This week we’ve got one blockbuster among foreign gems…
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation:
Tom Cruise and the gang are back! With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Co-stars Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and the always delightful Simon Pegg.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is out now
Academy Award-nominated drama from Estonia, Tangerines is set in 1992, during the growing skirmish between the newly independent Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. This compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanising effect. Set against a beautiful landscape defiled by war, this poetic film makes an eloquent statement for peace. Estonian, Russian and Georgian language with English subtitles.
Tangerines is out now exclusive to Cinema Nova
Direct from a sell-out premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, Freedom Stories explores the achievements and struggles of former boat people. Now Australian citizens, they arrived from the Middle East seeking asylum around 2001, the year of the Tampa and Prime Minister John Howard’s “We will decide” speech. Some were only children when they found themselves in indefinite mandatory detention in remote locations such as Woomera or Nauru. Steve Thomas captures the determination and resilience of this diverse group who, a decade on, have steadily rebuilt their lives and highlighting the good they have brought into Australian society.
Freedom Stories is out now exclusive to Cinema Nova
Adapted from the novel, The Criminal Lu Yanshi, written by novelist Geling Yan and directed by Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers), Coming Home is a story set in the wake of China’s cultural revolution. Lu (Daoming Chen) and Feng (Gong Li) are a devoted couple, torn apart by Lu’s arrest and internment as a political prisoner in a labour camp. When he is finally able to return home, his world is shattered when his beloved wife no longer remembers who he is. Chinese language, English subtitles. This screening run is exclusive to Cinema Nova.
Coming Home is out now exclusive to Cinema Nova