IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE
2016, 99 min, Canada/France, Dir: Xavier Dolan

Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s latest film revolves around Louis (César Award winner Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill playwright who returns from Paris to his family in small-town France after an absence of 12 years. As Louis looks for the right moment to reveal his secret, he also struggles to keep the family from tearing itself apart as long-simmering tensions arise from his resentful brother, emotionally troubled sister and overwrought mother. Intense, emotionally raw and supremely stylish, the film boasts an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassell, Léa Seydoux and the legendary Nathalie Baye. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Best Director at the César Awards.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
2012, Warner Bros., 165 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) finds himself up against both relentless evil force Bane (Tom Hardy) and mysterious jewel thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) as he is wrenched from retirement by the threatened destruction of all of Gotham City. Christopher Nolan wraps up his Batman trilogy with a satisfying, complex and insanely ambitious meditation on heroism and class that is arguably the greatest comic book film of all time.


TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT
2014, Sundance Selects, 95 min, Belgium, Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Following a hospital stay, Sandra (a profoundly moving Marion Cotillard) is told she has lost her factory job - and that the only way she can get it back is to persuade her co-workers to give up their annual bonuses. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra confronts each of them individually to win their support before time runs out. “Rich in the Dardennes’ favored themes of work, family and the value of money, and infused with the suspense of a ticking-clock thriller … the Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas.” - Scott Foundas, Variety. In French with English subtitles.


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