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A TALE OF WINTERdir. Eric Rohmer, France, 114 min

Once Upon A Time Veronica

Eric Rohmer was unsurpassed at creating intelligent romantic comedies and intelligent female characters. A Tale of Winter, one of his most genial and audacious films, is a superb example of both facets. With Rohmer’s characteristic delight in surprise and paradox, winter, not spring, is seen as the season of rebirth and renewal, and its tale begins on a sunny beach. A young couple, Félicie and Charles, meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love. In a fatal slip, she gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, at Christmas time, Félicie is a hairdresser in the Paris suburbs with a daughter (Charles’) and two lovers: the successful Maxence and the intellectual Loïc. She loves them both, but, as she says, “There’s love and love,” and the love that counts is the one she still holds for the long lost Charles. Félicie is one of the most fascinating in Rohmer’s distinguished line of heroines: impulsive, independent, thoughtlessly frank, disarmingly sincere, at once exasperating and enchanting. The plot centers on Félicie’s shifting allegiances to the three men in her life, with an abortive move to another city, a strange experience in the cathedral of Nevers, and a performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale among the stations on a roundabout journey that finally brings her face to face with the most basic issues of destiny and faith. 

ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICAdir. Marcelo Gomes, Brazil, 2012, 91 min

Once Upon A Time Veronica

Veronica is fresh out of medical school. It's a crucial time in her life, a period filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life. Veronica must deal with all of them as she tries to cope with the adult life that lies ahead.

Once Upon a Time Veronica is a fairy-tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, and no dreams. Veronica's story reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs.

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STOP THE POUNDING HEARTdir. Roberto Minervini, USA/Belgium/Italy, 2013, 100 min

Stop the Pounding HeartSara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

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A SUMMER’S TALEdir. Eric Rohmer, France, 1996/2012, 114 min NEW HD RESTORATION!

A Summer's Tale

Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks’ vacation before starting a new job. He’s hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, the titular character from Rohmer’s Pauline at the Beach), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice...

Rohmer’s characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier’s cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation—the sea, the sunlight and the lovely surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.

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IN BLOOMdir. Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, Germany/France/Georgia, 2013, 102 min

In Bloom

Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with menÝs dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on...

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CURLINGdir. Denis Côté, Canada, 92 min

The Almost Man

Set on the fringe of society in a remote part of the countryside, Curling takes a keen look at the unusual private life of a father and his daughter. Between his unremarkable jobs, Jean-Fran┴ois (Emmanuel Bilodeau) devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne (Philom╦ne Bilodeau). The fragile balance of their relationship will be jeopardized by some bleak circumstances.

 

THE ALMOST MANdir. Martin Lund, Norway, 2012, 75 min

The Almost Man

Henrik is 35, but he still parties with his high-school buddies like they were in they're 20s. His mother cares for him like he's still a child. And he's in a relationship that's based on goofing around. Now, his girlfriend Tone is pregnant and Henrik has taken a serious job, moved into a prefab duplex, and he’s trying to calm down the partying and start behaving like a father-to-be. But as he feels the pressure to mature, and to do it quickly, Henrik’s frustrations surface in unforeseen—and hilariously inappropriate—ways.

Favorably compared to the work of directors as diverse as Judd Apatow and Maren Ade (Everyone Else), The Almost Man walks a fine line between outrageous comedy and relationship drama, and emerges with a portrait of a couple navigating their new adult responsibilities that all will find relatable.

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IT'S ALL SO QUIETdir. Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands, 2013, 94 min

It's All So Quiet

Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out.

STOP THE POUNDING HEARTdir. Roberto Minervini, USA/Belgium/Italy, 2013, 100 min

ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICAdir. Marcelo Gomes, Brazil, 2012, 91 min

A SUMMER’S TALEdir. Eric Rohmer, France, 1996/2012, 114 min

IN BLOOMdir. Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross, Germany/France/Georgia, 2013, 102 min

THE ALMOST MANdir. Martin Lund, Norway, 2012, 75 min

IT'S ALL SO QUIETdir. Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands, 2013, 93 min

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It's All So Quiet
In Bloom
Once Upon A Time Veronica
The Almost Man

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