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Within the Whirlwind
rating:3.0

Within the Whirlwind

2009Runtime:0 minutes
The real-life saga of Russian literature professor Evgenia Ginzburg provides the fodder for this drama, which tells the story of her arrest in the Stalinist purges of the 1930s and her 10 years of hard labor in a Siberian prison gulag.

Directed by:

  • Marleen Gorris
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    Khadak
    rating:3.0

    Khadak

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Set in contemporary Mongolia, this imaginative fable follows 17-year-old Bagi, a nomadic shepherd who possesses untapped transcendental powers. After the military forces Bagi and his family to abandon their way of life and resettle in a mining town, he crosses paths with a beautiful coal thief (Tsetsegee Byamba) who helps him find his destiny. The supporting cast includes Dugarsuren Dagvadorj, Banzar Damchaa and Tserendarizav Dashnyam.

    Directed by:

  • Peter Brosens
  • Jessica Hope Woodworth
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    La Santa Muerte: Saint Death
    rating:3.0

    La Santa Muerte: Saint Death

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Looking for spiritual solace, the disenfranchised of Mexico City's slums worship the skeletal figure of Saint Death. Filmmaker Eva Aridjis examines the role this icon plays in the lives of gang members, prisoners, transsexuals and everyday people. In their need for hope, this disparate group of poor and indigent finds a tangible presence in death that no other religious figure can provide. Gael García Bernal narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Aridjis
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    Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
    rating:3.0

    Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    In this experimental slice-of-life drama, Belgian widow Jeanne Dielman spends her days performing the mundane tasks of a single parent except for the time she allots to servicing johns in her apartment while her son is at school.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
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    Violet Perfume
    rating:3.0

    Violet Perfume

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    The lives of two teen girls are shattered after one experiences a violent attack in this poignant drama based on a true story. Growing up poor in Mexico City, rebellious Yessica (Ximena Ayala) and innocent Miriam (Nancy Gutiérrez) are best friends -- a friendship Yessica takes comfort in after she's raped in a setup arranged by her stepbrother. But as Yessica leans heavily on Miriam, her dependence jeopardizes her naive friend's once stable life.

    Directed by:

  • Marisa Sistach
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    El Brassier de Emma
    rating:3.0

    El Brassier de Emma

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1962 Mexico City, precocious Emma (Sofía Espinosa) is hovering on the edge of adolescence and coping with a difficult family situation when her changing figure leads her to the conclusion that breasts are the center of the universe. After Emma's sister departs for college, leaving her alone with their quarreling parents, Emma begins to attract the attention of boys and starts a campaign to get her first bra in this quirky coming-of-age comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Marisa Sistach
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    Bliss
    rating:3.0

    Bliss

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    Berlin prostitute Irina and her boyfriend, Kalle, have a perfect (if seedy) life together, until one of her johns ends up dead in her bed. Desperate, Kalle tries to "fix" things, threatening what he hopes to save: the only real home he's ever known.

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    My Father and I
    rating:3.0

    My Father and I

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Abandoned as a child by his father, Maurice (Michel Bouquet), successful doctor Jean-Luc (Charles Berling) must deal with his resentment when his neglectful dad returns. Unable to show emotion because of his childhood, Jean-Luc struggles with his relationships with his wife (Natacha Regnier) and brother (Stephan Guillon). When Maurice returns, Jean-Luc's childhood memories flood back as he relives his past and tries to make sense of his present.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Fontaine
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    Possible Loves
    rating:3.0

    Possible Loves

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Sandra Werneck's earnest romantic comedy -- winner of the 2001 Sundance Jury Prize for Latin American Cinema -- takes a unique approach to young love by posing multiple scenarios for main characters Carlos (Murilo Benício) and his girlfriend, Júlia (Carolina Ferraz). As Carlos waits for Júlia to arrive at a Rio de Janeiro movie theater, will one seemingly insignificant choice change his entire future?

    Directed by:

  • Sandra Werneck
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    Chaïm Soutine: 20th Century Expressionist Artist
    rating:3.0

    Chaïm Soutine: 20th Century Expressionist Artist

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Famously tormented and secretive, Jewish Expressionist painter Chaim Soutine has remained a somewhat mysterious figure in the world of art since his 1943 death. With this documentary, filmmakers Valerie Firla and Murielle Levy set out to change that. Drawing on information from a handful of old books, an ancient film and Paris's Montparnasse cemetery, the film sheds light on both the man and his work, revealing the deep ties between the two.

    Directed by:

  • Murielle Levy
  • Valerie Firla
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    Hanezu No Tsuki
    rating:3.0

    Hanezu No Tsuki

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    At the center of this drama set in the Asuka region of Japan are two modern characters -- Takumi and Kayoko -- whose destinies are directly influenced by the hopes and dreams of their ancestors.

    Directed by:

  • Naomi Kawase
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    The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai
    rating:3.0

    The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Desperate to find a corner of the world that would afford safety from the scourge of Adolf Hitler, between 1938 and 1941 thousands of European Jews headed to Shanghai, China -- the only city without entry requirements. This fascinating documentary examines a little-known sliver of history through archival footage, home movies and the recollections of four people who experienced it: Fred Fields, Siegmar Simon, Ernest Heppner and his wife, Illo.

    Directed by:

  • Paul Rosdy
  • Joan Grossman
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    Enemies of Happiness
    rating:3.0

    Enemies of Happiness

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this potent award-winning documentary, Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad profiles Malalai Joya, a gutsy, uncompromising Afghan as she runs for parliament in a war-ravaged nation struggling to form a democracy. Standing up to ruthless warlords, Joya continually faces danger on the campaign trail, such as death threats and assassination attempts. The film also offers an illuminating look at Afghanistan's culture, political climate and harsh living conditions.

    Directed by:

  • Anja Al-Erhayem
  • Eva Mulvad
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    I, the Worst of All
    rating:3.0

    I, the Worst of All

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    The life of brilliant and beautiful 17th-century Mexican poet Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz (Assumpta Serna) gets erotic treatment in this telling drama. To pursue her love of writing, Juana enters a convent and gains international renown. But when the Inquisition comes, the local Vicereine (Dominique Sanda) becomes Juana's protectress and erotic muse, sending the poetess down a romantic road of startling passion and intensity.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Luisa Bemberg
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    Keillers Park
    rating:3.0

    Keillers Park

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Shortly before his wedding, Peter (Mårten Klingberg) meets the intriguing Nassim (Pjotr Giro) and falls in love. Abandoning his familiar life in a quest to express his sexuality, Peter finds his newfound freedom jeopardized when he becomes a prime suspect in Nassim's murder. Inspired by true-life events, Swedish director Susanna Edwards's bittersweet film co-stars Karin Bergquist and Roberto Jelinek.

    Directed by:

  • Susanna Edwards
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    King of Comics
    rating:2.9

    King of Comics

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    This compelling documentary tells the story of one of Germany's best-loved cartoonists, Ralf Konig, who offers sharp observations about bigotry, queer life, urban neuroses, social convention and more through his whimsical comics.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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