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MADAME BUTTERFLY
Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Muchloved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’ romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned CioCio-San clings vainly to her dreams. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
 
GOETHE présente MARIJA (STF)
Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, earns her living as a hotel maid in Dortmund, but dreams of owning her own hair salon. When she is fired without notice, she finds herself forced to look at other means to earn money, putting her body, social relationships and own feelings aside to reach those goals.

“Koch's assured, no-nonsense debut paints a universally relevant portrait of disenfranchised immigrant life. (…), shedding generous light on a still-underexposed world of overlapping immigrant factions in Germany’s urban fringes, where Eastern Europeans, Turks and other groups form a warily co-dependent social hierarchy of their own. – Variety
 
CINÉMAGIQUE présente I, DANIEL BLAKE
Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
Ken Loach
 
LE SONGE D\'UNE NUIT D\'ÉTÉ
Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he portrays a complex love story in two acts and six scenes. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, become caught up in a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the queen of the fairies which results in the intervention of the mischievous Puck and his magic potion along with a troupe of amateur actors. The denouement is celebrated in the form of a grand virtuoso entertainment. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. The sets and costumes for this production have been designed by another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.
 
IRAN: ABA JAN (STA)
ABAJAN is the latest film from the young and gifted Iranian director Hatef Alimardani. A drama starring Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Saeed Aghakhani and Shabnam Moghadami, the film is set in the city of Zanjan in the 1980s and tells the story of emotional and familial challenges imposed on the central characters during the war years. Abajan was a major hit with audiences at this year's Fajr Film Festival, leading to multiple additional screenings. The performance by Fatemeh Motamed Aria, the most critically acclaimed Iranian actress of all time, is the film's jewel and has received many accolades since its premiere
Hatef Alimardani
 
EASY RIDER
"EASY RIDER is the late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) in a conformist and corrupt America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. Released in the year of the Woodstock concert, and made in a year of two tragic assassinations (Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King), the Vietnam War buildup and Nixon's election, the tone of this 'alternative' film is remarkably downbeat and bleak, reflecting the collapse of the idealistic 60s. EASY RIDER, one of the first films of its kind, was a ritualistic experience and viewed (often repeatedly) by youthful audiences in the late 1960s as a reflection of their realistic hopes of liberation and fears of the Establishment. The iconographic, 'buddy' film, actually minimal in terms of its artistic merit and plot, is both memorialized as an image of the popular and historical culture of the time and a story of a contemporary but apocalyptic journey by two self-righteous, drug-fueled, anti-hero (or outlaw) bikers eastward through the American Southwest. Their trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans takes them through limitless, untouched landscapes (icons such as Monument Valley), various towns, a hippie commune, and a graveyard (with hookers), but also through areas where local residents are increasingly narrow-minded and hateful of their long-haired freedom and use of drugs. The film's title refers to their rootlessness and ride to make "easy" money; it is also slang for a pimp who makes his livelihood off the earnings of a prostitute. However, the film's original title was The Loners."
Dennis Hopper
 
GRADUATION (STA)
ROMEO ALDEA (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding -Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.
Cristian Mungiu
 
POESIA SIN FIN (STA)
Endless Poetry portrays Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America’s literature.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
 
DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE (STF)
David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America, to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corner of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.

“Who wouldn’t want to spend 90 minutes inside David Lynch’s head? A must-see film.” - David Frear, Rolling Stone

“Art and life inseparably imitate each other in this engagingly discursive portrait of the cult filmmaker in fine-arts mode. Indispensible for Lynch heads.” – Variety

“Jason S.’s dense, dark camerawork can only be called Lynchian. At times the busy backgrounds strewn with unidentifiable objects become confused with the bizarre, rather monstrous constructions Lynch sticks to canvas in a stream of creative outpouring.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Leaves the viewer ready to revisit Lynch's iconic works from a new angle after its quietly fascinating keyhole view into the creative mind.” – Austin Chronicle
Jon Nguyen,Rick Barnes & Olivia Neergaard-Holm
 
English subtitled in French
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
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COLOSSAL
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Nacho Vigalondo
 
English subtitled in French
13+  Langage vulgaire
13+ Langage vulgaire
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T2 TRAINSPOTTING
First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Danny Boyle
 

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