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Wednesday, 11th Dec
Takeshi Kitano’s latest yakuza film after Brother, this is the story of a struggle for power between the heads of Tokyo’s gangs. When gang leader Ototomo learns that his right-hand-man Ikemoto has forged an alliance with the drug-dealing Murase family, he is not pleased. The ensuing retaliation triggers violent killings and territorial invasions, while the police are too corrupt to intervene. (From Japan, in Japanese) MAV CC
Friday, 13th Dec
Follows the haunting story of a young university student who begins an erotic freelance job where she is sedated and sleeps in bed with paying customers, unaware of what they have done to her when she awakes. This Australian drama had its world premiere as a Competition film at the Cannes Film Festival 2011. It is the directorial debut from Australian Julia Leigh, and won several awards around the world including Best Direction in a Feature at the Australian Directors Guild 2012. (Drama) MA(S,N,L) CC
Debut director Gabriel Medina delivers a tragicomedy of errors centring on Luciano, a paranoid narcoleptic, and his meandering struggle to finish a screenplay and enter the rarefied world of film production. Stars Daniel Hendler, Jazmin Stuart and Walter Jakob. (From Argentina, in Spanish, English subtitles) (Comedy) (2008) MA (S) WS
Saturday, 14th Dec
When psychiatrist Valerie Somers goes missing, Detective Leon Zat is called to investigate, whose wife had been getting advice from Somers. Directed by Ray Lawrence. Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush and Barbara Hershey. (From Australia) (Film) (Drama) M(A,S,L) CC
Five friends, all of them married, share a loft apartment to meet their mistresses. One day, they find the body of a young woman there and since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder. Directed by Erik van Looy and stars Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters and Matthias Schoenaerts. (From Belgium, in Flemish) (Mystery/Crime) (2009) (Rpt) M (L,S,V,D)
A Real Man
A strikingly original, offbeat comedy about reconciling married life with being oneself. A shy computer expert falls in love with a beautiful colleague while trying to become a film director. Five years later, they have two children, she has become a successful executive, his career has gone nowhere, and their relationship is coming to an end. Directed by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, and stars Mathieu Almaric, Hélène Fillières and Pierre Pellet. (From France, in French) (Romantic Comedy) (2003) (Rpt) MA (S,A,N) CC
Sunday, 15th Dec
Girls On Top
A breezy comedy following the adventures of three teenage girls and their quest to have their first orgasm. Inken, Victoria and Leona watch a video of women from the seventies showing how their orgasms, in addition to giving them immense physical pleasure, liberated them and helped them succeed in life. The girls are more than a little curious and set out to achieve their elusive climaxes in all manner of comedic ways. Directed by Dennis Gansel and stars Diana Amft, Felicitas Woll and Karoline Herfurth. (From Germany, in German) (Comedy) (2001) (Rpt) M (L,D,S) CC
Gérard Depardieu stars in this poignant depiction of life in Fascist Italy in the 1930s. The lives of two rival tailors are chronicled in this bittersweet drama set during one of the darker moments in Italian history. Winner of the Best Director Award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2001. Directed by Ettore Scola, and also stars Sergio Castellitto and Diego Abatantuono. (From Italy, in Italian) (Drama) (2000) (Rpt) PG
Monday, 16th Dec
Gone With The Woman
A charming exploration of compatibility. Directed by Oscar nominated Petter Naess, this witty and playful romantic comedy uses Amélie type sound, music and colour to create a whimsical tale of love. Stars Trond Fausa Aurvag, Marian Saastad Ottesen and Henrik Mestad. (From Norway, in Norwegian, English and French, English subtitles) (Romantic Comedy) (2007) M (L,S) CC WS
Tuesday, 17th Dec
The legendary tale of Nang Nak has been passed down for generations. In this Thai box-office smash, set in 1869, Mak leaves his expectant wife Nak to fight in the army. When he returns home from war, he lives with his wife and child without knowing both of them are now ghosts. Directed by Nonzee Nimibutr and stars Indhira Jaroenpura and Winai Kraibutr. (In Thai, English subtitles) (Romance) (1999) (Rpt) MAV (S,V,A,H)
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