GB, USA, France
For fans of The Talented Mr Ripley: Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star in this stylish and classy psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Set in the early 60s in Athens and the Aegean Islands, The Two Faces of January is a gripping yarn about dubious characters, mixed motives and dark deceit under the midday sun.
“A gripping old school suspenser… Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith… Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.” Peter Debruge, Variety
"An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This is the kind of film Hollywood used to make – smart, beautiful, subtle and exciting." Karen Krizanovich, The Arts Desk
USA, Qatar, Canada, France, Lebanon
One of the most enduring pieces of modern philosophy gets the film treatment in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Animated in chapters by a team of world renowned animators including Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Cheatin’”) and featuring the voice talents of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Alfred Molina, The Prophet is one of festival season’s must see titles.
"Unabashedly stunning… a beautiful film." Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a surreal animated film full of fabulous steampunk inventions, unforgettable characters, enchanting music, and fantastic adventures.
"Beautiful and hallucinatory, the greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s masterpiece Corpse Bride. A revelation." James Verniere, Boston Herald
The French invented the term "film noir" and this adaptation of a slim, forceful novel by Georges Simenon certainly boasts idenfiable noir characteristics: the femme fatale who lures an all-too willing husband away from his marriage bed; the crime of passion and miscarriage of justice that ensue, all unfolding in a slippery mosaic of ambiguous flashbacks. As the title suggests, the dominant colour is blue, not black,and Amalric’s terrific movie shifts between carnal abandon and clinical claustrophobia.
"An elegant psychological freak-out about adultery and other madness, [a] dark, delectable, shivery tale." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The Blue Room is a story about sexual desire as an overwhelming force, incapable of being ignored or mistaken, and about the ambiguity of almost everything else: memory, language, actions and motives." Stuart Klawans, The Nation
" A great little film… It has a headlong rhythm, skittering between timeframes with the skill of a pianist nailing Prokofiev…. Everything’s told in shards, and Amalric does very well to create a sense of emotional continuum amid all the procedural detail. His own performance is fantastic, jittery and disheveled.” Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph
Thanks to an astonishing performance by Pierre Niney that masterfully mimics the iconic designer’s impish bearing and aura of genius, Yves Saint Laurent is reborn in this suitably stylish, well-tailored biopic. Lespert doesn’t hesitate in giving this great life and grand love affair the operatic treatment it deserves.