L’attentat / The Assassination (1972) Yves Boisset, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli, Jean Seberg, Thriller

L'attentat (Yves Boisset, 1972)
Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French security services to help in capturing the political activist. A police informer, Darien, is forced to lure Sadiel to Paris, allegedly to make a television coverage about the Third World. Arriving in Paris, Sadiel is captured and delivered to his opponents. Disgusted by the way he has been manipulated, Darien tries to turn back the clock, unknowing who’s dealing with.

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Lebenszeichen / Signs of Life (1968) Werner Herzog, Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Drama

Lebenszeichen (Werner Herzog, 1968)
A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying fortress, they guard a munitions depot. There’s little to do: Becker, a classicist, translates inscriptions on ancient tablets found in the fortress, Meinhart devises traps for cockroaches, Nora helps Stroszek make fireworks using gunpowder from grenades in the depot. Slowly, in the heat and torpor, Stroszek goes mad, drives the others from the fortress, and threatens the city with blowing up the depot. With care, the German command must figure out how to get him down.

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La casa del sorriso / The House of Smiles (1998) Marco Ferreri, Ingrid Thulin, Dado Ruspoli, Enzo Cannavale, Drama, Romance

La casa del sorriso (Marco Ferreri, 1998)
Adelina, a former “Miss Smiles” beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love.

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Hochmat HaBeygale / Wisdom of the Pretzel (2002) Ilan Heitner, Benny Avni, Orit Cher, Nir Levy, Comedy

Hochmat HaBeygale AKA Wisdom of the Pretzel (2002)
Known as one of the first Israeli films to gain international acclaim, Wisdom of the Pretzel is pure Tel Aviv and yet universal in its portrayal of the male perspective on dating. Directed by Ilan Heitner, The Wisdom of the Pretzel follows Golan, who has gone against what his parents had intended for him and fallen in love with his sister’s quirky best friend. Though he had always considered life to be about marrying well and attaining money, his newfound romance teaches him it’s quite the opposite.

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Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (2001) Xiaoshuai Wang, Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li, Drama

Shiqi sui de dan che AKA Beijing Bicycle (2001)
Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it’s the key to teen society – with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men – and the people around them – are swept up in the youths’ desperation.

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