Showroom Cinema – July Preview

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

It’s a nightmare trying to get hold of Luis Buñuel films without paying the earth. Considering he’s one of the most accomplished directors of his generation, and a master of surrealist cinema, it is an incredibly frustrating state of affairs. I did a happy dance when I found out about the remastered release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Buñuel isn’t strong on linear plotlines or traditional comedic values. However, this is probably the most accessible of his films, and whilst it lacks some of the cutting edge of his earlier work, it gains in greater cohesion and style. This barbed comedy revolves around the attempts of six middle-class people to have dinner together, who find themselves thwarted at every turn by obstacles which range from the mundane and the bizarre

Killer Joe

When Chris, a 22 year old drug dealer, discovers that his stash has been stolen by his mother, drastic measures are needed. After finding out she has a life insurance policy, he conspires with his father, to hire the eponymous hitman to kill her and claim the money. However, when his lack of readies becomes a stumbling block, he is faced with the prospect of exchanging his younger sister Dottie as collateral.

Searching for Sugar Man

In the late 1960s, a mysterious musician called Rodriguez released two albums which sunk without trace in America. In South Africa, however, he had a huge impact on a whole generation, before disappearing without trace. Searching for Sugar Man follows two men’s search for the truth; leading to unexpected consequences for all involved.

We are Poets

Winner of the Youth Jury Award at last year’s Doc/Fest, We are Poets follows a Leeds youth poetry team as they journey to America to compete at America’s most prestigious poetry slam event – Brave New Voices. We are Poets is a story of how a group of Northern youths tackle the problems in today’s society.

Your Sister’s Sister – When emotional wreck Jack takes up his best friend Iris’ offer of a week of solitude at her parent’s home, he meets her sister and sparks an unexpected love triangle.

Detachment – Adrian Brody plays a substitute teacher who moves around to avoid emotional connections, but joining a new school leads to him bonding with a runaway teen.

The Lorax – Dr Seuss’s furry little peanut is the star of this environmentally-themed animation.

Electrick Children – On her 15th birthday, Rachel, who is brought up in a fundamental Mormon family, finds a tape and hears rock music for the first time. The discovery proves to be live-changing.

The Hunter – A ruthless mercenary with a secret agenda comes to Australia to search for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger.

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