PHOTOGRAPH
2019, Amazon Studios, 110 min, Germany/India/USA, Dir: Ritesh Batra

Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger (Sanya Malhotra) to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect. “Writer-director Ritesh Batra’s first Indian film since his debut feature has the same quiet streak of wistful sentimentality that made THE LUNCHBOX so globally beloved … Batra’s filmmaking has remained markedly consistent in tone and texture: You’d be hard pressed to find anyone making nicer films in world cinema right now.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.


UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
LOONG BOONMEE RALEUK CHAT
2010, Strand Releasing, 114 min, Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

As its title suggests, the first Palme d'Or winner from Thailand straddles the real world and the supernatural one. As he lies dying of kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is visited by the spirits of his dead wife and lost son. This enigmatic film was shot in several differing styles (including costume drama, documentary and the Thai TV series of Weerasethakul’s youth), mirroring its themes of death, memory and transformation. In Thai and French with English subtitles.


GOLD
2013, The Match Factory, 101 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Arslan

An official selection (competition) at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, GOLD is a Western about seven German immigrants who set out in search of gold in the backwoods of British Columbia during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Each have their motives: an older couple seeking security, a father (Lars Rudolph) hoping to help his impoverished family, an unpleasant newspaperman (Uwe Bohm) chronicling the journey, and a mysterious packer (Marko Mandic) with a past to outrun. The last to join is Emily Mayer (Nina Hoss), a metropolitan woman whose delicate demeanor masks a steely determination to survive. Assembled by a deceptively confident businessman of questionable motives, the settlers must travel through a relatively uncharted stretch of Canadian wilderness to reach their goal, the gold fields of Dawson. As the path grows more treacherous, betrayals come to light and desperate choices are made. Following in the footsteps of MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER and MEEK'S CUTOFF, GOLD is an epic that offers an unconventional take on the well-worn Western genre. In German with English subtitles.


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