MUDBOUND
2017, Netflix, 134 min, USA, Dir: Dee Rees

Two Mississippi families -- one black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship during the 1940s in this acclaimed drama based on the Hillary Jordan novel. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige lead an outstanding ensemble cast. Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress (Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees) and Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison). "The director and her cinematographer Rachel Morrison do wonders with the elements that batter the people of every race and social class in the Delta. But it's the storm raging inside these characters that rivets our attention and makes MUDBOUND a film that grabs you and won't let go." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


THE QUEEN OF SPAIN
LA REINA DE ESPAÑA
2017, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 128 min, Spain, Dir: Fernando Trueba

Director Fernando Trueba revisits the characters of his THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS some 20 years later with another comedic tale of a chaotic film shoot. Penelope Cruz returns as Macarena Granada, now a Hollywood star, who has been cast in a musical biopic of Queen Isabella being made in Madrid during the Franco regime; Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes join the crew as a screenwriter and leading man, respectively.


RYAN’S DAUGHTER
1970, Warner Bros., 187 min, UK, Dir: David Lean

Initially planned as a return to the small-scale storytelling of David Lean’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER days, RYAN’S DAUGHTER instead became an epic contest between the director and the Irish landscape, as he attempted to tell the tragic story of a married Irish woman (played by Sarah Miles, wife of the film’s screenwriter, Robert Bolt) and her affair with a shell-shocked British soldier (Christopher Jones). A flawed gem, the film boasts some great performances (John Mills, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and Leo McKern) and some still-underrated ones (Robert Mitchum, as a meek schoolteacher). Freddie Young’s astonishing cinematography ranks with his best work on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.


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