MIMOSAS
2016, Grasshopper Film, 96 min, Spain/Morocco/France/Romania/Qatar, Dir: Oliver Laxe

Director Oliver Laxe’s new film is a breathtakingly shot “Eastern Western,” which follows a caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The elderly sheik’s last wish is to be buried with his loved ones in the village where he was born. But death does not wait, and without their leader, the company grows fearful and entrusts the body to two men who agree to bring it to its final destination. Meanwhile, in another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan. Winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week 2016, among other international awards.


BEGGARS OF LIFE
1928, Kino Lorber, 100 min, USA, Dir: William A. Wellman

Rough-and-tumble writer Jim Tully’s autobiography served as the basis for what many consider Louise Brooks’ best American film. She plays a young woman who kills her abusive stepfather and hits the road (in the company of Richard Arlen) hoping to make it to safety in Canada. Wallace Beery delivers a memorable performance as hobo Oklahoma Red in this beautifully shot silent.


DIARY OF A LOST GIRL
DAS TAGEBUCH EINER VERLORENEN
1929, Kino Lorber, 112 min, Germany, Dir: G.W. Pabst

Seduced and abandoned by her father’s assistant, Louise Brooks descends into a lurid hell of reformatories and whorehouses. For a debauched party scene, Pabst insisted on realism – so Brooks complied by playing “the whole scene stewed on hot, sweet German champagne.”


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