NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
2020, Focus Features, 95 min, UK/USA, Dir: Eliza Hittman

When 17-year-old Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) looks at herself in the mirror, she can see the signs of pregnancy beginning to manifest in her body. As a minor in rural Pennsylvania, she cannot obtain an abortion without parental consent. That leaves her to consider the age-old methods women have turned to when confronting unintended pregnancies. Though Autumn keeps mum about her dilemma, her distress is clear to her cousin and best friend Skylar (Talia Ryder), who sees her every day at school and at their part-time jobs as cashiers. With the address of a Brooklyn clinic in hand, the cousins board an early morning bus bound for New York City. But their trip takes an unexpected turn when Autumn learns that a one-visit procedure isn’t possible. As the cousins navigate two fraught days and nights in an unfamiliar and overwhelming city, their journey becomes one of profound solidarity, compassion and friendship. Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival.“At once dreamlike and ruthlessly naturalistic, steadily composed yet shot through with roiling currents of anxiety, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS is a quietly devastating gem.” - Andrew Barker, Variety.


DARK NIGHT
2016, Cinelicious Pics, 85 min, Dir: Tim Sutton

In July 2012, a gunman opened fire at a midnight screening in a Colorado multiplex, killing 12 people. How did our society reach the point where mass shootings seem to occur with numbing regularity? Tim Sutton’s third feature, loosely based around the Aurora massacre, offers an artfully understated critique of American gun culture. Shot documentary-style (by veteran French DP Helene Louvart) with a cast of nonprofessional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers, the shooter among them, over the course of one day. An official selection of the Sundance, Venice and AFI film festivals. “Upon walking out of its world premiere at Sundance, I declared it to be the first great film of the year. And as that year went on, and Miami happened, and Trump happened, Sutton’s film felt not like a declaration of what was wrong with the country, but rather a meditation ... a meditation for all the fractured, lost and bitter souls. A meditation for us all.” - Ben Umstead, Screen Anarchy


APACHES
LES APACHES
2013, Film Movement, 82 min, France, Dir: Thierry de Peretti

At the center of this nuanced look at class and racial friction is Aziz (Aziz El Hadachi), one of a group of Arab teens living on the island of Corsica. He invites his friends to party at a vacation home that his father takes care of, but when the homeowners arrive, they find several items missing – including an expensive hunting rifle that gets put to deadly use. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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