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First Position follows the inspirational footsteps of a group of young talented ballet dancers aged nine to sixteen as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world: the Youth America Grand Prix.
Lifelong dreams are at stake, with hundreds of dancers from around the globe travelling to New York each year, competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts. Practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Struggling through bruised feet and near exhaustion all while navigating the drama of adolescence and family life, First Position combines built-in drama, tension and suspense with exciting and beautifully shot performances. With the diversity of each dancer's backstory coupled with a showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position recalls documentaries such as Spellbound in painting a thrilling and moving portrait.
Song For Marion
A feel-good, heartwarming story about how music can inspire you.
Song for Marion stars Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can't understand why his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir.
But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) sees something special in the reluctant Arthur and refuses to give up on him. As she coaxes him out of his shell, Arthur realizes that it is never too late to change and, aged 70, Arthur finally dares to unlock his emotions and reach out to his estranged son, James (Christopher Eccleston).
Set in contemporary Manhattan, Performance tells the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and a long, faithful collaboration. The celebrated string quartet struggles to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary. When their dignified patriarch and cellist, Peter (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it throws the future of the group into question. His attempt to find a replacement player and organise rehearsals for their upcoming concert bring up unresolved issues and grievances.
Daniel (Mark Ivanir) is the first violin. Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) plays second violin, but longs to be the lead. Juliette (Catherine Keener) plays viola and is married to Robert, and steadfastly refused to consider the quartet without Peter.
Alliances are forged, egos bruised and passions flare as the dysfunctional family of artists begin to implode. Can they pull together for one final great performance - of Beethoven's Opus 131 at Carnegie Hall?
Directed by Yaron Zilberman, Performance is a captivating meditation on aging, creativity, sacrifice and artistic dedication, anchored by superb performances and a stirring classical score.
Rust & Bone
From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard, who delivered such powerhouse films including the Oscar-nominated A Prophet, Read My Lips and the eight Cesar-award winning The Beat That My Heart Skipped, comes Rust and Bone.
Based on the book of short stories by Canadian author Craig Davidson, Rust and Bone follows Alain (Schoenaerts) a mid-twenties dropout. Penniless and landed with a 5-year-old son to look after, he goes to stay with his sister in Antibes and starts looking for work. At a nightclub he meets Stephanie (Cotillard), a killer whale trainer at the local Marineland Water Park. Alain is fascinated by her, but Stephanie isn't interested in him, until she suffers a tragic accident that leaves her handicapped.
An unusual, physical and codified relationship develops between them. As in Audiard's previous films, with Rust and Bone he takes two characters in an unlikely relationship, on the margins of society, plagued by their inner demons and obsessions, and delivers a deeply dramatic punch.
Rust and Bone was selected as part of Official Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Based on the best-selling novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a riveting international thriller. It follows the story of a young Pakistani man, chasing corporate success on Wall Street, who ultimately finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.
In the vein of The Constant Gardener and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the film is an electrifying thriller based on the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Mohsin Hamid, which was rated one of the books to define the decade by The Guardian and reached # 4 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
The film is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Vanity Fair) and features a powerful cast including Kate Hudson (The Killer Inside Me, Almost Famous), Riz Ahmed (Black Gold, Four Lions), Kiefer Sutherland (24, Melancholia) and Liev Schreiber (Salt, The Manchurian Candidate).
It premiered as OPENING FILM at VENICE and was selected for a SPECIAL GALA at Toronto International Film Festival.
Searching For Sugar Man
Two die-hard fans investigate the disappearance of their hero Sixto Rodriguez, a mysterious Mexican-American singer/songwriter who faded into obscurity in the States but found massive success in 1970s South Africa. Winner of the Audience and Grand Jury prizes (for Documentary, World Cinema) at Sundance 2012. More
"Rodriguez' albums were critically well-received, but sales bombed, and he faded away among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his anti-establishment message connected with the people.
"When his second album finally gets released on CD in South Africa, two fans take it as a sign, deciding to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. They uncover a shocking revelation that sets off a chain of events that has to be seen to be believed." (Sundance Film Festival 2012)
The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
Crossfire Hurricane, which takes its title from the opening lines of “Jumping Jack Flash”, provides a remarkable new perspective on The Rolling Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60s to rock royalty for almost five decades.
The film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.
Coinciding with the The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary, this commemorative documentary pays tribute to the extraordinary success of the band, directed by Academy Award-nominated Brett Morgan (The Kid Stays in the Picture). Crossfire Hurricane will have its world premiere at a gala screening at the BFI London Film Festival later this month.
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