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Friday, 6th Dec
18-year-old Asia is hospitalised and in a coma after a serious accident. Through flashbacks we learn of her feelings for a another woman. For Asia, what began as the typical existence of a high school senior is forever changed after a first encounter with the stunning Eloise. Introducing Asia to the world of art and seducing her with the wild underbelly of bars and clubs, Eloise ignites passions in her she never thought possible. Directed by Jesús Garay and stars Diana Gómez, Ariadna Cabrol and Laura Conejero. (From Spain, in Catalan) (Drama) (2009) (Rpt) MA (N,S)
Jamil Harfourche, a wealthy Lebanese businessman, decides to bring a once famous French singer Bruno Caprice to his wife Randa's birthday. Bruno accepts the invitation, but things get complicated when Randa is kidnapped. Jamil however decides that the show must go on. Directed by Harry Tamba and stars Patrick Chesnais, Julia Kassar and Pierre Chamassian. (From France, in Arabic and French, English subtitles) (Drama) (2007) M (L) WS
Saturday, 7th Dec
Based on his autobiography which was written during a jail sentence in Prison, this film tells the intense story of late legendary criminal, Mark "Chopper" Read. Directed by Andrew Dominik. Starring Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon and David Field. (From Australia) (Film) (Drama) (2000) MAV(L,N,V,D) CC
Meet Katrina Skinner - a sexy 19-year-old single mum and master manipulator of men. She's about to take everyone on a wild roller-coaster ride into her world of petty crime, drugs, fast cars, manicures, cheap sex and even murder! She's out of control and anyone who stands in her way will pay a hefty price. Winner of three Australian Film Institute awards in 2006, including Best Lead Actress for Emily Barclay. Directed by Paul Goldman and also stars Steve Bastoni, Anthony Hayes and Mia Wasikowska. (From Australia) (Black Comedy) (2006) (Rpt) MA (D,S,V,L) CC
A charming romantic comedy about a naive Protestant priest who believes he can change the world, and the spunky working class girl who changes his heart instead. Directed by Daniel Lind Lagerlof and stars Jonas Karlsson, Livia Millhagen and Kajsa Ernst. (In Swedish, English subtitles) (Romantic Comedy) (2003) (Rpt) M (L,A,S)
Sunday, 8th Dec
The Names Of Love
The Names of Love - Bahia is a free spirit from Algeria with a provocative personality and a love of flirting. Arthur is uptight, has a Jewish family and conservative attitude. When they meet, differences unite and sparks fly. (From France, in French) (Film) (Comedy) M(S,N,L)
Set against the backdrop of the great floods that engulfed the Dutch coastal province of Zeeland in 1953, young Julia loses her five-week-old baby as she is washed away by the rising waters. She is saved from drowning by a young air force lieutenant, who agrees to help look for Julia's little son. A near-hopeless quest ensues. Directed by Ben Sombogaart and stars Sylvia Hoeks, Barry Atsma and Dirk Roofthooft. (In Dutch, English subtitles) (2009) (Drama) PG
The Charlemagne Code
An Indiana Jones-style action-packed race around Germany to find the legendary treasure of the Nibelungen - hidden by Charlemagne and thought to be the biggest lost treasure in the world. Nominated for four German Television Awards in 2008. Directed by Ralf Huettner and stars Benjamin Sadler, Bettina Zimmermann and Hark Bohm. (From Germany, in German) (Action/Adventure) (2007) (Rpt) M (V)
Tuesday, 10th Dec
Four of the best directors of Thai horror films each tell a very different kind of ghost story - from online predators to violent ghosts bent on revenge and a mummy with an axe to grind. Nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Thailand National Film Association Awards. Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and Parkpoom Wongpoom, and stars Maneerat Kham-uan, Witawat Singlampong and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk. (From Thailand, in Thai and English) (Horror) (2008) MAV (H,V)
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
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