May is usually associated with the Festival de Cannes and its sophisticated screening program. Its official selection is always met with a great interest and film gourmets hurry to put the visits to the cinema theatres to their agendas. However, on the other hand, all other cinema theatres around the globe keep featuring 'down-to-earth' new releases, which count to twenty-six in May. Eight of them are attention worthy dramas. So don't miss a chance to experience a handful of a big drama.
Director: Gaby Dellal
Written by: Nikole Beckwith
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning
Plot Synopsis: The film is a funny and touching story about identity and a look at how, at every stage in our lives, we struggle to be true to ourselves. We follow Ray (Elle Fanning), a New York City teenager struggling with gender identity and Ray's harried single mother Maggie (Naomi Watts) as they track down Ray's biological father to sign the paperwork approving Ray's transition. Meanwhile, Maggie's mother Dolly (Susan Sarandon), a quick witted music manager who shares her brownstone with her lesbian partner Frances (Linda Emond), is having a hard time wrapping her head around Ray's life altering decision, and Maggie's inability to move out of the house in which she grew up.
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Written by: Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Pooch Hall, Morgan Spector
Plot Synopsis: The true story of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series ‘Rocky' - a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammed Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, 8 broken noses, 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows.
HOUNDS OF LOVE
Director: Ben Young
Written by: Ben Young
Starring: Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings
Plot Synopsis: In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killers John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.
Director: Stella Meghie
Written by: J. Mills Goodloe, Nicola Yoon
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Taylor Hickson
Plot Synopsis: What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.
Director: Robin Swicord
Written by: Robin Swicord, E. L. Doctorow
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jason Omara, Beverly Dangelo, Ian Anthony Dale, Ellery Sprayberry, Monica Lawson, Isaac Leyva, Alexander Zale
Plot Synopsis: Successful New York lawyer and suburban man Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life. He arrives home from work one night and does not enter his house. On impulse, Howard hides in the attic of his detached garage and keeps vigil there, secretly observing the effect of his disappearance on his wife (Jennifer Garner) and family.
THE WIZARD OF LIES
Director: Barry Levinson
Written by: Sam Levinson, John Burnham Schwartz, Samuel Baum
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe, Hank Azaria
Plot Synopsis: In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Debuting in May,the film examines Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme – his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier's wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. Robert De Niro comes to HBO for the first time in the role of family patriarch Bernie Madoff. Also on HBO for the first time, Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Ruth Madoff, Bernie's longtime spouse and unwitting partner during the events that would lead to financial ruin for countless people and institutions, as well as his and his family's destruction.
Director: Cate Shortland
Written by: Shaun Grant, Melanie Joosten
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt
Plot Synopsis: Australian tourist Clare (Teresa Palmer) travels to Berlin to photograph East German architecture and meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a handsome but brooding schoolteacher. After a brief fling, Clare tries to leave, but Andi isn't ready to let go. She soon finds herself held prisoner in his locked apartment, cut off from the outside world. As her ordeal unfolds, Clare cycles between reasoning with her captor, surrendering to his obsessions, and plotting her escape.
Director: David Michod
Written by: Michael Hastings, David Michod
Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Topher Grace, Emory Cohen
Plot Synopsis: The film concerns a four star, ‘rock star' general (Brad Pitt) whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Determined to win the ‘impossible' war once and for all with a radical new approach, the general and his motley staff of commanders and press advisers race across the globe navigating delicate international alliances and troop requests, the charged battlefield of Washington politics, the voracious appetite of the media, and the day-to-day management of the war itself – all the while struggling to stay connected to the lives of men and women out in the field.