THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE
CÍSAŘŮV SLAVÍK
1948, 72 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka, Miloš Makovec

Trnka’s adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a Chinese emperor entranced by the song of a mechanical nightingale is an enchanting animated jewel box awash in hallucinatory storybook imagery.


HOCUS POCUS
1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Kenny Ortega

Over 300 years ago, the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) were executed in Salem, Massachusetts, for witchcraft, but they swore to return. On Halloween, new kid in town Max (Omri Katz) lights a cursed candle that resurrects the witches, who seek to steal the lives of Salem's children. Now Max, his sister Dani, his crush Alison and Thackery Binx, a child who was turned into a cat by the witches, must stop the evil before it's too late.


VENUS
2017, Wolfe Video, 95 min, Canada, Dir: Eisha Marjara

At once hilarious and serious, smart and sassy, Eisha Marjara’s articulate, absorbing and lively gender-shifting comedy is the witty tale of Sid (New York-based actor Debargo Sanyal, in a brilliant performance), a transitioning woman whose life takes a turn when a 14-year-old boy named Ralph (Jamie Mayers) arrives at her door with the surprising announcement that he is her son. While Sid is stunned by this news, Ralph meanwhile is equally surprised to discover he has a trans “father” as he is intrigued at the sheer coolness of it. Suddenly, Sid must ponder the consequences of this profound news and share it with her Indian-Canadian parents and with Daniel (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), the love of her life. Just when she thought transitioning was complicated, Sid quickly learns that she ain’t seen nothing yet!


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