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Sunny Land
rating:2.8

Sunny Land

2010Runtime:0 minutes
Applying an experimentalist's eye to the documentary format, German filmmakers Marietta Kesting and Aljoscha Weskott revisit a bizarre chapter in South African history: an apartheid-era casino complex that was open to people of all races. The film blends archival footage with recently shot re-enactments culled from visitors' vivid memories, resulting in a tone that's closer to ridiculous than reverent.

Directed by:

  • Aljoscha Weskott
  • Marietta Kesting
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Crazy Love
    rating:2.8

    Crazy Love

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on sordid tales (are there any other kind?) from Charles Bukowski's &NFi;Love Is a Dog from Hell&NFi_;, this movie deconstructs three crucial nights over the course of 20 years in the life of bumbling antihero Harry Voss as he runs the gamut from love to defeat. In turn, Voss also progresses from childhood to acne-scared teen to alcoholic adult. A nice blend of pathos and black comedy, Crazy Love will probably offend sensitive viewers!

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Deruddere
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Sur
    rating:2.8

    Sur

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Actor-singer Lucky Ali plays Vikramaditya Singh, a charismatic music teacher in a school that attracts young, talented and ambitious musicians who need just the kind of mentoring a gifted teacher can provide. Vikramaditya himself is a renowned singer and has an eagle eye peeled for that one gifted student who stands head and shoulders above the rest -- someone whose talent will surpass even his.

    Directed by:

  • Tanuja Chandra
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Adoption
    rating:2.8

    Adoption

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    Bestowed the Grand Prize at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Márta Mészáros's masterpiece brings together two souls from diametrically opposed points of life: 43-year-old Kata (Katalin Berek), who longs to indulge her maternal longings, and Anna (Gyöngyvér Vigh), a hard-bitten teenager who lives in a shelter and is suspicious of everyone, even those who seem to have nothing more to offer than love. Can the two find common ground?

    Directed by:

  • Marta Meszaros
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    El Alquimista Impaciente
    rating:2.8

    El Alquimista Impaciente

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    When a nuclear power-plant worker turns up dead, it's up to an intrepid pair of detectives from the Spanish Guardia Civil (Ingrid Rubio and Roberto Enriquez) to figure out why someone would want to kill him. But with an "average Joe" victim and no apparent motive to advance their investigation, they've got their work cut out for them. Patricia Ferreira directs this taut mystery-thriller, adapted from the novel by Lorenzo Silva.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Ferreira
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Color of Olives
    rating:2.8

    The Color of Olives

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Life is anything but ordinary for Palestinian Hani Amer and his family, whose home lies in the path of a long wall being built by Israel to keep suicide bombers out of the country. Armed militia, an electrified fence and locked gates now separate the Amers from their farm, providing a reminder that an age-old battle is clearly not over. Filmmaker Carolina Rivas' pensive documentary relies on natural light to lend peace to a war-torn environment.

    Directed by:

  • Carolina Rivas
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    First of All, Felicia
    rating:2.8

    First of All, Felicia

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Attempting to return home from a trip to Romania, Felicia (Ozana Oancea) is forced to confront her dysfunctional family relationships and the current state of her life when her flighty sister neglects to show up and drive her to the airport. Filmmakers Melissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu set out to show how the simplest gestures -- good or bad -- can have a profound effect on our lives. Ileana Cernat and Vasile Mentzel co-star as Felicia's parents.

    Directed by:

  • Melissa de Raaf
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Blonds
    rating:2.8

    The Blonds

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    When Argentine director Albertina Carri was just 4 years old, her parents were kidnapped and murdered by the ruling junta on the suspicion that her family members were leftists. In a supreme and heroic act of catharsis, Carri trains her lens on that difficult period in her life and tries to come to terms with the tragedy through this eye-opening documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Albertina Carri
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Siao Yu
    rating:2.8

    Siao Yu

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    To help her boyfriend, Gang Wei (Chung Hua Tou ), achieve American citizenship, Siao Yu (Rene Liu) moves from China to New York, where she enters into a bogus marriage with an aging Italian named Mario (Daniel Travanti) who used to be a journalist but now spends most of his time gambling. But when Mario's wife (Marj Dusay) -- who left him years ago -- suddenly returns, the oddly matched foursome develops a strangely familiar relationship.

    Directed by:

  • Sylvia Chang
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Goddess of Mercy
    rating:2.8

    Goddess of Mercy

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Ann Hui's film, which opened the 2004 Hong Kong International Film Festival, follows the travails of An Xin (Vicki Zhao), a woman whose work life may be under control, but whose love life is in a shambles. And no wonder: She's juggling two men -- a drug kingpin she meets through work (Nicholas Tse) and her reformed playboy fiancée (Liu Yunlong). Plus, An Xin still hasn't gotten over the death of her husband, Tienjun (Chen Jiabin).

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    1:1
    rating:2.8

    1:1

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When young white xenophobe Per (Jonas Busekist) falls victim to a savage beating in a rough-and-tumble Copenhagen suburb, the lad's sister (Joy K. Petersen) begins to suspect that her Muslim immigrant boyfriend may know who battered her brother into a coma. As Per's life hangs in the balance, the family and neighborhood are plunged into a cauldron of suspicion and hostility. Annette K. Olesen directs this drama that co-stars Mohammed Al-Bakier.

    Directed by:

  • Annette K. Olesen
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Ecoute le Temps
    rating:2.8

    Ecoute le Temps

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    An unsettling atmosphere pervades in this French thriller about a sound engineer who uses the tools of her trade to investigate her mother's murder when the local police appear to be making little headway. Traveling to her mother's country home to learn more about her life, Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) begins using her sound equipment to record events and soon realizes that her tapes are capturing sounds from the past as well as the present.

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    Pardon My French
    rating:2.8

    Pardon My French

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    While staying at her mother's (Dominique Valadie) place, eccentric author Célimène (Chiara Mastroianni) wages a losing battle against writer's block, struggles to get her life back on track and forms an unexpected bond with an overeager teenage girl (Agathe Bonitzer) who wants to be in her next book. Written and directed by Sophie Fillières, this quirky French comedy co-stars Mateo Julio Cedron as Célimène's young son.

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    C'est le Bouquet
    rating:2.8

    C'est le Bouquet

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A simple phone call creates a series of misunderstandings for two lovers in Jeanne Labrune's fast-paced romantic comedy. After a friend calls to inquire about some real estate, Catherine (Sandrine Kiberlain) argues with Raphael (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who then suffers a crisis and loses his job. Nosy neighbors, wayward bouquets and angry playwrights cause further complications, until at last the couple meet at a restaurant to sort things out.

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Blanc
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    New York Memories
    rating:2.8

    New York Memories

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this filmic memoir, German director Rosa von Praunheim returns to New York, a city he knew and loved in the woolly 1970s, to see what he might find and also to check in on the colorful protagonists of his 1989 documentary, Ɯberleben in New York. Both a personal journey and a historical survey, New York Memories captures a transformed city by charting the shifting course of gay life, from Warhol Factory figures to the AIDS ravaged, within it.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Wall
    rating:2.8

    Wall

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    By asking simple questions of those affected by the construction of a concrete wall between Israelis and Palestinians, filmmaker Simone Bitton allows the people to speak for themselves. The result is a portrait of the Palestinian inhabitants, the Israeli settlers and the officials who are fencing them in -- a thoughtful documentary that explores the sweeping emotions behind one of the most enduring struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Directed by:

  • Simone Bitton
  • rating:2.8 2.8 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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