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The Studio Cinema
at Beech St 376 Trapelo Rd. Belmont, MA 02478
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For more details, including receptions available before or after some of the films (not included in ticket prices), see the event website.


March 10, 2014: Playing Dead **

A witty, Agatha Christie-style whodunit in which an out-of-work former movie celebrity (Belgian François Damiens, co-star with Audrey Tatou in Delicacy) is relegated to playing the dead victim in a tangled crime scene reenactment in the French Alps. The actor’s obsession for dramatic detail causes sparks to fly with the civil officer (the multitalented Géraldine Nakache) investigating the real-life crime, potentially putting both their lives in danger. 

March 17, 2014: Ilo Ilo 

The arrival of a Filipino maid, who has left her own children behind, threatens the already strained relationships in an upwardly mobile family in Singapore. The maid and the difficult boy she cares for form a bond, and she soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. But this is 1997, and the Asian financial crisis is starting to be felt. The film is Singapore’s submission for best foreign film to this year’s Oscars. 

March 24, 2014: GriGris 

Chad-born, France-based director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s follow-up to A Screaming Man (BWF 2012), is about 25-year-old GriGris, who dreams of being a professional dancer, despite a disabled leg. While making extra cash by performing at a local club, he befriends a beautiful but damaged prostitute. Together they try to start a new life after he’s forced to take a job smuggling oil to pay his stepfather’s hospital bills. The film won the Vulcan Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was Chad’s submission for best foreign film to this year’s Oscars. 

**March 31, 2014: Only When I Dance 

**Two black teenagers, Irlan Santos da Silva and Isabela Coracy Alves, from a favela in Rio, Brazil, follow their dreams to become world-class dancers despite constant prejudice and doubt in an effort to beat the odds and escape their tough day-to-day lives. 

April 7, 2014: Imagine 

A new instructor at a well-known Lisbon clinic for the visually impaired teaches a controversial technique to his international group of blind patients. For him, the key to getting around and living a fulfilling life are the mind and imagination, not sensory perception. But when he breaks the rules to help a female student rediscover life’s pleasures, he jeopardizes both her life and his livelihood. An official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

April 21, 2014: An Afghan Love Story 

An Afghan father weighs his family’s honor against his allegiance to his daughter after she’s seduced and impregnated by a handsome waiter. The film won the World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and was Afghanistan’s submission for best foreign film to this year’s Oscars. 

April 28, 2014: Rock the Casbah 

Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) stars and Omar Sharif is featured in this bittersweet comedy about three upper-middle-class sisters and their mother who gather in their dearly departed father and husband’s villa during the three days of mourning called for by Moroccan tradition. Secrets come out, throwing the order once maintained by the patriarch into turmoil. A collective hysteria leads each of the women to face up to some home truths. 

May 5, 2014: The Gilded Cage 

A charming, semi-autobiographical comedy about a loving, hardworking married couple living in Paris whose long-held dream of returning to their native Portugal finally comes true – only to be secretly undermined by their overly dependent friends and neighbors.

Please note: These films each feature multiple languages and therefore contain subtitles.

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