No Such Thing (2001) Hal Hartley, Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Margrét Ákadóttir

No Such Thing (2001)
Beatrice works as a researcher at a sensationalist New York based media organization, although she is more often than not tasked with making coffee than anything else. Unlike her colleagues, she is shy, soft spoken and a Plain Jane of a woman. She convinces her cutthroat boss to send her on assignment to Iceland, where one of their camera crews, led by Beatrice’s fiancé Jim, has gone missing, they who were investigating eyewitness accounts of what was largely seen as a long held urban myth of a medieval monster. En route to Iceland, Anna becomes the sole survivor of the plane crashing, her survival considered a miracle. She is quickly abandoned in Iceland by her boss, as she will not consent to become the media darling to tell the story of the crash, leaving her alone in her long physical and emotional recovery. Beatrice believes her emotional recovery can only be fulfilled by still finding out what happened to Jim, the camera crew who were last known to be in a remote and isolated …

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Bicycleran / The Cyclist (1987) Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf, Drama

Bicycleran (1987)
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim’s strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won’t finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?

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Elle a passé tant d’heures sous les sunlights… / She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps (1985) Philippe Garrel, Mireille Perrier, Jacques Bonnaffé, Anne Wiazemsky, Drama, Fantasy

Elle a passe tant d'heures sous les sunlights... (1985)
A young film director is turning a movie with his friend Christa (reminds us of the real-life relationship between Garrel and Nico). In the film-within-the-film there are two couples, one real, one imagined , and the film – told through five dreams – is as much the story of a film on-production, as the birth of a child.

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Akumulátor 1 / Accumulator 1 (1994) Jan Sverák, Petr Forman, Edita Brychta, Zdenek Sverák, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Akumulator 1 (1994)
In this movie, TV sets are full of life. If a person is in TV (e.g. because it was filmed on the street) it has a double that’s right in the TV set. This double needs energy from the true character to survive. Each time, the real human watches TV, his Double will pull life energy from him. So there’s a mysterious Death-serial. Many persons die in front of their TV set and nobody knows why. Olda, the main character, is one of the persons, that get more and more weak. He is near death, till Fisarek, the natural healer appears.He teaches Olda how he can resist this magic force and how he can fight it.

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