Amreeka (2009) Cherien Dabis, Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Drama

Amreeka (2009)
Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job’s at a nearby bank. It’s spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he’ll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. Tragedy or hope?

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Bisturi, la mafia bianca / Secrets of a Nurse (1973) Luigi Zampa, Gabriele Ferzetti, Senta Berger, Enrico Maria Salerno, Drama

Bisturi, la mafia bianca (1973)
The surgeon Daniel Vallotti owns a luxurious private clinic, where patients admitted selling according to financial resources. Despite this, Vallotti tries to mask his greed posing as a benefactor, and once a week he goes free to visit the poor in a hospital. On the staff of the medical clinic Vallotti, a team incapable of completely subject to the will of the surgeon, is Dr. Giordani who is conscientious and honest. Upset by last wrongdoing of Vallotti (to avoid a finding of taxation, he stopped in mid-action, by killing the patient) Giordani, the surgeon complaint to the prosecutor …

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Kinema no Tenchi / Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies (1986) Yôji Yamada, Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kiichi Nakai, Narimi Arimori, Drama

Kinema no Tenchi (1986)
The environment and the movie stars at a Japanese film studio in the early ’30s are recreated in this drama that looks back on a distinctive period in cinematic history. Using celebrated director Yasujiro Ozu as a model, fictional director Ogata (Ittoku Kishibe) discovers a new female star quite by accident. Koharu Tanaka (Narimi Arimori) works selling candy at a studio theater when she is given a part as a bit player. After the studio’s top leading lady is embroiled in a scandal, Koharu is suddenly thrust into the limelight when she replaces her in a film and gains instant fame and fortune. But the going is not always easy, and she soon seeks help from unexpected quarters.

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La donna della domenica / The Sunday Woman (1975) Luigi Comencini, Marcello Mastroianni, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Comedy, Mystery

La donna della domenica (1975)
Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino’s high society. Santamaria suspect Anna Carla and at the same time falls in love for her. Lello is the lover of Massimo, a homosexual platonic friend of Anna Carla. He is following another direction in order to find out the truth, and his results are confusing the Policeman.

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La belle équipe / They Were Five (1936) Julien Duvivier

La belle equipe (1936)
Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But difficulties come to split their friendly group apart: former wife, police tracking one of them (Spanish republican refugee), jealousy…

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Ecce bombo (1978) Nanni Moretti

Ecce bombo (1978)
This non-narrative, sketch-based film is a non-stop feast of antic and black humor. The sketches are framed within the context of a Roman student’s school year, which is disrupted by political and amorous misadventures. The title Ecce Bombo means “Behold the Bumblebee” and spoofs both the ancient biblical phrase (in English, “behold the man”) and the then-current wave of terrorism and bombings.

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The Big Caper (1957) Robert Stevens

The Big Caper (1957)
A con man in debt and down on his luck comes up with what he thinks is the perfect caper–robbing a small-town bank that keeps a lot of money on hand because of the payroll of a nearby army base. He convinces a vicious crime boss to bankroll his scheme, but when he and his boss’ girl move into the town to make preparations for the heist, he begins to have second thoughts about the whole operation.

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Sommer vorm Balkon / Summer in Berlin (2005) Andreas Dresen

Sommer vorm Balkon (2005)
A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin. Katrin, a jobless single mom, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and are best friends. Although always dating the wrong men and still pursuing for happiness, they don’t lose their humor and spend many nights together on Nike’s balcony, drinking and chatting. However, Nike gets to know the trucker Ronald one day…

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