NEVER LOOK AWAY
WERK OHNE AUTOR
2018, Sony Pictures Classics, 188 min, Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

“I wanted to explore human creativity and how it can be that some people take traumatic events of their lives and turn it into beautiful art,” said writer-director Henckel von Donnersmarck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) of this portrait of an artist inspired by painter Gerhard Richter. Spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of young art student Kurt (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Befitting its artistic theme, Caleb Deschanel’s cinematography and Max Richter’s score provide a rich burnish to the film.


HOLOGRAM MAN
1995, 101 min, USA, Dir: Richard Pepin

In the near future, loud terrorist Slash Galagher, is awakened from hologram jail. During his holographic parole hearing, there is an equipment failure which grants the evil Galagher hologram powers. Now, it’s up to detective Kurt Decoda (Joe Lara of AMERICAN CYBORG) to save the future from the HOLOGRAM MAN … kinda like DEMOLITION MAN. Written and produced by Evan Lurie - the guy who plays Slash Galagher.


DIAL CODE: SANTA CLAUS
36.15 CODE PÈRE NOËL
1989, AGFA, 87 min, France, Dir: René Manzor

Before HOME ALONE, there was DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS. Thomas is a typical 1980s kid who loves Rambo, computers, role-playing games and his dog. While Mom's away at the office on Christmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone -- perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to raid the home down the chimney. But Hell hath no fury like a mulleted 10-year-old with an arsenal of toys!


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