Drama

Nadir Moknèche – Goodbye Morocco (2012)

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Single mother Dounia lives with a Serbian architect in Tangiers—a scandalous relationship in the eyes of her Moroccan family. The couple supervises a construction project, where earthmovers uncover 4th century Christian tombs decorated with ornate frescoes. Dounia embarks on a lucrative but illegal trade in the hope of making some quick money so she can leave Morocco with her son and her lover. But one of the construction workers disappears… Read More »

Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn – Good Vibrations (2012)

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A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.

IMDB user comment: It’s the morning after the night before, and I’m feeling more than a little fragile as I may have overdone the celebrating a bit. I very rarely drink at all, but I got caught up in all the reminiscing and nostalgia last night. My head is splitting and I’m croaking like frog, yeah! As you’ve probably already guessed it was a killer night.

The’Good Vibrations’ movie has been a longtime coming – jeez, the film has been in the pipeline for around 13 years and it’s been over two years since the excellent 10 minute fund raising pilot film was made and then screened one Sunday afternoon in Feb 2010 at the ‘QFT’. Understandably I couldn’t wait to see this film.

I’m absolutely delighted that the ‘Good Vibrations’ film is here at last, and not only is the movie making its high profile red carpet debut it’s also launching the ‘Belfast Film Festival. For the first time ever there’s a big screen erected especially for the premiere in the historic Ulster Hall which is celebrating its own 150th birthday this year. There was TV coverage all through the glorious day on the local news bulletins. which is not surprising as this is the true (ish) story of a most unlikely Belfast anti hero & the hottest ticket in town for quite some time. Requests to attend the premiere far out stripped supply so two more screenings were quickly arranged (& sold out) to cope with the overwhelming demand. Read More »

Hans Petter Moland – Kjærlighetens kjøtere AKA Zero Kelvin (1995)

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The opening sequence of Zero Kelvin scrolls across a bleak, vast Norwegian wilderness that is virtually inhospitable for men and most beasts. This white, magnificent landscape exudes tremendous beauty, but it also represents death for those foolish enough to fight its dominance. What happens to a civilized human being when he spends enough time is this environment? In this tightly constructed character study, director Hans Petter Moland explores the effect of this land on the fragile human psyche.

Gard Eisvold is a restless, poor young writer living in Oslo who decides to get a little more worldly by joining an Arctic fur-trapping expedition. Leaving behind his girlfriend, Eisvold travels to Greenland, where he’s confronted with the dual harshness of the elements and his profane station-captain, played with brilliant malevolence by the great Stellan Skårsgard. The captain doesn’t take kindly to having a violin-playing, poetry-writing college boy around the cabin, and he begins to torture Eisvold in a cunning if none too subtle fashion. Soon, of course, they’re at each other’s throats despite each needing the other’s help to survive the wilderness.
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Nikita Mikhalkov – Utomlyonnye solntsem aka Burnt by the Sun (1994)

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By the early ’90s, it was finally possible for filmmakers working in the former Soviet Union to deal honestly with the horrors of the 1930s, when Stalin and his regime “reassessed” the contributions of many heroes of the Revolution, resulting in mass imprisonments and death for many millions. Nikita Mikhalkov’s brilliant film about those dark days is ironically set at a sunny summer retreat where Serguei Petrovich Kotov (Mikhalkov), an officer who has been honored for his contributions to the success of the state, and his family are enjoying an idyllic summer’s day. The film’s deliberate pacing for a full half-hour (we might think we’re watching the Russian equivalent of Renoir’s Partie De Campagne) lulls the viewer into a false sense of serenity. When Dimitri, an old lover of Kotov’s young wife and now a government official, arrives, Mikhalkov allows our suspicion that Dimitri’s visit isn’t merely personal to accumulate slowly. The film flirts with sentimentality, especially in casting Mikhalkov’s real-life daughter as Kotov’s irresistibly cute little girl, but after all, the filmmaker’s goal is to show the toll that a repressive political regime can exact on the lives of individual citizens. (AMG) Read More »

Harmony Korine – Spring Breakers (2012)

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Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.
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Brian De Palma – Passion (2012)


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The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. Read More »

Jean-Claude Brisseau – La fille de nulle part AKA The Girl from Nowhere (2012)

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Lost in a maze of his philosophizing while trying to write a book, a retired math teacher is forced to deal with the real world when he must rescue a young woman from the clutches of a thug outside his Paris apartment. What the teacher doesn’t know is that this woman may be his muse, a mystical agent or an angel of death. Stars director Brisseau and Virginie Legeay. Winner of the Golden Leopard, Locarno film festival 2012. Read More »