The Turning Point / Der Aufenthalt (1983) Frank Beyer, Sylvester Groth, Fred Düren, Matthias Günther, Drama, War

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This story of mistaken identity was taken from the experiences of writer Hermann Kant when he was a 19-year-old soldier in the German Wehrmacht. In the film, the soldier is drafted into the army just after the siege of Stalingrad in 1943 and is taken prisoner in Poland, where a mother has accused him of being the SS man who killed her daughter earlier in the war. While in prison he is given dangerous work in the prison yard but survives intact. Eventually, the soldier hears about the extermination camps of Lublin, Auschwitz and other sites, and has changed his feelings toward the army. Meanwhile, his case is coming up for review and even a jail companion from his same army unit is afraid to come to his defense because of possible repercussions.

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When Animals Dream / Når dyrene drømmer (2014) Jonas Alexander Arnby, Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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The outsider Marie lives with her parents in a remote fishing village on the north coast of Denmark. She has no one to confide in other than her work colleague Daniel, who is fascinated by her wild nature. As the two gradually become closer, Marie begins to experience strange changes to her body: Hair begins to sprout where it shouldn’t, and the young woman is increasingly overcome by an uncontrollable animalistic aggression. Marie begins to look into her hitherto hushed-up family history for answers… This atmospheric werewolf thriller from Denmark was one of the hidden gems at this year’s Cannes Festival.

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Still the Water / Futatsume no mado (2014) Naomi Kawase, Nijirô Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda, Drama, Romance

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On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.

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Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs / Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954) Jacques Becker, Fernandel, Samia Gamal, Dieter Borsche, Comedy, Romance

Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs (Jacques Becker, 1954)
Rich oriental lord Cassim’s cheeky servant Ali Baba was sent to buy a meaty girl-slave, but brings dancer Morgiane, whom he is enamored with. When he’s part of a caravan robbed by Abdel’s 40 thieves, Ali hides in a camel hive and thus learns the secret of Sesame cave. With stolen loot he buys Morgiane and his own residence for him and beggar friends. Cassim not only gets him drunk to learn his secret gold source but also plans to rob him at the grand wedding with Morgiane. But Abdel observed them too and invites his 40 robbers.

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Girls’ Dormitory (1936) Irving Cummings, Herbert Marshall, Ruth Chatterton, Simone Simon, Drama, Romance

Girls' Dormitory (Irving Cummings, 1936)
Dr. Stephen Dominick is the head of a German girls’ finishing school and a published author who is very popular with his students. When Professor Augusta Wimmer, a snooping busybody, finds a love letter in a wastepaper basket, she goes immediately to Dominick and demands an inquiry to determine the writer’s identity. Handwriting comparisons point to Marie Claudel, a 19 year old French girl. Despite threats, the senior refuses to disclose the object of her affections. Could it be the headmaster?

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