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2008, The Cinema Guild, 100 min, France/Germany, Dir: Claire Denis

One of Denis’ most poignant films, 35 SHOTS OF RUM portrays a rare father-daughter relationship. The antagonist is time itself, as aging father Lionel (Alex Descas) cannot escape the constant reminder of his impending retirement and the prospect of living alone, while daughter Josephine (Mati Diop), now a grown woman, must look ahead to college graduation and possibly marriage. Luckily, they have friendly neighbors within their apartment building to keep them company and distract them from their fears. “This outstanding new film from Claire Denis demonstrates her fluency and mastery in the kind of movie language that is rich, quietly complex and subtle - and very un-Hollywood.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.

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