GUNDERMANN
2019, Pandora Filmproduktion, 128 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

With six wins at the prestigious German Film Awards, including Outstanding Feature, Best Direction and Best Performance by a lead actor, GUNDERMANN is a thoughtful biopic about the celebrated East German folk singer-songwriter. A man of wildly conflicting interests in music, blue-collar work and the politics of the GDR, Gerhard Gundermann (Alexander Scheer) mirrors an equally tumultuous East German regime in the 1970s. With a documentary-like style, director Andreas Dresen examines his main character impartially, giving moments of beautiful musical inspiration and reprehensible acts of betrayal equal attention.


DOWNTON ABBEY
2019, Focus Features, 122 min, UK, Dir: Michael Engler

The worldwide phenomenon “Downton Abbey” becomes a grand motion picture event, as the aristocratic Crawley family and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England threatens to turn the natural order of the estate upside down, unleashing secrets and scandals that leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.


SWALLOW
2019, 94 min, Dir: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Hunter (Haley Bennett, in an outstanding performance) leads a charmed life; married to the handsome Ritchie, she has a pristine home and more money than she could spend in a lifetime. So why can’t she stop ingesting household objects that vary from the small and insignificant to the deadly and dangerous? One thing is for sure: strange habits like this cannot stay hidden for long under the scrutinizing eyes of suburbia and there’s no way her snooty family will accept her strange preoccupations. An incredible debut from director Miralle-Davis, SWALLOW examines the subconscious world of a woman and her coping mechanism for past trauma through a very graphic representation. Each ingested object brings Hunter closer to revealing a truth that she’s trying to suppress, but she faces endless social obstacles before she can even consider her own identity in a world manufactured to make her obey.


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