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Punk Rocks and Girls Rule in Lukas Moodysson’s WE ARE THE BEST!

WE ARE THE BEST! is a coming of age story that centers around the lives of three young girls—Klara, Bobo and Hedvig—as they prepare for those awkward years commonly referred to as being a teenager. Writer/director Lukas Moodysson sees adolescence, with all its ups and downs, as a time to be celebrated. “It’s wonderful to have a friend, wonderful to play an instrument without knowing how, wonderful to set fire to an old statue, wonderful to be booed and mocked, wonderful to be the best,” he says.

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In THE MEND, director John Magary blends sibling rivalry and dark comedy

One night in Harlem, Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation. But when Alan returns home, he finds his apartment taken over by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend, and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. The result is a dramatic yet at times light-hearted look at sibling rivalry. “I was interested in how two brothers can speak to each other with such relentless, brutal honesty, taking things to a daily breaking point, and yet still remain close,” says director John Magary.

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KUMIKO goes West: Zellner brothers dream up modern day treasure hunt

Kumiko is a lonely woman yearning for adventure. She hates her job. She has no friends. Her mother calls often, nagging at her for still being single. After discovering an old VHS tape of the film FARGO, Kumiko (played by Academy Award winning actress Rinko Kikuchi), convinces herself that the briefcase of money Steve Buscemi’s character buries in North Dakota is actually real. And so, she sets out to America on a quest for mythical treasure.

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Jude Law goes for broke in Richard Shepard’s DOM HEMINGWAY

After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed. Along the way, the foul-mouthed and hilariously-destructive petty criminal tries to make up for lost time—in a flurry of violence, sex, drugs and alcoholic debauchery. According to director Richard Shepard, “watching Jude transform into this beast of a man felt like I had a front row seat to an acting class.”

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In these 4 DIFF films, ya gotta have faith

At the heart of these four films is a question of faith. Inspired by true events, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL tells the story of Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear), who comes to believe his 3-year-old son visited Heaven and spoke with angels after a near-death experience. In the documentary THE OVERNIGHTERS, director Jesse Moss wonders “how far can the ideal of ‘love they neighbor’ really go?” Then in BELIEVE ME, a group of college students create a fake Christian charity to make tuition money, while PRODUCE tells the story of a washed-up former baseball player who embarks on a special friendship. Regardless of what you believe, these outstanding films will lift your spirit.

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Everyday anti-heroes break the bank in DOOMSDAY PARTY

Amidst the chaos of an economic catastrophe, a group of strangers’ lives fatefully intertwine inside the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. In director Ho Hong’s DOOMSDAY PARTY, five paths have led to one final climatic bank heist with an explosive conclusion. The film is a Hong Kong thriller at its best, blending top notch production value with intense suspense. Andccording to Hong, the situation reflects real life: “The difficulty our characters face is the epitome of Hong Kong situation. The clock is ticking, and there is no way out.”

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