Albert Serra / France, Spain, Portugal, Germany / 2022 / 165 min / English, French
Another one of director Albert Serra’s idiosyncratic, boldly narrated films, Pacifiction blends a critique of postcolonialism with apocalyptic threat.
Pain and Glory Dolor y gloria
Pedro Almodóvar / Spain / 2019 / 113 min / Spanish
A renowned filmmaker in physical decline (Antonio Banderas) experiences a series of re-encounters, some in the flesh, others remembered. His childhood in Valencia, his first adult love, the pain of the breakup, and his discovery of cinema.
Palm Springs Palm Springs
Max Barbakow / USA / 2020 / 90 min / English
When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honour Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Dmitro Suholitki-Sobčuk / Ukraine, Chile, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, France / 2022 / 106 min / Ukrainian
Ukrainian director Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s feature debut is an impressive family drama that blends elements of crime and mystical folklore.
Parallel Mothers Madres paralelas
Pedro Almodóvar / Spain / 2021 / 123 min / Spanish
Two single women meet in the hospital as they are about to give birth. Both pregnancies were unplanned. Middle-aged Janis has no regrets and is looking forward. The young Ana is regretful and scared. Their accidental meeting will transform their lives. The film brought Penélope Cruz the Best Actress Award in Venice.
Bong Joon-ho / South Korea / 2019 / 132 min / Korean / 16+
A family tragicomedy depicting the inevitable collision that ensues when Ki-woo, the eldest son in a family of four unemployed adults, is introduced to the wealthy Park family for a well-paid tutoring job.