THE SISTERS BROTHERS
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 121 min, France/Spain/Romania/USA, Dir: Jacques Audiard

Based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, this reimagining of the cinematic Western is a dangerous, witty and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods as they travel through the mountains of Oregon and eventually to the Gold Rush land of California. It’s a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind - and may allow them to rediscover what remains of their humanity. Costarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. “This first English-language outing by the ever-adventurous French director Jacques Audiard (A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE) is a connoisseur’s delight, as it's boisterously acted and detailed down to its last bit of shirt stitching.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE WHITE KNIGHTS
LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS
2015, 112 min, Dir: Joachim Lafosse

Director Joachim Lafosse earned the Best Director award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for this engrossing drama based on actual events. In response to the civil war in Darfur, Sud Secours chairman Jacques Arnault (Vincent Lindon) plans to bring 300 orphaned children back to France for adoption. With a television reporter (Valérie Donzelli) in tow, he heads to the region only to become embroiled in a humanitarian fiasco.


RUST AND BONE
DE ROUILLE ET D’OS
2012, Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min, France, Dir: Jacques Audiard

Single father and would-be kickboxer Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is working as a nightclub bouncer when he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), who works at a marine park training killer whales. When Stephanie’s legs are amputated after an accident, she draws closer to Ali, but the young man’s wandering eye and financial straits threaten to keep these soulmates apart. Cotillard’s bravura performance has earned awards from the Hollywood and Telluride Film Festivals as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations. “A passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In French with English subtitles.


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