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‘Meandering film that feels like a fairy tale’ ‘A refined tale, full of subtlety’The language you speak reverberates in the way you look at the world, and also reveals how you experience reality. When a language becomes extinct, a unique view of life disappears and memories are lost forever. Revolving around this thought is the award-winning I Dream in Another Language: the poetic, at times magical-realistic new film by Mexican director Ernesto Contreras, whose brother Carlos wrote the screenplay. Martin, a young linguist, travels to a village in the Mexican jungle in order to study Zikril, an all but extinct language. Jacinta, one of its three surviving speakers, explains that Zikril is the language spoken by all living beings in the jungle. When she suddenly dies, only two Zikril speakers are left: Isauro and Evaristo. Because of a long dispute, these two old men have not spoken to each other for an eternity. Martin attempts to reconcile the two. Director Contreras won ten international film awards with I Dream in Another Language, including the Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
‘One of the best and most poignant films about alienation, isolation and rootlessness ever made’As part of the national retrospective of the great Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, his film Vive L’Amour, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 1994, has been released in a new, restored cinema version. Taipei, Taiwan’s capital and home to millions, forms the backdrop to the film. Skyscrapers spring up like mushrooms, but at what price? May Lin, a woman about 30 years old, is an estate agent trying to sell vacant property. Occasionally she uses one of the apartments to hook up with street vendor Ah-jung for casual sex. She notices that she has lost the ability to love. Hsiao-kang, a very shy funerary urn salesman, has also managed to get hold of a key to the apartment. They share with each other that all three of them are very lonely. But the feelings aroused by their solitude are poles apart. The three very different lives of these lost souls become intertwined. There is very little dialogue, with the film favouring a host of telling, moving details, culminating in the famous finale.
“Heartbreaking and deeply relevant” “Moments of tenderness and poetry”Three stages in the life of Chiron, a gay black guy who grows up in one of Miami’s toughest neighbourhoods. We follow him as a child, a teenager and an adult. The only role model in his young life is drug dealer Juan. In this moving and beautifully filmed portrait, director Barry Jenkins explores not only a complex character, but also a world that is rarely, if ever, seen on cinema screens. Moonlight won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
‘Right up there with the classic fairy tales’ ‘Full of emotions rarely seen in animated films’In this compelling, award-winning animated tale that has already become a classic, a man is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island and desperately tries to escape. But whenever he attempts to sail away, a giant red turtle stops him. The Red Turtle is an enchanting magic-realistic allegory about the cycle of life, about how memories make you human and about man’s relationship with nature. The film was uniquely conceived and developed by Dutchman Michael Dudok de Wit, who won an Oscar in 2000 for ‘Father and Daughter’.
“Tugs at all the heartstrings” “Climax is irresistibly moving”Dark, comic and fascinating thriller by Yorgos Lanthimos (‘The Lobster’) and indisputably his best film to date. When the father of creepy teenager Martin (Barry Keoghan) dies on the operating table, Martin holds the duty surgeon Steven responsible. Martin wants revenge but he is no ordinary boy and nor will his revenge be ordinary. Brilliant mix of absurdism, arthouse and horror that keeps you in its grip and becomes chillingly tense towards the end. The Killing of a Sacred Deer received the award for Best Screenplay in Cannes.
“Haunts you for days” “Clever, stylish debut”In their remote farmhouse, Francisca’s mother, who used to be a surgeon, teaches her daughter how to dissect dead animals and that she need not fear death. When one afternoon a mysterious visitor brings the family idyll to a gruesome end, Francisca becomes aware of strange and dark desires. Unique, gothic and haunting horror, in which spine-chilling events and details are portrayed through stunning camerawork accompanied by melancholy Fado music. One of the most acclaimed horror debuts in years. The Eyes of My Mother was awarded at the Fantastic Cinema Festival 2016 with the Grand Jury Award for Best feature film, Best Director, best screenplay and best editing!
“Charming, gentle style as though a children’s picture book has come to life”Adorably cute film for 3-year-olds and above. Four short stories transport young viewers to a merry, soft-hued winter wonderland. Ernest is a large bear who likes to play music. He shares his house with Célestine, an upbeat and feisty orphan mouse. As the first snowflakes fall, the two friends start to prepare for Ernest’s hibernation. And they have to teach their adopted goose Bibi to fly before the big migration starts. Together they attend the mice’s ball to celebrate the first snowfall. Ernest & Célestine received an Oscar nomination and has won many prizes including the Cinekid Award and a César.
“Divinely baroque ode to youth” “Gorgeous images, intelligent reflections and provoking aphorisms.”In thhis tragicomedy we watch retired conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and elderly director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) during their week together in a spa in the Alps. As a colourful parade of characters and sketches passes by, they reminisce intensively about the lives they have left behind. Although there is plenty to laugh at in Youth, it is also about serious issues such as fading memories, mortality, art and love. With brilliant images and gorgeous music. This second English-language film by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (‘La Grande Bellezza’) was the big winner of the 28th 'European Film Awards' in 2015: Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Michael Caine).
Unique one-time film concert!Although Frankenstein (after the 1818 novel) was filmed countless times, the 1931 version by James Whale has proven imperishable. Scientist Henry Frankenstein brings a creature (Boris Karloff) to life – but, by accident, he has used the brain of a criminal. The community considers his creation a monster. As an homage to the 200-year history of this masterful classic, Movie W is organising a very special live film concert, with composer Kevin Toma on piano and synthesiser. As well, the leaden steps of the monster, creaky doors and squeaky floors all come to life during this unique film concert. Additional Concert Fee: € 4,-
“A raw and realistic impression of space travel” “A strong and spirited story”First Man tells the fascinating story of the NASA mission to send men to the moon, focusing on astronaut Neil Armstrong and the period from 1961 to 1969. This penetrating and realistic personal narrative is based on the book of the same name by James R. Hansen, and shows the lengths Armstrong and the United States as a whole were prepared to go to in order to make a success of one of the most dangerous expeditions in history. Scooped a Golden Globe and four Oscar nominations.