Rufus Norris – London Road (2015)

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London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. Continue reading

Radu Jude – Aferim! (2015)

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Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar’s estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania’s social life. Continue reading

João Nicolau – A Espada e a Rosa AKA The Sword and the Rose (2010)

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Manuel flees from his tax debts and ends up on a ship on which some people want to earn their living as pirates. Also on board is a mysterious substance called Plutex that can destroy the world, unless they fall into the wrong hands. This is the prelude to a completely crazy journey that is somewhere between dream, chaos and musicals. Continue reading

Jean-Louis Richard – Mata Hari, agent H21 (1964)

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This French version of the notorious spy’s life centers less on her romantic escapades, and more on those that reveal the person she actually was during WW I when her German superiors ordered her to seduce the French captain Trintignant so she can steal classified papers from him. Instead she falls in love with him, blows the cover, and ends up convicted of espionage and shot. ~ Sandra Brennan,

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Nicolas Roeg – Walkabout (1971)

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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his “walkabout,” a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization. Continue reading