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Films showing from 22 June in South Africa

THYS & TRIX 

Thys and Trix are siblings and eager yet helpless police officers. Thys is a well-meaning bungler and Trix a rude, sexy tomboy. Their constant feud, as well as the fact that they’ve struggled to work together as a team since childhood, lead to their expulsion from the police service after they yet again embarrass their department.    Detective Solomons, a seasoned and dedicated inspector, is investigating the activities of a crime syndicate in a highly unlikely location: an exclusive golf estate outside Mossel Bay. However, there is one problem. Solomons won’t be able to ‘blend in’ at the estate and because of their ‘vanilla appearance’, Thys and Trix are singled out, for the first time ever, as the most competent team to lead an investigation. Solomons will accompany them, but is not impressed with the fact that he’ll be their ‘butler’. Trix realises this is her last chance to prove herself as a competent police officer and Thys knows this is his final opportunity to save the complicated relationship with his sister. However, the fact that the siblings have to pretend to be a married couple to make the investigation credible, complicates the situation, often with unexpected, far-reaching and hysterical consequences. Power couple Chandré and her toy boy André, gay art dealers Stephán and Gerhárd, hippy swingers Ben and June, and the lovely young widow, Heidi, are Thys, Trix and Solomons’ new neighbours.   Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Qeuntin Krog, who was also at the helm of the highly successful box-office hits, ‘Vir die Voëls’ and ‘Ballade vir ’n Enkeling’. With Leandie du Randt Bosch and Bouwer Bosch  Read more / Trailer 

Feature / Interview: Thys & Trix – A New South African Comedy With Attitude

BRAVEN

When Joe Braven (Jason Momoa), a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border is confronted by a group of deadly drug runners who have stashed heroin in his secluded cabin in the mountains, he must do everything in his power to protect his family. Little do the elite drug runners know the unassuming man they’ve encountered has an impressive bite colliding two dynamic forces – one fighting for the lives of his family, the other for the love of the kill.Directed by Lin Oeding and written by Mike Nilon and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett. Trailer / Read more  

ISLE OF DOGS

Set in a dystopian near-future. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. A stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson. Read more / Trailer /

Feature / Interview: Writer-director Wes Anderson takes us inside his spellbinding stop-motion opus Isle of Dogs

OCEANS 8

Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million. Heist comedy directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Milch, from a story by Ross. It is an all-female spin-off of the Ocean’s Eleven series. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney in the previous three “Ocean’s” films). Watch Trailer / Read more / 

ON CHESIL BEACH

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West. Directed by Dominic Cooke in his motion picture directorial debut. Ian McEwan adapted his own 2007 Booker Prize-nominated novella. Trailer / Feature: On Chesil Beach – An 11-Year Journey from Bestseller to Film

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In true cinema style, the European Film Festival celebrates its 5th Year until 1 July at Cinema Nouveau: Rosebank, Brooklyn and V&A Waterfront, showcasing ten films selected from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom – a collection of diverse worldly stories. These are only a few of the remarkably produced films that the South African audience can look forward to seeing. One of the festival’s objectives is to showcase and encourage exchange and collaborations between European and African film industries. ‘The European Film Festival gives the opportunity to present outstanding cinematic productions, while at the same time promoting better understanding of Europe’s diversity, and addressing current issues, such as migration, discrimination and terrorism, that are relevant not only in Europe but also globally’, explains Dr. Geraldine Reymenants, Chairperson of EUNIC ZA. Visit the website for more information / Book Here

HEREDITARY When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage. Trailer / Feature: Writer-director Ari Aster’s Hereditary – a work of operatic horror 

INCREDIBLES 2 resumes where The Incredibles ends, with the introduction of the villain The Underminer (John Ratzenberger). The Parr family struggles to maintain normal lives while Helen (Holly Hunter), as Elastigirl, continues to fight crime and campaign for the return of “supers”; while Bob (Craig T. Nelson), also known as Mr. Incredible, stays at home caring for their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack, discovering the baby’s secret powers in the process. Also, the Parrs and their ally Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) find they must battle a new villain, who goes by the name of Screenslaver. Written and directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and directed the first film. Trailer / Feature: Incredibles 2 returns to the Incredibles universe / Win a movie hamper

SUPER TROOPERS 2 Fired for their previous shenanigans, former Vermont Highway Patrol officers Thorny, Farva, Rabbit, Foster and Mac get a shot at redemption from Capt. O’Hagan and Gov. Jessan. The wacky quintet must provide law enforcement for a French Canadian town that’s transitioning to U.S. sovereignty. Their unconventional methods soon get put to the test when they encounter a smarmy mayor, mischievous Mounties, a smuggling ring and a 1,300-pound bear. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. A sequel to the 2001 film Super Troopers. It stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, made up of Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Read more / Trailer 

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Jurassic-World-Fallen-Kingdom-Final-TrailerJURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. The film is a sequel to Jurassic World (2015) and is the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series, as well as the second installment of a planned Jurassic World trilogy.  Directed by J.A. Bayona, screenplay by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly. Trailer Visit the website / Feature: Soulful Dino Mania In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

BASED ON A TRUE STORYBASED ON A TRUE STORY (Original title: “D’après une histoire vraie”). Delphine is the author of a highly personal novel about her mother, which has become a bestseller. Already exhausted by the endless demands for interviews and made vulnerable by her memories, Delphine is soon tormented by anonymous letters accusing her of having turned her family into a source of gossip. The novelist has stalled, paralyzed by the idea of having to start writing again. She then crosses paths with Elle, a young and attractive woman, who is also intelligent and intuitive. Elle understands Delphine better than anyone. Delphine becomes attached to her, she confides in her, lets herself go. How far will Elle go, now that she has moved into Delphine’s place? Has she come to fill a void or create one? Give Delphine a new breath of life or steal her life from her?  Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner are lovers in  Roman Polanski’s new drama. Feature: Writer-director Roman Polanski talks about his latest film Based On A True Story / Trailer 

Macbeth – National Theatre live

Catch the next screening in National Theatre Live’s 2018 season at Cinema Nouveau with a modern day take on Shakespeare’s tragedy of moral decline, Macbeth.

In the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

MachbethIntense and terrifying, this new production was filmed live at the National Theatre in London, directed by the NT’s artistic director Rufus Norris. Double Olivier award-winner Rory Kinnear plays Macbeth (Othello, Skyfall), and Olivier and BAFTA nominee Anne-Marie Duff plays Lady Macbeth (Suffragette, Shameless).

Please note this production contains scenes of a violent nature. Run time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with one 20 minutes interval.

Catch Macbeth at the following Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau sites nationwide from 09 June 2018 for four screenings only:

  • Cinema Nouveau Rosebank (Johannesburg)
  • Gateway Commercial (Durban)
  • Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn (Pretoria)
  • Cinema Nouveau V & A Waterfront (Cape Town)

NOMMER 37NOMMER 37 Set in Haven Mansions, a block of apartments in the fictional suburb of the Cape Flats, called New Haven, the gripping crime thriller Nommer 37 looks through the eyes of a former petty criminal, who has been spat out by the very world he once thrived in and left to observe it from the outside. Entrapped in his apartment, Randal Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), a recent paraplegic, is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam (Monique Rockman). But he is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful gangster, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a dangerous blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both their lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.   Scripted and directed by AFDA alumna Nosipho Dumisa. Trailer Read an exclusive interview with writer-director Nosipho Dumisa.

CHAPPAQUIDDICK2In the riveting suspense drama Chappaquiddick the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old campaign strategist who worked for Kennedy, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. The ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events forever alters his political legacy — and ultimately changes the course of presidential history. Directed by John Curran and written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan.  Trailer / Feature: A piercing reexamination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy’s career

OVERBOARDHailing from one of Mexico’s richest families, Leonardo Montenegro (Eugenio Derbez) has it all as a cheerfully spoiled, rich playboy who epitomizes the luxurious life of all play and no work in the comedy Overboard. Meanwhile, Kate Sullivan (Anna Faris) more than represents the hard-working single mother, wrangling children and multiple jobs, all while studying to become a nurse. These disparate lives are destined to cross when Kate is hired to clean up the glittery aftermath of Leo’s latest party on the family’s glamorous yacht. Yet, when Kate staunchly refuses to honor Leo’s request to bring him a snack, he unjustly fires her without pay, setting in motion a series of events that change both their lives. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they’re married. As Leonardo tries to get used to manual labor and his new family, Kate starts to wonder how long she can keep fooling her fake husband.  This romantic comedy is directed by Rob Greenberg and written by Bob Fisher, Greenberg and Leslie Dixon, and starring Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Swoosie Kurtz. It is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. Read more / Trailer 

Breaking-In-Movie-Trailer-2018-Gabrielle-UnionIn the thriller Breaking In Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After managing to escape, Shaun must now figure out a way to turn the tables on the desperate thieves and save her captive children. It was directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) from a screenplay by Ryan Engle (Rampage).Watch the trailer / Feature: An Original Home-Invasion Thrillerw Showing

SOLO MASTERThrough a series of daring escapades, young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. .  It is the second film in the franchise’s non-trilogy films following 2016’s Rogue One. Like that filmSolo is a prequel to the original trilogy, taking place sometime between A New Hope and the prequels. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, the 28-year-old actor best known for the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!. Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) who wrote Solo with his son Jon (The First Time).  Directed by Ron Howard. Trailer/ Feature: An origin story unlike any other Star Wars film / Win a Fantastic Solo: A Star Wars Story Hamper

PLEASE STAND BYIn Please Stand By a young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition. Wendy sees things differently: she’s fiercely independent, with a brilliant mind and a mischievous sense of hilarity. Wendy also has autism. To her, people are an indecipherable code and the world’s a confusing place. Inspired by her no-nonsense caregiver, Wendy comes of age and escapes from her care home on the road trip of a lifetime to deliver her 500-page script to a writing competition. Ben Lewin’s Please Stand By presents Wendy’s adventure as a journey of self-realization during which she proves to herself and others that she’s capable of navigating the vagaries of the modern world. The film’s screenplay was crafted by Michael Golamco. Trailer / Feature: A Significant Story About A Fiercely Independent Young Woman With Autism

finding1On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate in the romantic comedy Finding Your Feet. Directed by Richard Loncraine, from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, it stars Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall. Trailer / Feature:  Finding Your Feet – An inspirational story set around a seniors’ dance class / 

 

JOURNEYJourney’s End is set in March, 1918, where C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer… This adaptation of the play Journey’s End  by R. C. Sherriff as crafted by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb. It marks the fifth film adaptation of the play, following Journey’s End (1930), The Other Side (1931), Aces High (1976) and a 1988 BBC TV film.  Trailer / Feature: Journey’s End – From Play to Big Screen

DEADPOOLDeadpool 2 unleashes more outrageous comedy. After surviving a near fatal knee boarding accident , a disfigured guidance counselor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie’s most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero. Trailer / Feature: Deadpool 2 – Bigger and more Badass than ever

LIFEDumped by her husband, longtime housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college in Life Of The Party.  Winding up at the same school as her daughter, Deanna plunges headlong into the campus experience — embracing the fun, the freedom and the frat boys.directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. The film stars Melinda McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Debby Ryan, Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver.  Trailer / Feature: A Comedy About Going Back To School At 40

IMAGINE MASTERI Can Only Imagine is based on the story behind the song “I Can Only Imagine,” the most-played contemporary Christian song of all time, and stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the MercyMe lead singer who wrote the song. Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspired him to write the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” as singer of the Christian band Mercy Me. Jon and Andy Erwin are a directing team that focuses on creating faith-based and inspirational feature films. Visit the website / Feature: I Can Only Imagine – A film inspired by the most popular contemporary Christian song in history

TRAFFIKIn Traffik a couple, (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple is surprised by the arrival of two friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Trailer / Feature: Traffik – An intense sex trafficking thriller

TULLY MASTER 2Tully is both bitingly funny and observant-and a quietly radical statement on motherhood, sure to make mothers everywhere feel less alone. Marlo, a mother of three, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.  Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, it stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. Watch Trailer / Feature: Tully – A new mother’s postpartum struggles

BEIRUTThe fictional political thriller Beirut is set in 1980s Beirut and tells of Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm), a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent (Rosamund Pike)  who is working under cover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success. A fictional political thriller  directed by Brad Anderson Trailer  / Feature: Beirut – A fictional thriller grounded in reality that took 26 years to reach the Big Screen

Sherlock GnomesAfter a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family in the computer-animated fantasy romantic comedy mystery Sherlock Gnomes. Directed by John Stevenson, it’s a sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, and features the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige, and Johnny Depp.Trailer /  Feature:  Sherlock Gnomes – a whole new animated adventure for garden gnomes

102-not-out-7591The Hindi-language Indian comedy-drama 102 Not Out tells the story of Dattatraya Vakharia, a 102-year-old man who wants to break the record of oldest living male. There’s just one problem — he must find a way to change the sad and grumpy demeanor of his 75-year-old son. Based on the eponymous Gujarati play written by Saumya Joshi, it is directed by directed by Umesh Shukla and stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. Trailer / Read more / 

BLIND DATEMy Blind Date With Life (German: Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben) tells the heartwarming true story of Saliya (Kostja Ullmann), a promising student who becomes nearly blind as a teenager. In spite of everyone telling him to be realistic about how this limits his life and aspirations, he persistently holds onto his dream of working in a luxury hotel. Without telling anyone that he cannot see, he unbelievably lands an apprenticeship in the most prestigious hotel in Munich. With sheer determination and impressive resilience, he exceeds all expectations and manages to get through his bluff with the help of his mocking and spry best friend Max (Jacob Matschenz). But when Saliya falls in love with Laura (Anna Maria Mühe), the elaborate deception he so carefully put together begins to fall apart.  It’s an adaption of the real life story of Saliya Kahawatte who lost most of his eyesight at the age of 15, and is directed by Marc Rothemund.  Trailer / My Blind Date With Life /

EVERYDAYBased on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Everyday tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” (Justice Smith)who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Directed by Michael Sucsy and adapted by Jesse AndrewsTrailer / Feature: Every Day – A story about true love

Unsane-2018-movie-posterIn Steven Soderbergh’s psychological horror Unsane Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out. Written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer,  it stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving. Watch Trailer / Feature: Steven Soderbergh – The Master of Experimental Independent Filmmaking

I FEEL PRETTYIn I Feel Pretty an ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? With I Feel Pretty, long-time writing partners Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (How To Be Single, Never Been Kissed), deliver a romantic comedy with a timely spin. They also make their debut as feature film directors. “It’s an homage and also makes fun of Big and Tootsie and some of the other great switcheroo movies we loved growing up,” said Silverstein. “They don’t really make movies like that now so we had to make this one feel fresh, not like something from the 80’s or 90’s.” It stars Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton. Trailer / I Feel Pretty / 

 

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