This week is not about quantity, but quality. The fun and faux transgression of Valentine’s day are already behind and now it’s time to focus to important topics, which bring us to the movie of the week: Selma.
Other cinema events to flag this week are: Expats Cinema Night at Lab111, which tonight Thursday 19th at 8:30PM will show The Tribe in original language with English subtitles (which is a strange choice, since The Tribe is totally a silent movie, but we appreciate anyway).
Also, if you’re a cinema lover, take the free afternoon and go to the EYE at 4pm for a lecture/screening on movie restoration with Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE. Today’s movie is Dr.Strangelove.
SELMA – IMDB: 7.7
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
Nominated for the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Selma it’s an important film to see in these years when integration is still far from what it should be. So we’re very curious to see this portrait of Martin Luther King‘s campaign for equal voting rights in 1965. And it’s directed by a woman, a black woman. And we’re proud of it.
FOXCATCHER – IMDB: 7.3
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast:Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
We’re not used to see Mr. Carell in dramatic roles, but this is surely a good and interesting bet to unveil the dark and mysterious true story ofJohn E. du Pont, multimillionaire sponsor and trainer of the Olympic Wrestling team, running for Seoul in 1988.
TURIST – IMDB: 7.5
Director: Ruben Ostund
Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Screened at Festival de Cannes, in Un Certain Regard section, this movie has recently been shown also at Rotterdam International Film Festival. The subject: a family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular. Too bad is in Swedish and as far as we know there’s no theaters this week showing it with English subtitles.
MORTDECAI – IMDB: 5.5
Director: David Koepp
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn
Johnny Depp has lost his acting lure long time ago and he doesn’t seem to find his road out of Burtonian characterization, so Mortdecai is not our favorite this week, but if you have an unlimited screening card, go have a peek and tell us what you think. The plot: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
Director: Sacha Polak
Cast:Barry Atsma, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Wende Snijders
This drama, a coproduction between Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, has already screened at Berlinale this year and it grabs our attention with its stylish and emotionally charged filming, about the struggles of a grieving woman, Nina, who travels the road of northern Europe to solve a mystery in her life. We hope some theater will show it also with English Subtitles.
Director: Loureens Blok
Cast: Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Ella-June Henrard, Yannick Jozefzoon
It’s interesting to see that Dutch cinema is going also into the teen dystopian genre as Hunger Games and Divergent. So Boy7, which screened at Toronto Film Festival in 2014 could be an excellent example of how european cinema, with different budget, could translate the genre. Do we really need to tell the plot?