An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrap dealer. Wandering their town with just a horse and a cart, they begin collecting scrap metal for him. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. As Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event that transforms them all.
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru?) is a 2013 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival,where it won the Jury Prize and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and won both the Rogers People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival and the Wuaki. TV Audience Award at the 2013 San Sebastián InternationalFilm Festival.
THE GREAT BEAUTY – (April 24th, 2014) Director: Paolo Sorrentino, 142min, Drama Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino of IL DIVO(2008), THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE(2004) and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE(2011) It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d’Or. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival. The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category.
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen has his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles’ emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable.