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Amy

Program Running Time 128 min.

Feb 29 08:45 pm

Films in Program

Amy
Directed By: Asif Kapadia
(GB, 2015, 128 mins, DCP)

Portrait of a young woman, electrifying talent, burning out on booze and drugs and the vacuum inside her.

"A sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Academy Award nominee: Best Documentary

Embrace of the Serpent

Program Running Time 124 min.

Mar 02 06:30 pm
Mar 03 06:30 pm
Mar 04 08:20 pm
Mar 05 04:00 pm
Mar 06 05:15 pm
Mar 07 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(El abrazo de la serpiente)
Directed By: Ciro Guerra
(Colombia, 2015, 124 mins, DCP)

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Guerra’s film is a bewitching Amazonian odyssey inspired by two historical forays deep into the jungle by European anthropologists. Filmed in stunning black and white, this is a potent, poetic, political film reminiscent of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre.

Theeb

Program Running Time 100 min.

Feb 10 04:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Naji Abu Nowar
(GB, Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, 2014, 100 mins, DCP)

A kind of reverse angle on Lawrence of Arabia, this 1916 desert adventure epic takes the perspective of a young Bedouin boy (Theeb, or "Wolf") who tags along when his older brother is compelled to guide a British army officer through dangerous terrain to the next oasis.

"A classic adventure film of the best kind." Variety

Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Cartel Land

Program Running Time 98 min.

Feb 17 04:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Matthew Heineman
(USA, 2015, 98 mins, DCP)

"Like Breaking Bad in real life," (Newsweek), Cartel Land plunges us into the heart of darkness, the front lines of Mexico’s narco wars, where the Knights Templar wreak havoc on anyone who opposes them, and into Arizona’s "Cocaine Alley", where paramilitaries vainly attempt to bolster the border patrols.

Amy

(2015, 128 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Yasin Bey
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Feb 29 08:45 pm

First of all, Amy Winehouse was probably the most explosive jazz vocalist to emerge in 20 years. Secondly, her tragically short career was maybe the most dramatic celebrity meltdown to play out in the public eye (and there have been no shortage of them in the internet age); a tale of parental neglect fuelling binge drinking, bulimia, bad men, and an extraordinary talent. On top of all that there was the industry; the media; the money…

Director Asif Kapadia reinvented documentary filmmaking with Senna, cutting out the talking heads in favour of you-are-there footage. His second post-humous portrait is if anything even more remarkable for the sheer extent and intimacy of the footage he has uncovered. Winehouse was someone people wanted to film from her teenage years, sometimes in formal settings, often casually, the way that young people have come to regard as second nature: self documentation as public display. Kapadia sifts this voluminous material and emerges with a compassionate and insightful film about a fun young woman, an electrifying performer, and the terrible loneliness of a damaged life lived in the public eye.

Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary

Ä sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"It is an overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller: Kapadia has fashioned and shaped it with masterly flair." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"It is the achievement of Amy, Asif Kapadia’s accomplished, quietly devastating documentary, that it makes the story of this troubled and troubling individual surprisingly one of a kind by allowing us to, in a sense, live her life along with her." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Theeb

(2014, 100 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jack Fox, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiye
Classification: 14A

Showtimes

Feb 10 04:30 pm

Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

The Arabian Desert, 1916. Theeb (whose name translates as Wolf) lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote corner of the Ottoman Empire. Like other young boys he’s prone to mischief, and when custom compels his older brother to escort a British Army officer (a comrade of TE Lawrence, no doubt), to the next water hole, Theeb tags along after them. By the time they realize he’s there it’s too late to send him back, but there is no guarantee he will be better off with them. Since the outbreak of the First World War this harsh desert terrain has become the hunting ground of Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal. He must live up to the name his father gave him.

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