QUEEN AND COUNTRY
2014, BBC Worldwide North America, 115 min, UK, Dir: John Boorman

In this assured sequel to HOPE AND GLORY, Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) has grown up and is ready for service during the Korean War. But rather than shipping off to combat, both Bill and his friend Percy (Caleb Landry Jones) become army instructors, remaining in England to bedevil their superior officer (a wonderfully fastidious David Thewlis), search for romance and spend time with the Rohan family members so beloved from the earlier film.


THE DARK VALLEY
DAS FINSTERE TAL
2013, 114 min, Austria, Germany, Dir: Andreas Prochaska

In this adaptation of Thomas Willmann’s best-seller, a classic Western plays out in a late-nineteenth century alpine village. When a man named Greider (Sam Riley) arrives on horseback carrying a camera, he is met with distrust by the locals, who are led by the sons of Old Brenner, a brutal patriarch who holds the entire community under his thumb. The stranger has come to do more than take photographs, as a series of mysterious deaths exposes a terrible tradition as well as Greider’s connection to the remote valley. Prochaska’s fresh approach to the genre, along with cinematographer Thomas Kiennast’s stunning visuals and Matthias Weber’s ominous orchestral score earned THE DARK VALLEY eight German Film Awards. In German with English subtitles.


BELOVED SISTERS
DIE GELIEBTEN SCHWESTERN
2014, Music Box, 171 min, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Dir: Dominik Graf

The sisters of the title, unhappily married Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herzsprung) and shy Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius), vow to share everything - even noted poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter). This complex romantic drama, set in late-18th century Germany, earned a Bavarian Film Award for cinematographer Michael Wiesweg’s gorgeous visuals. “Graf has created an unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” - Scott Foundas, Variety. In German and French with English subtitles.


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