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THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter [and novelist] David Lipsky [Jesse Eisenberg] and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace [Jason Segel], which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel — Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter — written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg [Thomas Mann], a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl [RJ Cyler], with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a “co-worker” than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom [Connie Britton] insists he spend time with Rachel [Olivia Cooke] – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, Betty confronts a terrifying new reality and will go to desperate lengths to save her family when they are threatened with being forced from their land. An old friend, struggling to keep his own farm profitable by any means necessary—offers Betty a way out. She refuses to get involved, but as the pressures mount for her family and they are on the brink of eviction, her husband, Frank, reveals that he is seriously ill. How far will one to go to take care of one’s own? Recalling all that is heartland Americana, this film combines an ecological urgency with a compelling yet sensitive story.

“We Are Your Friends” is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole [Efron] spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James [Bentley], who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie [Ratajkowski]. With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother [and co-writer] Sven, the film follows Paul [Félix de Givry], a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. With a parallel storyline featuring Daft Punk, the film’s described as “an intoxicating cocktail of euphoria and melancholy as alive as any nightclub.”

In the 90’s, French electronic music is developing at a fast pace. In this exiting period, Paul is taking his first steps as a DJ. With his best friend, they create a duo, “Cheers” and quickly find their audience. They will soon be caught up in a euphoric and short-lived rise and decline. Blinded by his passion, Paul will forget to build his life.

Eden also tells the story of the “French touch” generation, from 1992 to nowadays.