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“Enigmatic, fascinating, alternately bitter and defiant, [Isabelle Huppert] commands the screen at every moment.” - New York Times ... After finding her boyfriend in the arms of another woman, renowned pianist Ann Hidden decides to completely deconstruct her life. Closing down bank accounts ... Read more
Vincent, Francois and Paul are good friends; they spend their weekends together, and their wives get on well. But slowly the lives of these middle-aged characters disintegrate. Vincent (Yves Montand) finds his business is running into severe problems; his wife leaves him on account of his mistress ... Read more
Through the varied genres of filmmaking that Claude Chabrol has attempted in his prolific career — thriller, melodrama, fantasy — one concern has remained constant, his exploration of family relations and the way they act against a wider social context. In Violette Noziere, Chabrol ... Read more
A young French violinist receives advanced instruction from a master virtuoso. How much can be learnt by constant practice and how much comes from the creative talent of the per­former? Modern research is revealing much about the complex processes occurring within the human brain. ... Read more
This cartoon film presents portraits of three women in the characteristic Foldes style: ... Sibylle, the psychedelic woman ... Flora, the flower woman ... Bilitis, the happy woman. ... Read more
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Violent, kinetic and sexy, crime thriller Viva Riva! stares down the barrel of Kinshasa's savage criminal underworld, shattering staid preconceptions of African filmmaking. ... Cocky small-time gangster Riva steals a priceless truckload of petrol; flush with illicit cash, he embarks on a hedonistic ... Read more
Known for years as the world's one volcanologist, Haroun Tazieff, a Belgian scientific explorer, has brought back in this unique film the findings of his investigations of 28 volcanoes in Japan, Java, the Philippines, Mexico, Chile, Tanganyika, Italy and elsewhere. His record, a factual poem ... Read more
"Set in a Mauritanian coastal town that functions as a transit point, director Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (winner of the FIPRESCI award at Cannes 2002 for best film in the Un Certain Regard section) is a poignant, poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home and ... Read more
Wall (Mur) France/IsraelWall arrives direct from its place in Director's Fortnight at Cannes this year.'an eye-opener about the true dimensions'both physical and mental'of the barrier being built to divide Palestinian territories from Israel, documentary maker Simone Bitton's Wall is a ... Read more
Under the cover of night, a man overcomes numerous obstacles in order to escape from a prison. ... Read more
We may forget the past, but the past won't forget us.Director Art Folman's animated documentary was surprisingly passed over for a prize in this year's Cannes competition; for many viewers the audacity and boldness of its cinematic vision marked it as a standout title. The subject matter is ... Read more
“History will judge me.” - Ryszard KukliÅ„ski ... After years of persuasion, filmmaker Dariusz JabloÅ„ski had finally convinced Colonel Ryszard KukliÅ„ski to allow himself to be interviewed, but arrived to discover he had died the night before. What followed lead ... Read more
Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed acts, the film is set in Germany sometime in the 1970s. Franz, a naive 19-year-old is brought home ... Read more
he Way I Spent the End of the World won the Prix d'Interpretation (acting award) in Un Certain Regard (Dorotheea Petre). Bucharest 1989; the last year of Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's reign and the backdrop for Catalin Mitulescu's debut feature, The Way I Spent the End of the World ... Read more
Shot at their convention at Standing Rock, this documentary shows the struggle of American Indians for their rights. ... Read more
It's been said that there were three ' sparks ' of goodness among the evil of the Holocaust that of an individual, of a community and of a country. The individual was Raoul Wallenberg, the country was Denmark and the community was Le Chambon, France. ... While many know the stories of Wallenberg ... Read more
“A bold, very carnal take on adolescent female bonding.” - Variety ... In 1942 in Tunisia, two teenage girls struggle to hold their friendship together in the face of cultural differences and emerging sexuality, amid the turmoil of World War II. ... Nour, a Muslim, and Myriam, a Jew, find ... Read more
The heartwarming comedy that became the biggest box office smash in French history.In an attempt to cheer up his depressed wife, postal worker Philippe tries to scam a transfer from his comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence to a seaside town down south - and is caught red-handed. His punishment ... Read more
What if the city began to tell us all about the cloak and dagger stories that she'd witnessed? ... --- D/S Marie Vieillevie P Rudolph Falaise WS L'agence du court-métrage - Régie TV Câble TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
Ziad Doueiri's assured debut is a lively coming of age tale, a technically polished, frequently funny and emo­tionally affecling work which was also a Toronto Film Festival award winner. April 13 1975, the first oflicial day of Ihe Lebanese Civil War: the passengers of a Palestinian bus are ... Read more
When travelling shoe salesman Paco picks up a hitch-hiker, Nino, he's not expecting to have his vehicle, samples and belongings stolen and be left stranded by the roadside. Paco gets his revenge a short while later, howev­er, when he comes across the thief in a small French town, beats and ... Read more
Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease. Under the strain, he hangs himself. Noel, the patriarch of the clan ... Read more
The latest from Tsai Ming-liang - a dynamo on the Taiwanese film scene - is a poignant, frequently amusing and whimsical, journey through the human conditions of memory and yearning, filtered through an illuminating, at times cinematically referenced, humour. Hsiao-Kang sells watches on the streets ... Read more
“Those who contend the jury is out on global warming aren't sitting in the same courtroom as the makers of The White Planet.” - Variety Recounting the effects of the changing seasons on the environment of the North Pole, Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida's documentary uses breathtaking ... Read more
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