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Yasser Arafat died on 11 November 2004, with the world looking on. His brother, Fathi Arafat, died three weeks later in comparative silence. Palestinian filmmaker Rahid Masharawi wanted to confront the PLO leader to get his perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to understand where the ... Read more
A tough, brooding thriller that reaches deep into the heart of Turkish-Armenian animosity. The DST, France's internal secret service, observes the covert arrival on their shores of Aram, a feared ex-soldier for the Armenian cause who disappeared underground as a resistance fighter in his homeland ... Read more
Five humorous sketches about war. ... Read more
From Sarajevo to America, award winning director Emir Kusturica's (When Father Was Away On Business, Time Of The Gypsies) bizarre and unbridled imagination comes to grips with small-town USA mores and big-time ambitions. ... It all begins with an Inuit's vision of flying fish...Amateur ... Read more
“In Rivette-land, there is no life without art and vice versa.” - Screen International ... For Kate, a broken-down car and a broken-down life both get a jump start from a chance roadside encounter with mysterious Italian traveller Vittorio. When they meet again at her father's ailing circus, it ... Read more
Gallic mischief-makers Asterix and Obelix once again take on the entire Roman Empire in their third live-action adventure. ... With the Olympic Games approaching, Brutus has hatched a plot to overthrow Julius Caesar, dominate the games and win the heart of beautiful Greek princess Irina. But Brutus ... Read more
At Five in the Afternoon (Panj é Asr) Iran/France'at Five in the Afternoon takes the viewer on a harsh, at times poetic journey into the heart of Afghanistan today, serving as both an impassioned demand for women's rights and a searing portrait of a country left in ruins after its liberation from ... Read more
Relations of a pregnant woman with her body, her husband, her environment and her child, and the final solution she finds. ... Read more
This film shows the body and nature in harmony through Yoga, and the evolution of beauty within the evolution of nature's rule. It was filmed in Les Bories (Neolithic stone dwellings) and the cliffs in Le Roussillon (Vaucluse). ... The positions described are the Heron, the Pigeon, the Rooster, the ... Read more
... ... Three years in the making, Atlantis is Luc Besson's labour of love — a rhapsodic, exotic journey through the wonder-filled world of marine life. "I wanted Atlantis to be an underwater opera, a tribute to the sea, con­sisting only of pictures and music," says Besson. "If it ... Read more
"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter ... Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon happily living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, his existence a symbol of life beyond the gruelling ... Read more
Europe's largest butterfly, the Attacus or Samia Cynthia, is to be found only in Paris. Its country of origin is Japan, whence the Abbe Guerin brought a few cocoons secretly in 1858. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of the ailanlus or tree of heaven. ... Read more
The donkey, always regarded as an important creature of nature, is the central figure of this film. One is adopted as a pet and christened Balthazar by childhood sweethearts Marie and Jacques, in a small French town. The life of this donkey parallels the ages of man: adored childhood, the harsh ... Read more
The burden of humanity is placed on the shoulders and into the very being of one of God's forgotten creatures in Bresson's masterpiece, the ultimate animal film. ... Baptised by three children and christened as Balthazar, a donkey's life begins - and so does its torment. With a string of careless ... Read more
The film retraces the life of a man called Steinlen— his solitude, love, accomplishments and death. ... Read more
'A child of 1968 and the Nouvelle Vague, with a particular admiration for Godard, Philippe Garrel's first films are underground works, hermetic visions of artistic alienation... These were Garrel's wild years of drug addiction, permissiveness and extreme alienation, which culminated in a traumatic ... Read more
Eric Rohmer once commented that his films deal less with what people do than what is going on in their minds while they're doing it—a cinema of thought rather than aclions. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival in 1998, Autumn Tale continues in this vein. Rohmer's elegant ... Read more
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog handler is drawn into a scheme to kidnap an obese billionaire's dog. The plan goes awry and the ... Read more
Beautifully shot and finely acted, Avril opens an intriguing window on women in contemporary Tunisia. Amida, a 10 year old girl, arrives from her native village with an old man who sells her to Farida and Dalila, two sisters in their fifties. There is a strange mood in Amida's new environment. ... Read more
“Pure magic… a tale of childlike wonder and innocence that speaks to open-minded humans of any age.” - Hollywood Reporter A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Azur and Asmar is a modern-day fable about two contrasting young men - one dark, the other fair - who go from best buddies ... Read more
The latest provocation from France's notorious master of the erotic. ... One of French cinema's most controversial modern filmmakers, Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, MIFF 03; The Exterminating Angels, MIFF 07), returns with the type of film he does best: one filled with explicit erotic ... Read more
Slices of a real, then fictional, then real, then fictional jazz life held together by Herbie Hancock's music played by all-star combos - 'Round Midnight embodies the jazz myth of the outsider. In an Academy Award nominated per­formance, tenor sax great Dexter Gordon, a self-imposed exile in ... Read more
Bach in Auschwitz is a sobering account of the experience of 40 women who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp of World War II by belonging to a group known to both prisoners and Nazis alike as 'the ladies of the orchestra', The women were from all over Europe. One thing kept them ... Read more
A youthful, anarchic film from 26-year-old French director Leos Carax, a crime thriller that turns into a tale of unrequited love. ... "Paris, a few years before the beginning of the 21st century. Nothing's really changed (the water, the bridges, a few trees, the stars...) except for the carriages ... Read more
“In many ways [Carax's] most purely delightful work - bittersweet, haunting, and as original and eccentric as homage movies get, infusing arch neo-Godard poetics with grace notes cribbed from Griffith, Chaplin, and Cocteau.” - Village Voice ... In his second feature, Leos Carax delivers a ... Read more
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