THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE
LA DISPARITION DES LUCIOLES
2018, 96 min, Canada, Dir: Sébastien Pilote

As her high school graduation approaches, high-spirited 18-year-old Léo (Karelle Tremblay) can’t wait to get out of her drab small town in Quebec’s hinterland. Tired of her mother’s nagging, her stepfather’s relentless and reactionary right-wing opinions and her absent father, Léo is restless, alienated and bored. That frustration changes, however, when she meets Steve (Pierre-Luc Brillant), a quietly charismatic 30-something guitar teacher who still lives in his mother’s basement. Taking guitar lessons from Steve proves to be a catalyst for change in Léo, and their unlikely friendship will transform both forever. Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.


THE HIGHWAYMEN
2019, Netflix, 132 min, Dir: John Lee Hancock

The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE), this untold true story follows the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old-school skills to get the job done. Costarring Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens.


UP NORTH
2018, 99 min, Dir: Tope Oshin

Banky Wellington stars in this heartwarming comedy-drama, which follows a young man’s life-changing experience in northern Nigeria. After a bitter argument with his wealthy father involving an arranged marriage, spoiled son Bassey Otuekong (Wellington) is shipped off to the Nigerian National Service in Bauchi. There he will spend three weeks in an extremely disciplined environment designed to test his character. To his great surprise, he discovers a silver lining to his punishment when he gets the opportunity to coach a women’s track team. Featuring Adesua Etomi, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Rahama Sadau.


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