BLACK NARCISSUS
1947, Park Circus/MGM, 99 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s exquisite (and surprisingly erotic) drama of spiritual devotion and earthly temptation stars the luminous Deborah Kerr as a nun nearly overwhelmed by the physical beauty of her new Himalayan home, and the worldly charms of rugged David Farrar. Widely hailed as one of the most visually stunning films ever made (courtesy of Jack Cardiff’s Oscar-winning cinematography). Co-starring Sabu, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson. "Color, sex, exotic locations - it was a big hit in austerity-stricken England!" - Michael Powell


THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE
1970, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

This whimsical, sweetly melancholy, ultimately uplifting fable stars Jason Robards as Cable, a prospector left in the desert to die by partners L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin. But in a classic turning-lemons-into-lemonade twist, Cable discovers a freshwater spring and establishes a stagecoach rest stop on the spot, the perfect occupation for a cantankerous loner. Things couldn’t be going better with prostitute love-of-his-life Hildy (Stella Stevens) moving in with him. But then a newfangled invention rears its ugly head - the automobile. With David Warner as Cable’s con-man preacher pal, Joshua, and Max Evans as Webb Seely.


TURQUAZE
2010, Menuet, 96 min, Belgium, Dir: Kadir Balci

Having buried their father in Istanbul, Timur and his two brothers, Ediz and Bora, return to Belgium to resume their lives, while their mother remains in Istanbul. In the wake of their grieving, Ediz takes on a bizarrely paternal role, Bora makes bad decisions with the wrong friends, and Timur tries to fulfill his father’s dream: playing the trumpet in a brass band. Exploring the lives of immigrants who find themselves torn between two lands and cultures (with roots in neither), this messy, moving and joyous romantic drama introduces a trio of men who must redefine family dynamics after enduring a deep loss. In Dutch and Turkish with English subtitles.


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