2001-2010

Dario Argento – Non ho sonno AKA Sleepless (2001)

IMDB plot summary:
“Turin, 1983. Commissioner Moretti (Max von Sydow) tells to a boy: “I’ll catch the killer of your mother, I’ll catch him for all my life”. Same town, 17 years later. The murderer is back (he is not dead, as people thought for a long time), he attacks two girls and a long strip of blood begins. The boy now is an adult and when he meets the old Moretti they decide to close the case forever. To do it they must solve the puzzles of the killer, nicknamed The Dwarf: where the corpses are found, there is always a piece of paper with the form of an animal. And in a mysterious house is hidden a poem titled “The animal farm” but it’s not the Orwell novel… it’s a clue.” Read More »

Dario Argento – Il cartaio AKA The Card Player (2004)

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A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpool agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam. Read More »

Dario Argento – Ti piace Hitchcock? AKA Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005)

A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed. Read More »

Thom Andersen – Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (HD)

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Of the cities in the world, few are depicted in and mythologized more in film and television than the city of Los Angeles. In this documentary, Thom Andersen examines in detail the ways the city has been depicted, both when it is meant to be anonymous and when itself is the focus. Along the way, he illustrates his concerns of how the real city and its people are misrepresented and distorted through the prism of popular film culture. Furthermore, he also chronicles the real stories of the city’s modern history behind the notorious accounts of the great conspiracies that ravaged his city that reveal a more open and yet darker past than the casual viewer would suspect. Read More »

Pema Tseden – ‘Tsol AKA Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng AKA The Search (2009)

Cinema-scope.com:
This film uses perfectly framed long takes, from a largely distant yet intimately engaged camera, to tell the story of a film crew driving around Tibet looking for actors to play in a filmed version of the opera. It wraps this quest around two concurrent love stories, and the whole becomes a masterpiece of understated emotional longing set against an urgent desire to preserve a disappearing culture. Read More »

Thunska Pansittivorakul – Jutti AKA Reincarnate (2010)

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In separate sketches, Thunska Pansittivorakul shows the homosexual love between a teacher and pupil more explicitly than ever. Several cryptic scenes refer to the oppressive Thai political situation. A clear reaction to the new law that subjected his previous film, This Area Is Under Quarantine (2009), to censorship. Read More »

Khalid Abdulrahim Al-Zadjali – Al-boom (2006)

A coastal fishing and boat building town is the site of a classic struggle between traditional ways represented by Nokhithah (Captain) Salem “Abu Zahir” and the ways of progess represented by Sheik Ibrahim whose business investments would benefit from a collapse of the economy of the town. This is the first film to be produced in Oman. Read More »