Focus Expat Cinema
Focus Expat Cinema
Focus Expat Cinema: every Wednesday foreign language movies with English subtitles.
You might have been in Focus Filmtheater before, watching an English spoken movie or even a movie without any dialogues at all. But we are aware that you might miss a lot: so many wonderful movies are made by talented directors from all over the world, spoken in many different languages. Rather frustrating isn’t it. No more despair: from January 15, 2020, we are going to show English subtitled films every Wednesday at 19:00!
January 29th – Dolor Y Gloria, Pedro Almodovar’s most personal film so far, starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
February 5th – Instinct, psychological thriller with Carice van Houten and Marwan Kenzari. Directorial debut of Halina Reijn.
February 12th – Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Portrait of a Lady On Fire), fantastic French drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma.
February 19th – Parasite, a South Korean masterpiece and winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
February 26th – System Crasher, a wrenching tale of a foster child pushing a system to its limits.
In this Focus Expat cinema project we collaborate with Arnhem Together.
Other English or English subtitled movies
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, DEU/USA 2019, 108 min.): Writer director Taika Waititi (Thir Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis), whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his naive patriotism.
Aquarela (Viktor Kossakovsky, USA 2019, 90 min.): an impressive documentary about water. During a stay on the Baltic coast, Kossakovsky noticed how water changes from hour to hour with new colors, movements and energy. Aquarela is his attempt to capture all these different emotions, be they exquisite or unnerving. There’s ecstasy and inspiration, but also destruction and human suffering. We see cars sinking into Lake Baikal, which thawed weeks earlier than normal. Caught in an intense storm, a sturdy sailing ship is no more than a helpless plaything. A wall of water surges through Miami during Hurricane Irma. Here, humans are reduced to supporting roles as Kossakovsky prioritizes the breathtaking scenes that reveal the many personalities of water—in the wild waves and gentle brooks, on melting ice caps and at the highest waterfall in the world.
The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, GB/IT 2019, 125 min.): Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (Tyler Nilson, USA 2019, 93 min.): an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.
Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach, GB 2019, 102 min.): Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, USA 2019, 209 min.): epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, USA 2019, 137 min.): Marriage Story is a compassionate, astute but also humorous portrait about the separation of a couple that drives both parties almost insane. Oscar-nominated director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha) gives a warm but confrontational insight into the breakdown of a marriage and how a family tries to stay together. With strong lead roles from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. “This wonderfully sweet, sad and funny film simply delivers more moment-by-moment pleasure than anything else around.” (The Guardian *****)