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BETRAYAL, THE (Philippe Faucon, 2005)
“Telling his story in a direct, straightforward manner, (Philippe) Faucon avoids the temptation of creating action for its own sake. This is not a war film; the conflict is in the people's heads an… Read more

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (Vimukthi Jayasundara, 2009)
“The forces of history, of the past, the forces of nature… the forces of cinema, all come to a clash and to explode.” - filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara ... Rajith falls from the sky to find … Read more

BEYOND THE HILLS (Cristian Mungiu, 2012)
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an… Read more

BI, DON'T BE AFRAID (Phan ng Di, 2010)
"A heat-soaked panorama of human desires." - Screen International ... It is a stifling Hanoi summer and the unexpected return of six year-old Bi's dying grandfather has an unsettling influence on an … Read more

Big Footed Bertha (Guido Bettiol, Stefano Lonati, Italo Bettiol, 1964)
A puppet film about Pepin le Bref whose only desire is to sleep; the intrigues of his enemies, and his final triumph. ... Jury Award, Vancouver; Award, La Plata. ... Read more

BLACK AND WHITE (Claire Devers, 1986)
Described as "the ultimate male bonding film" and "an understated example of a good modern gothic narrative", Noir Et Blanc marks Claire Devers' remarkable directorial debut. The story deals with Ant… Read more

BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOUR (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1976)
At a small French outpost in West Central Africa, news of the First World War doesn't arrive until six months after the outbreak of hostilities. The Frenchmen decide to attack the neighbouring German… Read more

BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (Emir Kusturica, 1998)
The gypsies who populate Emir Kusturica's latest project, like those of his Cannes 1989 hit Time ot the Gypsies, live on the banks of the Danube River. These cheerful outcasts inhabit roughly constru… Read more

BLACK VENUS (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2010)
An unforgettable telling of the short, horrific life of Saartjie Baartman, the so-called 'Hottentot Venus'. ... Taken to Europe from South Africa in the early 19th century, the 'Hottentot Venus' beca… Read more

BLACKBOARDS (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000)
Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was the co-winner of the Jury Prize, Blackboards is bold and provocative. The film opens with an almost surreal image of a group of male teacher… Read more

BLAME IT ON VOLTAIRE (Abdel Kechiche, 2000)
In the first scenes of La Faute a Voltaire, Jallel, a young man from Tunisia who has come to France illegally is coached by a pair of uncles for his interview with an immigration officer. Tell them y… Read more

BLANCHE (Walerian Borowczyk, 1970)
The second live feature of noted Polish director of animated films, Walerian Borowczyk, is a bizarre and beautiful re &ndash: creation of a series of events that take place in a medieval castle. ... … Read more

Bleeding Star (Bertrand Fevre, 1986)
Recalling the mythic encounter between Ulysses and the Siren, a series of men become imprisoned by the projections of their own desires. "I felt that Fevre's sensitivity and imagination would bring t… Read more

BLISSFULLY YOURS (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2003)
A languid and sensual meditation on love, Blissfully Yours is a sumptuous new offering from Thailand. ... Min is an illegal Burmese immigrant, living in Thailand and in desperate need of a forged ID.… Read more

Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930)
Le Sang d'Un Poete was commissioned by Vicomte dc Noailles, an enterprising patron of the twenties who also provided the money for L'Age d'Or. Never, perhaps has any other man produced two such infla… Read more

Blood of the Beasts (Georges Franju, 1949)
A surprisingly lyrical description of a Paris abattoir, its melancholy district, and the oddly genial people employed there. ... Read more

BLOOD WEDDING (Claude Chabrol, 1973)
Claude Chabrol's Le Boucher was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and he is represented again this year by Les Noces Rouges, (Blood Wedding). According to Chabrol, this is the last film of his… Read more

BLUE GATE CROSSING (Yee Chih-yen, 2002)
Blue Gate Crossing is a lyrical and tender ode to the difficult, and often precarious phase of moving from adolescence to adulthood. ... Flighty Yuezhan has a typical schoolgirl crush on the handsome… Read more

Blue-Beard (Olivier Gillon, 1978)
In this animated puppet film, Blue Beard's seventh bride is given the keys to the castle, and, while left alone, discovers marvellous, but tragic secrets. ... Prize for Best First Film: Annecy. ... Read more

BLUEBEARD (Catherine Breillat, 2009)
“This quietly surreal Freudian fable is an elegant exercise of style with a sly humorous undertow.” - Screen International ... Recalling her own childhood antics, contentious French auteur Cather… Read more

Boleros and Mantillas (Hilton McConnico, 1988)
A dark comedy about a mother and wife in search of a look, a Spanish maid dancing on the table, three precocious little girls and a husband in the bath. Something has to give ... ... Read more

BONSAI (Cristián Jiménez, 2011)
“One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.” - Variety ... United through a shared passion for the written word, college students Julio, an inve… Read more

BORDERS (Mostéfa Djadjam, 2000)
Torn by famine and political turmoil, a disparate group of Africans, six men and one woman, cling to the dream of Europe. They are brought together through a variety of past hardships, lives in limbo… Read more

Boussac (Etienne Raik, 1953)
A synthesis on the manufacture of cotton textiles: fast machine sequences are edited to the music of Haydn. ... Read more

BOY MEETS GIRL (Leos Carax, 1984)
Leos Carax's feature debut is a moody, offbeat tale arousing considerable controversy wherever it has screened - a paradoxical film where innovation and tradition confront each other mercilessly from… Read more

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