Arthouse

Charles Matton – La pomme ou L’histoire d’une histoire AKA Apple or the Story of a Story (1965)

A family’s life is transformed into an object of art. Read More »

Ömer Kavur – Gizli Yüz aka The Secret Face (1991) (HD)

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About a young photographer and a confused young woman and a whatchmaker.woman looks for a missing face,photographer helps her,takes photos for her.then he finds a face ;whatchmaker.after 2 days both of them get lost and young man searchs them city by city at anatolia. An epic story about love,family,msitic faces-places.Nobel winner ORHAN PAMUK’s story and screen writer. Read More »

Joaquim Pinto – Uma Pedra no Bolso AKA Tall Stories (1988)

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Twelve-year-old Miguel (Bruno Leite) is sent to live with his aunt for the summer at a seaside resort, where he makes friends with Joao (Manuel Labao), an older boy who revels in stories of his sexual conquests of vacationing women. Miguel is also befriended by the maid Luisa (Ines Medeiros). Later, Miguel must defend Joao when he is accused of stealing from his aunt. This is the film debut for director Joaquim Pinto, who used 4 people and 2 1/2 weeks to produce the feature. Read More »

Alain Cavalier – Thérèse (1986)

The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of “the little way” to God are shown clearly, using plain modern language. A sense of angelic simplicity comes across without fancy lights, choirs, or showy miracles. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Bad ma ra khahad bord AKA The Wind Will Carry Us [Potemkine 4K] (1999)

A group of men from the city of Tehran traverse the rural Iranian countryside on a jeep, guided by a set of descriptive, yet unavoidably imprecise directions, seemingly lost. The driver (Behzad Dourani), respectfully called “Engineer” by the villagers, eventually encounters his appointed contact along the side of the road: a gentle, courteous boy named Farzad (Farzed Sohrabi), whom the Engineer proceeds to instruct with disseminating false information about their search for treasure in order to conceal the true and undisclosed nature of their visit to the Kurdish province. On an introductory tour through town, the Engineer shows interest in the declining health of Farzad’s grandmother, Malek, an invalid centenarian whose family has been keeping a vigil at the house as she approaches death. Read More »

Eugène Green – Toutes les nuits AKA Every Night (2001)

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At age 50, Eugene Green — who left the U.S. in 1969 to settle in France — proves himself to be the mutant offspring of Robert Bresson and Manoel De Oliveira. First-time scripter-helmer’s exquisite oddity, “Every Night,” shows complete mastery of the austere, formal tradition perfected by his elders, but he makes it his own with bursts of satire and an insistence on crispy anachronistic diction that solemnly honors every last consonant. Pic has been holding its own at the oldest functioning arthouse in Paris since its publicity-free March 28 release, which was announced only via give-away postcards. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Hundstage AKA Dog Days (2001)

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Dog Days is an incredible film, though what it has to offer will certainly not be appreciated by every viewer. This is not to be meant as condescending – I simply mean not everyone will enjoy Ulrich Seidl’s aesthetics which have more than a little in common with Von Trier’s Domga 95 movement. Though Seidl doesn’t explicitly articulate his aesthetics the way Von Trier does, it features the same sense of realism. The characters are mostly non-actors wearing their own clothes and without makeup (except where diegetically necessary). The acting is very raw with many scenes calling for displays of intense emotional pain. There is no non-diegetic music. The film is shot entirely with hand-held DV. The film is, however, very aesthetically appealing. There are many beautiful, sun-drenched compositions, even if all the characters are sweating! Read More »