S.W.A.L.K.
aka MELODY
1971, 103 min, UK, Dir: Waris Hussein

This U.K. cult favorite about youthful romance - the titular acronym stands for “sealed with a loving kiss” - reunites OLIVER! stars Mark Lester and Jack Wild as school chums Daniel and Ornshaw, whose friendship is threatened when Daniel falls for Melody (Tracy Hyde). Future director Alan Parker got his start as the screenwriter on this film, which looks at love and marriage from a child’s point of view. With music by the Bee Gees.


A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.


TALE OF TALES
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
2015, IFC Films, 125 min, Dir: Matteo Garrone

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) makes his English-language debut with this fantasy-horror anthology film, which takes the classic PENTAMERONE collection of fairy tales as its source. An international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones stars in a trio of stylish fables exploring love, desire and obsession.


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