WELCOME TO GERMANY
WILKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS
2016, 116 min, Germany, Dir: Simon Verhoeven

Taking a refreshingly optimistic stance on the refugee crisis, WELCOME TO GERMANY follows the travails of a wealthy Munich family that takes in a young Nigerian refugee. A box office success in Germany, this timely and insightful social comedy addresses the inherent difficulties that refugees face, particularly the racism that persists in German society, and was named Best Film at both the Bambi Awards and the Bavarian Film Awards


THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
1991, Universal, 102 min, USA, Dir: Wes Craven

Claustrophobic terror and a savage satire of Reaganomics drive this tale of a teenager who tries to keep his family from being evicted but ends up trapped in the home of his psychotic landlords.


GODARD MON AMOUR
LE REDOUTABLE
2017, Cohen Media Group, 107 min, France/Myanmar/Italy, Dir: Michel Hazanavicius

Director Michel Hazanavicius (THE ARTIST) helms this adaptation of Anne Wiazemsky’s autobiography, focusing on the actress’s marriage to iconoclastic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. As performer (Stacy Martin) and director (Louis Garrel), the two collaborate on LA CHINOISE - but then the revolutionary chaos of 1968 puts their relationship to the test. “The surprise of REDOUTABLE, which turns out to be a lightly audacious and fascinating movie (if not exactly one to warm your heart), is that though it is, in fact, structured around Godard’s marriage to Wiazemsky, its real subject is his life as an artist — in particular, the way his relationship to filmmaking got turned on its head.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


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