Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
Dir: Daniel Maldonado
The place the characters of this involving drama call home is New York City, whose subways and multi-ethnic enclaves may seem disconnected but can inspire surprisingly meaningful encounters despite the communication barriers. Daniel Maldonado’s poetic feature debut is comprised of two interconnected stories; the first, inspired by true events, follows a young man with Asperger’s syndrome (Jeremy Ray Valdez) exploring New York’s underground labyrinth, while in the second, an Ecuadorian driver (Jesús Ochoa) offers a ride to a stranded Chinese mother (Angela Lin) desperate to get home to her sick child. Nominated for Best U.S. Latino Film at the 2017 Cinema Tropical Awards.
Dir: Thomas Vinterberg
Set in the 1970s, this drama follows Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a professional couple who, along with their daughter (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen), establish a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.
Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville
This riveting crime drama based on the novel by José Giovanni tells the story of a middle-aged hood (Lino Ventura) who breaks out of jail and organizes a new gang, determined to prove he still has the juice. Melville’s brutal, crackling noir contrasts Ventura’s “old-world craftsmanship” against the younger generation of Nouvelle Vague crooks. According to critic Tom Milne, the film “…established Melville’s reputation as a brilliant refurbisher of the immemorial imagery of the genre - gleaming night streets, gunmen prowling in deserted stairways.”