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Drive My Car

Japan. 2021. Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. (179 mins.) Not Rated. in Japanese, Mandarin, German, Tagalog, Korean and Indonesian with English subtitles

Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins - with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. 

 

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Parallel Mothers

Spain. 2021. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. (120 mins.) Not Rated. in Spanish with English subtitles

Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

 

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Flee

Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway/United States/Slovenia/Estonia/Spain/Italy/Finland. 2021. Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. (90 mins.) Rated PG-13. in English and in Danish, Dari, Russian and Swedish with English subtitles

Recounted mostly through animation, Amin opens up about his past for the first time of his journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. He begins to look back over his life as he grapples with a painful secret he has keep hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband.

 

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Sundown opens in February!

UK/France/Mexico/Sweden. 2021. Directed by Michael Franco. (83 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English with some Spanish

Neil and Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family's tight-knit order, simmering tensions rise to the fore in this suspenseful jolt from writer/director Michel Franco.

 

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Cyrano opens in February!

United States/UK/Italy/Canada. 2021. Directed by Joe Wright. (124 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD] in English

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her -- and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).

 

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Jockey

United States. 2021. Directed by Clint Bentley. (94 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English

An aging jockey aims for a final championship, when a rookie rider arrives claiming to be his son.

 

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

United States. 2021. Directed by Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler. (117 mins.) Not Rated. [CC,AD] in English

ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson's groundbreaking talk on the history of U.S. anti- Black racism is interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson's story, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it.

 

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Mothering Sunday

UK. 2021. Directed by Eva Husson. (110 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English

A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.

 

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The Duke

UK. 2020. Directed by Roger Michell. (96 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly -- he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge -- Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage -- how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

 

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