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Thursday 5, March

THE CAVE

THE CAVE

for disturbing war-related thematic content and images

Thursday 5, March

GOLDA

GOLDA

NR

Thursday 5, March

Thursday 9, April

THE TRAITOR

THE TRAITOR

NR

Thursday 9, April

KUESSIPAN

KUESSIPAN

PG

Thursday 9, April

GOLDA

GOLDA

NR

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister - five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost. Based on these never-before seen materials, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage, GOLDA tells the story of Meir's dramatic premiership - from her surprising rise to power and iconic international stature as "queen of the Jewish people", to her tragic and lonely demise.

Thursday 5, March

KUESSIPAN

KUESSIPAN

PG

Adapted from Naomi Fontaine's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Kuessipan follows two girls growing up as best friends in a Quebec Innu community. While Mikuan (Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao) has a loving family and is destined for a promising life outside of her hometown, Shaniss (Yamie Grégoire) is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other they'd stick together no matter what. But as they grow older, issues of race and class boil to the surface and Shaniss begins to feel abandoned when Mikuan falls for a white boy and starts to dream of a life beyond the one they know.

With compelling depth and sensitivity, Myriam Verreault's first narrative feature is an integral Indigenous story. But it is also a universal narrative about family hardships, community, belonging, and the strength of female friendship. As an exploration of the inevitability of change, Kuessipan is a heartfelt story that acknowledges the heartaches and triumphs of lifelong friendships.

Thursday 9, April

THE CAVE

THE CAVE

for disturbing war-related thematic content and images

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave.

Deep beneath the surface in the Syrian province of Ghouta, a group of female doctors have established an underground field hospital. Under the supervision of paediatrician Dr. Amani and her staff of doctors and nurses, hope is restored for some of the thousands of children and civilian victims of the ruthless Syrian civil war.

Thursday 5, March

THE TRAITOR

THE TRAITOR

NR

Marco Bellocchio's (Vincere) dynamic drama profiles real-life mafia boss turned informer Tommaso Buscetta, whose whistleblowing on his former colleagues led to the largest prosecution of the Sicilian mafia in Italian history.

Along with his contemporaries Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio transformed post-neorealist Italian cinema in the 1960s with such aesthetically adventurous and politically charged films as Fists in the Pocket and China is Near. As prolific as ever a half-century into his career, Bellocchio returns to the screen with a dynamic drama about real-life Mafia boss turned informer Tommaso Buscetta, played by Pierfrancesco Favino in one of the year's most vivid performances.

The film opens in the early '80s as Buscetta, looking to escape an escalating internal war among Cosa Nostra factions, flees Palermo for Brazil. When he is eventually arrested and repatriated to Italy, Buscetta discovers that his family has been decimated in a power struggle over the local drug trade. After striking up a rapport with Judge Giovanni Falcone (Fausto Russo Alesi), Buscetta agrees to testify against his former associates, feeling that he has not violated the mob's code of silence since his one-time colleagues have abandoned the Cosa Nostra's traditional ideals.

Bellocchio's 20-year chronicle of Buscetta's life is highlighted by a masterful recreation of the infamous Maxi trial, the most significant prosecution of the Sicilian Mafia in Italian history, whose chaotic proceedings suggest a modern-day version of ancient gladiatorial combat in the Roman Colosseum.

Brilliantly capturing an epochal event in contemporary Italian history, The Traitor is also a complex portrait of a man who, while believing that he has abided all along by a strict code of honour, can never escape his own misdeeds.

Thursday 9, April