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Meet Ali (Osamah Sami), the charming son of a Muslim cleric who despite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices. Ali dreams big – he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get the marks. And above all he wants to make his father proud. Really proud. So, what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? Fake it. Because as the son of the cleric (Don Hany), he doesn’t have a choice. It’s one bad decision after another as Ali’s wayward quest to please his father spirals out of control, with cataclysmic consequences. ALI’S WEDDING is an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia. Depicting the lives of a Muslim family in Melbourne with authenticity and warmth, Ali’s family share the same dilemmas as every family: parents who want the best for their children and children who are trying to work out their place in the world. WINNER: Audience Award, Sydney Film Festival. Critic's Award, Melbourne International Film Festival. Awgie Award, Australian Writer's Guild. Some Arabic language, English subtitles
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, two tennis champions who in 1973 participated in a 'woman vs man' match that would transfix the globe and play an integral role in the fight for women's liberation. The 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, the two players were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), with an ace supporting cast including Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman and Alan Cumming, BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a rousing drama that has never been timelier.
Nova Exclusive! Salma Hayek is the commanding lead presence of BEATRIZ AT DINNER, a ferocious drama of a dinner party war of words by writer/director team Mike White and Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl). Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is a compassionate massage therapist and holistic healer from an immigrant background, living in Los Angeles. When her car breaks down as she is visiting her client Cathy (Connie Britton), Beatriz receives a friendly invitation from Cathy to stay for a seemingly innocent business dinner. As the guests arrive and the wine starts to flow, Beatriz finds herself in an escalating conversation with Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), a ruthless real estate mogul who makes it very clear that he cares more about money than people. Opposing views colliding, conversation turning to argument and emotions heating up all round, BEATRIZ AT DINNER is a searing social commentary on the erosion of kindness, with electrifying performances from a star-studded cast.
From Oscar nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Incendies), executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien) and screen writer Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) comes the hugely anticipated BLADE RUNNER 2049. Thirty years after the events of Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Co-starring Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks and Jared Leto.
One of the great rivalries of tennis is brought to the screen by Swedish director Janus Metz, zeroing in on the classic 1980 Wimbledon final between the unflappable, icy Björn Borg and enfant terrible John McEnroe. Two of the greats of modern tennis, Borg and McEnroe were polar opposites in terms of their playing style and court demeanour. The Swede was jokingly referred to as a robot, precise in his game and projecting an unbreakable sense of calm. McEnroe in contrast was an unpredictable player that hugged the net, and with his explosive temper was infamous for bad behaviour. Perfectly cast with the lanky and brooding Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and Shia LaBeouf scowling from under a curly bouffant as McEnroe, the film delves into the contrasts of these two great players while also exploring their surprising similarities. When Gudnason and LaBeouf face off, the sparks from the actors bouncing off each other match the heat of the duel on the court. Some Swedish, French, German & Spanish language, English subtitles
Nova Exclusive! Ben Stiller stars as a man in the midst of a middle-life quandary of success, failure, and overblown dreams in director Mike White’s biting comedy. Brad Sloan has a life that many would envy – a meaningful job, a loving family living in suburban Sacramento – but he has to admit that it’s not quite the life he envisioned when he was younger. When Brad accompanies his college-bound son to the East Coast, his mind inevitably turns to his four closest friends from university who have all gone on to extremely lucrative careers. Beginning to question whether his life is actually one of failure, when circumstances result in a reunion between himself and his famous friends, Brad is confronted with what success really means. Co-starring Jemaine Clement, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer, BRAD’S STATUS turns a crisis of confidence into an examination of how what society deems as success may not necessarily line up with our own desires and capabilities.
A young man goes on a quest to discover what happened to his favourite childhood television show in the hilarious and completely unclassifiable comedy BRIGSBY BEAR. James (Kyle Mooney) was brought up by his over-protective parents in a remote, off-the-grid home for the first 25 years of his life. When his tightly controlled world upends and he finds himself exposed to civilisation for the first time, he is shocked to discover that no one else has seen his favourite TV show Brigsby Bear Adventures, the bedrock of his childhood. Convincing himself that Brigsby’s lessons are the only way for him to interpret and make sense of the world around him, James decides to make a movie in order to give the show the closure he never experienced, and kickstart his own new life. Mooney’s earnest and warm performance as James is supported by Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg in this truly unique take on letting go of the past.
Melissa George returns to Australian film to star in Priscilla Cameron’s visually stunning magic realist tale about a burlesque dancer turned florist who brightens the lives of a despondent father and son. Thirteen year old Fin (Ed Oxenbould) is mourning the death of his mother when he meets Evelyn, a recent transplant to his rural Queensland town, and is drawn into her colourful lifestyle. An adolescent crush grows, where Fin experiences a confusing mix of desire combined with a longing for maternal love. But his friendship with and fantasy of Evelyn is rocked when it becomes clear that his father Al (Ewen Leslie) has also fallen for Evelyn’s charms. An intimate and unique coming-of-age film, Cameron crafts a fantastical romantic piece about love, and it’s intersections with loss.
In the summer of 1967, Detroit’s African American population was at the mercy of a corrupt and racist white police force; discrimination impacted every aspect of their lives. The community was at breaking point, and a police raid on an unlicensed bar became the trigger for a city-wide riot, with Detroit erupting into one of the largest citizen uprisings in U.S. history. Re-uniting director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, DETROIT zeroes in on one pivotal event during the civil unrest – the Algiers Motel Incident – a motel raid which spiralled out of control as police detained and interrogated guests, ending in tragedy. A brilliant ensemble cast including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and break-out star Algee Smith, deliver heartfelt, dedicated portrayals of the real-life people before, during and after this defining moment in their lives. This gripping, intimate film is essential viewing – an urgent recreation of history with heartbreaking parallels to the present.
Based on Greg Sestero's memoir on the making of Tommy Wiseau's so-called "worst film of all time", The Room, James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST is among the most highly-anticipated films of 2017. Dave Franco stars as Greg, a handsome actor hoping to make it big in Los Angeles. Paired with another aspiring performer, Tommy (James Franco), at acting class, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. Tommy possesses a remarkable confidence that unlocks something in Greg, providing him with a self-assurance that starts to open doors in Hollywood. Tommy - whose acting style can only be called 'unique' - finds his dreams of stardom a little more elusive. This friendly rivalry eventually inspires Tommy to create his own opportunities, and his feature film writing, directing and acting debut THE ROOM is born. Co-starring Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Zoey Deutch and Ari Graynor, and featuring dozens of cameo appearances, THE DISASTER ARTIST is already being spoken about as a possible awards-contender. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'disasterpiece' THE ROOM screens at Cinema Nova on the first Saturday of every month, late. Now in its 8th hit year!
Tom Baker returns as the Fourth Doctor in this never before seen Doctor Who treasure, combining original live-action footage with hand-drawn animation. In 1979, SHADA was set to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Critically acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before. But strike action at the BBC in November 1979 meant the studio scenes were never completed and the adventure was abandoned. The story became legendary among fans. Now, thirty-eight years on, BBC Worldwide has announced that SHADA is to finally be completed, combining the original, remastered footage, with brand new colour animation to complete the story. The animation will feature the newly-recorded voices of the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana, performing the original script.
From Christopher Nolan, director of Inception, Interstellar and Memento, comes a chilling wartime thriller set around the allied evacuation from Dunkirk at the height of World War II. With Nazi soldiers closing in on the coastline of France as allied forces from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France, wait to be rescued by the British Navy, Nolan provides multiple perspectives of the effort. Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies) is a 'weekend sailor' whose small boat is requisitioned, Tom Hardy stars as a daredevil pilot charged with protecting the fleet, and Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles are among a group of soldiers desperate to get back to Britain. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and James D'Arcy, Nolan's gripping drama is a Swiss-clock of precision filmmaking that is sure to be remembered during awards season.
Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. Celebrated filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate. After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance. Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today.
The Winnie-the-Pooh books are beloved the world over for their tales of a bear with very little brain that celebrate childhood invention and whimsy. But for the books’ author A. A. Milne, they were a means of bonding with his son, the very real Christopher Robin. Alan Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) is a shell-shocked veteran of the First World War when he and his socialite wide Daphne (Margot Robbie) take up residence at a farmhouse adjacent to a wood that their son Christopher Robin takes delight playing in with his toys. Inspired by Christopher Robin’s games, Milne starts weaving the toys into diverting stories, and makes the fateful decision to use his son’s real name in them. When Winnie-the-Pooh becomes a sensation both author and the books’ child star become celebrities – but the consequences are unforeseen, from Milne being locked out of the serious literary circles that had previously feted him, to Christopher Robin tragically and ironically never being able to escape the golden amber of childhood as he got older.
Be careful who you follow. Aubrey Plaza takes the lead in this gleefully dark comedy that tears into the collective obsession with presenting perfect lives on social media. Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) is spiralling the drain of despair after the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks. The only thing keeping her going is her fixation with the seemingly idyllic life of Instagram sensation Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). Deciding that she and Taylor are destined to be friends, Ingrid uproots herself to Los Angeles and ingratiates herself into Taylor’s life – but what starts as a dream come true descends into unhinged mania that sees both women’s facades fracture.
From the Oscar-nominated director of The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, comes a pitch-black comedy of impossible decisions and the dangers of procrastination. Gifted surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) and his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) live a privileged life in the suburbs with their two loving children Kim and Bob. When Steven is visited by the enigmatic young Martin (Dunkirk's Barry Keoghan) he is offered an impossible choice between self-preservation and a heinous act. With a limited amount of time to make a decision, Steven eventually decides to try and take matters into his own hands. By turns hilarious and horrific, Lanthimos' accomplished film will have you considering what you would do if you were in Steven's situation long after leaving the cinema.
For the first time in cinemas, comes an exclusive premiere event. Featuring a world exclusive pre-recorded interview with the man himself, Louis Theroux. Louis Theroux: Heroin Town is an in-depth look at a community caught in the vice-like grip of heroin addiction. America's love affair with prescription painkillers has led to a population dependent on opiates. But since a crackdown on their over-prescription, where does this leave the two million Americans who developed a habit for these high-strength painkillers? With the pills now becoming increasingly expensive and scarce on the black market, vast numbers of Americans have turned to the cheaper and stronger opiate: heroin. The drug now claims more lives in the US than either car accidents or gun crime. And, for the first time in over two decades, life expectancy in the US is declining - largely attributed to the rise in fatal heroin overdoses. In Huntington, West Virginia, Louis will embed himself in an Appalachian community that is being devastated and stretched to its limits by widespread heroin use. With one in ten babies in the city born addicted to opiates and a fatal overdose rate 13 times the national average, this is ground zero of the nation's heroin epidemic. Louis follows the frontline emergency services, who respond multiple times a day to overdose call-outs, and spends time with a community of users who are caught in the vice-like grip of drug misuse and struggling to maintain their everyday lives
The world’s first fully painted feature film, LOVING VINCENT brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every frame of the film, totalling around 65,000, is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from around the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. No other artist has attracted more attention than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. LOVING VINCENT was first shot as a live action film with actors then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint.
The swansong of cinema great Harry Dean Stanton, LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, LUCKY is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
ADVANCE SCREENING FOR CHARITY Sunday November 26th - 10.30am. Tickets on sale below. Bring your Christmas spirit and banish the humbugs at this special advance screening for charity. Portion of every ticket sold price goes to Beyond Blue and Mark Sarfaty Benevolent Fund. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a delightful movie full of hope, recovery and resilience with a message that supports the work of these charities. Christmas just wasn’t Christmas as we know it until a certain Charles Dickens created a little story called A Christmas Carol. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS tells the tale of how Dickens revived Yuletide festivities with his novel that was miraculous in more ways than one. Facing the pressure of his publishers and looming debt, the writer Dickens (Dan Stevens) is struggling to come up with a new story. With the threat of career ruin hanging over him and his family, Dickens is on the verge of giving up when into his mind and study scowls the perfect Christmas creation: the miserly, grim, not at all jolly Mr Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer). Soon a tale is spilling out of Dickens that would change people’s perception of Christmas forever. Say it with us now: Bah humbug!
The new film from César-winning writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine), THE MIDWIFE marks the remarkable pairing of two of French cinema’s most beloved stars, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot. Gifted midwife Claire (Frot) has led a quiet, focused life, dedicated to her profession and to the raising of her son as a single mother. But change is in the air; the local community maternity ward where she has worked for decades is to be closed, and though she has a job offer from a larger corporate clinic, Claire struggles to reconcile their more efficiency-driven methods with her own. In the midst of this upheaval, she receives a call from Béatrice (Deneuve), the extravagant mistress of her deceased father, who wants to meet again, thirty years after having disappeared without a trace. Béatrice is a true free-spirit – loud, vivacious, and seemingly without guilt. Claire agrees to meet, but is decidedly less than enthusiastic about delving into the secrets of the past, let alone prepared to respond to a plea for help. An exquisite depiction of feminine strengths and frailties. THE MIDWIFE memorably – and movingly – questions the value of change, but also whether steak, chips and red wine can really be considered a healthy lunch. French language, English subtitles
From the director of Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream, Darren Aronofsky, comes a nightmare vision of humanity that promises to be one of the year's most discussed and divisive films. Living an idyllic life in an idyllic home, a poet (Javier Bardem) and his muse (Jennifer Lawrence) are hoping to create their own personal paradise. When an unexpected guest (Ed Harris) arrives, their comfortable existence is increasingly eroded as more and more interlopers intrude upon their lives and events threaten to escalate to biblical proportions.
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, MOUNTAIN is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in our millions? Narrated by Willem Dafoe, MOUNTAIN shows us the spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.
Kenneth Branagh directs an all-star cast in a lavish adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel of deception and deduction. Thirteen strangers come together for a cross-country trek aboard the fabled steam train The Orient Express. Among them is the world's greatest detective, Hercule Poirot (Branagh), en route to consult on an unsolved crime. When a passenger is found dead in their sleeper and the train's journey is halted by an avalanche, Poirot must solve the murder before he becomes a victim. Co-starring Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp and Olivia Colman.
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join the cast and crew for an in-cinema discussion following a screening of THE NEON SPECTRUM! Hosted by Stephen A Russell. Tuesday 28 November, 6.30pm. Tickets on sale now! Indie Melbourne filmmaker Lee Galea (winner - Best Film at the 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Monster Pies) returns with The Neon Spectrum. When a lonely English girl learns of a hidden letter from her estranged father, she journeys to Australia in search of answers and the man who can give them to her. Stephanie Gonelli, Pat Moonie, Joshua Orpin and Trevor Hanna star.
Winner of the Best Director award at the Locarno Film Festival, João Pedro Rodrigues’ THE ORNITHOLOGIST is a visually-arresting and powerful journey into the Portuguese wilderness and beyond. An amateur birdwatcher, Fernando (Paul Hamy), is on an expedition in northern Portugal when he loses control of his kayak in the rapids, and wakes up in the middle of a forest in the care of two Chinese women who are on a pilgrimage. The further Fernando goes into the forest the stranger and more fantastic the situations he encounters become, until it becomes apparent that Fernando is in the middle of a journey of the soul – one where the terrain traversed may be more important than any revelation. Playful and provocative, THE ORNITHOLOGIST transforms into a surreal retelling of Catholic parable of Saint Anthony of Padua (the patron saint of lost things) that is equal parts spiritually transfixing and homoerotically charged. You won’t have seen anything quite like it before. Portuguese language, English subtitles
Nova Exclusive! In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN tells the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940's and the controversy the comic generated. While Marston's feminist superhero was criticised by censors for her 'sexual perversity', he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston's muses for the Wonder Woman character were the two great loves of his life - his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). Two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behaviour research -- while building a hidden life with him that rivalled the greatest of superhero disguises. Writer/director Angela Robinson’s PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN is a bold and illuminating true tale of invention, perseverance and courage against the forces of oppression.
An observational documentary that follows the year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland, SCHOOL LIFE explores a truly unique learning environment. Headfort School, housed in an 18th century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden's life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now the unthinkable looms: they must start making preparations for their retirement. Who will take up the mantle of Headfort’s ancient yet ultra-modern model of education? And what will keep them engaged in life if they leave?
The new film from George Clooney, SUBURBICON stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in a biting satire co-written by the Coen Brothers. Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns -- the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959 the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. Clooney’s caustic vision of an America that is full of cracks and deep, disturbing secrets under the shiny surface comes to life as the town of Suburbicon is plunged into a vicious state of paranoia. You too can live the American dream, as long as you follow the rules…
From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hřebejk, THE TEACHER is a wildly entertaining black comedy inspired by the true story of a Communist-era school teacher who manipulated her pupils and their families for unprecedented personal gain. The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. At the start of a new term at a suburban high school, a seemingly kind new teacher, Maria Drazděchová, greets her class. She asks them to introduce themselves and share what their parents do for a living, explaining that it’s important to know how their parents might collectively help the group. Soon after, she gradually begins to pressure both students and parents by seeking favours and connecting them with special treatment in class and, most significantly, good grades. Before long Maria’s demands grow more complex and dangerous, leading the school principal to call a secret meeting, seeking parents to sign a petition to move “Comrade Drazděchová” on from the school. But her high connections with the Communist Party hang above everyone in the room, and it’s soon evident that standing up for what’s right may be much easier said than done. THE TEACHER is a rousing morality tale that delivers a timeless and universal story of opportunism, bias and human dignity. Slovak language, English subtitles
From writer/director Ben Elton comes THREE SUMMERS, an ensemble comedy that embraces the diversity of modern Australia. At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band (Rebecca Breeds) meets a folk music-hating Theremin player (Robert Sheehan) and sparks literally fly. Characters surrounding this awkward romance include a fiercely Aussie Morris Dancer (Michael Caton), an Indigenous dance troupe, a group of wine-loving empty nesters, a power tripping security guard, a wannabe girl rock band and some musical asylum seekers. In fact, all manner of stories collide under the meddling eye of community radio super star, Queenie (Magda Szubanski), who welcomes the campers back three summers in a row for a folking good time.
The western world was once throw into an absolute frenzy over one particular flower, and it’s against this background that a passionate, sensual affair unfolds in the erotic period drama TULIP FEVER. The 17th-century tulip mania is raging, and in Amsterdam painter Jan van Loos (Dane DeHaan) has been commissioned to paint the portrait of beautiful young noblewoman Sophia (Alicia Vikander) by her merchant husband Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz). The intimacy engendered by these painting sessions lead to a covert romance between the painter and his subject, and as their love for each other grows a plan is concocted for their escape that involves a scheming maid, switched identities, and a high-stakes investment in the increasingly unstable tulip market.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman, a little boy who may look different but takes on the world with a spirit that makes his doubters sit back on their heels. School is hard enough when you don’t have an obvious physical signifier of your difference. For Auggie Pullman (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), who was born with facial differences that other children (and adults who should know better) find off-putting, going to a mainstream school is a potential nightmare. After spending most of his childhood in and out of hospitals, Auggie is now well enough to attend a regular school, which raises mixed emotions for his parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson). As his family, new classmates and the wider community struggle with their own sense of compassion and acceptance, it’s Auggie who will prove that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.