Silvia (Penelope Cruz), a local girl who makes tortillas, is in love with the rich José Luis, until she meets underwear model Raúl (Javier Bardem), who has been hired by José’s family to seduce her. This eccentric comedy boasts nude bull-fighting and a healthy dash of innuendo. In one of the industry’s more unique fight scenes, Silvia’s lovers fight to the death with legs of parma ham for weapons!
In this award-winning documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, an American musician travels to Cuba to reunite an aging group of instrumentalists, who were regulars at Havana’s legendary Buena Vista Social Club. The film brought their rich and vibrant Afro-Caribbean sound to the world, and the artists later went on tour!
In a French-speaking film by Austrian director Michael Haneke, Isabelle Huppert plays a lonely conservatory teacher who embarks on a passionate affair with her young student. Jealous and obsessive, she asks him to fulfill her darkest sexual fantasies…
Ken Loach takes a frank look at the welfare system in place in austerity Britain, in a fly on the wall piece that reveals the human faces of benefit claimants. A sobering protest which has resonated with thousands of Brits.
Set in the ‘favelas’ or slums of Rio de Janiero, where drug gangs claim childhoods. Pubescent boys live their lives in the fast lane, wielding guns and knives. We get to know and love each gang member before they meet their bloody end. Not one you’re likely to forget in a hurry.
Nothing less than astounding – the true story of a failed musician from downtown Detroit, who unbeknownst to him became a cult legend in South Africa after one of his tapes was discovered there. Years later, musicologists finally track down the long lost Rodriguez, who makes his comeback tour.
Maggie Smith is perfectly cast as a feisty old tramp in this film adaptation of a play by Alan Bennett, telling the true story of his unlikely friendship with Mary Shepherd, who resided for years in a beat up van on his driveway in London. A very amusing script!