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Modern Masters

The Modern Masters showcase provides a captivating line up of new work from some of the most distinctive, brave and lauded voices in contemporary cinema.

Two-time Palme d’Or winner Billie August (Pelle the Conqueror; The Best Intentions) is back with Marie Kroyer, about the troubled early twentieth century artist who was both muse and painter in her own right.

Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover) helms Goltzius and the Pelican Company, the second installment of his "Dutch Masters" trilogy, an erotic, multi-layered depiction of a fascinating episode in the history of world art. Salman Rushdie scripts the adaptation of his own adored novel Midnight's Children, filmed with appropriate measures of gravitas and wit by Deepa Mehta (The “Elements” Trilogy).

British veteran Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Sweet Sixteen) shows his lighter side with The Angel's Share, a whisky-fuelled heist movie featuring outstanding performances from first time actors, an approach that has become Loach's trademark.

Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) is drawn to stories of formidable women, and the controversial political philosopher Hannah Arendt supplies Barbara Sukowa with a fine role.

The classic Dickens novel Great Expectations is brought to life with an exceptional cast, including Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, in a stunning adaptation by Mike Newell (Four Weddings & a Funeral; Donnie Brasco).

Avant-garde favorite Sally Potter (Orlando) brings a delicate touch to a coming-of-age story set in the early sixties in Ginger and Rosa.

Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio (Vincere) explores the complex issue of euthanasia with intelligence and a sharp critical eye in Dormant Beauty.

In The Last Sentence, the life of a celebrated Swedish hero is remembered by esteemed auteur Jan Troell (The New Land, The Emigrants). And ot end it all, The Suicide Shop is an animated black comedy from Patrice Leconte (Intimate Strangers; The Hairdresser’s Husband).


The Angels’ Share   

The Angels’ Share
United Kingdom, 2012, 101 min.
From acclaimed director Ken Loach comes a spirited crime caper that follows a gang of misfits who hatch a scheme to steal the world's most expensive whisky. A heart-warming ode to the importance of human friendship and forgiveness – and the “water of life”. Winner: Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Fe... more



Dormant Beauty   

Dormant Beauty
Italy, 2012, 115 min.
Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in this caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centering on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. Directed by Italian master Marco Bellocchio (Vincere; Good Morning, Night).... more



Ginger & Rosa   

Ginger & Rosa
United Kingdom, 2012, 89 min.
Growing up in Great Britain in the sixties, best friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are on the cutting edge of the sexual revolution. But the new freedoms come with a heavy price in this salutary tale from writer-director Sally Potter.... more



Goltzius and the Pelican Company   

Goltzius and the Pelican Company
United Kingdom, 2012, 127 min.
Peter Greenaway’s stunningly visual, sexually provocative 16th-century tale focuses on a Dutch engraver who runs afoul of the authorities when his reenactments of lustful scenes from the Old Testament go beyond the pale in their carnality. F. Murray Abraham co-stars. Warning:sexually explicit scenes... more



Great Expectations   

Great Expectations
United Kingdom, 2012, 128 min.
A beautifully appointed, sensitive and superbly acted adaptation of Dickens’ beloved novel about a humble blacksmith’s son raised up by a mysterious benefactor, and his lifelong crush on the lovely Estella. The impeccable cast includes Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonha... more



Hannah Arendt   

Hannah Arendt
Germany, 2012, 113 min.
In Margarethe von Trotta’s stirring and emotionally rewarding biopic, Barbara Sukowa perfectly embodies the philosopher famous for her concept of “The Banality of Evil” and her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann.... more



The Last Sentence   

The Last Sentence
Sweden, 2012, 125 min.
From the director of PSIFF audience favorite Everlasting Moments comes a dramatic and poetic tale – exquisitely filmed in black and white - about crusading Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt and his courageous stand against Fascism during WWII.... more



Marie Krøyer   

Marie Krøyer
Denmark, 2012, 103 min.
An exquisite period romance about the wife of acclaimed Danish painter P.S. Kroyer. At the peak of their marriage, Kroyer’s mental illness becomes more severe and Marie’s dream of a mutually supportive life as artists turns to frustration and sorrow.... more



Midnight’s Children   

Midnight’s Children
Canada, 2012, 148 min.
Salman Rushdie adapts his own monumental novel – a picaresque that doubles as a history of modern India – into a rich, sprawling, unruly movie, full of romance, satire, magic and anger.... more



Suicide Shop   

Suicide Shop
France, 2012, 79 min.
In this cheerfully morbid and delightfully dour animated musical from Patrice Leconte (Girl on the Bridge, Ridicule), a family in the assisted suicide business is faced with a dreadful dilemma: their son and heir is incurably cheerful, optimistic and life-loving.... more



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