THE HURT LOCKER
2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Bringing together realistic action and intimate human drama, this landmark film won six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), a high-pressure job that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures, and it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Guy Pearce.


DETROIT
2017, Annapurna Distribution, 143 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

From director Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal, DETROIT is the dramatic true story of a racially motivated crime that took place over one dark night in 1967. Up-and-coming Motown musician Larry Reed (Algee Smith), six other young African American men and two young white women were terrorized by local police, despite the presence of the State Police, the National Guard and an African American security guard (John Boyega). Before the sun rose in the motor city, three of the young males were slain in cold blood. Set against the civil unrest of '67, DETROIT charts the crime and the survivors’ futile search for justice. Heartbreakingly, Larry Reed's dreams of stardom disappear as he struggles to find a way forward.


AUDITION
ÔDISHON
1999, 115 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Director Takashi Miike’s breakout hit, AUDITION is one of the darkest and most disturbing thrillers ever to emerge from Japan. Widowed movie executive Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it’s finally time to start dating again; with the help of one of his drinking buddies, he holds fake auditions for a nonexistent movie role, just to meet girls. Aoyama’s plan succeeds beyond his wildest expectations when he hooks up with former ballet dancer Eihi Shiina, who seems to be the perfect girlfriend – until her sweet, compliant nature is shockingly stripped away, revealing her true personality. Warning: The final half-hour of AUDITION contains some of the most graphic and unforgettable images of violence ever put on screen. “A lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie ... the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory.” – Dennis Lim, Village Voice.


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