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June 2019

What’s On This Week + Best Foreign Language Film Festival Begins!

6th June, 2019

This week, you can catch the latest film from Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, explore the dangers of ambition with two American indies, and join us for the start of our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival.

Over the next five Fridays, we will be screening five very different films that were the official submissions to this year’s Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Hailing from countries as diverse as Belgium, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden and Iceland – and spanning genres from personal drama to black comedy to surreal fantasy – don’t miss your chance to catch these little-seen international gems on the big screen at the ANU Film Group!

• THU 6 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: EVERYBODY KNOWS (M, 133 mins)

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in the first Spanish-language film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION, THE SALESMAN), in which a woman (Cruz) returns home to Spain to attend a wedding, but the reunion turns tragic when her older daughter suddenly disappears.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain **

• FRI 7 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: GIRL (M, 106 mins)

Our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival commences with this Belgian drama, in which a 15-year-old girl – born in the body of a boy – dreams of one day becoming a professional ballerina and does whatever is necessary to make this a reality.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium **

• SAT 8 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT (M, 111 mins) + VOX LUX (MA, 114 mins)

In THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a pair of high-frequency traders go up against their former employer in an effort to make a fortune by building a fibre-optic cable line across the United States. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

Then, in VOX LUX (at approx. 9:30 PM), having risen to fame after surviving a school shooting as a teenager, a troubled and outspoken pop star (Natalie Portman) finds herself struggling to cope with the pitfalls of celebrity as an adult.

May 2019

Suggest Films for Next Season + Win Tickets to RED JOAN

29th May, 2019

The end of May is nigh – and we’re closing out the month with Marvel’s first female-led superhero flick, an acclaimed Danish thriller, Lars von Trier’s latest controversial film, a romantic comedy with a political twist, and a look at the early years of 1920s screen star Louise Brooks.

And while there’s still eight weeks to go for our current Winter season, we’re already beginning work on our next programme for Spring 2019!

Have you got a film you’d like to see on our next programme? If so, make sure you fill out an online suggestion form at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions. We welcome suggestions for new releases, up-and-coming attractions, classics you’d like to see back on the big screen, themed nights and everything in between!

• WED 29 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE GUILTY (M, 88 min)

In this acclaimed Danish real-time thriller, an emergency dispatcher answers a call from a kidnapped woman and enters a race against time to rescue her – and redeem himself from past sins.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark **

• THU 30 MAY @ 7:30 PM: CAPTAIN MARVEL (M, 124 min)

Crash landing on Earth in the 1990s, an intergalactic warrior (Brie Larson) discovers that there’s more to her past than she is able to remember, and sets out to unravel the truth with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Marvel blockbuster.

• FRI 31 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (R, 152 min)

A failed architect (Matt Dillon) recounts the events – and the elaborately orchestrated murders – that led to him becoming a vicious serial killer in the latest film from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier.

• SAT 1 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: LONG SHOT (M, 125 min) + THE CHAPERONE (PG, 108 min)

In LONG SHOT, a journalist (Seth Rogen) unexpectedly runs into his childhood crush (Charlize Theron), rekindling sparks when she hires him to be a speechwriter in her campaign to run for President.

Then, in THE CHAPERONE (at approx. 9:45 PM), 15-year-old Louise Brooks gets the chance to study with a leading New York dance troupe in the 1920s – as long as she is accompanied by a watchful chaperone.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: CAPTAIN MARVEL **

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘RED JOAN’ – IN CINEMAS JUNE 6
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Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to RED JOAN, a new British spy thriller starring Judi Dench.

In the present day, Joan Stanley (Dench) finds her tranquil retirement suddenly disrupted when she is arrested by MI5 and accused of being a spy. Flashing back to the 1930s, young Joan (Sophie Cookson) falls in love with a Russian saboteur while at Cambridge University – and finds herself confronted with an impossible choice.

The film is in cinemas from June 6, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at info@anufg.org.au with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of one other film in which Judi Dench played a spy.

Entries will close on Wednesday 5 June at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week + Special Member Offer from Broger

21st May, 2019

There’s a little something for everyone this week at the Film Group. From a WWII love triangle to a Hindi love letter to action flicks, a new take on a Stephen King tale, an 80s horror-comedy, Laika’s latest stop-motion animated masterpiece and Mads Mikkelsen stranded in the snow. What more could you ask for?

Plus, don’t forget that hand-crafted popcorn from Cracking Corn is now available for purchase at each screening. Available in Salty Sweety and Salted flavours, bags are $5 each with a portion of proceeds going towards the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak’s charitable efforts.

• TUE 21 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE AFTERMATH (M, 108 mins)

A British couple relocate to Hamburg after WWII to assist with the city’s reconstruction, but tensions arise when they discover they must share a house with a German widower.

• THU 23 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (M, 134 min)

Born with a condition that allows him to feel no pain, a nerd obsessed with vintage action movies embarks on an epic quest to fulfil his destiny as a hero in this Hindi action-comedy.

• FRI 24 MAY @ 7:30 PM: PET SEMATARY (MA, 101 mins) + THE MONSTER SQUAD (M, 82 mins)

When his family’s pet cat is tragically killed, a father buries it in the pet cemetery near their new home, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes a horrific evil in this new take on Stephen King’s iconic tale.

Then, in THE MONSTER SQUAD (at approx. 9:15 PM), five kids face off against a legendary group of monsters – including Dracula, the Mummy and the Wolfman – when they descend upon their small town in this 1987 cult horror-comedy.

• SAT 25 MAY @ **5 PM**: MISSING LINK (PG, 94 mins)

Tired of living a solitary life, a mythical creature recruits an explorer to help him locate his long-lost relatives on the other side of the world, in Laika’s latest stop-motion animated film. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana.

• SAT 25 MAY @ 7:30 PM: ARCTIC (M, 97 mins)

Stranded after a plane crash, a solitary man (Mads Mikkelsen) must decide whether to await rescue from the relative safety of his makeshift camp or embark on a deadly trek through the Arctic to freedom.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: MISSING LINK **

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SPECIAL OFFER FROM BROGER
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Offer alert: our neighbours at Broger have extended a terrific deal to all ANU Film Group members!

Simply present your ANUFG membership card when ordering to receive one of the following offers:
• 15% off all main meals
• $5 for any beer of your choice
• 40% off milkshakes with the purchase of a burger or a hot dog

Located right outside the main entrance to the Cultural Centre in the ANU’s Kambri Precinct, Broger serves up fast and fresh food in the form of burgers, hot dogs, loaded fries and more – all made to order. Open 7 days a week from morning til late.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to a Preview Screening of 2040

14th May, 2019

This week at the ANU Film Group, you can find love in 1950s Poland, climb the El Capitan rock wall, battle demons – some real, some imaginary – and check out two terrific performances from Nicole Kidman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

• WED 15 MAY @ 7:30 PM: COLD WAR (M, 88 mins)

In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, a man and a woman meet and fall in love despite their vastly different backgrounds and temperaments. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Director.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland **

• THU 16 MAY @ 7:30 PM: HELLBOY (R, 121 mins)

Reluctant hero Hellboy finds himself caught between two worlds as he battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge, in this reboot of the fantasy series based on the popular graphic novel.

• FRI 17 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FREE SOLO (M, 100 mins) + THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (M, 97 mins)

In this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, Alex Honnold attempts to climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot high El Capitan rock wall without ropes or safety harnesses.

Then, in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (at approx. 9:15 PM), a devoted teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) discovers that one of her students may be a child prodigy and risks everything to nurture his talent.

• SAT 18 MAY @ 7:30 PM: DESTROYER (MA, 121 mins) + CLIMAX (MA, 97 mins)

In DESTROYER, a troubled LAPD detective (Nicole Kidman) is forced to face her demons when new information arises about an undercover assignment from early in her career.

Then, in director Gaspar Noé’s CLIMAX (at approx. 9:30 PM), a group of dancers find themselves trapped in a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their drinks have been laced with LSD.

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WIN TICKETS TO A PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘2040’ ON MONDAY 20 MAY
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Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to a special preview screening of 2040, the latest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau (THAT SUGAR FILM).

2040 draws on the best minds from around the world to map out a pathway for change, exploring what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the solutions currently available to improve our planet. You can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

The film is in cinemas from May 23, but we’ve got tickets for you to see it first at a preview screening next Monday at Dendy Canberra.

Date: Monday 20 May, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM film start
Venue: Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street

To go into the running to win a double pass to attend this preview screening, all you have to do is email us at info@anufg.org.au with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) tell us what movie sequel you’d like to see in the year 2040.

Be creative and be quick – entries will close this Friday 17 May at 12 PM (noon). Winners will be notified via email with names to be placed on a door list at Dendy Canberra on the night.

Popcorn Now Available at Screenings!

9th May, 2019

You’ve asked for it and here it is – popcorn is now available at ANU Film Group screenings starting from tonight!

Going to the movies isn’t quite the same without popcorn, which is why we’ve been investigating ways to make this right over the past few months. And we’re now thrilled to announce a new partnership with the wonderful folks at Cracking Corn to bring popcorn to our new cinema at Kambri.

Cracking Corn is a local, family-run business that specialises in hand crafting popcorn in a variety of delicious flavours. Since launching in 2016, they have earned a reputation as the best producers of popcorn in the Canberra region, and have become a regular presence at most markets, sports games and shows around town.

We will be selling two of Cracking Corn’s most popular flavours – Salted and Salty Sweety – with each bag of popcorn popped by hand and then heat sealed for freshness before being delivered to us for sale. The bags are also resealable so you can take what’s left home with you at the end of the night.

Bags will sell for $5 each – with 50% of profits being donated to the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, continuing our long-standing relationship with them, and in recognition of their many years of service running the ANU Film Group canteen.

Sale of popcorn at the ANU Film Group will be strictly on a trial basis to begin with, during which we will assess its ongoing viability based on feedback, sales and other factors. So if you like Cracking Corn popcorn and want to see it continue being sold at Film Group, be sure to stop by the front desk and pick up a bag at your next screening!

SHAZAM!, US, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS and More This Week + Win Tickets to PETERLOO

6th May, 2019

Doppelgängers, superheroes, rival queens, toxic relationships, time loops, Ian McKellen and tap-dancing prisoners of war – we’ve got it all in this bumper second week of the ANU Film Group’s new Winter season!

• MON 6 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (M, 91 mins)

A unique journey through the life of actor Ian McKellen, from his childhood to an acclaimed screen, stage and film career spanning nearly 60 years.

• WED 8 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SWING KIDS (MA, 133 mins)

During the Korean War in the 1950s, soldiers and prisoners at a POW camp work together to put on a tap dancing show to distract themselves from the atrocities around them.

** Presented in partnership with the ANU Korean Pop Culture Club **

• THU 9 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SHAZAM! (M, 132 mins)

A 14-year-old boy is granted the ability to magically transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out his name, but is soon forced to put his newfound powers to the test.

• FRI 10 MAY @ 7:30 PM: US (MA, 116 mins) + HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (M, 100 mins)

In US, a family's vacation at their beachfront home turns into a deadly fight for survival when their exact doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorise them. Directed by Jordan Peele (GET OUT).

Then, in HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young woman stuck in a time loop in a parallel universe discovers that she must die over and over (again) to save her friends from a masked killer.

• SAT 11 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (MA, 124 mins) + GRETA (MA, 99 mins)

In MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne, threatening the sovereignty of her rival and cousin, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Then, in GRETA (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) returns a lost purse to a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), inadvertently beginning a friendship that soon becomes dangerous.

** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: SHAZAM!, US **

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WIN TICKETS TO MIKE LEIGH’S ‘PETERLOO’ – IN CINEMAS MAY 16
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Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to the latest film from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh (SECRETS & LIES, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, MR. TURNER).

PETERLOO is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.

The film is in cinemas from May 16, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at info@anufg.org.au with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) what year the Peterloo Massacre took place.

Entries will close on Tuesday 14 May at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

April 2019

Winter Season Begins + Renew Your Membership Now

30th April, 2019

It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off screenings for 2019, and we’re now about to launch our new Winter season. How time flies!

Be sure to come along this week to check out some terrific films on offer, including the Laurel and Hardy biopic, more LEGO hilarity, a thrilling true-life tale, an underdog sports story, a fascinating documentary and a teen drama. Plus, our new posters and flyers are now available too!

Has your Autumn membership expired? You can now renew your membership online at www.anufg.org.au/join or in person at any screening – and keep using the same membership card.

Not yet a member? Join up right now at www.anufg.org.au/join or prior to any screening for the best deal in town!

Please note that memberships purchased or renewed online do take several business days to process. If you wish to attend a screening within the next 24-48 hours, we recommend that you join/renew in person instead.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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• WED 1 MAY @ 7:30 PM: STAN & OLLIE (PG, 98 mins)

In the 1950s, famed comedy duo Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) embark on a live show tour through the UK amidst tensions and ill health.

• THU 2 MAY @ 7:30 PM: HOTEL MUMBAI (MA, 123 mins)

When terrorists attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, hotel staff and guests are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive. Based on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

• FRI 3 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (M, 109 mins) + THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (PG, 97 mins)

In FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, a teenage girl from a family of British amateur wrestlers gets the chance to make her dreams come true when she gets the opportunity to try out for the WWE.

Then, in THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (at approx. 9:30 PM), three strangers discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth, and soon discover the extraordinary and disturbing reason why.

• SAT 4 MAY @ **5 PM**: THE LEGO MOVIE 2 (PG, 107 mins)

When Lucy, Batman and the rest of his friends are kidnapped by DUPLO space invaders, Emmet must find the courage to step up and save the LEGO universe from destruction.

• SAT 4 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FIVE FEET APART (M, 116 mins)

A pair of teenagers suffering from cystic fibrosis meet in hospital and fall in love, but due to the nature of their condition, are forbidden to touch each other.

** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: HOTEL MUMBAI, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 **

New Winter 2019 Programme

18th April, 2019

Our inaugural Autumn season comes to an end next week, but don’t miss us too much as our new Winter season begins just a few days later on May 1st!

And now, without further ado, you can find our full list of screenings for May to July in one of three ways:
• View it on our website by going to www.anufg.org.au/programme/2019_S2
• Download a PDF flyer that you can print out and share by CLICKING HERE (493 Kb)
• Import the entire programme straight into your calendar of choice using this iCAL LINK

Memberships are just $30 for the season or $90 for a full year – which if purchased now will take you up until the end of our Autumn 2020 season. Sign up now at www.anufg.org.au/join!

(Please note: if you are a current Autumn member and wish to join up again for Winter, we are in the process of implementing a renew function that will be ready before the start of the next season, so stay tuned!)

Every single film on our programme is worth a look, but don’t miss these highlights:

• Hollywood Blockbusters: some of the biggest films of the year, from CAPTAIN MARVEL to SHAZAM! and the upcoming POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

• Family Films: kids watch for free anytime, so don’t forget to bring your little ones to THE LEGO MOVIE 2 and DUMBO

• World Cinema: foreign films from countries as diverse as Poland, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Denmark, India and Sweden – including a mini-festival featuring the official Oscar submissions from five countries each Friday in June

• Indie Darlings: small but no less worthy independent films you might have missed in cinemas, like MID90S, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER and THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

• Classics on the Big Screen: see beloved films like GONE WITH THE WIND and TOTAL RECALL as they were meant to be seen

• Moon Landing Anniversary Celebrations: a series of special screenings and events from July 18 to July 20 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (more details to come)

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO OVER EASTER? DONATE BLOOD!
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There may not be many screenings due to the Easter and ANZAC Day holidays, but the need for blood doesn’t get a day off.

Did you know that donated blood platelets only have an extremely short life span of just five days? The Australian Red Cross is always on the lookout for blood donors, so we would like to encourage those of you who are eligible to donate blood to please consider doing so.

The ANU Film Group is registered with the Red Cross’s RED25 program, which unites communities around Australia in saving lives through blood donation. You can nominate us as your associated club to demonstrate our support of this worthy cause the next time you visit a donor centre or anytime by CLICKING HERE.

Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or go to the Red Cross website – www.donateblood.com.au – to find locations and hours for your local donor centre.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

16th April, 2019

Due to the upcoming Easter public holidays, we have only one screening this week. But fear not, because Winter is coming…

That is, our Winter 2019 season which will run from May to July, beginning on Wednesday 1 May with acclaimed Laurel and Hardy biopic, STAN & OLLIE. So keep an eye on your inbox for full details of our new programme to be released later this week!

• TUE 16 APR @ 7:30 PM: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (MA, 99 mins)

Filmmaker Peter Jackson uses restored and colourised original footage to bring to vivid life the first-hand experiences of soldiers during World War I. Presented in partnership with the Veterans Film Festival in commemoration of ANZAC Day.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT’
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Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a new high-tech thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

In this tale of humanity versus corporate greed, two New York cousins (Eisenberg and Skarsgård) are players in the cut-throat world of high frequency share trading, using complex computer algorithms to process high volumes of transactions in a fraction of a second. Their dream? To build a fibre-optic cable in a straight line between Kansas and New Jersey, giving them the bleeding edge over their competitors.

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT is in cinemas from April 25, and you can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film, all you have to do is email us at info@anufg.org.au with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of the first film of our Winter 2019 season (hint: the answer is above).

Entries will close on Wednesday 24 April at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week: THE FRONT RUNNER, COLETTE, BEAUTIFUL BOY and more

8th April, 2019

Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley mingle with acclaimed foreign films from Lebanon and Turkey at the ANU Film Group this week. Plus, we’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on our new programme for Winter 2019 – so stay tuned for more exciting details on that next week!

• MON 8 APR: BEAUTIFUL BOY (MA, 120 mins)

A desperate father (Steve Carell) does all that he can to help his teenage son (Timothée Chalamet) combat his damaging addiction to methamphetamines and keep their family from falling apart. Based on a true story.

• WED 10 APR: THE INSULT (M, 113 mins)

A Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee are forced to reconsider their differences after a minor incident turns into an explosive court case in one of 2018’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

** Presented in partnership with Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine **

• THU 11 APR: COLETTE (M, 112 mins)

In the early 20th century, an author (Keira Knightley) agrees to ghost write a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband, but its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership that challenges the social norms of the time.

• FRI 12 APR: THE WILD PEAR TREE (M, 188 mins)

A young aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his estranged father's gambling debts quickly catch up with him, in this Turkish coming-of-age drama from acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (WINTER SLEEP).

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey **

• SAT 13 APR: THE FRONT RUNNER (M, 113 mins) + SEARCHING (M, 102 mins)

In THE FRONT RUNNER, a U.S. Senator (Hugh Jackman) finds his 1988 presidential campaign derailed when the media begins reporting on his extramarital affair. Directed by Jason Reitman.

Then, in SEARCHING (at approx. 9:30 PM) after his teenage daughter goes missing and the police investigation proves futile, a father (John Cho) decides to search her laptop for clues.

** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE FRONT RUNNER **