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This Month's Library Film

HARMONIUM

HARMONIUM

Directed by Koji Fukada
  • Japan / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 118 min

"[M]asterful performances. [T]his tale approaches a family?s flawed construct with the critical seriousness of Robert Bresson or Fukada?s compatriot Nagisa Oshima."
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"[C]ommands attention from start to finish. The film?s insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted ? marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships ? don?t merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer."
- Sarah Ward, Screen Dailly

"...deeply involving and uncannily affecting..."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

More Great Films

MOKA

MOKA

Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
  • France / 
  • 2016 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 90 min

"The reliably interesting Emmanuelle Devos brings complexity to this sleek, Chabrol-like story of a mother's revenge mission."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

"A mother's haunting grief propels her on an obsessive quest for answers and possible revenge in Moka, a mournful, slow-burning psychological thriller adapted from the 2006 novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Frederic Mermoud's return to feature films...has a strong affinity with the writing of Patricia Highsmith and the films of Claude Chabrol and should appeal to an audience seeking moral complexity in their thrillers..."
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

"A classy and classical psychological thriller."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
GLORY

GLORY

  • Bulgaria / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Bulgarian with English subtitles / 
  • 101 min

"Sometimes a simple premise leads to deep results. Such is the case with "Glory" ("Slava"), Buglarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's stirring third feature, which plays like a parable that keeps expanding its themes. "
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have a rare ability to make gripping, politically charged drama that is entirely accessible. "
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

"Shot with flexible naturalism . . . the film quietly builds to a feeling of inexorable disaster, guided by terrific performances as well as spot-on editing. "
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Japan / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 117 min

"[A] classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity.... [T]he filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"**** [E]ven long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life."
- Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

"**** The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best."
- John Bleasdale, Cine-vue.com
SOUL ON A STRING

SOUL ON A STRING

Directed by Yang Zhang
  • China / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Tibetan with English subtitles / 
  • 142 min

"This panoramic film...is visually stunning. It share a high elevation and the spirit of revenge with The Revenant..."
- David D'Arcy, Screen Daily

"A slow-simmering, Western-style action drama of blood feud, misfired machismo, and spiritual quest spread across Tibet's rolling steppes and scorching deserts... "
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"In this panoramic masterpiece, Director Zhang Yang weaves a tale of revenge and destiny across the diverse lands of Tibet, creating a Buddhist Western of epic proportions..."
- Walker MacMurdo, Willamette Week
1944

1944

Directed by Elmo Nüganen
  • 2015 / 
  • Estonian, Russian & German with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min

"Ranking as Estonia's biggest domestic box office success, Elmo Nuganen's gritty war epic 񓞸" provides a harsh perspective on the country's painful 20th-century history. "
- Alissa Simon, Variety

"Breaking box office records back home, Estonia's official Academy Awards entry in the Best Foreign Language Film race is a handsome World War II drama. . . . Director Elmo Nuganen . . . shows a flair for grand-scale spectacle in his polished second feature."
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
APPRENTICE

APPRENTICE

Directed by Boo Junfeng
  • Singapore / 
  • 2016 / 
  • English/Malay with English subtitles / 
  • 96 min

"Apprentice is an extremely well researched, very detailed, absorbing trip into a very bleak, untrodden world that impresses all of the way through with its clever story structure, and if you pardon the pun, excellent execution. Highly recommended."
- Paul Heath, The Hollywood News

"[T]here's no question that this Un Certain Regard premiere's directorial flair and thematic complexity...should help further consolidate Boo's own reputation as one of the region's names to watch."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Tightly focused and ambitious in its multiple themes..."
- Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
AMNESIA

AMNESIA

Directed by Barbet Schroeder
  • France and Switzerland / 
  • 2015 / 
  • English, German, French & Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 96 min

"A simple yet poignant drama with sharp historical undertones."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"Shot on the idyllic Spanish eastern coast this film examines profound subjects in a dramatically coherent intelligent way. Bravo Barbet!"
- Peter Belsito, Indiewire

"A thoughtful, sensitive character..."
- Scott Foundas, Variety
THE ARDENNES

THE ARDENNES

Directed by Robin Pront
  • Belgium / 
  • 2015 / 
  • Flemish & French with English subtitles / 
  • 93 min

"Straddling the line between arthouse and genre, THE ARDENNES is a very strong debut, sure to challenge and reward fans on both sides of that divide."
- Todd Brown, Twitch Film

"A straight-on, lean and mean genre film from Belgium, THE ARDENNES offered one welcome surprise."
- Kent Turner, Film-Forward

"...the sort of darkly comic, take-no-prisoners genre piece in which dismembered body parts and a sudden ostrich attack are par for the course."
- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety
BLUSH

BLUSH

Directed by Michal Vinik
  • Israel / 
  • 2015 / 
  • Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles / 
  • 85 min

"A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik's debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience."
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

"Seriously, this movie bleeds cool in a way a lot of American indies only wish they could. But the coolest part? Watching two angsty teenage girls fall for each other."
- Daniela Costa, AfterEllen.com

"Michal Vinik's fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age in contemporary Israel."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
MY KING

MY KING

Directed by Maïwenn
  • France / 
  • 2015 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 125 min

"Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better... it's clear that Maïwenn has something to say - and a clear, strong style with which to express it."
- Peter Debruge, Variety

"Perhaps what's really different about this film, unlike the innumerable others where someone falls in love with someone else who turns out to be bad news, is that it's from a woman's perspective for a change, and she's the relatively sane one bewitched by beauty and charm."
- Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

"Maïwenn wants to explore the sort of toxic long-term relationship that can ensnare even the sanest, wisest people...seeking to understand how luckless individuals stuck in on-again/off-again relationships remain trapped."
- Tim Grierson, Paste
NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH

NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH

Directed by Clément Cogitore
  • France / 
  • 2015 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 104 min

"...gripping mash-up of LONE SURVIVOR, THE THING, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT that pits a squad of French soldiers against a supernatural menace far deadlier than the Taliban."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"Clement Cogitore's striking debut puts an inventive fresh, uncanny spin on the War in Afghanistan soldier study."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

"...a haunting and original work."
- John Bleasdale, Cine-Vue
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