FREE ZONE
2005, New Yorker Film, 90 min, Dir: Amos Gitai

Rebecca (Natalie Portman) is an American living in Jerusalem, and has just made a clean break from her fiancé. She steps into a cab, driven by Israeli Hanna (Hanna Laslo), but instead of being driven to her expected destination, Rebecca is taken by the determined cabbie to the Free Zone in Jordan, where Hanna has been instructed to pick up a large sum of money. Laslo was awarded Best Actress for her terrific performance and the film was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In English, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish.


BLACK SWAN
2010, Fox Searchlight, 108 min, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

Natalie Portman stuns in her Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award®-nominated performance as Nina Sayers, a timid yet talented ballerina who lands the dual role of White and Black Swan in her company's production of Swan Lake. As Nina struggles with the sexual confidence needed to master the demanding role, a number of foreboding elements eclipse her world: a ferociously manipulative Mommy Dearest (Barbara Hershey), a lecherous ballet director (Vincent Cassell), a free-spirited yet malevolent rival dancer (Mila Kunis), and a set of horrific, otherworldly bodily changes. With a terrific score by Clint Mansell, riffing with delightful menace on Tchaikovsky 's original music from Swan Lake.


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