I AM NOT A WITCH
2017, Film Movement, 93 min, UK/France/Germany/Zambia, Dir: Rungano Nyoni

When 9-year-old Shula (Maggie Mulubwa) turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life in a state-run witch camp. There she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom. “It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety.


A QUIET PLACE
2018, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Krasinski

John Krasinski directed, co-wrote and stars in this unsettling and original thriller. In the near future, the human population has been decimated by creatures of unknown origin - they can’t see but their hearing is extraordinarily sensitive. Engineer Lee (Krasinski), his doctor wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids struggle to survive day to day while making as little noise as possible in an effort to avoid alerting the creatures to their presence. Under Krasinski’s exquisitely controlled direction and mastery of sound design, the result is one of the scariest and most emotionally involving horror films ever made, a new classic of the genre.


SEA OF LOVE
1989, Universal, 113 min, USA, Dir: Harold Becker

Burned-out New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) gets the call when a man is found murdered with a 45 of the song “Sea of Love” at his bedside. Among Keller’s few leads is a personals ad that had been placed by the victim; teaming up with another investigator (John Goodman) working a similar case, they place an ad of their own. Among the women it attracts is Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), and though she can’t be eliminated as a suspect, Keller begins a relationship with her. There’s terrific chemistry among the leads (Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance), and this hit erotic thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.


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