Antoinette Beumer – De gelukkige huisvrouw AKA The Happy Housewife (2010)

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CIFF 2010: The Happy Housewife (De gelukkige huisvrouw, 2010)

Director: Antoinette Beumer

2010 Chicago International Film Festival

By Marilyn Ferdinand

“I hate actors,” the cinephile said to me after a screening of a personal essay film that had no actors in it at all. I vaguely understood what he was saying, that actors are tricksters whose presence can take away from the sincerity of a film. As someone who treasures the films of Robert Bresson, the Neorealists, the Nouvelle Vague directors, as well as a slew of more contemporary films that use nonprofessionals, I find the unstudied spontaneity of the performances helps me appreciate the film as a whole rather than focusing on the accomplishments of a single performer. Continue reading Antoinette Beumer – De gelukkige huisvrouw AKA The Happy Housewife (2010)

Agustí Villaronga – Pa negre aka Black Bread (2010)

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In the harsh post-war years’ Catalan countryside, Andreu, a kid that belongs to the loser side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him. Continue reading Agustí Villaronga – Pa negre aka Black Bread (2010)

Jean-Claude Brisseau – Noce Blanche AKA White Wedding (1989)

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“A teacher of philosophy discovers a complicated pupil, a seventeen year old girl with a quite cynic and lucid view of the world. He gets involved in helping her to follow the routine of the study, but soon he is fascinated by her and they fall in a passionate love. When the teacher confronts their affair with reality he decides staying with his wife. But the girl will not accept it.” Continue reading Jean-Claude Brisseau – Noce Blanche AKA White Wedding (1989)

Benjamin Filipovic – Dobro Ustimani Mrtvaci AKA Well-Tempered Corpses (2005)

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Two cynical workers in a hospital morgue (Boro Stjepanovic, Zan Marolt) make bets on how many bodies will turn up by a certain time. When three corpses are suddenly wheeled in after a horrific accident involving a plane, a car and a suicide jumper, joining a forth cadaver who suddenly dropped dead in a government lobby, one coroner appears to have won the bet. But death holds many surprises. Continue reading Benjamin Filipovic – Dobro Ustimani Mrtvaci AKA Well-Tempered Corpses (2005)

János Rózsa – A trombitás AKA The Trumpeter (1979)

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The film takes place after the Thököly insurrection as a result of the persecutions and deprivations bandit was going downhill between exiles. One three robbers slaughter and cleans it out the Polish host of sixteen year boys. They leave a trumpeter’s life because a beautiful Kuruc sings songs on his trumpet. Continue reading János Rózsa – A trombitás AKA The Trumpeter (1979)

Hodzhakuli Narliev – Nevestka AKA Daughter in Law (1972)

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This film from Turkmenistan belongs to an edition of ten films from Central Asia that were shot both during the Soviet times and during the independence epoch. This collection contains 2 films of each country.

This collection was edited in 2006. It was released by the Center of Central Asian Cinematography with the financial support of “Arts and Culture” Network Program of Open Society Institute of Budapest. You will have english subtitles for each film. Continue reading Hodzhakuli Narliev – Nevestka AKA Daughter in Law (1972)

Vladimir Motyl – Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya aka The Captivating star of happiness (1975)

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Description: On December 14, 1825 the military units of the Russian army were supposed to swear their allegiance to the new czar, Nicholas I. But the young officers, the most liberal-minded people of their time, who abhorred the terrors of serfdom, decided to raise their regiments against the autocracy and bring democracy to the country. That was a great heroic feat of the best sons of Russia. However, the revolt had been brutally crushed. Some of its inspirators were executed, many sent to hard labor in Siberia. Following the convicted officers to Siberia were their wives who had left their aristocratic families and comfortable lifestyles. The film is dedicated to those remarkable Russian women. Continue reading Vladimir Motyl – Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya aka The Captivating star of happiness (1975)