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Dir Birgitte Stærmose. Prod Peter Ålbæk Jensen, Marie Gade Dennessen. Scr Kim Fupz Aakeson. With Danica Curcic, Gustaf Skarsgård, Ulrich Thomsen. Denmark-Sweden 2017. 103min. Sales TrustNordisk FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES GEMINI MENOANA E MEHLANO EA MARSEILLES 72 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THRILL SUN 8 MON 9 WED 11 18:00 HAYMARKET 18:30 HACKNEY 15:30 VUE5 THU 5 SAT 7 SUN 15 21:10 VUE5 15:30 RICH MIX 12:30 HACKNEY FRI 6 SAT 7 TUE 10 18:15 MAYFAIR 12:30 VUE5 12:30 VUE5 WED 11 FRI 13 20:30 VUE7 17:40 RICH MIX Dir-Scr Aaron Katz. Prod Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. With Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho. USA 2017. 93min. UK Distribution Park Circus Limited Jill (Lola Kirke) works as a personal assistant to bisexual movie star Heather (Zoë Kravitz), who has pissed off a lot of people. Jill is minder, manager and friend to the increasingly paranoid Heather. Their nights in gleaming Los Angeles are mostly filled with the crackling patter of off-the-chart Bechdel-test-passing dialogue. But when Jill’s gun becomes a murder weapon, she must turn amateur sleuth to clear her name. Rocking a ‘Katharine Hepburn gone golfing’ disguise, she eavesdrops in dive bars and modernist glass houses, while a philosophy-fixated detective (John Cho) is on her tail. Mumblenoir is back! The originator – and sole practitioner – of this microgenre, director Aaron Katz (Cold Weather), returns to it with a hugely inventive and pleasurable crime thriller. It gives classic 1940s Hollywood thrillers an Instagram shot in the arm, accompanied by a dreamy neon electro score. And it’s anchored by the dazzling Kirke (Mistress America) as a millennial Miss Marple. Kate Taylor Dir Michael Matthews. Prod Asger Hussain, Yaron Schwartzman, Sean Drummond, Michael Matthews. Scr Sean Drummond. With Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo. South Africa 2017. 120min. Prod Co Be Phat Motel Film Company Showcasing a wealth of exquisite choreography and underpinned by a fine script, this provocative drama elegantly probes the nature of creative collaboration and the passage of success. International superstar ballerina ‘Darling’ (Danica Curcic) and her husband Frans (Gustaf Skarsgård, Vikings) return to the Royal Danish Ballet company in Copenhagen where Darling is to dance the lead in Giselle. The production, choreographed by Frans, is highly anticipated by the company and the couple themselves, for whom the job is all consuming – perhaps offering the only space where they can truly thrive together. Unquestionably talented but dangerously obsessive, Darling has already pushed herself beyond her limits, and her uncompromising behaviour threatens what promised to be a highpoint in her and Frans’ professional and personal lives. Curcic’s physically and emotionally powerful performance, guided by Birgitte Stærmose’s empathetic but always precise direction, provides an exhilarating depiction of creativity and the pressures of performance. Sarah Lutton A deftly-constructed, Western-inspired drama, whose thrilling and intensely raw tone is made more breathtaking by the stunning backdrop it unfolds against. The vast landscape of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, with its rugged rural terrain and surrounding mountains, provides the spectacular setting for this story of five young friends who live in a community on the outskirts of the small, remote town of Marseilles. Fed up with the continual police harassment, they decide to take a stand. But things go terribly awry. Some 20 years later, one of the group returns to Marseilles. Once a feared gang leader, he now wants a peaceful life and to seek forgiveness for his past actions. With its excellent cast, led by a superb central performance from Vuyo Dabula, Five Fingers for Marseilles is a tension-driven drama, building inexorably towards a climactic, High Noon-style showdown. Keith Shiri DARLING Dir Anurag Kashyap. Prod Aanand L Rai, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap. Scr Anurag Kashyap, Vineet Kumar Singh, Mukti Singh Srinet, KD Satyam, Ranjan Chandel, Prasoon Mishra. With Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kissan. India 2017. 159min. Sales Stray Dogs A young and talented Indian boxer dreams of being champion, but is knocked sideways when he falls for the niece of the man blocking his road to success. The acclaimed director of Gangs of Wasseypur delivers another knock-out with his new feature. Talented boxer Shravan trains relentlessly to achieve his dream of becoming a champion. But things go awry when he falls in love with strong-minded Sunaina, niece of the head of the state boxing federation. Despite beatings and threats, Shravan is determined to marry Sunaina. However, it is conditional on his winning the boxing championship and securing his future. That seems unlikely with Sunaina’s uncle blocking his every move. It looks like he will have to choose between his career and the woman he loves. Vineet Singh’s charismatic performance and Anurag Kashyap’s thrilling cocktail of street fights, bawdy ballads and punchy females ensures The Brawler hits home with every entertaining blow. Cary Rajinder Sawhney THE BRAWLER MUKKABAAZ


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