CUBE
1997, Lionsgate, 90 min, Canada, Dir: Vincenzo Natali

A Best Canadian First Feature Film winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, this cult sci-fi horror film drops a group of strangers of varying backgrounds and skills into a giant cube filled with shifting, booby-trapped rooms from which they must escape. Stark production design and taut direction elevate this allegory about trust and futility, which spawned a pair of sequels. “Surprisingly gripping, in the best 'Twilight Zone' tradition. The ensemble cast does an outstanding job on the cinematic equivalent of a bare stage.” - Anita Gates, The New York Times.


WHERE THE HEART IS (1990)
1990, Buena Vista Pictures, 107 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Father doesn’t always know best in this underrated satire from writer-director John Boorman. Dabney Coleman stars as a wealthy developer whose attempt to raze a local residence is met with ridicule; when his children (Uma Thurman, Suzy Amis and David Hewlett) join in, he decides it’s time for them to leave the nest - and is surprised by how well they adapt. Beautiful design and cinematography (by Peter Suschitzky) add plenty of visual appeal to this charming comedy.


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