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February 2019

The Lego Movie 2 (U)

February 15th - February 23rd

  Everything has not been awesome for five years. Following the harrowing events of Taco Tuesday, Bricksburg is a living apocalypse, leaving its residents hardened and cynical. But not everyone has lost their enthusiasm for Lego life… Emmet and his friends return in The Lego Movie 2: The Second part, starring the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz, Will Arnett, and Nick Offerman. Duplo still rule Bricksburg following their invasion on Taco Tuesday five years ago.…

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A Private War (15)

February 22nd - February 28th

  Celebrated war journalist Marie Colvin is constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado, but her determination to experience the truth for herself could cost her dearly. Rosamund Pike, starring as the late great Marie Colvin, is joined by Tom Hollander and Jamie Dornan in this daring and moving biographical drama that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is fearless and determined in her convictions,…

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  Everything has not been awesome for five years. Following the harrowing events of Taco Tuesday, Bricksburg is a living apocalypse, leaving its residents hardened and cynical. But not everyone has lost their enthusiasm for Lego life… Emmet and his friends return in The Lego Movie 2: The Second part, starring the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz, Will Arnett, and Nick Offerman. Duplo still rule Bricksburg following their invasion on Taco Tuesday five years ago.…

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RBG (PG)

February 24th 4:30 pm

  At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced…

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RBG (PG)

February 28th 2:00 pm

  At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced…

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March 2019

THE RAFT (12A)

March 1st - March 2nd

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Marcus Lindeen Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley Sweden/Denmark/US/Germany, 2018   In the summer of 1973, five men and six women of mixed religion and nationality embarked on a 101-day scientific sea-adventure across the Atlantic on the raft ‘Acali’. The experiment initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to explore the origins of violence and the dynamics of sexual attraction. Irritatingly dubbed ‘The Sex Raft’ by the press, Genovés had anticipated extreme…

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All is True (12A)

March 1st - March 7th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen UK, 2018   Kenneth Branagh’s latest film, a passion project about a neglected period in the final years of William Shakespeare, comes with an original screenplay by Ben Elton. In 1613 Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of his age. But when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected…

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Ray & Liz (15)

March 1st 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Richard Billingham Starring: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer UK, 2018   On the fringes of Birmingham and the margins of society, the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. At times shocking, and laced with an unsettling humour, three episodes unfold as a powerful evocation of the experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat that was…

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DESTROYER (15)

March 2nd - March 3rd

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Karyn Kusama Starring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany US, 2018 Seventeen years previously, LAPD detective Erin Bell and her partner went undercover in the desert to infiltrate a notorious criminal gang, led by the terrifying Silas. Wrecked by the trauma of her experience, Erin is forced to confront her demons when signs indicate that Silas has re-emerged. Forcing herself to delve back into the painful facts of the investigation, she goes in search of…

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Free Solo (12A)

March 3rd 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi US, 2018 This heart-racing film is a portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve the unprecedented – climbing the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. One of the greatest and most terrifying athletic feats imaginable, the climb’s exacting standard is perfection or death; and while Honnold is training, he falls in love, threatening his focus and immeasurably raising the stakes.…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Marcus Lindeen Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley Sweden/Denmark/US/Germany, 2018   In the summer of 1973, five men and six women of mixed religion and nationality embarked on a 101-day scientific sea-adventure across the Atlantic on the raft ‘Acali’. The experiment initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to explore the origins of violence and the dynamics of sexual attraction. Irritatingly dubbed ‘The Sex Raft’ by the press, Genovés had anticipated extreme…

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Transit (15)

March 4th 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Christian Petzold Starring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese Germany/France, 2018 Christian Petzold (Barbara, Phoenix) deftly skips across time and blurs identities in this stunning adaptation of Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel Transit Visa. Refugee Georg, escapes in the nick of time as German troops approach Paris. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of persecution. In Marseille, where the past and present…

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Free Solo (12A)

March 5th - March 6th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi US, 2018 This heart-racing film is a portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve the unprecedented – climbing the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. One of the greatest and most terrifying athletic feats imaginable, the climb’s exacting standard is perfection or death; and while Honnold is training, he falls in love, threatening his focus and immeasurably raising the stakes.…

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Burning (15)

March 5th - March 7th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Lee Chang-dong Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo South Korea, 2018 Lee Chang-dong’s follow-up to Poetry is a sublime mystery thriller of obsessive love, adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story Barn Burning. An isolated young man, Jong-soo has a menial job in Seoul and dreams of becoming a writer, when he is accosted by Hae-mi, who claims to remember him from their shared village childhood. They begin a relationship, but when she returns from…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Sara Colangelo Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael García Bernal US, 2018 Caring, patient Staten Island kindergarten teacher Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching a class of precocious youngsters and her evenings attending a poetry course in Manhattan. Her marriage lacks chemistry and her own children are disengaged. When she inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student, Jimmy, is a gifted prodigy, she is determined to nurture his talent before his dismissive family destroys it –…

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The Aftermath (15)

March 8th - March 14th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: James Kent Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke UK/ US/Germany, 2019 This adaptation of the novel by Welsh writer Rhidian Brook is set in 1946 postwar Germany. Rachael Morgan (Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their requisitioned home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an…

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Green Book (15)

March 8th - March 14th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Peter Farrelly Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini US, 2018 Green Book brings together Mahershala Ali (Oscar winner, Moonlight) and Viggo Mortensen in an upbeat true story of an unlikely friendship. In 1962, Italian-American Tony Lip is hired as chauffeur and bodyguard to African-American pianist, Dr Don Shirley on a concert tour through the Deep South. Despite Tony’s own problematic racial views, the pair embark on a road trip with the potential to change…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Eva Husson Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut France/Belgium/Georgia/Switzerland, 2018 In her second feature, French writer-director Eva Husson shifts the experience of war on the front line to a female perspective. Committed war correspondent Mathilde travels into the Daesh battleground of Iraqi Kurdistan, where she is embedded with a unit of female peshmerga fighters. Led by ex-lawyer Bahar, the unit is made up of women whose children were abducted and husbands massacred by…

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Mid90s (15)

March 9th 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Jonah Hill Starring: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges US, 2018 The ambitious directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street) is a spiky tale of youthful rebellion with an evocative soundtrack: the perfect accompaniment to such recent coming-of-age portrayals as Lady Bird and Eighth Grade. 13-year-old Stevie, an awkward Los Angeles teen with ‘hair bigger than his head’ escapes his bleak home life and violent older brother (Hedges) by befriending a…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra Starring: Natalia Reyes, Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, 2018 2 hours 5 minutes From the team behind Embrace of the Serpent comes a Mafia story, not unlike the thread of The Sopranos, but with a crucial difference in context. In the late 1960s, the Wayúu tribe of northern Colombia observe a strict code of ancestral tradition and sacred ritual. Outsider Rapayet wants to marry Zaida, the daughter of the clan’s formidable matriarch,…

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Colette (15)

March 11th 5:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Wash Westmoreland Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough UK/US/Hungary, 2018 Keira Knightley gives a career-best performance in this exhilarating biopic of ground-breaking French novelist Colette. Plunged from the country into the Paris demi-monde, Colette’s first novels are published under her Svengali-like husband’s name, and he basks in the misappropriated glory of her wildly popular stories. The complexities of their marriage are depicted with intelligence and subtlety, as are her relationships with women…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Ralph Fiennes Starring: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann UK/France 2018 Actor-director Ralph Fiennes’s third feature focuses on worldfamous, ultra- flamboyant ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, featuring piercingly blue-eyed Ukrainian dancer Oleg Ivenko in his first film role. Scripted by David Hare from Julie Kavanagh’s 2007 biography, the narrative flashes back and forth between his birth on a trans-Siberian train, childhood, and training, and his pivotal visit to Paris with the Kirov Ballet in 1961. Ever…

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Colette (15)

March 13th 5:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Wash Westmoreland Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough UK/US/Hungary, 2018 Keira Knightley gives a career-best performance in this exhilarating biopic of ground-breaking French novelist Colette. Plunged from the country into the Paris demi-monde, Colette’s first novels are published under her Svengali-like husband’s name, and he basks in the misappropriated glory of her wildly popular stories. The complexities of their marriage are depicted with intelligence and subtlety, as are her relationships with women…

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  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW  Director: Bill Buckhurst Starring: Tom Varey, Esmé Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie UK, 2017, 1 hour 40 minutes With a fantastic original score by Richard Hawley, first feature Pond Life sits in the great British tradition of films about postindustrial communities. Summer 1994, in a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, rumour stirs about a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Young Trevor keeps watch one night at the water’s edge. The following night, he leads…

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Old Boys (15)

March 15th - March 17th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Toby MacDonald Starring: Alex Lawther, Nathen Solly, Giles Malcolm, Nicholas Agnew UK/Sweden, 2018 The ever-engaging Cyrano de Bergerac story is refreshed and relocated to an English (boys only) boarding school, period unspecified. Alex Lawther (Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World) plays weedy, working-class scholarship boy Amberson, hopelessly at sea in the gloriously caricatured push and pull of brutish male ritual. Bonding with French teacher’s daughter Agnes, he is disappointed to discover that she only…

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Capernaum (15)

March 15th - March 17th

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Director: Nadine Labaki Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shireraw, Kawthar Al Haddad Lebanon/US, 2018 Writer-director Nadine Labaki (Caramel) returns with this stunningly realised drama about the lives of children on the edges of society. Zain is a young boy living with his family in an impoverished Beirut neighbourhood. Wise and street-smart beyond his years, Zain’s resentment towards his parents builds and, following a series of tragic events, he is compelled to sue them for bringing children…

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Wild Rose (15)

March 15th 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Tom Harper Starring: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters UK, 2018 Delightful and infectiously joyous, Wild Rose’s star Jessie Buckley (Beast) radiates charisma as a young woman balancing her dreams of musical stardom with the responsibilities of motherhood. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, RoseLynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, cheek and a dream of getting out of Glasgow to make it as a country singer in Nashville. But her…

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Yuli (12A)

March 16th 5:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Icíar Bollaín Starring: Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez Spain/Cuba/ UK/Germany, 2018 Part biographical drama, part dance piece, wife and husband partnership Icíar Bollaín and writer Paul Laverty (The Olive Tree) bring to life the exceptional career of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta. From a deprived childhood on the outskirts of Havana, through Michael Jackson inspired dance-offs with other kids, Acosta is hauled by his father Pedro to the National Ballet School. International fame…

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Bel Canto (15)

March 17th 8:00 pm

  BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Director: Paul Weitz Starring: Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch US, 2018 In this adaptation of Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, Julianne Moore plays famous American diva Roxane Coss who travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa. As the great and good convene at the Vice-President’s mansion, they are surrounded by a band of guerrillas, demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades.…

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  Die Walküre (Wagner) Conductor: Philippe Jordan Cast: Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke), Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Siegmund (Stuart Skelton), Fricka (Jamie Barton), Wotan (Greer Grimsley), Hunding (Günther Groissböck) Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written—including, of course, the Ride of the Valkyries—Die Walküre is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale. When twins Siegmund and Sieglinde find each other at last, Siegmund promises to release…

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April 2019

  RECORDED Music Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Yuri Grigorovich and Isaak Glikman  Cast Nina Kaptsova (Rita), Ruslan Skvortsov (Boris), Mikhail Lobukhin (Yashka) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Lyuska)  In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka… With its jazzy score by Shostakovich…

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May 2019

  Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Cast: Blanche de la Force (Isabel Leonard), Mme. Lidoine (Adrianne Pieczonka), Constance (Erin Morley), Mère Marie (Karen Cargill), First Prioress (Karita Mattila), Chevalier de la Force (David Portillo), Marquis de la Force (Dwayne Croft) Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’s masterpiece. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress—Met legend Karita Mattila. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her…

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  LIVE BROADCAST Carmen Suite Music Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin Choreography Alberto Alonso Libretto Alberto Alonso after Carmen de Prosper Mérimée Petrushka Music Igor Stravinsky Choreography Edward Clug  Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the…

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June 2019

  Adapted by Helen Edmundson Based on the novel by Andrea Levy Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 –the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns…

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