Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah – Patser AKA Gangsta (2018)

Antwerp. The lives of four dealer friends, who want to become real life swaggers, spins out of control when they steal a shipment of cocaine. They trigger a full out war between them, an Amsterdam drug lord and the ruthless Colombian cartels. Read More »

Thiago M. Abrahão – Sete Dias AKA Seven Days (2021)

For seven days, at exactly 1 pm, someone watches the mountain ahead.

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This is the first of Time Series, which according the dirtector, “portray, through photography in movement and the spectator’s solitude, the passage of time, apparently slow, but which reveals fast when we open our eyes and look back every year, month, day, hour, minute and second.” Read More »

D.W. Griffith – A Corner in Wheat (1909)

Plot: A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain’s producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit. Read More »

Jin-ho Hur – Hængbok AKA Happiness (2007)

Synopsis wrote:
When stricken with a terminal disease, Young-su leaves his careless high life in the city, live-in girlfriend and dwindling business. He retreats to a sanatorium in the countryside in order to treat his illness, where he meets a young woman who is a resident patient there. Soon they develop feelings for each other and leave the sanatorium together to live in a small but cozy farm house. Their health improves dramatically but when Young-su’s friends from the city come for a visit, he starts to wonder if he should abandon mundane rural village and return to his former lifestyle. Read More »

Marcel Lozinski – Wizyta AKA The Visit (1974)

A “Polityka” weekly journalist Marta Wesolowska and photo-reporter Erazm Ciolek visit Urszula Flis, who runs a country farm. A young woman living on her own, Flis is an untypical villager in that she is interested in culture, corresponds with writers, etc. Lozinski revisits her twenty-four years later, in 1998, in ZEBY NIE BOLALO [SO IT DOESN’T HURT]. Awards: 1975 – “Syrenka Warszawska” Award of the Polish Journalists Association’s Film Critics Club at the 5TH SHORT FILM FESTIWAL, Krakow. Read More »

Vera Chytilová – Chytilova Versus Forman (1982)

In the early sixties, Vera Chytilova and Milos Forman were follow students at the Prague film school. Both were part of the Czech New Wave. Then Forman went to live and work in Hollywood, his colleague remaining in Europe.

The two had not been seen each other for ten years when they meet again for this portrait. The confrontational aspect is stressed by the title, after all their two careers could not be more different. Forman became one of the Hollywood Greats, whereas his compatriot aimed for something more subtle, closer to the cinema of discovery and experimentation. It is this clash between two often diametrically opposed filmic conceptions which here takes centre stage. Read More »

Isild Le Besco – Charly (2007)

Tramping toward the sea, 14-year-old Nicolas crosses paths with Charly, a tough girl who takes him into her mobile home, where an unusual domestic arrangement evolves. As in her brilliant debut ½ Price, Le Besco movingly depicts a world without adults. Read More »