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Hamed Rajabi – Paridan az ertefa kam AKA A Minor Leap Down (2015)

Nahal who is four months pregnant suddenly finds out that her child is dead. She chose silence and decides not to talk with anybody about that.

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A dark film with moments that recall Bunuel.

Nahal is around thirty and in her fourth month of pregnancy. During a routine check-up she learns that her baby has died and she now faces a curettage abortion in two days’ time. When she tries to address the subject, neither her mother nor her husband give her a chance to speak. Nahal knows that her family will force her to go back to taking the antidepressant medication she began prior to her pregnancy. At first the young woman appears to resume her daily life as before, but her silence soon turns into rebellion. Read More »

Various – Dekalog 89+ AKA Decalogue 89+ [Official Dekalog Remake] (2010)

This is a very rare and obscure official remake of Kieslowski’s Decalogue.

Episodes:
I: The Scent of Flowers Does Not Blow Against the Wind (You shall have no other gods before me)
II: Newbie (You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain)
III: Overboard (Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy)
IV: My Poor Head (Honour your father and your mother)
V: Janusz W. Case (You shall not kill)
VI: The Lodger (You shall not commit adultery)
VII: Street Feeling (You shall not steal)
VIII: The Fence (You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour)
IX: Yoko Ono’s Cups (You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife)
X: Real (You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods) Read More »

Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane: A Work in Progress (1976)

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Sebastiane: A Work in Progress (c.1975): newly remastered from 16mm film elements held by the BFI National Archive, this sadly incomplete early black and white work-print of Sebastiane differs significantly from the finished film. This previously unseen alternate edit – assembled in a different order, featuring a different soundtrack – was never subtitled or released. Read More »

Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane (1976)

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Filmed entirely in vulgar Latin, this experimental film recounts the life of Sebastiane, a puritanical but beautiful Christian soldier in the Roman Imperial troops who is martyred when he refuses the homosexual advances of his pagan captain. When this film was released, it was the only English-made film to have required English subtitles, and it is an early film by the noted experimental and outspokenly homosexual director Derek Jarman, who died in 1994. Read More »

Terence Davies – The Terence Davies Trilogy (1984)

Description from IMDb
Davies’ film is divided into three segments enitled “Children”, “Madonna and Child”, and “Death and Transfiguartion”. The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy’s school. The bleak environment is not aided by loveless, violent homelife he experiences. Nonetheless, his father’s death is a major impact to him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother’s death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life’s events. Read More »

Kai S. Pieck – Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen AKA The Child I Never Was (2002)

from allmovie:
A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story. Young Jurgen Bartsch (Sebastian Urzendowsky) was raised in a family where his father (Walter Gontermann) barely acknowledged his existence and his mother (Ulrike Bliefert) displayed an inappropriate degree of affection toward him. When he reached puberty, Bartsch (played as a teenager by Tobias Schenke) was a young man confused and bitter about his growing sexual maturity, and possessing a deep hatred of those around him. Read More »

Andrew Bujalski – Computer Chess (2013)

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Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Read More »