The Olive Tree
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The Olive Tree

Alma (Anna Castillo) is one of three cousins who constitute the youngest generation in a close, yet slightly dysfunctional family of chicken farmers in the Spanish province of Castellon. But they didn’t always have a penchant for poultry; once, the family business was far more romantic, as they lovingly harvested plump olives from the ancestral grove of olive trees. Alma has cosy memories of the oldest of the trees, where her grandfather (Manual Cucala) taught her to graft new trees and she recalls her childhood imagination seeing a monster’s face in the 2,000 year old heirloom. Her fondness for her grandfather extended to the beautifully ancient tree, as Grandfather himself imparted his own appreciation for the oldest family member, in his eyes. But economic crises led to the family selling the tree, against eight-year-old Alma’s and Grandfather’s wishes, to fund a new project. When the latter is reaching the end of his life, Alma sets out to find the tree, hoping to rekindle a zest for life in her beloved Grandfather.

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The Handmaiden: Director's Cut
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The Handmaiden: Director's Cut

It is the 1930s and life is fairly predictable for Koreans, labouring under Japanese colonial rule. When young Sook-Hee (Tae-ri Kim), a poor Korean orphan girl on the cusp of adulthood, is chosen by ‘Count’ Fujiwara (Jung-woo Ha) to be a handmaiden to the rich Japanese heiress Lady Hideko (Min-hee Kim), also in the first bloom of womanhood, she has little choice. She is overwhelmed by the difference betwen her new abode and that of her previous home in a Korean version of Fagin’s den. But her new assignment is more complicated than merely buttoning up her lady’s dresses and accompanying her on woodland walks and painting lessons. Secretly, she is part of a plot, hatched by Fujiwara, to betray the heiress and elicit her fortune.

A Silent Voice
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A Silent Voice

Nishimiya (Saori Hayami) quickly becomes a target for bullies at her new school when her new classmates struggle to accept her hearing impairment. She transfers to yet another school and the bully ringleader - Ishida (Miyu Irino) - she leaves behind is shunned by classmates and forced to bear sole blame for Nishimiya's torment and subsequent departure. Reunited with her years later and having assumed responsibility for his actions, Ishida reaches out to Nishimiya in a humble attempt to show her that he is not to be feared anymore. In time, forgiveness becomes friendship but Nishimiya's family are like a protective force-field around her and Shoko's friends from his past life are confused by his redemption ...