Once a successful television producer, Joachim Zand (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) has returned to France with an enticing new entourage prepared to delight. Straight from the States, Zand’s new burlesque dancers are as lively as they are shameless, as unruly as they are voluptuous, and aggressive in their artful striptease. Touring the country, the girls wreak havoc while Zand’s personal and professional problems overwhelm the entire scheme.
English, French with subtitles, 111 min.
The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 5X Favela’s five short films offer a rare glimpse of the vigorous culture emerging from these communities, exploding the popular myth that they are merely hotbeds of drugs and violence. Featuring rising-star directors Manaíra Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcellos, and Luciana Bezerra.
Portuguese with subtitles, 103 min.
As his failing kidneys bring him face to face with mortality, Uncle Boonmee retires to the countryside to spend his last days there, reconnecting with family
Thai, French with subtitles, 113 min.
This psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a dancer in a ballet company who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival (Mila Kunis). Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.
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