Directed by Michael Matthews. South Africa. 2017. NR. 1 hour 59 minutes. Uncork'd Entertainment. Digital.
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Near the colonial town of Marseilles in the rugged Eastern Cape of South Africa, a group of rebellious friends dubbed the Five Fingers use well-placed eggs and slingshots to drive off the oppressive police force. But when the cops seize quick-tempered Tau’s childhood love, Lerato, he goes from throwing eggs to shooting bullets. Scared of capture or worse, Tau flees, returning . . .
Directed by Michael Pearce. UK. 2017. R. 1 hour 47 minutes. Roadside Attractions. Digital.
In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she learns what she’s capable of as she defends him at all costs.
“Aided and abetted by Benjamin Kracun’s alluringly sensual cinematography, Mr. Pearce has created a feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors . . .
Directed by Nora Twomey. Ireland. 2017. PG-13. 1 hour 34 minutes. Gkids. Digital.
Parvana is an 11-year- old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest . . .
Directed by Fatih Akin. Germany. 2017. R. 1 hour 36 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Digital.
Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer . . .
Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. Iceland. 2017. R. 1 hour 29 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Digital.
In Under the Tree, possibly the best comedy from Iceland since Eleven Men Out, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson examines the simmering frictions between two neighbouring families in a sleepy suburb.
Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area’s only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from . . .
Directed by Iram Haq. Norway. 2017. 14+. 1 hour 46 minutes. Kino Lorber. Digital.
Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a normal Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father (Adil Hussain) catches her alone with her boyfriend in her room, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, her parents send Nisha against her . . .