COBY + PRIDE MONTH
Celebrate Pride month in June with COBY (premiered 5/31), an acclaimed doc that Queer Guru.com says “makes an important contribution to the continuing dialogue on transitioning, and is also a thoroughly entertaining documentary.”
In a small town deep in the American Midwest, Suzanna begins a gender transition and becomes a boy: Coby. Coby’s transformation deeply impacts the lives the lives of all who love him – and each member of this tight-knit family must confront their own preconceived notions of gender and sexuality. Combining excerpts from Coby’s video dairy with candid, heartfelt interviews from his closet friends and family – Christian Sonderegger’s debut feature is an intimate and sensitive look at timely subject. Ultimately, Coby’s journey morphs into the transformation of a whole family compelled by love to modify their own perspectives.
“This story of a gender revolution takes place in the living room of an
ordinary American family. It is difficult to find such a personal subject
yet capable of touching and speaking to the whole society.”
— Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa
In addition to COBY, Film Movement Plus celebrates LGBTQ pride with an international assortment of award-winning gay cinema, from the powerful Holocaust-set drama BENT, starring Clive Owen and Ian McKellen, and Derek Jarman’s iconic New Queer Cinema classic EDWARD II to XXY, Lucia Puenzo’s coming-of-age tale, a Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize winner.
- BENT (1997, 105 mins., UK/Japan, dir. Sean Mathias)
- BLUSH (2015, 85 mins., Israel, dir. Michal Vinik)
- THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN (2014, 90 mins., Germany, dir. Ingo Haeb)
- THE COUNTRY TEACHER (2008, 113 mins., Czech Rep., dir. Bohdan Sláma)
- EDWARD II (1991, 90 mins., UK, dir. Derek Jarman)
- IN THE NAME OF (2012, 102 mins., Poland, dir. Malgośka Szumowska)
- NUDE AREA (2014, 78 mins., Netherlands/Poland, dir. Urszula Antoniak)
- WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? (2013, 106 mins, Taiwan, dir. Arvin Chen)
- XXY (2007, 91 mins., Argentina, dir. Lucia Puenzo)
- YOU WILL BE MINE (2009, 100 mins., France dir. Sophie Laloy)
Friday, June 7
HOTEL SALVATION + FATHER’S DAY SPOTLIGHT
As we approach Father’s Day (June 16), treat your movie-loving Dad to a subscription to Film Movement Plus – certain to keep him entertained all year round. And, be certain sit him down for HOTEL SALVATION, Shubhashish Bhutiani’sacclaimed meditation on life, death and salvation between father and son. Adil Hussain (Life of Pi) stars as Rajiv, an overworked businessman, who agrees to honor the final wish of his father, Daya, by accompanying him to the holy city of Varanasi. There, they check in to the Hotel Salvation, where residents are given just two weeks to live out their final days or return home. While Daya revels in the simple pleasures of this timeless place, Rajiv finds himself burdened by the many obligations he left behind. Eventually though, both father and son learn to appreciate each other and the world around them with newfound meaning.
“If the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had been remade by Ingmar Bergman
it might have turned out a bit like this”
— Kevin Maher, The Times
“A moving, rewarding watch”
— Trevor Johnston, Time Out
|HOTEL SALVATION Official U.S. Trailer
Other streaming FM+ films to enjoy with Dad, includes such Dad-centric films as Bille August’s Best Foreign Language Film winner PELLE THE CONQUEROR, BROKEN, starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy, Winner of Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards and SECOND COMING, starring Idris Elba.
- ALAMAR (2009, 73 mins., Mexico, dir. Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio)
- THE AUCTION (2013, 111 mins., Canada, dir. Sebastien Pilote)
- BROKEN (2012, 90 mins., UK, dir. Rufus Norris)
- THE GROCER’S SON (2007, 96 mins., France, dir. Eric Guirado)
- OFF WHITE LIES (2011, 86 mins., Israel, dir. Maya Kenig)
- PELLE THE CONQUEROR (1987, 150 mins., Denmark/Sweden, dir. Bille August)
- THE PIANO IN A FACTORY (2010, 105 mins., China, dir. Zhang Meng)
- SECOND COMING (2014, 105 mins., UK, dir. Debbie Tucker Green)
Friday, June 14
BETWEEN LAND AND SEA (INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY, JUNE 15)
Commemorate International Surfing Day by spending a year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean. This observational feature- at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end. Against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, BETWEEN LAND AND SEA digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fueled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle.
— Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
“While the craggy Atlantic Irish coast might not be the surf wilderness it once was, the culture among its dedicated community of surfers is as hearty and wholesome as any in the world.”
— Peter Taras, Surfer Magazine
|BETWEEN LAND AND SEA Official U.S. Trailer
IN SYRIA (WORLD REFUGEE DAY, JUNE 20)
At a time when refugee crises are exploding across the globe, IN SYRIA, from Director Phillipe Van Leeuw, puts a human face on this hot button issue.
Trapped in a city under siege, mother of three Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass, (“Succession,” Exodus: Gods and Kings) struggles to keep her family and neighbors safe by converting her Damascus apartment into a barricaded shelter. But with war raging outside and snipers preventing any means of escape, their situation grows even more dire when armed bandits infiltrate the building and begin to threaten them from within.
Called “a haunting portrait of one family’s fight to survive”, IN SYRIA is told from the perspective of one family who refuses to leave a home they love, bringing the conflict of massive scope to a remarkably personal and intimate level. A unique look at one of the most troubling humanitarian crises in recent memory, this Panorama Audience Award Winner at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival delivers a powerful cinematic experience that will stay with audiences long after the credits roll.
“Tautly-constructed, intensely claustrophobic…Couldn’t be more timely”
— Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“Gripping from start to finish”
— Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
|IN SYRIA Official U.S. Trailer
Friday, June 21
1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT (ERIK POPPE’S BIRTHDAY, JUNE 24)
Norwegian director/screenwriter Erik Poppe is regarded as one of Europe’s most experienced and compelling directors recognized for his work with actors and well-crafted multi-pronged narratives. Film Movement Plus celebrates his 59th birthday with the streaming premiere of 1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT, winner of Best Film and Best Cinematography at Norway’s Oscars, the Amanda Awards.
In this powerful drama, Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of the world’s top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca’s resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray.
“An affecting drama. Deeply compelling….[Binoche’s] transformation is as unsettling as the violence she’s chronicling.”
— John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“Elegant and aesthetically pleasing! Binoche is particularly terrific.”
— Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
|1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT Official US Trailer
Fans of Poppe’s films can also stream two more of the director’s compelling dramas, the second and third installments in his acclaimed Oslo trilogy:
- HAWAII, OSLO (2004, 124 mins.)
- TROUBLED WATER (2008, 120 mins.)
Friday, June 28
BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS
A mystery within a mystery, the painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is the most famous and intriguing work by Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. An artist who is as much as an enigma as his highly symbolic and detail-rich paintings, in 2017 the world celebrated his 500th anniversary. Now, through unique exclusive access granted by the Prado Museum – such as witnessing the processes of X-raying and restoring the painting – BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS from director José Luis López-Linares seeks to answer centuries-old questions about the painter and painting, as well as to explain the inspiration both have had on artists, writers, philosophers and musicians through the years. Interviewees in the documentary include such notable figures as Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Renee Fleming, William Christie, Philippe de Montebello, Ludovico Einaudi and John Eliot Gardiner.
“You could write a novel about this painting very easily.
A novel with a thousand stories.”
— Salman Rushdie
“A thoughtful seminar on an artwork that has endured for centuries.”
— Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
|BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF DREAMS Official U.S. Trailer
School’s out, the temperature is rising, shorts and flip-flops come out of the closet and Film Movement Plus celebrates summer with SUMMERTIME SPOTLIGHT, a specially-curated collection of films set during the warmest season.
From Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes smash AFTER THE STORM and LA BOYITA, a unique and powerful coming-of-age story from the producer’s behind Pedro Almodovar’s biggest hits, including WILD TALES and JULIETA to HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER, a thriller set on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle and MY ART, an acclaimed dramedy from first-time filmmaker Laurie Simmons, SUMMERTIME SPOTLIGHT is guaranteed to keep home audiences feeling cool during the season’s dog days.
- AFTER THE STORM (2016, 117 mins, Japan, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
- AND THEY CALL IT SUMMER (2012, 89 mins., Italy, dir. Paolo Franchi)
- AUGUST THE FIRST (2007, 81 mins., USA, dir. Lanre Olabisi)
- LA BOYITA (2009, 92 mins, Argentina, dir. Julia Solomonoff)
- GINGER AND CINNAMON (2003, 82 mins., Italy, dir. Daniele Luchetti)
- HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (2010, 130 mins., Russia, dir. Alexi Popogrebsky)
- MY ART (2017, 87 mins., USA, dir. Lauri Simmons)
- TANTA AGUA (2013, 102 mins., Uruguay, dr. Leticia Jorge, Ana Guevara)