THE DARK VALLEY
DAS FINSTERE TAL
2013, 114 min, Austria, Germany, Dir: Andreas Prochaska

In this adaptation of Thomas Willmann’s best-seller, a classic Western plays out in a late-nineteenth century alpine village. When a man named Greider (Sam Riley) arrives on horseback carrying a camera, he is met with distrust by the locals, who are led by the sons of Old Brenner, a brutal patriarch who holds the entire community under his thumb. The stranger has come to do more than take photographs, as a series of mysterious deaths exposes a terrible tradition as well as Greider’s connection to the remote valley. Prochaska’s fresh approach to the genre, along with cinematographer Thomas Kiennast’s stunning visuals and Matthias Weber’s ominous orchestral score earned THE DARK VALLEY eight German Film Awards. In German with English subtitles.


ON THE ROAD
2012, IFC Films, 124 min, USA, Dir: Walter Salles

One of the most celebrated novels in American literature finally reaches the big screen with director Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical look at the birth of the Beat generation. Writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) takes a formative road trip with the free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girlfriend, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). With Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.


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