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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

World premiered as the closing night film at 2019 Locarno Film Festival, To the Ends of the Earth was commissioned tmark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan. Yoko (former Jpop idol Atsuko Maeda) travels with a small crew to Uzbekistan (breathtakingly captured by veteran DP Akiko Ashizawa) to shoot anepisode of her reality TV travel show. In front of the camera her persona is care free and happygolucky, but behind the scenes she is cautious and introverted. Despite her best efforts, all the shootings end unsuccessfully. Frustrated by the failed filming, she takesto the streets of this mysterious country on her own. Lost in the streets of Tashkent, she finds herself adrift and alone, confronting her deepest fears and hidden aspirations. A brilliant mix of black comedy, travelogue, drama, and an adventureimbued mockery of showbiz, To the Ends of the Earth is young woman’s journey from displacement to a place of selfdiscovery.

DIRECTED BY

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

THE REASON I JUMP

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THE REASON I JUMP

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

DIRECTED BY

Jerry Rothwell 

CAST

Jordan O’Donegan

RAMS

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RAMS

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

WRITTEN BY

Jules Duncan

DIRECTED BY

Jeremy Sims

PRODUCED BY

Janelle Landers
Aidan O’Bryan

CAST

Sam Neill
Michael Caton
Wayne Blair
Kipan Rothbury
Travis McMahon
Hayley McElhinney

TEST PATTERN

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TEST PATTERN

Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view. Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.

DIRECTED BY

Shatara Michelle Ford

CAST

Brittany S. Hall
Will Brill
Gail Bean
Drew Fuller

COWBOYS

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COWBOYS

Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. COWBOYS, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run.

WRITTEN BY

Anna Kerrigan

DIRECTOR

Anna Kerrigan

PRODUCED BY

Gigi Graff
Anna Kerrigan
Chris Parker
Dylan Sellers

Executive Producers:
Alex Dong
Anil Baral

CAST

Steve Zahn
Jillian Bell
Ann Dowd
Gary Farmer
Bob Stephenson
Chris Coy
John Reynolds
Sasha Knight

A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX

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MATRIX

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of sciene, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fictino but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entitiy, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

DIRECTED BY

Rodney Ascher

PRODUCED BY

Ross M. Dinerstein

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

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M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.

DIRECTED BY

Robin Lutz

CAST

Stephen Fry
George Escher
Jan Escher
Graham Nash

BROADWAY HD

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BROADWAY HD

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CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

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CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meagre pensions will go that much further. Planning for the trip sees the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun saturated Rome and discover that even at an old age they can still learn one or two lessons about themselves and life. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s laconic answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend many more hours with long after the credits roll. (Curzon)

DIRECTED BY

Gianni de Gregorio (Mid-August Lunch)

CAST

Ennio Fantastichini, Giorgio Colangeli, Gianni di Gregorio

SIN

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SIN

Florence, early XVI century. Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty and depleted by his struggle to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When his commissioner and head of the Della Rovere nobility Pope Julius II dies, Michelangelo becomes obsessed with sourcing the finest marble to complete his tomb. The artist’s loyalty is tested when Leo X, of the rival Medici family, ascends to the papacy and charges him with a lucrative new commission — the facade of the San Lorenzo basilica. Forced to lie to maintain favor with both families, Michelangelo is progressively tormented by suspicion and hallucinations, leading him to ruthlessly examine his own moral and artistic failings.

DIRECTED BY

Andrei Konchalovsky

CAST

Alberto Testone, Jakob Diehl, Francesco Gaudiello, Federico Vanni, Glenn Blackhall, Orso Maria Guerrini, Anita Pititto

THE TWO OF US

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THE TWO OF US

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.

DIRECTED BY

Filippo Meneghetti

PRODUCED BY

Laurent Baujard
Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin

CAST

Barbara Sukowa
Martine Chevallier

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