Five penniless Italians looking for their big break are sent to shoot a film in Armenia. But when they arrive in Armenia, a war breaks out and their crooked producer vanishes along with the money. Whilst abandoned in the hotel Gagarin, secluded in the woods and buried under snow, they find an original and unexpected opportunity of unforgettable happiness.
Erected in Novi Belgrade in 1969, the Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped former Yugoslavia: From Tito to Milosevic ; from Socialism to Nationalism ; from NATO’s bombings to corrupted economic liberalism. Today, it is still haunting Belgrade landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new milestones. With this journey through the times and spaces of the building, the director – of Yugoslavian origin by his mother but born and raised in Switzerland – explores both a collective unconscious and a part of his own identity.
The Bucharest subway is blocked in the morning hours the day after a horrible fire accident in one of the night clubs of the capital, with a large number of young people killed and injured. This inspirational film by the young Romanian director Tedy Necula, which can also be seen as a sort of social experiment, is an allegorical story about the world itself and the relations governing it. Commuting people start talking to each other. What happens when time, by magic or accident, stops for a moment… or half an hour? When the other becomes me, and I become the other, when the time “lost” can become time “gained” (friend, experience, conversation). At the end of the road, after the journey, someone gets changed.
When in 2013 Danish author-cartoonist Jakob Martin Strid published The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear, it came out in eight languages – a record for a Danish children's book – and when the film adaptation is launched on 12 October, it will have already been sold to more than 30 countries. Well known for the We Hate Everything! and Strid cartoons, the award-winning writer-artist begins his bestselling adventure in the small port city of Solby, where the mayor, JB, has disappeared, and his successor Kvist is planning an end to peace and idyll. Among the inhabitants of Solby is Sebastian the elephant and his friend, Mitcho the cat; they come across a message in a bottle, in which JB writes that he is stranded on a mysterious island and encloses a little seed that, during the night, grows into a giant pear.
After a summer spent with his his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and starts to question his feelings towards Nicholas, a new classmate.
Bari, a city caught in the relentless economic crisis. Ivo is an agronomist, but the lack of opportunities pushes him to accept a job in the fertile region of Banat in Romania. Clara has just ended a relationship and is about to lose her job at the Bari harbor. Ivo and Clara meet by chance and seem to immediately understand each other. They spend only one night together before Ivo's departure, but that is enough to create a bond and wanting to meet again. When Clara visits him in Romania, they fall in love. But is exile their only way to happiness?
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When the flesh of your flesh is rotten, will you go to any extend to protect your own? Or will you cut them lose? Jesus is a story of the ultimate betrayal.
Young doctor Fabian travels to Lisbon to win back his ex-girlfriend Doro. While the two of them are gradually getting closer again they are being haunted by their fears. Fabian's jealousy once again puts their relationship to the test.
A young boy gets swept up in a spy adventure when he accidentally wakens a 1973 secret service agent from cryo-freeze and decides to help him solve a mysterious crime case from forty years ago..
Filmmaker Fritz Lang seeks inspiration for his first sound film by immersing himself in the case of serial killer Peter Kürten.
When the main character Milena (50) is diagnosed with cancer, and at the same time finds out about the horrible past of her seemingly ideal husband, she begins an “awakening” from the suburban paradise she had thought to live in.
Comedy about a boy who is bullied and therefore decides to boost his image by saying that he belongs to a mafia family. Rik Boskamp, son of a nerdy accountant, will not be bullied. Inspired by a mafia film he gets an idea. He causes his elders to move and that his father is looked at for the dangerous mafia boss Paulo Boskampi in the new village. It soon turns out to work the plan. Rikkie Boskampi is no longer bullied, everyone is afraid of Paulo and treats them with respect. Until a bully from the past emerges. How long Rikkie may lie still before its discovered? This family film is based on the book by Marjon Hoffman.
An ordinary day in the mega-city of Istanbul: Ten-year-old Cemo sells paper tissues in the streets, Hayat is controlled by her husband and transsexual Ebru sells her body. All three have a secret love and they do everything to satisfy their longing, if only for a moment. An authentic, delicate and unsettling story about love and death and the Turkish society at the beginning of the 21st century.
A film about the little known treasures of our country. We focus on alternative tourism spots and fishing regions on the Danube river and the Rhodopa mountain. We show rare animals and natural reserves and glide down the walls of dams. We tell the stories of local people and local culture through the guide of an “infiltrator” character we planted there as “our eyes and ears”.
13 European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo and what this city represents in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo incarnates today in Europe. From different generations and origins, these eminent filmmakers offer many singular styles and visions. François Schuiten, famous Belgian comic book artist (Cities of the Fantastic) imagined animated cartoon links in between these films, a metaphoric transposition in his graphically luxuriant world of the emblematic bridges of the city of Sarajevo.
The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('Paradise: Love') and her aunt does missionary work ('Paradise: Faith'), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight adolescents. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently.
Berlin Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s, devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down.
On the beaches of Kenya they're known as "Sugar Mamas" -- European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next and finally she must recognize: On the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.
Zoé tries to escape herself. She travels north through bleak landscapes until she gets on a ferryboat where a mysterious woman suddenly disappears. In the winter coat of a stranger, Zoé reaches the other side of the Channel.
An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'little brother number' or 'brother trick', involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence.
In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman's tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound and unexpected consequences. Weaving together several connected story lines, BLUEBIRD explores the profound and transcendent effects of a tragedy on an isolated American town.
Ivan's best friend, Kamen, is dying in an American hospital. Since he's denied a visa to the USA and can't stay by his side in his last moments, he decides to set off for Bulgaria countryside, taking the camera Kamen has given him. After some time, he writes her a very special letter, telling all about the places and characters he meets on his way, witnesses to a time which is bound to be forgotten.
Laurent Cantet (The Class) crosses the Atlantic for his account of a girl gang in 1950s America. Re-appropriating a traditionally male genre, the film's female perspective highlights the inequality between the sexes during the period, whilst also showing the girls to be worthy adversaries to their male counterparts. With its lush recreation of the era, Cantet's film continues in the vein of such films as Rebel without a Cause and The Outsiders.
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.
A young photographer transporting his father's ashes from Australia to Greece comes to learn that something sinister happened in his family's past involving a young Jewish boy. Despite an effort to distract himself with a mix of random sex and drugs, Isaac's world begins to unravel as he realizes that he cannot escape the ghosts of the past.
The movie highlights ten years in the life of a literature teacher named Laurence who transforms himself into a woman after years of concealing his feelings. Her tremulous relationship with her family is further complicated by revealing herself to them while she struggles to find comfort with her significant other Frédérique. Though others may not initially accept or understand Laurence in her true form, those who knew her before her transformation still know her as Laurence, anyways.
A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.
A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.
As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.
In July 1979, during the summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family (parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives) are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine's sixty-seventh birthday. Albertine, who was ten years old at the time, vividly recounts this brief but life-changing experience.
From beyond the grave, celebrated playwright Antoine d'Anthac gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play "Eurydice." These actors watch a recording of the work performed by a young acting company, La Compagnie de la Colombe. Do love, life, death and love after death still have any place on a theater stage? It's up to them to decide. And the surprises have only just begun...
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A Russian man, desperate to save his dignity, is given an impossible moral choice after he is accused of collaboration with the Nazis. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice.