Krzysztof Skonieczny – Hardkor Disko (2014)

 Krzysztof Skonieczny   Hardkor Disko (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Krzysztof Skonieczny   Hardkor Disko (2014)

A contemporary, multi-faceted metropolis. Nouveau-riche parents and their hedonist, live-in-the-moment children, surrounded by a reality where anger and tension pulsate almost to the brink of explosion. This is where we meet Marcin, a young man who comes to the city and meets Ola, a couple of years his junior. Fascinated, the girl lets him into her world of drugs, endless, bohemian parties and illegal car races. However, neither she nor her parents know that Marcin has a well-guarded secret and a plan for revenge… Continue reading

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Ingmar Bergman – En passion AKA The Passion of Anna [+Extras] (1969)

 Ingmar Bergman   En passion AKA The Passion of Anna [+Extras] (1969)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Ingmar Bergman   En passion AKA The Passion of Anna [+Extras] (1969)

The Passion of Anna is a 1969 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Its original Swedish title is En passion, which means “A passion”. Bergman was awarded Best Director at the 1971 National Society of Film Critics Awards for the film.

Plot Summary:
Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Meanwhile, the island community is victimized by an unknown person committing acts of animal cruelty. Continue reading

Olivier Assayas – Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

 Olivier Assayas   Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Olivier Assayas   Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Quote:
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal is to take on the role of Sigrid, and maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. Continue reading

Vincente Minnelli – Some Came Running (1958)

 Vincente Minnelli   Some Came Running (1958)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Vincente Minnelli   Some Came Running (1958)

Plot : Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran, returns to 1948 Parkman, Indiana, his hometown. His prosperous brother introduces him to Gwen French, a local teacher. But the more flamboyant Ginny has followed him to Parkton, where he also meets gambler Bama Dillert. Dave must come to terms with his roots and with his future. Continue reading

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kis uykusu AKA Winter Sleep (2014)

 Nuri Bilge Ceylan   Kis uykusu AKA Winter Sleep (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Nuri Bilge Ceylan   Kis uykusu AKA Winter Sleep (2014)

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities… Continue reading

Georges Lautner – La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

 Georges Lautner   La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Georges Lautner   La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

From IMDb:
Jonas (Walker Jr) is on the road to Salina. He stops at a gas station/restaurant and its owner, Mara (Hayworth), is struck by his resemblance to her dead son, Rocky (Porel). He decides to stay on and meets Mara’s friend Warren (Begley) and Rocky’s sister Billie (Famer), but dark facts are to be revealed about the death of Rocky. Continue reading

Yi’nan Diao – Bai ri yan huo AKA Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

 Yinan Diao   Bai ri yan huo AKA Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Yinan Diao   Bai ri yan huo AKA Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Northern China, 1999. The grisly discovery of several corpses is made in a small town. A bloody incident during the attempt to capture the alleged murderer leaves two police officers dead and another badly injured. The surviving officer Zhang Zili is suspended from duty; he takes a job as a security guard at a factory. Five years later, another series of mysterious murders occurs. Aided by a former colleague, Zhang decides to investigate under his own initiative. He discovers that all the victims were connected to Wu Zhizhen, a young woman who works at a dry cleaners. Pretending to be a customer, Zhang begins to observe her and finds himself falling in love with the reticent Wu Zhizhen. One cold winter’s day he makes a horrific discovery. His life now in danger, he realises it is not always possible to separate guilt from innocence. Diao Yinan’s use of the characters of the ex-police officer and the femme fatale is a direct reference to classic detective films. This director’s third feature is a noirish thriller in drained colours which, whilst playfully alluding to the genre, also invites us into the lives of very ordinary people. (-berlinale.de) Continue reading

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