Polish actress Karolina Gruszka stars in this sweeping biography of the legendary, Nobel Prize–winning physicist and chemist, who courted controversy with both her challenging of France’s male-dominated academic establishment and her unconventional romantic life.
Physicist, chemist, and pioneer in the study of radioactivity, Marie Sklodowska Curie spent her life setting precedents. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice. As the first female professor at the University of Paris, she had to overcome the condescension and antagonism of France's male-dominated academic establishment. She also courted controversy of the sort that still threatens to quash the careers of public figures today. This sweeping biography brings to life Curie's inspiring story of discovery, heartbreak, and triumph.
Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge depicts the blissful union between Marie (Karolina Gruszka) and her husband Pierre (Charles Berling), the father of her children, her partner in research, and co-winner of that first Nobel. When Pierre perishes in a tragic accident, it's up to Marie to continue their work. But as a woman and a foreigner, she's met with doubly fierce resistance. And though she perseveres, she's nearly undone by revelations regarding her relationship with a married colleague.
Director Marie Noëlle conjures turn-of-the-century Europe with camerawork whose restless precision is an analogue of the brilliant scientist's mind. Split-screen compositions slide like shoji doors, and lyrical montages emphasize the momentousness of Marie's innovations. At the centre of all this activity is, of course, Marie herself. Gruszka's performance, alternately stoic and vulnerable, never lets us forget that this visionary woman was also very much a complicated and fascinating human being.
- JANE SCHOETTLE, Toronto International Film Festival
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.
RUMBLE tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Winner – World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Masterful Storytelling
HOT DOCS International Film Festival 2017
Winner – Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary 2017
Winner – Hot Docs Audience Award 2017
CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS 2018
Winner – BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner – BEST EDITING
Winner – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Produced by Rezolution Pictures rezolutionpictures.com/rumble
The unlikely hit of this year’s Cannes Film Festival (and a huge critical favorite) was this long, sprawling comedy that Germany subsequently named as its official submission for Oscar consideration. The character Toni Erdmann appears well into the picture, because he is a pseudonym adopted by Winfried (Peter Simonischek), a retired music teacher and inveterate prankster who flies to Bucharest to surprise his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller), an uptight businesswoman, and to shake up her life a bit. Initially the bearlike Winfried/Toni comes off as an embarrassment, but his games and crazy-like-a-fox tricks eventually get to Ines, in a hilarious and ultimately moving exploration of the relationship between a father and his daughter. In German with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Maren Ade. (Germany/Austria 2016) 162 min.