A FANTASTIC WOMAN
UNA MUJER FANTASTICA
2017, Sony Pictures Classics, 104 min, Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, Dir: Sebastian Lelio

Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer and Orlando (Francisco Reyes), 20 years older, owns a printing company. Both are very much in love. But after Marina rushes him to the emergency room one evening, Orlando dies, and suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. Marina is a trans woman; for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina must battle the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman. “Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.


LOVELESS
NELYUBOV
2017, Sony Pictures Classics, 127 min, Russia/France/Germany/Belgium, Dir: Andrey Zvyaginstev

A Jury Prize winner at Cannes, Andrey Zvyaginstev’s follow-up to Golden Globe winner LEVIATHAN offers a stark look at a failed marriage that echoes a broader malaise. As mismatched Moscow couple Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) approach the end of their divorce, they debate what should be done with their 12-year-old son (Matvey Novikov), who doesn’t fit into either’s future plans. But when the boy vanishes, Boris and Zhenya are forced together in an increasingly desperate search for him. “With his devastating, finely layered new drama LOVELESS, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev once again demonstrates his remarkable gift for creating perfectly formed dramatic microcosms that illustrate the bred-in-the-bone pathologies of Russian society.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter.


FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
2017, Netflix, 136 min, Cambodia/USA, Dir: Angelina Jolie

This shattering child’s-eye view of the Cambodian genocide is based on the memoir of survivor Loung Ung, who was 5 years old when Khmer Rouge forces took control of Phnom Penh in 1975. Played by newcomer Sreymoch Sareum, Loung is separated from her parents, brothers and sisters and forced to work harvesting food for the army before she is eventually turned into a child soldier herself. “An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.” - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times.


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