International Cinema

 

10,000 KM

SPAIN – 2015 – 99 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SPANISH, CATALAN, ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY CARLOS MARQUES-MARCET WITH NATALIA TENA, DAVID VERDAGUER

Alexandra and Sergio make love in their tiny Barcelona apartment. They've decided to have a baby, but find their plans dashed when Alex receives an offer for an artistic residency in Los Angeles. 

Understanding this may be Alex's last chance to re-launch her photography career, the couple decides to put their plans on hold for a year. 

One year apart, with a continent between them, Alex and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.

 

AFTERIMAGE

POLAND - 98 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY ANDRZEJ WADJA

A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avant-garde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.

Afterimage becomes a multilayered, intellectual battle on a role of art and freedom of expression;  a film - caution; a film about a man / an artist destroyed by the system; a film on how dangerous it is to fuse political power with a will to shape people's consciousness.

 

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

SWEDEN / NORWAY / FRANCE / GERMANY - 2014 - 100 MIN - IN SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY ROY ANDERSSON

Like a modern times Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. A trip that shows us the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humour and tragedy that is in us, life’s grander as well as frailty of humanity.

 

Chevalier

2015 - GREECE - 99 MINUTES - DCP - COLOUR - IN GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
WITH SAKIS ROUVAS, VANGELIS MOURIKIS, PANOS KORONIS

A FILM BY ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI

A buddy movie without the buddies...

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the “Chevalier.”

 

COURT

INDIA – 2014 – 116 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GUJARATI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY CHAITANYA TAMHANE

A sewage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is arrested and accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited the worker to commit suicide. The trial unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. Forging these fates are the lawyers and judge, who are observed in their personal lives beyond the theatre of the courtroom.

 

DOGTOOTH

GREECE – 2009 – 96 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY YORGOS LANTHIMOS

DOGTOOTH, 2011 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being educated, entertained, bored and exercised in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes flying over are toys and that zombies are small yellow flowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father’s business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.
 

 

FRANCOFONIA

2015 - GERMANY/ FRANCE/ THE NETHERLANDS - 87 MINUTES - IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ALEXANDER SOKUROV

June 1940: German troops march into Paris. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.

 

Mountains may Depart

CHINA - JAPAN - FRANCE – 125 MIN – COLOR – 1.33 / 1.85 / 2.39 – 5.1 – 2015

A FILM BY JIA ZHANGKE

China, 1999. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar.

2014. Tao is divorced and her son emigrates to Australia with his business magnate father.

Australia, 2025. 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name...

 

PAULA

2016 - 123 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN GERMAN AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW

Painting is an unacceptable vocation for a woman in provincial Germany in the year 1900, but budding artist Paula Becker is determined to make her own rules.

The exuberant 24-year-old woman rejects the conventional and explores her unique style. She flourishes in the countryside art community of Worpswede, where she develops friendships with artist Clara Westhoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke. By marrying painter Otto Modersohn, she hopes to find a creative soulmate.

He allows her to continue painting while assuming her duties as a good wife. Five years of domesticity take its toll on Paula's spirit, and she travels alone to modern Paris, where she studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and soon begins a romantic affair.

Headstrong Paula is unstoppable: she embarks on a period that will become her most compelling; a long-awaited period of creative fulfilment and self-realization...

 

PHOENIX

GERMANY – 2014 – 98 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY CHRISTIAN PETZOLD

Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. Lene Winter, who works for the Jewish Agency, takes her to Berlin. Following facial reconstruction surgery, Nelly begins the search for her husband Johnny.

When she finally does find him, Johnny does not recognise her. Nevertheless he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife’s considerable inheritance.

Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger – she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her. Nelly wants her life back. The more similarities to her dead counterpart she reveals, the more desperate and confusing their relationship becomes.

Will Johnny confess his love? Or his guilt.

 

THINGS TO COME

FRANCE/ GERMANY – 2016 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE
FEATURING: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ANDRÉ MARCON, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB, SARAH LE PICARD, SOLAL FORTE, ELISE LHOMEAU, LIONEL DRAY, GRÉGOIRE MONTANA-HAROCHE, LINA BENZERTI

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature marks a departure from the topic of youth; instead she has chosen to explore the onset of age in a powerful yet also ironic portrait of a woman. The film revolves around questions of happiness, of having a vocation and the value or folly of established ways of living. It depicts not only one individual’s search for new avenues, it also asks if – and to what extent – philosophy can be applied to our everyday life.

 

THE TRIBE

UKRAINE / NETHERLANDS – 2013 – 132 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SIGN LANGUAGE WITH NO SUBTITLES

A FILM BY MYROSLAV SLABOSHPITSKIY

Winner! 2014 Cannes International Critics’ Week Award

Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf.

Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school’s hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of the, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.

 

THE Violin teacher

BRAZIL – 2015 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY SÉRGIO MACHADO

After failing to be admitted into the renowned São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Laerte, a talented violinist, is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil. His path is full of difficulties but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students open the doors into a new world. Based on a true story.

 

THE WEDDING PLAN

ISRAEL - 110 MINUTES
IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH + FRENCH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY RAMA BURSHTEIN

At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation.

During Michal’s month-long search for a spouse, she enlists the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but utterly unsuitable pop star – all while dismissing pleas by concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky plan. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.

 

THE WONDERS

ITALY / SWITZERLAND / GERMANY – 2014 – 110 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ITALIAN, FRENCH, GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY ALICE ROHRWACHER

Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her father constructed around them to protect his family from "the end of the world." An extraordinary summer, when the strict rules that hold the family together, are beginning to break: in part due to the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, and in part the local community's participation in a TV competition for big prizes "Village Wonders," presented by the mysterious Milly Catena.
 

 

Zero Motivation

ISRAEL – 2014 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY TALYA LAVIE

Zohar and Daffi are best friends; serving in an administration office at an artillery base in the south of Israel. They share a bunk bed and since both of them don't get along with others, they practically spend all their time together, sharing their secrets, their meals, and their passion for computer games.

As storm clouds gather over the south, Daffi does all she can to be transferred away from the hated remote base, trying to obtain her dream of being relocated to Tel Aviv. Zohar, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care so much about where she's stationed. Her main concern is to lose her virginity. She is secretly in love with an officer but never dares walking up to him. Terrified by the possibility of being left alone in the desolated base without her best friend — Zohar will try to prevent Daffi from leaving.