THE HIDDEN FORTRESS
KAKUSHI-TORIDE NO SAN-AKUNIN
1958, Janus Films, 139 min, Japan, Dir: Akira Kurosawa

Director Akira Kurosawa’s first widescreen film is a matchless mix of drama, action and humor that helped inspire STAR WARS. Toshiro Mifune stars as a warrior shepherding a princess-in-disguise through war-torn feudal Japan with a pair of bumbling peasants in tow. “One of the greatest action-adventure films ever made.” - David Ehrenstein. In Japanese with English subtitles.


MUSTANG
2015, Cohen Media Group, 97 min, France/Turkey, Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

When five sisters take an innocent walk on the beach with a few male friends, things get blown way out of proportion in this affecting drama set in northern Turkey. The girls’ conservative grandmother cracks down, confining them to a home that becomes a prison/wife factory – but these young women have a spirit that refuses to be broken. Buoyed by superb performances (all the more impressive given this is the feature debut of Ergüven and most of her lead actresses), MUSTANG is as powerful as it is timely. “What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray [the girls] simplistically, as misunderstood angels, and she has enough trust in her audience to leave the drama's implicit feminism unstated.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter. In Turkish with English subtitles.


THE CLUB
2015, Music Box, 98 min, Chile, Dir: Pablo Larraín

An unassuming residence in a Chilean beach town serves as a retirement home for disgraced priests in this thought-provoking drama, a Silver Bear winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. When a new member to this club is confronted by a former victim of his misdeeds, the fallout results in a visit by Father Garcia (Marcel Alonso), who must balance his hope to save these souls with the need to protect the Catholic Church. “An original and brilliantly acted chamber drama in which Larraín’s fiercely political voice comes through as loud and clear as ever.” - Scott Foundas, Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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