PAST PRODUCTIONS 2017/18
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Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Kenneth Lonergan's beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. Scratching out a living as a handyman in Boston, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is suddenly called back to his home town on the Massachusetts coast because of the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler). This loss returns him to the scene of an even greater grief, threatening to tip him over the edge for good.
“Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester by the Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief.” (Phil De Semlyen - Empire)
Director: Chan-wook Park
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
This brilliant adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith” is a beautifully filmed erotic drama of passion and betrayal set in 1930’s Japan and Korea.
It is the story of a beautiful young Japanese lady living on an isolated estate with her eccentric guardian. A young Korean woman is hired to serve her as her handmaiden but she is in fact a part of a confidence trick to defraud her of her large inheritance. The twist at the end is both surprising and satisfying.
“A complex and wonderfully decadent erotic melodrama” (Geoffrey McNab – The Independent)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Ville Virtanen, Sherwan Haji, Kati Outinen
This cuttingly poignant comedy, begins with a young Syrian asylum seeker emerging from a coal pile in Helsinki’s industrial port. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) has wound up here by accident, after escaping violent persecution by jumping aboard a freighter in Eastern Europe. Khaled, wanting to do things by the book, hands himself in as an illegal migrant, he checks in to a Reception Centre and is grilled about his journey to Finland from the rubble of Aleppo. Kaurismäki manages to bring a smile back to our faces, let alone the torrents of laughter, later on, that his film manages to unleash.
“Aki Kaurismaki’s tale ... mines the deadpan humour he’s famous for while refusing to flinch from heartbreak and hardship.” (The Guardian)