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New Films

Films released on 23 February are Call Me By Your Name, a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama about a mother seeking justice for her daughter’s death, Ladybird explores the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter, Loving Vincent is an animated drama that looks at the circumstances surrounding Vincent van Gogh’s death, and a career assassin is given a chance at redemption 24 Hours To Live. 

CALL ME 2Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Feature:  Call Me By Your Name – A Sensual and transcendent tale of first love  Trailer

BILLBOARDS 6Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. Feature: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama /  Trailer

LADYBIRD1Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut Ladybird, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, “Lady Bird” is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Trailer Read more 

 

LOVING VINCENTLoving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death.  It is the summer of 1891. Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), a feckless and directionless young man, is given a letter by his father, Postman Joseph Roulin (Chris O’Dowd), to hand-deliver to Paris. He is to deliver it to the brother of his father’s friend Vincent van Gogh, who, they have just heard, killed himself. Armand is none too pleased with the mission: he is embarrassed by his father’s association with Vincent, a foreign painter who cut off his ear and was committed to the local asylum. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin. Trailer

24 HOURSEthan Hawke (Before Midnight, Boyhood) heads up the international cast in the action thriller, 24 Hours To Live, a high-octane film penned by Zachary Dean and based on Ron Mita & Jim McClain’s original script. It follows Hawke’s career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job. Headline cast alongside Hawke includes Chinese actress Xu “Summer” Qing (Looper), Paul Anderson (The Revenant), and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner). Making his feature directorial debut is Brian Smrz, whose vast body of experience as a 2nd Unit Director for major Hollywood productions includes X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four. Trailer

New Releases Now Showing

black-panther-inaugural-film-poster-1After decades of playing an important role in the history of Marvel Comics, Black Panther is finally getting his day on the big screen  from 16 Feb. It follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by him and Joe Robert Cole. Feature: Black Panther provides everything Marvel fans expect from a beloved Super Hero’s story brought to the big screen  / Trailer

TONYAI, Tonya   is based on the unbelievable but true events,  is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.  Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked–and checkered–glory. Feature: Screenwriter/ Producer Steven Rogers and Director Craig Gillespie talk about I, Tonya /  Trailer

All-the-Money-in-the-World-Movie-Header-ImageAll The Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. Directed by Ridley Scott and written by David Scarpa, based on John Pearson’s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. Feature: A “cautionary tale” with relevance today / Trailer

Raaiselkind_Lokprent_CoverThe powerful South African movie Raaiselkind shows the intense emotional trauma which a couple must endure in dealing with autism and how their lives are forever changed because of their child with autism and their child’s early death under mysterious circumstances.A nine year old autistic boy is found dead in the bath tub. His mother, Ingrid, who spent her life caring for him and loved him dearly, is being investigated for murder. The film is based on the Annelie Botes novel, Raaiselkind, where the confrontation, dealing with autism within a family is brought to light. Directed  by André Velts, screenplay by Lizé Vosloo & Pieter Esterhuizen. With Diaan Lawrenson, June van Merch, Deon Lotz,  Anrich Herbst, Ian Roelofs (Alexander). Read an interview with screenwriter Pieter Esterhuizen /  Trailer 

FOLLIESFollies is a classic but rarely-performed musical by Stephen Sondheim, writer of many famous musicals including Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music. This legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas and will show exclusively at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau nationwide from Saturday, 17 February 2018 for four screenings only.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Beautifully staged – The show captures the glamour of the golden age of music halls and revues, with gorgeous showgirl costumes bedazzled with Swarovski crystals.

Follies will be broadcast live at the following Ster-Kinekor sites on 21 & 22 February 2018. The running time is 180 minutes.

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

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