Drama

Aleksandr Sokurov – Spasi i sokhrani aka Save and Protect aka Madame Bovary [Long cut] (1989)

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A retelling of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary as a surreal story of universal suffering, the film emphasizes the heroine’s internal transformation as she slowly loses her grip on reality. Her erotic fascination with rich clothing and her almost childish desire to seduce and to be lost in passion is brilliantly contrasted with the small-town life that leaves Emma tragically isolated in her passionate attempt to bridge the gap between spirituality and sensuality. Read More »

Leonardo Bercovici – Square of Violence AKA Nasilje na trgu (1961)

An Italian doctor carries out an act of sabotage, killing 30 Nazis. 300 Italians are going to be executed unless the perpetrator reveals himself. Read More »

Kiro Russo – Viejo Calavera AKA Dark Skull (2016)

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Elder Mamani’s immaturity and recklessness make him a liability as a Huanuni tin mine, where he’s filled his recently deceased father’s job. Elder spirals further out of control until his fellow workers petition to have him removed. Read More »

Lynne Ramsay – Kill the Day (1996)

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A junkie breaks into a locker and steals a bag, to get money for drugs. Later we see him in prison. He seems like a loner. Guards taunt him and try to make him lose his temper, so that he will be denied parole. When he’s released, he tries to go straight. Interspersed with these scenes are flashbacks of his younger life. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen AKA Where the Green Ants Dream [+Commentary] (1984)

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The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is impeded by some aborigines who explain that this is the place where the green ants dream. Disturbing their dreaming will destroy humanity they claim. Hackett informs the company which offers various “solutions” such as a large amount of money or a percentage of a possible revenue. Invited on a trip to a city some of the aborigines sees a military aeroplane and express the wish to own it. The company buys it and gives it to the aborigines as a sign of good will. A runway is made in the desert and the plane is flown to the location. All negotiations concerning the area fail and the dispute goes to a court of the Commonwealth. Parties and experts are heard, obstacles are met such as an aborigine who is the sole survivor of his tribe (and language) and therefore no-one understands what he is saying. Read More »

Zhenia Kazankina – Rio (2020)

Paulina lives and works in a small hotel in the northern town near the border. She and her friend Nadia dream of a different, paradise and exotic world. One day a stranger arrives at the hotel. Torn between a man and a friend, Paulina is trying to understand who she really is and what she wants most in her life. Read More »

Carlos Bolado – Bajo California: El límite del tiempo (1998)

From IMDB:
Damian is a married artist living in Los Angeles with his wife. After he accidentally hits a woman with his car and flees the scene, he seeks atonement and travels alone to Mexico, both to find peace and to reconnect with his family roots. Assisted by local guide Arce, Damian locates his grandmother’s resting place and searches for redemption through a long trek in the arid wilderness of his ancestral land. Read More »