PHOENIX (2014)

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A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. A masterful complex mystery of disguise and deceit . Nina Hoss is amazing

Tense, complex, and drenched in atmosphere, Phoenix is a well-acted, smartly crafted war drama that finds writer-director Christian Petzold working at peak power. A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Directed by Christian Petzold. Written by
Christian Petzold (screenplay), and Harun Farocki. Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf

98 mins Cert PG13. All tickets £7

X+Y (2014)

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A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. This is a film to savour very clever and imaginative

X+Y is tender and perceptive -- and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground. This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher - whose roles are often reversed - and the unfathomable experience of first love - even when you don't understand what love is.

Directed by Morgan Matthews. Written by
James Graham. Starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

111mins Cert 12A. All tickets £7

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