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ANOTHER ROUND
DRUK
2021, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 117 min, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each experience a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.

Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg's spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever-surprising Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance.


SHIRLEY
2020, Neon, 107 min, USA, Dir: Josephine Decker

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naive young couple at their door. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. "As willfully unconventional as a literary portrait could possibly be, MADELINE'S MADELINE director Josephine Decker’s take on Shirley Jackson is a thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside." - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian.


THE 11TH HOUR
2015, Brainstorm Media, 97 min, Germany/Denmark, Dir: Anders Morgenthaler

In this intense drama from writer-director Anders Morgenthaler (PRINCESS), Kim Basinger plays Maria, a successful business executive who has been trying for years to have a child; told her biological clock has run out, she takes increasingly desperate measures to get the baby she wants. Basinger is a revelation here, applying single-minded drive to a quest that draws Maria into a world of con-men and criminals. Costarring Jordan Prentice, Peter Stormare and Sebastian Schipper.


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