LOUDER THAN BOMBS
2015, The Orchard, 109 min, Norway/France/Denmark/USA, Dir: Joachim Trier

In director Joachim Trier’s first feature in English, war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) - whose work has taken her to the most dangerous places in the world – dies in a car accident just a few miles from her New York home. She leaves a grief-stricken husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid). Three years later, working on a retrospective of Isabelle’s photography, Gene tries to enlist his sons’ help, but Jonah is overwhelmed by his marriage and a new baby, and hard-hit teenager Conrad has withdrawn into the world of computer games. “A family drama of extraordinary beauty.” - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal.


THE SALESMAN (2016)
FORUSHANDE
2016, Cohen Media Group, 125 min, Iran/ France, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

Married performers Emad (Shahab Hosseini, a Best Actor winner at Cannes) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are starring in a production of Death of a Salesman when they are forced to evacuate their building. They wind up in a prostitute’s old apartment, where Rana is attacked; as his wife begins to unravel, Emad is determined to find the culprit and wreak revenge. Writer-director Farhadi masterfully ratchets up the tension as emotions boil over and this domestic drama reaches its powerful climax.


THE PAST
LE PASSÉ
2013, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, Iran, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

Director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A SEPARATION is another searing domestic drama. When Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in Paris to finalize a divorce from his French wife Marie (THE ARTIST’s Bérénice Bejo), he returns to find their daughter Lucie estranged and Marie engaged to another man, whose own wife is in a coma. The reality of the situation becomes more and more complicated - and more and more painful, as the lives of the two men and the women they love become increasingly intertwined, and a secret from their past is revealed. In French and Persian with English subtitles.


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