NOTHING IN RETURN
A CAMBIO DE NADA
2015, 6 Sales, 93 min, Spain, Dir: Daniel Guzmán

Seeking escape from his parents’ acrimonious divorce, teen Dario (Miguel Herrán) gets into minor scrapes with lifelong buddy Luismi (Antonio Bachiller) and finds a surrogate family in Madrid with a mechanic and a 90-year-old junk dealer. With his background as an actor, writer-director Guzmán has a sharp eye for detail, and this Málaga Best Film winner has an appealing naturalism from first frame to last. “A high-energy, feel-good movie with the warmest of hearts.” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


TOKYO FIANCÉE
2014, 100 min, Belgium/France/Canada, Dir: Stefan Liberski

East meets West in this playful adaptation of Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel. Though raised in Belgium, Amélie (Pauline Etienne) was born in Japan and longs to return there; a job as a French tutor is her ticket. Her student Rinri (Taichi Inoue) is also in his early 20s and is as smitten with France as Amélie is with Japan. The two grow closer - despite several comic misunderstandings. In French and Japanese with English subtitles.


DUST IN THE WIND
LIAN LIAN FENG CHEN
1987, 110 min, Taiwan, Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

At the end of the 1960s, high-school sweethearts Wan (Wang Chien-wen) and Huen (Hsin Shu-feng) leave their little mining town in search of greater opportunities in Taipei, where the vicissitudes of life take their toll on the relationship. One of the key films of Taiwan’s New Cinema (and the concluding chapter in Hou’s coming-of-age trilogy), this moving and reflective drama has a naturalistic feel that belies its meticulous shot composition. In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.


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