Saturday, April 30, 2011

The International

The International(2006)
:Muharrem Gulmez, Sirri Sureyya Onder
105 min

The story is in a small town in Turkey in 1982 where the local military head hires a musical troupe to play for the arrival of their chief. The lead maestro's young daughter and her lover boy are influenced by communism movement. One day on hearing a communist song being secretly played by the daughter the musician assume it as an international song (thus the name of the movie) and composes a musical piece for the arrival of military chief. It is only during the last performance that everybody realizes the performance is of a communist song.,,,,,,,,by Raj Doctor(imdb)

Kino Lika (2008)

Kino Lika (2008)
Director: Dalibor Matanic
Country: Croatia
Runtime: 117 min

A godforsaken mountain village is the only home that a young football player, a miser peasant and a fat girl have. This isolated part of the country finds itself in the middle of the referendum for or against the EU. Our characters couldn't care less - they are absorbed in their problems. The young football player who accidentally killed his mother doesn't want to join a rich foreign football team and is willing to risk his father's love because of it. The lonely fat girl is so desperate for a friend and for a lover that she will end up seeking both in the pig-sty. The miser peasant will find out that the real misery is in loneliness.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Catfish (2010)

Catfish (2010)
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Country: USA
Runtime: 88

Nev, a 24-year-old New York–based photographer, has no idea what he’s in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby’s family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby’s attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

Catfish centers on a riveting mystery that is completely a product of our times, where social networking, mobile devices, and electronic communication so often replace face-to-face personal contact. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s grounded documentary is a remarkable and powerful story of grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Colors of the Mountain (2010)

The Colors of the Mountain (2010)
Directed by: Carlos César Arbeláez
Country: Colombia, Panama
Runtime: 90mns

Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield. Despite the danger, Manuel refuses to abandon his treasure... He convinces Julián and Poca Luz, his two friends, to rescue it with him. Amid the adventures and kids' games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of 'La Pradera'.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Biutiful (2010)

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu
:Mexico | Spain
148 min

"Biutiful" is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life's corridors, whether bright, bad - or biutiful.

Black Heaven

Black Heaven 2010
Director: Gilles Marchand
Country:France | Belgium
Run Time: 105 minutes

When teen lovers Gaspard and Marion stumble upon a cell phone, they decide to track down the owner and find him, dead, in a mysterious
suicide ceremony. Next to him lies a half-conscious girl, Audrey. Possessing femme fatale looks and an enigmatic tattoo, Audrey lures

Gaspard into Black Hole, a dangerously addictive online game. Gaspard s avatar encounters beautiful but poisonous singer Sam, who attracts
victims in the virtual world and seduces them to commit suicide in real life. Could Sam s alter ego in the real world be Audrey? Could Gaspard be her next victim? He will have to journey deeper into Black Hole to learn the terrible truth.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Black Bread (2010)

Black Bread (2010)
:Agustí Villaronga
:Spain | France
108 min

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a kid that belongs to the loser side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him.

One of the most creative and individual Spanish filmmakers of his generation, Agustí Villaronga’s adaptation of a novel by Emil Teixidor keeps the story moving relentlessly to dark and sinister places while questioning the decency of the human spirit. The breathtaking cinematography and a brilliant ensemble cast made Black Bread one of the best and most discussed films at the 2010 San Sebastian Film Festival. Though the film contains a scene that may offend those with a heightened sensitivity regarding cruelty to animals, no animals were harmed during the making of the film.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Woman on fire looks for water

Woman on fire looks for water (2009)
Director: Woo Ming Jin
Runtime:98 min

Production with all the features of independent films from Southeast Asia. A small history of relations minimalist, with little dialogue, many ellipses and a poetic aura to tell the life of a dying father and his son, his difficult relationships with women they love and the complicated life of a people fishing, where the care plans of the alternate film Beauty and dirt, light and decrepitude. A tale of conformity and despair that has nothing new, nor does a particularly brilliant, but effective enough to merit our interest.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Prem Sanyas (1925) aka The Light of Asia

Prem Sanyas (1925) aka The Light of Asia
Director: Franz Osten & Himansu Rai
Country: India / Germany
Runtime: 75 min

As the film critic Amrit Gangar writes, the story of Prem Sanyas, Osten’s first silent film shot in India from 1925, begins with Himansu Rai (1892–1940), the film’s star and co producer. [...]

The story of Prem Sanyas and the beginning of Osten’s long-term involvement with Indian cinema is also the story of how various theater traditions, popular or art film registers, and differing artistic and political agendas came together: Bavarian theater and Bengali theater, Christian passion plays and Hindu mythology, and German Heimatfilm and Indian nation-building film. In 1922, during his time in London, Himansu Rai had acted in a play titled The Goddess by the London-based author Niranjan Pal (1889–1959). Rai became close to Pal, with whom he shared a Bengali background. Pal was to write all the scripts for Osten’s silent movies as well as to produce, direct, or write many other films, especially for Bombay Talkies. Pal wrote an adaptation of the 1879 epic poem Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904) about the life of Buddha.

Arnold, a British journalist and educator, spent several years in India as a colonial officer and published several translations and adaptations of Hindu scriptures, such as the Bhagavad Gita. Arnold’s Light of Asia frames much of Buddha’s life with Christian and Graeco-Roman iconography; that is, Buddha’s birth is celebrated by four angels representing the cardinal points of the compass, or ethereal devas sing to Buddha like sirens. Connecting Buddhism with what he describes as Brahminical noblesse, Arnold directs his poem against the spirit of abstraction and nothingness that seemed to have overtaken the West. Despite the poem’s championing of a nobility inflected by caste, religion, and race, Mahatma Gandhi later declared that Arnold’s piece had impacted him profoundly in its depiction of worldly renunciation. Pal’s adaptation, as evidenced in Osten’s film, was indebted to a more realist aesthetic and toned down some of the supernatural elements of Arnold’s poem. But it retained Arnold’s vision of nobility and his representation of Buddha as a Jesus-like figure. [...]

Given this background, Prem Sanyas was poised to find a German audience. While the Great Eastern Film Company retained the rights for the Indian market and received enough money to cover shooting costs, Emelka was to get the European rights in return for processing and editing the film in Munich and for sending equipment and a film team to India (Barnouw/Krishnaswamy, 95). At this point Franz Osten became involved in the project as the film’s director. In February 1925, three months after Pal and Rai had started pre-production in Bombay, Osten embarked on his first of many trips to India as an ambassador of “German cinematic art,” with the declared project to make an “authentic Indian film” or — ignoring the rich history of Indian cinema up to that point — “the first specifically Indian film”.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


:Julian Schnabel

From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award (C) nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (OMAR METWALLY, Munich, Rendition) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace. --(c) Weinstein Less

Silent House

Silent House (2010)
Director: Gustavo Hernández
Country: Uruguay
Runtime: 83 min

(Florence Colucci) and his father Wilson (Gustavo Alonso) was interned in a remote country house to refurbish, as its owner Nestor (Abel Tripaldi), very soon will be on sale. They spend the night there, to begin work the next day. All goes smoothly until Laura hears a sound from outside and intensified in the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes to inspect while she is left alone down to await his father .... Based on a real event which took place in 1944 in an old farmhouse where they found the bodies of two men brutally tortured, without tongue or eyes. The disturbing photographs that were found were the key to solving the bloody crime.

Monday, April 04, 2011

La Vida de los Peces

La Vida de los Peces (2010)
Director: Matías Bize
:Chile | France
: Chile: 84 min

After a long season out of Chile, Andrés makes a visit and dropped on the birthday of an old friend. Will be an evening full of ghosts: the memory of a death that could have triggered his flight from home and reunion with the woman who was his love ten years ago.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


Embargo (2010)
Director: António Ferreira
: José Saramago (novel)
Country: Portugués
Runtime: 80 min

Nuno is a man who works at a hot dog stand, he also invented a machine that promises to revolutionize the footwear industry, scanner stand. In the midst of a gas embargo and being in a strange situation, Nuno mysteriously becomes confined to his car, suddenly finding his life ...