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I WAS, I AM, I WILL BE
ES GILT DAS GESPROCHENE WORT
2019, 122 min, Germany/France, Dir: Ilker Çatak

Ilker Çatak’s sophomore feature is a nuanced examination of life's unpredictability and progression from a troubled past to a complicated present and the hopeful promise of the future. Opposite worlds collide when Turkish gigolo Baran (Ogulcan Arman Uslu) meets Marion (Anne Ratte-Polle), a German pilot, on the beaches of Marmaris. In his pursuit of a better life in Europe, Baran convinces Marion to take him back to Germany, but what starts as a simple arrangement begins to develop into something deeper. “Çatak keeps the focus on a human level as the couple faces the kind of dilemmas that might have fuelled a melodrama by Douglas Sirk or Fassbinder.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International.


UNDINE
2020, IFC Films, 90 min, Germany/France, Dir: Christian Petzold

From writer-director Christian Petzold, one of Germany’s most celebrated auteurs, UNDINE is a fascinating retelling of a timeless myth set in modern-day Berlin. Told through Petzold’s precise visual style, the films follows its titular character, a city historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development, as she heads towards fulfillment of the ancient myth to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water. Her chance encounter with the sensitive industrial diver Christophe (Franz Rogowski), however, proves that no destiny is certain. Beer, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, reunites with her TRANSIT co-star Franz Rogowski, in this romantic, yet chilling fantasy, whose mysteries lie submerged in water. Winner of the Berlin FIPRESCI Critics Award.


INSTANT LOVE
AMOR EN POLVO
2019, 79 min, Spain, Dir: Juanjo Moscardó, Suso Imbernón

Feeling trapped in a sexless marriage, Pablo (Enrique Arce) and Blanca (Lorena López) decide to try out swinging as a way to rekindle their romance. The couple arranges to meet at a bar with two of their single friends, Mia (Macarena Gómez) and Lucas (Luis Miguel Seguí), but end up missing the date when they get caught up in a heated argument that leads them to reconsider everything that they had believed about sex, love and married life. Meanwhile at the bar, Mia and Lucas flirt and begin to fall in love. This romantic comedy follows the two couples over the course of the night as one weathers a crisis and the other ignites a new flame. “Macarena Gómez shines in her role as a liberated woman.” - Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa


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