TONI ERDMANN
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 162 min, Germany/Austria/ Romania, Dir: Maren Ade

Both Cahiers du cinema and Sight & Sound named this thoughtful comedy the best film of the year. Fond of practical jokes, Winfried (Peter Simonischek) hopes to loosen up his career-centric daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) by visiting her in the guise of a business consultant named Toni Erdmann. “Ade spins out dozens of luminous, shimmering ideas that speak to the way most of us live, and might even challenge us to rethink how we see our parents and our children.” - Stephanie Zacharek, Time.


ELLE
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, France/ Germany/ Belgium, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven and star Isabelle Huppert both reach career peaks with this complex psychological thriller. Huppert stars as a successful video game executive who is raped in her home; rather than go to the police, she identifies her masked attacker and engages him in a twisted cat-and-mouse game. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


AQUARIUS
2016, Vitagraph Film, 142 min, Brazil/France, Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho

"SONIA BRAGA IS STUPENDOUS IN AQUARIUS. Blazingly intelligent, funny, dignified and sexy-as-hell." –Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

In AQUARIUS, acclaimed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (NEIGHBORING SOUNDS) continues to examine the alienating effects of urban over-development in Recife, a Brazilian oceanfront city. Clara (Sônia Braga, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS), a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara, become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with!

Mendonça Filho critiques life in contemporary Brazil, ranging from issues of social class, to the mistrust of government, to ageism, nepotism and corporate corruption, while looking fondly at the music, the places and the objects that we come to cherish in a very personal way. In AQUARIUS, this history encapsulated in a dwelling, that in and of itself, has been a silent witness to a woman's entire life. "Mendonça Filho has crafted a suspenseful drama about our relationship to the physical world. In doing so, he has given the inimitable Braga one of the finest roles of her storied career." (Diana Sanchez, TIFF)

An official selection of the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.


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