Ernest & Celestine (G)
Watercolour, hand-drawn animated tale set in a storybook Paris, about the unlikely friendship between a little mouse (destined for dentistry but yearning to be an artist) and a down on his luck bear (a poet and musician). Based on the children’s book by Belgian writer/illustrator Gabrielle Vincent and from the directors of the crazy stop-motion foreign chuckler A Town Called Panic. Nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2014 Oscars.
The film has been re-dubbed for English-speaking audiences with a voice cast including Forest Whitaker, William H. Macy and Lauren Bacall.
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Giamatti
Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner (‘A Town Called Panic’)
Festivals & Awards SACD Prize (Directors’ Fortnight) at Cannes Film Festival 2012.
Animated, Family, Kids, World Cinema | 1hr 15mins | G | Country of Origin: France, Belgium |
Words and Pictures (M)
Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) star in this light romantic comedy about an English teacher who challenges the school’s art teacher to a “war” between words and pictures and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.
“Prep school English teacher Jack (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades – as opposed to rigorous engagement with language. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years. He’s estranged from his son. In short, Jack has much to despair of, and when Jack despairs, Jack drinks…
“Dina (Binoche) is an abstract painter. Like Jack, she was once celebrated for her art, but the onset of arthritis has made the physical act of painting too painful to bear. Jack finds Dina attractive but icy; he flirts with and provokes her with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his job on the line, Jack comes upon an inspired method of galvanising student interest in their studies: he declares a war between words and pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina accepts Jack’s challenge and the battles begin. But, before they even know it, their hearts have also entered the fray.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Keegan Connor Tracy, Amy Brenneman
Directed by Fred Schepisi (‘Roxanne’, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’)
Written by Gerald Di Pego
Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1hr 51mins | M | Offensive language | Country of Origin: USA
Face of Love (M)
She lost her perfect love, until she found his perfect double.
Romantic melodrama starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, about a widowed woman who finds herself attracted to a man that bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. From the director of The Chumscrubber.
“Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett’s kindness, humour, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can’t resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn’t a question of if the truth will come out, but when.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Jess Weixler, Amy Brenneman, Jeffrey Vincent Parise
Directed by Arie Posin (‘The Chumscrubber’)
Written by Matthew McDuffie, Arie Posin
Drama, Romance | 1hr 32mins | Country of Origin: USA
On My Way (M)
French roadtrip comedy-drama starring screen icon Catherine Deneuve as Bettie who, in her early 60s, suddenly ups sticks and leaves her old life behind… Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at Berlin 2013.
Bettie who, in her early 60s, is jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant. Having run out of cigarettes, she climbs into her car and drives off – leaving her customers and employees. But the short trip turns into a long journey, not like she had planned. As she leaves her old life behind there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter, the realisation she has a grandson, and at the end of the road, maybe even love.