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KEDI

For thousands of years, cats have lived alongside humans in Istanbul—occasionally as pets, but more often as independent fellow denizens of the ancient port city. Part wildlife film and part urban ethnography, Kedi explores the lives of seven street cats with sumptuous cat’s-eye-view cinematography. The captivating felines provide much appreciated pest control for the city of course, but their connection to the city and the people who live there goes far deeper than that. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds and bring joy and purpose to those humans they choose to adopt.

FIRE AT SEA

This Oscar-nominated doc snatched the prestigious top prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016 and has gone on to garner other festival laurels and top spots on year-end lists from Sight and Sound to Time Out. Observing life on and around a tiny Italian island, Fire at Sea is a keen and enthralling look at the realities of the front lines of the European migrant crisis.

LIFE, ANIMATED

Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Owen Suskind had his first conversation with his father when he was six years old—only he wasn’t speaking with his father directly, but with a puppet from Aladdin. In this heartwarming Oscar-nominated doc, Roger Ross Williams shows how Owen and his devoted parents used his obsession with Disney animations as a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.

Ballet on Screen: WOOLF WORKS

After widespread and vigourous critical acclaim, The Royal Ballet’s three-act interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s work is back for its first revival. Director and choreographer Wayne McGregor’s bold and ambitious vision pays off in spades in this moving and spellbinding ballet. In McGregor’s exploration of the traditional story ballet, each act is inspired by a different piece of Woolf’s writing: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves.

SHADOWS OF PARADISE

How did David Lynch, the famous director of notoriously strange film and television including Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks, become the unlikely spokesperson for Transcendental Meditation? In this deep and personal doc, filmmaker Sebastian Lange explores Lynch’s role in the movement, as well as his own complicated relationship to it. Lange was born and raised with Transcendental Meditation, but left at the age of 18. Meanwhile, Lynch has been a devoted practitioner for decades.

Wild reeds

Wild reeds, André Téchiné, 1994 (1h50)

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to try to escape from the war in Algeria, and Henri, a pied-noir (Algerian-born Frenchman). Francois and Serge will have a homosexual relationship, but Serge wants to marry his brother's wife...

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