Petr Václav – Marian (1996)

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Václav started his career as a director of film documentaries, first attracted critical attention with his graduation film, Paní Le Murie (Madame Le Murie, 1993) and consolidated his reputation with his first feature Marián (1996), which testified to the problems of social and racial determination and more generally also the theme of human freedom and humiliation.

Petr Vaclav graduated from FAMU in Prague. He shot documentaries about communist Czechoslovakia in the ’90s: in black and white: peasants who refused to join the communal farms, in colour, the life of Vietnamese workers toiling in Czech factories.
“Mme Le Murie” , the portrait of an aging Baroness who manages to survive fifty years of hostility in her ruined property, was nominated for the Student Oscar and was awarded the Prize for the Best documentary film at the Film School Film Festival.
Vaclav produced and directed his first feature movie “Marian” , story of a Romany child, shot with Romany non actors who share similar fates with his hero. “Marian” received multiple awards including the Silver Leopard in Locarno.
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Ben Verbong – De onfatsoenlijke vrouw AKA The Indecent Woman (1991)

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Emilia leads a quiet life, together with her husband Charles and her little daughter Anna. To love is a familiar feeling to her, but she is totally oblivious to a feeling such as pure lust. Until she meets Leon.

Their affair starts as a game to which Emilia completely surrenders. But when it starts interfering with her daily existence, she wants out. Continue reading

Nick Donkin – The Junky’s Christmas (1993)

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Based on the short story by Burroughs or the same name this is a short clay-mation released by Francis Ford Copolla.

Narrated by Burroughs, we follow Danny a junk sick and broke bum on his aimless wanderings to find that christmas fix, his eyes are sting and all he can feel is the raw ache in his bones, only the warming rush of Junk will make his at ease. Severed leg’s, drunk Doctors and and a 1/4 grain all go into making this a superb little tale that every family should gather round come christmas morning. Continue reading

Franco Zeffirelli – Storia di una capinera aka Sparrow (1993)

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Set in 1854 in the Sicilian town of Catania, the story follows beautiful young Maria who is freed from a convent when the town is evacuated after 12 years of forced seclusion by her evil stepmother. She finds love in the form of Nino, a family friend, but eventually she must return to the convent… Continue reading

Ferzan Ozpetek – Hamam AKA Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

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If postmodern marriage is between equals, Francesco (Alessandro Gassman) and Marta (Francesca d’Aloja) have been computer selected. He is slim, tall, charmless, cold. She is slim, tall, charmless, cold. He is irritable and insensitive to other people’s feelings. She is angry and sensitive to her own feelings. They bicker and fight and work for a design company (their own) in Rome. They fit neatly into the high-stress, workaholic, image-conscious lifestyle, in which eating and talking and loving is snatched between phone calls and client consultations. Continue reading