2018-06-10 20:44:59[UPDATES]

SIFF HIGHLIGHTS


Screening List:
 
COLD WAR (4K)
CUSTODY(4K)
LADY BIRD
THE DISASTER ARTIST
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
HANNAH
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
MRS. HYDE
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
NICO, 1988
MEN DON’T CRY
THE BOTTOMLESS BAG
  
 
 
COLD WAR (4K)
 
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Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Joanna Kulig / Tomasz Kot / Borys Szyc / Agata Kulesza
 
Plot: 
COLD WAR is a passionate love story between two people from different backgrounds and temperaments. They are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned 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.
 
 
CUSTODY(4K)
 
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Directed by: Xavier Legrand
Written by: Xavier Legrand
Starring: Léa Drucker / Denis Ménochet / Thomas Gioria / Mathilde Auneveux
 
Plot: 
The film starts at a magistrate’s court, where Antoine and his wife Miriam, with their representatives, are engaged in a bitter custody battle. The couple’s older daughter Josephine is of an age where she can make her own decisions – and she chooses not to have anything to do with Antoine – but the fate of Julien is at stake. Miriam is seeking sole custody of Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad and the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening...
 
 
LADY BIRD
 
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Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan / Laurie Metcalf / Tracy Letts / Lucas Hedges
 
Plot: 
The story was set in Sacramento, California, in 2002, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine McPherson (Lady Bird) is a senior student at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. She longs to attend an Ivy League college in "a city with culture". Her family is struggling financially. Her mother is a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job. She fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom and her mother tells her that Lady Bird is ungrateful for what she has. In the end, Lady Bird learns she has been accepted by a college in New York, where she finds thoughtful letters written by her mother and salvaged by her father, and begins using her birth name again.

 
THE DISASTER ARTIST
 
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Directed by: James Franco
Written by: Scott Neustadter / Michael H. Weber
Starring: Dave Franco / James Franco / Seth Rogen / Ari Graynor / Alison Brie
 
Plot:
THE DISASTER ARTIST is a biographical movie chronicles the making and production of the 2003 movie THE ROOM, which is a cult movie that Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed and starred, widely considered one of the worst films ever made. Bizzare in its own unique way, it is even recognized as the CITIZEN KANE of bad movies. THE DISASTER ARTIST movie, based on the 2013 non-fiction of the same name by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, who both starred in the THE ROOM, begins with the encounter of the two in an acting class. It then narrates the creation, production and filming process of THE ROOM, which is also about two best friends pursuing dreams in Los Angeles.
 
 
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
 
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Directed by: Aki Kaurismaki
Written by: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Ville Virtanen / Kati Outinen / Dome Karukoski / Tommi Korpela / Tommi Eronen
 
 
Plot: 
A man, in his middle age crisis, buys a restaurant. One day, his employee takes back a street dog. To pass the sanitary inspection, they hide it in the washroom, where a Syrian man also takes shelter in it. He was an engineer in his own country with a decent job, but when he became a refugee and fled to Finland, he is violently battered, and gets transferred from one asylum to another by the government. So the homeless man has to go back to his unsettled life with the dog and the wounds, knowing that there are things that he just can't deal with.
 
 
HANNAH
 
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Directed by: Andrea Pallaoro
Written by: Andrea Pallaoro
Starring: Charlotte Rampling / André Wilms / Stéphanie Van Vyve
 
Plot: 
HANNAH is an intimate portrait of a woman’s loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband’s imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel. As her persistent denial reveals itself against a general truth, her reality becomes increasingly unhinged. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, the film investigates modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures.
 
 
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
 
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Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos / Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Nicole Kidman / Colin Farrell / Bill Camp / Raffey Cassidy
 
Plot:
Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob and 14-year-old Kim. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. The film has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. It darts confidently between genres to subvert the audience's expectations at every turn.
 
 
MRS. HYDE
 
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Directed by: Serge Bozon
Written by: Axelle Ropert / Serge Bozon
Starring: Isabelle Huppert / Romain Duris / José Garcia / Adda Senani / Guillaume Verdier
 
Plot: 
Mrs. Géquil is a shy teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, while conducting an experiment in her lab, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different... And the appearance of the dangerous Mrs. Hyde soon impacts on Mrs. Géquil's teaching methods. Indeed, Mrs. Géquil's tardy educational success will "burn her wings". Only by becoming another woman will she be able to pass something on to her students at last. Her newfound authority is merely one stage in a headlong movement that is beyond Mrs. Géquil's control. In short, the transformation that has allowed her to realize herself finally as a teacher will turn out to be very dangerous. There is another thing to concern: despite herself, Mrs. Géquil turns into the dangerous Mrs. Hyde. Is this the dark side of Mrs. Géquil or another person altogether?

 
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
 
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Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Written by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Denzel Washington / Colin Farrell / Carmen Ejogo / Lynda Gravatt / Amanda Warre
 
Plot: 
Roman J. Israel is a lawyer who has spent his entire thirty-six-year career as the employee of a boldly principled, civil-rights-oriented defense attorney named William Henry Jackson. But when Jackson suffers a heart attack and dies, Roman is left unemployed with no savings, and the firm turns out to be in the red, leaving him with no severance. He needs to find another job, quickly and is offered one by Jackson’s executor, a rich and famous criminal lawyer named George Pierce. He begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights - a turbulent series of events ensues, which will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.


NICO, 1988
 
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Directed by: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Written by: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Starring: Trine Dyrholm / John Gordon Sinclair / Anamaria Marinca / Sandor Funtek
 
Plot: 
NICO 1988 is a documentary about legendary singer Nico who cooperated with Velvet Underground in the 1960s and gained reputation with the help of Andy Warhol. In order to prove herself, Nico went solo to make her own songs. However, 20 years after that, people still remember her as the girl from Velvet Underground, which really frustrates Nico and she determines to change the deep-rooted image. In the last two years of her life, she started a tour for her latest album while trying to get clean. Finally in 1988, she proved her talent and taste in music against all the disapproving voices. Rehabiliating from drugs and stripping off all the tags attched, Nico has been involved in a fight with her own fate.
 
 
MEN DON’T CRY
 
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Directed by: Alen Drljević
Written by: Sean Baker / Chris Bergoch
Starring: Brooklynn Prince / Christopher Rivera / Aiden Malik / Josie Olivo / Valeria Cotto
 
Plot: 
Less than 20 years after the Yugoslav war ended, a group of veterans gather at a remote mountain hotel. They have very different characters, which make it hard for them to live in harmony. The sorrow of losing comrade-in-arms, the sadness as time passes, and the horror experienced in the battlefield, all these negative feelings come quietly in the dead of night, tormenting their fragile and vulnerable hearts. Their emotions can't find a way out, thus they can only resort to violence. But at the same time, they have grown to understand each other more and are willing to give up what they have sticked to in order to take care of others' feelings. The emotional bond between them is becoming stronger and stronger, and their inner wounds are healing.

 
THE BOTTOMLESS BAG
 
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Directed by: Rustam Khamdamov
Written by: Rustam Khamdamov
Starring: Svetlana Nemolyaeva / Alla Demidova / Sergey Koltakov / Elena Morozova / Kirill Pletnev
 
Plot: 
The script of THE BOTTOMLESS BAG is inspired by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's story IN A GROVE. The plot takes place during the reign of Russian Emperor Alexander II. A lady-in-waiting is telling the prince in his palace a metaphysical fairy tale, set in the past and revolving around the mysterious murder of the Tsar’s son in the forest. The characters in the fable – witnesses to this violent crime – narrate different versions of the events, shedding light on what really happened.
 
 

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