A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN
2004, 100 min, USA/Mexico/Spain, Dir: Sergio Arau

How do you make the invisible visible? You take it away. Misunderstandings and humorous situations abound in this comedic satire when California wakes up one morning to discover that a third of its population has vanished - the sole characteristic linking the 14 million disappeared being their Hispanic background. As the state begins to deteriorate, the crisis is reflected in the lives of a teacher (Maureen Flannigan), a senator (John Getz), a ranch owner (Muse Watson) and a reporter (Yareli Arizmendi).


ISLE OF DOGS
2018, Fox Searchlight, 101 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Wes Anderson

This animated gem from writer-director Wes Anderson tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture. The star-studded voice cast includes Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.


S.W.A.L.K.
aka MELODY
1971, 103 min, UK, Dir: Waris Hussein

This U.K. cult favorite about youthful romance - the titular acronym stands for “sealed with a loving kiss” - reunites OLIVER! stars Mark Lester and Jack Wild as school chums Daniel and Ornshaw, whose friendship is threatened when Daniel falls for Melody (Tracy Hyde). Future director Alan Parker got his start as the screenwriter on this film, which looks at love and marriage from a child’s point of view. With music by the Bee Gees.


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