Dennis Iliadis – Hardcore (2004)

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Two young women on the wrong side of both society and the law fall into a dangerous love affair in this stylish drama from Greece. Martha is a cynical 17-year-old drug addict who supports her habit by working as a prostitute for pimp Manos. Martha has resigned herself to a short and ugly life on the streets when she meets Nadia, a 16-year-old who has fallen into the street life and is also hooking for Manos. Martha and Nadia are rivals at first, especially when Nadia attracts the attentions of good-looking hustler Argyris, for whom Martha has long carried a torch. But in time, the two girls become close friends, and then Nadia takes their relationship to a new level by seducing Martha. Martha falls hard for Nadia, but Nadia takes a more opportunistic attitude toward their new romance, and refuses to break things off with Argyris, while Martha retaliates by becomes involved with Miltos, a close friend of Argyris.
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Per Blom – Is-slottet aka Ice Palace (1987)

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Description: Set in a rural community in the 1930s Norway. 12-year-old Unn moves to a small village to live with her aunt after her unmarried mother dies, where she makes a new friend, the 11-year-old Siss. One day she admits to have secret and indecent fantasies about her new girlfriend, and admits to her that she is afraid she will not be let into heaven whe she dies.

On the following day Unn pauses beside an enchantingly beautiful frozen waterfall. To her it is an “ice palace.” She enters the shining castle and begins to wander through it’s beautiful crystalline chambers. Unfortunately she becomes hopelessly lost. The ice then begins to melt, and though she makes a valiant effort to make it through the icy water to the entrance, she fails and perishes from cold and exhaustion. Her friend’s name is the final word uttered from her freezing lips.

Based upon the novel by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas, and considered a classic of Norwegian literature.
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Stéphane Marti – Diasparagmos (1980)

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“A filmmaker and academic, Stephane Marti has pursued cinema as a visual art form, divorced from the codes of the dominant narrative cinema, since 1976. He is a passionate and militant advocate of Super-8, a filmmaking tool which he has used for 30 years.

His work has been shown in festivals and international presentations and has elicited numerous articles and interviews. His flamboyant, baroque and sensual style focuses principally on the Body and the Sacred.

Baroque shades of red and gold fill the frame and dominate the color palette. These pure colours are captured by a mobile, trembling camera, whose gaze is projected with desire towards the bodies of the actors. The plasticity of the masculine subject’s skin is the axis of its gaze. Continue reading

Stéphane Marti – Allegoria (1979)

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“A filmmaker and academic, Stephane Marti has pursued cinema as a visual art form, divorced from the codes of the dominant narrative cinema, since 1976. He is a passionate and militant advocate of Super-8, a filmmaking tool which he has used for 30 years.

His work has been shown in festivals and international presentations and has elicited numerous articles and interviews. His flamboyant, baroque and sensual style focuses principally on the Body and the Sacred.

Baroque shades of red and gold fill the frame and dominate the color palette. These pure colours are captured by a mobile, trembling camera, whose gaze is projected with desire towards the bodies of the actors. The plasticity of the masculine subject’s skin is the axis of its gaze. Continue reading

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Hua jai tor ra nong AKA The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003)

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She’s gorgeous, she’s dangerous – and she sings! Male convenience store clerk by day, fabulous drag queen/ secret agent by night, Iron Pussy must yet again come to the rescue! In this feature-length reprise, award-winning Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Shaowanasai (who also plays Iron Pussy) have created a spy-thriller-kung-fu-musical-western-forbidden-love story that, like our heroine, defies convention. Continue reading

Alan Clarke – Scum (1977) (DVD)

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This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the ‘tough’ new inmate and the ‘old hands’. The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown. So ‘Alan Clarke’ and ‘Roy Minton’ got it re-made as a film. This is a tough and brutal film and should not be viewed lightly. Continue reading