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  • Mon 22 Apr 11:00 Green Book Read more Order tickets directly
  • Green Book
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    Peter Farrelly—one half of the brotherly duo responsible for such goofy, gross-out comedies as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary—reverses course 180 degrees with this seriocomic period piece that is both moving and funny by turns. It is 1962 New York, and erudite African-American classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali) is about to embark on a concert tour that will take him into the heart of the racist South. Enter Tony ‘the Lip’ Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a tough Italian-American bouncer who takes on the job of Shirley’s driver—and protector… Both Mortensen and Ali shine in this odd-couple pairing, and Farrelly’s sensitive direction shows that, despite being set almost 60 years ago, Green Book (the title refers to a guide to venues in the South that were safe for African-Americans) has much to say about the America of here and now. The film won the Audience Award for most popular film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Frestival.

    ‘A touching and meaningful look at race and class in America… and a throwback to another era of Hollywood filmmaking, resurrected in the 21st century with two of the best actors working today… Farrelly tackles the material with a confidence that makes each beat count… [and] cinematographer Sean Porter… excels at capturing middle America as a rich tapestry of smoky bars and empty lots.’—Eric Kohn, IndieWire
    Zaal 3
  • Mon 22 Apr 11:00 Bon Dieu 2 Read more Order tickets directly
  • Bon Dieu 2
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    After the success of Bon Dieu!, the Verneuil and Koffi families are back in that rarest of cinematic vehicles—a sequel that is better than the original. This multigenerational and multi-ethnic mélange again features the French couple Claude and Marie Verneuil (Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby), now more-or-less reconciled to the mixed marriages of their four daughters, facing a new crisis. Disenchanted with life in France, their four sons-in-law—Rachid, David, Chao, and Charles—together with their wives and children, want to leave the country and try their luck abroad. But Claude and Marie cannot imagine a life without their offspring in the neighbourhood, so they do everything they can to keep them from leaving. Meanwhile, the Koffi family—whose son Charles has married one of the Verneuil daughters—arrive in France for the wedding of their own daughter. Needless to say, there are more than a few surprises awaiting them…
    Underneath the light-hearted surface, Philippe de Chauveron’s smart film asks some serious questions about French identity and what it means to be French today. His film is on the pulse of modern France while remaining a thoroughly engaging and entertaining work.
    Zaal 4
  • Mon 22 Apr 11:15 The White Crow Read more Order tickets directly
  • The White Crow
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    Actor Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre) has been quietly carving out a secondary career for himself as a director, and this chronicle of the early life and spectacular defection of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev—Fiennes’ third directorial outing—is his most ambitious and satisfying yet. In 1961, the 23-year-old Nureyev (very well played here in his first acting role by Russian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko) defied his Soviet minders and defected while on tour in Paris, causing a storm of publicity worldwide (and, incidentally, setting the template for defections to come). Fiennes flashes back to Nureyev’s early life, capturing the raw physical talent and animal magnetism of the young dancer, and crosscuts between eras to kaleidoscopic and vastly entertaining effect. That Fiennes’ superbly written and formally wonderful film is also decidedly sexy is icing on the cake…

    ‘The great Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is the pirouetting pivot of Ralph Fiennes’ hypnotising biopic… The movie, written by legendary playwright David Hare… is structured like a dance, stepping back and forth in time and moving in circles to tell the story of this Russian who was born on a train, and who, through self-confidence, commitment and desire, pushed himself to become the world’s greatest ballet dancer… It’s an expertly constructed movie…’—Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
    Zaal 1
  • Mon 22 Apr 13:45 Leto Read more Order tickets directly
  • Leto
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    Nominally a biography of Russian rock musician Viktor Tsoi, who gained a legendary reputation on the Leningrad (as it was called then) music scene of the 1980s, Summer (the English translation of the title) is a celebration of possibilities and hoped-for freedoms. Director Kirill Serebrennikov—who has been under house arrest courtesy of the Putin dictatorship since August 2017, and who just had his confinement extended until July—uses dreamy black and white images to tell of the love triangle that emerges between veteran rocker Mike (Roman Bilyk), his beautiful wife Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum), and the eager newcomer to the scene Viktor (Teo Yoo). But it’s the music, the youthful exuberance, and the feeling that anything is possible that together power this paean to liberty. (In a surprise move that was surely meant to be a thumb of the nose at Putin, the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences honoured Serebrennikov with the prize for Best Direction at the annual Nika awards on March 31 of this year.)

    ‘[This is] Serebrennikov’s explosive pop musical… in which the streets and halls of Soviet Russia are transformed into utopian visions of creativity, rebellion, and wild choirs of ordinary citizens singing international post-punk hits… With its languid, freewheeling narrative, its constant blurring of fantasy and reality, its mixing of Soviet garage rock with better-known pieces from around the world, Summer proves a lot more than [a biopic]: its an ode to a world without boundaries.’—Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    Zaal 4
  • Mon 22 Apr 14:00 Gloria Bell Read more Order tickets directly
  • Gloria Bell
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    Prior to making A Fantastic Woman,his Oscar-winner for Best Foreign-Language Film, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio scored a film festival hit with Gloria, the tale of a woman in her 50s rediscovering her zest for life. Now he has re-made his own film, this time with the always-incredible Julianne Moore—who requested Lelio direct the film—in the lead role, and the result is pure pleasure. She brings her expert touch to the role of a single woman—the mother of two indifferent adult children—whose soul-deadening job is offset by the joy she finds on the dance floors of Los Angeles’ nightclubs. John Turturro co-stars as a recently divorced ex-marine who tentatively re-ignites romantic flames in Gloria’s bruised heart…

    ‘Hollywood retreads of foreign films are rarely a good idea… but Gloria Bellis a playful, pleasure-giving exception… Moore is just phenomenal… She finds Gloria’s loneliness and frustration in being stuck in a dull insurance job, but also her exhilarating joy in life… You can’t leave Lelio’s funny, touching and vital film—a cover version with a resonance all its own—without hoping Gloria’s [wishes] will come triumphantly true.’—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • Mon 22 Apr 14:00 Wajib Read more Order tickets directly
  • Wajib
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    Director Annemarie Jacir moves to the forefront of Palestinian filmmaking with this alternately moving and dryly funny dissection of the clash between modernity and tradition in Nazareth’s Palestinian community. Traditional father and hipster son Mohammad and Saleh (played perfectly by real-life father-and-son duo Mohammad and Saleh Bakri) are on a mission to hand-deliver the wedding invitations for Saleh’s sister’s wedding to friends and family throughout Nazareth. This is considered a traditional duty (wajib), and it allows Jacir to craft a zeitgeist film full of insight into the daily tensions and generational conflicts faced by Palestinians today. But it also allows for Jacir’s sense of humour to come to the fore—that the wedding invitations have been printed with the wrong date is just one slyly funny mix-up. The combination of politics and humour makes for an utterly winning film.
    ‘Jacir continues to impress with this poignant, bittersweet comedy of estrangement and identity… Dry humour and understated heartbreak intersect as Jacir deftly blends the personal and the political in deceptively effortless fashion… With a superb lightness of touch she uncovers the ancient hurts with which these characters wrestle, laying bare the raw nerves beneath the polite smiles.’—Mark Kermode, The Guardian
    Ruimte X
  • Mon 22 Apr 14:15 God Only Knows Read more Order tickets directly
  • Mon 22 Apr 16:00 Grâce à Dieu Read more Order tickets directly
  • Grâce à Dieu
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    When François Ozon’s profoundly moving indictment of the Catholic Church and the Cardinal of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival (where it captured the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize), Barbarin was in the midst of a trial that accused him of covering up child sexual abuse. Because of this, certain authorities made moves to suppress the film’s French release (they failed). Then, in the first week of March, to the surprise of many, Barbarin was found guilty and given a six-month suspended sentence… Ozon’s drama concentrates on four of the abuse victims, most prominently Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), a 40-year-old ex-boy scout, who was one of many pre-teen boys sexually assaulted by local priest Bernard Preynat (Bernard Verley) in the 1980s and 1990s. When Alexandre—a successful family man—formally takes his case to Cardinal Barbarin (François Marthouret), he gets nowhere. But he persists…

    ‘An engrossing, whole-hearted dramatization… Consistently gripping… This is muscular, moving material, rich with rhetorical possibilities and political fault lines… That the film works as stirringly as it does is largely because of [its] brash, heart-on-sleeve engagement with its characters’ messy, unfinished feelings…’—Guy Lodge, Variety
    Zaal 3
  • Mon 22 Apr 16:00 God Only Knows Read more Order tickets directly
  • Mon 22 Apr 16:15 They Shall Not Grow Old Read more Order tickets directly
  • They Shall Not Grow Old
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    When Britain’s Imperial War Museum offered Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) the chance to work with the WWI film footage it had in its collection, Jackson had the inspired idea to slow the footage down to a realistic pace (gone is the herky-jerky movement we associate with silent film), colourise it, add a soundtrack—and convert the footage into 3D. The result is nothing short of spectacular, as 100-year-old images—chronicling the start of the war, basic training, trench fighting, and the eventual return home, all accompanied by real soldiers’ voiceover reminiscences—take on an immediacy and a profound emotional depth that cannot fail to move even the most jaded of cinemagoers. This is ‘event cinema’ of the richest kind.
    ‘[The] testimony [of the veterans] is the core of the film; it opens vast depths of cinematic experience. The voices have a primal authority that resonates gravely throughout the film with a literary majesty. In their turns of phrase, choices of words, and their merest inflections, the dozens of soldiers (whose names are listed in the end credits) do more than describe the war; they embody it. They Shall Not Grow Oldis a nearly great talking-head documentary in which the talking heads are never seen, only heard.’—Richard Brody, The New Yorker
    Zaal 4
  • Mon 22 Apr 16:30 Le Grand Bain Read more Order tickets directly
  • Le Grand Bain
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    Featuring some of the best French-language actors currently working—among them Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, and Jean-Hughes Anglade—actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche’s feel-good comedy brings together a very mixed assortment of down-in-the-mouth middle-aged men who look to turn around their depressed lives by… forming an all-male synchronized swimming team (!) Under the tutelage of a pair of no-nonsense female trainers (Virginie Efira and Leïla Bekhti, both excellent), these sad-sacks slowly come together, amidst a sea of sight gags and verbal comedic jousting. Comparisons to The Full Monty are apt—both films share an abundance of heart and good intentions.

    ‘A surefooted crowd-pleaser with enough warmth and the committed talents of a stellar ensemble cast to fend off any sense of predictability… Sink or Swim [the English title] works because of a screenplay with some genuinely funny moments and a jaunty, confident approach from Lellouche that displays his sure comic timing and faith in the performers.’—Allan Hunter, Screen
    Zaal 1
  • Mon 22 Apr 19:00 The White Crow Read more Order tickets directly
  • The White Crow
    For all screenings:
    Actor Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre) has been quietly carving out a secondary career for himself as a director, and this chronicle of the early life and spectacular defection of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev—Fiennes’ third directorial outing—is his most ambitious and satisfying yet. In 1961, the 23-year-old Nureyev (very well played here in his first acting role by Russian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko) defied his Soviet minders and defected while on tour in Paris, causing a storm of publicity worldwide (and, incidentally, setting the template for defections to come). Fiennes flashes back to Nureyev’s early life, capturing the raw physical talent and animal magnetism of the young dancer, and crosscuts between eras to kaleidoscopic and vastly entertaining effect. That Fiennes’ superbly written and formally wonderful film is also decidedly sexy is icing on the cake…

    ‘The great Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is the pirouetting pivot of Ralph Fiennes’ hypnotising biopic… The movie, written by legendary playwright David Hare… is structured like a dance, stepping back and forth in time and moving in circles to tell the story of this Russian who was born on a train, and who, through self-confidence, commitment and desire, pushed himself to become the world’s greatest ballet dancer… It’s an expertly constructed movie…’—Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
    Zaal 1
  • Mon 22 Apr 19:10 A Private War Read more Order tickets directly
  • A Private War
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    Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) excels in the role of celebrated real-life war correspondent and notorious risk-taker Marie Colvin, whose risky forays into the most dangerous of battle zones made her an international star before leading to her tragic death. Pike digs deep to uncover the mixed motivations that drove Colvin while director Matthew Heineman (Best Documentary Oscar nominee for Cartel Land) brings a gritty, in-the-trenches documentary style to his narrative debut. He is ably assisted by legendary cinematographer Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds) in depicting the front-line chaos that Colvin routinely imbedded herself in. The result is both a powerful character study and an immersion in a world where the horrors of war are just around the next corner—a world explained to us lucky civilians by fearless reporters like Colvin.

    ‘Pike is dynamite as Colvin in A Private War, the frank, uncompromising portrait of the award-winning journalist… The film doesn't ask you to understand the politics of war, only the human side. And it shows the toll war takes on people's souls, most of which it never gives back…’—Adam Graham, Detroit News
    Zaal 3
  • Mon 22 Apr 19:15 Le Grand Bain Read more Order tickets directly
  • Le Grand Bain
    For all screenings:
    Featuring some of the best French-language actors currently working—among them Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, and Jean-Hughes Anglade—actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche’s feel-good comedy brings together a very mixed assortment of down-in-the-mouth middle-aged men who look to turn around their depressed lives by… forming an all-male synchronized swimming team (!) Under the tutelage of a pair of no-nonsense female trainers (Virginie Efira and Leïla Bekhti, both excellent), these sad-sacks slowly come together, amidst a sea of sight gags and verbal comedic jousting. Comparisons to The Full Monty are apt—both films share an abundance of heart and good intentions.

    ‘A surefooted crowd-pleaser with enough warmth and the committed talents of a stellar ensemble cast to fend off any sense of predictability… Sink or Swim [the English title] works because of a screenplay with some genuinely funny moments and a jaunty, confident approach from Lellouche that displays his sure comic timing and faith in the performers.’—Allan Hunter, Screen
    Zaal 4
  • Mon 22 Apr 19:15 Wajib Read more Order tickets directly
  • Wajib
    For all screenings:
    Director Annemarie Jacir moves to the forefront of Palestinian filmmaking with this alternately moving and dryly funny dissection of the clash between modernity and tradition in Nazareth’s Palestinian community. Traditional father and hipster son Mohammad and Saleh (played perfectly by real-life father-and-son duo Mohammad and Saleh Bakri) are on a mission to hand-deliver the wedding invitations for Saleh’s sister’s wedding to friends and family throughout Nazareth. This is considered a traditional duty (wajib), and it allows Jacir to craft a zeitgeist film full of insight into the daily tensions and generational conflicts faced by Palestinians today. But it also allows for Jacir’s sense of humour to come to the fore—that the wedding invitations have been printed with the wrong date is just one slyly funny mix-up. The combination of politics and humour makes for an utterly winning film.
    ‘Jacir continues to impress with this poignant, bittersweet comedy of estrangement and identity… Dry humour and understated heartbreak intersect as Jacir deftly blends the personal and the political in deceptively effortless fashion… With a superb lightness of touch she uncovers the ancient hurts with which these characters wrestle, laying bare the raw nerves beneath the polite smiles.’—Mark Kermode, The Guardian
    Ruimte X
  • Mon 22 Apr 21:15 Green Book Read more Order tickets directly
  • Green Book
    For all screenings:
    Peter Farrelly—one half of the brotherly duo responsible for such goofy, gross-out comedies as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary—reverses course 180 degrees with this seriocomic period piece that is both moving and funny by turns. It is 1962 New York, and erudite African-American classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali) is about to embark on a concert tour that will take him into the heart of the racist South. Enter Tony ‘the Lip’ Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a tough Italian-American bouncer who takes on the job of Shirley’s driver—and protector… Both Mortensen and Ali shine in this odd-couple pairing, and Farrelly’s sensitive direction shows that, despite being set almost 60 years ago, Green Book (the title refers to a guide to venues in the South that were safe for African-Americans) has much to say about the America of here and now. The film won the Audience Award for most popular film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Frestival.

    ‘A touching and meaningful look at race and class in America… and a throwback to another era of Hollywood filmmaking, resurrected in the 21st century with two of the best actors working today… Farrelly tackles the material with a confidence that makes each beat count… [and] cinematographer Sean Porter… excels at capturing middle America as a rich tapestry of smoky bars and empty lots.’—Eric Kohn, IndieWire
    Zaal 3
  • Mon 22 Apr 21:15 God Only Knows Read more Order tickets directly
  • Mon 22 Apr 21:30 Sneak Preview Read more Order tickets directly
  • Mon 22 Apr 21:45 Leto Read more Order tickets directly
  • Leto
    For all screenings:
    Nominally a biography of Russian rock musician Viktor Tsoi, who gained a legendary reputation on the Leningrad (as it was called then) music scene of the 1980s, Summer (the English translation of the title) is a celebration of possibilities and hoped-for freedoms. Director Kirill Serebrennikov—who has been under house arrest courtesy of the Putin dictatorship since August 2017, and who just had his confinement extended until July—uses dreamy black and white images to tell of the love triangle that emerges between veteran rocker Mike (Roman Bilyk), his beautiful wife Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum), and the eager newcomer to the scene Viktor (Teo Yoo). But it’s the music, the youthful exuberance, and the feeling that anything is possible that together power this paean to liberty. (In a surprise move that was surely meant to be a thumb of the nose at Putin, the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences honoured Serebrennikov with the prize for Best Direction at the annual Nika awards on March 31 of this year.)

    ‘[This is] Serebrennikov’s explosive pop musical… in which the streets and halls of Soviet Russia are transformed into utopian visions of creativity, rebellion, and wild choirs of ordinary citizens singing international post-punk hits… With its languid, freewheeling narrative, its constant blurring of fantasy and reality, its mixing of Soviet garage rock with better-known pieces from around the world, Summer proves a lot more than [a biopic]: its an ode to a world without boundaries.’—Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    Zaal 4
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  • Tilburgs Film Festival

    On May 24th and 25th, film lovers can enjoy the best short films produced locally in Brabant. This will be the second edition of the Tilburg Film Festival.

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