2017, Celluloid Dreams, 116 min, Italy/Switzerland, Dir: Silvio Soldini

Teo (Adriano Giannini) holds a creative position at a trendy ad agency and is an inveterate womanizer. Beautiful and vibrant, Emma (Valeria Golino) is an osteopath though she has been blind since the age of 16. When they first meet, Teo is mesmerized by her sexy voice and intrigued, never having been with a blind woman. The two go out on a date but when Emma proves too sharp to succumb to his charms, Teo is hooked.

2017, 107 min, Georgia/Estonia, Dir: Ana Urushadze

Fifty-year-old Manana (Nato Murvanidze) has long put her literary ambitions on the back burner to serve her husband (Dimitri Tatishvili); when he learns she has been working on a sexually explicit novel, he hits the roof. Winner of the top prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival. “A compelling mix of domestic drama and psychological thriller. … Unusually assured for a debut feature, with a strong visual aesthetic and a healthy streak of absurdist humor, SCARY MOTHER is further proof that Georgia’s emergent new wave of young filmmakers still has plenty of juice in the tank.” - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter.

2015, Magnolia Pictures, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sean Baker

Famously shot on iPhones with prototype anamorphic lenses, this decidedly modern holiday tale bursts off the screen with energy and style, defying expectations at every turn. It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. “An indie tour de force. … TANGERINE jumps off the screen and wows you like nobody's business.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

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