03/27/08 - 8:00 pm
8 Awards | 4 Nominations
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
"A remarkably affecting work that doesn't go for easy sentiment."
--Jay Weissberg, Variety
A story of the friendship among three women from Yugoslavia. Reza left Belgrade more than 30 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Mila, a waitress there, is a good-humored Croatian woman who also emigrated decades ago. But unlike Reza, Mila dreams of returning to a house on the Croatian coast. Both of them receive a jolt when Ana, a young, itinerant woman who has fled Sarajevo, breezes into the cafeteria looking for work. Reza hires her but is annoyed by Ana's impulsive and spirited efforts to inject life into the cafeteria. But the acrimony dissipates as Ana begins to thaw Reza's chill.
Nominations: Locarno Int'l Film Festival; Schweizer Filmpreis
Official Selection; Tribeca; Sundance; Rotterdam
Winner; Locarno Int'l Film Festival; Sarajevo ; Valladolid; Best Actress
Sarajevo Film Festival; Best Screenplay
02/28/08 - 8:00 pm
Ivan is an insanely optimistic preacher who takes in convicts to help around the remote, rural church he ministers to. His current charges are a psychotic Saudi immigrant addicted to robbing gas stations and an alcoholic tennis pro convicted of sexual assault. His newest "helper" is Adam, a vicious neo-Nazi anxiously biding his time before he can return to hell-raising. Asked to set a goal for his stay, Adam sarcastically answers that he'd like to bake a cake. Ivan cheerfully takes that statement at face value and puts him in charge of the parish's pride and joy: the only apple tree in the vicinity. Grasping the extent of Ivan's crazed, preternatural determination to look on the bright side of everything - Adam immediately decides to shake him out of his rose-colored stupor.
- Denmark's Academy Award(r) Submission for Best Foreign Language Film
- Official Selection: Sundance, Seattle, Cleveland, Sydney, Toronto, San Francisco, Helsinki, Singapore.
02/01/08 - 8:00 pm
The Way I Spent the End of the World
Bucharest 1989 - Last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva, 17 lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee. Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu is more and more convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So, with his friends from school, he devises a plan to kill the dictator.
11/28/07 - 8:00 pm
Harold The Amazing Contortionist Pig
Harold just wasn't like the other pigs, so he ran away, joined the circus and became an instant star. But will the big lights destroy our contortionist hero? Find out in this wonderfully comic tale of trotters, jam jars and a lioness called Linda.
Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of desperate people whose paths cross on the hottest day of the year in Oslo. Frode and Milla have their first child, but learn he will not live long without an expensive operation they cannot afford. Bobbie-Pop is a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. Leon is an institutionalized mental patient, who hopes to keep a 10-year-old date on his birthday with his teenage sweetheart. Leon`s brother, Trygve, gets a weekend leave from prison to be with Leon on his birthday, but plans on using the furlough to escape. Overseeing Leon and protecting him is his guardian angel Vidar, Leon`s best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone - except himself…
- Norweigen submission for Best Foreign Language Film; Academy Awards
- Official Selection; Seattle, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, San
- Winner: Baardsen Critic's Award Norway; Ecumenical Jury Prize Norway
- Best Film
- Best Screenplay
Recycle is a portrait of a day in the life of Miguel Diaz in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. The homeless poet is recovering from substance abuse through his philosophy of recycling life. Diaz uses all the thrown away items he collects to make a community garden in the median of his street, while offering his insights on survival and nature.
- Official Selection; Sundance, Cannes
Michele, a divorced aerobics instructor with a gambling addiction, loses her job and seeks refuge with a childhood friend, Janine, who lives in a seemingly comfortable middle-class suburban neighborhood. Michele's rebellious teenage daughter, Marguerite, and Janine's shy and reserved daughter, Gabrielle, become friends, leading to unforeseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values. Familia explores the question of how value systems are passed on from mother to daughter and asks: Is it possible to avoid passing on to our children those traits that we despise in our parents?
- Official Selection; Vancouver
- Winner: Best First Canadian Feature, Toronto
- Nominated; Best Film, Locamo Festival
-Nominations: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, and Sound.
08/22/07 - 8:00 pm
Sexy Senior Seeks Same. Backseat Bing is a poignant and humorous animated documentary about the romantic lives of Senior Citizens.
- Winner; HBO Comedy Arts Festival
- Official Selection; South by Southwest, Seattle, Los Angeles, Silverdocs, Philadelphia
Something Like Happiness
Monika, Tonik and Dasha grew up together in the same housing project on the outskirts of a small industrial city. Now the childhood friends are adults, each struggling with feelings of desire and loneliness, longing and failure. Through none would admit it, each craves something the other has and it's these unspoken longings which bind them in difficult, complex, passionate friendships. Vibrant and deeply affecting, Something Like Happiness is a funny, tender and very human drama of passions and lives half-understood and veering out of control, shadowed by tragedy, shot through hope.
- Official Selection; Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, London
- Winner: San Sebastian
Czech Lion Awards
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Screen Play
06/22/07 - 8:00 pm
Cousin is the childhood remembrance of a little boy born with cerebral palsy. Being of the same age, the narrator tells of their antics together as children: their attempts to fly off the chooksheed roof, out of control shopping trolley rides and games of violent cricket in the backyard.
Winner; Australian Film Institute (Australian Oscars®) Official Selection, New York, Seattle
In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malú and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malú's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malú's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
Winner; Junior Prize; Cannes
Official Selection; Toronto, London, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco,
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05/24/07 - 8:00 pm
At Dawning stars Jenny Agutter as a woman escaping from a one night stand, who encounters a suicidal Yvan Attal in bizarre circumstances. A story of ethical debate and screwball action, which reaches a topsy-turvy climax as dawn breaks over London . She thinks that if she can steal away in the darkness, before the man in the bed wakes, it never happened. The man in the tree strongly disagrees.
Best Short; Berlin
Valladolid Festival, Spain
Nominated for Best Short at European Film Awards
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The Bothersome Man
Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment – even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The inhabitants of the city all seem strangely unemotional. He constantly sees Caretakers (a kind of omnipresent handymen) cleaning up and hiding anything that’s out of place in the well-functioning city. Andreas grows more and more uncomfortable, and in the end gets exhausted by the meaningless discussions about redecorating and choice of colors - the only topics people around him address. He makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there is no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to “the other side”? A new plan for escape is hatched.
- Official Selection; Toronto
- Official Selection; Cannes
- Winner: Athens
(Norway ’s Oscars)
Best Screen Play
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03/16/07 - 8:00 pm
An old, forgotten military base somewhere in the Pacific. Far away from civilization, army officers nurture their insanities. A general creates his art in an un-heard of manner. Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the BAFTA award for best animated short, Fallen Art is the second film by Tomek Baginski, following his Oscar® nominated The Cathedral.
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Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl.
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