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“An unassumingly political work that unfolds with the simplicity of a parable and the gravity of a Bible story.” - New York Times Dry Season deals with the aftermath of Chad's 40-year civil war. When the government decrees an amnesty on all civil war crimes, 16 year-old orphan Atim, with the ... Read more
When two policemen arrive on Kristi's doorstep asking about human trafficking, she learns her cleaning lady may not be who she says she is. Who should Kristi believe - the cops or the woman who has been working for her? ... D Anke Blondé P Dirk Impens S Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens, Anke Blondé L ... Read more
An elderly couple take a train journey and along the way reminisce about the horrifying circumstances in which they first met. The impact of their scars is all too apparent. She is blind, he is deaf. Rather than being a film about grief, Echo is a film that resonates between past and present and ... Read more
An evocation of the life and surroundings of the great Flemish poet and writer, Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916). ... Read more
“A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest & Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature.” - Screen Daily ... Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career; Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest ... Read more
This is an experiment, using the aesthetic aspects of a physical phenomenon to create pleasing and varied patterns on film. ... Read more
Jean is in a spot of bother. He has just been retrenched from his crap factory job, he has just drugged and kidnapped a prominent pop star, and he has appaling taste in clothes. He has pinned his hopes on his 17 year old daughter. Marva. She is completely without talent and grossly overweight, but ... Read more
Grubby, violent and propulsively energetic, Ex Drummer is blacker than Trainspotting and bleaker than L'Enfant (The Child). A gang of Flemish lowlifes are in a wannabe rock band. One of them has a lisp, one is deaf, the other has a bung arm - and they're in desperate need of a drummer. They find ... Read more
An explosion in a chemical plant releases dioxyne, the defoliant used in Vietnam. The workers clean up the machinery, then show signs of a skin disease developing; professional cleaners are called in, but are not told of the danger. This crew also becomes ill, one man dies. The company pays ... Read more
The captain of a ship in port has been entrusted with a secret government mission. He gives leave to the crew, but orders them to report back each morning. As the days go by, and the sailing date still remains a secret, the crew are thrown into a state of increasing uncertainty. The film ... Read more
By showing various aspects of her life, this film pays homage to woman. ... Read more
Based on Michel Tournier's novel Vendredi ou le limbes du Pacifique (a reworking of Robinson Crusoe), Friday or Another Day charts the course of the relationship between a proud thespian and a sardonic islander. From an initial position of colonialism-in-miniature, their friendship matures to ... Read more
This stylised documentary from the (always art) House of Akerman is the product of the director's travels from East Germany to Moscow shot over some six months. Without the conventional documentary techniques of voiceover, commentary or even inter-titles, From The East makes the most of striking ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's haunting new documentary focuses on the plight of Mexican workers and their attempts to cross the US border and forge a better life 'on the other side'. ... Akerman sets the story in the twin towns of Agua Prieta, Mexico and Douglas, Arizona, USA. In Agua Prieta, she interviews ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's Golden Eighties is an exuberant witty tongue-in-cheek musical for the modern age. The inescapable comparison is with the light-opera musicals of Jacques Demy, but Akerman's touch is distinctly more vicious. The theme may be love, but the song lyrics (which she wrote herself) are ... Read more
“Like Jacques Demy on speed.” - Time Out ... Chantal Akerman's candy-coloured musical is set entirely in a Parisian shopping mall, in an unashamed celebration of 80s French pop, young love and friendship. ... Peppy, energetic and sprinkled with a plethora of plotlines, Golden Eighties follows ... Read more
A great film producer always has to be first. This is his tale- a salutary one. ... Read more
With monthly custody of his kids, Phillipe has a secret he's not telling them; tonight they won't be sleeping at his place. ... --- D/S Valéry Rosier P Isabelle Mathy, Denis Delcampe WS Unifrance L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
This is the life-story of the Belgian composer, Gretry, whose contribution to music was in the field of opera. The film uses some intriguing technical devices, mixing drawings and live performers ingeniously. A generous selection of musical illustrations demonstrate the composer's life-work. ... Read more
When a commuter uses his new mobile phone to call home he starts a comic chain reaction with deadly results. Lavish production values combine with razor sharp story telling in a cautionary tale about the vagaries of modern communications. ... Read more
Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another. ... A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a ... Read more
From the moment they meet – and against their will – Héléne and Joachim begin a lovers' dance they are powerless to stop. ... In the capital to install mirrors at the prestigious Paris Opera, working-class, provincial glazier and skateboarding fanatic Joachim ... Read more
Storck's film - a minor classic - uses a montage of newsreel material to give an evocative portrait of the post World War I era, and gives a frightening prophetic picture of the inevitability of the catastrophe to come. ... Read more
“A road movie in reverse.” - filmmaker Ursula Meier ... Starring one of France's finest actresses, Isabelle Huppert, in a brilliantly modulated performance, Ursula Meier makes an ambitious filmmaking debut with this modern social farce about an anarchic family of five living beside an abandoned ... Read more
At the time of the Renaissance the Humanist movement brought about an intellectual, moral and psychological rebirth in the whole of Europe. The film, which is of a philosophical character, portrays this rebirth by cinematographic means. Crushed by original sin and subjected entirely to an ... Read more
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