Tonight's Movie: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE written and directed by Lynne Ramsay.

8:30pm. My Apartment.

Lynne Ramsay (Credit: Ryan Casey & Kaveh Veyssi)

Lynne is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer best known for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE. Her films are marked by a fascination with children and young people and the recurring themes of grief, guilt and death. Most of Lynne's movies are are based on books; but they’re not the usual straightforward filmic translation. By reimagining a book’s imagining, she creates her own new world. Lynne was also a member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015 and a member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.

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Rayka Zehtabchi (Flagging Credit: Kaveh Veyssi)
Rayka is an Iranian-American film director based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut, 'Madaran,' is an Iranian language film that has screened worldwide and qualified for the 89th Academy Awards in September of 2016. Her latest work is 'Period. End of Sentence.,' a short documentary which follows a group of women who start a sanitary pad-making business in a rural village in India. This short has won two Academy qualifying awards. Rayka is currently developing her first feature film based on her experiences growing up as an Iranian girl in America.

Watch 'Madaran' here! Password: Omid

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