Fuck It / Jebiga (2000) Miha Hocevar, Matej Druznik, David Furlan, Peter Hvalica, Comedy

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A group of teenagers spend the summer looking for fun in a place where it’s in short supply in this good-natured comedy-drama. It’s summer in the Slovenian city of Ljubljana, and five buddies spend their time trying to scare up some excitement; however, finding someone to buy them some beer at the neighborhood tavern is usually the high point of the day. In between drifting through town, sometimes scoring drugs, and trying to figure out where they left their car, the guys discover (to their surprise) that love may be entering the picture when a pair of local girls begin hanging out with the group. Jebiga, the debut feature from director Miha Hocevar, was well received in its screening at the 2000 Slovenian National Film Festival.

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All the Women / Todas las mujeres (2013) Mariano Barroso, Eduard Fernández, Lucía Quintana, Michelle Jenner, Drama

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Winner of the Goya, Spain’s answer to the Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay, Mariano Barroso’s provocative takedown of Spanish machismo follows Nacho (Eduard Fernandez), a down and out veterinarian, who seeks advice from the most important women in his life – his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law and his psychologist – after his scheme to steal five horses from his father-in-law falls apart. He soon finds his character indicted by each one of them.

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Caracas Onto Death / Caracas amor a muerte (2000) Gustavo Balza, Luis Fernandez, Iván Tamayo, Eliana López, Art-house, Drama

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Director Gustavo Balzo sensitively explores the predicament facing Aixa (Eliana Lopez), a teenager from the slums of Caracas, Venezuela, who discovers she’s pregnant thanks to her drug-peddling boyfriend (Luke Grande). While her priest counsels her to keep the baby, her grandmother (Maria Antonieta Ardila) exhorts Aixa to get an abortion, leaving her on the horns of a dilemma.

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Rape Shot Momoes Lips (1979) Katsuhiko Fujii, Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Crime, Erotic

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Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?

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Bread and Roses (2000) Ken Loach, Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Drama

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Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers’ union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its “justice for janitors” campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she’s also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide.

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Crude (2009) Joe Berlinger, Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, Documentary

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One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

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Windy City Heat (2003) Bobcat Goldthwait, Perry Caravello, Don Barris, Tony Barbieri, Comedy

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This made-for-cable movie may well stand the test of time as one of the most elaborate practical jokes ever televised – or, at the very least, one of the cruelest. Perry Karavello is an actor whose talent does not quite reach the level of his ambition, but that has not stopped him from pursuing the vain bitch goddess success for nearly ten years. During this time, comedians Tony Barbieri and Don Barris, proclaiming their undying friendship for Karavello, promise him that, some day, they would help him get his big break in a high-budget action film. The dream seems within Karavello’s grasp when, at long last, he lands the starring role of “sports private eye” Stone Fury in the upcoming Chicago-based film Windy City Heat. There’s only one problem: There is no such film. The movie, and the grueling events leading up to its “production date” (including an outrageous meeting with the supposed Japanese “money men”), are all part of an outsized hoax, cooked up by Barbieri, Barris, and director Bobcat Goldthwait. Need we add that the hapless Karavello is kept in the dark right up the moment that the director shout’s “That’s a wrap”?

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