Yoon-ki Lee – Saranghanda, saranghaji anneunda AKA Come Rain, Come Shine (2011)

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Seoul, the present day. Yeong-shin (Im Su-jeong), who works for a publishing company, has been married to architect Hwang Ji-seok (Hyeon Bin) for five years. One Thursday, while he is driving her to the airport for a two-day business trip to Japan, she tells she him she is leaving him for another man. Ji-seok reacts in a muted way, not even asking her who the other man is. Some time later, on the day the other man — photographer Kim Seong-hun (Ha Jung-woo) — is due to pick her up with her things, Yeong-shin and Ji-seok find themselves closeted together in the house as the rain pours down outside from a hurricane that has been causing havoc in the region. And then Ji-seok finds a stray kitten crying on the patio outside. Continue reading

Aytaç Agirlar – Incir Reçeli (2011)

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Metin dreams of becoming a script writer. But no one is interested in his works. When he one evening returns frustrated from a bar, where yet again another on of his scripts was rejected, he meets Duygu. He takes the drunk woman who can barely stand on her legs, to his home where she can stay for the night.

The next morning however Duygu has disappeared. The next nights however the same thing happens over and over. Metin, who doesn’t even know the phone number of the mysterious woman, becomes very curious about her identity. He’s decided to unravel the secret behind this affair. This is the beginning of a love in the big city. Continue reading

Wim Wenders – Pina (2011)

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Our first film was Pina, the documentary on contemporary dancing directed by Wim Wenders. I’m so glad to have chosen Wim over Bono, though, because Pina is an impressive and audaciously original piece of filmmaking.
Pina is an essay on the life and work of renowned choreographer Pina Bausch. Pina appears in some archival footage, and several members of her dance troupe testify to her ingenuity and artistic inspiration. The spirit of Pina, however, lives on in her dances: the film offers four of Bausch’s famed dances in their entirety, but dispersed and intercut throughout the film. The opening dance, The Rite of Spring, is a mesmerizing and penetrating ballet through a field of earth. The film’s hindrance may be that the first number is the strongest, but all four dances are sharp and provocative, and they alternate between soundstages and exterior settings. Continue reading

Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne – Le gamin au vélo aka The Kid with a Bike (2011)

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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.

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The Kid with a Bike (French: Le Gamin au vélo) is a 2011 drama film written and directed by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, starring Cécile de France and Thomas Doret. Set in Seraing, it tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who turns to a woman after his father has abandoned him.[1] The film was produced through companies in Belgium, France and Italy. While it does not deviate from the naturalistic style of the Dardenne brothers’ earlier works, a brighter aesthetic than usual was employed, and the screenplay had a structure inspired by fairytales. Unusually for a film by the directors it also uses music. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and won the festival’s Grand Prix. Continue reading

Handan Ipekçi – Çinar agaci (2011)

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Turkish family drama. Adviye Hanim, a grandmother who resorts to her own inimitable methods to restore peace and harmony to her brood as they face a period of upheaval and uncertainty in their lives.

Handan İPEKÇİ

Graduted from Gazi University, Faculty of Communication, Radio-Television Department. She implemented her first directing experience with the documentary titled “THE BALLAD OF KEMANCHA” (1993). Her first feature-length film “MY DADDY IS IN THE ARMY” (1994), was shown in the Panaroma segment of the Berlin Film Festival.

The second feature-length implemented in 2001 “BIG MAN, TINY LOVE” won 20 national and international prizes. Same year the film was nominated as Turkey’s Oscar candidate. Continue reading

Ashley Gething – Cutting Edge: Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring (2011)

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Channel 4 – 26 May 2011

Colin Blanchard, Vanessa George, Angela Allen, Tracy Lyons and Tracey Dawber provoked widespread revulsion and made international headlines after their sexual offences against children came to light in 2009.

With unique access to the police investigation, Cutting Edge is the first film to take an in-depth forensic look at this criminal web, detailing how it operated, and what motivated the five people within it.

This carefully crafted, sensitive and revealing documentary uses police interviews with the offenders, and first-hand testimonies from family members of the offenders and the parents of a possible victim. Continue reading

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Ashes (2012)

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Ashes contemplates love, pleasure, and the destruction of memory. The surroundings of everyday life are shared with extreme intimacy. For Apichatpong, Thailand, while full of beauty, is slowly collapsing into darkness.

“King Kong rarely barked. She had been with us since she was three months old. Every night she slept and looked around in her dreams.

We thought that our spirits were enriched by the fertile soil and the greenest leaves and the rarest insects and the abundance of humility. But came a day in March we woke up from our dream. The sky wept ashes. The rotten ground trembled as baby worms rose to taste the gray snow. Across the mountains the light of devotion shone and blinded our souls. The darkness was so bright we wept and shouted in silence. And we woke up again, and again. Continue reading