November 23, Friday

Shoplifters (万引き家族) (2018)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan | R | Crime, Drama | Japanese | 121 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from carefree and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends’ habit and their motivations come under the microscope. 

Leto (Лето) (2018)

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov
France, Russia | R | Biography, Music, Romance | English, Russian | 126 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue

Leningrad, one summer in the early eighties. Smuggling LP’s by Lou Reed and David Bowie, the underground rock scene is boiling ahead of the Perestroika. Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha meet with young Viktor Tsoï. Together with friends, they will change the destiny of rock’n’roll in the Soviet Union.


Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ) (2008)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan | G | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy | English | 101 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue
Time: Nov 23, 11:00am, Nov 24, 11:00am

The son of a sailor, 5-year-old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father’s magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo’s father sends the ocean’s mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo’s dreams of becoming human. Ponyo is presented in collaboration with Front Row Filmed Entertainment.

Monsters & Men (2018)

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
USA | R | Drama | English | 96 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? Monsters & Men is presented in collaboration with Front Row Filmed Entertainment.