H.O.M.E.
2016, Gashouse Films, 73 min, USA, 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.


THE COMMUNE
KOLLEKTIVET
2016, 111 min, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, 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.


LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE
SECOND BREATH
1966, Janus Films, 150 min, France, 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.”


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