THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
2021, Netflix, 129 min, USA/UK, Dir: Aaron Sorkin

It’s 1968 and the United States is in turmoil. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down by an assassin in Memphis, Robert F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Los Angeles. The Vietnam War is at its height with over 30,000 American casualties and 1,000 more U.S. troops killed each month. In August, scores of antiwar protestors gather outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and are tear gassed and beaten by police and the National Guard. The following year, the organizers of the protest - including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) - were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.


OUT IN THE OPEN
INTEMPERIE
2019, 103 min, Spain/Portugal, Dir: Benito Zambrano

Poignant and full of suspense and emotion, OUT IN THE OPEN is a story of friendship between a shepherd who has lived on the margins of society for a long time and a boy who sets out on a journey through the desert fleeing from the implacable overseer of his town. The long-awaited return to the cinema of two-time Goya winner Benito Zambrano(SOLAS), this exciting thriller with Western echoes stars three-time Goya winner Luis Tosar (TAKE MY EYES) and is based on the novel of the same name translated into more than 20 languages. - Distributor blurb


MOTHER (2019)
MADRE
2019, 129 min, Spain/France, Dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

MOTHER is an expansion of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s 2017 Oscar-nominated short, in which an anguished mother loses her six-year-old son on a beach. The feature film picks up the story ten years after the boy’s disappearance and follows the mother, Elena (Marta Nieto), who now lives in the French coastal town where her son went missing. The film probes the emotional depths of grief as Elena lives out a hollow existence haunted by the ghost of her son. Perhaps reminding the woman of her boy, an adolescent tourist, Jean (Jules Porier), catches her interest. The gangly Jean seems drawn to Elena as well. Much of what passes between the two remains unspoken, and their growing bond results in tension and unease for those around them. “In a quiet, tremulous drama short on firm answers, Sorogoyen’s directorial technique is … boldly assertive.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


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