During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier’s superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.
Alias Gardelito / Alias Big Shot (1961) Lautaro Murúa, Alberto Argibay, Walter Vidarte, Tônia Carrero, Drama
Toribio Torres, alias “Gardelito” (Alberto Argibay) is a petty thief in a world of poverty, who dreams of emulating his greatest idol, tango singer Carlos Gardel. Torn between two worlds, the world of commercial music and crime, “Gardelito” end up going to the disaster.
Aki tachinu / Autumn Has Already Started (1960) Mikio Naruse, Nobuko Otowa, Jun Fujimaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Drama
Single mum (father of child dead) from the country with 6th grade boy comes to Tokyo, leaves the boy to live with his uncle’s family – wife, male, female teens, run a struggling greengrocer – and lives/ works in local inn. He gets bullied/ fights with local boys, goes to the baths, plays basketball, is befriended by his male cousin and becomes friendly with grade 4 girl who’s the daughter of the innkeeper, who employs his mum and is the longterm mistress of a businessman from another town, who’s the girl’s father and who brings her half sister and brother to meet her but they’re mean to her. Meanwhile the boy’s mother gets friendly with one of the inn’s clients and chucks her job for a trip or something more permanent with him. The young girl takes him shopping, and wants the boy to live with her and her mother, but mother and father refuse so the two kids go to a seaside where he sprains his ankle and they’re late back even though the police get them and they’re in trouble. The boy loses his beetle and tries to get another for the girl for a school project but when he does, she’s moved house with her mother at the urging of her father.
Bulutlari beklerken / Waiting for the Clouds (2003) Yesim Ustaoglu, Rüçhan Çaliskur, Ridvan Yagci, Dimitris Kaberidis, Drama
A moving and emotional friendship between Aysheh, an elderly woman and Mehmet, an 8-year old boy set in Black sea region of turkey. In trying to make Aysheh forget the painful loss of her sister, Mehmet uncovers her dark secrets veiled for more than 50 years and in doing so he also learns the hidden history of his homeland.
A group of naive boys find that life as desperadoes in the west is more serious that they understood when they embark on abortive careers in bushwhacking. Violence, betrayal, sombre colours and a Beckettsian whimsy mark this ironic western.
De Noorderlingen / The Northerners (1992) Alex van Warmerdam, Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Comedy
A surreal black comedy set in a decrepit 1960’s housing development. When his mother is drawn into sainthood and the resulting frustrations of his father become too difficult to manage, Thomas, a young boy, becomes obsessed with events on the broadcast news. The liberation of the Belgian Congo is taking place and Thomas becomes Lumumba, one of the contenders as the Congo’s new leader. He is encouraged in this escapism by Plagge, the postman who reads all the mail and knows all of the bizzarre and intimate secrets of the eccentric inhabitants of the estate.
Honolulu (1939) Edward Buzzell, Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, George Burns, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Movie star Brooks Mason tries to avoid his fans and spend some weeks on vacation. When Hawaiian plantage-owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason’s fans for Mason and brought to Mason’s home. They decide to change their identitiess for a few weeks. But George Smith is mobbed by Mason’s fans again on a personal appearance tour in New York, Mason falls in love to dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise due to the fact that Smith is engaged with Cecilia Grayson, and her wealthy father believes, that Smith has double-crossed him. Mason isn’t able to establish a connection with Smith in New York due to his agent’s orders…
En soap / A Soap (2006) Pernille Fischer Christensen, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Frank Thiel, Comedy, Drama
32 year old Charlotte (Trine Dyrholm) could have it all, but she doesn’t want it. After moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment, she becomes the upstairs neighbor of Veronica (David Dencik), who is in the process of transitioning from male to female.
Filantropica / Philanthropy (2002) Nae Caranfil, Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinica, Mara Nicolescu, Comedy, Drama
Ha-Aretz Hamuvtachat / Promised Land (2004) Amos Gitai, Rosamund Pike, Diana Bespechni, Hanna Schygulla, Drama, Thriller
“Promised Land” tells the story of a group of young unwitting Estonian girls smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel, and of their initiation into this trade of flesh, and finally of the accidental freeing of one girl who most fight for her freedom.