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AGHA YOUSEF (Iran) Family, 97mins. Visual Media Institute. Dir: Ali Rafi’i. Key cast: Mehdi Hashemi, Haniyeh Tavasoli, Shahrokh Foroutanian. The tale of two fathers and friends and their relationships with their adult daughters. Palais E


LATE BLOOMERS (France) Romance, 95mins. Gaumont. Dir: Julie Gavras. Key cast: Isabella Rossellini, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley. The story of Adam and Mary, a 21st

century couple, experiencing all the joys and realities that come with more than 30 years of married life. That is, until one day they discover — to their great surprise — that they are growing older. Arcades 2

BONG OF THE DEAD (Canada) Horror, 90mins. Horizon Motion Pictures. Dir: Thomas Newman. Key cast: Mark Wynn, Simone Bally, Jy Harris. When meteorites from outer space cause an all out zombie outbreak, the world is left desolate with only a few survivors. Tommy and Edwin are a pair of stoner buddies who keep themselves occupied by growing and smoking as much pot as humanly possible. Riviera 1





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CHINESE TAKE-AWAY (Argentina) Comedy, 100mins. Latido. Dir: Sebastian Borensztein. Key cast: Roberto Darin, Huang Sheng Huang, Muriel Santa Ana. Jun, a Chinese man who has just landed in Argentina and doesn’t speak a word of Spanish is “adopted” by Roberto, an Argentinean cranky loner. Riviera 3

THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART (France) Black comedy, 105mins. Tf1 International. Dir: Jennifer Devoldere. Key cast: Melanie Laurent, Michel Blanc. A defiant young woman navigates the madness of love and family in fast-paced contemporary Paris. Olympia 4

FAMILIAR GROUND (EN TERRAINS CONNUS) (Canada) Drama, 98mins. Entertainment One Films International. Dir: Stephane Lafleur. Key cast: Francis La Haye, Fanny Mallette, Michel Daigle Benoit and Maryse: a brother and sister with

seemingly normal lives. Everything is changed by a series of coincidences and the arrival of a man claiming to come from the future. Olympia 6

THE GUARD (Ireland) Comedy, 96mins. Metropolis International Sales. Dir: John Michael Mcdonagh. Key cast: Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson, Mark Strong. A hard-living Galway guard is forced to team up with a black FBI agent to break a drug smuggling ring off the West Coast of Ireland. Olympia 7

I AM (US) Drama, 90mins. Worldwide Film Entertainment. Dir: John Ward. Key cast: Christinna Chauncey, Jay Hindle, Tomas Boykin. A desperate heiress. A beautiful reporter. A vengeful detective. A charismatic district attorney. In modern-day Los Angeles, all of their lives intersect, leading to profound choices that test each character’s morality. With guidance from a mysterious stranger, these lost souls desperately search for answers. Gray 5

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NAKED SOLDIER (Hong Kong) Action/ adventure, 90mins. Mega-Vision Project Distribution. Dir: Marco Mak. Key cast: Jenn Tse, Sammo Hung, Philip Ng. Interpol agent CK Long busted a billion-dollar drug deal 15 years ago. The cartel avenged itself by hiring Madame Rose’s organisation of assassins to kill CK Long’s entire family. Long himself survived, and believes his young daughter is still alive. In fact, for these 15 years, the girl has been kidnapped by Madame Rose, brainwashed and trained into beautiful, sexy killer Phoenix. Phoenix has now become the top-ranked killer

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in Madame Rose’s organisation. Palais G

ON THE ICE (US) Thriller, 96mins. Coach 14. Dir: Andrew Okpeaha Maclean. Key cast: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith. Set in an isolated town in Alaska, the northernmost point of the US, is the story of two Inupiaq teenagers who try to get away with murder. Early one morning Qalli and Aivaaq go on a seal hunt with their friend James, but when an argument between the three boys quickly escalates, James is killed by accident. Terrified, the boys are forced to weave a web of deceit. Gray 1

OUR GRAND DESPAIR (Turkey) Drama, 102mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Seyfi Teoman. Key cast: Ilker Aksum, Fatih Al, Gynes Sayin. The peaceful cohabitation of two 30-something bachelors is disrupted when they both fall in love with the charming young woman who moves in with them. Olympia 6

PLAYOFF (Israel/Germany/France) Drama, 110mins. Elle Driver. Dir: Eran Riklis. Key cast: Danny Huston, Amira Casar. Tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Max Stoller, who became a national hero when he won the European Championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the late 1970s. But Max became a national traitor equally fast, when he accepted, against all odds, the job of turning the totally hopeless West German national team into Olympic contenders. Olympia 3

POLISSE (France) Drama, 127mins. Wild Bunch. Dir: Maiwenn. Key cast: Joey Starr, Karin Viard, Maiwenn. Star 1

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