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ARAFAT, MY BROTHER (Rashid Masharawi, 2005)
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 t… Read more

ARAM (Robert Kéchichian, 2002)
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-… Read more

Ares contre Atlas (Manuel Otero, 1967)
Five humorous sketches about war. ... Read more

ARIZONA DREAM (Emir Kusturica, 1993)
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 an… Read more

AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN (Jacques Rivette, 2009)
“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 encounte… Read more

ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES (PG) (Frederic Forestier & Thomas Langmann, 2007)
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 overthr… Read more

AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2004)
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 de… Read more

At Last (Daniel Jouanisson, 1976)
Relations of a pregnant woman with her body, her husband, her environment and her child, and the final solution she finds. ... Read more

Athlètes de l'esprit (Claude Vernick, 1972)
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 … Read more

ATLANTIS (Luc Besson, 1991)
... ... 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 o… Read more

ATTACK, The (Ziad Doueiri, 2012)
"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… Read more

Attacus (Paul de Roubaix, 1970)
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… Read more

AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966)
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 s… Read more

AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966)
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 ch… Read more

Au Pied de l'Arbre (A. Saury, 1964)
The film retraces the life of a man called Steinlen— his solitude, love, accomplishments and death. ... Read more

AURéVéLATEUR (Philippe Garrel,Philip Brophy, 2004)
'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 w… Read more

AUTUMN TALE (Eric Rohmer, 1998)
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 Scree… Read more

AVIDA (Benôit Délépine, Gustave de Kervern, 2006)
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 … Read more

Avril (Raja Amari, 1998)
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 Farid… Read more

AZUR AND ASMAR (Michel Ocelot, 2006)
“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 mo… Read more

À L'AVENTURE (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2008)
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 A… Read more

‘ROUND MIDNIGHT (Bertrand Tavernier, 1986)
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… Read more

BACH IN AUSCHWITZ (Michel Daëron, 1999)
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 … Read more

BAD BLOOD (Leos Carax, 1986)
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. No… Read more

BAD BLOOD (Leos Carax, 1986)
“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 Griff… Read more

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