KINCSEM
2017, 120 min, Hungary, Dir: Gábor Herendi

The most expensive Hungarian film ever made, this historical epic interlaces action and romance against the backdrop of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The film’s titular hero is a real-life horse that still holds the record for most wins of any thoroughbred, and acts as a beacon of hope in an otherwise dark world. Featuring lavish sets and costume design, beautiful landscape photography and exhilarating race sequences, KINCSEM is an impressive spectacle that has become Hungary’s biggest blockbuster of the last 10 years.


MADEMOISELLE PARADIS
LICHT
2017, 97 min, Austria, Dir: Barbara Albert

Set in 18th-century Vienna, this fresh feminist satire turns its eye on a blind pianist, the largely solipsistic men trying to exploit her talents and the controversial physician, Dr. Franz Mesmer, trying to restore her sight. Anchored by an incredible performance from Maria Dragus (THE WHITE RIBBON) and elegant and subtle direction from Barbara Albert, PARADIS is a prescient and sumptuous film that challenges our ideals of healing and perception at every turn. Winner of five Austrian Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.


DUNKIRK
2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, 106 min, Dir: Christopher Nolan

At the end of May, 1940, hundreds of thousands of British, French and Belgian soldiers found themselves surrounded by enemy forces, trapped on a beach on the northern coast of France. The unprecedented evacuation of the Allied forces has gone down in history as the “miracle of Dunkirk.” With an emphasis on powerful visuals over dialogue, this stirring WWII epic dramatizes the operation through three interwoven stories taking place on land, on sea and in the air, and never has Nolan’s talent for nonlinear narrative been put to better use. The fine ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. A huge box office success, the acclaimed film has been nominated for eight Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. “A tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday’s fights and today’s.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


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