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A comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption in which two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. The Guard is hugely entertaining and Ireland's highest-grossing film ever.

Directed by John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleason and Don Cheadle

96 mins. Cert 15. All Tickets £7


One of the most staggering technical achievements in cinema—a single shot lasting 95 minutes while moving through 33 rooms in the world's largest museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Part pageant and gallery tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation, Russian Ark traverses two centuries of czarist Russia, with off-screen filmmaker Alexander Sokurov engaged in an ongoing dialogue with an on-screen 19th-century French diplomat. Sokurov used close to 2,000 actors and extras and three live orchestras in making what may be the world's only unedited single-take feature as well as the longest Steadicam sequence ever shot.

95 mins. Cert U. All Tickets £7


A powerfully engaging Belgian/French film in which a struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident. By turns brutal and tender, Rust and Bone is a gritty romance for people who believe that fallen souls aren't inevitably destined to become lost ones.

Directed by Jacques Audiard with Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts

122 mins. Cert 15. All Tickets £7


Based on the true story of the friendship between a quadriplegic millionaireand his street smart ex-con caretaker, Untouchable is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about trust , human possibility and camraderie between individuals who, on the surface, appear to have absolutely nothing in common.

Directed by Eric Toledano with Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy

112 mins. Cert 15. All Tickets £7


An unreconstructed Nazi teenager comes to terms with her father's crimes and a nation's guilt as she steers her four younger siblings through a mortally surreal landscape in this subtle, eerie portrait of WWII-torn Germany.

Directed by Australian film-maker Cate Shortland and adapted by Robin Mukherjee from a story by British novelist Rachel Seiffert, Lore is a powerfully intimate and beautifully acted film with the fragmented, surreal quality of a dream that refuses to pull its punch.

Directed by Cate Shortland with Saskia Rosendahl

118 mins. Cert 15. All Tickets £7

The Bigger Picture Film Club • East Dulwich • London SE22

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