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Films From France

“Shot in luminous black and white, Boy Meets Girl moves with the youthful, anarchic spirit of Godard's early work, endlessly detouring through surreal comedy, romantic philosophizing, and spontaneous flights of fancy.” - AV Club ... The essence of the French nouvelle vague movement comes ... Read more
Ten non-conforming youngsters rent a rambling old mansion for an experiment in communal living to do as they please while deferring acceptance of the responsibilities of adulthood. Their initial enthusiasm begins to wane as disorder waxes. So they must organize themselves with tiresome tasks and ... Read more
“Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic.” - Screen International ... Brought to life through vivid hand-drawn animation, Brendan and the Secret of Kells takes its inspiration from one of the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, The Book of Kells. ... Charged with undertaking a ... Read more
Brotherhood Of The Wolf attracted more than two million movie-goers in its first week of release in France. Set during the reign of Louis IX. this ripping yarn is the story of the beast of Gevaudin, a creature that purportedly killed more than 100 people during the late 1760s. The plot centres on ... Read more
The striking debut feature of Minh Nguyen-vo, which won him the Youth Jury and Leopard awards at Lorcano last year, marks him as a filmmaker to look out for. ... Set in Indochina in 1940, his [Buffalo Boy] is the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Kim, who lives with his elderly parents in a ... Read more
... ... Ddicated to "all those who were burnt by the betraying sun of the revolution", this master­ful display of bravura filmmaking by director Niki­ta Mikhaikov (Close to Eden, Slave of Love, Oblomov) is a tale of tragic grandeur told through the deli­cate palette of a single summer's ... Read more
This short version about Japanese Butoh dancers has been prepared to assist with raising support and finance for a feature length production. Butoh is sometimes called the 'dance of darkness', and though little appreciated in Japan it has been drawing large audiences in Europe and America, and has ... Read more
A travelling photographer and his assistant take photos of Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds, with a variety of props, chronicling a changing Tibetan culture. ... D/S Hu Wei P Julien Féret, Yangxu Zou WS AMA Productions L Tibetan w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
A return to the picnic setting favoured by French painters such as Seurat and Manet more than a century ago but long since passed into postcard pop. Using optical manipulation and subtle colour tones, Bokanowski liquifies the scene into a gently intoxicated interplay of light, shape and movement ... Read more
Calanda is the Spanish village birthplace of Luis Bunuel. The great director's son has made this record of a strange annual ritual. Legend asserts that when Christ died the skies thundered for twenty-four hours and the elements were unleashed. So from noon on Good Friday till noon the following ... Read more
As they retreated from Mexico, Maximilian of Austria's troops left behind them an imprisoned Algerian soldier. A firing squad sends him off to a life after death, but a life in which, acpording to the popular Mexican belief, men live their daily lives in the state of skeletons: the Zapatists stay ... Read more
Before the British came to India, a fishing village stood where Calcutta was established. The city evolved to meet the needs of colonialism: the growth of the East India ... Company and the exploitation of Bengal. It now has a population of eight million, three times what it was when India became ... Read more
The sultry, hip swiveling rhythms that Latin jazz proclaims is brought to the screen by Spanish film director Fernando Trueba in Calle 54. This is an ode to Latin jazz and what better way to capture the genre than allowing the musicians to speak for themselves. Simple sets and beautifully lit ... Read more
In Calle Mayor, Bardem continues the austere. intellectualised approach to his material which he established in Death of a Cyclist. Kosma's unusual score, the formal camera movement and sharply drawn characters contribute to the reasoning and tragic impact of the film &ndash: contrived as an attack ... Read more
"An unsettling portrait of the artist as a mad woman, anchored by a riveting lead performance." - Hollywood Reporter ... In 1915, French sculptor Camille Claudel had been confined against her will in a mental institution for two years. Insisting she is sane and yet beset by paranoia about her ... Read more
Barnaby Ruhe likes throwing the boomerang in New York City First of all. it's illegal, second of all it can be done third of al! its fun1 Ruhe the star of this film holds a number of world records in boomerang throwing and is the author of a book entitled 'Boomerang and Zen'. ... Read more
The Story of one barge and her captain passing along the River Seine from Le Havre to Paris. The film gives an insight into the life of the river people, a life still hard enough and one which tends to cut them off from the rest of the world. ... Read more
"Caramel is the idea of sweet and salt, sugary and sour, of the delicious sugar that can burn or hurt you." - filmmaker Nadine Labaki ... Sugar, water and lemon juice - for the workers and friends who inhabit a Beirut beauty salon it's not for eating, but for removing unwanted body hair, and it ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
This is probably the cinema's best version of Carmen, shot on location in raw, rocky Spanish settings and exuding a hot-house atmosphere of sexual passion and repression which stems more from Merimee's original than from Bizet's opera. Feyder gives it a real tragic flow, culminating in an ... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns ... Read more
An experimental film, based on elements of the buildings and railway track flanking an existing street in California. ... Read more
Cinematic legend Werner Herzog presents an astonishing glimpse of our prehistoric forebears. ... Kudos to Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, MIFF 2008; Grizzly Man) for achieving the impossible - gaining access to the French Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a place that only a handful of ... Read more
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