Gemma Arterton leads a trio of filmmakers tasked with inspiring the nation and bringing America into WW2 in the heart-warming comedy romance ‘Their Finest’, while ‘Lady Macbeth’ is a tragic portrait of a beautiful, determined and merciless 19th century young woman seizing her independence in a world dominated by men. Laura Poitras gives us the Wikileaks story from the inside in the documentary ‘Risk’, and office workers do bloody battle for survival in horror thriller ‘The Belko Experiment’.
The Belko Experiment (18)
Action | Horror | Thriller
Dir. Greg McLean , US, 2016, 89 mins
Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona
Eighty Americans locked inside Belko Industries’ high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, are horrified when an unknown voice issues a command through the intercom system:kill two people in the next 30 minutes or more people will die.
Pacifist Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) & his girlfriend Leandra (Adria Arjona) try to convince their office mates to resist the order, but when the heads of four random co-workers explode and the anonymous voice directs the office workers to kill 30 more of their colleagues, cold-blooded COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) takes charge and violence escalates as the staff members turn on one another in a desperate attempt to survive.
Lady Macbeth (15)
Dir. William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 mins
Cast: Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
The film is loosely based on a nineteenth century novella called ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District’ by Nikolai Leskov and was later adapted as an Opera. Lady Macbeth is a tragic portrait of a beautiful, determined and merciless young woman seizing her independence in a world dominated by men.
Dir. Laura Poitras, Germany/US, 2016, 92 Mins
Cast (as themselves): Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum
From Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him.
With unprecedented access, Poitras gives us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. RISK is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement.
RISK confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.
Their Finest (12)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
Dir. Lone Scherfig , UK, 2016, 117 mins
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war.
Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.
THEIR FINEST, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!