Drama

Xavier Dolan – Les amours imaginaires AKA Heartbeats (2010) (HD)

Synopsis:
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. Read More »

Mikhail Belikov – Raspad AKA Decay (1990)

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RASPAD is a hard-hitting Ukrainian film that details the horrors and aftermath of the Russian Chernobyl nuclear-reactor incident.

In April 1986, Soviet journalist Alexander Zhuralev (Sergei Shakurov) returns from assignment in Greece to his home in Kiev, only to discover, via an anonymous note, that his wife Ludmilla (Tatiana Kochesmasova) has been having an affair with his bureaucrat friend Shurik (Alexii Gorbunov). To consol himself, Alexander plans a visit with his friend Anatoli Stepanovich (Georgi Drozd), but before they can meet, a fiery explosion rips through one of the Chernobyl reactors, where Anatoli works, and he is one of the first victims. However, no announcements are made by the government, and life continues normally. Read More »

Johan Jacobsen – Den usynlige hær AKA The Invisible Army (1945)

Synopsis:
‘Sabotage of a Nazi factory is carried out by the husband of the lover of a resistance leader.’
– BFI Read More »

Miguel Picazo – La tía Tula AKA Aunt Tula (1964)

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Tula, the titular aunt is raising the children of her recently-deceased sister, alongside her brother-in-law Ramiro. She is austere and somewhat bossy, but the kids accept her as the replacement for their mother. Ramiro struggles being cooped up with her in their chaste relationship -he suggests they become man and wife, scandalizing Tula. But amid an atmosphere of Catholic hypocrisy -her priest recommends she marries Ramiro and never deems to criticize his unwanted advances to her- and unspoken patriarchy (her female peers all see marriage as their goal in life) she begins to wilt -only, too slowly for the lusty Ramiro, who matter-of-factly precipitates a devastating conclusion to their arrangement. Read More »

Glauber Rocha – Barravento AKA The Turning Wind (1962)

Rocha’s first film, a denunciation of exploitation and the superstition that helps maintain it; an exploration of ‘macumba’, the mixture of Christianity and African tribal religion whose superstition aids the successful subjugation and exploitation of the fishermen in the Bahia province.

Review from NY Times:
LEAD: ”BARRAVENTO” (”The Turning Wind”), opening today at the Public Theater, is the first feature by the highly regarded Brazilian director Glauber Rocha, who died at the age of 42 in 1981. The film, made in 1961, is about the efforts of Firmino, part revolutionary, part devil, to free the fishermen in his native Read More »

Michael Curtiz – Mission to Moscow (1943)

Probably the most notorious of the handful of pro-Soviet films produced by various Hollywood studios in 1943–44, going out of its way to defend the Soviet Union in every imaginable way: justifying the show trials of 1937, claiming that Finland acted as an aggressor in the Winter War of 1939, etc. Worth seeing for its historical importance, but not without some entertainment value, too, mainly thanks to Michael Curtiz’s direction and Walter Huston’s manic performance as the former Soviet ambassador Joseph E. Davies. Read More »

Otar Iosseliani – Chant d’hiver (2015)

A deadpan, picaresque buddy comedy about two old friends through a series of urban adventures, loosely connected by the skull of an executed French aristocrat. Winter Song is a typically irreverent Iosselianian jaunt through a classy Paris apartment block contemplating the past, present and future.
by Busan International Film Festival Read More »