I'LL BE AROUND
2020, Blvd. Du Cinema, 123 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cuenca

The third feature by co-writer/director Michael Cuenca takes place over the course of one day, before and during an intimate post-punk music festival. The story focuses on no particular protagonist but an influx of interconnected characters (musicians, wanderers, fanatics) from all walks of life having discussions about music, romance and facing artistic and existential dilemmas. The film features a cast of over 50 eccentric characters, with special appearances by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Jonah Ray, (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Frank Agnew (The Adolescents), Casey Royer (D.I.), and Pleasant Gehman (punk icon).


THE HIGH NOTE
2020, Focus Features, 153 min, USA, Dir: Nisha Ganatra

Set in the dazzling world of the L.A. music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, and Maggie (Dakota Johnson), her overworked personal assistant. While stuck running errands, Maggie still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.


THE PIANO
1993, Park Circus/Miramax, 121 min, Dir: Jane Campion

In 1851, mute Scottish woman Ada McGrath (Best Actress winner Holly Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter (Best Supporting Actress Anna Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband (Sam Neill) refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave. Edited by Veronika Jenet.


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