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 »

Mikael Marcimain – Call Girl (2012)

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Call Girl is set in the late 1970s – a time time of women’s liberation, sexual revolution, Swedish neutrality, nuclear power and social security. The film takes us on a trip from the very bottom of society, along dark back streets, through glitz and glamour, to the corridors of power which are a labyrinth of secrets. The story is inspired by a Swedish political scandal known as Bordellhärvan which linked underage prostitution with powerful customers believed to come from the highest levels of society. 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 »

Émile Cohl – Le Ratelier de la belle-mère (1909)

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Very curious old movie. The quality is not that great, of course, but it’s interesting to see things flow and some animation appearing on an 1909 film. 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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Albert Band – Dracula’s Dog (1978)

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Summary:
Russian soldiers accidently unleash the servent of Dracula, as well as his dog, during excavationss of Romania. Together, they set out for America, to find the last descendent of the great Count.
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Émile Cohl – Le Songe d’un garçon de café AKA The Hasher’s Delirium (1910)

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Another little gem from Emile Cohl. This short animated film seems to be about booze and delusions.
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