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2020, The Match Factory, 93 min, Germany/Greece, Dir: Daphne Charizani

In writer-director Daphne Charizani’s thoughtful drama, Kurdish immigrant Rojda (Almila Bagriacik), serving in the German army, attempts to keep her family together despite the separation caused by borders and military conflicts. After successfully negotiating her mother’s release from a camp for displaced Kurds and returning her to Germany, Rojda sets out to find her missing sister, who is somewhere in Iraq fighting in a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers. In her thinly veiled rescue mission, Rojda volunteers as an interpreter to support the women’s battalion, which leads her to dangerous and surprising encounters. Part of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino special selection at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival.


MARTIN EDEN
2019, Kino Lorber, 129 min, Italy/France/Germany, Dir: Pietro Marcello

Based on Jack London’s classic novel of the same name, MARTIN EDEN transports the turn-of-the-century Oakland-based tale to postwar Naples, where class conflict is even more prominent. Caught between his working-class upbringing and the bourgeois world of his love interest, Elena (Jessica Cressy), Martin (Luca Marinelli) hopes to climb the social ladder by becoming part of the literary elite. Winner of the Platform Prize for Directing at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 and the Best Actor Award for Marinelli at the Venice Film Festival 2019. “The tense, emotional energy behind Martin’s archetypal European hero’s journey (think: Faust, Hamlet) is expressive, dynamic, and experimental at times. Marinelli’s performance is immaculately layered and positions him in the spotlight as the upcoming sensation he is.” - Luke Hicks, The Playlist


THE TRAITOR
IL TRADITORE
2019, Sony Pictures, 152 min, Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, Dir: Marco Bellocchio

From veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) comes the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, former made mobster turned Mafia informant. Set in Sicily in the 1980s, THE TRAITOR begins amid an all-out war between two Sicilian mafia bosses. Feeling the escalating pressure as his allies begin to be picked off, Buscetta flees to Brazil, where he faces a decision that will change the entire history of the Italian mob. Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fausto Russo Alesi star in this riveting crime drama, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “THE TRAITOR is big, bold, confident film-making.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


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