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This grand epic by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the Academy Award-winning writer/director of The Lives of Others, tells a gripping tale of social and political upheaval over three turbulent decades of German history, through the lens of art. It begins at the 1937 Nazi exhibition of Degenerate Artists, which Kurt, a wide-eyed little boy, attends with his free-spirited aunt. Surviving the war, Kurt (the appealing Tom Schilling, A Coffee in Berlin) sees the Nazis replaced by the equally totalitarian communist rule of East Germany. He becomes an art student in Dresden, learning “Soviet realist” style, and falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer, Frantz). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of penniless artist as boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. Inspired by real events, Never Look Away is a masterful, moving family story of art, love, tragedy and politics. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. (Fully subtitled)

Run time 3 hrs 9 mins; Rated R
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From Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman, A Separation, The Past) comes a gripping thriller about the fissures and faultlines that can tear a family apart. Laura (Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Volver) returns to the small Spanish village where she spent her childhood to attend the wedding of her younger sister. Traveling with her free-spirited teenage daughter, Irene, and her young son, she’s soon reunited with a close friend from days gone by, Paco (Javier Bardem, Skyfall, No Country for Old Men). With Laura’s large extended family gathered to celebrate the nuptials, spirts are high and a sense of frivolity reigns. But the wedding night descends from joy to despair when Irene (Carla Campra) suddenly goes missing from her bed. In the place of the sleeping girl are a selection of newspaper clippings, all with stories about a local child who was kidnapped years earlier in the town. Desperate with panic and wracked with grief, Laura turns to Paco for support and assistance as she searches everywhere for Irene. As time passes, the situation only becomes more fraught. Suspicions mount, loved ones begin to turn on one another, and dark secrets long hidden threaten to come to light, revealing shocking truths. (Fully subtitled)

Rated R; Runtime 2 hrs 12mins
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Fizzing with originality and nonstop cinema and art in-jokes, with terrific visual design, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a fantasy opus mixing thriller, film noir and heist action-adventure. Ruben (whose name combines two famous artists, Rubens and Rembrandt) is a psychotherapist tormented by terrible nightmares in which he is attacked by people (and monsters) from famous paintings. Some of his criminal patients, including lovely kleptomaniac cat burglar Mimi, decide to steal the paintings to help cure him. Ruben and his band of thieves strike regularly with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, Museum of Modern Art. The mysterious “Collector” quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him while the reward for his capture grows astronomically. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective specializing in art theft, with a thing for Mimi, to solve the “Collector Case.” Directed and co-written by Slovenian Milorad Krstić, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a delight and one of the best European animated films since The Triplets of Belleville. In English.

Rated R; Runtime 1 hr 34 mins


This propulsive, globetrotting thriller from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom is a breathless tour through the shadowy underworlds and hidden realms of Pakistan and India. Jay (Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel) is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding—armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be (Radhika Apte). Despite his cool efficiency, the plot quickly spirals out of control, sending Jay and his hostage on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys, and black markets of New Delhi—as all the while attractions simmer, loyalties shift, and explosive secrets are revealed. Pulsating with the sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent, The Wedding Guest conjures a colorful world where danger lurks at every turn and nothing is as it seems.

Run time 1 hr 34 mins
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THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Rated R; Runtime 1 hr 48 mins
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