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(UK, 2011) Writer-director Terence Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s tragically romantic play, retelling a heartbreaking love triangle. A young woman (Rachel Weisz) is happily married to an older, professionally stable High Court judge. But her life is flipped upside down when she falls for a young ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston).
Mar 29, 9:45pm; Apr 4, 12:30pm.
(UK, 2011) A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by the same name, “Coriolanus” is a classic tragedy that’s been transposed into a highly relevant political commentary. Although the film was shot primarily in Belgrade, the story takes place in a war-torn fictional Eastern European state. Ralph Fiennes stars as General Coriolanus, and offers us this gripping film as his directorial debut.
Apr 1, 5:30pm; Apr 3, 6pm.
(Iran, 2011) After being sentenced to six years in jail and banned from filmmaking for 20 years, Jafar Pahani has released this documentary, which sheds light on the alleged charges of “acting against national security and creating anti-regime propaganda” against him. The director does his best to revisit the scenes and script for a film he’d once planned to shoot, meanwhile providing a moving discourse by revealing his life under house arrest, and the lives of some of the people who haven’t had their “freedoms” denied by the court.
Apr 3, 5:30pm; Apr 6, 9:45pm.
(Hong Kong, 2012) Pang Ho-cheung’s taboo-shattering new film is about a director/producer (Chapman To) scrambling through the Chinese underworld for film funding. To is relentless in his commitment to producing his film—a porno remake—and Pang’s pent-up vision comes through in this protagonist, making
this a censorship-free world premiere that will generate plenty of buzz.
Mar 27, 7:15pm.
(Argentina, 2011) A career in politics inspired by a romantic interest: it probably happens more often than we’d think. Sure, this is just a university student’s political career at school. But given Hong Kong’s CE elections, this film holds a valuable message for us. Protagonist Roque (Estaban Lamothe) tries to win his way into the heart—and bed— of opinionated Paula (Romina Paula) with politics as his means.
Mar 31, 9pm; Apr 2, 3:15pm; Apr 4, 10:30am.
(USA, 2011) Elizabeth Olsen plays a scarred Martha desperately trying to regain normalcy in her life; she’s an untethered lonely soul who somehow wound up in a cult. Based on a real farm somewhere in the contemporary US, this cult’s patriarchal figure is also the collective’s lead rapist, with rape being a rite of passage for the young ladies. A dreadful perspective on cult life, this film provides gripping performances by each of the leads.
Mar 25, 12:30pm; Mar 28, 7:15pm.
(USA, 2011) This Oscar nominee is the final part of the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, a documentary series presenting the story of how three men known as the West Memphis Three, wrongfully accused and convicted of child murder, look forward to their upcoming release from prison. Gritty and gripping, the films re-examine the judicial misconduct in this tragic case and its consequences.
Apr 2, 2:45pm; Apr 8, 7:30pm.
(USA, 2011) This is Alex Stapleton’s fascinating chronicle of the godfather of American independent cinema. Roger Corman is a prolific DIY director/producer known for iconic films such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” which was shot in its entirety in only two days. Corman was also a mentor to many of Hollywood’s greatest, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron.
Mar 25, 5pm; Mar 28, 3pm.