Romance

Ilias Giannakakis – Alemaya (2004)

Synopsis:
In the Greek community of Ethiopia in the 1960s, a rich Greek disrupts the relationship between his well-bred daughter and a young man. Three decades later they meet again… Read More »

Arby Ovanessian – Cheshme AKA The Spring (1972)

A man falls in love with a stranger woman. The woman has her young lover whom she secretly dates in an uninhabited house. The man discovers that the subject of his affection is in fact his friend’s wife and in despair takes his own life. Read More »

Elia K. Schneider – Tamara (2016)

Teo Almanza, a successful lawyer with a wife and two kids, finally comes to terms with his visceral desire to be a woman. He is determined to follow his heart, even though this will turn his whole world upside down and put his life at risk. So his journey to gender reassignment begins… Based on the true story of Tamara Adrian, the first transgender person elected to the Venezuelan National Assembly. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Palomita blanca AKA Little White Dove (1973)

Quote:
A relic of the Popular Unity period where we find a teacher talking to himself about the horror of the education system; the hard heartedness of the far right; the frivolity of the left; and a legion of the downtrodden. It is a film about verbal violence; life as a soap opera; and such dreams as mediocre movies are made on. Indecipherable to the world, but a Rosetta Stone for Chilean hieroglyphs. Read More »

Stanley Donen – Two for the Road (1967)

Stanley Donen (April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019)
RIP.

Quote:
Mark and Joanna Wallace (Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn) have the kind of marriage where barbs and insults mean more to them than all the endearments ever spoken. During a present day trip to the south of France, they remember other European jaunts they’ve made. On their journey, they experience anew the first glow of passion, the aching loneliness of being apart, the elation of cresting a hill at sunrise, the joy of making up after a fight, and ultimately, they establish what it means to be a couple. Read More »

Zhangke Jia – Jiang hu er nv AKA Ash Is Purest White (2018)

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017. Read More »

Edward H. Griffith – One Night in Lisbon (1941)

synopsis
One Night in Lisbon is one of several pre-1942 films which used the screwball-comedy form to comment upon the raging war in Europe. While transporting American warplanes to the beleagured RAF, Texas flyboy Dwight Houston (Fred MacMurray) is caught in a London air raid. Scurrying to a shelter, Dwight meets icy, well-bred Briton Leonora Pettycote (Madeleine Carroll), with whom he falls in love–a feeling that is far from mutual at first. Eventually responding to Dwight’s charms, Leonora agrees to join him for a night’s revelries (as soon as the Nazi bombers head home, that is), but their budding relationship is complicated by the unexpected presence of Dwight’s ex-wife Gerry Houston (Patricia Morrison and Leonora’s erstwhile sweetheart, Cmdr. Peter Walmsley (John Loder). Escaping their respective suitors, Dwight and Leonara end up in neutral Lisbon, only to land in the middle of a Nazi spy ring. Read More »