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Modern Masters

The Modern Masters section offers an opportunity to feast on a variety of offerings from some of the true auteurs of contemporary cinema.

A favorite as the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Poetry by Lee Chang-Dong (Secret Sunshine) is a complex meditation on the power and meaning of language and the role it plays in our lives.

Another Year from Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake) is both humorous and heartbreaking, following a year in the life of a contented middle-aged couple whose happiness has eluded their friends and acquaintances.

A Screaming Man* by Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (Dry Season) is a heart-wrenching portrait on one family torn apart by the horrors of civil war in Chad.

The elegant Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami (The Wind Will Carry Us) features the unsurpassable Juliette Binoche, and channels a complex philosophical debate through deceptively simple interactions between its central characters in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.

Japanese master Takeshi Kitano (Hana-bi, Dolls) takes us on a stylish foray into the Japanese crime underworld with Outrage, and Andrucha Waddington (The House of Sand) brings famed Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s passionate life to the screen in Lope.

The Matchmaker by Avi Nesher (The Secrets) set in sixties Israel, combines a coming-of-age story with a rare and resonant look at the country in its infancy.

Jerzy Skolimowski (Four Nights with Anna) of Poland has created an enthralling drama with Essential Killing, starring Vincent Gallo.

Love, Lust and Lies see Gillian Armstong (Charlotte Gray, Death Defying Acts) continuing a fascinating documentary project charting the lives of three young women from Adelaide, Australia.

Norwegian Bent Hamer (O’Horten) brings the offbeat, quirky charm that has become his trademark to Home For Christmas, a series of comi-tragic vignettes set around the festive season.

* please note that A Screaming Man is listed in the Cinema Safari section.


Another Year   

Another Year
United Kingdom, 2010, 129 min.
Over the course of four seasons, Tom and Gerri and their single friends Mary and Ken meet to chat, eat, drink and generally get on with their lives. Naturally, in a Mike Leigh film, this turns out to be anything but mundane.... more



Certified Copy   

Certified Copy
France, 2010, 106 min.
A beguiling drama about the ambiguous relationship between a French gallery owner as she accompanies an art historian on a promotional book tour of Tuscany. Have they met before? Are they lovers, or merely fan and author? Winner, Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival.... more



Essential Killing   

Essential Killing
Poland, 2009, 83 min.
A Taliban member living in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but escapes from his captors. Becoming a fugitive on a continent he does not know. Winner, Best Actor, Special Jury Prize and Youth Jury Prize... more



Home for Christmas   

Home for Christmas
Norway, 2010, 90 min.
A multi-character slice of Norwegian Christmas humanism that is at once hilarious, charming and pointedly moving, Hamer’s (Kitchen Stories, O’Horten) delightful celebration of all that is good in humankind weaves together various vignettes into a wonderfully satisfying whole.... more



Lope   

Lope
Brazil, 2010, 106 min.
Lope de Vega was a bright star in the literary field of Baroque Spain. In this entertaining and romantic look at his early struggles to establish himself, we encounter a Lope ruled by his passions, and mired in intrigue.... more



Love, Lust & Lies   

Love, Lust & Lies
Australia, 2009, 87 min.
The latest entry in a series that began in 1976 examining the lives of three working-class Adelaide women who were 14 when it began. Armstrong’s (My Brilliant Career) nonjudgmental style coupled with the subjects’ innately fascinating lives make for a marvelous film.... more



The Matchmaker   

The Matchmaker
Israel, 2010, 117 min.
A magical coming-of-age drama in which a teenage boy learns a message of love and tolerance from a Holocaust survivor in 1968 Haifa. Both the leading actor and actress nabbed Israeli Academy Awards for their poignant performances.... more



Outrage   

Outrage
Japan, 2010, 109 min.
When the head of the leading Sanmo-kai Yakuza clan learns that one of his lieutenants has made an alliance with a rival drug-dealing mob, retribution is swift and brutal. More stylish mayhem in a welcome (albeit violent) return to form from Japanese master Taskeshi Kitano. Not for the faint-hearted.... more



Poetry   

Poetry
South Korea, 2010, 139 min.
A woman takes up writing poems as a means of coping with her difficult grandson and the onset of cognitive problems in this quietly haunting film. Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. ... more



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