Film

Cell 211

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Cell 211 is a prison riot film. Mild-mannered and taciturn prison guard Juan is being given an induction tour of his new workplace - a notorious Madrid prison. In bizarre and briefly farcical circumstances he finds himself marooned in a cell just as a riot breaks out.

Treacle Jr

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A few months ago Westminster council passed a bylaw that made it illegal to hand out free food, in an effort to shut down soup kitchens for the homeless - who were apparently an embarrassment for the Tory-controlled borough. It is now illegal to be homeless and hungry in Westminster.

Treacle Jr opens with a man called Tom running away from his comfortable life in the Midlands to live on the streets of London. Along the way he meets Aidan, who clearly suffers from learning difficulties. Aidan follows Tom from the hospital where they first meet.

Life in a Day

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Life in a Day starts with a simple premise, which results in a simple film. The producers put out a call for people across the world to film themselves for one day, 24 July 2010. Many responded, documenting their lives and uploading the resulting video to YouTube. This provided the filmmakers with some 1,500 hours of footage, from which they have made a feature length film.

Under the Cranes

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Director: Emma-Louise Williams

Under the Cranes takes us on an odyssey through the London Borough of Hackney by foot, number 38 bus and train - from the ancient marshlands to the slums, from the theatres and market places to the private villas and squares of modern times. It urges us to consider that lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration.

Incendies

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Director: Denis Villeneuve

After the death of their mother twins Jeanne and Simon learn the surprising contents of her will. Each is handed a sealed letter. Jeanne is asked to deliver her letter to the father the twins thought was dead and Simon is to do the same with the brother they never knew they had.

The Messenger

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Director: Oren Moverman
Release date: 20 May

Images of war are all too common - portrayed endlessly through film and television - and often seek to enforce a clear ideology and propaganda message of good versus evil, and right versus wrong.

We very rarely see the other side: the soldiers who have survived injury and struggle to come to terms with their survival; or the families who are left to cope with the deaths of those who have died in action.

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