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Werner Herzog – Into the Abyss (2011)

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In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. — (C) Official Site Read More »

Jon Foy – Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)


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Starting in the eighties, strange tiled messages started appearing on city streets in Philadelphia as well as other major American hubs and even into several South American countries. The message contained on the tiles apparently refers to historian Arnold Toynbee and to Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It seems to reference a metaphysical assertion that some form of resurrection is possible, the exact nature of which is open to interpretation. “Resurrect Dead” follows one man’s obsession about finding out the truth behind the Toynbee Tiles. Justin Duerr, along with two other interested parties, made it a mission to discover the identity of the original tiler. Read More »

Michael Glawogger – Whores’ Glory [+Extras] (2011)

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Tells several stories of prostitution around the world. The documentary revolves around the lives and individual hopes, needs and experiences of the women. Read More »

Selton Mello – O Palhaço AKA The Clown (2011)

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This is the story of father and son who work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar (Paulo Jose) and Pangare/Benjamin (Selton Mello) in a circus which travels through the Brazilian country side. Benjamin is a clown who does not have id or social security number. Going through a phase where he starts questioning his ability to make people laugh and his future, Benjamin decides to follow a different path to find his answers and pursue his dreams: a fixed address and the ideal woman. In the adventure, he meets several people on the way to find his own identity. (~IMDb) Read More »

Carol Morley – Dreams of a Life [+Extras] (2011)

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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North
London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, and newspaper reports
offered few details of her life – not even a photograph. Read More »

Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr – American Translation (2011)

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A love grows from a chance encounter between Chris and Aurore. They are twenty years old and their passion is exclusive. It’s a beautiful love story like you see in the movies… But then Aurore discovers that Chris is a killer. Will she continue to live passionately, an accomplice in spite of herself, or denounce the one she loves in spite of everything? Read More »

Sébastien Pilote – Le Vendeur (2011)

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This stunning Quebecois kitchen sink drama is so raw and real, the pain evoked so acute, you’ll be devastated by its quiet power while at the same time dazzled by its cinematic genius. The film had its World Premiere in Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and was cited as one of Canada’s Ten Best Films of the year in the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) CTT. That it has not garnered one single nomination for a Genie Award is an utter disgrace.

(Greg Klymkiw, canadianfilmcorner.blogspot.com)

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A tale of quiet resilience and human frailty that plays out against a harsh and apparently endless Quebec winter, befouled by the global economic downturn and a cruel twist of fate, Quebec filmmaker Sébastien Pilote’s debut, Le Vendeur (The Salesman) is a masterful observation of ordinary people squeezing what they need to get by out of unforgiving circumstances. Read More »