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I AM NOT MADAME BOVERY (我不是潘金莲) - FILM OF THE WEEK.

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I AM NOT MADAME BOVERY (我不是潘金莲) -  FILM OF THE WEEK. review film poster

Director: Feng Xiaogang
Cast: Chengpeng Dong, Fan Bingbing, Fan Wei
Genre: Comedy
Language: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Country of origin: China 2016 138 mins. (12A)
Best Film, Best Actress - 64th San Sebastian Film Festival; FIPRESCI Special Presentations - 41st Toronto International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography - 11th Asian Film Awards; Audience Choice Award, Best Director - 53rd Golden Horse Awards 11th Asian Film Awards.
Released by Thunderbird Releasing

The Other Side of Hope

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The Other Side of Hope review film poster

Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Cast: Sherwan Hadi, Sakari Kuosmanen, Donne Hyytianen
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Arabic, Finnish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Finland-Germany 2016 98 mins. (12A)
Winner Best Director Silver Bear 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye

Aki Kaurismaki's the master of deadpan humour sketches out a bittersweet comedy that continues from his previous gem, 'Le Havre.'

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) review film poster

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Genre: Animation
Language: None
Country of Origin: France-Belgium-Japan 2016 80 mins. (PG)
Un Certain Regard, Special Prize 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Released by StudioCanal

'The Red Turtle' is a dialogue-free, visual treat with images that thrill and delight. A storm at sea and an unnamed man struggles in the massive waves. Castaway on a desert island his only companions are the birds, a group of crabs who move stealth-like across the sand and turtles and then the man meets a red turtle. I'll say no more.

Spark

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Spark review film poster

Director: Aaron Woodley
Cast: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Country of Origin: Canada-South Korea-USA 2016 90 mins. (PG)
Released by Vertigo Releasing

Baywatch

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Baywatch review film poster

Director: Seth Gordon
Cast: Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA 2017 109 mins. (15)
Released by Paramount Pictures

Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Long Haul

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Long Haul review film poster

Director: David Bowers
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, Jason Ian Drucker
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA 2017 90 mins. (U)
Released by 20th Century Fox

In 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul', based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

Inversion (Varoomegi)

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Inversion  (Varoomegi)  review film poster

Director: Behnam Behzadi
Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Reza Aghakhani, Setareh Pesyani, Roya Javidnia , Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Setareh Hosseini
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Iran 2016 84 mins.
Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard.
Released by New Wave Films

In modern day, smog bound Tehran, freedom can be an illusion and a woman should know her place.