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The Congress

Stu­dio: Bridgit Fol­man Film Gang, Pan­dora Film, En­tre Chien et Loup (Is­rael/ Ger­many/ Bel­gium) Di­rec­tor: Ari Fol­man Dis­trib­u­tor: Drafthouse Films Re­lease Date: July 3 (France) Rot­ten Toma­toes Rat­ing: 91% Synop­sis: Robin Wright stars as an ag­ing, out-of-work ac­tress who in des­per­a­tion ac­cepts her fi­nal job— pre­serv­ing her dig­i­tal im­age for a fu­ture Hol­ly­wood, which leads to un­in­tended con­se­quences.

Foos­ball

Stu­dios: Il­lu­sion Stu­dios, 100 Bares, Cat­mandu, Plu­ral-Jempsa (Ar­gentina/ Spain) Di­rec­tor: Juan Jose Cam­panella Re­lease Date: July 18 (Ar­gentina) Box Of­fice: $24 mil­lion Synop­sis: Shy guy Amadeo’s life takes a turn when he joins forces with a dis­man­tled foos­ball ta­ble team come to life, who help him face off against his ter­ri­ble soc­cer field ri­val and re­gain his dig­nity (and im­press a girl, of course).

Justin and the Knights of Val­our

Stu­dio: Kan­dor Graph­ics (Spain) Di­rec­tor: Manuel Se­cilia Re­lease Date: Septem­ber 20 (Spain) Box Of­fice: $2.7 mil­lion Synop­sis: Young Justin (Fred­die High­more) lives in a world where bu­reau­crats rule and the old ways of the knights have been ousted. On his quest to pur­sue his dream of be­com­ing a true knight, he en­coun­ters a head­strong girl (Saiorse Ronan), a phony knight (An­to­nio Ban­deras) and a plot to take re­venge on the king­dom of lawyers.

The Leg­end of Sar­ila

Stu­dios: 10th Ave. Pro­duc­tions, CarpeDiem (Canada) Di­rec­tor: Nancy Florence Savard Dis­trib­u­tor: Phase 4 Re­lease Date: Fe­bru­ary 22 (Canada) Synop­sis: Set in 1910, the ad­ven­ture fol­lows three young Inuit hunters (and their cute lem­ming side­kick) as they search for the leg­endary par­adise of Sar­ila to save their starv­ing peo­ple, tak­ing on an evil shaman and en­coun­ter­ing the mys­ti­cal crea­tures of Sar­ila, like the pow­er­ful seal-god­dess Sedna.

Stu­dios: Cometafilm, Iris Prods., Walk­ing the Dog, 2d3D An­i­ma­tions (Italy/ Lux­em­bourg/ Bel­gium/ France) Di­rec­tor: Enzo D’Alo Dis­trib­u­tor: Grind­stone En­ter­tain­ment Box Of­fice: $2 mil­lion Synop­sis: A faith­ful retelling of Carlo Col­lodi’s 19th cen­tury master­piece, the film fol­lows the adventures of the wood­carver Gep­petto’s en­chanted mar­i­onette who dreams of be­com­ing a real boy, and the in­ter­est­ing friends and ter­ri­ble per­ils he en­coun­ters in the world.

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury

Stu­dios: Bu­riti Films, Gul­lane (Brazil) Di­rec­tor: Luiz Bolog­nesi Re­lease Date: April 5 (Brazil) Synop­sis: A love story span­ning eons un­folds in this film, which cen­ters on an im­mor­tal man and the woman he has loved for six cen­turies is told across four key dates in Brazil’s his­tory: the dis­cov­ery by Por­tuguese ex­plor­ers in 1500, the slave trade days of 1800, the acme of mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship in 1970 and the fu­ture year 2096, when war will erupt over wa­ter sup­plies.

Santa’s Ap­pren­tice 2: The Magic Snowflake

Stu­dio: Gau­mont An­i­ma­tion (France) Di­rec­tor: Luc Vincinguerra Re­lease Date: Novem­ber 20 (France) Synop­sis: Seven-year-old Ni­co­las is tasked with an im­por­tant job: he is next in line to be­come Santa Claus. With his first Christ­mas on the job loom­ing, it will take a lit­tle hol­i­day magic to help him pull it off with­out a hitch.

The Wolf Chil­dren

Stu­dios: Mad­house, Stu­dio Chizu (Ja­pan) Di­rec­tor: Mamoru Hosoda Box Of­fice: $43 mil­lion Synop­sis: This mod­ern fairy tale cen­ters on 19-year-old stu­dent Hana, who falls in love with a Wolf Man. Over the 13-year story, Hana and the Wolf Man have two chil­dren and strug­gle to live a nor­mal life in the city hiding their an­i­mal traits. When the Wolf Man sud­denly dies, Hana and the pups pack up for the coun­try.

Pinoc­chio

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