CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
2016, Bleecker Street Media, 118 min, USA, Dir: Matt Ross

Director Matt Ross picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes for this insightful look at a family living off the grid. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) has raised his six kids in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, homeschooling them with an exacting and exhilarating curriculum. But the death of his wife forces him into the outside world, where his idea of what it means to be a good parent comes under fire. “Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game in this family dramedy, shot through with humor and heart.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


ELLE
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, France/ Germany/ Belgium, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven and star Isabelle Huppert both reach career peaks with this complex psychological thriller. Huppert stars as a successful video game executive who is raped in her home; rather than go to the police, she identifies her masked attacker and engages him in a twisted cat-and-mouse game. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


RUST AND BONE
DE ROUILLE ET D’OS
2012, Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min, France, Dir: Jacques Audiard

Single father and would-be kickboxer Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is working as a nightclub bouncer when he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), who works at a marine park training killer whales. When Stephanie’s legs are amputated after an accident, she draws closer to Ali, but the young man’s wandering eye and financial straits threaten to keep these soulmates apart. Cotillard’s bravura performance has earned awards from the Hollywood and Telluride Film Festivals as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations. “A passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In French with English subtitles.


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