Enrique Urbizu – 6 Películas para no dormir: Adivina quién soy aka 6 Films to Keep You Awake: A Real Friend (2006)

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Synopsis: “Estrella, a girl of ten, has lived alone with her mother Angela since her father died when she was very small. She is a lively and sociable child, but she spends a lot of time alone at home. Too much. Estrella enjoys fantasy and horror stories and, in order to exorcise the fear that the ‘big monsters’ cause her, she makes friends with them: she gives them a body, talks to them, they go to school with her, they protect her…. One day, Estrella makes friends with a new companion, a vampire. But could it be that this ‘friend’ is not merely a product of the girl’s imagination?” Continue reading

Merzak Allouache – Harragas AKA Burn (2009)

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Description from IMDB:
“Set in the northern Algerian port city of Mostaganem. The title refers to the hordes of refugees, the ‘Harragas’, who smuggle themselves out of the country via any means possible. Here we meet one such group, Rachid, Nasser and Imene who pay a smuggler, Hassan, to take them to Spain in his rickety boat. Along with a group of African and Arab migrants, they are risking all they have to cross the stormy Straits.” Continue reading

Aleksei Fedorchenko – Ovsyanki aka Silent Souls (2010)

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Storyline
Present days. A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the dead body of the former beloved wife, on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon.

From imdb:
typical festival
7 November 2010 | by Roman Pokrovskij

Started as typical Iranian movie, then forget to gain the momentum and after express straying finished as typical Scandinavian movie. It seems like an attempt to create the film about instinct tribe in the instinct or spoofed film-making tradition. But I think I can explain it’s festival popularity. Since those talks about sex are still considered as ambiguous and vulgar, “Sex in the city” have no perspective as festival movie, but when you have filmed the tribe that have such age-old tradition, and this tradition is also packed into sacramental funeral ritual, you get an highest level indulgence and also you can redistribute this indulgence between all those highbrowed festival critics. I want that the story would be continued and the Russian “central region” get such get deep developed mythology. More better then hobbit village in the NZ. Continue reading

Mika Ohmori – Pûru aka Pool (2009)

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Quote:
Love, that’s all it takes.
A story of 6 days with 5 Japanese gathered around a small sparkling pool at Chiang Mai in Thailand.
With the same staff of “Kamome Diner” and “MEGANE” that brought a new wave in Japanese movies, another inspiring film is coming. The new title “POOL” is a story about unique but ordinary people who live their lives the ways they believe.

4 years ago, Kyoko started to live alone in Thailand, leaving her mother and her daughter, Sayo, in Japan. Just before the graduation of University, Sayo sets foot on Thailand to visit her mother. However, contrary to her expectation, it was not her mother who came to pick up Sayo, but Ichio who works for Kyoko.
After 4 years, Sayo finds her mother not changed at all. Kyoko always lives her own way no matter where she lives or whom she lives with, and it perplexes Sayo though she knew it. Continue reading

Pedro Aguilera – Naufragio aka Wreckage (2010)

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Quote:
Illegal immigration is one of the most challenging problems facing Spain over these
last few years. From among the thousands of immigrants entering the country by
various means, there are hundreds and hundreds trying to reach Spanish territory on
rudimentary open-decked vessels, most of them setting out from along the African
coast. Many of these African immigrants fail to reach Spain and find their death in the
sea. Others reach the coast exhausted and dehydrated from days on the open sea and
yet still hoping to find a new future. For many, there is no future as they are promptly
returned to their land of origin and even those who are allowed remain for whatever
reason, find that things are much more difficult for them than they had ever expected. Continue reading

Isaac Julien – BaadAsssss Cinema: A Bold Look at ’70s Blaxploitation Films (2002)

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from rottentomatoes
“Produced by the Independent Film Channel (IFC), this documentary by filmmaker Isaac Julien takes a look at blaxploitation films, and the huge cult following that has built up around them. Interviews with some of the original actors and directors of the genre are featured, including Richard Roundtree, Pam Grier and Melvin Van Peebles; Latter day fan Quentin Tarantino also offers his opinions. The explosive mixture of incredible fashions, hairstyles, comedy, sex, action and music contained in these films has won millions of fans all over the globe, find out why in BAASASSSSS CINEMA!” Continue reading

Partho Sen-Gupta, John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain – Shakti Timeless (2006)

“Shakti Timeless” tells the story of the Indo-Western music group Shakti. Formed in 1975, the group pioneered a groundbreaking and highly influential musical East-meets-West approach. In the 1970s, the group, whose name means creative intelligence, beauty and power, consisted of legendary British jazz guitarist John McLauglin, North Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, violinist L. Shankar and percussionist T.H. Vinayakram, the latter two hailing from South India. Together, they created a fluid and organic sound that managed to successfully combine seemingly incompatible traditions. After a number of very successful live concerts and albums they disbanded. The group was reformed in 1997 under the name Remember Shakti with new talents from India, such as V. Selvaganesh, who replaced his father Vinayakram on percussion, and the young prodigy U. Shrinivas, who replaced L. Shankar. In 2000, the young Indian classical singer Shankar Mahadevan joined as the first vocal element in the group. The documentary is on the DVD “Remember Shakti – The Way of Beauty,” which also includes the 2000 concert film “Saturday Night in Bombay.” Continue reading