IN THE FADE
AUS DEM NICHTS
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 106 min, Germany/France, Dir: Fatih Akin

Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life suddenly falls apart when her husband, Nuri, and son are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo (Denis Moschitto), a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. Though the trial pushes Katja to the edge, her desire for justice is unstoppable. With music by Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme.


THE SQUARE (2017)
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 142 min, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, Dir: Ruben Östlund

In the latest from writer-director Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE), Claes Bang stars as Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square,” an installation that invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals, and Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”; the response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Costarring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, this droll satire won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “THE SQUARE is darkly amusing, but it’s also bracingly honest in its absurdity, and that’s what kept me coming back to each one of its wonderfully knotty scenarios even months after seeing it.” – David Sims, The Atlantic


THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
2017, 20th Century Fox, 139 min, USA, Dir: Michael Gracey

A bold and original musical, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Hugh Jackman stars as visionary promoter P.T. Barnum, who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation: The Barnum & Bailey Circus. Featuring songs by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (LA LA LAND), this inspiring biopic costars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.


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