THE INVISIBLE WITNESS
IL TESTIMONE INVISIBILE
2018, True Colors, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Stefano Mordini

When millionaire entrepreneur Adriano (Riccardo Scamarcio) wakes up in a hotel room to find his lover brutally murdered, he becomes trapped in a Hitchcockian nightmare when police finger him as the sole suspect. Charged with the killing and put under house arrest, Adriano calls upon veteran criminal attorney Virginia Ferrara (Maria Paiato), who is tasked with assembling his defense in a single night. As Adriano proceeds to tell her his story piece by piece, it becomes clear that the case is far more complicated than his lawyer ever could have expected. Stefano Mordini directs this dark mystery thriller with refreshing energy, taking the audience through unexpected twists every step of the way.


WHITE BLOOD
SANGRE BLANCA
2018, 96 min, Argentina, Dir: Barbara Sarasola-Day

A drug-trade thriller set on the Bolivia-Argentina border, WHITE BLOOD follows Martina (Eva De Dominici), a reluctant drug mule whose illegal operation comes crashing down after her partner perishes while handling their dangerous product. With the local traffickers on her tail, Martina turns to the only person left in the world who can help - her estranged father. Director Barbara Sarasola-Day (BELATED) returns with this impressive balancing act that is both a pulse-pounding thriller and a touching father-daughter drama. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2018 Macau Film Festival.


JOKER
2019, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Todd Phillips

Directed, co-written and produced by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips, JOKER is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies. Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck (an indelible Joaquin Phoenix) wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study. Costarring Robert De Niro. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Director, Best Original Music Score (Hildur Guðnadóttir), and Best Cinematography (Lawrence Sher).


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