THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD
1990, Kino Lorber, 105 min, USA/UK, Dir: Nancy Kelly

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (TRIBAL JUSTICE). The acclaimed drama tells the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery; she is soon trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a different kind of man, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. “A genuine triumph … This is classic Western filmmaking: the lucid lyricism of a John Ford, a Budd Boetticher, a George Stevens. But, since Kelly is dealing with different kinds of conflicts, the film always seems to be opening up a new world … Independent in the best sense of the word.” - Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times


99 HOMES
2014, Broad Green Pictures, 112 min, USA, Dir: Ramin Bahrani

Anchored by outstanding central performances, this timely thriller is set in 2010, when Florida led the nation in foreclosures. One of the victims of that economic freefall is recently evicted single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). Desperate to provide for his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash makes a deal with the devil – predatory real estate magnate Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Carver and his unethical practices had cost Nash his home, but the money to be made by gaming the system at Carver’s behest could prove impossible to resist.


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