2016, Roadside Attractions, 92 min, USA, Dir: Whit Stillman

Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan serves as the basis for this deliciously tart comedy of manners reuniting THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO costars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny as scheming best friends Susan Vernon and Alicia Johnson, respectively. While weathering the storms of scandal at her in-laws’ estate, recently widowed Lady Susan rushes to marry off her daughter (Morfydd Clark) in order to keep a potential husband (Xavier Samuel) for herself. Stillman’s portrait of a “serpent in Eden’s garden” brims with exquisite period detail and witty dialogue. “A supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation.” - Justin Chang, Variety.

2015, Alchemy, 90 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Bernard Rose

This arresting contemporary take on Mary Shelley’s horror classic is set in Los Angeles, where husband-and-wife scientists Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein (Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss) give life to an imperfect being (Xavier Samuel) who must fend for himself when cast off by his creators. As told from the monster’s point of view, human cruelty becomes as terrifying as the violence he cannot escape. Grand prize winner at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

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