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NEWS OF THE WORLD
2020, Universal, 118 min, USA/China, Dir: Paul Greengrass

The year is 1870. Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.

In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Cicada, aka Johanna Leonberger (Helena Zengel, SYSTEM CRASHER), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa tribe six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will after her home was burned by the soldiers who took her.

Kidd reluctantly agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.


BEAUTIFUL BOY
2018, Amazon Studios, 120 min, USA, Dir: Felix Van Groeningen

Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen’s (THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN) moving drama is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by his son, Nic Sheff, offering two points of view on the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. As father and son, Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet lead an outstanding cast that includes Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. “Scrupulous and tenderly wounding - a drama that seizes and holds you. It’s a compelling movie whether or not it happens to speak to you personally, yet you can bet that a lot of people who have stood by and watched members of their families succumb to drug addiction are going to want to see it.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


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