Tag Archives: 2000s

L’uomo che verrà / The Man Who Will Come (2009) Giorgio Diritti, Maya Sansa, Alba Rohrwacher, Eleonora Mazzoni, Drama

L'uomo che verra (2009)
Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before. She lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is pregnant again and Martina lives for the arrival of her new brother. Meanwhile, the war is getting closer and closer, forcing the people of the village to tread a difficult path, torn between the partisan brigades and the Nazi Army. On practically the same day as the birth of Martina’s brother, the SS start a massive roundup of civilians in the area, an infamous event that will come to be known as the Marzabotto massacre during which more than 770 people were killed in houses, cemeteries and churches.

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Klass / The Class (2007) Ilmar Raag, Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaja, Drama

Klass (2007)
Kaspar and the class pushover Joosep are 16 and life in high school isn’t easy. Without meaning to, Kaspar defends Joosep against the bullying of his classmates, but every time Kaspar tries to him, it backfires, with the class taking it out on Joosep. Kaspar just wants his friends, his girl and his unassuming life back. Joosep wants to regain his dignity and the chance to switch to a high school far away. But their classmates are relentless, going further and further with each incident.

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Amreeka (2009) Cherien Dabis, Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Drama

Amreeka (2009)
Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job’s at a nearby bank. It’s spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he’ll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. Tragedy or hope?

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Sommer vorm Balkon / Summer in Berlin (2005) Andreas Dresen

Sommer vorm Balkon (2005)
A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin. Katrin, a jobless single mom, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and are best friends. Although always dating the wrong men and still pursuing for happiness, they don’t lose their humor and spend many nights together on Nike’s balcony, drinking and chatting. However, Nike gets to know the trucker Ronald one day…

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Xun qiang / The Missing Gun (2002) Chuan Lu

Xun qiang (2002)
In a province in China, Detective Ma Shan wakes up on the day after the wedding party of his sister Ma Juan and finds that his gun with three bullets is missing. Ma Shan drank too much in the party and does not recall what might have happen with his weapon. He falls in disgrace with his superiors and investigates who might have stolen the gun. When his former sweetheart Li Xiaomeng is found dead with a shot of his weapon, he becomes the prime suspect. When the police force arrests his acquaintance Zhou Xiaogang, he discloses that Li Xiaomeng was accidentally killed since his friend was the real target of the murderer. Ma Shan uses Zhou Xiaogang as a bait to lure and arrest the criminal an retrieve his missing gun.

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Hardcore (2004) Dennis Iliadis

Hardcore (2004)
Leaving behind a hard life with their families, two young girls end up in a brothel, fall in love and support one another against the adversities and violence of the night.

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Hao duo da mi / So Much Rice (2005) Hongqi Li, Dong Han, Yaodong Zhang, Drama

Hao duo da mi (2005)
In a game of hide-and-seek with his wife, Mao suddenly decides to leave home. He moves in with Xiao Ri, an acquaintance living in the small town of Liaocheng and the two of them embark on a routine of weird amorous encounters. Mao questions all of his former life and tries to establish a kind of family with his friend. But there is no logical explanation for the strange behavior of both men.

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