WEIRDOS
2016, 89 min, Canada, Dir: Bruce McDonald

In this offbeat and endearing B&W coming-of-age story set in Nova Scotia during 1976, 15-year-olds Kit (Dylan Authors) and Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) decide to hitchhike out of their tiny hometown to visit Kit’s eccentric, unstable mother (Molly Parker) in faraway Sydney. As romantic tension rears its head between the two platonic pals, this summer trip leads straight to the strange confusions of adulthood. An understated and insightful road movie, WEIRDOS boasts an excellent 1970s soundtrack, an impressive ensemble cast and a dollop or two of magic realism - even Andy Warhol shows up!


NOTHING IN RETURN
A CAMBIO DE NADA
2015, 6 Sales, 93 min, Spain, Dir: Daniel Guzmán

Seeking escape from his parents’ acrimonious divorce, teen Dario (Miguel Herrán) gets into minor scrapes with lifelong buddy Luismi (Antonio Bachiller) and finds a surrogate family in Madrid with a mechanic and a 90-year-old junk dealer. With his background as an actor, writer-director Guzmán has a sharp eye for detail, and this Málaga Best Film winner has an appealing naturalism from first frame to last. “A high-energy, feel-good movie with the warmest of hearts.” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


TOKYO FIANCÉE
2014, 100 min, Belgium/France/Canada, Dir: Stefan Liberski

East meets West in this playful adaptation of Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel. Though raised in Belgium, Amélie (Pauline Etienne) was born in Japan and longs to return there; a job as a French tutor is her ticket. Her student Rinri (Taichi Inoue) is also in his early 20s and is as smitten with France as Amélie is with Japan. The two grow closer - despite several comic misunderstandings. In French and Japanese with English subtitles.


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