GRAND CENTRAL
2013, Ad Vitam Distribution, 94 min, France, Austria, Dir: Rebecca Zlotowski

Gary (Tahar Rahim) gets a maintenance job at a nuclear power plant in the French countryside – risky work made even riskier when he falls for a coworker’s fiancée (Léa Seydoux of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR). “A love triangle so intense it’s practically radioactive foregrounds GRAND CENTRAL, an engrossing, superbly acted working-class melodrama.” – Scott Foundas, Variety. In French with English subtitles.


THE CUT
2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.


THE PAST
LE PASSÉ
2013, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, Iran, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

Director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A SEPARATION is another searing domestic drama. When Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in Paris to finalize a divorce from his French wife Marie (THE ARTIST’s Bérénice Bejo), he returns to find their daughter Lucie estranged and Marie engaged to another man, whose own wife is in a coma. The reality of the situation becomes more and more complicated - and more and more painful, as the lives of the two men and the women they love become increasingly intertwined, and a secret from their past is revealed. In French and Persian with English subtitles.


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