A moving and heart-warming story of food, friendship and female empowerment, set against the backdrop of a modern-day Casablanca medina. The debut feature film from director Maryam Touzani, Adam explores the unlikely friendship between two very different women – one a lonely widow and the other unmarried and pregnant - whose paths cross in a tiny bakery. Initially closed off from the world, the widowed Alba (Lubna Azabal) is reluctantly charmed by pregnant Samia’s (Nisrin Erradi) eagerness to lend a hand with baking. When conservative values threaten both women’s freedoms as Samia struggles to prepare for her growing baby, the bond they grow to share could be the saving of them both. “An unabashed love letter to motherhood… beautifully made, deeply satisfying… emotional comfort food” - Variety Arabic language, English subtitles.
This once in a lifetime Broadway event marks a unique collaboration between two visionary artists - Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Oscar and Emmy-winner director Spike Lee. Recorded during its late 2019 to early 2020 run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution and social justice are paramount. This one-of-a-kind film includes performances of songs from Byrne’s 2018 solo album of the same name, in addition to popular Talking Heads favorites. The musical numbers accompanied with brief monologues allows Byrne to address various socio-political topics from police brutality, immigration and climate change to the American election. Director Spike Lee places the audience in the centre of the show in a way few films performances have done before. Seamlessly integrating his cameras with the performers, he literally invites the audience to step on stage and be at one with the performers resulting in a unique live experience.
What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. When seriously ill teenager Milla (Eliza Scanlon, Little Women) falls madly in love with a smalltime drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace, Acute Misfortune), it’s her protective parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn & Essie Davis) worst nightmare. Shannon Murphy makes her feature directorial debut with an electrifying Australian-made drama that has been acclaimed the world-over, including winning the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival for Toby Wallace's performance. Winner: Best International Feature, Zurich Film Festival.
A film for anyone who has ever held on to the past, and one that explores the bittersweet grip of nostalgia. What if your past could be recreated to the last detail? Director Nicolas Bedos (Mr. & Mrs. Adelman, The Players) hypothesizes about an alternate path that virtual reality may take in his film LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. Victor (Daniel Auteuil) is a disillusioned cartoonist surveying the state of his life and his marriage to Marianne (Fanny Ardant). He encounters Antoine (Guillaume Canet) – director of a company called Time Travellers who provide tailor-made experiences of the past – and he soon deep-dives into a world of escapism into a time long gone. A romcom striking in its originality, cleverness, and the very Frenchness of it all, Bedos’ film is more than a homage to the past – it’s a reverie of lost happiness and at the same time a musing upon where the future could be headed. French language, English subtitles
A lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it from director D.W. Young. THE BOOKSELLERS dives into the fascinating world of rare book dealers and collectors. Dreamers, intellectuals, eccentrics, these antiquarians play an essential role in preserving the history and future of the printed word. A loving celebration of book culture, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of many unique objects and the obsessive hunt for the next great find; from Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester (the most expensive book ever sold) to essential early hip-hop documents. Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Gay Talese and going behind the covers with a range of rare book dealers, collectors and booksellers from such stores as The Strand, THE BOOKSELLERS is a special treat for anyone in love with the written word.
Meet The Filmmaker Q&A Wed Nov 25, 6.30pm: Join us for a screening of this powerful documentary about the women's liberation movement in Australia, followed by a special Q&A panel with director Catherine Dwyer, co-producer Philippa Campey and activist Robin Laurie. Revealing for the first time in incredible detail an exciting and revolutionary chapter in Australian history - the Women’s Liberation Movement (1965 -1975) - Catherine Dwyer's BRAZEN HUSSIES is a reminder not only of how far we've come but also how far we have yet to go in achieving equality for all. Interweaving freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists all around Australia, BRAZEN HUSSIES shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change. Full of the raw energy and determination that fueled feminism for more than 50 years, Dwyer's film is an entertaining look back at Australia's history.
Stadium tour doco BREAK THE SILENCE: THE MOVIE zooms in on the K-pop sensation that is boy band BTS. A seven-member musical group that has amassed millions of fans, dominated the Billboard charts, and become the fastest act since The Beatles to obtain four US #1 albums, BTS were also the first Korean group to perform at Wembley Stadium – during the world tour seen in this doco. With unprecedented access and one-on-one interviews with each band member, director Park Jun-soo shows a candid side to one of the biggest pop groups in the world. Starring: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, Jung Kook. Korean language, English subtitles. The feature presentation contains sequences of flashing lights which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities.
A sexy high-art thriller set on the shores of Lake Como, Giuseppe Captondi adapts Charles Willeford's novel. Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang, The Square), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.
A hit with film festival audiences and critics, THE CLIMB marks the arrival of a new comedy voice in writers and actors Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin. Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond — until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. A black comedy about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage, THE CLIMB 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. Winner: Jury Prize, Deauville Film festival. Winner: Un Certain Regard 'Heart Prize', Cannes Film Festival. Official selection: Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals.
Inspired by true events, Jan Komasa’s 2020 Academy Award-nominated drama CORPUS CHRISTI is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption about a charismatic young ex-convict who fooled a Polish village by posing as a priest. Featuring a simply jaw-dropping lead performance from Bartosz Bielenia, Komasa’s film astutely navigates themes of faith, virtue and forgiveness. Widely hailed by critics and audiences as the stand-out discovery of the 2019 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, CORPUS CHRISTI demands – and deserves – equal international attention. Polish language, English subtitles
A man obsessed with his tasselled deerskin jacket. A new lease on life. And a fair bit of murdering. DEERSKIN defies easy explanation, but director Quentin Dupiex has created a surrealist black comedy that dances merrily along the line of absurdist film, heading straight for cult status. Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is Georges, our troubled protagonist. Denise (Adèle Haenel, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) is a trusting bartender innocently enabling him. Convinced that his new jacket is his salvation and the fix to all his problems, Georges heads further and further into delirium as we witness both the violent undoing of a man, as well as a jacket that - be you leather wearer or not - will stay with the audience beyond the film’s end. French language, English subtitles
Based on the bestselling novel by Tim Winton, Gregor Jordan (Two Hands, Buffalo Soldiers) directs a moving drama starring Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting), Garret Hedlund (Mudbound) and David Wenham (Lion). Featuring original music by Julia Stone. Georgie Jutland (Macdonald) is barely holding it together these days without a drink. Once a nurse, now she’s trapped in the backwater fishing port of White Point with local crayfish baron, Jim Buckridge (Wenham) and his two sons. One hazy night she sees the lone figure of Lu Fox (Hedlund) appear in the mists of the bay. A long time ago he was a dirt musician, but now he survives as a poacher - an unwise choice given Jim’s iron-grip on the local fishing trade. Georgie is instantly drawn to Lu, and the pair begin an intense affair. What Georgie doesn’t realise is that the Foxes and the Buckridges have a long, murky history.
Pierre Cardin, legendary fashion designer, is front and centre in this new film about his life, times and oeuvre. Undoubtedly a giant in his field, we hear from stars in talking heads about the man and his work, in David Eversole and Todd Hughes’ captivating doco: Sharon Stone, Naomi Watts, Alice Cooper and Jean-Paul Gaultier are among his famous friends who give us insight into his world. A futurist in more ways than one - Cardin was one of the first to embrace diversity in his models - viewers are awarded a rare peek into the life of a true design titan, one who (nearing 100 years old!) still has much to say. Some French language, English subtitles.
In this delightfully droll and whimsical globetrotter comedy-drama from director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention), a man leaves Palestine in search of a new life - to Paris, to New York - only to find that his quest for a new home is shadowed by his old one. Finding reminders of Palestine everywhere he goes, his journey - and the film - meander along in surreal, absurdist style. Having competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and selected as the Palestinian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, Suleiman’s film becomes a wry study of what home is and where home lies. Various foreign languages, English subtitles
From the mind of celebrated artist Miranda July (Me And You And Everyone We Know, The Future) comes an unpredictable comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez. Living together in an office adjacent to a leaking bubble factory, Old Dolio (Wood) - named for an older homeless person who won the lottery in the hope of being included in his Last Will & Testament - lives with her small-time grifter parents Robert (Jenkins) and Theresa (Winger). Pulling petty scams on the streets of Los Angeles to make ends meet, a chance to fly to New York and back brings with it an opportunity to extort $1,525 from a Travel Insurance company. Meeting extroverted Melanie (Rodriguez) on the return flight, Old Dolio's quirky family gains a new member full of fresh (and hilariously dishonest) ideas. Full of Miranda July's quirky observations on family, belonging and the genuine threat of electrified doors following earthquakes, KAJILLIONAIRE is a disarmingly funny and unexpectedly moving comedy.
From Saturday Night Live sensation Pete Davidson and movie mastermind Judd Apatow comes a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about a New York State burnout who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his widow mother starts to date again. Scott (Davidson) is a classic case of arrested development; living in his mother's basement, smoking lots of weed and dreaming of opening the world's first 'dine-in tattoo parlour'. As his sister (Maud Apatow) heads off to college, Scott's mother Margie (Marisa Tomei) decides to re-enter the world of dating. When Margie starts seeing a fireman (Bill Burr), this brings back difficult memories for Scott whose own fire-fighting father passed away on the job. Co-starring Steve Buscemi and Bel Powley, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is already being praised as the best film of Apatow's career.
Filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, KINKY BOOTS: The Musical is strutting onto the cinema screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think. Charlie (Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola (Matt Henry) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. This unmissable musical theatre event celebrates a joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!
Nova exclusive! The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it? One woman thinks she has the answer. Australian CEO and ‘dreamer' Fabian Dattner, leads an international group of 76 female scientists on an Antarctic voyage designed to transform them "into the sort of leaders they want to be." Her hope is that once these women are primed to lead in science, they will be able to make meaningful change around the world. But on board, as the women's deeply personal stories of workplace gender biases and more are revealed, Dattner's own leadership style and philosophy is severely tested. Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, The Leadership unearths the profoundly troubling systemic obstacles to women's advancement in science and beyond.
Ruiz (Damien Bonnard) stars as a provincial policeman who moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil - the location of Victor Hugo's famous 1862 novel Les Miserables. Discovering that tensions between opposing gangs threaten to push the city to breaking point, Ruiz is paired with unscrupulous police veterans who consider themselves to be above the law. Oscar nominated for Best International Film at this year's Academy Awards, Ladj Ly's high-tension LES MISERABLES is a contemporary French drama that arrives as citizens the world-over are rising-up against those who abuse their power to protect. Winner: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival. Winner: Best Film, Editing, Promising Actor, Cesar Awards. Winner: Best Film, Athens International Film Festival. French language, English subtitles
Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Leslie Manville star in a gripping drama directed by Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone), based on the novel by Larry Watson. Margaret and George Blackledge (Lane, Costner) are still grappling with the accidental death of their son when their daughter in-law and mother to their grandson, Lorna (Kayli Carter), decides to remarry. When Lorna and her new husband suddenly disappear without warning, Margaret and George set-off to find their grandson. Descending into the remote midwest, the couple soon discover that Lorna is now living with the Weboy clan - a family that has a strong hold upon the local townsfolk, led by matriarch Blanche Weboy (Manville). Co-starring Booboo Stewart, Jeffery Donovan and Australian actor Adam Stafford.
Liam Neeson stars in a heart-warming father/son story set in glorious Tuscany. Bohemian London artist Robert (Neeson) returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Micheál Richardson; Neeson's real-life son) to sell the house they inherited from Robert's late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair… Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert’s comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Lindsay Duncan), an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention. For Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. He soon falls for Natalia (Valeria Bilello), a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria – until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband. As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.
Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho's investigative thriller returns to the cinema screen fully restored in a celebration of the filmmaker's unique vision. The harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial murderer terrorizing small-town 1980s South Korea, MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003) is Bong Joon Ho's second feature film. The first of many successful collaborations between the four-time Oscar winner director and leading man Song Kang Ho, the film follows the paths of three increasingly desperate detectives as they attempt to decipher the violent mind of a killer in a futile effort to solve the case. Now, seventeen years after its initial release, and a year after the real culprit was identified, this cult classic takes its place as a modern masterpiece. Korean language, English subtitles.
It was a time of swimsuit parades, slow waves and on-the-spot twirls. But it was also the beginning of the Women’s Liberation Movement and the rise of the feminist agenda! Starring Keira Knightley, Greg Kinnear, Jessie Buckley, Leslie Manville, Rhys Ifans and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, MISBEHAVIOUR is comic romp set at the 1970 Miss World competition in London. Hosted by international guest Bob Hope (Kinnear), the competition was the most-watched TV show in the world. Looking to move their message from the streets to the international stage, a newly formed "Women's Libbers" group makes plans to disrupt the live broadcast. Based on an incredible true story.
Nova exclusive! Kit (Henry Golding) arrives in Vietnam ahead of his older brother to search out a meaningful place to scatter their parents’ ashes. It's a country Kit last knew as a six-year-old boy when his family fled as refugees in the turbulent aftermath of the American-Vietnam war. Meeting Lewis (Parker Sawyers), a handsome and sensitive African American, a romance sparks between them as Lewis introduces Kit to the more vibrant and contemporary parts of the country he left behind. A rich and poignant reflection on the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present, MONSOON is a rich and romantic drama about coming to terms with the opposing sides that faught in a war that would define a generation and change Vietnam forever. Some Vietnamese language, English subtitles.
An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark on a journey across state lines to New York City when one of them is faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of support due to a staunchly conservative local government. Written and directed by Beach Rats filmmaker Eliza Hittman. Winner: Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival. Winner: Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
Bill Murray reteams with his Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola for a breezy comedy set in New York City. Faced with sudden doubts about her marriage, a young New York mother and writer (Rashida Jones) teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) to tail her husband (Marlon Wayans) in a bittersweet comedy about relationships, fidelity and families.
Set four years after the events of Train To Busan, Sang-ho Yeon's breathless postapocalyptic thriller sees a group of desperate South Korean refugees return to the country to retrieve an enormous payload left behind in the midst of the evacuation. When the zombie outbreak swept the entire nation, Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won) barely escaped South Korea alive. Living a life of despair in Hong Kong, he receives an enticing offer to return to the quarantined peninsula. His mission: to retrieve an abandoned truck within a time limit and escape the peninsula silently. But his operation goes haywire when a mysterious militia known as Unit 631 ambushes Jung-seok’s small team while also attracting a vicious hordes of zombies. Korean language, English subtitles.
Charles Dickens’ iconic hero returns in Armando Iannucci’s (The Death of Stalin, In The Loop) wholly original new take on the classic novel. Raised by a loving mother in Victorian England, the fate of David Copperfield (Dev Patel) takes an unexpected turn when he is sent to London by his mean-hearted new stepfather. Prompting a series of (mis)adventures that bring him into the lives of some of the quirkiest characters ever imagined (portrayed by Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Gwendoline Christie and Peter Capaldi), David’s odyssey becomes a delectably witty and opulently crafted comedy that is sure to become one of 2020’s most beloved films.
Director Matteo Garrone (Dogman, Gomorrah) revisits the classic fairy tale of the puppet who wanted to be a real-life boy, drawing more on the original children’s fairy tale from 1883. Embracing the story’s more bizarre and unexpected elements, PINOCCHIO stars Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni as the woodcarver Geppetto and newcomer Federico Ielapi as the wooden boy whose mischief causes him to enter a strange and magic world. A unique and sumptuous retelling of the classic tale, Garrone’s film is an elaborate and effects-filled departure for the filmmaker. Italian language, English subtitles
From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), POSSESSOR is an arrestingly original science-fiction thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough). Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her. Co-starring Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean Bean. Note this release is titled POSSESSOR UNCUT in other markets.
In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together? Directed by Jeremy Sims (Last Cab To Darwin) and adapted from the Oscar-nominated Icelandic hit of the same name, RAMS is a rousing, romantic and delightful comic drama of small-town spirit and the importance of family. Co-starring Miranda Richardson, Wayne Blair and Asher Keddie.
As renowned for her morose nature as she is for her horror fiction, writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is crafting yet another masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose (Australia's Odessa Young) disrupt her creative process and marriage to literary critic - and philandering professor - Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). As Stanley spars to maintain academic dominance over his would-be protégé Fred, Rose attempts to dampen her own ambitions and adjust to married life while living under the roof of their fiery intellectual hosts with quicksilver loyalties and myriad neuroses. When the motives of Shirley's literary muse prove elusive, Rose's curiosity and trusting nature make her tender prey for a brilliant author whose only allegiance is to her work.
Oscar nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan returns to the screen with original time travel thriller TENET. John David Washington (Blackkklansman), Robert Pattinson (High Life), Elizabeth Debicki (The Burnt Orange Heresy), Kenneth Branagh (Murder On The Orient Express) and Michael Caine (Interstellar) lead an international cast in a race against time to stop World War III.
An edge of your seat thriller set in the multi-million-dollar world of bestselling literature, THE TRANSLATORS introduces a group of international language experts hired to translate a highly-anticipated novel in a bunker cut-off from the rest of the world. When the publisher (Lambert Wilson) discovers there may be a mole among the translators, a game of cat and mouse ensues as he seeks to discover who is behind a threat to release the entire book to the world for free. Written and directed by Régis Roinsard, co-starring Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Alex Lawther and Frederic Chau. French and some English language, English subtitles.
Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble, WAVES traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentional but domineering father Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) - as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed writer-director Trey Edward Shults, WAVES is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. Co-starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Taylor Russell and Lucas Hedges. Featuring music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
The overwhelming Scandinavian success story of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Hlynur Pálmason confirms the considerable promise of his multi award-winning debut Winter Brothers with this spellbinding and darkly humorous new drama about a stoic grandfather whose emotional reserves are pushed to their limits. Former police chief Ingimundur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) has struggled ever since he lost his wife to a tragic accident two years earlier. Busying himself with the task of renovating a homestead in the remote Icelandic wilderness, he finds solace in time spent with his spirited young granddaughter, Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). But when Ingimundur begins to suspect a local man may have had an affair with his late wife, his detective instincts kick in, fuelling behaviour that becomes increasingly unpredictable… Anchored by Sigurdsson’s towering lead performance, a visceral score from Edmund Finnis and utterly breathtaking cinematography by Maria von Hausswolff, Pálmason’s gripping and powerful tale of unconditional love is an unforgettable big-screen experience. Icelandic language, English subtitles.