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IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO
1949, Televisa, 90 min, Mexico, Dir: Roberto Gavaldón

Fortune-telling astrologer Jaime Karin (Arturo de Córdova) seduces the widow of a millionaire (Leticia Palma) to bilk her out of the inheritance - only to learn she plotted to murder her late husband. A tense game of cat-and-mouse ensures - but who’s the cat? Noir is rife with charismatic charlatans (NIGHTMARE ALLEY, THE SPIRITUALIST) and IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND stands with the best of them. Director Gavaldón - the Robert Siodmak of Mexican cinema - teams with his stars and stupendous cinematographer Alex Phillips to create the greatest film noir ever made in Mexico.


KNIVES OUT
2019, Lionsgate, 131 min, USA, Dir: Rian Johnson

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure - everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, and more.


ANTIGONE
2019, Cinema Libre Studio, 109 min, Canada, Dir: Sophie Deraspe

Writer-director Sophie Deraspe’s liberal adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Sophocles is the daring story of one young woman’s commitment to make the world a better place, even if it means sacrificing herself. Antigone (Nahéma Ricci, in a luminous performance) is an Algerian-born teenager growing up with her immigrant family in Montréal when her oldest brother is killed by police and her other brother arrested and threatened with deportation. Antigone invents a dangerous plan to free him - but the consequences of her actions spiral out of control. As Antigone’s predicament intensifies, the film deftly addresses urgent questions of immigration and belonging, social media and identity and the possibilities of idealism. Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.


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