Tony Dimond – Clara Bow: Hollywood’s Lost Screen Goddess (2012)

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Documentary about Clara Bow, a cinema sensation who broke box office records and became one of the greatest stars of the silent screen. Amid scandal and ill health she retired for good at the age of just 28. Once the Queen of Hollywood, now largely forgotten – whatever happened to Clara Bow?
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Masaki Kobayashi – Kono hiroi sora no dokoka ni aka Somewhere Beneath The Wide Sky (1954)

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SOMEWHERE BENEATH THE WIDE SKY (1954, aka KONO HIROI SORA NO DOKOKA NI) came near the end of Masaki Kobayashi’s formative period as a director — scripted by the sister of his mentor Keisuke Kinoshita (and scored by Kinoshita‘s brother), this drama of middle-class life in postwar Japan tells the story lower-middle-class workers in the city of Kawasaki, and their troubles and travails. Read More »

Frank Castorf – Dämonen AKA Demons (2000)

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Life, Death, God, Salvation, Revolution? Those living in the abyss have left the worst behind. Dostoyevsky’s “Devils” takes place in the transition between religious belief and materialistic ideology, foreshadowing not only the approaching death of God, but also the collapse of socialism. Written in the 1860’s, the novel opens not only a philosophical panorama of different types of human quest for transcendence, but also establishes such fateful bonds among those involved in the quest that in the end only state terror can prevent widespread annihilation. Beauty and terror mate before dusk. Read More »

Imre Azem – Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Sehir AKA Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011)

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Ecologic thresholds are surpassed, economic thresholds are surpassed, population thresholds are surpassed and social harmony is upset. Here is the depiction of neoliberal urbanisation: Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits. In his first feature-length documentary, İmre Azem aims for a wholesome approach to Istanbul; as much as the change itself, he questions the underlying dynamics. He takes us on a long journey in this endless city, from demolished slums to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of the Marmara Sea to the route of the third bridge crossing the Bosporus, from real estate investors to urban opposition. We hope that you will not be a mere spectator to change, but question it. Read More »

Ahmet Ulucay – Karpuz kabugundan gemiler yapmak AKA Boats Out Of Watermelon Rinds (2004)

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In his award-winning debut feature film, director Ahmet Ulucay portrays the innocence of childhood and the lure of the cinema for two teens in a small Turkish village. Working for a watermelon seller by day, Remet spends his evenings trying to rebuild a film projector with his friend Mehmet. Both have big dreams to be famous film directors one day.

Ulucay borrows from his own life story to weave this charming tribute to the magic of the movies. At turn heartbreaking and heartwarming, BOATS OUT OF WATERMELON RINDS evokes an acute sense of time and place, while at the same time conveying universal themes of first love, big dreams, and the allure that movies have for all of us. Read More »

Christian-Jaque – La tulipe noire aka The Black Tulip (1964)

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In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named “Black Tulip” held the
surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood,
who declare himself a revolutioner but Count Guillaume de Saint Preux “plays” this
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Kate Dart – Horizon: Eat Fast and Live Longer (2012)

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Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer

Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself – with life-changing results.
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