Nova exclusive! Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his teen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on blackand-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family. Barcelona IGLFF 2018: 2018 Winner – Best Feature Champs-Elysees FF: 2018 Winner – Best American Feature Film LA Outfest: 2018 Winner – Outstanding Screenwriting
From Damon Gameau, director of That Sugar Film, comes 2040: an innovative feature documentary that looks to both the future in addition to what is vitally important today. Award-winning filmmaker Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future might look like in the year 2040 if humanity simply embraced solutions already available in the present. Blending traditional documentary footage with high-end visual effects to create a compelling and exciting vision of the future, 2040 promises to inspire Australians of all ages. Pre-release private group bookings available - contact our groups coordinator for details: admin[at]cinemanova.com.au
Thomas M. Wright (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake, The Bridge) makes his feature directing debut with the award winning ACUTE MISFORTUNE, an adaptation of Erik Jensen’s biography of the late artist, Adam Cullen. Jensen, (founding editor of The Saturday Paper) was an ambitious 19-year-old journalist when he interviewed the infamous Cullen and was invited to write his biography. Working from the artist’s home in the Blue Mountains the two formed a bond that endured, even after Cullen shot Jensen and threw him from a motorbike, until the artist's death four years later at the age of 46. Featuring an acclaimed performance by AACTA Best Actor winner Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper, The Turning), and executive produced by Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Turning), ACUTE MISFORTUNE reveals the painter and journalist in unparalleled detail. ACUTE MISFORTUNE was named one of the best films of the year by The Monthly and Screen Daily and was the winner of The Age Critics Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival. The Guardian, in a five-star review, called it “An enthralling, complex triumph… The best Australian Bio-Pic since Chopper”.
James Kent (Testament Of Youth) adapts Rhidian Brook's novel of a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira Knightley) assigned to live in Hamburg, Germany, during the post-World War II reconstruction. Accomodated in the stately home of an architect (Alexander Skarsgard) and his young daughter, tension between the British and German families turns to empathy and kindness, before giving way to something more dangerous.
Nova Exclusive In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable deaths and the ice has been melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who has left the icy tundra a long time ago due to family feud. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfil her wish and he embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága.
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in this compelling historical drama about the final days in the life of William Shakespeare, written by Ben Elton. The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife (Judi Dench) and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Oscar nominee: Best Actor. Willem Dafoe embodies the most volatile and inspired of artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in Julian Schnabel’s (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) sensitive and grounded biopic that follows the painter through the last years of his life. Obsessed with light and creating vibrant paintings that reflect the world as he sees it, Van Gogh strides out into the landscape to capture it, but few others see his art as worthwhile. Financially reliant on his brother Theo (Rupert Friend), constantly falling in and out with his best friend and fellow artist Paul Gaugain (Oscar Isaac), and failing to impress the Parisian art world, Van Gogh struggles to find equilibrium between reality and art.
Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was one of the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three remarkable performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession. While working as a courier in Seoul, aspiring young writer Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) encounters the lively Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. The two spend the day together, and when Hae-mi asks him to feed her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa, Jong-su is convinced of a burgeoning romantic relationship. But on her return, when he arrives at the airport to collect her in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised and confused to find Hae-mi accompanied by the handsome, Gatsby-esque Ben (a superbly enigmatic Steven Yeun, Okja, The Walking Dead). The three begin an awkward friendship, with Jong-su’s feelings for Hae-mi growing ever stronger, even if it’s apparent she has fallen under the spell of his rich and mysterious rival’s charms. Suddenly, after Ben makes a strange confession, Jong-su is led to question his motivations and he sets off on an increasingly desperate search to uncover the truth, even if the line between reality and imagination begins to blur. Anchored by a peerless cast, exquisite pacing and a pulsating original score by Mowg, Lee’s masterful film creates a tantalising mood of uncertainty and complexity, with the story’s themes of class, family, rage and lust rising feverishly to the surface. Korean language, English subtitles.
In the lonely Deadwood, Dakota, territory, sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Doris Day) falls for cavalry Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) when she is forced to rescue him from the Indians. Recognizing that the women-starved townsmen long for a "real" woman, Calamity journeys to Chicago to bring back famous singer Adelaid Adams, but mistakenly brings her maid Katie instead. Heartbroken when Danny falls for Katie, Calamity all but ignores her jovial friend Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel).
Oscar nominee: Best Foreign Language Film Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Audience Award at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s epic drama of the travails of a young Lebanese boy traversing the underclass of Beirut is bravura filmmaking of the highest order. Twelve year old Zain stands up in a court room and declares to the judge that he wishes to sue his parents for the crime of giving him life. What initially seems to be an extraordinary charge slowly begins to make all too much sense as the film takes us on a journey through the myriad struggles of Zain’s young life. Born into poverty, suffering abuse, seeing his beloved sister sold into marriage, and eventually winding up on the streets taking care of an abandoned toddler, Zain’s angry cry for justice reverberates with the righteousness of the powerless. With extraordinary performances from its cast of non-professional actors from similar backgrounds as their characters, Labaki’s film is a grand achievement. Arabic & Amharic language, English subtitles
Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) is Carol Danvers, kicking butt and becoming her best self – superhero form – in Marvel’s latest installment, CAPTAIN MARVEL. An origin story painted with punchy, colourful strokes, the film follows Starforce member Vers in 1995 as she finds herself engulfed in the battle between two alien civilisations. Crashing back to earth in the process, she encounters strange flashbacks of another life on earth. Who is she really – woman or superhero – and which side should she be fighting for? Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Marvel will hammer home exactly how powerful one woman can be.
Based on Laura Moriarty’s beloved, best-selling novel, The Chaperone reunites writer (Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes), director (Michael Engler) and star (Elizabeth McGovern) of Downton Abbey for an immersive and richly emotional period piece. Louise Brooks was a 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break and who epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise to New York for the summer. As their journey begins, both women’s lives are forever changed. A powerful story full of surprises about who we really are, and who we can become.
Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Co-starring Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Scoot McNairy and Bradley Whitford. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation).
From two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman), Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in a dark ‘whodunnit’ thriller of familial ties that pulls no punches. Laura (Cruz), a Spanish woman who has been living in Buenos Aires, returns to her family’s estate outside Madrid for her sister’s wedding with her two children in tow. But her trip home is about to be thrown into chaos, when Laura’s headstrong teenage daughter is kidnapped in the middle of the night’s celebrations. Desperate for any help in discovering her daughter’s whereabouts, Laura reaches out to Paco (Bardem), an old flame who is now a successful winemaker on land purchased from Laura’s father. “Everybody knows” that Laura broke Paco’s heart, but as demands from the kidnappers appear, what else about this secretive and destructive family does “everybody” know? The opening night film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s latest is a work of masterful melodrama, unravelling a family’s decades of rancour, resentment and sins until there is nowhere to hide. Spanish language, English subtitles
Oscar Winner! - Best Actress Golden Globe winner - Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) The latest film from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) turns the period drama upside down, as three unique, calculating and unpredictable women run riot to snatch power and love from the highest bidders that they can. Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives Abigail a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
Oscar Winner! - Best Documentary Live beyond fear. From the directors of Meru comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock - the 3,200ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armour of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. The film beautifully captures deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
In 1891 Gauguin left Marseille for the Pacific, marking the beginning of a journey towards the essence of life and art, and forging his destiny as one of the greatest modern painters who ever lived. Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost will take us on the trail of a story that has become myth. Through Tahiti and Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, we will experience the landscapes that inspired Gauguin, in the places where he built houses with bamboo and leaves, and discovered light and colours which changed his painting forever. This stunning state-of-the-art cinema event will also bring us to Paris, Bretagne, Edinburgh, and to the most prestigious art museums of the United States, where most of his masterpieces are preserved: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Gallery of Art in Washington; and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Academy Award winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) remakes his heartwarming 2013 film GLORIA, with Oscar winner Julianne Moore taking the lead role. Gloria (Moore) is a free-spirited divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she suddenly finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family. Co-starring Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Sean Astin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Rita Wilson, GLORIA BELL is a sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time.
Oscar Winner! - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor & Best Original Screenplay Golden Globe winner - Best Picture (Musical or Comedy); Best Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor. Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) star in GREEN BOOK, a film inspired by a true friendship. In need of a driver for his 1962 concert tour, world-class black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) recruits Tony Lip (Mortensen), a tough-talking Italian-American from the Bronx. As this mismatched pair set out on their journey, they must rely on the “Green Book” to guide them to safe establishments in America’s segregated south – but they’ll need more than a book to understand each other. Winner of the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, Mortensen and Ali make a winning double act in this humorous and heart-warming film.
Nova exclusive! Grippingly crafted in the vein of Locke and other single-location thrillers, Gustav Moller's award-winning, taut thriller will keep you guessing until the final frame. Asger (Jakob Cedergren) is an alarm dispatcher and former police officer with a chequered past. Assigned to dispatch duty, he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, he decides to take matters into his own hands and is drawn into a race against time to save the endangered woman. With the phone as his only tool, Asger begins a search for her kidnappers, but soon he realises that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. Danish language, English subtitles
A passion project for writer, director and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days. In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde (Everett) lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintance, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp. With a towering and persuasive performance by Everett, backed up by co-stars Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson, THE HAPPY PRINCE is a haunting portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century.
Winner of both the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actress and the prestigious Alfred Bauer Prize for opening new perspectives, writer/director Marcelo Martinessi’s stunning debut drama THE HEIRESSES is an immersive and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the privileged, through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis. Asunción, Paraguay, 2013. Sixty-somethings Chela (Ana Brun, superb in her debut performance) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), both descendants of rich families, have been living together for more than thirty years, largely insulated from the troubles of the outside world. Times have changed though, and with debts mounting, the pair begins to sell-off some precious heirlooms. Ultimately the financial situation proves untenable, and convicted of petty fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order. Suddenly, the sheltered Chela must fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the other wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and choices… Subtle, perfectly modulated and impeccably performed, Martinessi exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire and privilege to tell an intimate and serenely rewarding story of loss, loyalty and self-determination. ★★★★★ - “A tickling, near-perfect tragicomedy. - FINANCIAL TIMES
In November 2008, a wave of devastating terrorist attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the city into chaos. Frantic tourists fled to the one place they believed would be safe - the renowned Taj Mahal Hotel - only to discover the famed institution was the primary target. But many more would have been killed if not for the extraordinary heroism of a few ordinary hotel staff members who valiantly risked their own lives to protect the lives of guests. This is the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors. Directed by Anthony Maras and starring Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Dev Patel, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Anupam Kher. Some Hindi, Punjabi and other foreign languages, English subtitles.
Nova Exclusive! Sara Colangelo’s Sundance-award winning adaptation of the 2014 Israeli film of the same name, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER tells the story of a teacher who walks a fine line between nurturing and obsession. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher who discovers a prodigal poet in five-year-old Jimmy - and, through his work, a way of impressing her own weekly writing class. Passing off the poems as her own, Lisa finds herself tumbling down a questionable path of lies and obsession, losing sight of herself and what’s appropriate, making for an uncomfortable, tense watch. Also featuring Gael García Bernal (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, COCO), THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is study of what happens when altruism turns into something darker, and the lengths one woman will go to escape her own mediocrity.
Advance screening - Tuesday April 30 – 7.00pm. Tickets on sale below. See it first! From director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) and the screenwriters behind Steven Spielberg's The Post and infamous comedy The Interview comes one of the funniest films of the year. US Secretary Of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is part of a popular administration led by a former actor (Bob Odenkirk) best known for portraying the American President on television. When POTUS decides to return to Hollywood rather than seek a second term, Field is anointed his potential successor. Faced with focus group testing that determines her to be suitably 'attractive' but not 'funny' enough for voters, she hires a spirited left-wing journalist (Seth Rogen) to put her on-track for the Oval Office. Winner of the Audience Award at both SXSW and the Sun Valley Film Festival, Levine's timely political satire skewers the double-standard women in power face as well as the speed with which good intentions are eroded by the influence of big business. Co-starring O'Shea Jackson, Randall Park, Alexander Skarsgard, Ravi Patel, June Diane Raphael and Andy Serkis, LONG SHOT is the political comedy the world needs right now.
Nova exclusive. After almost thirty years in the making, acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with this classic tale of fantasy and adventure, inspired by the legendary protagonist of Miguel de Cervantes’ literary classic Don Quixote. Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Jonathan Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?
Nova exclusive! From A24. Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with an honest, heartfelt and nostalgic look back at the friendships and experiences during adolescence that mark our transition from children to adults. Stevie (Sunny Suljic, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) is a thirteen year old living in the shadow of his brooding older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea). Observing a group of teenage skateboarders in his Los Angeles neighbourhood, Stevie makes it his mission to fit in with them. Learning to skate leads Stevie to not only gain a tight-knit group of new friends, but also to experience a world much larger than the one he has previously known. “Totally irresistible. Hilarious and heartfelt, bristles with fun, feeling and exhilaration” Rolling Stone
Nova Exclusive! Ever wondered how you'd fare in the event that the undead took over the globe? Dominique Rocher's award-winning horror will not only leave you shook, but also provides handy hints on how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Anders Danielsen Lie stars as Sam, an unenthusiastic party guest who seeks refuge in a bedroom of his ex's city apartment. Waking to find blood spattered on the walls and the house deserted, Sam discovers that while he was sleeping the world was overtaken by the undead. Trapped in a multi-storey building surrounded by flesh-eaters on all sides, Sam must contend with limited supplies, bordom and loneliness.
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society) lead in All About Eve, filmed live for cinemas from the West End in London. All About Eve is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 film by Joseph L Mankiewicz starring Bette Davis, and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
St Patrick's Day event screenings! A landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians. Directed by Alex Fegan, Older Than Ireland explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. Reflecting on such key events as the day they got their first pair of shoes, the thrill of their first kiss, from the magic of their wedding day to the tragic loss of their loved ones, these centenarians have lived through it all. Having witnessed a century of immense social, political and technological change each centenarian has a unique perspective on life and its true meaning. These centenarians are our living history and these are their extraordinary stories.
Based on the novel by the king of horror writing himself, Stephen King, PET SEMATARY could be the scariest movie of the year. Remaking the original film of 1989, we follow Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) and his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) as they make the move to rural Maine with their two young children – who soon discover a nearby pet burial ground. Not as innocuous as it seems, and throwing a creepy neighbour (John Lithgow) into the mix, evil is unleashed when the secrets of the Pet Sematary are revealed. Louis and Rachel will discover that tragedy can’t be reversed….as “they don’t come back the same”.
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s fast-paced thriller follows a crooked politician whose lavish lifestyle, based on bribes and illegal business, threatens to bring down his entire party after a newspaper exposes him to the public eye. Manuel (Antonio de la Torre) is a politician who enjoys a life that kickbacks afford. He eats at fancy restaurants, parties with his friends on yachts, and provides a luxurious lifestyle for his family. Manuel brazenly bribes, extorts, and pays off anyone who threatens to expose the activities of his inner circle. When he is singled out to take the fall for a case of fraudulent government contracts, Manuel decides to sell out his whole party to avoid jail time, and puts many lives at risk. Co-written with Isabel Pena, THE REALM portrays Spain’s current political world with a revealing look at systemic governmental corruption and the political elite. Spanish language, English subtitles
Inside a decimated nation witness the birth, rise and implosion of Afghan rock music. ROCKABUL documents Afghanistan’s first metal band District Unknown and part of Afghan life that is rarely shown in Western media. The film features never before seen footage of the underground expat party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society. The audience will witness the birth, rise and fall of this counter culture movement and see a raw first-hand account of what the West’s development funds were used for. The band put themselves and their followers in the firing line. They became targets because their music connected with Afghan youth, the expat community living in Afghanistan and international audiences. We watch as the five unassuming young men deal with identity and freedom in a place where both can get you killed. ROCKABUL presents a unique insight for audiences into the real cost of war and demonstrates the similarities and the differences of young men across cultures and countries with hopes and dreams of rock stardom. Various foreign languages, English subtitles
DC’s latest venture into their back catalogue of superheroes is SHAZAM! Billy Batson is a tough-talking, streetwise foster kid who creates his own origin story when he stumbles upon the superhero inside him: one that comes out when he says the magic word – “Shazam!” Transforming into a 30-something-year-old in full cape and boots get up, Billy naturally explores exactly what he can do with his newfound powers – but there’s a dark side too, with him quickly figuring out there’s a villain to be faced: Dr Thaddeus Sivana. Merging the old-school comic book vibes with one of your all-time childhood fantasies, SHAZAM! is a love letter to unadulterated fun.
Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Alan (Bill Nighy), is winningly deadpan as a Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. With his family torn apart, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) must search for Michael while also trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. A stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama with a a triple score-worthy supporting cast including Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny. ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
Nova exclusive! Jim Cummings is Officer Jim Arnaud, a policeman dealing with the recent death of his mother and just trying to be a good dad to his daughter Crystal – while keeping himself from falling apart – in his self-directed feature THUNDER ROAD. Created from a Kickstarter campaign and an expansion on the short film of the same name penned by Cummings in 2016, his feature film won the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. In his quadruple-threat swoop of directed, written, and music by, as well as starring in, Cummings has created a film that tells a tale of a man going through something while struggling to stay afloat as both a father and a person in himself.
Engaged and in love, Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwilym Lee) have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. As the couple travel through the wild beauty of Australia’s Northern Territory landscapes they meet unforgettable characters, find fulfilment, and Lauren learns why her mother had to leave to find home. With Tapsell also co-writing and producing the film, TOP END WEDDING is directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Cleverman) and features a stellar ensemble cast including AACTA Award nominee Kerry Fox (Bright Star, Cloudstreet), Ursula Yovich (The Code, Australia), Shari Sebbens (Thor: Ragnarok, The Sapphires), Huw Higginson (Janet King, The Bill) and Elaine Crombie (Top of The Lake, Black Comedy).
After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced. Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, US stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves. But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow. WOMAN AT WAR, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time. Some Icelandic language, English subtitles
Nova Exclusive! Dive headfirst into the dizzying world of haute couture with Pietra Brettkelly’s documentary about one of its emerging major players - Chinese designer Guo Pei. Kiwi director Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth, Maori Boy Genius) follows Pei as she prepares her debut collection for Paris Fashion Week. From her roots as the daughter of a communist soldier, to her education at Number 2 Light Industrial School, to dressing Rihanna for the Met Ball (in a dress that weighed 25 kg and took 2 years to make), YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN weaves a colourful vision of Pei and her talent. Her quiet force guides an opulent and ambitious aesthetic, set to make its mark on the high fashion world. Some Chinese language, English subtitles