DRANCY AVENIR offers three compelling stories beginning with the last Holocaust survivor, who laments not leaving behind an account of the past he witnessed. In the second tale, a young historian doing research on the concentration camp that operated in Drancy discovers that the site of the camp is now occupied by a low-cost housing project called La Muette (the Silent). In the final tale, a ship’s captain recounts a journey up an uncharted river towards a little-known civilization.
In 1908, Sultan Abdul Hamid rules the Turkish Empire, but he is faced with the threat of revolt by the Young Turk party. He allows Hilmi Pasha, the leader of the Young Turks, to return from exile and form the country’s first constitutional government. With tensions still growing, chief of police Kadar Pasha assassinates Hassan Bey, the leader of the Old Turk party, and makes it look as if a Young Turk committed the crime, in order to give Abdul an excuse for arresting the Young Turk leaders. Meanwhile, Abdul becomes infatuated with a visiting Austrian singer. When she rejects his advances, she endangers both herself and her fiancé, a Turkish officer who also knows who really shot Hassan Bey.
In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans.
The country estate of Rödbergshyttan is surrounded by heavily fragrant roses in every color. There lives the beautiful Gabriella, who Christer loves, and an invitation to their engagement party is the reason for Puck and Einar to travel there. But the rose-scented idyll soon turn into a stifling background when Puck finds Gabriella’s grandfather poisoned in his bed. Little by little we learn that the relations between the people living at the estate is everything but uncomplicated, and that there is a sexual frustration behind every well polished marriage. The question is to what extent beautiful Gabriella is involved in the intrigues and how much of a coincidence it is that her grandfather is killed just when Christer is in the house.
Todos están muertos (2014) Beatriz Sanchís, Elena Anaya, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Angélica Aragón, Comedy, Drama, Family
If you saw Lupe (35) in her bathrobe and slippers, stuck at home making pies, you would never imagine that back in the 80’s she was a pop-rock star. She and her brother Diego made up the band Groenlandia, whose first album was a huge hit. But Lupe has turned her back on that distant past of touring and concerts.
The Crime of Doctor Hallet (1938) S. Sylvan Simon, Ralph Bellamy, Josephine Hutchinson, William Gargan, Drama
This underrated feature stars Ralph Bellamy as Dr. Paul Hallet, working in the jungles of Sumatra with associate Jack Murray (William Gargan), experimenting on monkeys in search of a cure for red fever. Enter a much younger doctor, Phillip Saunders (John “Dusty” King), whose arrival is met with disapproval by the much older Hallet, who consigns the newcomer to a life of cleaning test tubes.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938) Lloyd Bacon, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Comedy, Crime
Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he’ll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he’s about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter’s fiance…a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house…just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts…
Murder at the Vanities (1934) Mitchell Leisen, Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Musical, Mystery, Romance
Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll’s Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager in charge Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate.