(Please note the films are not always listed in starting order.)
From writer-director Mike Leigh (Another Year), an exploration of the life and work of the eccentric British impressionist great J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Stars Leigh\'s frequent collaborators Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) in a Best Actor award-winning performance at Cannes 2014, Paul Jesson (Coriolanus) and Ruth Sheen (Vanity Fair).
"Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty." (Cannes Film Festival)
Directed byMike Leigh (\'Vera Drake\', \'All or Nothing\', \'Secrets & Lies\', \'Naked\', \'Life is Sweet\') Written byMike Leigh
Festivals & Awards Best Actor (Spall) at Cannes Film Festival 2014, at the 2014 Seville European film festival, at the 2014 New York film critics circle, and at the European Film Awads 2014.
Biography, Drama, True Story | 2hr 29mins | Country of Origin: UK
Some interviews with some vampires
Taika Waititi (Boy) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) are the writers, directors and stars of this vampire mockumentary. Unearthing a secret, supernatural society, otherwise known as a bunch of vampire flatmates in Wellington, the film introduces a world where friendship and camaraderie are just as important as feasting upon the flesh of mortals. Based on Waititi and Clement\'s 2006 short film of the same name.
"Consider the living quarters of vampires, and stodgy old castles in Transylvania may come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old), and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them in to all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society?" (Sundance Film Festival)
Festivals & Awards People\'s Choice Midnight Madness Award winner, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Comedy, Horror | 1hr 26mins | R13 | Violence and offensive language |
Black comedy and Cannes Jury-winner. A father struggles with his conscience and reputation after leaving his wife and kids to fend for themselves during what he thinks is a life-threatening avalanche.
"The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family\'s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba\'s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch." (Cannes Film Festival)
Festivals & Awards Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2014
Comedy, Drama, World Cinema | 1hr 58mins | PG | Coarse language | Country of Origin: Sweden, Denmark, Norway | Language: Swedish and English with English subtitles
Thespian Guillaume Gallienne (a member of France\'s prestigious state theatre, Comédie-Française) adapts his own one-man show in this flamboyant comedy confessional. He explores his upbringing, his relationship with his mother (also played by Gallienne, in drag), and the eventual embracing of his inner heterosexual after he was raised like a daughter and assumed gay. Winner of the "Art Cinema Award" (C.I.C.A.E. Award) at Cannes 2013.