Films for our 2nd Half - 2021 season
Non members welcome - $15 for two films
Thursday 7 October 2021 starts 7.00pm
2021 Edison Oda USA 124min R English
Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV's of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will's to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.
Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will.
“At the risk of overselling Edson Oda’s ultra-original, meaning-of-life directorial debut, there’s a big difference between “Nine Days” and pretty much every other film ever made. “Nine Days” invites you to re-consider your entire worldview.”
– Peter Debruge, VARIETY
Thursday 7 October 2021 starts 9.20pm
Antoinette in the Cévennes
2021 Caroline Vignal France, Belgium 97min M French w Eng subs
40-something primary school teacher Antoinette (Calamy, in a career-making turn) has been eagerly looking forward to a long-planned weekend escape with her married lover Vladimir (C’est la vie!’s Benjamin Lavernhe), the father of one of her pupils. However their plans are upended by his wife’s booking of a surprise hiking trip in the picturesque Cévennes mountains in the South of France (a six-day trek made famous by best-selling author Robert Louis Stevenson). Completely unversed in the ways of the wilderness, the spurned Antoinette impulsively decides to follow them, and once paired with an unlikely companion - an obstinate but evidently wise grey donkey named Patrick - discovers much, much more than she bargained for...
Wildly charming, this sparkling film paints the portrait of a woman on edge, fragile and determined, above all free. Calamy treats us at every shot: we would follow her everywhere, on foot, on horseback… or on a donkey.
Catherine Balle - LE PARISIEN
Thursday 21 October 2021 starts 7.00pm.
The People Upstairs
2021 Cesc Gay Spain 82min M Spanish w Eng subs
Thursday 21 October 2021 starts 8.40pm.
2019 Pablo Larraín Chile 107min MA15+ Spanish w Eng subs
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The films that make up our program have been selected, mostly sight unseen by the committee and based on availability as announced by the distributors. We aim to select a variety of films from various countries
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