA Award for Best Film, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Original Screenplay, Winner of Special Honorary Award

While flirting with camp, François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend offers thoughtful — and humorous — commentary on sexual and gender identity.

Francois Ozon’s humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby. One day she drops by David’s house unexpectedly, and finds him dressed in his dead wife’s clothes and feeding their baby with a bottle. He explains that Lea was well aware of his predilection, and eventually, so relieved that he has someone to share his secret with, David and Claire create a female persona for him named Virginia.

Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney expressed his compliments on The New Girlfriend: “a delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.” At Variety, Justin Chang said “even as he (Ozon) heads down any number of tantalizing if borderline-nonsensical alleyways, Ozon maintains his diabolical wit, his infectious sense of play and his essential affection for his characters” and the film was “powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anaïs Demoustier and Romain Duris”

Critic Reviews

‘It’s less than it should’ve been, and a little mild. But Ozon makes it glide with confidence, in or out of heels.’ Chicago Tribune

‘”The New Girlfriend” never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.’ New York Times

‘In Ozon’s confident hands, “The New Girlfriend” has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling.’ Washinton Post

‘In The New Girlfriend, viewers are given a piece that walks the tightrope between drama and comedy, thriller and thinkpiece. This is a film that artfully ponders the process of grief while also finding rebirth from within.’ CineVue

Awards

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Sebastiane Award for Best Film

In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.

Ma Ma is a 2015 Spanish drama film directed by Julio Medem. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Critic Reviews

‘Cruz gives a big-hearted performance in a very demanding role.’ Independent UK

‘This is an old-school tearjerker, designed to get audiences sniffling in the dark.’ Chicago Sun-Times

‘Penélope Cruz is luminous and with the force of her charisma holds the film together as the suffering madonna, unbelievably cheerful and selfless throughout her protracted ordeal.’ Dog and Wolf

Awards

Fotogramas de Plata 2016 Winner of the Fotogramas de Plata for Best Movie Actress

The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Actress

It may be pitched as a low budget, dark comedy but Boppin’ at the Glue Factory, directed and co-written by Jeffrey Orgill is a little slice of comedy gold. The film stars Henry Dittman as Eric Labudde, a down and out drug addict who, through what can only be described as sheer blind luck, ends up getting a job at an old age convalescent home as the night nurse. Eric isn’t exactly what anyone would call a model employee, but he has just enough charisma and medical skill to get by in the medical world. It’s different, but that isn’t a bad thing.

Awards

Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2009. Winner of best feature. Strasbourg International Film Festival, 2019. Winner of best supporting actor.
Naomi (Maho Ukai), is a spoiled teenager from Nagoya whose parents send her off to the country for the summer to work at her aunt’s inn. Firefly Dreams is a quietly confident first feature from writer-director John Williams.  A film with a strong human appeal and emotional resnance.

Critic Reviews

“Firefly Dreams” is a quietly confident and affecting first feature from Japan-based writer-director John Williams. Variety.

Awards

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2002. Winner of the audience favourite choice award for best dramatic feature. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2001. Winner of the special mention prize for John Williams ‘for the human approach to a traditional Asian theme’ Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, 2001. Winner of best feature.
Set in Dublin, ‘Glassland’ tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction. Glassland’s grim setting is leavened by writer-director Gerard Barrett’s compassionate treatment of his characters – and bolstered by a strong cast led by Toni Collette and Jack Reynor. Sundance award winner, the film tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction. Supported by the Irish Film Board, produced by Dublin-based Element Pictures, Glassland shared best Irish feature with Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day at Galway Film Fleadh. “The tears in Glassland catch you unawares. This is not your run-of-the-mill weepy, nor your archly-crafted Oscar bait,” Brian Moylan in the Guardian noted.

Critic Reviews

‘Glassland smartly plays off Jean’s unhinged disintegration against John’s tense, subdued control. In that contrast lies the power of this film.’ New York Magazine ‘Glassland is a small film with an emotional punch that wallops above its weight class.’ Globe and Mail ‘In the movie’s best scene, as mother and son dance to an old pop song, the look on Reynor’s face speaks volumes about loss and hope. It’s a look that’s going to be breaking hearts on screen for decades to come.’ Los Angeles Times

Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Winner Special Jury Prize World Cinema – Dramatic Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema 2015 Winner Making Way Award Special Mention
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The film is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland. Fruitvale Station debuted under its original title Fruitvale at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best First Film. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called it “a compelling debut” and “a powerful dramatic feature film”. He also praised the lead performances stating, “As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him. Diaz is vibrant as his patient and loyal girlfriend, while Spencer brings her gravitas to the proceedings as his stalwart mother.”

Critic Reviews

‘Brilliantly observed and very moving.’ Independent (UK) ‘Coogler’s realistic debut recreates Grant’s final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.’ Times (UK) ‘There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.’ Guardian

Awards

Acapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year AFI Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the AFI Award for Movie of the Year African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2013 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Top 10 Films and Best Independent Film Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best First Film Boston Online Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the BOFCA Award for Ten Best Films of the Year Cannes Film Festival 2013 Winner Un Certain Regard – Avenir Prize – Ryan Coogler Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Hollywood Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Spotlight Award National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer Winner of Breakthrough Performance by an Actor – Michael B. Jordan Winner of Best Directorial Debut – Ryan Coogler New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 Winner of the NYFCC Award for Best First Film Satellite Awards 2013 Winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award        
Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Eden uses 1990s club culture as the appropriately intoxicating backdrop for a sensitive, low-key look at aging and the price of pursuing one’s dreams.

Eden is a 2014 French drama film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and co-written with Sven Hansen-Løve. The film stars Félix de Givry and Pauline Etienne. The film premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the 52nd edition of the New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.

The film is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother Sven, the film follows Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers, and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Critic Reviews

‘Rambling, talky and luxuriantly wistful, the film gives a perceptive survey of the self-importance and decadence of a youth movement.’ Times UK

‘A remarkable film which drums to its own beat.’ Little White Lies

‘Partly the story of a music scene, but mostly the story of a man who realises that living the dream isn’t always the best thing for your life. Vivid, immersive and blessed with a perfectly nostalgic soundtrack.’ Empire Magazine

‘Eden, in its loose and free-form way, is as personal a statement as this 34-year-old director has yet made: it’s telling that Paul is that age by the end of it.’ Daily Telegraph UK

‘Absorbing and very moving.’ The Guardian

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor in this action drama. Drive is a 2011 American action drama film directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The film stars award winning Ryan Gosling as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. The film co-stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks. Before its September 2011 release, Drive had been shown at a number of film festivals, including the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. Refn won the festival’s Best Director Award. The film received widespread praise for its direction, performances, visuals, action sequences, and musical score Several critics listed Drive as one of the best films of 2011, including the National Board of Review. Its honors include a nomination for Best Sound Editing at the 84th Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘A film that moves relentlessly forward, carrying you along so completely that it’s only afterwards, if at all, that you begin to wonder about origins and plausibilities.’ London Evening Standard ‘One for fans of Taxi Driver and TV’s Dexter, Drive is a film whose considerable style at first obscures just how much it’ll get under your skin and stay there for weeks to come’ Film 4 ‘Calculating. Methodical. High gloss. Slick. Polished. Drive is the neo-noir thriller of the year.’ Behind the Lens

Awards

Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay – Hossein Amini Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011 Winner of theACCA for Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn Best Achievement in Film Editing – Matthew Newman Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011 Winner of the BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks Best Use of Music in a Film – Cliff Martinez (Tied with Ludovic Bource for The Artist (2011) Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away. Dogville is a 2003 crime revenge tragedy film written and directed by Lars von Trier. It is a parable that uses an extremely minimal, stage-like set to tell the story of Grace Mulligan (Kidman), a woman hiding from mobsters, who arrives in the small mountain town of Dogville, Colorado, and is provided refuge in return for physical labor. It was named one of the greatest films of its decade in The Guardian andThe List. In 2016, it was ranked one of the 100 greatest motion pictures since 2000 in a critics’ poll conducted by BBC Culture. It was also listed the 37th best film of the same time period by The Guardian critics.

Critic Reviews

‘For its exuberance and its difference, its fine performances and its devastating finale, Dogville is essential viewing.’ London Evening Standard ‘Bold stylistic decisions reinforce the themes of the narrative, while a strong story and convincing performances prove equal to the task of carrying such an extended running time.’ Empire Magazine ‘Thought provoking with its dense and intense themes, Dogville highlights the best and the worst in us all; the emotions it agitates are hard to shake.’ Urban Cinefile ‘These elements come together to form a movie that is clinically ironic but also unique, inspired, and quite sublime.’ Paste Magazine

Awards

Cannes Film Festival 2003 Winner Palm Dog Bodil Awards 2004 Winner Best Film (Bedste danske film) Lars von Trier Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2005 Winner – Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro) Danish Film Awards (Robert) 2004 Winner Robert Best Screenplay (Årets manuskript) Lars von Trier Best Costume Design (Årets kostumer) Manon Rasmussen
‘Daphne’ is the vibrant character portrait of a young woman on the threshold of a much-needed change.

Daphne is a 2017 British drama film directed by Peter Mackie Burns and written by Nico Mensinga. The film stars Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile, Sinead Matthews and Stuart McQuarrie.

The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 29 January 2017 and garnered positive reviews. “Led by Emily Beecham’s note-perfect performance, Daphne is a vivid portrait of a woman in flux – and an auspicious narrative debut for director Peter Mackie Burns”

Critic Reviews

‘The film finally adds up to more than the sum of its well-wrought parts, offering a quietly profound insight into this young woman’s attempt to navigate a world that is both familiar and brutally alien.’ Sight and Sound

‘It’s one of the best films about London living I can recently recall.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

‘Mackie Burns handles the tale like a seasoned pro, and Beecham is terrifically watchable throughout.’ The Herald (Scotland)

Awards

Dinard British Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Screenplay – Peter Mackie Burns (director) and The Bureau (production company)

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Performance in a British Feature Film Best Performance – Emily Beecham and Anne Reid

Torino Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Prize of the City of Torino for Best Actress – Emily Beecham

Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives. Beats is a 2019 British drama film directed Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley, who adapted the screenplay with Welsh; Steven Soderbergh acts as an executive producer. The plot follows a pair of teenage friends in 1994 Scotland who try and sneak into an illegal rave party. “Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.” Wendy Ide of The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars, writing: “It’s a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section – flooded with colour – that channels the boys’ joyful dancefloor abandon.” In a separate Guardian review, Mike McCahill gave it three stars, saying that “this teen bromance eventually escapes into amiable nostalgia and artful euphoria”

Critic Reviews

‘This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.’ New York Times ‘Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley’s play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.’ Times UK ‘Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.’ London Evening Standard

Awards

BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – Film Lorn Macdonald British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography – Benjamin Kracun and winner for Best Sound Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the International Student Jury Award – International Student Jury for Brian Welsh (director) Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2019 Winner of the Behind the Camera Award – Torino Film Festival 2019 for Brian Welsh (director)
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Beast is a 2017 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Pearce, starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James.

The film had its world premiere in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film has received a positive critical response.”Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals.”

For The Canadian Press, David Friend called it “a twisty story about the monster that lies within all of us, and struggle to keep it contained.” Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said it was “a jagged but memorable feature… that slowly yields its truths.”

Critic Reviews

‘The leads deliver affecting, nuanced performances, which gives heft to the psychological insights.’ Chicago Reader

‘Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, this impressive debut by writer-director Michael Pearce emanates a chill that will have you hugging your sides.’ Time Out

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer – Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark

Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Jessie Buckley

International Film Festival & Awards Macao 2017 Winner of Best Actress – Jessie Buckley

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2019 Winner of the ALFS Award for British/Irish Actress of the Year – Jessie Buckley and Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year

 
In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future.

A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. The directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, the film stars Colin Firth, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Falconer, a depressed gay British university professor living in Southern California in 1962. The film premiered on September 11, 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and went on the film festival circuit. After it screened at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.

Critic Reviews

‘A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.’ Film Comment Magazine

‘It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar’ Empire Magazine

‘Firth’s portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford’s balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.’ Time Out Magazine

‘Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it’s nowhere to be seen – we’re all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.’ Film 4

‘The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.’ Times UK

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner of a BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor

AFI Awards, USA 2010 Winner of theAFI Award for Movie of the Year

Austin Film Critics Association 2009 Winner AFCA Award winner Best Actor – Colin Firth

CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of CinEuphoria award for best Actor – Audience Award – Colin Firth

Winner of the Top Ten of the Year – Audience Award Best Trailer – International Competition Best Actor – International Competition – Colin Firth Top Ten of the Year – International Competition – Tom Ford Best Original Music – International Competition – Abel Korzeniowski

GLAAD Media Awards 2010 Winner of theGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman, and starring Rosamund Pike as journalist Marie Colvin. The film is based on the 2012 article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to positive reviews from critics, who praised Pike’s performance. At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, the film earned nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Pike) and Best Original Song (“Requiem for A Private War”), while director Matthew Heineman received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America.

Critic Reviews

‘At a time when pressured media budgets are conspiring, with the general preference for escapism over reality, to threaten war reporting’s very existence, A Private War unflinchingly reminds us of its value.’ London Evening Standard ‘Transfixing, uncompromisingly visceral and tonally raw, Heineman’s A Private War is a powerfully traumatic memoir.’ Flavourmag It’s one of the year’s best roles, performances, and it’s contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever.’ Creative Screenwriting

Awards

Golden Globes, USA 2019 Nominee Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture – Annie Lennox Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama – Rosamund Pike
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history. A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The protagonist is Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of a small heating-oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and his having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves. The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. It garnered positive reviews, and J. C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, and Anna Gerb won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.

Critic Reviews

‘The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.’ Toronto Sun ‘Bradford Young’s cinematography is awesome, transforming bleak wastelands and mansions into visions of light. It’s as if we’re seeing everything through the eyes of Morales, to whom America is beauty incarnate.’ London Evening Standard ‘Simmering with drama, A Most Violent Year is one of the best films yet from Isaac or Chandor, and that’s saying something’ One Room with a View

Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2015 Winner Critics’ Choice MVP Award Jessica Chastain CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition 2015 Winner Golden Eagle Narrative Content: Feature – Live Action A24 CinEuphoria Awards 2016 Winner CinEuphoria Top Ten of the Year – Audience Award IGN Summer Movie Awards 2014 Winner IGN Award Best Movie Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain