In a small town in the Icelandic hinterland, ex-police chief Ingimundur, struggling to recover from his wife’s death two years earlier, begins to suspect she was having an affair with another man. The glacial beauty of Iceland’s landscapes, heightened by a coldly meticulous lens, serves as the backdrop to a portrait of a man whose feverish quest turns to obsession. Star Ingvar E. Sigurdsson’s commanding screen presence and the unsettling score by British composer Edmund Finnis lend finesse to Pálmason’s drama about vengeance, unconditional love and the downward spiral of a grief-stricken widower.
A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.
At 83, Ken Loach’s sense of his times is sharper than ever. Sorry We Missed You, his latest feature, gives his trademark neorealism a new turn as it targets the gig economy. Central to this family drama is Ricky, a father, husband and serial odd-jobber forced to reinvent himself as a delivery driver for a Web-based corporation. Impeccably filmed and marked by excellent performances, this is Loach at his unflinching, gut-wrenching best: giving a voice to those who end up getting screwed by the technological change that generates astronomical profits for just a few.
Yuli tells the life story of celebrated Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, as well as the story of how a child became a dancer. Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, his father, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. The boy in years, becomes the first black dancer to be cast in some of the most prestigious companies such as the Royal Ballet in London. Directed by Icíar Bollaín from the script by Ken Loach’s legendary screenwriter Paul Laverty, and featuring Acosta as himself, Yuli is a vibrant, warm, powerful film about art, identity, sacrifice, courage, family, and determination.
When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, FANTASTIC FUNGI brings us together as interconnected creators of our world.
FANTASTIC FUNGI, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
Something strange is happening around the Red Crow Mi’gMaq reserve: dead fish start coming back to life, followed shortly by dead humans. All too soon, the Indigenous residents of Red Crow — remarkably immune to the hideous plague — find their community invaded by white refugees, whose survival they must ensure . . . Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) surely had one of the year’s best pitches with this brilliantly twisted storyline. His dark sophomore feature, harrowing and unsettling, gives the zombie movie a very of-the-moment twist, nodding to the genre’s political roots while placing it firmly within the burgeoning militancy of the present day.
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond - until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.