Pieces of life are brought together in an attempt to grasp something of life in the inner cities and suburbs of modern-day France. A commuter train appears to connect different worlds, but is there such a thing as ‘we’ in our fragmented societies?
ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle from Warner Bros. Pictures and visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.
A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
From Mexican-Ethiopian director and cinematographer Jessica Beshir, FAYA DAYI is a lyrical spiritual journey into the rituals and trade practices of Khat, a stimulant green leaf that - according to Ethiopian legend - was founded by Sufi Imams in search of eternity. A hypnotic blend of documentary and drama, this immersive experience weaves a tapestry of intimate stories of people for whom chewing the lucrative crop has become both a radical escape and a space of socialization and revolt against oppressive forces. For the unemployed, oppressed youth and elders alike, the high achieved from Khat (the state of Merkhana) is the only place where their hopes, dreams and aspirations can live. The film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the prestigious World Cinema - Documentary award.
Jacqueline Lentzou’s highly anticipated debut feature is a considerate and touching portrayal of familial dynamics between Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos) and his teenage daughter, Artemis (Sofia Kokkali), as she returns home to Athens to care for him. The pair have struggled to communicate with each other for much of Artemis’s life and now, as her father deteriorates, she must face this lacking relationship head-on. Her seclusion at her father’s home is the backdrop of her discovery of his well-kept secrets. As she delves into this newfound information, she begins to see him in a new light and love him as the father she never knew.