GORILLAS IN THE MIST
1988, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: Michael Apted

Inspired by anthropologist Louis Leakey, Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) travels to Africa to study mountain gorillas. Though she developed a remarkable relationship with these apes through her research, Fossey found the human problems of war, poaching and corruption far more difficult to solve. This inspiring real-life drama about the woman who helped save the gorillas from extinction earned Golden Globes and Oscar nominations for both Weaver and composer Maurice Jarre. Costarring Julie Harris and Bryan Brown.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


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