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"Unraveling like a lush, gripping novel that constantly subverts expectations, The Oath is the interlocking drama of two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, whose associations with al Qaeda in the 1990s propelled them on divergent courses. The film delves into Abu Jandal's daily life as a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen, and Hamdan’s military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay prison. Abu Jandal and Hamdan’s personal stories—how they came to serve as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms through which to humanize and contextualize a world the Western media demonizes. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. As charismatic Abu Jandal dialogues with his son, Muslim students, and journalists, he generously unveils the complex evolution of his belief system since 9/11.
Exquisitely constructed so multiple threads and time periods commingle seamlessly, and gaining astonishingly intimate access to subjects and information, The Oath illuminates a realm too long misunderstood."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
City of Life and Death is a 2009 Chinese historical film written and directed by Lu Chuan, marking his third feature film. The film deals with the Battle of Nanjing and its aftermath (commonly referred to as the "Rape of Nanking" or the "Nanking Massacre") during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The film is also known as Nanking! Nanking! or Nanjing! Nanjing!.
While originally slated for a 2008 release, the director-general of the Chinese Film Bureau announced in September that the film would be delayed to an early 2009 release. The film was eventually released on April 22, 2009 where it became a box-office success, earning 150 million yuan (approximately US$20 million) in its first two and a half weeks alone.
City of Life and Death is set in 1937, shortly after the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured Nanjing (or Nanking), capital of the Republic of China. What followed is historically known as the Nanking Massacre, a period of several weeks wherein massive numbers of Chinese prisoners-of-war and civilians were killed by the Japanese military.
After some commanders of the National Revolutionary Army flee Nanking, a Chinese soldier
Boy is a 2010 New Zealand Coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi and financed by the New Zealand Film Commission. In New Zealand, the film has eclipsed previous records for a first week's box office takings for a local production. Boy is the highest grossing New Zealand film of all time.
The soundtrack to Boy features New Zealand artists such as The Phoenix Foundation, who previously appeared in Waititi's film Eagle vs Shark.
Alamein/"Boy" is a young 11 year old child who lives in Waihau Bay, New Zealand on a small farm with his grandmother, little brother Rocky and several other cousins. Boy spends his time dreaming of Michael Jackson and his estranged father, Alamein, who has since left him and Rocky. Boy continually creates stories about his father such as him escaping prison and taking him to see Michael Jackson live. Even though Boy continues to believe this, friends and bullies never believe him anyway, which starts a fight between him and another classmate, Kingi, and his older brother. When Boy's grandmother leaves for a funeral one day, Boy takes charge of the house and his brother and cousins but is then surprised to see his father and two
"Twelve-year-old Greg is just as ambitious as his father. During a family holiday on the Fijian Islands the two have different ideas about which one of his many talents Greg should concentrate on. When Greg’s creative pursuits fail to amuse his father, Greg sets out to win him back. Greg’s story is based on real events."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Berlin Flm Festival site.
Franswa Sharl won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Short Film.
Please Give is a 2010 dark comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Catherine Keener. It is the fourth film Keener and Holofcener have made together. The film also stars Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Elizabeth Keener, Kevin Corrigan, and Ann Guilbert.
Kate (Keener) and Alex (Platt) are a couple living in a New York City apartment with their teenage daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele). Kate and Alex own a furniture store specializing in used modern furniture, which they buy at estate sales. They have bought the apartment adjacent to theirs, but its occupant, the elderly and cranky Andra (Guilbert), will stay in it until she dies. Andra has two granddaughters, the dutiful and generous Rebecca (Hall), a breast cancer radiology technician, and the cynical, sharp-tongued Mary (Peet), a cosmetologist.
Kate is troubled by the profits she makes from furniture sellers who do not know the value of what they are selling; the contrast between homeless people in her neighborhood and her own comfortable life; and the fact that her family will only be able to expand their apartment when Andra dies. She tries to assuage her guilt through volunteer jobs (which leave
The Cage is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Adrian Sitaru.
"This wryly amusing tale from Romania revolves around a father at odds with his son and his long-suffering wife after his son brings a wounded bird into the house."
Quoting the description from the 2011 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films site.
Hobo with a Shotgun is a 2011 Canadian exploitation action film directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies, starring Rutger Hauer. It is based on the winning trailer of the same name from Robert Rodriguez's South by Southwest Grindhouse trailers contest and received an R rating for strong violence.
A hobo (Rutger Hauer) is seen riding the rails on a freight train in a box car and eventually arrives in lawless Hope Town. Paint has been sprayed over the word "Hope" on the town's welcome sign, changing it to read "Scum Town". Scum Town is ruled with an iron fist by a crime lord known as "The Drake" (Brian Downey) and his sadistic, murderous sons Ivan (Nick Bateman) and Slick (Gregory Smith). Just as he arrives, the Hobo witnesses an amateur film maker (Pasha Ebrahimi) shooting what is commonly known as "Bum Fight" movies. While pushing his shopping cart of recyclables through the streets, he sees, along with all the townspeople gathered in the area, a distressed, bloodied man screaming about being chained and unsuccessfully begging the locals, including the Hobo, to free his tied hands so he can save his life. The man is in a suit and appears to be in a stockade that
"Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles."
Quoting HKMDB Daily News.
Wild Target is a 2010 comedy/thriller film, directed by Jonathan Lynn. It is based on the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante. Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay, and it was produced by Martin Pope and Michael Rose.
Production began shooting in London on 16 September 2008, with Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint and Eileen Atkins heading the cast. Filming also took place on the Isle of Man.
Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is an expert and effective assassin living a lonely life in accordance with his family's business. Victor follows a family line of professional assassins, and he completes his assignments quickly and without remorse. One afternoon, after killing one of his targets, he hesitates in killing the pet parrot, Roger, and instead takes him as a gift to his mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins) a formidable woman who was, until recently, also Victor's housemate. In celebration of his 55th birthday, she gives him a leather bound book with newspaper clippings of each of his kills from his first to his most recent, leaving pages for future hits to be included. She also expresses concern that he might be gay, wondering why he hasn't produced a successor.
Rose (Emily Blunt) is a
Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, written by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part of a fairy tale anthology (Le Magasin des Enfants, ou Dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et ses élèves, London 1757). Directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais. It is widely considered one of the finest fantasy films of all time.
The plot of Cocteau's film revolves around Belle's father who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast's garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family telling her that if she doesn't return to him within a week, he will die of grief.
While scrubbing the floor at home, Belle (Josette Day) is interrupted by her brother's friend Avenant (Jean Marais) who tells her she deserves better and suggests they get married. Belle rejects Avenant, as she wishes to
Outrage (Japanese: アウトレイジ, translit. Autoreiji) is a 2010 Japanese yakuza film directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It is to be followed by a 2012 sequel, Outrage Beyond.
The story begins with Sekiuchi (Kitamura Soichiro), boss of the Sannokai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato (Miura Tomokazu) and right-hand man Ikemoto (Kunimura Jun), head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew.
Following a string of more unconventional films with limited commercial success, Takeshi Kitano decided to make Outrage as a film with no other ambition than to be entertaining. He was reluctant to label it as a return to his roots but referred to yakuza films as "a genre for which I have talent". When writing the screenplay, Kitano started by inventing the ways in which characters would be killed in the film, and thereafter wrote a story that would go along with the violence. The film was produced by
Welt am Draht (World on a Wire), is a 1973 science fiction film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Shot in 16 mm, it was made for German television and originally aired in 1973, as a two-part miniseries. Starring Klaus Löwitsch, it was based on the novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye.
At the institute for cybernetics and future science ("Institut für Kybernetik und Zukunftsforschung, IKZ"), a new supercomputer hosts a simulation program that includes an artificial world with over 9,000 "identity units" who live as human beings, unaware that their world is just a simulacron. Professor Vollmer, who is technical director of the program, is apparently on the verge of an incredible secret discovery. He becomes increasingly agitated and anti-social before dying in a mysterious accident. His successor, Dr. Fred Stiller, has a discussion with Günther Lause, the security adviser of the institute, when the latter suddenly disappears without trace, before passing on Vollmer's secret to Stiller. More mysterious still is the fact that none of the other IKZ employees seem to have any memory of Lause.
Meanwhile, one of the identity units in the simulation attempts suicide. This unit is
"“Petition – The court of the complainants”, directed by Zhao Liang, is a unique testimony about China today. Since 1996 Zhao Liang has filmed the “petitioners”, who come from all over China to make complaints in Beijing about abuses and injustices committed by the local authorities. Gathered near the complaints offices, around the southern railway station of Beijing, living in most cases in makeshift shelters, the complainants wait for months or years to obtain justice. Peasants thrown off their land, workers from factories which have gone into liquidation, small homeowners who have seen their houses demolished but received no compensation..., all types of cases are represented. Faced with the most brutal intimidation from the local authorities, the complainants who stubbornly continue despite everything find that their hopes are often vain. Zhao Liang has accompanied several of them, particularly a mother and her daughter, whose full story we follow over ten years. A film shot right up to the start of the Olympic Games in direct contact with realities, showing the persistent contradictions of China in the midst of powerful economic expansion."
Quoting the description from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival site,
Videocracy is a 2009 documentary film directed by Swedish-Italian Erik Gandini about Italian television and its impact on Italian culture and politics, and about Silvio Berlusconi's powerful position in these. Erik Gandini coined the phrase The Evilness of Banality to describe the cultural phenomenon of Berlusconismo. Thus making a word play on Hanna Arendt's Banality of Evil.
Soon after its theatrical premiere in Sweden, the film was shown at the 66th Venice International Film Festival where it gained massive attention. The trailer for the film has been banned by most Italian television broadcasters.
Videocracy uses the theme tune to Silvio Berlusconi's presidential campaign and now party theme, Meno male che Silvio c'è! (loosely translated as Thank God for Silvio!). When first hearing it Videocracy's director Erik Gandini thought it was satire. .
Videocracy has won awards at Toronto Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Golden Graal awards and the Tempo Documentary Award 2010. Videocracy has been widely distributed internationally, released theatrically in the USA, UK, Holland, France, Poland, Sweden among other. In Italy where it opened in 90 theaters across the country on the
The Apple (Persian: سیب, translit. Sib) is the 1998 film directorial debut by Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of the acclaimed Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film is based on a true story and features the real people that actually lived it. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Two daughters are locked up by their parents; an unemployed man and his blind wife, for eleven years. Their neighbours call social workers to investigate the situation and the results lead the girls on a bittersweet path to the rest of the world.
The Devil's Playground is a 1976 semi-autobiographical film by Australian director Fred Schepisi. It tells the story of a boy growing up and going to school in a Catholic seminary. Its focus is on the trials of the flesh and the tensions that arise, for both priests and students, from the religious injunction to control one's sexuality.
In August 1953, the 13-year old Tom Allan attends a Catholic seminary in Melbourne, Australia. Students and brothers face individual challenges of faith and self-restraint.
The screenplay was based on Schepisi's own experience attending a Catholic seminary. The film financing took three years to arrange, from the Australian Film Commission ($100,000) and the Film House, Schepisi's own company ($154,000), with the balance coming from private investment.
It was shot in 1975 mostly at Weeibee Park near Melbourne.
The film won the 1976 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Lead Actor for both Simon Burke and Nick Tate, Best Screenplay, Best Achievement in Cinematography, and the Jury Prize.
The Devil's Playground grossed $334,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $1,726,780 in 2009 dollars. According to
"Sri Lanka's civil conflict raged so furiously for twenty-six long years that when it was declared over, one of the main reactions was numb disbelief. Director Vimukthi Jayasundara last explored the hollow absurdities of his homeland's war in The Forsaken Land. Four years later, the fighting has stopped but the stark symbols of war are not so easily erased. Because Jayasundara is at heart a symbolist, Between Two Worlds never sets out to explain the conflict, but it does illuminate it.
A man washes up on the shore and makes his way into a rioting city. He rescues a foreign woman, and they begin travelling out to the hills. But instead of refuge, the countryside reveals increasing menace. What begins as enigmatic soon moves to unsettling, then descends into the stark stabs of violence particular to civil war.
Jayasundara is always alive to the unique nature of his setting. Shooting in widescreen compositions that show off the area's lush green vistas to sublime effect, he conjures up images that haunt this beauty – military helicopters sweeping over the landscape, a dog feasting on a cow. Here he expands and deepens the absurdist quality he brought to The Forsaken Land. Our protagonist witnesses a van plunge madly into a lake, but when he arrives at the shore, an old man swimming there insists the incident is ancient history. “It's possible you just saw something that happened a long time ago,” he says.
Jayasundara's Sri Lanka is a mythic place where war has collapsed the space between past and present, has militarized traditional rituals and, perhaps worst of all, has made the mute witnessing of horror an everyday act. What elevates his filmmaking from commentary to art is the sophistication of his symbolism and his fluid, graceful articulation of pain."
Quoting Cameron Bailey on the 2009 TIFF site
Blank City is a 2009 film directed by Celine Danhier.
"New York at the end of the seventies was a virtually bankrupt city. Poverty was on the increase – and with it, the crime rate. And yet New York was a city that had an extraordinarily rich contribution to make in cinematic terms, for here, on the Lower East Side of downtown Manhattan, something new was evolving: an independent, enduring cinema, made by young filmmakers, who, inspired by contemporary music such as punk and new wave, were discovering new topics and new forms of expression.
‘No Wave’ cinema or the ‘Cinema of Transgression’ also reveals the influence of the French Nouvelle Vague and American film noir; Andy Warhol was one of its proponents, as was John Waters. The East Village’s art and music scenes also left their mark on the work of filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, Eric Mitchell, Beth B, Charlie Ahern, Lizzie Borden and Amos Poe. Working on shoestring budgets, these filmmakers produced rough-and-ready, unwieldy works, which – short or long, in colour but more often in black-and-white – confidently expressed what it was like to live in districts that had been neglected by the authorities and the economy – and paved the way for an emergent independent cinema.
Director Céline Danhier sees her film as a declaration of love to the city of New York; a portrait of Manhattan at a time when rents were low and drugs were cheap; a time before Ronald Reagan and the influx of megabucks that was to lead to the city’s gentrification. But, above all, her film is a tribute to all the filmmakers who made downtown Manhattan a breeding ground for the avant-garde."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Berlin Film Festival site.
Adrift (Vietnamese: Chơi vơi) is a 2009 Vietnamese film directed by Bui Thac Chuyen and stars Linh Dan Pham, Do Thi Hai Yen, Johnny Tri Nguyen and Nguyen Duy Khoa. Hai Yen plays Duyen, a young tourist guide who married Hai (Duy Khoa), a taxi driver but still has feeling with her girlfriend Cam (Linh Dan), a writer. The film deals with some issues in modern Vietnam society such as homosexuality or the loneliness thought of young generation. This is a co-production between Feature Film Studio n°1 (Vietnam) and Acrobates Films (France).
After finishing, Adrift was chosen to participate in some film festival like Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival or Bangkok International Film Festival. At the 66th Venice International Film Festival, FIPRESCI awarded Adrift with its prize for young directors and cinemas.
Adrift tells the story of newlyweds Hai and Duyen. Duyen is a beautiful tourist guide, she decided to get married with Hai, a taxi driver who is two years younger than her. Duyen thinks the wedding would make her happy but it turns out more difficult, especially when Duyen realises the feeling she has with Cam, her close girlfriend. As a writer, Cam also keeps a
"Glenn Gould is arguably the most documented classical musician of the last century. In addition to numerous films about him (including François Girard's seminal Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and two fine portraits by Roman Kroitor), Gould appeared in countless radio and television programmes, culminating with John McGreevy's legendary Glenn Gould's Toronto.
Still, few of these pieces have managed to truly capture all of the myriad contradictions that made up Gould. Most have readily accepted his carefully groomed public persona. One of the more notable aspects of Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont's Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould is how it explores the incongruities between Gould's private reality and his wider image. It investigates Gould's personal life, specifically his long-running affair with painter Cornelia Foss, his drug intake and how his public facade began to take over his existence.
Genius Within is packed with compelling interviews with key people in Gould's life, including childhood friends, collaborators and even pop singer Petula Clark (a semi-ironic obsession for Gould). Hozer and Raymont have unearthed some truly extraordinary unseen footage, like the short film Gould made with writer and photographer Jock Carroll in the Caribbean.
The documentary is a fascinating record of a key moment in our cultural history – that post-war period in the fifties and sixties when you could actually begin to discuss Canadian culture as a distinct entity. But what ultimately emerges is a man imprisoned by his own eccentricities and an image that came to dominate his life. In many ways, the film is a portrait of loneliness and isolation, which some saw as Gould's overriding themes in his radio work and writing. Genius Within is an assured, comprehensive and balanced portrait of one of Canada's most significant cultural icons."
Quoting Steve Gravestock on the 2009 TiFF site.
"Andrei Nekrasov, with directing partner Olga Konskaya, returns to Sundance with a formidable documentary that energetically delves into the violent and bewildering conflicts in the Caucasus, with Russia pitted against the former Soviet state of Georgia, and involving Georgia’s troubled regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Boldly visiting conflict zones rarely filmed, the codirectors uncover damning evidence of Russian violence, incidents whose few recorded images are often reprocessed in mass-media reports as evidence of other people’s crimes (often, supposedly, residents of Georgia).
Parsing the complex history of the region, as well as oversimplified cultural assumptions about internecine ethnic conflicts, Nekrasov and Konskaya construct a portrait of a cynical Russia willing to engage in secret wars and manufacture conflicts and media reports simply to consolidate power. With immediacy and passion, but also with a commanding mastery of film form, their documentary dignifies the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower and its media."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
Tiny Furniture is a 2010 American independent drama film written by, directed by, and starring Lena Dunham.
It premiered at South by Southwest, where it won best narrative feature, and was released theatrically in the United States on November 12, 2010.
Aura returns home from her Midwest liberal arts college to her artist family’s TriBeCa loft with nothing but a film studies degree, a failed relationship, and a lack of direction. She takes a job as a hostess at a restaurant and falls into relationships with two self-centered men while struggling to define herself.
Filming took place in TriBeCa and Lower Manhattan. The film was shot in November of 2009. Tiny Furniture shares many aspects of the mumblecore movement—loosely defined as an indie, low-budget, mostly digital video movement of dialogue-heavy films about the personal experiences of young adult characters utilizing amateur actors and improvised dialogue. But Dunham does not consider the film mumblecore, because she wrote a "tight script" the actors were faithful to.
The soundtrack includes music by Teddy Blanks of The Gaskets, Domino (Domino Kirke, and Jordan Galland), Rebecca Schiffman and Sonia's Party! & The Everyone's
First Squad (Japanese: ファーストスクワッド Fāsuto sukuwaddo, Russian: Пе́рвый отря́д, Perviy otryad) is a joint animation project of Japan's Studio 4°C and Russian authors with Molot Entertainment. It won the Kommersant newspaper's prize.
Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front (autumn and winter of 1941/1942). Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross (i.e. the Teutonic Knights) and enlist them in the Nazi cause. Most of the teenage crew die, except for the protagonist Nadia. She is taken to a secret Soviet lab that studies supernatural phenomena, especially contacts with the dead. Nadia's task is to dive into the world of the dead for reconnaissance. There, in the Gloomy Valley, she meets her dead friends and tries to persuade them to continue fighting.
On the eve of May 9, 2005, a video clip was released, based on the track "Наша с тобой победа" ("Our victory") by Russian
"In 2003, three weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Ahmed, an energetic 12-year-old Kurdish boy, travels with his grandmother along the dustiest, most secluded roads in northern Iraq. In search of their father/son, a soldier missing since the Gulf War, they head south to Babylon. Along their bumpy way, they encounter the chaotic state of the country but find unexpected allies on similar quests, including one former member of the Republican Guard. Though Ahmed may be too young to fully understand the importance of this journey, his life will be changed forever.
Beautifully directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji, and featuring a magnificent performance from young Yasser Talib as Ahmed, Son of Babylon is both a fulfilling cinematic and emotional experience. It is a story of hope and forgiveness; one that palpably, and with great humanity, illustrates reality for many Iraqi and Kurdish people in the aftermath of Hussein’s reign."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
Alma is a 2009 Spanish short film produced by ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas. It was received notable recognition at the Fantastic Fest awards. The word "alma" in Spanish means "soul".
The film has no spoken dialogue, just lighthearted music playing throughout the background.
A young girl is walking down a snow-covered street of Barcelona. She stumbles across a wall with names written in chalk on it. She adds her name, Alma, to the wall.
Opposite the wall is what appears to be a closed toy shop. The doll in the window looks like Alma, and she is fascinated by it. She looks away briefly, and when she looks back the doll has moved from the window to a table in the center of the shop. She finds the door is locked, and angrily leaves, but hears the door open as she walks away. She excitedly walks in and the door closes slightly; there is no one else in the store.
Alma stumbles upon a small boy doll riding a tricycle which has fallen over. She picks it up and places it on the floor upright, and it heads towards the door, but the door closes on its own. While the little boy continues to slam against the door, Alma sees that the doll has somehow moved up to the shelves. She climbs up the
"What are a few lies between friends?
The 80s were all about Rubik’s cubes, Michael Jackson, cassette Walkmans, calculator watches and seven-cent popsicles. But for 11-year-old Ricardo Trogi, starting afresh in a new school in Quebec City, it is a time to make new friends and fall in love – the only problem is the friends don’t like him and the girl doesn’t know he exists.
Acutely aware of his swarthy Italian looks and his family’s modest means, Ricardo discovers one way to fit in with his wealthy, white-bread classmates: lie about everything.
With more than a touch of autobiography, filmmaker Ricardo Trogi (Québec-Montréal) uncomfortably revives those universal embarrassing childhood memories, crafting a story that will ring true for anyone who never quite fitted in."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival site.
Deeper Than Yesterday is a 2009 short film written and directed by Ariel Kleiman.
"After three months underwater in a submarine, crew members have become savages. Oleg fears that losing his perspective may mean losing himself."
Quoting the description from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival site.
Happy Together is a 1997 Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, that depicts a turbulent romance between two men. The English title is inspired by The Turtles' 1967 song, which is covered by Danny Chung on the film's soundtrack; the Chinese title (previously used for Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup) is an idiomatic expression suggesting "the exposure of something indecent."
The film received positive reviews from several film festivals, including a win for Best Director at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), a couple from pre-handover Hong Kong, visit Argentina hoping to renew their ailing relationship. The two have a pattern of abuse, followed by break-ups and reconciliations. One of their goals in Argentina is to visit the Iguazu waterfalls, which serves as a leitmotif in the movie.
The movie unfolds in the following sections:
As the two arrive into Argentina, they pick a car. During the ride, however, they get into an argument and break up. Lai (played by Tony Leung) is the more stable and committed of the two, and desires nothing more than a fairly normal life.
Poetry (Korean: 시; translit. Shi) is a 2010 South Korean drama film written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to grow an interest for poetry while struggling with Alzheimer's disease and her irresponsible grandson. Yoon Jeong-hee stars in the leading role, which was her first role in a film since 1994. The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award. Other accolades include the Grand Bell Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress.
Yang Mija is a 66-year old grandmother living on government welfare and a small job taking care of an elderly man. She takes care of her grandson, whose divorced mother lives in Busan. He is spiteful and runs the home.
Despite the fact that the registration period is over, she enters a poetry class at the local community center. At the suggestion of her teacher she begins writing notes on the things she sees.
Her grandson only interacts with his five male friends from school. After a poetry class, Mija meets the fathers of the group of friends only to discover that the group has, over a period of six months, repeatedly raped a
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Andrei Ujica.
""After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis XVI or Nicolae Ceausescu." Andrei Ujica. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema - such as, most notably, the ample period pieces dedicated by American cinema to the Vietnam War generation. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together. We may be witnessing the birth of a new film genre."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
The Ghost Writer (released as The Ghost in the United Kingdom and Ireland) is a 2010 French-German-British political thriller film directed by Roman Polanski. The film is an adaptation of the Robert Harris novel, The Ghost, with the screenplay written by Polanski and Harris. It stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams.
The film has numerous cinematic awards including best director at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and 23rd European Film Awards in 2010.
An unnamed British ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is recruited to complete the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). His predecessor on the project and Lang's long-term aide, Mike McAra, died in an apparent accident. The writer travels to the fictional Massachusetts village of Old Haven on Martha's Vineyard, where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams), and a staff of servants and security personnel. The writer is checked into a small hotel. Lang's personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia Bly (Kim Cattrall), forbids him to take McAra's manuscript outside, emphasizing that it is a security risk.
Shortly after the writer's arrival, Lang is accused by former
Burnt by the Sun 2 is a 2010 drama film written by Rustam Ibragimbekov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Vladimir Moiseyenko, Aleksandr Novototsky and Gleb Panfilov and directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.
"A searing, epic tragedy of lives caught up in the violent, unstoppable wheels of an earth-shattering war - the long-awaited sequel to Nikita Mikhalkov's Academy Award-winning "Burnt by the Sun".
1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed.
At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Believed dead by the Soviet administration, he enrolls as a private in a voluntary battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he is merciless in combat against the Germans. After being gravely injured, Kotov is repeatedly offered an honourable discharge but, believing his wife Maroussia and his daughter Nadia to have died in a labour camp, chooses to remain with his comrades.
In fact, things are very far from what Kotov believes. The two women are alive. Nadia, now an army nurse and convinced that her father is not dead, searches for him far and wide.
1943. KGB Major Arsentiev - Kotov’s nemesis, the man responsible for his arrest and condemnation - is ordered by Stalin himself to locate the former General. Will Arsentiev find him in a country devastated by war? And why has Stalin ordered him to find Kotov now, after so long?"
Quotig the program notes from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
Into Eternity is a feature documentary film directed by Danish director Michael Madsen, released in 2010. It follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. Director Michael Madsen questions Onkalo's intended eternal existence, addressing an audience in the remote future.
Into Eternity raises the question of the authorities' responsibility of ensuring compliance with relatively new safety criteria legislation and the principles at the core of nuclear waste management.
When shown on the British More4 digital television channel on 26 April 2011, the name Nuclear Eternity was used.
Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running groundwater flow.
Application for the implementation of spent nuclear fuel repository was submitted by Posiva in 2001. The excavation itself started in 2004. With
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim, a young Canadian musician, meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, an American delivery girl. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's "seven evil exes", who are coming to kill him.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was planned as a film after the first volume of the comic was released. Wright became attached to the project and filming began in March 2009 in Toronto. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World premiered after a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2010. It received a wide release in North America on August 13, 2010 in 2,818 theaters. The film finished fifth on its first weekend of release with a total of $10.5 million. The film received generally positive reviews by critics and fans of the graphic novel, but it failed to recoup its production budget during its release in theaters, grossing $31.5 million in North America and $16 million overseas. However, the film has fared better on home video, becoming the top-selling Blu-ray on
Two Horses of Genghis Khan is a movie directed by Mongolian filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa (who lives in Germany) about the singer Urna's quest to find the origins of a song related to The Two White Horses of Genghis Khan (Mongolian: Činggis-un qoyar ere jaγal-un tuγuji), a Mongolian epic in alliterative verse.
National Geographic blog about Two Horses of Genghis Khan
"The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer’s alchemical creative processes and renders as a film journey the personal universe he has built at his hill studio estate in the South of France. In 1993 Kiefer left Buchan, Germany for La Ribotte, a derelict silk factory near Barjac. From 2000 he began constructing a series of elaborate installations there, comprising 48 buildings, a labyrinth of tunnels, bridges, lakes and towers. Traversing this landscape, the film immerses the audience in the total world and creative process of one of today’s most significant artists. Shot in cinemascope, the film constructs visual set pieces alongside observational footage to capture both the dramatic resonance of Kiefer’s art and the intimate process of creation. This polarity - in terms of scale, sensibility and time - animates the film, creating a multi-layered narrative through which to navigate the complex spaces of La Ribotte. Here creation and destruction are interdependent; the film enters into direct contact with the raw materials Kiefer employs to build his paintings and sculptures - lead, concrete, ash, acid, earth, glass and gold..."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
The Illusionist (French: L'Illusionniste) is a 2010 British-French animated comedy-drama film directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film is based on an unproduced script written by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati in 1956. Controversy surrounds Tati's motivation for the script, which was written as a personal letter to his estranged eldest daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schiel in collaboration with his long-term writing partner Henri Marquet, between writing for the films Mon Oncle and Play Time.
The main character is a version of Tati animated by several people under the lead of Laurent Kircher. The plot revolves around a struggling illusionist who visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician. Originally intended by Tati to be set in Czechoslovakia, Chomet relocated the film to Scotland in the late 1950s. According to the director, "It's not a romance, it's more the relationship between a dad and a daughter." Sony's US press kit declares that the "script for The Illusionist was originally written by French comedy genius and cinema legend Jacques Tati as a love letter from a father to his daughter, but never produced".
Bananas!* is a 2009 Swedish documentary directed by Fredrik Gertten about a conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua over alleged cases of sterility caused by the pesticide DBCP.
The film was criticized by Dole for containing "patent falsehoods." After a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2009, Gertten was sued for defamation by Dole on 8 July. The lawsuit was preceded by threats of legal action from Dole aimed against the LA Film Festival, which resulted in sponsors pulling support and the film being removed from competition. Dole dropped their lawsuit against Fredrik Gertten and Bananas!* on 15 October 2009.
In September 2009, the Swedish parliament members Mats Johansson (M) and Luciano Astudillo (S) took the initiative of displaying the movie in the Parliament of Sweden, this being its premiere in Sweden.
In late 2010 a court in Los Angeles decided in favor of the movie crew, making it possible to release the film in the USA. A judge awarded the filmmakers nearly $200,000 in fees and costs.
In 2011, Gertten directed the film Big Boys Gone Bananas!* about how the company was sued by Dole.
"Nev, a 24-year-old New York–based photographer, has no idea what he’s in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby’s family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby’s attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.
Catfish centers on a riveting mystery that is completely a product of our times, where social networking, mobile devices, and electronic communication so often replace face-to-face personal contact. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s grounded documentary is a remarkable and powerful story of grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
"A visual travel journal demonstrating the importance of dance, death, and traditional customs present and vibrant in the Malagasy society."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
For Your Height Only (also known as For Y'ur Height Only) is a 1981 Filipino comedy/action movie starring Weng Weng. Its title is a play on words on "For Your Eyes Only", the title of the James Bond film released that same year. A sequel was produced in 1982, titled The Impossible Kid. Weng Weng is known as the shortest man to ever be a lead in an action film/martial arts film; he stands at 2'9" (less than one meter).
In the film, Weng stars as Agent 00, who is sent to stop the drug trade and its mysterious warlord Mr. Giant. (Giant is a dwarf, while 00 is a midget.) He befriends a woman who, still in the grip of the organization, works as a mole for him. This leads to many battles between 00 and the villain's henchmen.
The plot shifts to Mr. Giant's true goal: using the N-Bomb. Created by Dr. Kohler, it is a weapon that does something that is never really explained. Always the company man, Agent 00 takes this story swing in stride and continues to fight the villains.
One part early on has him sneaking up on people throughout, which is easy given that he exists just below most people's peripheral vision. Another has him taking on Samurai and with a conveniently-scaled katana
Neds is a 2010 drama film written and directed by Peter Mullan.
"Peter Mullan’s Neds functions as a kind of companion piece to his earlier The Magdalene Sisters. Scotland has replaced Ireland, the year is 1972 not 1964, and Mullan hones in on the adolescent male as opposed to the female. But both films share the same focus: the unsentimental education of teenagers who expect a better future. In Neds we follow the story of a fresh-faced, innocent young boy who is surprisingly and gradually transformed into a NED – a non-educated deliquent.
Shy and reticent, young John is initiated into the rough world of a new school. Local bullies lurk at every intersection and make his first days hell. He also has to shrug off the reputation his older brother had made at the same school. Expelled for excessive violence, Benny is now a wild rebel, but his reputation comes in handy at key moments when his younger brother is in danger of being beaten up. John is an intelligent and engaged lad but, as he learns to navigate the waters of his new environment, he takes a turn for the worse.
As Neds jumps ahead in time, the older John has turned into a violent teenager, eager to dole out punishment to those who tormented him in earlier days. It doesn’t help that his father is a wild alcoholic, given to angry bouts of verbal abuse. As John attempts to deal with his family and friends, he only seems to dig himself into a deeper and deeper hole. Will there be a way out?
Mullan’s style is kitchen-sink realism pushed to the limit. Others have been here before, but he brings a gritty verisimilitude to every moment of this often dark and despairing portrait of troubled youth. Ironically, we never lose our sympathy for John, despite the depths to which he descends, and Mullan once again proves that his skills as a director match those as an actor."
Quoting Piers Handling fro the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Site
Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no mori) is a Japanese drama film directed by Tran Anh Hung, based on Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name. The film was released in Japan on 11 December 2010.
Toru Watanabe is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s Tokyo whose personal life is in tumult, having lost his best friend Kizuki after he inexplicably commits suicide. Seeking an escape, Toru enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, during a walk in a park, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko, and they grow close. Naoko is devastated by the loss of Kizuki and spirals into a deep depression.
After Naoko's 20th birthday, which she shares with Toru, she withdraws from the world and leaves for a sanitarium in a remote forest setting near Kyoto. Toru is anguished by the situation, as he still has deep feelings for Naoko, but she is unable to reciprocate. He also lives with the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost. He continues with his studies, and during the spring semester meets an attractive girl and fellow student Midori, who is everything that Naoko isn't — outgoing, vivacious, and supremely self-confident. The
"A witty and entertaining documentary about a small village in Eastern Slovakia and its application for a grant from the European Union.
Osadné is a Rusyn village on the eastern border of Slovakia – the furthest reach of the European Union. Its population numbers just over 190 and, in the past five years, 50 villagers have been buried and only two children baptised. The mayor, Ladislav Mikulásko – who has been in office for 36 years and has outlasted several presidents – the local Orthodox priest Peter Soroka, and the Ruthenian activist Fedor Vico decide to apply for help to the EU in Brussels to create a heritage trail (or perhaps a Garden of Rest since that seems to be the facility most needed by the ageing population). Invited to Brussels by a friendly deputy, they search for support and experience the intricacies of European bureaucracy. The life of the villagers – certainly at odds with the new globalised reality – is portrayed with wit and humanity. Directed by Marko Škop (Other Worlds), who was also producer of Blind Loves, the film provides further evidence of the growing strength of Slovak documentary."
Quoting Peter Hames
"Packed with evocative photos, rare audio recordings, stirring film appearances and TV performances, REJOICE AND SHOUT covers the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity. Culled from hundreds of hours of music REJOICE AND SHOUT features the creme de la creme of Gospel music."
Quoting the program nnotes form the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.
"When precocious 13-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk snapped a photo of celebrity Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage), little did he know his life was about to change. Turning the tables on the juvenile paparazzo, Grenier stepped on the other side of the lens in an attempt to mentor a teenager obsessed with the lure of the Hollywood lifestyle. Grenier develops a meaningful relationship with his camera-clicking young friend as he attempts to reconcile their mutual exploitation. Indeed, Grenier puts himself on the line here, trying to make sense of his own recently acquired fame.
Given the success of Entourage and its place in the Zeitgeist, Adrian Grenier is the perfect person to explore our preoccupation with celebrity and the adolescent desire for fame. Exquisitely layered, Teenage Paparazzo moves beyond personal documentary, charting a cultural revolution of celebrity obsession that may have been born in the United States but stretches across the globe."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
The Hole is a 2009 American fantasy horror-thriller film directed by Joe Dante and stars Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia and Haley Bennett.
When Dane (Chris Massoglia) 17, Lucas (Nathan Gamble), 10, and their mother (Teri Polo) move into quiet town Bensonville from New York City, Dane becomes interested in a beautiful girl who lives next door named Julie (Haley Bennett). While Lucas constantly wants to play outside with Dane, one day, while their mother is at work, Dane and Lucas find a hatch in the basement with several locks along each side. They find the keys and open the locks, and discover the hole contains their worst fears.
The film began shooting in 3-D on December 5, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada.
The film garnered positive reviews from critics. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 86% of the critics gave the film a positive review, based on a sample of 22 reviews, with a rating average of 6.5 out of 10.
The film premiered on September 12, 2009 at Toronto International Film Festival and had its theatrical release in summer 2010. It screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. The film had its United States debut screening at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on
Bran Nue Dae is a feature film adaptation of 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi. It was theatrically released in Australia on 14 January 2010, and in the United States on 10 September 2010.
In Broome in 1969, William 'Willie' Johnson is having trouble wooing his girl Rosie, who ends up with another man. His mother sends him back to boarding school (filmed at Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth) to continue his education for the priesthood. One night, he and several others steal food from the college kitchen but are caught. Willie admits to being the thief, but runs away before he can be punished.
He spends the night on the streets of Perth before meeting up with 'Uncle' Tadpole, who offers to help him get home. They go to Fremantle where Tadpole allows himself to be run over by a Kombi van, hoping that the two hippies inside will help him. Not realising how far it will be to Broome, the hippies, 'Slippery' the German and Annie his girlfriend, agree to drive them.
Father Benedictus, head of the College, has seen Willie's potential and determines to locate him; through Tadpole's homeless friends he learns that Willie is heading to Broome.
The travellers drive north, stopping at
""No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time." One could be tempted to think that Mona Paparu, who has to tell her story to the child protective services to get back custody of her young daughter, has been given advice by the impatient Gryphon from "Alice in Wonderland". Her depiction of the happenings of the past three years wrenches the viewer into an adventure where love, crime, clairvoyance, resurrection of the dead, women-trafficking and a literary S/M brothel have no small part to play. Hajdu wraps this story of a single East European mother, who ends up working as a prostitute in Liverpool, in bright colors. With wonderfully kitsch special effects, slow and dreamy tracking shots and a hypnotizing soundtrack, he brings cinema back to where it was once at home – back to the fun fair where a story is allowed to be imaginative and captivating, not bound by the constraints of authenticity, as is Mona Paparu. Leaving mother and daughter to live happily ever after in our uniformly furnished world, which at times makes us all want to dream away. Sometimes even at the movies."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Berlin Film Festival site.
"A considered exploration of homosexual attraction within the far right that won Best Film at the 2009 Rome Film Festival.
Winner of Best Film at the 2009 Rome Film Festival, Brotherhood is the story of Lars, an ex-sergeant who is dismissed from the army after allegedly making a pass at one of his men. Cynical and apathetic, Lars falls in with a gang of neo-Nazis, slowly adopting their policies and rising in status among the group. But when Lars moves in with fellow member Jimmy, the pair are forced to confront their real feelings about each other - feelings that could prove fatal if anyone else was to discover the truth. In dealing with such disturbing and confrontational subject matter, Brotherhood deftly avoids shock tactics, instead providing a considered exploration of homosexual attraction within the far right. Director Nicolo Donato's assured handling of the material makes for a provocative and intense experience, although not one without moments of beauty and genuine tenderness. MB"
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
My Joy (Russian: Счастье моё, translit. Schastye moyo; Ukrainian: Щастя моє, translit. Shchastya moye) is a 2010 Ukrainian road movie directed by Sergei Loznitsa. It is set in the western regions of Russia, somewhere near to Smolensk. My Joy was the first Ukrainian film ever to compete for the Palme d'Or.
The film was a co-production between Germany's Ma.ja.de, Ukraine's Sota Cinema Group and the Netherlands' Lemming Film. The film was shot in Ukraine as a condition for receiving money from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, but most of the 1.5 million Euro budget came from Germany. According to the director there are about 140 cuts in the whole film. Vlad Ivanov's Russian was dubbed as he is a Romanian actor.
There was a considerable outcry in Russian media over the film's purported Russophobic slant. Film director Karen Shakhnazarov claimed that Loznitsa would like everyone living in Russia to be shot. Another Russian film director, Andrey Zvyagintsev, called My Joy the best Russian-language film of the decade.
The film received universal acclaim from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 93% of professional critics gave the film a positive review. Among
"An inventive post-modern thriller from Argentina's new avant-garde wave weaves together a series of intricate plotlines in a tale of historical intrigue, forgery, political legacies and sexual liaisons where we can never be sure of who or what to believe.
A group of friends come together at a large house just outside Buenos Aires. Helena, the house's owner is the great-great-granddaughter of the liberal politician and author Domingo Sarmiento, and is visibly concerned with his legacy. Politics and history converge as her convoluted family history spills over into her relationship with a painter who appears to have much in common with Sarmiento's political nemesis, the dictator Juan Martín de Rosas. But politics and literary history is not on everybody's mind. Mónica (María Villar) sings; Isabel (Julia Martínez Rubio) paints and - meanwhile - who is sleeping with whom, and do the affairs relate in any way to the friends who are planning the robbery? From the production company responsible for Castro (screening in this year's LFF and also featuring a number of the same actors) comes an elaborate, inventive thriller whose multiple plotlines converge into a dazzling web of conspiracy and deceit. Piñeiro's camera often plunges us deep into the action, at other times we are invited to observe from a distance as the intrigues play out. The result is an audacious, stylish feature in which alliances are not always what they seem, and truth always remains an elusive conceit that remains tantalisingly beyond our grasp."
Quoting Maria Delgado
Win Win is a 2011 American film.
Small-town New Providence, New Jersey attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) moonlights as a wrestling coach and struggles to keep his practice solvent, while shielding his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) and their two young girls, Abby and Stella, from the extent of the problem. When his court-appointed client, Leo Poplar (Burt Young), who is suffering from early dementia, turns out to have no locatable relatives, he persuades a judge to appoint him as guardian, for which he will receive a stipend of $1,500 per month.
When Leo's troubled teenage grandson, Kyle (Alex Shaffer) shows up from Columbus, Ohio looking to live with him, Mike and Jackie let him stay with them, as Mike has moved Leo to a senior care facility. Kyle tries to break into Leo's old house, and when Mike and Jackie question him about it, he reveals his troubled family life. His mom is in rehab, she lives with her boyfriend, and he doesn't want to go back. After Kyle sits in on practice, they discover that he is a talented wrestler, and enroll him at Mike's high school, where he can resume his education and wrestle on Mike's losing team, helping to make them viable contenders in their
The Infidel is a 2010 British comedy film directed by Josh Appignanesi and written by David Baddiel. The film stars Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Yigal Naor and Matt Lucas and revolves around a British Muslim who goes through an identity crisis when he discovers he was adopted as a child and born to a Jewish family.
Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) is a loving husband, doting father and a "relaxed" British Muslim who frequently listens to rock music, particularly the long deceased pop star Gary Page (James Floyd), and occasionally drinks alcohol. His son, Rashid, wishes to get married to Uzma, but he and Uzma need the blessing of her devout Muslim cleric stepfather, Arshad Al-Masri (Yigal Naor), whose actions and beliefs have earned him the contempt of many British Muslims. Mahmud reluctantly agrees to put on the act of devout Muslim for the occasion. Things change when Mahmud, while clearing out his recently deceased mother's house, stumbles across an adoption certificate. Mahmud learns he was actually adopted by his Muslim parents when he was two weeks old, his birth parents are Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz. This comes as a shock to Mahmud, who is somewhat
"Turning to a sharply crafted script by Erin Cressida Wilson for inspiration, Atom Egoyan enters the world of a well-heeled Toronto couple in his elegant new film. Chloe is his most emotionally direct and accessible work since the Academy Award®-nominated The Sweet Hereafter. Veteran actors Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson give standout performances, but it is the sultry youngster, Amanda Seyfried, who provides the sizzle in this highly entertaining, mind-bending tale of sexual jealousy in which appearances belie the truth – perhaps.
Catherine (Moore) and David (Neeson), she a doctor, he a professor, are at first glance the perfect couple. Happily married with a talented teenaged son, they appear to have an idyllic life. But when David misses a flight and his surprise birthday party, Catherine's long-simmering suspicions rise to the surface. Suspecting infidelity, she decides to hire an escort (Seyfried) to seduce her husband and test his loyalty. Catherine finds herself “directing” Chloe's encounters with David, and Chloe's end of the bargain is to report back, the descriptions becoming increasingly graphic as the meetings multiply. Egoyan gradually turns up the heat, and the relationship between the two women intensifies; ultimately, no one will remain immune to the forces put into play.
Shot in a cool, crystalline style, Chloe is a subtle and supercharged examination of desire and suspicion between a husband and wife. Beneath the surface beauties of what should be a perfect life, a host of emotions are waiting to explode. Egoyan brilliantly places the cast's superbly judged performances against a sharply etched modernist world of glass and mirrors that ensnares and disorients the protagonists. But the film is also an unabashed celebration of Toronto's landmarks – its streets, hotels, restaurants and public spaces. One of our master filmmakers takes our familiar world and turns it upside down. This is a startling, touching piece of moviemaking."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 TIFF site.
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a Mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. Unlike the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.
Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo. Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences.
In response to this and to similar complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Steven Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alter its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release.
While searching for a Christmas present for
"Dr. Nakamats himself is our guide as, without comment from the Danish filmmakers, he shows us his many inventions. The 81-year-old Japanese has 3,300 patents to his name, including the first floppy disk, the aphrodisiac Love Jet spray, and Dr. Nakamats's Brain Drink. He always gets his best ideas -- as he demonstrates -- underwater and "0.5 seconds before death." (He invented an underwater memo pad to make immediate note of these ideas.) A moment later, we see Nakamats bouncing past on springs intended to make jogging less strenuous. He seems remarkably sprightly for a man born in 1928, and he intends to live to the age of 144. With this in mind, he has carried out a daily examination of the effect of his meal (of which he takes a photograph) on his blood since 1971. This work received the Ig Nobel Prize in 2005, for achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think." Nakamats is proud of the award, just as he is of a letter from George Bush, Sr. He is also vain (he sings a song in praise of his own tenacity) and unwilling to be contradicted. Nakamats gives a severe lecture, Japanese-style, to a noncompliant staff member at the hotel where he is intending to celebrate his 80th birthday -- it is an elaborate display of great honor, respect, shame, and apologies. Nonetheless, Nakamats jokingly predicts that the filmmakers will "edit out all the good stuff and only show the weird scenes.""
Quoting the synopsis form the 2009 IDFA site.
The Killer Inside Me is a 2010 American film adaptation of the 1952 novel of the same name by Jim Thompson. The film is directed by Michael Winterbottom and stars Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba. At its release, it was criticised for its graphic depiction of violence directed toward women. The violence has colored most critical reviews of the film since its release.
In 1952, Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town — patient, dependable, and well-liked. Beneath his pleasant facade, however, he is a sociopath with violent sexual tastes. As a teenager, Lou was caught raping a five-year-old girl by his adopted brother Mike, who pleaded guilty to the crime and served prison time to protect Lou. After being released, Mike was hired by the construction firm of Chester Conway (Ned Beatty). Mike eventually died on the job after falling off a beam through several floors in a building under construction. Lou believes that Conway planned the accident.
At the prodding of Sheriff Bob Maples (Tom Bower), Lou visits Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba), a prostitute who is having an affair with Conway's son, Elmer (Jay R. Ferguson).
Trollhunter (Norwegian: Trolljegeren, known in the UK as Troll Hunter and in Canada as The Troll Hunter) is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a "found footage" mockumentary. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, and features a mixed cast of relatively unknown actors and well-known Norwegian comedians, including Otto Jespersen. Trollhunter received positive reviews from Norwegian critics. It opened on June 10, 2011 in the U.S, to a mostly positive critical reception.
A group of university college students, Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna Mørck), and their cameraman Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) set out to make a documentary about a suspected bear poacher, Hans (Otto Jespersen). At the site of an illegally slain bear, they interview local hunters, who comment that the bear tracks look odd, as well as Finn Haugen (Hans Morten Hansen), head of the Norwegian Wildlife Board. Finn dismisses the idea that the bear tracks could have been faked. Like true paparazzi, the students follow Hans, who tells them to go away. As they follow him into a forest, they see mysterious flashing lights and hear roars. Hans comes running back screaming "Troll!" Thomas
Air Doll (空気人形, Kūki Ningyō) is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda, which was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original, and is about an inflatable doll that develops a consciousness and falls in love. The movie debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. It opened in Japanese cinemas on 26 September 2009.
Director Koreeda has stated that the film is about the loneliness of urban life and the question of what it means to be human.
Middle-aged Hideo lives alone with an inflatable doll he calls Nozomi. The doll is his closest companion. He dresses it up, talks to it over dinner, takes it out for walks in the community (with the doll in a wheel chair) and has sexual intercourse with it. However, unbeknown to Hideo, Nozomi finds a heart. After Hideo leaves for work each day, Nozomi dresses in her maid's outfit and explores the world outside their apartment with a sense of childlike wonder. Eventually she takes a job in a video store and becomes romantically involved with one of the employees. He discovers her secret—with unanticipated results.
"An insightful and beautifully filmed study of one of France's foremost cultural institutions from one of the world's finest documentary makers.
Frederick Wiseman, one of the world's greatest documentary makers, films the Paris Opera Ballet, one of the world's greatest ballet companies, and the result is an impressively fluid and insightful glimpse inside one of France's foremost cultural institutions. Wiseman wastes no time in taking us behind the scenes into rehearsals, placing dance itself at the heart of the film, and in sum we see preparations for and/or performances of seven ballets, including The Nutcracker by Rudolf Nureyev, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz and Orpheus and Eurydyce by Pina Bausch. He also shows us how the company functions at every level, from administration and fundraising to the selection of the dancers and their pastoral care. The relationship between the beauty of the pieces and the sheer hard work that lies behind them is keenly but subtly drawn, and the struggle to maintain creative integrity in the face of commercial reality has a resonance far beyond the specific context. What is self-evident and makes La Danse so special is Wiseman's love of dance and understanding of how to film it (his previous films include Ballet, 1995), every bit as valuable as his vast accumulated knowledge of how institutions work."
Quoting Sandra Hebron
"In an impoverished trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, a small band of social outcasts eke out an existence in the dreary Italian winter. Circus performers Patty (Patrizia Gerardi) and Walter (Walter Saabel) wait patiently for the summer to come, until one day Patty finds a small two-year-old girl standing alone in the rain in a suburban park. Kindly Patty brings little Asia (Asia Crippa) home to get dry. While undressing la pivellina (the little one), as she is later nicknamed, Patty discovers a note saying the foundling will be picked up in due course by her troubled mother.
Filmmaking duo Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, whose previous non-narrative documentary Babooska also transpired in and around the circus, insert an angelic child into a drab trailer-park community and fervently capture the results. The chemistry is instantaneous as sunny Asia lights up the performers' idle winter, which largely consists of working on upcoming acts and worrying about mounting expenses. The mumbling toddler makes a mother out of everyone, from weary adults to sprightly teenagers, as she trips over circus paraphernalia like a tiny Charlie Chaplin and nestles against weathered shoulders.
Nothing about this twilight world is contrived: Patty is a real circus mama with an authentic Anna Magnani temperament; her husband, Walter, is a displaced German clown with a permanent frown; and thirteen-year-old Tairo (Tairo Caroli), their next-door neighbour, was dumped on his tough-as-nails grandmother. Though blood relations count for very little in this hibernating world, togetherness is the order of the day. The job of shopping for the baby is assigned to a stumbling Tairo, pulled out of bed at the crack of dawn, with expenses to be covered by a disapproving, police-fearing Walter, and tenderness to be supplied by all.
Cinéma-vérité devotees Covi and Frimmel work with available light and minimum resources, dividing all equipment equally between themselves. Their non-intrusive camera shares in moments of genuine joy, pulling the audience in completely, until a letter announces the final countdown. The little one will be picked up in two days. Dare they hope?"
Quoting Dimitri Eipides from the program notes of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival site.
Julien Temple is a 2009 documentary film written by Stephen Organ and directed by Julien Temple.
"Julien Temple's latest conceptual rock documentary puts the case for Dr Feelgood, as 'four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten's anti-Christ'.
Pub rock is often derided as a movement that was in the thrall of rhythm and blues traditions and 'proper' musicianship, at best an unfashionable precursor to punk, devoid of the DIY attitude and the year-zero rhetoric. Yet both movements shared contempt for the mainstream, were reacting against the prog-rock sounds that dominated the era, and a number of punk's prime movers were inspired by or graduated from the pub rock scene. Julien Temple's latest conceptual rock documentary focuses on Dr Feelgood, who came from the 'Thames Delta', Canvey Island, and puts the case for Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, the Big Figure and Sparko as 'four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten's anti-Christ'. What emerges is the great, and deeply moving, rock'n'roll history of one of Britain's finest and unfairly overlooked bands, with Canvey, a reclaimed island in the Thames estuary just off the Essex coast, lying entirely below sea level and dominated by the petrochemical industry, central to it. Enlightening interviews with band members and contemporaries are complemented by some fantastic archive footage, which, at the very least, confirms Brilleaux and Johnson as two of rock's great showmen, and justifies Dr Feelgood's reputation as an incredible live act."
Quoting Michael Hayden
To the Sea is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Pedro González-Rubio.
"Jorge (Jorge Machado) and Roberta (Roberta Palombini) have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle while she prefers a more urban existence. He is Mexican and she is Italian, and she has decided to return to Rome with their five-year-old son, Natan (Natan Machado Palombini). But before they leave, Jorge wishes to take young Natan on a trip, hoping to teach him about his origins in Mexico. At first the boy is physically and emotionally uncomfortable with the whole affair, and gets seasick on the boat taking them to their destination. But as father and son spend more time together, Natan begins a learning experience that will remain with him forever.
Jorge takes Natan to Chinchorro, home to the second-largest coral reef on the planet and one of the few places in the Mexican Caribbean with an intact ecosystem. Living simply in a wooden palafite (a shack constructed on stakes) in front of the quay, they spend their days fishing with the experienced Matraca (Nestor Marin), and Natan learns the value of catching his own food. The area is also home to all kinds of exotic animals, and Natan is amazed by the iguanas, crocodiles and seabirds that surround them – a natural world previously unknown to him. Father and son share an important experience when Jorge teaches Natan to snorkel, showing him the beauty of the underwater realm. At first the child is hesitant, but with time and the help of his father, he learns to do it alone.
The relationship between man and nature is subtly revealed as we bear witness to the day-to-day existence of the fishermen in Chinchorro, who still spear for lobster and live with few modern conveniences. Riding a thin line between fiction and documentary, filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio weaves a delicate, moving narrative in this fine second feature. Via Jorge and Natan's story, González-Rubio brings us to a remote region in Mexico and puts us in touch with a very pure way of life."
Quoting Diana Sanchez on the 2009 TIFF site.
The Old School of Capitalism (Serbo-Croatian: Stara škola kapitalizma) is a 2009 feature film directed by Serbian director Želimir Žilnik.
The film is mixture of documentary and fiction examining the new god of capitalism offered to the Serbs with the ending of state socialism. The story's background are a number of strikes in Belgrade during the late 2000s and these introduce us to a number of characters who play themselves. Explosive situations result with employees dressed in American football helmets and pads square up with employers' heavies in their bullet-proof vests.
A visit from the Russian tycoon's representative and vice president Joe Biden's arrival complicate the proceedings further.
The Rotterdam Film Festival's review argues that it is an "intriguing docu-drama observes with x-ray eyes and in a sharp tone what's going on in the new Serbia. No lazy ideological analysis, but a complex and yet lighthearted portrait of the consequences of globalised capitalism for a country that has only just joined in the game."
Au hasard Balthazar, (French: "By-chance Balthazar"), also known as Balthazar, is a 1966 French film directed by Robert Bresson, starring Anne Wiazemsky.
The film follows Marie (Wiazemsky), a shy farm girl, and her beloved donkey Balthazar, over many years. As Marie grows up the pair become separated, but the film traces both their fates as they live parallel lives, continually taking abuse of all forms from the people they encounter. The donkey has several owners, most of whom exploit him, often with more cruelty than kindness. He bears his suffering with nobility and wisdom, becoming a saint in the process. Balthazar and Marie often suffer at the hands of the same people. But in the end, Marie's fate remains unclear, whereas the donkey's is clear.
After making several prison-themed films using his theory of "pure cinematography", Bresson stated that he wanted to move onto a different style of filmmaking. The story was inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and each episode in Balthazar's life represents one of the seven deadly sins. Bresson later stated that the film was "made up of many lines that intersect one another" and that Balthazar was meant to be a symbol of
The Messenger is a 2009 war drama film starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton. It is the directorial debut of Oren Moverman, who also wrote the screenplay with Alessandro Camon.
The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at Berlin International Film Festival 2009 where it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Berlinale Peace Film Award '09. The film received first prize for the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival. The film has also received four Independent Spirit Award nominations (including one win), a Golden Globe nomination, and two Academy Award nominations.
Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a lone rebellious U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and declared war hero, has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with a strict recovering alcoholic, Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers and spend time with him off protocol. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), now a single mother, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.
The Messenger marked the
Au Revoir Taipei (Chinese: 一頁台北) is a 2010 Taiwanese romantic comedy film set in Taipei. Au Revoir Taipei is called "One Page Taipei" in Chinese which means one night or one page in Taipei. Au Revoir Taipei is Arvin Chen's feature directorial debut. It won the "Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema" (NETPAC Prize) at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010 and was considered a box office success in Taiwan.
Kai, a lovesick young man, wants to leave Taipei in hopes of getting to Paris to be with his girlfriend. Kai spends long nights in a bookstore studying French, where Susie, a girl who works there, begins to take an interest in him. After one extra ordinary night, Kai finds the excitement and romance he was longing for are already right there in Taipei.
Au Revoir Taipei won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010, the Jury Award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France, the Audience Award at the 2010 San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, the Golden Durian (Best Film) Award at the 2010 Barcelona Asian Film Festival, and Best Narrative Feature at the Asian Film Festival of
"A young man returns from college to his home village in Malaysia, expecting to take over his mother's karaoke bar; but the village has changed, and everything he thinks he knows is wrong.
To start, we eavesdrop on snatches of conversation in a crowded karaoke bar. The customers are Malays and Indians; we are in a Malaysian village which has been transformed (destroyed?) by massive new plantations of palm trees, producing oil for cosmetics. Gradually our attention focuses on Betik, a young man just back from college in Kuala Lumpur; his mother, widowed not long ago, owns and runs the bar and he expects to take it over in due course. At first things go well for Betik: his interest in a local girl seems to be reciprocated, and he gets part-time work helping to make karaoke videos – sometimes even appearing in them. But everything Betik thinks he knows is wrong. Coming from a background in experimental film, Chris Chong brings a wonderfully fresh eye to Betik's downfall. He uses a documentary segment to signal the shift in Betik's dawning awareness of his real predicament, and gradually takes the film from close-up delusions to wide-angle revelations. In a suddenly exciting time for cinema in Malaysia, this debut feature rethinks dramatic structure and film language to energising effect."
Quoting Tony Rayns
The Wind Journeys (Spanish: Los viajes del viento) is a 2009 Colombian film written and directed by Ciro Guerra. It was filmed in 80 locations in Northern Colombia. The film is spoken in Spanish, Palenquero, Wayuunaiki, and Ikun.
Ignacio Carrillo (Marciano Martínez) is a vallenato singer from Majagual, Sucre, who decides, after his wife's sudden death, to stop playing and return his accordion, which is said to be cursed, to his master. He is joined by Fermín Morales (Yull Núñez), a teenage boy who admires Ignacio and wishes to become a juglar like him. Carrillo reluctantly accepts, given his loneliness. On Ash Wednesday 1968, Carrillo, Morales and their donkey start a journey throughout several towns in the Caribbean region in Northern Colombia, until Taroa (a small caserío in Uribia jurisdiction), in La Guajira desert, where Carrillo's maestro supposedly lives. During their journey, Carrillo participates in the first version of the Vallenato Legend Festival in Valledupar.
Los viajes del viento was chosen to participate in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.
Barking Dogs Never Bite (플란다스의 개, also known as A Higher Animal and Dog of Flanders) is a 2000 South Korean dark comedy film. The film's original Korean title is a satirical take on A Dog of Flanders, a European pet story that is very popular in parts of Asia. It is also the directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho, who would later go on to direct Memories of Murder in 2003 and The Host in 2006.
Barking Dogs Never Bite tells the story of an out-of-work college professor who is irritated by the sound of barking dogs in his apartment building, and eventually resorts to abusing and kidnapping them. Meanwhile, a young woman working at the apartment complex decides to investigate the matter after she starts receiving notices from the tenants about the missing dogs.
Lead actress Bae Doona said that her most memorable scene was in this film, where she is being chased by a homeless man throughout the apartment (interviewed in Kim So-young's documentary Women's History Trilogy (2000-2004)).
United States release rights to the film were acquired by ARRgolla Pictures in the late summer of 2009.
Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ, Samā Wōzu) is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film's voice cast includes Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji and Ayumu Saitō. The film tells the story of Kenji Koiso, a timid eleventh-grade math genius who is taken to Ueda by twelfth-grade student Natsuki Shinohara to celebrate her great-grandmother's 90th birthday. However, he is falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world by an artificial intelligence. Kenji must repair the damage done to the virtual world and he must find a way to stop the artificial intelligence from causing any further damage.
After producing The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Madhouse was asked to produce the next film. Hosoda and writer Satoko Okudera conceived a story about a social network and a stranger's connection with a family. The real-life city of Ueda was chosen as the setting for Summer Wars, as part of the territory was once governed by the Sanada clan and was close to Hosoda's birthplace in Toyama. Hosoda used the clan as the basis for the Jinnouchi family after visiting his
And Everything Is Going Fine is a 2010 documentary film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of the late monologuist Spalding Gray. It premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival and was screened at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and the 2010 Maryland Film Festival. Soderbergh had earlier directed Gray's filmed monologue, Gray's Anatomy.
Soderbergh decided against recording narration and new interviews in the manner of (for instance) Errol Morris. Instead the film consists entirely of archive footage, principally numerous excerpts from monologues by and interviews with Gray, spanning some 20 years, as well as home movies of the infant Gray.
Music for the film was composed by Gray's son Forrest.
Paju is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Park Chan-ok.
"Joongshik and Eunmo live in Paju: a gray town where the urban landscape is as bleak as the fate of its residents. In writer/director Chan-ok Park's emotionally intense follow-up to award-winning Jealousy Is My Middle Name, (TFF '03), the personal travails of two antiheros are delicately unveiled through an anachronistic period of eight years, demonstrating how easily the lines of development and destruction are sometimes blurred."
Quotinng the description from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Housemaid (하녀, Hanyeo) is a 1960 black-and-white Korean film. It was directed by Kim Ki-young and starred Lee Eun-shim, Ju Jeung-nyeo and Kim Jin Kyu. It has been described in Koreanfilm.org as a "consensus pick as one of the top three Korean films of all time". This was the first film in Kim's Housemaid trilogy followed by Woman of Fire. The film was remade in 2010 by director Im Sang-soo.
The film is a domestic horror thriller telling of a family's destruction by the introduction of a sexually predatory femme fatale into the household. A piano composer has just moved into a two-story house with his wife and two children. When his pregnant wife becomes exhausted from working at a sewing machine to support the family, the composer hires a housemaid to help with the work around the house. The new housemaid behaves strangely, catching rats with her hands, spying on the composer, seducing him and eventually becoming pregnant by him. The composer's wife convinces the housemaid to induce a miscarriage by falling down a flight of stairs. After this incident, the housemaid's behavior becomes increasingly more erratic. She tricks the composer's son into believing that he has ingested
The Red Chapel (Danish: Det Røde Kapel) is a 2009 Danish documentary film directed by Mads Brügger. It chronicles the visit of Brügger and Danish comedians who are adopted from South Korea, Jacob Nossell (in the wheelchair) and Simon Jul to North Korea under the pretense of a small theatre troupe on a cultural exchange. This is also the first time the two comedians have ever visited North Korea. The film won Best Nordic Documentary at Nordisk Panorama 2009 and Best Foreign Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it was included in the Official Selection. It is filmed and edited by René Johannsen.
The film features roughly the same contents as the 4-part documentary series Det Røde Kapel.
The authorities demand much control over the performance of the theatre troupe, and try to use it for propaganda purposes. The film crew plays along, but among themselves and in the voice-over they are critical of the regime.
Los Angeles Times' reviewer Mark Olson called it "shocking, funny and wildly outrageous" and "a real find". Kyle Smith from the New York Post described it as "a clear-eyed and inspired documentary". The New York Times reviewer Neil Genzlinger found it sloppy and
Welcome to the Rileys is a 2010 American independent drama film directed by Jake Scott, written by Ken Hixon, and starring Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo. The film debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Ever since the death of their daughter Emily, Doug (James Gandolfini) and Lois Riley (Melissa Leo) have been drifting apart. As Lois wrestles with a suffocating sense of guilt over her daughter's death, Doug copes by entering into an affair with Vivian, a local waitress. Lately, Lois hasn't even been able to muster the courage to venture outside, summoning hairdressers to her home in order to maintain appearances and communicating with few people other than her sister Harriet and the local pastor. When Vivian dies and Doug finds himself in a New Orleans strip club during a business trip, he realizes he's come to a dangerous crossroads in life.
Turning down an offer for a private dance by 16-year-old stripper Mallory (Kristen Stewart), Doug instead accompanies the girl home and makes a most unusual proposition: If Mallory will allow him to stay in her run-down house long enough to straighten himself out, he will pay her $100 a day for her trouble. For Mallory,
"No sooner does Loan arrive in Korea from Vietnam to live with her Korean husband than her mother-in-law takes her to a beauty salon to get a perm."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.
"Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. Obsessed with how people dress, he unfailingly dons the same shapeless jacket; a chronicler of ritzy charity events, he tools around Manhattan on a bike. Cunningham's two weekly spreads in the Sunday Style section form complementary opposites: "On the Street" features everyday Gothamites decked out in eclectic fashion statements, while "Evening Hours" captures the rich clad in haute couture. Whatever this Times-produced, TV-ready tribute lacks in tension is amply compensated by the pleasure of watching an enthusiast ply the craft he loves."
Quoting Ronnie Sheib in Variety.
Elite Squad 2 (Portuguese: Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro; Lit: Elite Troop 2: Now There's Another Enemy) is a 2010 Brazilian film directed and produced by José Padilha, starring Wagner Moura. It is a sequel of the 2007 film The Elite Squad. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a continuation of the semi-fictional account of the BOPE (Portuguese: Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais), the Special Police Operations Squad of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police, analogous of the American SWAT, with a focus on the relationship between law enforcement and politics. The film was released in Brazil on October 8, 2010.
Having enjoyed public and critical acclaim, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is the all-time largest box office ticket seller and highest-grossing film in Brazil, ahead of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and Avatar, respectively. The film was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Tropa de Elite 2 was released in the United States by Variance Films on November 11, under the title The Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.
The movie starts with Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) as
Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film was inspired by the classic 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan, with Robert Picardo and Kevin McCarthy, with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The tension between the conventional hero who is miniaturized and the "wimp" he is injected into helps produce the film's humor. It earned $25,893,810 of domestic gross revenue and won an Oscar, the only film directed by Joe Dante to do so.
Down-on-his-luck naval aviator Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Quaid) resigns his commission and volunteers for a secret miniaturization experiment. He is placed in a submersible pod, and both are shrunk to microscopic size. They are transferred into a syringe to be injected into a rabbit, but the lab is attacked, led by renegade scientist Dr. Margaret Canker (Fiona Lewis). The experiment supervisor Ozzie Wexler (John Hora) escapes with the syringe. After being fatally shot in a nearby shopping mall, he injects Tuck and the pod into Jack Putter (Short), a hypochondriac grocery store clerk. The pod's
"Isaac is a young photographer living in a boarding house in Régua. In the middle of the night, he receives an urgent call from a wealthy family to come and take the last photograph of their daughter, Angelica, who died just a few days after her wedding.
Arriving at the house of mourning, Isaac gets his first glimpse of Angelica and is overwhelmed by her beauty. As soon as he looks at her through the lens of his camera, the young woman appears to come back to life just for him. Isaac instantly falls in love with her.
From that moment on, Angélica will haunt him night and day, until exhaustion"
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
"A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy.
The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event that measured a massive 8.0 on the Richter scale.
Surveying the chaos 10 days after the earthquake Du Haibin’s team capture the minutiae of the disaster, as people salvage destroyed pig farms, lament the loss of loved ones, dig what scrap metal they can out of the wreckage and pillage the homes of their former neighbours.
With a cinematic eye, eschewing voiceover and soundtrack, Du offers a barebones and very human depiction of one community’s response to an overwhelming tragedy.
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Venice Film Festival."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival site.
A Somewhat Gentle Man (Norwegian: En ganske snill mann and also known as Regnskap) is a 2010 Norwegian comedy film directed by Hans Petter Moland. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
Gummo is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Harmony Korine, starring Jacob Reynolds, Jacob Sewell, and Chloë Sevigny. The film is set in Xenia, Ohio, a small Midwestern town that had been previously struck by a devastating tornado. The loose narrative follows several main characters who find odd and destructive ways to pass time, interrupted by vignettes depicting other denizens of the town.
The film was Korine's directorial debut. It was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Produced on a budget of $1 million, Gummo was not given a large theatrical release and hence failed to generate large box office revenues. The film did generate substantial press for its graphic content and highly original, stylised narrative. Since its initial theatrical release Gummo has since been labelled as a cult film.
A grainy voiced narrator recounts the events of the tornado while disturbing home-movie images play — mostly of the town's people. An adolescent boy, known as Bunny Boy, wears only pink bunny ears, shorts and tennis shoes on an overpass in the rain.
A cat is carried by the scruff of its neck by a teenage boy. He drowns the cat in a barrel of water. The film then cuts to a different scene
Piranha is a 1978 American B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, and Dick Miller. Produced by Roger Corman, Piranha is a parody of the 1975 film Jaws, which had been a major success for distributor Universal Studios and director Steven Spielberg, and inspired a series of similarly themed B movies such as Grizzly, Tintorera, Tentacles, Orca, Monster Shark and Great White.
Piranha was followed by a sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning, in 1981, and two remakes, one in 1995, and another in 2010, which spawned its own sequel in 2012. The film was shot at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, Texas. Screenwriter John Sayles used the proceeds to fund his own films.
Two teenagers exploring at night come upon an apparently abandoned military installation. They take advantage of what appears to be a swimming pool to skinny dip. The teenagers are attacked by an unseen force and disappear under the water. A light activates in the main building and a silhouetted figure investigates the screams, but is too late to help.
A determined but somewhat absent-minded insurance investigator
"Ibrahim has left his village and family to try his luck in Teheran. However in this urban jungle, where everything can be bought or sold, the dream can rapidly turn into a nightmare. Implicated in trafficking new born babies, Ibrahim, with the help of his two friends, is forced to go deep into the slums of the city, in Tehroun, where cohabit prostitutes, beggars and gangsters... "
Quoting the program notes frm the 2010 Angers Festival.
"Queer X Show is a documentary road-movie about 7 young women artists on tour on a bus, all over Europe this summer , who create on stage a manifesto on feminism, sex, art and education, inspired by Annie Sprinkle's works."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Frameline 34 - SF LGBT Film Festival site.
The Innkeepers is a 2011 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West, starring Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis and Pat Healy.
Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are two young employees at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, a once-grand hotel that is about to close. Claire and Luke are the only employees working during its final weekend of operation. Claire, who suffers from severe asthma, has recently dropped out of college, and Luke runs a website chronicling the hotel's supposed hauntings. Both are ghost hunting enthusiasts and are fascinated by the hotel's supposedly haunted history, which includes the legend of Madeline O'Malley, a bride who hanged herself in the 1800s when her husband abandoned her on their honeymoon, and whose body was supposedly hidden in the basement by the hotel owners.
That afternoon, Luke checks in an older woman, whom Claire recognizes as Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis), a former actress who is in town for an unnamed convention. While delivering towels to her room, Claire is starstruck and has an awkward encounter with Leanne, who is relatively unfriendly toward her. The following night, while taking out the garbage, Claire hears noises coming from
The Second Civil War is a satirical/comedy film made for the HBO cable television network and first shown on March 15, 1997.
Directed by Joe Dante, the film is a satire about anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States.
The film also stars James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Peña and Denis Leary as reporters for a CNN like cable network, ("NN"); Phil Hartman as the U.S. President, James Coburn as his chief political advisor, and William Schallert as the Secretary of Defense. Brian Keith portrayed a general in one of his final movie roles.
The film was shown in theaters in Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and France in 1997 and 1998, before being released on videotape. In Australia, the film was released directly to videotape in April/May 1998. The DVD was released in 2005.
Beau Bridges won the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his portrayal of a Governor of Idaho who decides to close that state's borders to immigrants, precipitating a national crisis.
The 1997 film is set in a United States in which foreign immigration has skyrocketed: The Mayor of Los Angeles speaks only in Spanish, Rhode Island is populated mostly by Chinese-Americans,
"The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40’s in a small village in Uruguay. Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy eight minutes, La Casa Muda focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed.
Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Directors' Fortnight site.
The Unloved is a British television drama starring Molly Windsor, Susan Lynch and Robert Carlyle. It is about an eleven year old girl called Lucy (played by Molly Windsor) growing up in a children's home in the UK's care system, and shown through her perspective. It is the directorial debut of Samantha Morton, a Golden Globe Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated English actress. The story is semi-autobiograpical, Morton wrote and produced the film in collaboration with screenwriter Tony Grisoni.
It was produced for Channel 4 and shown as part of its Britain's Forgotten Children series, and was first broadcast on 17 May 2009. The film drew an audience of two million viewers.
Filmed entirely on location in Nottingham, the film cost £1.5million to make. The title of the film was inspired by a newspaper article Morton had read about children in the care system. Morton spent time in other cities such as Newcastle, Glasgow and around London although decided it was best to make a film about the world she knew and grew up in. Originally wanting to set the film in 1989, Morton later decided against it as she wanted to focus on the struggles of the present day and not want
"Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.
With thrilling tension, Winter’s Bone depicts an archetypal rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Only this time, the young warrior is a girl. As our heroine braves immoveable obstacles, she redefines the notion of family loyalty and, in the process, discovers her own power. The spare precision of Debra Granik’s direction is effortlessly profound. Stunningly genuine performances and exquisite visual details capture the textures and rhythms of a world where the mythic and the naturalistic intermingle."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film festival site.
Caterpillar (キャタピラー, Kyatapirā) is a 2010 Japanese drama film directed by Kōji Wakamatsu, partially drawn from Edogawa Rampo's banned short-story "The Caterpillar" (芋虫, Imomushi, 1929).
The film is a critique of the right-wing militarist nationalism that guided Japan's conduct in Asia during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. The film deals with various issues, such as war crimes, handicapped veterans, and spousal abuse. The film also deals with themes of sexual perversion and features graphic sex scenes.
It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. Shinobu Terajima received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her portrayal of Kurokawa's wife.
The movie is set in the late 1930s, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In the first scene, Lieutenant Kurokawa scourges, rapes and disembowels Chinese people during the war. Later, he returns home a war hero, but with a horribly mutilated body. He is alive but reduced to a torso (no limbs), deaf and mute, with burns covering half of his face, but with three medals on his chest. Despite his condition, he is still constantly eager for sex, which he performs
"In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place.
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
"A meticulously drawn study of a pilgrimage to the iconic site, touching on themes of faith, hope and charity.
Christine (Sylvie Testud) has been in a wheelchair for most of her life, and suffers a sense of isolation. Desperately wanting to take part in the world around her, she travels to Lourdes on an organised tour accompanied by carers from the Order of Malta. Sceptic though she is, Christine, like so many others, is hoping for a miraculous cure at the iconic site of pilgrimage. The third film from Jessica Hausner (Lovely Rita, Hotel), Lourdes is a meticulously drawn and precisely nuanced study taking in themes of faith, hope and charity. Hausner is faultless in creating a sense of atmosphere – vague foreboding hangs in the air, and there is a feeling of things all being slightly off-kilter, reinforced by the film's cool palette. That this is a less austere film than Hotel is largely due to the carefully drawn characters, and the relationship between them. Sylvie Testud gives a superb performance as Christine, capturing her frustrations and indignities as well as her glimpsed possibility of a different life, and the interactions between pilgrims and carers are acutely observed. They also sometimes make for uncomfortable viewing, as Hausner explores the complex dynamics of seemingly selfless acts."
Quoting Sandra Hebron
Nostalgia for the Light is a 2010 documentary drama written and directed by Patricio Guzmán.
"In Chile, at three thousand metres altitude, astronomers from all over the world gather together in the Atacama desert to observe the stars. The desert sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe.
It is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact : those of the mummies, explorers and miners. But also the remains of the dictatorship's political prisoners.
Whilst the astronomers examine the most distant galaxies in search of probable extraterrestrial life, at the foot of the observatories a group of women are digging through the desert soil in search of their disappeared relatives…"
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
"This breathtaking chronicle follows an ever-surprising group of modern-day cowboys as they lead an enormous herd of sheep up and then down the slopes of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana on their way to market. Call it an abstract Western or the last round-up. Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor spent three summers in Montana documenting the process by which sheep are raised, ranched, sheered, and driven hundreds of miles to graze in high pastures of Sweet Grass county. The mode is strictly observational, and there is plenty to see—and hear. Sweetgrass is routinely awe-inspiring and often hilarious. As David D’Arcy reported from the Berlin Film Festival where the documentary had its premiere, “the sheep aren’t just in the landscape, they are the landscape.” The Big Sky country has never looked more spectacular—or, thanks to the ranchers as well as their animals, sounded more cacophonous—and, after Sweetgrass, it will never look the same."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Tilva Roš is a 2010 Serbian coming of age drama following a group of skaters from Bor, a small mining town in eastern part of Serbia, during their first summer after finishing high school.
Bor, once the largest copper mine, but now just the biggest hole in Europe. Small union protest over the mine privatization is taking place. The plot revolves around Toda and Stefan, two best friends, skaters, who spend their first summer after finishing high school. Stefan's going to Belgrade to the University in fall. Toda says he wouldn't apply to the University even if he had the money. They spend time shooting "Jackass-like" videos they call Crap and hanging out with their friends and Dunja, their friend who came back from France for her holidays. Toda and Stefan get into a quiet battle for her attention and in that strange relationship of dying friendship and rivalry they try to get ahead of each other. Toda gets injured during one of the stunts and goes to a hospital where he learns that he has to apply to the employment bureau in order to get health insurance since he’s not a student any more. There he gets a counselor and has to attend meetings on which he will learn new methods of job
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 2010 3D documentary film by Werner Herzog, about the Chauvet Cave in southern France. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and consists of footage filmed inside the cave as well as interviews with various scientists and historians. The film also includes footage of the nearby Pont d'Arc natural bridge.
Herzog's interest in the Chauvet cave was prompted by Judith Thurman's New Yorker article "First Impressions". Thurman is listed as one of the co-producers of the film.
The cave is carefully preserved and the general public is not allowed to enter. Herzog received special permission from the French Minister of Culture to film inside the cave. Having received permission, Herzog nonetheless had to film under heavy restrictions. All people authorized to enter must wear special suits and shoes that have had no contact with the exterior. Also, because of near-toxic levels of radon and carbon dioxide, nobody can stay in the cave for more than a few hours per day.
Herzog was allowed to have only three people with him in the cave: the cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger, a sound recorder (Eric Spitzer-Marlyn), and an assistant. Herzog
The Clinic is a 2010 thriller film written and directed by James Rabbitts and was shot in Deniliquin, NSW, Australia. It is loosely inspired by true stories of infant abduction and follows the stories of six women and their newborn babies.
The Clinic is set in the year 1979 (six years prior to the advent of DNA testing). Young mother-to-be Beth is traveling cross country with her fiancé, Cameron. After a near accident on the road they stop at a motel in the small town of Montgomery. Cameron goes for a midnight stroll and comes back to find his fiancé missing. After a quick search Cameron calls the local police and asks the officer on duty to check the motel, as the owner has been behaving suspiciously towards Beth. Cameron attacks the motel owner out of frustration and is arrested.
Beth later wakes naked in bath tub in a warehouse, and discovers her baby has been removed by C-section. The only clothing in the room is a white smock with the Roman numeral DCVIII on it. Alone and afraid for her child, she wanders outside of the facility where she is discovered by other women who have also been kidnapped and had their babies taken via C-section. Meanwhile, Cameron makes an attempt to
"Pema Tseden's Tibetan road movie centres on the search for actors to star in a traditional Buddhist opera; a beautiful film about a rapidly changing society, about dying traditions, about spiritual confusions... and about fragile hearts.
Pema Tseden used his Chinese name Wanma-caidan on his debut feature The Silent Holy Stones, but this time his own credit - like everyone else's - is proudly Tibetan. And so is his story. His searchers are a director and two associates who travel around rural Tibet to look for actors to appear in a film of the traditional Tibetan opera Prince Drime Kunden. (The ancient Indian prince is a paragon of compassion in Buddhist mythology: exiled from his kingdom for distributing treasures to the poor, he gave away his family and even his own eyes to those who asked.) They find the perfect actress for Princess Mande Zangmo at the outset, but she agrees to perform only if she's reunited with her boyfriend, now a teacher in the provincial capital - and so finding the boy becomes their goal. There's an undeniable element of 'Tibet's Got Talent' in the real-time scenes of auditions, but the obvious inspiration from Kiarostami's Through the Olive Trees suggests the wealth of emotional and cultural subtexts: this is a beautiful film about a rapidly changing society, about dying traditions, about spiritual confusions… and about fragile hearts."
Quoting Tony Rayns
The Woman with the Five Elephants is a 2009 documentary film written and directed by Vadim Jendreyko.
"Although witness to unspeakable horrors, eighty-five-year-old Svetlana Geier has dedicated her life to language. Considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German, Svetlana has just concluded her magnum opus, completing new translations of Dostoyevsky’s five great novels—known as the five elephants. As a precocious teenager living in Ukraine with an unusual facility for languages, Svetlana was brought to the attention of her country's Nazi occupiers during World War II, and found uneasy refuge translating for them. She fled in 1943 and has never since returned … until now. The film interweaves the story of Svetlana’s early life with her literary work, and follows her on her first trip back to her homeland after nearly six decades away, all the while revealing how a love of language outshines all else."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Silverdocs site.
Armadillo is a 2010 documentary film directed by Janus Metz Pedersen.
"Armadillo took audiences by surprise at this year’s Cannes Film Festival when it became the first documentary to screen in the Critic’s Week competition, then took the top prize in that section. The film follows Danish soldiers fighting the Taliban in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. We’ve grown accustomed in the last decade to depictions of improvised explosive devices, missile strikes and other remote control warfare. But in Armadillo (named for the platoon’s base camp) we’re plunged into close combat that evokes wars of past eras, particularly Vietnam.
Director Janus Metz maintains a sophisticated visual flair that’s rarely achieved in such extreme conditions, while building the film around distinct characters within the platoon, such as the boyish Mads – whose middle class family expected him to keep peace in Kosovo, not fight in Afghanistan – and the more battle-hardened platoon leader, Rasmus. Through their six-month tour of duty we witness how war transforms different personalities. Metz draws closer and closer to these soldiers, with an intimacy equal to a work of fiction. That blurring of lines forces the question: what does the viewer seek in a war film? Political insight or human drama? Condemnation of brutality or celebration of valour? Armadillo prompts these questions while leaving it to the audience to determine their own answers.
Armadillo has already stirred political debate in Denmark over the rules of engagement and raised calls for a military investigation. The film raises discussion on many levels: how recruits are conditioned to become warriors; how the international force conducts itself in Afghanistan; how an insurgency defies technical superiority; and how soldiers grow addicted to the adrenaline of war.
For such a small country, Denmark has turned into something of a documentary powerhouse, with works such as Ghosts of Cité Soleil, Burma VJ and now Armadillo. Trend-watchers are bound to compare Armadillo to this year’s Sundance award-winner Restrepo, which focuses on American troops in Afghanistan. But Armadillo moves the consideration of this conflict in a more controversial direction. The ripples of debate that started in Cannes are about to hit North American shores."
Quoting Thom Powers from the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival site.
Polisse (released at some film festivals as Poliss ; French pronunciation: [pɔ'lis]) is a 2011 French drama film written, directed by and starring Maïwenn. It also stars Joeystarr, Karin Viard, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Riccardo Scamarcio. The film centres on the Child Protection Unit (Brigade de Protection des Mineurs) of the Paris Police, and a photographer who is assigned to cover the unit. The title is a childish spelling of the word "police".
The film won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and in 2012, was nominated for thirteen César Awards.
Maïwenn got the idea for the film when she saw a documentary about the Child Protection Unit on television. She was allowed to stay with the officers of the unit to research the subject and get to know what kind of people they were. All the cases in the screenplay were based either on things the director had witnessed during her time with the unit or older cases they told her about. Not letting the viewers know the verdicts of the defendants was a conscious choice, because the police officers seldom get to know it either. Maïwenn wrote a first draft for the screenplay on her own, and was then joined by Emmanuelle
"In his most recent work, Christian Frei turns to an age-old dream of man: to leave our planet as a "normal person“ and travel into outer space. For 20 million dollars, the American Anousheh Ansari was able to fulfil this childhood dream. This documentary follows her journey into space and shows everyday life as it is on an international space station. This terrific beauty is set in contrast to the crazy trips taken by Kazakh rocket debris collectors in their hunt for the coveted carrot-shaped rocket stages, which literally fall out of the sky and are collected by men with trucks the size of dinosaurs. With breathtaking images, Space Tourists takes its audience into a fascinating world full of surprises and includes encounters with people we would never expect to meet and places stranger and less known than outer space."
Quoting the synopsis on the Zurich Film Festival site.
The Henhouse is a 2010 film directed and written by Elena Pomares. The Henhouse tells the story of a fox who finds shelter from the rain and the noise of the city in a small cafe. Here he encounters many characters on his goal to acquire a muffin. In the end the fox finds himself a part of the establishment, and even though he achieves his goal of getting a muffin, he finds himself unrecognisable to his own kind.
The film was screened Out of Competition at the Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart and has now been selected by the Athens International Film + Video Festival in Ohio and the New Jersey Film Festival.
Survival of the Dead (also known as George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead) is a 2009 American horror film by George A. Romero which follows a group of AWOL National Guardsmen who briefly appeared in Diary of the Dead. The film was first released on DVD in the UK on March 15, 2010, followed by a video on demand release on April 30, 2010, followed by a limited theatrical release on May 28, 2010. The film was met with generally negative reviews.
The first part of the film follows the actions of former Colonel and current Sergeant "Nicotine" Crockett (Alan van Sprang), who, after his demotion, deserts his post with Kenny (Eric Woolfe), Francisco (Stefano Colacitti) and Tomboy (Athena Karkanis), and robs the protagonists of the previous film.
Meanwhile, off the coast of Delaware lies Plum Island, home to two feuding Irish families - the O'Flynns and the Muldoons. The former family, led by Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh), rounds up a posse and kill the undead of the island, learning that the Muldoons, led by Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) are keeping their undead loved ones "alive" until a cure is found. A brief standoff ends with the Muldoons exiling Patrick and several other
Ishqiya (Hindi: इश्किया) is a 2010 Indian black comedy thriller film starring Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, and Salman Shahid in the lead roles. It was directed by Abhishek Chaubey in his directorial debut and was produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj. The film was released on 29 January 2010.
Upon release, Ishqiya performed much better than expected at the box office. Expectations were low, and it had a below-average opening. However, due to excellent reviews and strong word-of-mouth, the film picked up in many places and sustained well. It was declared an average performer at the box office. It was also selected for screening at the 34th Cairo International Film Festival. The producers Shemaroo and Vishal Bhardwaj have announced a sequel with the same cast and crew.
Ishqiya starts with Krishna Verma (Vidya Balan) trying to convince her husband, Vidyadhar Verma (Adil Hussain), a local gang-lord, that he should surrender. He agrees but is soon killed in a gas explosion. Two criminals Iftikhar aka Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Razzak Hussain aka Babban (Arshad Warsi) botch up a job and escape from the clutches of their boss Mushtaq (Salman Shahid), who wants
"It's a Good Life" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It is based on the 1953 short story It's a Good Life by Jerome Bixby and is considered by many, such asTime Magazine and TV Guide, to be one of the best episodes of the series.
Six-year-old Anthony Fremont looks like any other little boy, but looks can be deceiving: he is a monster, a mutant with godlike mental powers. Early on, he isolated the small town of Peaksville, Ohio. In fact, the handful of inhabitants do not even know if he destroyed the rest of the world or if he whisked them away to some uncharted territory. Anthony has also eliminated electricity, automobiles, and television signals. He controls the weather and what supplies can be found in the grocery store. Anthony creates and destroys as he pleases (such as when he made & killed a "three-headed gopher"), and controls when and what the residents can watch on the TV.
The adults, including his own parents, tiptoe nervously around him, constantly telling him how everything he does is "good", since displeasing him can get them wished away into a mystical "cornfield", from which there is no return. At one point, a dog is heard
La Dolce Vita (Italian pronunciation: [la ˈdoltʃe ˈviːta]; Italian for "the sweet life" or "the good life") is a 1960 comedy-drama film written and directed by the critically acclaimed director Federico Fellini. The film is a story of a passive journalist's week in Rome, and his search for both happiness and love that will never come. Generally cited as the film that marks the transition between Fellini's earlier neo-realist films and his later art films, it is widely considered as one of the great achievements in world cinema, and won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Based on the most common interpretation of the storyline, the film can be divided into a prologue, seven major episodes interrupted by an intermezzo, and an epilogue. If the evenings of each episode were joined with the morning of the respective preceding episode together as a day, they would form seven consecutive days, which may not necessarily be the case.
1st Day Sequence: A helicopter transports a statue of Christ over an ancient Roman aqueduct outside Rome while a second, Marcello's news helicopter, follows it into the city. The news helicopter is momentarily sidetracked by a group
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is a 2009 British mock musical documentary film written and directed by Shane Meadows. It follows the fictional character of Le Donk, played by Paddy Considine, a roadie working for the Arctic Monkeys, and Scorzayzee, a young rapper playing himself.
Similar in format to This Is Spinal Tap, the film blends fiction and reality. In addition to Scorzayzee, director Meadows, editor Richard Graham, and the Arctic Monkeys all appear as themselves. Shot in five days in 2007 with a budget of £48,000, the film is the third Meadows feature to star Considine.
Aging failed musician and roadie Le Donk is introduced to a fly on the wall documentary film crew, including real life director Meadows, at his Nottingham home. Scorzayzee is an aspiring rapper who Le Donk is mentoring. Le Donk and the film crew visit the home of his former girlfriend Olivia (Olivia Colman), who is pregnant with Le Donk's child. Le Donk becomes irate when he learns Olivia's new boyfriend is to be her birth partner.
Le Donk, Scorzayzee, Meadows, and the film crew drive to Manchester in a Bedford Rascal, where Le Donk has been hired to assist at the "Arctical" Monkeys' gig at the Old Trafford Cricket
"A fresh and imaginative cross-cultural story about an enigmatic young woman's search for herself and a place to belong.
She is Mei, an enigmatic young Chinese woman raised in a backwater but longing for a different life. To find herself, she needs to escape, and her journey takes her first to a city in her own country, where she finds love, and loses it. Still searching, on a whim she travels to England, drifting and rootless. All the time, she is learning more about herself, experimenting. Sometimes the experiments are misguided, false steps. But none of them are wasted. There is no end point to her journey, but we sense that what she leaves behind is as important as what she is moving towards. Filmmaker and novelist Xiaolu Guo (How Is Your Fish Today, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers) has herself followed a trajectory from China to the UK, so perhaps has first-hand experience of the sense of the unknown that Mei experiences. Certainly she has explored themes of alienation, identity and personal journeys in her previous work. Here she brings an impressive and attractive energy and freshness to her cross-cultural story, both in the style and structure of the piece and in her choice of PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish to supply the score."
Quoting Sandra Hebron
The King of Comedy is a 1983 American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, and directed by Martin Scorsese. The subject of the movie is celebrity worship and the American media culture. It was released on February 18, 1983 in the United States by 20th Century Fox.
Rupert Pupkin (De Niro), a stage-door autograph hound, is an aspiring stand-up comedian whose ambition far exceeds his paltry talent. After meeting Jerry Langford (Lewis), a successful comedian and talk show host, Rupert believes his "big break" has finally come. He attempts to get a place on the show, but is continually rebuffed by Langford's staff and, finally, by Langford himself.
Along the way, Rupert indulges in elaborate and obsessive fantasies where he and Langford are colleagues and friends. He even takes a date, Rita, to Langford's home, uninvited, trying to impress her.
When the straight approach does not work, Rupert hatches a kidnapping plot with the help of Masha (Sandra Bernhard), a stalker who is also obsessed with Langford. As ransom, Rupert demands that he be given the opening spot on that evening's Jerry Langford Show (guest hosted by Tony Randall), and that the show be broadcast in
The Robber (German: Der Räuber) is a 2010 drama film directed by Benjamin Heisenberg. The film is based on a novel by the Austrian author Martin Prinz, and was shot on location in Vienna. The main character, Johann Rettenberger, is based on Austrian bank-robber and runner Johann Kastenberger. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
Johann (Andreas Lust) is a convicted felon and marathon runner who has been paroled from prison for attempted armed robbery. Upon his release he immediately continues to commit bank robbery, armed with a shotgun and disguised with a mask. He then moves in with a young social worker and friend, Erika (Franziska Weisz), and the two soon begin a relationship. Johann goes on to win several marathons with record times, and is congratulated by his parole officer.
However, after committing several more robberies, Erika begins to suspect Johann. After finding Johann's loot under his bed she asks him to leave, but not before telling him that change is possible. After weeks of Johann failing to contact his parole officer, the officer shows up after a marathon to talk with Johann. The officer expresses concern that
The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard. It is particularly remembered for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and unique musical score. The screenplay was written by novelist Graham Greene, who subsequently published the novella of the same name (which he had originally written as a preparation for the screenplay). Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950. It is often ranked among the greatest films of all time.
American pulp Western writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in Post-World War II Vienna seeking his childhood friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who has offered him a job. Martins discovers that Lime was killed by a car while crossing the street. At Lime's funeral, Martins meets two British Army Police: Sergeant Paine (Bernard Lee), a fan of Martins's books, and his superior, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard). Afterwards Martins is asked to give a lecture to a book club a few days later. He then meets a friend of Lime's, "Baron" Kurtz (Ernst Deutsch),
Vihir (Marathi: विहिर) is a Marathi film directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni which was released in March 2010 and was featured in Berlin film festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, Holland.
This is AB Corp Limited's first Marathi film.
Vihir is a story of two adolescent boys Sameer and Nachiket (cousins, who are best friends) who struggle with their unconventional outlooks on life and family. They write to each other telling each other about their doings and happenings in life. They get to meet after a long time as Sameer with his mother and sister visit Nachiket's village for a family wedding.
Sameer and Nachiket both observe people in the house and try to understand their behaviour as they are not used to complexity of family relationships. Meanwhile, Sameer finds Nachiket's lonely and cut-off attitude towards the family quite strange and when he confronts Nachiket about it, Nachiket tells him about his outlook towards life which confuses Sameer even more. Both of them share interest in swimming in the well and playing hide and seek. While swimming in the well, Nachiket always uses a wooden support as he doesn't know how to swim while Sameer is going to represent
Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (ゼブラーマン -ゼブラシティの逆襲-, Zeburāman -Zebura Shiti no Gyakushū-) is the 2010 sequel to the 2004 film Zebraman. The film features Show Aikawa reprising his leading role from the original, and also stars Riisa Naka and Masahiro Inoue. The film's tagline is "Let's get ready to fight!" (白黒つけるぜ！, Shirokuro tsukeru ze!, a pun as it contains the kanji for "white" (白, shiro) and "black" (黒, kuro)). The film has done poorly in Japanese box offices, which may be due to the film's theme of a religious war with the antagonists as analogies of the Happy Science movement in Japan.
On November 29, 2011, Funimation Entertainment released the film in the United States. The contents of the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains movie in Japanese with English subtitles. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains Special Features and making-ofs.
By 2025, fifteen years after the events of Zebraman, Tokyo has renamed itself Zebra City, and has instituted a "Zebra Time" starting at 5:00 AM/PM for 5 minutes in which the government allows the Zebra Police to attack any and all presumed criminals. One Zebra Time results in the attempted murder of Shinichi Ichikawa, also known as Zebraman.
5150 Elm's Way (French: 5150, rue des ormes) is a Canadian psychological-drama thriller film directed by Éric Tessier and starring René-Daniel Dubois and Marc-André Grondin. It based on a novel with the same name, written by author Patrick Senécal.
Elm's Way is a calm street in a small town. When Yannick falls from his bike, he knocks on the door of the Beaulieu residence, to call a cab home. Entering the house, Yannick hears a man screaming upstairs. When he finally encounters the source of the screams he realizes that Beaulieu has wounded the man and was holding him hostage. Beaulieu then locks down Yannick in fear of him calling the police. Over time he learns Beaulieu is a righteous psychopath and fanatic chess player who kills drug-dealers, pedophiles and other bad people for a better world. As Yannick has done nothing wrong, Beaulieu doesn't want to kill him and eventually agrees to let him go if he wins a game of chess against him. Beaulieu having never lost a game in his life so far. After Beaulieu's wife and daughter finally stand up to Beaulieu, they free Yannick. But Yannick has gone mad sitting locked in the room playing chess games against Beaulieu and doesn't leave,
Certified Copy (French: Copie conforme) is a 2010 film by Iranian writer and director Abbas Kiarostami, starring Juliette Binoche and the British opera singer William Shimell, in his first film role. The film is set in Tuscany, and focuses on a British writer and a French antiques dealer, whose relationship undergoes an odd transformation over the course of a day. The film was a French-majority production, with co-producers in Italy and Belgium. The dialogue is in French, English and Italian.
The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where Binoche won the Best Actress Award for her performance. Critics have been mostly positive and have compared the film to several others, notably Roberto Rosselini's 1954 film Journey to Italy.
British writer James Miller (Shimell) is in Tuscany to give a talk about his new book, titled "Certified Copy", which argues that, in art, issues of authenticity are irrelevant, because every reproduction is itself an original and even the original is a copy of another form. A French antiques dealer, whose name is never given (Binoche), attends the talk with her 11-year-old son in order to have Miller sign the copies she has bought of the book,
Despicable Me is a 2010 computer-animated 3D comedy film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment that was released on July 9, 2010 in the United States. As the first Illumination Entertainment's film, it was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, based on an original story by Sergio Pablos.
The film stars the voice of Steve Carell as Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls (the voices of Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) from an orphanage; and the voice of Jason Segel as Vector, a rival of Gru who steals the Great Pyramid of Giza. When Gru learns of Vector's heist, he plans an even greater heist to shrink and steal the Earth's moon.
Despicable Me is Universal Pictures' second animated project released in 3D, the first being the Woody Woodpecker cartoon, Hypnotic Hick. It is also the first Universal Pictures' animated feature film presented in 3D. The film was entirely animated by the French animation studio Mac Guff, which has been later acquired by Illumination Entertainment.
The film earned positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $543 million worldwide, against a budget of $69 million. A sequel, Despicable Me 2, is set to be released
"After murdering a young girl, two boys have to relive the brutal crime they committed and confront the strange and shocking feelings that linger."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
Essential Killing is a 2010 Polish political thriller film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, starring Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner.
A man is captured in the desert by United States forces after attacking three soldiers, and is soon tortured and brutalized in a secret detention center. He finds himself transported to Poland, along with other prisoners. He manages to escape into the vast frozen woodland, a world away from the home he knew. In order to survive he kills some of those who stray into his path and forages for food both from nature and from those he encounters. A woman gives him shelter, treats his wounds and feeds him before sending him back out into the wilderness. He departs on a white horse and, as the first shoots of spring are seen through the snow, appears to die.
Essential Killing was shot in Israel, Poland and Norway from December 2009 through to February 2010. The film saw Jerzy Skolimowski reunite with Jeremy Thomas, who previously produced his feature The Shout in 1978, which went on to win the Grand Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
Skolimowski had been searching to replicate the conditions of his previous film, Four Nights with Anna, most of
Homecoming is the sixth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on December 2, 2005. It is loosely based on the 2002 short story "Death & Suffrage" by Dale Bailey.
An unnamed president (whose appearance is modeled after Bill Clinton and whose voice is modeled after George W. Bush) is running for reelection during a divisive war, and one of his speech writers, David Murch (Jon Tenney (The Stepfather, Legion)), goes on TV to speak with talk show host Marty Clark (Terry David Mulligan) and strident right-wing sexpot (and Ann Coulter-like) Jane Cleaver (Thea Gill). Another guest is Janet Hofstader (Beverly Breuer), the Cindy Sheehan-like mother of a dead soldier, who demands to know what her son died for. Murch gets a bit teary-eyed and explains that he lost his older brother Philip (Ryan McDonnell) in Vietnam.
"Believe me," he tells the grieving mom, "if I had one wish, I would wish for your son to come back, because I know he would tell us how important this struggle is." Cleaver is so impressed with Murch's handling of the situation that she takes him out for a drink later, picks his brain, and eventually seduces him. The Karl Rove-like
"Undoubtedly one of the most influential media figures of the twentieth century, Hugh Hefner is most famous as the pipe-smoking mogul who promoted a sexual lifestyle while creating a publishing empire. In Academy Award-winner Brigitte Berman's expansive documentary, we gain valuable insight into Hefner's amazing work and storied personal life.
Equally as impressive as Playboy magazine's ultimate success is the fact that it came from very humble beginnings. Hefner borrowed money and on a shoestring began publishing his magazine – one committed to sexy photos of women and strong, trail-blazing writing. Hefner had the smarts to purchase a nude spread of Marilyn Monroe, whose images would grace the magazine's first edition. There were many more landmarks to come for the publication, which embodied the then-nascent sexual liberation movement carried along by the baby boomer generation.
The tales of women, cocktails and the mansion are famous, and will be familiar to most, but what's revealing here is Hefner's place in the African American civil rights movement. When some Playboy clubs in the southern United States would not let black patrons in, Hefner used his own money to buy the franchises back from their owners, ensuring that institutions bearing the Playboy name would be racially integrated. The main criticism of the Playboy brand and accompanying philosophy is that it has been degrading and damaging to women, but Berman also shows Hefner's support for feminist causes – for example, he sent legal teams to fight for abortion rights cases, which paved the road for groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions such as Roe v. Wade.
What emerges is the profile of a man far more complex than the smut peddler many of his detractors purport him to be. Berman has also dug up some priceless clips from Hefner's own syndicated television series, in which he would interview celebrities from his home while wearing a smoking jacket. Her film celebrates the hedonist, but also clearly illustrates that there's far more to this man than just a good time."
Quoting Matthew Hays on the 2009 TiFF site.
"Like Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir (NYFF 2008), Samuel Maoz’s extraordinary military drama is based on the director’s own experiences serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war. But comparisons between the two films end there: Whereas Folman’s film was a quest for lost memories, Maoz uses his all too vivid recollections to bring us inside a single Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion. And when we say inside, we mean it: taking his cue from such masters of claustrophobic intensity as Don Siegel and Sam Fuller, Maoz restricts the film’s action entirely to the tank’s interior, showing us the outside world only—as the soldiers themselves see it—through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The blisteringly intense result offers a one-of-a-kind snapshot of the camaraderie, terror, and gallows humor of wartime. Winner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Life During Wartime is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 2009. It is a direct, but loose sequel to his 1998 film Happiness, with new actors playing the same characters. It stars Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson, and Ciarán Hinds, among others.
Solondz said Life During Wartime was "a little more politically overt" than previous works."
Life During Wartime won the Golden Osella award for best screenplay at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
The plot revolves around the three sisters featured in Happiness: Trish (Allison Janney), Joy (Shirley Henderson), and Helen (Ally Sheedy).
Since the events of Happiness, Joy has married Helen's former neighbor Allen Mellencamp (Michael Kenneth Williams), who continues to struggle with his compulsion to make obscene phone calls. On the occasion of their anniversary, he gives Joy an engraved ashtray, which appears to be the same one given to her by Andy in the opening scene of Happiness.
Trish has been raising her three children, Billy (now off at college), Timmy and Chloe. She has begun dating recently divorced Harvey Weiner (Michael Lerner),
Mai Mai Miracle (マイマイ新子と千年の魔法, Maimai Shinko to sen-nen no mahō, lit. Mai Mai Shinko and the Millennium-Old Magic) is a Japanese animated film based on Nobuko Takagi's novelization of her autobiography, Maimai Shinko. It was produced by the animation studio Madhouse, distributed by Shochiku, and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.
The film debuted at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on August 15, 2009. It was released in Japan on November 21, and ultimately had a rare seven-month run at the cinemas.
The movie's plot is partially based on research on Sei Shōnagon's The Pillow Book.
It's the spring of 1955, and the place is the area of Mitajiri (in the countryside around then small-town Hōfu) in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan. A nine-year-old girl named Shinko Aoki imagines she has a way of connecting to the world around her, a thousand years before. Then, an upper-class girl called Nagiko Kiyohara lived in this same land, at a time when the area was known as the province of Suō and its capital Kokuga. Shinko invites Kiiko Shimazu, a new student who has recently transferred to her school, to her magical time-travel, i.e. her vivid imaginings of the past.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish: Flickan som lekte med elden) is a 2009 Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson, and the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the second in his "Millennium series".
The film follows Lisbeth Salander as she returns to Sweden after spending a year abroad. She falls under suspicion of having committed the murder of a journalist and his girlfriend as well as her guardian, Nils Bjurman. Mikael Blomkvist has to do what he can to find her before the authorities do.
With her new wealth, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) purchases an apartment in Stockholm. On returning to Sweden after nearly a year living abroad, Salander reconnects with her former lover Miriam Wu (Yasmine Garbi) and offers her free use of her previous apartment in return for forwarding her mail. Later, Salander confronts her guardian, Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson) after hacking into his email account and discovering he has an appointment booked with a tattoo removal specialist. Threatening him with his own gun, she warns him not to remove the tattoo that she
"A couple, Nic and Jules (Annette Benning and Julianne Moore), live with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), in a cozy craftsman bungalow in Los Angeles. As Joni prepares for college, her younger brother pesters her for a big favor—help him find their biological father. Against her better judgment, she makes a call to the sperm bank; the bank, in turn, calls Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and asks him if he’s willing to meet his daughter. He agrees, and a complicated new chapter begins for the family.
Director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance (Laurel Canyon played at the 2003 Festival, and High Art won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1998 Festival) with this vibrant, astute, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family. Once again, Cholodenko demonstrates her uncanny ability to reach beneath the gloss of Southern California to illuminate the emotional and transformative power of human vulnerability and, in doing so, establishes herself as one of America’s most formidable auteurs."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
"Paul Hanganu married Adriana ten years ago. They have an eight year old daughter, Mara. For the past six months he has been involved in an extra-marital affair with Raluca, a twentyseven-year-old dentist.
Paul, who is struggling to find time for Raluca, for gift shopping and for his family, decides to take his daughter to the dentist one last time before Christmas. An unexpected change in Adriana's schedule brings the two women in the same room for the first time. The meeting forces Paul to face a difficult decision."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
"Portugal’s Pedro Costa, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, has created a concert film unlike any other. Ne change rien captures, in lustrous, spectral black and white, a series of rehearsals and performances by the French actress and chanteuse Jeanne Balibar. It’s a film to get lost in: a symphony in light and shadow, a monument to artistic creation and process. The breathy Balibar and her collaborators (including the guitarist Rodolphe Burger) embark on long, looping jams or break a song down into bars and phrases, reshaped and repeated until they resemble an incantation."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Splice is a 2009 science fiction horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. The story concerns experiments in genetic engineering being done by a young scientist couple who attempt to introduce human DNA into their work of splicing animal genes.
Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use. They have just created the second in a pair of hybrids; the new female specimen, Ginger, is intended as a mate for the original specimen, a male called Fred.
After their success, Clive and Elsa want to use human DNA to create a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine, but are forbidden by the pharmaceutical company that funds their research called N.E.R.D. (Nucleic Exchange Research and Development), instead mandating that their department be re-organized to focus on finding and extracting certain proteins from the creatures they have already created. Secretly, Clive and Elsa conduct their own experiments, blending human DNA with that of other animals.
Although they initially plan not
The New Tenants is a film directed by Joachim Back and released in 2009.
"A crazy welcome wagon greets a gay couple who’ve just moved into their new apartment in The New Tenants, this year’s darkly satirical Oscar-winning short, starring Vincent D’Onofrio and David Rakoff."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Frameline 34 - SF LGBT Film Festival site.
An Autumn Afternoon (秋刀魚の味, Sanma no aji, "The Taste of Mackerel Pike") is a 1962 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It stars Ozu regular Chishu Ryu as the patriarch of the Hirayama family who oversees the wedding of his daughter, played by Shima Iwashita. It was Ozu's last film; he died in the following year.
Shūhei Hirayama (Chishū Ryū) is an ageing widower with a 32-year-old son, Kōichi (Keiji Sada), who is married, and two unmarried children – a 24-year-old daughter Michiko (Shima Iwashita) and a 21-year-old son Kazuo (Shin'ichirō Mikami). The ages of the children, and what they respectively remember about their mother, suggest that she died just before the end of the war, perhaps in the bombing of Tokyo in 1944-45. Since his marriage, Kōichi has moved out to live with his wife in a small flat, leaving Hirayama and Kazuo to be looked after by Michiko.
Hirayama and five of his classmates from middle-school, Kawai (Nobuo Nakamura), Horie (Ryūji Kita), Sugai (Tsūzai Sugawara), Watanabe (Masao Oda) and Nakanishi hold regular reunions at a restaurant called Wakamatsu ("Young Pine"), which is owned by Sugai. They reminisce about old times and banter with each other. For
"Norwegian director Margreth Olin makes her fiction-feature debut with Engelen (The Angel), a searing, atmospheric study of abuse and addiction that began as a documentary project."
quoting Steve Gravestock from the TIFF site
Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins (1984). It was directed by Joe Dante and written by Charles S. Haas, with creature designs by Rick Baker. It stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Robert Picardo and Christopher Lee; additionally, Frank Welker, who played Stripe in the first film, returns as another gremlin named Mohawk. The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo (once again voiced by Howie Mandel), who spawns numerous small monsters when wet. In the first film, Gizmo's offspring rampaged through a small fictional town. In Gremlins 2, Gizmo multiplies within a skyscraper in New York City. The new creatures thus pose a serious threat to the city should they be able to leave the building, and much of the story involves the human characters' efforts to prevent this disaster.
As with the first film, Gremlins 2 is a live action horror comedy film; however, Dante put effort into taking the sequel in new anarchic directions. The film is meant to be more cartoon-like than the darker original, and the violence is fairly slapstick. There are also a
Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta is an IMAX ("giant screen") dramatised documentary film charting the first real-life journey made by the Islamic scholar Ibn Battuta from his native Morocco to Mecca for the Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage), in 1325.
The 20 year old Muslim religious law student Ibn Battuta (1304–1368), whose full name was Abu Abdullah Muhammed Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta, set out from Tangier, a city in northern Morocco, in 1325, on a pilgrimage to Mecca, some 3,000 miles (over 4,800 km) to the East. The journey took him 18 months to complete and along the way he met with misfortune and adversity, including attack by bandits, rescue by Bedouins, fierce sand storms and dehydration.
Ibn Battuta spent a total of 29 years travelling and covered 75,000 miles (117,000 kilometres) before he finally returned home. He travelled "further than any writer before him [...] covering most of the known world", through Africa, Spain, India, China and the Maldives.
On Ibn Battuta's return the Sultan of Morocco requested that he relate his experiences, and this was to become what the Saudi Gazette referred to as "one of the world's most famous travel books",
Peekaboo is a 2011 Australian short film written and directed by Damien Power, and produced by Joe Weatherstone.
The film was a finalist in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival.
On the train home from the Easter Show, an over-tired little girl is hyped-up by a stranger, who plays a game of peekaboo with her, until her mother begins to feel disturbed by the interest he’s showing. A short time later, the girl disappears in a carpark and her desperate mother searches. A glimpse of the man from the train fires her imagination, with devastating consequences.
Tom Goodwin from the The Co-Op Post wrote, "Short, direct and surprisingly brutal in its finale, Peekaboo stood head and shoulders above most of the other entries on display."
Matt Riveria gave Peekaboo 4/5 stars in the 2011 Sydney Film Festival Critics Poll.
Peekaboo (film) at the Internet Movie Database
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Film Socialisme (2010), alternative French title Socialisme, English: Socialism but often referred to as Film Socialism, is a film directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
The film was first screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, to a widely varying reception, and released in France two days later, on 19 May 2010. It screened at the 48th New York Film Festival in 2010, the 27th film that Godard has shown at the festival.
According to the synopsis on the film's official website, the film is composed of three movements:
The cruise ship is the Costa Concordia, sailing around the Mediterranean Sea. This ship was wrecked in real life in January 2012.
Principal photography began in 2008, and the film was originally scheduled for a 10 January 2010 release, but an extended post-production delayed its release. Most of the film was shot around the Mediterranean Sea.
The film is Godard's first in HD video and the 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as his first in several decades not be photographed with an intended aspect ratio of 4:3. Though Godard was one of the first major directors to shoot and edit on video, and has incorporated video footage and editing into most of his
The Housemaid (Hangul: 하녀; Hanja: 下女; RR: Hanyeo; MR: Hanyŏ) is a 2010 South Korean melodramatic thriller film directed by Im Sang-soo. The story focuses on Eun-yi, played by Jeon Do-yeon, who becomes involved in a destructive love triangle while working as a housemaid for an upper-class family. Other cast members include Lee Jung-jae, Seo Woo and Yoon Yeo-jeong. The film is a remake of Kim Ki-young's 1960 film The Housemaid. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Eun-yi is hired as an au pair for Hae-ra (pregnant with twins) and her rich husband Hoon. Eun-yi's primary task is watching the couple's young daughter, Nami. Eun-yi is eager to connect to Nami, who gradually warms to her. Hoon begins to secretly flirt with Eun-yi, enticing her with glasses of wine and his piano playing, and they eventually begin a sexual relationship. Despite the affair, Eun-yi is still warm and friendly to Hoon's oblivious wife, Hae-ra; she even expresses enthusiasm and delight at the progress of Hae-ra's pregnancy.
Byeong-sik, aka "Miss Cho" (the other live-in maid, originally Hae-ra's childhood maid) witnesses Eun-yi and Hoon having sex. She tries to subtly pry details from
"After the sudden loss of her father, 8-year-old Simone shares a secret with her mother Dawn: her father whispers to her through the leaves of the magnificient tree by their house. Simone is convinced that he’s come back to protect her family. Soon, Simone’s three brothers and Dawn also take comfort in the reassuring tree. But the new bond between mother and daughter is threatened when Dawn starts dating George. Simone moves into the treehouse and refuses to come down. With branches infiltrating the house and roots destroying the foundations, the tree seems to be siding with Simone. Dawn refuses to let the tree take control of her family..."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
The streets are overrun with stray dogs.
The newly-established government, influenced by a model of Western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site
36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup (French: 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup) is a 2009 French-language drama film directed by Jacques Rivette. It was screened in the main competition at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
"A charismatic and refreshingly uncontrived film, populated with well-drawn and believable characters to root for.
Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) and Lauren (Maggie Hatcher) are twin sisters living in Austin, Texas. Jeannie runs a vintage clothing store, and is anxious that she is losing the trust of her old friend and business partner, who may be planning to bail on her, or worse, force the place to close altogether. She turns to Merrill (Alex Karpovsky), an ex-boyfriend who is studying law, for legal advice. Lauren tries to be supportive, though she is the more flighty of the two; an evasive free spirit who can't decide whether to take the job teaching English in Africa that she's been offered. The sisters are clearly close, though both seem reluctant to get too involved in each others business. Following on from his warmly received previous features, Funny Ha Ha (2002) and Mutual Appreciation (2005), Andrew Bujalski is proving to be an endearing voice of modern American independent film. With the fine, deceptively casual performances and a heightened naturalism that are characteristic of his work, Beeswax is a charismatic and refreshingly uncontrived film, populated with well-drawn and believable characters to root for, who are just a pleasure to spend time with."
Quoting Michael Hayden
"Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, Carlos is a central figure in the history of international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, from pro-Palestinian activism to the Japanese Red Army. At once a figure of the extreme left and an opportunistic mercenary in the pay of powerful Middle Eastern secret services, he formed his own organization based on the other side of the Iron Curtain which was active during the final years of the Cold War.
This film is the story of a revolutionary internationalist, both manipulator and manipulated, as he is carried along by the currents of contemporary history and his own folly. We will follow him to the end of his road, relegated to Sudan where the Islamic dictatorship, after having protected him for a while, handed him over to French police."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
Dream Home (維多利亞壹號 Wai dor lei ah yut ho, lit. Victoria No. 1) is a 2010 Hong Kong slasher film directed and co-written by Pang Ho-cheung. The film is the story of Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) who saves up money to buy her dream home. After the sellers decide to turn her down, she goes into a murderous frenzy.
Dream Home was originally meant to be released in October 2009 in Hong Kong but due to legal disputes between 852 Films and the director the film premiered in Italy on April 23, 2010 and in Hong Kong on May 13. The film received mixed reviews which focused on whether or not the satirical and horrific scenes worked well together.
In Hong Kong, Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) works two jobs with the hope of earning enough money to buy her own apartment with a view of the Victoria Harbor.
Cheng eventually saves enough for her dream home when a hike in the stock market makes the owners decide to raise the price. This sends Cheng into a murderous frenzy where she attacks people who live or work in the coveted high-rise towers.
Dream Home was the first feature production from Josie Ho's film financing and production studio 852 Films. Josie did research and found that horror films were
"Shanghai, a fast-changing metropolis, a port city where people come and go.
Shanghai has hosted all kinds of people – revolutionaries, capitalists, politicians, soldiers, artists, and gangsters. Shanghai has also hosted revolutions, assassinations, love stories.
After the Chinese Communists' victory in 1949, thousands of Shanghaiers left for Hong Kong and Taiwan. To leave meant being separated from home for thirty years; to stay meant suffering through the Cultural Revolution and China's other political disasters."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival site.
Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë. The film was released on 11 March 2011 in the United States and 9 September in Great Britain and Ireland.
The film begins with Jane Eyre running away from Thornfield Hall in the middle of the night and finding herself alone on the moors, in the pouring rain. She manages to reach the doorstep of Moor House, the home of Mr. St. John Rivers, a clergyman, and his two sisters. They take Jane in, saving her life.
There follows a flashback, to the ten-year-old Jane Eyre, an orphan, living with her maternal uncle's family, the Reeds, at Gateshead. Jane’s aunt, Sarah Reed, doesn't like Jane and is very cruel to her; Mrs. Reed's three children are also abusive towards her. One day, Jane is locked in the Red Room, where her uncle died, and which Jane believes is haunted. She knocks herself unconscious on the door, after a huge puff of smoke comes down the chimney. Jane's aunt sends her to Lowood School for Girls, which is run by a cruel clergyman, Mr.
"This vision of shipboard revolt may not be Potemkin redux, but, its postmodern gags and spikey haired actors notwithstanding, it’s not so far away. Kanikosen (translated as The Crab Canning Ship) is based on a 1929 muckracking agitprop by martyred leftist writer Takiji Kobayashi but its most direct source is the recent manga (graphic novel) version published amid the current recession, that gave the text a second life among Japanese youth. Enter the filmmaker and sometimes actor who calls himself Sabu. His Kanikosen is not simply cartoonish (or kabuki) but purposefully anachronistic and powerfully absurd—a work of protest and, thanks to one exceedingly funny musical number, an entertaining celebration of proletariat internationalism."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Melancholia is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård and Kiefer Sutherland. The narrative revolves around two sisters during and shortly after one's wedding, while Earth is about to collide with an approaching rogue planet. The film prominently features music from the prelude to Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde (1857–59).
Trier's initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered and the insight that depressed people remain calm in stressful situations. The film is a Danish production by Zentropa, with international co-producers in Sweden, France, Germany and Italy. Filming took place in Sweden.
The film premiered in May 2011 at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Dunst received the festival's Best Actress Award for her performance.
The film begins with an introductory sequence involving the main characters and images from space and introducing many of the film's visual leitmotifs. A shot from outer space shows a giant planet approaching Earth; the two planets collide. The film continues in two parts, each named for one of two sisters.
In part one, "Justine", a young
The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton as the captured Alice Creed, with Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan as Danny and Vic, the kidnappers. The film has very similar plot line as the 1976 Italian film La Orca.
Vic and Danny kidnap Alice, the daughter of a rich man, for the ransom money. Alice is taken to a soundproofed room, and forcibly attached to a bed by her wrists and ankles with handcuffs and rope. Every article of her clothing is removed or cut off, and a ballgag is buckled into place. Once she is naked, she is photographed. Unknown to Vic, Danny and Alice are in a relationship and Danny plans to keep all the ransom money for Alice and himself. Alice hates her father for cutting her out of her inheritance, therefore Danny assumes that she will be happy with his plan. She must not be informed about the plan, nor about Danny's identity; she has to be genuinely frightened, otherwise Vic would become suspicious.
While Vic is away, and Danny is guarding the imprisoned Alice, she manages to grab his gun, which she fires into
L.A. Zombie is a 2010 queer cinema zombie film. The film is written and directed by Bruce LaBruce and stars gay pornographic actor François Sagat. The film premiered in competition at Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in 2010.
A homeless schizophrenic (François Sagat), thinks he's an alien zombie sent to earth. Roaming the streets of Los Angeles in search of dead bodies, he tries to bring the dead back to life by engaging in homosexual sex.
The movie started production in 2009, filming on location in Los Angeles. One of the scenes was shot at the L.A. River, in the exact location of the "Thunder Road" race sequence from the musical Grease. It takes a cue from LaBruce's film Otto; or Up With Dead People. L.A. Zombie will first be released as a soft-core independent feature and then a gay pornographic film at a later date.
On January 30, 2010, the film had a sneak preview at the Peres Project Exhibit in Berlin, Germany as part of the show L.A. Zombie: The Movie That Would Not Die. A collection of silk screened portraits by Bruce LaBruce from the film were also shown at the exhibit, mostly pictures showcasing Sagat as a zombie. The Locarno Film Festival screened L.A.
Route Irish is a 2010 drama-thriller film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It is set in Liverpool and focuses on the consequences suffered by private security contractors after fighting in the Iraq War. The title comes from the Baghdad Airport Road, known as "Route Irish". The film was a British-French co-production. It was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Philip French, in The Observer, wrote that the film reprises several themes in Loach's films, such as state-sanctioned crime, the brutality of war, the exploitation of the underclass and harsh treatment of native populations.
The film opens on a ferry in Liverpool, as Fergus Molloy (Mark Womack) remembers the final messages sent to him by his lifelong friend Frankie (John Bishop), whose funeral he is to attend. The night before, Molloy unseals his friend's coffin as it lies wake to see his friend's badly injured corpse. At the funeral, Haynes (Jack Fortune) a director of the private military company Molloy and Frankie worked for, gives a eulogy praising Frankie and describing military contractors as the "unsung heroes of our time". Afterwards, Haynes and Walker (Geoff Bell)
"Pianomania is a film about love, perfection and a little bit of madness.
"The tone isn’t breathing." – complains pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, distraught. This is a typical sentence in Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner Stefan Knüpfer’s normal work day. Each piano has its own personality, each piece demands its own timbre, and every interpretation has a particular temperament.
Pianomania takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds, and accompanies Stefan Knüpfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand, among others. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds.
This unusual film by Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis tells – with love and humor – of moments of absolute love of attention to detail and perfection. Pianomania observes, from unique angles, the suspenseful search for the perfect tone."
Quoting the synopsis from the film's Official Site
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is a 2009 documentary film about the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman). The film is directed and produced by their sons, Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman, and released through Walt Disney Pictures. Ben Stiller acted as executive producer for the film.
The film deals with professional growth and estrangement between the Academy Award-winning music composing team through the years, who are best known for their up-beat Disney music. It contains interviews with family members and several individuals in the film industry, including actors such as Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (who worked with the Sherman Brothers on Mary Poppins), producers (Roy E. Disney), fellow film composers (John Williams and Stephen Schwartz) and film critics (Leonard Maltin).
The film premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2009. It opened to limited release (three theaters) on 22 May 2009: the Metreon in San Francisco, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City, and the Landmark Regent Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Boys: the Sherman Brothers' Story received overall positive early reviews from
The Japanese Wife is a 2010 Indian film directed by Bengali filmmaker Aparna Sen. It stars Rahul Bose, Raima Sen and Moushumi Chatterjee, and Japanese actress Chigusa Takaku in the title role. It is in English, Bengali and Japanese. The film was originally scheduled for release in October 2008, but the release was delayed until 9 April 2010.
The story revolves around a young Bengali village school teacher (Rahul Bose) marrying his Japanese pen friend (Chigusa Takaku) over letters and remaining true and loyal to her throughout his life, while actually never meeting her.
Snehmoy Chatterjee (Rahul Bose) and Miyage (Chigusa Takaku) are pen friends who exchange wedding vows through letters. Fifteen years pass but they never meet. Yet the bond of marriage is strong between them. This unusual relationship comes under a cloud when a young widow, Sandhya (Raima Sen), comes to stay with Snehmoy along with her eight-year-old son Poltu. Snehmoy and the little boy bond and the arithmetic teacher discovers the joy of palpable bonds and fatherhood. There develops an inexplicable thread of understanding with Sandhya too. But Snehmoy remained loyal to his unseen Japanese wife. When Miyage was ill
The Turin Horse (Hungarian: A torinói ló) is a 2011 Hungarian drama film directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, starring János Derzsi, Erika Bók and Mihály Kormos. It was co-written by Tarr and his frequent collaborator László Krasznahorkai. It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city Turin which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The film is in black-and-white, shot in only 30 long takes by Tarr's regular cameraman Fred Kelemen, and depicts the repetitive daily lives of the horse and its owner.
The film was an international co-production led by the Hungarian company T. T. Filmműhely. Tarr has said that he intends it to be his last film. After having been postponed several times, it premiered in 2011 at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Grand Prix. The Hungarian release was postponed after the director had criticised the country's government in an interview.
"In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the
13 Assassins (十三人の刺客, Jūsannin no Shikaku) is a 2010 Japanese-British period (jidaigeki) film directed by Takashi Miike.
A samurai epic with a loose historical basis, the film was produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa, who also produced the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Departures. Jeremy Thomas, the film's executive producer, has a reputation for successfully bringing Asian titles into the international market, most notably Bernardo Bertolucci's nine-time Oscar winner The Last Emperor, Nagisa Ôshima's Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Takeshi Kitano's Brother.
The film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film of the same name, Jûsan-nin no shikaku. The screenplay was written by Daisuke Tengan.
The film stars Koji Yakusho, whose credits include Memoirs of a Geisha and Shall We Dance, along with Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata, and Kazuki Namioka.
It was nominated for Best Film at the 34th Japan Academy Prize.
It is the third film in which Yamada and Takaoka co-starred, the first two being Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2, both directed by Miike.
1840s Japan. It is a time of peace and the era of the samurai is waning. A sadistic young Lord Matsudaira
Clay is a 1965 Australian drama film directed by Giorgio Mangiamele. The film was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, but it lost to The Knack ...and How to Get It.
Nick is a murderer on the run from the police. He finds a remote artists' colony and takes shelter there. Whilst there, he falls in love with a sculptor named Margot. When Nick is betrayed to the police by a jealous rival, Chris, Margot kills herself.
The film was shot in 1964, with the crew consisting of Mangiamele, a camera assistant and a sound technician. The budget was raised by Mangiamele mortgaging his house and the cast contributing ₤200 each. Filming started in May and took six weeks, mostly at an artist's colony in Montsalvat. Lead actor Janina Lebedew had her voice dubbed by Sheila Florence.
In March 1965 the ABC bought the TV rights for £2,600 and the film won to awards for photography at the 1965 AFIs. However it was poorly received at the Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne Film Festival and struggled to get commercial release.
"The Alberta tar sands are easily the most controversial natural resource in the country, providing filmmaker Peter Mettler with the focus for his latest conceptual documentary. Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands is full of the stunning imagery one has come to expect from Mettler, but what is perhaps most incredible about the film is the way in which he conveys so much with so little conventional voiceover narration. True to his style, this auteur lets the images speak for themselves.
The spat over the sands is an epic one. Proponents point to massive profits that may be gained from the oil-rich project, while detractors suggest that the process of extracting and refining the oil will have a devastating long-term environmental impact. Mettler's vision certainly leads us to question how clean such a project could ever really be, and he manages, through a series of sweeping shots, to indicate just how mammoth the tar sands are. While Mettler's perspective is never in question – this film was produced by Greenpeace Canada, after all – what's striking is his ability to capture images that are at once shocking in their perverse beauty and utterly horrifying in their implications. As he takes us from the abstract to the real, we realize the true nature of these visuals: what initially appears to be a beautiful series of fluid lines is in fact the ooze and flow of dire toxic pollution.
While this is clearly an opinionated doc with an environmental bent, it is also most distinctly a Peter Mettler film. As he repeatedly casts his lens over the tar sands, he reminds us of the undeniable power and responsibility inherent in capturing an image. Petropolis makes for one of those very rare experiences: an aesthetically beautiful film that also packs a social conscience."
Quoting Matthew Hays from the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival site.
World's Greatest Dad is a 2009 American black comedy film written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It stars Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, and Alexie Gilmore. The film was released on July 24 on video on demand providers before its limited theatrical release on August 24, 2009.
Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) is a single father, unpublished author, and high-school English teacher who dreams of becoming a famous writer. He narrates that he will quit writing if his next book fails and that he is scared of being alone. He unsuccessfully tries to bond with his 15 year old underachieving, manipulative, hostile, sex-obsessed teenage son Kyle (Sabara). Kyle is a student at the school where Lance teaches an unpopular poetry class. His only friend is Andrew, a fellow student who spends his evenings at the Claytons' house trying to avoid his embarrassing alcoholic mother. He is respectful and starkly different from Kyle. Kyle's consistently poor academic performance and vile behavior gain the attention of the school principal, who advises Lance that Kyle should transfer to a special-needs school. Lance meanwhile is in a noncommital relationship with a fellow teacher named Claire, who is
"The cane toads are ba-a-a-ck! But this time those pesky varmints are coming at you in glorious 3-D. In 1988, filmmaker Mark Lewis had tongues wagging when he unleashed his celebrated documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, exposing a bizarre biological blunder. Here, Lewis takes a giant leap forward as he revs up the technology, once again tracking the unstoppable march of the cane toad across the Australian continent. Reviled by many, adored by a few, the toad has gripped Australia's consciousness, achieving both cult and criminal status. Imported to save the sugar cane crop, the toad’s spread is considered one of Australia’s greatest environmental catastrophes. Yet for a world awakening to the daunting prospect that we have forever altered our ecosystem, this is a story of global implication. With its tongue not so firmly in its cheek, Cane Toads: The Conquest is a comic, yet provocative, journey of a species that has already invaded planet Earth."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
When You're Strange is a 2009 documentary about the life of The Doors. It is written and directed by Tom DiCillo and for the first time makes material from Jim Morrison's 1969 film fragment HWY: An American Pastoral publicly available.
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has stated that "This will be the true story of the Doors," and that the film will be "the anti-Oliver Stone," referring to the 1991 film about the group that Stone directed, and which drew quite a bit of criticism from many Doors fans and Morrison intimates for certain departures from the truth in Stone's screenplay.
The documentary first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2009. It received somewhat favorable reviews from that showing, however the narration (by director DiCillo) was singled out by most viewers as very seriously flawed for its monotonic delivery. Due to the rash of complaints about the narration, Johnny Depp was hired to redub it. A few months later, DiCillo pronounced the film "just about locked", and announced that there would be a showing of the new "redux" version. It debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The completed film was also shown at the London
Apart Together (simplified Chinese: 团圆; traditional Chinese: 團圓; pinyin: Tuán yuán) is a 2010 Chinese drama film directed by Wang Quan'an. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Best Screenplay award.
A former nationalist Soldier (Feng Ling) who fled mainland China in 1949 returns home to his family years later. But his wife (Lu Yan) has a new common law husband and he has never met his son before.
Beginners is a 2010 film directed by Mike Mills.
"Seventy-five-year-old Hal has found love with a man half his age, and is overjoyed to be dancing to house music at the club. Oliver, his 38-year-old graphic artist son, is not so lucky. He’s the permanently brokenhearted veteran of short-lived affairs who is afraid to be happy even when he’s met the woman of his dreams. Thumbsucker director Mike Mills charms with this autobiographical tale inspired by his own father’s decision to come out late in life. Ewan McGregor is the son confused by, but supportive of, his father’s new lifestyle. Christopher Plummer, giving one of his finest performances, is a man determined to finally be true to himself and live life to the fullest, even in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. The story jumps nimbly back and forth through time as Oliver navigates a promising new relationship, recalls his parents’ passionless marriage and wonders at Hal’s later life as a bon vivant senior citizen refusing to give in to illness. Excellent supporting turns from Goran Visnjic and Inglourious Basterds’ Mélanie Laurent (as father and son’s respective love interests) and a “talking” Jack Russell terrier make up the lively ensemble. Stylish direction and Mills’ witty, intelligent script add to the film’s delights. This is a moving and layered work with lots of laughs and all the poignancy of a son’s love letter to his father."
Quoting Pam Grady from the 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival site.
Four Lions (2010) is a British black comedy. It is the feature film debut of director Chris Morris, written by Morris, Sam Bain, and Jesse Armstrong. The film is a jihad satire following a group of homegrown Islamist terrorist jihadis from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
A group of radicalised young Muslim English men aspire to be suicide bombers. They are Omar (Riz Ahmed), the leading straight man who is deeply critical of Western society and imperialism; his dim-witted friend, Waj (Kayvan Novak); Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a bad-tempered and extremely rash White convert to Islam; and naive Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who tries to train crows to be used as bombers. While Omar and Waj go to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, Barry recruits a reluctant fifth member, Hassan (Arsher Ali). The visit to the training camp ends in disaster, with Omar misfiring a rocket that kills fellow jihadists; however, he uses the experience to assert authority on his return to Britain.
The group begins acquiring materials for making improvised explosive devices but disagree about what to target. Barry wants to bomb a local mosque as a false flag operation to "radicalise the moderates", but Omar
I Killed My Mother (French: J'ai tué ma mère) is a 2009 French Canadian biographical drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. It is an exposé on the complexity of the mother and son bond. The film attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. After being shown, the film received an eight-minute standing ovation.
It was shown in 12 theatres in Quebec and 60 in France.
The film begins with Hubert Minel giving a black-and-white monologue explaining how he loves his mother but can’t stand being her son; he also reveals that when he was younger things were better between them.
Hubert is a 16-year-old Québécois living in suburban Montreal with his single mother, Chantale, who divorced Hubert's father, Richard, when he was younger. Hubert barely sees his father and this adds to the animosity between mother and son. Driving him to school one morning an argument starts about Chantale applying makeup whilst driving, the argument ends when Chantale stops the car and tells him to walk to school. At school Hubert claims to his teacher, Ms Cloutier that his mother is dead. After the teacher finds
Tetro is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich and Maribel Verdú. Filming took place in 2008 in Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Spain. Tetro received a limited release in the United States on June 11, 2009.
With a high content of film noir and set in Argentina, with the reunion of two brothers, the story follows the rivalries born out of creative differences passed down through generations of an artistic Italian immigrant family.
Also cast in the film are Rodrigo de la Serna, Leticia Brédice, Mike Amigorena and Jean-Francois Casanovas. It was also the comeback to filming of Argentinian superstar Susana Giménez, in spite of making a little cameo, 10 years later her last film was released.
In February 2007, director Francis Ford Coppola announced that he would produce and direct the film Tetro, based on a script that he had written while editing Youth Without Youth. Production was scheduled to begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late 2007. Coppola was attracted to Argentina as a location, "I knew Argentina has a great cultural, artistic, literary, musical, cinema tradition, and I like those kinds of atmospheres very
To Die Like a Man (Portuguese: Morrer Como Um Homem) is a 2009 Portuguese drama film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, produced by the production company Rosa Filmes.
It tells the story of a homosexual drag-queen at the end of his career. The cast includes several Portuguese real-life drag-queens, with no previous, or little, acting experience. The story has been allegedly inspired by the real story of Joaquim Centúrio de Almeida (artistic name: Ruth Bryden), a Portuguese drag-queen, and has motivated a lawsuit on account of plagiarism of a biographical book on the life of Almeida by the late author Carlos Castro, who was murdered in 2011.
It competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it didn't make the final shortlist.
Critical reception has been mixed. Variety.com's Leslie Felperin stated that he disliked the film's excessive running time (138'), that too much of the time is taken up by music and singing, feeling that the movie and storyline were unremarkable. However, the movie was voted "Best Undistributed Film" of 2009 in the Village
Trash Humpers is a 2009 American drama film directed by Harmony Korine. Shot on worn VHS home video, the film features a "loser-gang cult-freak collective" and their whereabouts in Nashville, Tennessee.
Walking his dog late at night in the back alleys of his hometown of Nashville, Korine encountered trash bins strewn across the ground in what he imagined as a war zone. Overhead lights beamed down upon the trash in a Broadway-style that Korine found very dramatic. They began to resemble human form, beaten, abused and “very humpable.” Korine remembered, as a teenager growing up in Nashville, a group of elderly peeping toms who would come out at night. He has described them as "the neighborhood boogeymen who worked at Krispy Kreme and would wrap themselves in shrubbery, cover themselves with dirt, and peep through the windows of other neighbors." Putting these two ideas together, Korine found conception for the film.
As a child of the 1980s, Korine grew in the age of VHS. He remembers his first camera, given to him by his father, and reusing the tape over and over again. “There was something interesting about certain images or scenes bubbling up to the surface.” On the rationale for
Le Havre is a 2011 comedy-drama film written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki, starring André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Blondin Miguel. It tells the story of a shoeshiner who tries to save an immigrant child in the French port city Le Havre. The film was produced by Kaurismäki's Finnish company Sputnik with international co-producers in France and Germany. It is Kaurismäki's second French-language film, after La Vie de Bohème from 1992.
The film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received the FIPRESCI Prize. Kaurismäki envisions it as the first installment in a trilogy about life in port cities. His ambition is to make follow-ups set in Spain and Germany, shot in the local languages.
Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a shoeshiner. As Arletty suddenly becomes seriously ill, Marcel's path crosses with an underage illegal immigrant from Africa. Marcel and friendly neighbors and other townspeople help to hide him from the
"The story of Ayrton Senna, perhaps the greatest race car driver who ever lived, is an epic tale that literally twists at every turn. In the mid 1980s, Senna, a young, gifted driver, exploded onto the world of Formula One racing. As a Brazilian in a predominantly European sport, a purist in a world polluted with backroom deals, and a man of faith in an arena filled with cynicism, Senna had to fight hard—both on and off the track. Facing titanic struggles, he conquered Formula One and became a global icon who was idolized in his home country.
Told solely through the use of archival footage, Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a thrill ride worthy of its daring subject. Adrenaline will be pumping as cameras from inside Senna’s car put you smack-dab in the driver’s seat. Buckle your seat belt; Senna will take you on a trip you do not want to miss."
Quoting the description from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival site.
The Guard is 2011 Irish black comedy film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, and starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Liam Cunningham. It is the most successful independent Irish film of all time in terms of Irish box-office receipts, overtaking The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) which previously held this status.
An unorthodox Garda (Irish policeman) named Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) joins forces with a straight-laced FBI agent (American special policeman) named Everett (Don Cheadle) to take on an international drug smuggling gang in Ireland's Connemara Gaeltacht.
A murder which appears to be the work of an occult serial killer is the first incident, the relevance of which is then revealed by Boyle in a briefing by an FBI agent, sent to liaise with the Gardai. A web of bribery, blackmail and killings ensues. Boyle and Everett form an unlikely alliance and bring about a bloody climax.
Principal filming began on October 29, 2009, in Leitir Móir (Lettermore) Co. Galway. Filming took place over a six-week period in Connemara, Leitir Móir, Leitir Mealláin (Lettermullen), An Spidéal and Bearna with some scenes for filming in Wicklow and Dublin. Involved companies are
Klassenverhältnisse, known in English as Class Relations, in French as Amerika, rapports de classe, is a 1984 film by the French filmmaking duo of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. It is based on Franz Kafka's unfinished first novel, Amerika.
The German filmmaker Harun Farocki appears as one of the leads, and the film also features a cameo from American experimental filmmaker Thom Andersen.
A documentary was made about the filming process, Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film.
As Franz Kafka never visited the United States, the film was intentionally shot in Europe, with the bulk of shooting occurring in Germany. During the opening scene, the replica of the Statue of Liberty located on the Seine in Paris is used as a stand-in for the real Statue of Liberty, and the film features prominently architecture, flora and costuming (including a policeman in a bobby helmet) that is unlikely to be found in the United States. Though Huillet and Straub are both French, the film was shot in German, the language the original book was written in.
The film was entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival where it won an Honourable Mention.
"Irina Markova, a solitary Russian poodle trainer, reveals her transcendent relationship with her dogs, the childhood tragedy that sparked a lifetime of working with animals, and the welcome isolation behind the red velvet curtains of the circus."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
Cold Fish (冷たい熱帯魚, Tsumetai Nettaigyo) is a 2010 Japanese serial killer film directed by Sion Sono. The film is about a quiet and unambitious owner of a tropical fish shop whose life and family are taken over by a fellow fish entrepreneur who happens to be a serial killer. The film is loosely based on the exploits of two Tokyo serial killers, Sekine Gen and Hiroko Kazama, a husband and wife duo who owned a pet shop and murdered at least four people.
Cold Fish premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2010 and received the best screenplay award in the Fantastic Features section at Fantastic Fest 2010.
Following Alien vs Ninja and Mutant Girls Squad, Cold Fish is the third film to be released by Nikkatsu's Sushi Typhoon, their gore-themed series. Director and writer Sion Sono was influenced by Japanese crime cases while developing Cold Fish, specifically about an actual killing spree committed by a dog kennel owner in the 1980s involving a family of three that becomes entangled in a string of ongoing murders perpetrated by a tropical fish salesman in Shizuoka Prefecture. Sono also wanted to "depict a sense of total hopelessness" which he felt is
"An Iranian playwright suffers a creative crisis as her country convulses on the eve of this year's election. Features never before seen footage shot on the streets of Tehran."
Quoting the 2009 TIFF site.
I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2009 romantic comedy-drama film based on the 1980s and '90s real-life story of con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell, as played by Jim Carrey. While incarcerated, Russell falls in love with his fellow inmate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris is released from prison, Russell escapes from prison four times in order to be reunited with Morris. The film was adapted from I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker. The film is the directorial debut of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It grossed a little over $20 million worldwide after its limited theatrical release.
Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey) is on his deathbed, recalling the events of his life. He spent his early adult years in Virginia Beach as a police officer. He plays the organ at church, has unenthusiastic sex with his wife, Debbie (Leslie Mann), and spends his off hours searching for his biological mother, who gave him up as a child. Steven locates his biological mother, but she rejects him without explanation.
After a car crash, Steven leaves his family and previous life behind (though he keeps in touch
Marwencol is a 2010 independent documentary film that explores the life and work of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp. It is the debut feature of director-editor Jeff Malmberg.
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar by five men who beat him nearly to death. After nine days in a coma and forty days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with brain damage that left him little memory of his previous life.
Unable to afford therapy, Mark creates his own by building a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town in his yard and populating it with dolls representing himself, his friends, and even his attackers. He calls that town "Marwencol," a portmanteau of the names "Mark," "Wendy" and "Colleen." He rehabilitates his physical wounds by manipulating the small dolls and props — and his mental ones by having the figures act out various battles and stories.
When Mark begins documenting his miniature dramas with his camera, his photos are discovered and published by Esopus magazine and even shown in a New York art gallery. But having the label of "art" applied to his intensely personal work forces Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the
The Movie Orgy is a 1968 film created by Joe Dante and Jon Davison. It is a seven-hour-long compilation of movie clips, commercials, and film trailers assembled by Dante when he was a college student.
The film, assembled without permission of the clips' owners, toured colleges and repertory cinemas with support from Schlitz beer.
A digital video version, transferred from original 16mm film and trimmed to approximately 4.5 hours, was eventually produced by Dante.
"An actress discovers herself - and the pleasures of fado music - in this Lisbon-set drama by Eugène Green, one of French cinema's true originals.
Poetry and mischief mix to idiosyncratic effect in the latest from Eugène Green, one of European cinema's most distinctive voices (The Living World, Le Pont des Arts). Largely shot in Portuguese, this is at once a film about film, a sidelong tribute to Portuguese cinema (more than one Oliveira regular appears in the cast) and a love letter to the city of Lisbon. Perversely, Green casts a Portuguese performer, Leonor Baldaque, as a French actress who comes to Lisbon to shoot a minimalist costume romance. Exploring the city, Baldaque's Julie forms connections with, first, a solitary aristocrat (Diogo Dória), then her co-star (Adrien Michaux) - but her most telling encounters prove to be with a young orphaned boy and with the nun of the title, the real-life counterpart to her film role. Adding a further layer of self-reference, the French director of Julie's film is none other than 'Denis Verde' - Eugène Green himself, on affable form. As in all Green's films, Raphäel O'Byrne's photography adds luminous grace to a stylised conception, while ample interludes of fado music make this a film that will be equally hard to resist for Green fans and lovers of Lisbon."
Quoting Jonathan Romney
The Trotsky is a 2009 Canadian comedy film directed by Jacob Tierney.
Montreal West high school student Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) believes that he is the reborn incarnation of Marxist/Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky. Shortly after he starts to work in his family's clothing factory, he attempts to unionize the workplace with such actions as a hunger strike. He is pulled from his upper-class private school by his father (Saul Rubinek) and sent to the public school system. There, he continues his quest to live out Trotsky's activism, as he is pitted against the strong-willed principal Mr. Berkhoff (Colm Feore). Meanwhile, he seeks romance with older graduate student Alexandra (Emily Hampshire).
Shooting for the film began in Montreal on 27 August 2008 at Lakeside Academy.
The film was first previewed at the Toronto International Film Festival 11 September 2009. In the United States, it was screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Its general Canadian release was on 14 May 2010.
The Toronto Star gave The Trotsky a positive review, particularly of the cast. Another positive review from Montreal's The Gazette noted the "inspired, often-dangerously-funny screenplay" of the
This Is England '86 is a 2010 British drama series written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. A spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, and set three years later, it focuses on the mod revival scene rather than the skinhead subculture. Like the film, This Is England '86 stars Thomas Turgoose as Shaun, although Lol (Vicky McClure) and Woody (Joe Gilgun) play an even more central role.
The story takes place during the 1986 FIFA World Cup. As Shaun completes his last school exam, he realises he will have to find his way in the world. His friends, who include Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget and Meggy, are still around, looking for love, entertainment and employment.
On 26 August 2009, Channel 4 promised that it would fund a four-part television drama, This Is England '86, to be written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. Meadows said:
When I finished This Is England, I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further – audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my longstanding relationship with Film4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed. Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I
Super is a 2010 American black comedy superhero film written and directed by James Gunn, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters in the United States on April 1, 2011 and on video on demand on April 13, 2011. The film was released unrated in U.S. theaters, and later received an R rating for its DVD/Blu-ray release.
The film opens with short-order cook Frank Darbo (Rainn Wilson) telling the audience of the only two good memories he's had in a life of disappointment: marrying his beautiful wife Sarah (Liv Tyler), and an incident in which he directed a police officer to catch a purse snatcher. Frank immortalizes these two events in a pair of crayon drawings he hangs on his wall for inspiration.
Later on, Sarah, a recovering addict, leaves Frank for Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a charismatic strip club owner who gets her hooked on drugs. Frank sinks into depression, where he has a vision in which he is touched by the hand of God and meets the Holy Avenger (Nathan Fillion), a superhero from a public-access television show on the All-Jesus Network who tells
The 'Burbs is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson. The film was written by Dana Olsen, who also has a cameo in the movie. The film pokes fun at suburban environments and their eccentric dwellers.
On Mayfield Place, a quiet cul-de-sac in the fictional suburban town of Hinkley Hills, Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is attempting to learn more about his mysterious new next-door neighbors, the Klopeks.
One evening, Ray and Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun), the Petersons' other next-door neighbor, spy on the Klopeks with veteran Lt. Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern). The three watch Hans Klopek (Courtney Gains) drive his dilapidated Pontiac from the garage to the curb, then pull a large, heavy garbage bag from the car, place it in a garbage can and bang it with a stick. During the night, Ray watches the Klopeks digging in their back yard with pick-axes in the middle of a rainstorm. The following morning, Art runs out to check the contents of the garbage truck as it is collecting the Klopeks' can from the previous night. He is soon joined by Rumsfield and Ray, but their search in the hope of
"Two elderly matriarchs bear the consequences of a crime involving their grandsons: one is murdered, the other is the suspect. Frail, poor, but resolute, they individually traipse around to the prisons, funeral homes, and courtrooms of a stormy Manila in hopes of raising the funds necessary for the victim's burial, and the suspect's bail bond. Brillante Mendoza, named best director at Cannes for Kinatay (2009), is one of the strongest cinematic voices from the Philippines."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival site.
My Dog Tulip is an American independent animated feature film based on the 1956 memoir of the same name by J. R. Ackerley, BBC editor, novelist and memoirist. The film tells the story of Ackerley's fifteen-year relationship with his German Shepherd Queenie, who had had been renamed Tulip for the book. The film – geared toward an adult audience – was adapted, directed and animated by Paul Fierlinger with backgrounds and characters painted by his wife, Sandra Fierlinger.
Christopher Plummer narrated Ackerley's voice, Isabella Rossellini provided the voice of the veterinarian, and Lynn Redgrave provided the voice (in her last film performance) of Ackerley's sister Nancy.
The film premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2009 and received Honourable Mention for Best Animated Film at the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
As with the original book, the film gives detailed descriptions of the dog's bowel movements and sex life – received as "positively juvenile" and helping the film achieve realism and avoid anthropomorphism.
In 1988, Colin Gregg filmed Ackerley's We Think the World of You (1960) – also about Ackerley's relationship with his
The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the female lead in a film about the "process of a criminal investigation, not its results." William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman co-wrote the screenplay.
In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," and added it to the National Film Registry.
The plot of The Big Sleep is unusually complex. Some details remain hazy at the film's end. Private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) calls on new client General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) at his Los Angeles mansion. The wealthy general wants to resolve gambling debts his daughter, Carmen Sternwood (Martha Vickers), owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. As Marlowe is leaving, General Sternwood's older daughter, Mrs. Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall), stops him. She suspects her father's true motive for calling in a detective is to find his friend Sean Regan, who had mysteriously disappeared a month earlier.
Marlowe goes to Geiger's "rare
The Special Relationship is a 2010 American-British political film directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. It is the third film in Morgan's informal "Blair trilogy", which dramatizes the political career of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997–2007), following The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006), both directed by Stephen Frears.
The first drafts of The Special Relationship dealt with Blair's special relationships with U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. However, Morgan excluded the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts (thus ending the narrative on January 20, 2001) because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. Morgan intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Loncraine. The film was produced by Rainmark Films and backed by HBO Films and BBC Films.
The film stars Michael Sheen reprising his role as Blair, Dennis Quaid as Clinton, Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton, and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair. Principal photography on locations in and around London, England ran from July 20 to September 4, 2009. The film was broadcast on HBO in the United States and
Toomelah is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Ivan Sen.
"In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a "gangster" like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden who runs the main gang in town, Daniel is well on his way to accomplishing his goal, when rival drug dealer returns from prison and a violent showdown ensues. Linden and his gang are taken off to jail. Daniel is suddenly alone and vulnerable. Can he make a choice for a better future?"
Quoting the synopsis from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival site.
Women Without Men is a 2009 political drama film written and directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari.
"In 1953, four Iranian women search for freedom or survival in Shirin Neshat's interpretation of the banned novel by Shahrunsh Parshipar.
Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat is well-known for her photographs and moving image work depicting Islamic culture in poetic, stylised form. Since 2005 she has been working on the project Women Without Men, exhibiting some parts of it as gallery installations, and now presenting it as a feature film. It is an interpretation of Shahrunsh Parsipar's novel of the same name, banned in Iran since its publication in 1989, which combines Neshat's skill in creating mood and tone with the magical-realist elements of the original writing. In parallel sequences, she portrays the lives of four women in 1953, the year when Iran's elected Prime Minister was removed in a coup d'etat backed by Britain and the US, in order to re-instate the Shah and avoid nationalising the country's oil resources. During this time of struggle for democracy and independence, the women's own search for freedom or survival in a culture with strict rules about religion and sexual and social behaviour leads each of them to a beautiful ephemeral garden, a place of safety and refuge. Filmed in haunting muted hues, the women's individual journeys are compelling, and the broader themes of the tensions between religion and secularism and between tradition and modernity have never felt more relevant."
Quoting Sandra Hebron
"A slowly moving camera captures the interiors of various houses in a village. They are all deserted except one house with a group of young soldiers. They are digging the up the ground. It is unclear whether they are exhuming or burying something. The voices of three young men are heard. They repeat, rehearse, memorise a letter to a man named Boonmee. They tell him about a small community called Nabua where the inhabitants have abandoned their homes. The wind blows fiercely through the doors, and the windows, bringing with it a swarm of bugs. As evening approaches, the sky turns dark. The bugs scatter and the men are silent.
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee is part of the multi-platform Primitive project which focuses on a concept of remembrance and extinction set in the northeast of Thailand. Boonmee is the main character of the feature film of the project."
Quoting Animate Projects.
"Two young women from Israel, who wouldn't be out of place in any cool café in the world, coming across just as smart and fashion-conscious as their contemporaries in Berlin or Buenos Aires. But blogger Sarah and photographer
Shlomit have paid a high price to have arrived in the here and now as modern women. Both of them were cast out by their families after fleeing from the ultra-orthodox Haredi community. Over the last decade, the community has become more strongly fundamental, with girls and women feeling the pinch of this move towards radicalization in the form of heightened repression and extreme restrictions in their freedom of movement. Thus, in the so-called "Black Bus", women are only allowed to sit at the back, so that any sort of fleeting contact with men they do not know can be avoided. It is in these surroundings that Shlomit works as a photographer, documenting the daily moments of confrontation as they take place, while Sarah blogs about the consequences of this escalation of the gender conflict. Both Sarah and Shlomit are searching for a new identity, whether with the camera or the internet – the film creates a portrait of them as the protagonists of a largely unnoticed societal conflict in today's Israel."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Berlin Film Festival site.
Cell 211 (Spanish: Celda 211) is a 2009 Spanish prison film directed by Daniel Monzón, starring Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann and Antonio Resines.
Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. During his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, convicts break free and hijack control of the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner.
Juan manages to convince the other prisoners that he is one of them, and that he just entered the prison that very day for homicide. He not only makes himself believed as inmate, but befriends the violent, deep voiced leader of the riot, Malamadre (Badmother in English), who takes him under his wing.
Malamadre discovers that Basque terrorists associated with ETA are being held in the same prison, and plans to use them
Collapse, directed by Chris Smith, is an American documentary film exploring the theories, writings and life story of controversial author Michael Ruppert. Collapse premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2009 to positive reviews.
Ruppert, a former Los Angeles police officer who describes himself as an investigative reporter and radical thinker, has authored books on the events of the September 11 attacks and of energy issues. Critics call him a conspiracy theorist and an alarmist.
Director Smith interviewed Ruppert over the course of fourteen hours in an interrogation-like setting in an abandoned warehouse basement meat locker near downtown Los Angeles. Ruppert’s interview was shot over five days throughout March and April 2009. The filmmakers distilled these interviews down to this 82 minute monologue with archival footage interspersed as illustration.
The title refers to Ruppert’s belief that unsustainable energy and financial policies have led to an ongoing collapse of modern industrial civilization.
The film does not overtly take a perspective on the validity of Ruppert’s positions and critics have alternatingly described the film as supportive and as
Enter the Void is a French film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo, the story follows Oscar, a young American drug dealer who gets shot by the police, but continues to watch succeeding events during an out-of-body experience. The film is shot from a first-person viewpoint, which often floats above the city streets, and occasionally features Oscar staring over his own shoulder as he recalls moments from his past. Noé labels the film as a "psychedelic melodrama".
Noé's dream project for many years, the production was made possible after the commercial success of Irréversible, the director's previous feature film. Enter the Void was primarily financed by Wild Bunch, while Fidélité Films led the actual production. The cast is a mix of professionals and first-timers. The film makes heavy use of imagery inspired by experimental cinema and psychedelic drug experiences. Principal photography took place on location in Tokyo, and involved many complicated crane shots. Co-producers included the visual effects studio BUF Compagnie, which also provided the computer-generated imagery.
Garbo: The Spy is a 2009 documentary film written by Edmon Roch, Isaki Lacuesta and Maria Hervera and directed by Edmon Roch.
"A portrait of the Spaniard Joan Pujol Garcia, who fought on both sides in two wars without ever having held a weapon. During the Second World War, he was both the German spy Arabel and the British spy Garbo. He earned his British codename because his bosses considered him to be the best actor in the world -- so great was the web of lies that he span to deceive his German superiors. In the words of one clearly impressed espionage expert in the film, "The bigger the lie, the more they believed him." In addition to these interviews, most of which are filmed in front of multicolored backgrounds, the film tells Pujol's story primarily through black-and-white archive footage. It interweaves documentary recordings of the events in question with excerpts from various fiction films, from classics like Our Man in Havana to more obscure espionage flicks like the British Pimpernel Smith: a more than fitting form for a film in which the boundary between fact and fiction is fluid and constantly shifting. In the closing credits, Winston Churchill isn't quoted for nothing: "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.""
Quoting the program notes from the 2009 IDFA site.
Independencia is a 2009 Filipino drama film directed by Raya Martin. It was the first Filipino film to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival when it was shown at the 2009 festival.
"Laura is a single, 25-year-old journalist who lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a long series of flings, Laura meets Arturo. The first time they make love, Arturo touches her in ways that overwhelm her. Thus begins an intense, passionate and sexual romance, which mixes pleasure, pain and love. In the course of days, which she carefully crosses out on her calendar, Laura’s secret past resurfaces, driving Arturo to extremes."
Quoting the program notes from the 2010 Directors' Fortnight site.
"Every day, across all corners of the globe, hundreds of thousands of users log onto Second Life, a virtual online world not entirely unlike our own. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars—digital alter egos that can be sculpted and manipulated to the heart’s desire, representing reality, fantasy, or a healthy mix of both. Within this alternate landscape, escapism abounds, relationships are formed, and a real-world economy thrives, effectively blurring the lines between reality and "virtual" reality.
Director Jason Spingarn-Koff digs deeply into the core of basic human interaction by assuming his own avatar and immersing himself in the worlds of Second Life residents, whose real lives have been drastically transformed by the new lives they lead in cyberspace. In doing so, he manages to create an intimate, character-based drama that forces us to question not only who we are, but who we long to be."
Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site.
Love in a Puff (simplified Chinese: 志明与春娇; traditional Chinese: 志明與春嬌) is a 2010 Hong Kong romantic comedy directed by Pang Ho-cheung and starring Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung. The plot revolves around the love story of Cherie and Jimmy, two smokers who met at an outdoor smoking area subsequent to the ban of all indoor smoking areas in Hong Kong. The film is classified as a category 3 film in Hong Kong.
Love in a Puff is one of the films which premiered in the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Since 2007, the Hong Kong government banned smoking in all indoor areas, causing smokers from neighboring buildings to gather for cigarette breaks during office hours at trash bins with ashtrays near their work premises. The regulars started sharing small talks and dirty jokes like friends at a hot pot dinner and this community became known as the "Hot Pot Pack".
Jimmy (Yue) is an advertising executive who befriended Cherie (Yeung), a cosmetic sales girl, at a "Hot Pot Pack" shortly after Jimmy broke up with his girlfriend who cheated on him. Cherie's flirting with Jimmy during their cigarette breaks, through text messages and excursions at night eventually led to Cherie's break up
Love Sex aur Dhokha, a film directed by Dibakar Banerjee and produced by Alt Entertainment, was released on 19 March 2010. It was shot entirely on DigiCam, being one of the first films coming out of India to be presented in the found footage style. The film is a satire on the way television news media has been turning into cheap entertainment, feeding social voyeurism without taking any significant moral or ideological stance.
The movie has three sub-plots involving honour killings, MMS scandals, and sting operations, which have become recurring phenomena of TV news in India, reported on in a lurid language, accompanied by flashing headlines, and dramatic music which simultaneously sensationalises and trivialises the very serious issues involved: caste-ism in nouveau riche India, sexual privacy and blackmail by media.
The movie begins, like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, with an over-the-top parody of a quasi-news program which promises to bring you three exciting "stories", which are the inter-connected episodes of the film, namely, love, sex and deceit (dhokha).
Rahul, a 20-something infatuated with the candy-gloss of Bollywood romances, is a wannabe director who decides to shoot a small
Mammuth is a 2010 French drama film directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
A slaughterhouse worker, Serge Pilardosse (Depardieu), retires from the job he has held for many years. His colleagues throw him an impromptu party and give him a gift. Once home he begins to quickly become restless before his wife persuades him to go and see about claiming a pension. At the pensions office he discovers that even though he has never missed a day's work for illness, nor been unemployed, he cannot claim a pension due to a few gaps in his pensions history. He goes home where his wife persuades him to use his old motorbike to go and search for the missing papers so that the pensions claim can be processed. He goes to his garage where he takes the sheet off a motorbike, revealing it to be a Münch Mammut, from which he gets his nickname "Mammuth", and leaves on his journey to collect the documents he needs.
Over the course of his journey he loses his way, reliving memories from his past and especially his girlfriend from many years ago who died in a motorcycle accident. He visits his old places of
Small Soldiers is a 1998 American action/science fiction film directed by Joe Dante, starring Gregory Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella and Tommy Lee Jones. The film revolves around two teenagers (played by Smith and Dunst), who get caught in the middle of a war between two factions of sentient action figures, the Gorgonites and the Commando Elite.
Critical reception of the film was mixed. Critics complimented the film's special effects, but criticized some of the darker aspects of the film, which had been marketed to a young audience.
After multinational conglomerate GloboTech Industries acquires the Heartland toy company, an arrogant CEO Gil Mars (Denis Leary) tasks toymakers Larry Benson and Irwin Wayfair (Jay Mohr and David Cross) develop actual live-action toys capable of "playing back". Mars selects the military themed action figures the Commando Elite for the project, and educational toys the Gorgonites for their enemies. After Mars forgoes safety testing and sets a short production time, Benson chooses GloboTech's overly powerful intelligent AI munitions integrated circuit to power the toys.
Teenager Alan Abernathy signs off for a shipment of the toys at his family's toy
Submarine is a 2010 British coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film was written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starred Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor and Paddy Considine. Submarine is Ayoade's directorial debut.
Oliver Tate (played by Craig Roberts) is a 15 year-old Swansea boy in 1986. He is so infatuated with Jordana (Yasmin Paige), a girl in his year, that he bullies an overweight classmate to impress her. When Jordana invites Oliver to meet secretly after school and bring a Polaroid camera and diary, she takes pictures of them kissing - in order to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. The plan backfires, the two are bullied, and Oliver is beaten up for refusing to call Jordana a "massive slut"; but afterwards Jordana takes Oliver's hand, and soon becomes his girl-friend.
At home Oliver becomes concerned that the relationship and sex life of his parents are falling apart and that his dad, Lloyd (Noah Taylor), is depressed. Worse yet, new-age guru Graham (Considine), an ex-boyfriend of his mother, Jill (Hawkins), has moved in next door, and his seductive and flirtatious character is rousing
Viva Las Vegas (also known as Love in Las Vegas) is a 1964 American romantic musical movie starring music icon Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret.
The film is regarded by fans and by film critics as one of Presley's best movies, and it is noted for the on-screen chemistry between Presley and Ann-Margret. It also presents a strong set of ten musical song-and-dance scenes choreographed by David Winters and featuring his dancers, and a reasonably interesting story. Viva Las Vegas was a hit at movie theaters, becoming the number 11 movie in the list of the Top 20 Movie Box Office hits of 1964.
Lucky Jackson (Elvis) goes to Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in the city's first annual Grand Prix Race. However, his race car, an Elva Mk. VI, is in need of a new engine in order to compete in the event.
Lucky raises the necessary money in Las Vegas, but he loses it when he is shoved into the pool by the hotel's nubile swimming instructor, Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret). Lucky then has to work as a waiter at the hotel to replace the lost money to pay his hotel bill, as well as enter the hotel's talent contest in hopes of winning a cash prize sizable enough to pay for his car's engine.
"A uniquely constructed portrait of the Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, who provided the CIA with more than 40,000 strategic documents from the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. Was he a traitor, or the savior of Poland? The Polish documentary filmmaker Dariusz Jablonski begins his story of the colonel in 2004, when he was supposed to interview him for the very first time. It turns out that Kuklinski has just died, and at the request of the colonel's wheelchair-bound wife, Jablonski agrees to take care of his ashes. He talks with a considerable number of closely involved ex-servicemen -- from the U.S. head of espionage General William E. Odom to the Warsaw Pact Commander-in-Chief Viktor Kulikov, the Polish General Wojciech Jaruzelski, and former Polish President Lech Walesa. These interviews paint a picture of an idealistic man who saved Europe from a Third World War, but who also led a tragic life. In addition to the extensive archive footage, Jablonski expounds on the initial meetings in voice-over, which he films with a small, often half-hidden camera. Subsequently, we see the official, tightly-framed interviews, over which he invariably employs an effect that suggests the shadow of Venetian blinds. Photos of Kuklinski come to life with 3D motion effects, and the recurring theme of a war game calls on the viewer to actively pass judgment on Kuklinski's choice."
Quoting the description from the 2009 IDFA site.