GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
2012, Cinelicious Pics, 320 min, India, Dir: Anurag Kashyap

Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs in coal-rich eastern India, this bloody crime saga follows the rival Khan and Singh crime families across three generations with an ambition that recalls THE GODFATHER and ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA. The tumultuous growth of modern India can be seen through the clans’ battles for supremacy. The ferociously intense GANGS lifts the country’s cinema to a new level, with rapturous response at the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals. “Puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter. In Hindi with English subtitles.


BATTLE ROYALE
BATORU ROWAIARU
2000, Starz, 114 min, Japan, Dir: Kinji Fukasaku

Director Kinji Fukasaku is revered by a younger generation of Japanese outlaw filmmakers for his pyrotechnic gangster movies, which suggest a methedrine-fueled hybrid of Fuller/Scorsese/Woo with the social conscience of early Visconti. Here he serves up an ultra-controversial, action-packed examination of the institutionalizing of violence, starring screen icon "Beat" Takeshi, that presages THE HUNGER GAMES. Forty-two students are stranded on an island with a weapon and an ultimatum - Kill or be killed. In Japanese with English subtitles.


7 DAYS
SHIVA
2008, 103 min, Israel, France, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

The second film by siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz continues the story of Viviane and her family, following the tensions that arise when they are reunited to sit shiva for a recently deceased brother. As the Gulf War goes on in the background, old resentments and problems bubble to the surface. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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