THE WONDERS
LE MERAVIGLIE
2014, The Match Factory, 111 min, Italy, Dir: Alice Rohrwacher

Pre-teen Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) is the oldest of four sisters in a family that’s fled the city in pursuit of a simple life of beekeeping. But country life isn’t always idyllic; the arrival of a German boy and a summertime contest put a strain on Gelsomina’s relationship with her strict father (Sam Louwyck). This impressionistic domestic drama earned the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In Italian, French, and German with English subtitles.


THE FIFTH SEASON
LA CINQUIÈME SAISON
2012, Films Boutique, 93 min, Belgium, Dir: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

In an isolated Belgian village, spring mysteriously fails to follow winter, and teenagers Alice (Aurélia Poirier) and Thomas (Django Schrevens) watch as their farming community slowly succumbs to in-fighting and despair. Shot in extended takes, this haunting film is a follow-up to co-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s earlier examinations of man’s relationship to nature, KHADAK and ALTIPLANO. In French and Flemish with English subtitles.


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