Blanchett executive produces this timely, drily witty and ultimately moving portrait of a world that has succumb to a strange, all-pervasive virus.
A strain of amnesia is holding the world in its grip. Those who succumb to it permanently lose their memory. For those carrying identification and with loved ones, there is hope. But those who cannot be identified and who have no one to ‘claim’ them are given a new identity, home and itinerary through which they can record memories for a new life. Aris is one such person. Christos Nikou’s wonderful feature debut, written and directed before the COVID-19 pandemic began is a soulful rumination on who we are and what defines us. At its centre is a compelling performance by Aris Serveyalis, best known in the UK for his role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps. A remarkably assured debut by Nikou, Apples is the perfect film for the times we live in.
Once Upon A River is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane in 1970s rural Michigan. After enduring a series of traumas and tragedies, Margo (newcomer Kenadi DelaCerna) sets out on an odyssey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the water, Margo encounters friends, foes, wonders, and dangers; navigating life on her own, she comes to understand her potential, all while healing the wounds of her past.
Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan
Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of
secrets. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and
Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”. But his passion for healing
welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that
only one person could ever quell – his assistant, František. As a show trial threatens to pry
open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of
his life’s only love in the balance. A personal tale as replete with twists as the century itself,
and a reflection on the price one pays for single-mindedly following one’s calling.
Eastern Ukraine, 2025. Sergey, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, is having trouble adapting to his new reality—a life in pieces, a land in ruins. He finds a way to cope by joining a volunteer mission dedicated to exhuming war corpses. Working with Katya, he sees that a better future is possible.
Claire (Lena Olin) lives a quiet domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.