‘mother!’, ‘In Search of Fellini’, ‘Rat Film’
Bored with the usual living room fare? Get out of the house with Film Daily’s guide to cinema doings. Delve into the twisted mind of Darren Aronofsky, as a couple are pushed to breaking point in mother!; experience Baltimore through the eyes of a rat in Theo Anthony’s feature-length documentary Rat Film; and witness a first-hand account of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror & genocide in Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir First They Killed My Father.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! is a “riveting psychological thriller” focusing on love & devotion and the sacrifices we are often forced to make. The plot follows a married couple whose relationship is pushed to the breaking point when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The film has been making the rounds on the festival circuit, with critics likening it to Kubrick’s The Shining and Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Stars Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), and Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface). Watch the trailer here.
In Search of Fellini follows Lucy, a sheltered, small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but hates reality. Desperate for answers, she discovers hope in the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini and sets off on a strange and beautiful journey across Italy to find him. Along the way, Lucy discovers far more than she ever could have imagined in this drama flick from Taron Lexton (The Squeeze). Stars Ksenia Solo (Pet), Maria Bello (Prisoners), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (Little Miss Sunshine). Watch the trailer here.
An intimate portrait on the life of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik. Born to humble roots, Manolo grew up on a remote Spanish Canary island, where he would craft shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards, all the while unaware he was destined to become one of the world’s most famous luxury shoemakers. Today, he operates department stores in over 20 countries and creates every shoe by hand. Long-time fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this sneak-peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a who’s-who of the fashion and entertainment industries, from Anna Wintour (The First Monday in May) and Rihanna (Star Trek Beyond), to Naomi Campbell (Zoolander 2) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding). Watch the trailer here.
Rats, maps, and extermination in an American City. These are the topics explored in filmmaker Theo Anthony’s feature-length documentary Rat Film. This documentary uses the rat – as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them – to map out and explore the history of an entire city to prove “there’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem”. Watch the trailer here.
Sherry Graham lives life by her own rules. During the day, she hawks makeup products; by night, she hangs out at bars and picks up lecherous men. She looks to self-help books for inspiration and watches old movies on repeat to escape her suburban hell. In a bid to get out of the rut, Sherry hopes a new man and business venture will provide her with the fresh start she desperately needs. But as her plans begin to unravel – in both business & love – she takes control of her live in a dramatic turn of events, from which she might never return. The directorial debut from Adam Keleman, Easy Living stars Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal), Elizabeth Marvel (Lincoln), Charlie Hofheimer (Would You Rather), and Daniel Eric Gold (Charlie Wilson’s War).
Angelina Jolie (Salt) directs this unflinching portrayal of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror and genocide from 1975 to 1978. The story, adapted from her gripping memoir of the same name, is told through the eyes of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, charting her journey between the ages of five & eight. Written by Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father was produced by Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture. Stars newcomer Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak (The Gate), and Sveng Socheata (Mind Cage). Watch the trailer here.