ISMAEL’S GHOSTS
LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 135 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away; now Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of the film-within-a-film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel), who, in a nod to earlier Desplechin films, is the brother of recurring character Paul Dédalus. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past and proves yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. This is the full-length director’s cut of the film, 20 minutes longer and markedly different in tone from the version that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


S.W.A.L.K.
aka MELODY
1971, 103 min, UK, Dir: Waris Hussein

This U.K. cult favorite about youthful romance - the titular acronym stands for “sealed with a loving kiss” - reunites OLIVER! stars Mark Lester and Jack Wild as school chums Daniel and Ornshaw, whose friendship is threatened when Daniel falls for Melody (Tracy Hyde). Future director Alan Parker got his start as the screenwriter on this film, which looks at love and marriage from a child’s point of view. With music by the Bee Gees.


THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 103 min, USA, Dir: W.D. Richter

Brilliant brain surgeon Banzai (Peter Weller) has just made scientific history: By shifting his Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he's the first man to travel to the Eighth Dimension ... and come back sane! But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow), devises a plot to steal the Overthruster and bring an army of evil aliens back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe. Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd costar in this cult classic.


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