CLOSE-UP
NEMA-YE NAZDIK
1990, Janus Films, 98 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past 30 years, and this may be his most radical and brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event - the arrest of a young man on charges that he impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf - as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, CLOSE-UP has resonated with viewers around the world.


THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT
2019, Rialto Pictures, 138 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

THE DOORS was originally released in 1991 by Tristar Pictures. Capturing the hedonistic chaos of the late ’60s, THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT follows the life and times of the band's enigmatic and magnetic front man Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) from cradle to grave. Stone’s powerful musical portrait, featuring an amazing soundtrack including over twenty-five songs from The Doors’ catalogue, charts Morrison’s turbulent relationship with his muse Pamela Courson (Meg Ryan), the formation of the band in Southern California, his experimentation with hallucinogens and the occult, and his tragic death at the age of 27 in Paris.


MILADA
2017, 124 min, Czech Republic, Dir: David Mrnka

This stunning biopic of revolutionary Czech politician Milada Horáková’s (Ayelet Zurer) fight for her country’s freedom was nominated for Best Film at the Czech Lion awards. While her story is not widely known outside the region, Horáková’s fight for gender equality is as timely as ever. Zurer gives a passionate, memorable performance in the title role, while Robert Gant provides a moving depiction of her supportive and defiant husband. With its award-winning costumes and makeup, MILADA is a film as beautiful as it is tragic.


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