Cornerhouse Films in March

Rampart
Director Oren Moverman/US 2011/In English/108 mins/15
Cast includes; Anne Heche, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Cynthia Nixon
From the pen of acclaimed writer James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) and director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) comes this taut modern day noir. Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a member of the notorious Rampart division, who policed Downtown L.A. in the 1990s and were renowned for their corrupt practices. Faced with investigation by the force’s Internal Affairs department, Dave becomes increasingly paranoid and descends further into a moral abyss.

Michael (from Fri 2 Mar)
Director Markus Schleinzer/Austria 2011/96 minutes/German with English Subtitles/certificate tbc
Cast includes; Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger
Michael tells the disquieting tale of the final months of a sinister one-sided relationship. 40-something Michael is a quiet insurance salesman who successfully maintains the veneer of an ordinary life while keeping an under-aged boy captive in his house. Michael makes for uncomfortable, yet compelling viewing and after a number of years in the film industry working with directors such as Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl, Schleinzer’s directorial debut promises a fruitful career.

Trishna (date tbc)
Director Michael Winterbottom/ Great Britain 2011/130 minutes/certificate tbc
Cast includes; Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Kalki Koechlin
Michael Winterbottom breathes new life into Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, relocating the story to contemporary India. Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) stars as the eponymous Trishna, a rural peasant girl working to support her family, whose life is torn apart after she meets and falls in love with wealthy British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed). Divides of class, and clashes between rural traditions and modern lifestyles mean their love affair is from the start overshadowed by tragedy.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (date tbc)
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan/Turkey Belgium 2011/157 minutes/Turkish with English subtitles
Cast includes; Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel
An epic and rigorous tale of a night and day in a murder investigation, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a beautifully photographed crime drama about police and prosecutors locating a buried body through one long night in the Anatolian steppes. The events of the investigation are infused with insights into the banality of everyday life and meditations on human existence.

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