Directed by Shamira Raphaëla | Netherlands | 2022 | 1h 16m | Dutch w/ English subtitles

After a joyride gone awry, 14-year-old Shabu is compelled to spend the summer raising money to repair his grandmother’s car and rebuilding family bonds. As he pursues this goal, Shabu also follows his true passion: making music. Set in Rotterdam’s vibrant De Peperklip neighbourhood, this uplifting and humorous documentary captures Shabu’s infectious charm, as well as the diverse and tightly-knit community that surrounds him.


‘The overall effect is magical and euphoric, rather as if Jacques Demy had jazzed up La Haine.’
Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

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Today (Tuesday 23rd April)


Io Capitano 15
2h 2m | Arabic, French & Wolof w/ English subtitles
Deeply emotional and humane drama, based on firsthand testimonies, exploring the hope, heartbreak, and harsh realities of migrant experiences. Nominated for Best International Feature at this year’s Oscars.

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Thursday 25th April


Evil Does Not Exist 12A
1h 46m | Japanese w/ English subtitles
Residents of a rural village outside Tokyo oppose the development of a nearby luxury "glamping" site in this captivating eco-drama by Oscar-winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car).

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The Taste of Things 12A
2h 15m | French w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century France, love blossoms between a revered gourmet chef and his cook. Benoît Magimel and Juliette Binoche star in this sensual drama beautifully shot by award-winning filmmaker Trân Anh Hùng.

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Mothers' Instinct 15
1h 34m
The seeds of guilt, suspicion and paranoia are sewn between two friends in this suspenseful psychological thriller set in suburban America and starring Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway.

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