Drama

Lars von Trier – Forbrydelsens element AKA The Element of Crime (1984)

Fisher, an ex-cop, returns to his old beat somewhere in northern Europe after a thirteen-year hiatus in Cairo. His former mentor and role model, author of a treatise called “The Element of Crime”, asks him to solve a series of murders involving lottery ticket sellers. Guided by the theories put forth in the book, Fischer retraces the steps of a suspect, Harry Grey, as recorded in a three-year-old police surveillance report. Read More »

Samuel Maoz – Foxtrot (2017)

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A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post. Read More »

Frank Borzage – History Is Made at Night (1937)

Wealthy shipowner Bruce Vail is insanely jealous of wife Irene, who divorces him for that reason. Vail schemes to get Irene in trouble with a hired gigolo; but passerby Paul Dumond rescues her, and Paul and Irene fall in love, much to Vail’s dismay. Read More »

Nikita Mikhalkov – 12 aka 12 razgnevannyh muzhchin (2007)

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather. Read More »

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson – Djöflaeyjan AKA Devil’s Island (1996)

Djoflaeyjan takes place in Reykjavik in the years following World War II. The British and American occupation army has left their bunkers behind. They became homes to hundreds of lower-class people who were pouring into the capital during those years. Djoflaeyjan tells the story of the struggle and often humorous life of people in the bunkers in those difficult times. Read More »

Hany Abu-Assad – Omar (2013)

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing. Read More »

Ivan Fíla – Lea (1996)

51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking resemblance to Herbert’s dead wife. They get married, but their relationship seems doomed, until gradually each one manages to penetrate the mysterious world of the other, and they begin to realize that they are bound by a kind of spiritual relationship. For Lea it is the death of her mother, for Herbert it is the death of his first wife. His hard exterior slowly beings to thaw, and he starts to show feelings and responses that soften Lea’s initial hatred and fear of him, and which put their relationship in a more positive light. Read More »