Start your year with circus stars, unlikely lovers, and youthful indiscretions.
Wednesday 17 January, 8.30pm
During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Omar Sy) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (grandson of Charlie Chaplin, James Thierrée) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
Available on Foxtel On Demand
Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is admitted to a rehabilitation centre after a serious skiing accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her; physical work which may finally set her free.
Available on Foxtel On Demand
Based on equestrian trainer Bernard Sachsé’s memoir, In Harmony is an amazing true story of hope and strength against the odds that is sure. Albert Dupontel plays Marc, a stunt rider crippled from an accident while filming when the glamourous insurance assessor Florence (Cécile De France) takes on his case. But a simple settlement seems distant as Marc’s stubborn dignity draws Florence to him, and an unlikely love affair blossoms. Director Denis Dercourt weaves a gripping tale of two unlikely lovers, broken by circumstance, yet uniting to regain some control over their destiny.
MICROBE AND GASOLINE
Wednesday 24th January, 8.30pm
Microbe (Ange Dargent), a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline (Théophile Baquet), a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. This charming adventure from Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo, Be Kind Rewind) has been called his most satisfying movie since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, reminding us how friendships can help us reach our true potential.
TSCHICK (Goodbye Berlin)
Wednesday 31st January, 8.30pm
Two young teenage boys steal a car and embark on a road trip that will change their lives. Despite having very different social backgrounds, fourteen year boys Andrej ‘Tschick’ Tschichatschow (Anand Batbileg) and Maik Klingenberg (Tristan Goebel) come together through their common role as outsiders and the painful feeling of boredom. Tschick is the son of Russian repatriates while Maik comes from a good family, but suffers as a result of his mother’s alcoholism. With a rickety stolen car, the two youths embark on a new journey that will change their lives.