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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.


DOGMAN
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 102 min, Italy/France, Dir: Matteo Garrone

This riveting underworld drama from Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) centers on Marcello (Cannes Best Actor winner Marcello Fonte), a humble dog groomer, a loving single father and, to make ends meet, a petty coke dealer. Among his customers is Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a thug who terrorizes his run-down Naples neighborhood - and wants Marcello’s help to commit a robbery. A fable of good and evil colored by dark humor and surreal touches, DOGMAN earned eight Nastro d'Argento awards. “DOGMAN unfolds its relatively straightforward story with both thrilling style and serious moral force: it’s a sensation judged on either bark or bite.” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.


TALE OF TALES
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
2015, IFC Films, 125 min, Dir: Matteo Garrone

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) makes his English-language debut with this fantasy-horror anthology film, which takes the classic PENTAMERONE collection of fairy tales as its source. An international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones stars in a trio of stylish fables exploring love, desire and obsession.


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