THE ASSIGNMENT
2017, Saban Films, 95 min, France/Canada/USA, Dir: Walter Hill

Director Walter Hill gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, discovers he’s no longer the man he was. Having been surgically altered, Frank now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, he heads for a showdown with his assailant (Sigourney Weaver), a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own.


IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE
2016, 99 min, Canada/France, Dir: Xavier Dolan

Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s latest film revolves around Louis (César Award winner Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill playwright who returns from Paris to his family in small-town France after an absence of 12 years. As Louis looks for the right moment to reveal his secret, he also struggles to keep the family from tearing itself apart as long-simmering tensions arise from his resentful brother, emotionally troubled sister and overwrought mother. Intense, emotionally raw and supremely stylish, the film boasts an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassell, Léa Seydoux and the legendary Nathalie Baye. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Best Director at the César Awards.


TONI ERDMANN
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 162 min, Germany/Austria/ Romania, Dir: Maren Ade

Both Cahiers du cinema and Sight & Sound named this thoughtful comedy the best film of the year. Fond of practical jokes, Winfried (Peter Simonischek) hopes to loosen up his career-centric daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) by visiting her in the guise of a business consultant named Toni Erdmann. “Ade spins out dozens of luminous, shimmering ideas that speak to the way most of us live, and might even challenge us to rethink how we see our parents and our children.” - Stephanie Zacharek, Time.


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