“Historia kina w Popielawach” is a bucolic familiar tale, full of irony and heavily intertwined with the invention of the motion picture. The narrator is a boy of ten years, during the sixties, traveling from town to visit the village of his grandfather, Popielawy. About a hundred years ago – nearly a quarter of a century before Edison and the Lumiere brothers – the village blacksmith invented a cinematic apparatus with which he was able to project images drawn in the bladders of fish and pigs, making them “come alive”. One hundred years later, the great grandson of a blacksmith Szustek is determined to rebuild the machine from its ancestor, despite the opposition of his father.
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Kaidan yukijorô / The Snow Woman (1968) Tokuzô Tanaka, Shiho Fujimura, Akira Ishihama, Machiko Hasegawa, Horror, Romance
A master sculptor and his apprentice are trapped in a bad snow storm after finding a special tree for carving a statue for the local temple. Finding refuge in an abandoned hut they celebrate their luck in finding the tree but soon they are visited by the Snow Witch who freezes the sculptor to death but takes pity on the apprentice. He must promise to never speak of this or she’ll return and kill him.
Isten hozta örnagy úr / The Toth Family (1969) Zoltán Fábri, Zoltán Latinovits, Imre Sinkovits, Márta Fónay, Comedy, Drama
The Tót family resides in Northern Hungary. The couple has a daughter and a son, the latter a member of the armed forces. When his weary major is ordered to take a vacation, the son talks him into a visit to his family home. Comedy endues when the Tót’s go overboard trying to make things pleasant for the visiting major in hopes of an easier life for their son the soldier.
Divided into four episodes Roberto Rosellini’s performs a ritual trip with India covering culture, beautiful architecture and also the State of India society, create an impression and a feeling of Rossellini on the State of the Indian community at that time.
Zach (Matt Barr) is a smart and talented, but troubled 18-year-old growing up in suburban Texas. With the summer approaching, he and his crew have little to do in their stifling small town but look for places to skateboard. While Zach’s single mother works at the local oil company and barely has time for her family, his hyperarticulate and deeply cynical older brother, Nick (Layne McKay), is sinking into depression. Zach has a serious crush on Judy (Kelly Bright), and though he seems to have an in – they star together in a school play – he can’t get up the nerve to ask her out. The summer arrives, and Zach, Nick, and a group of five close friends are ready to spend it skateboarding, relishing the opportunity to make something out of the emptiness of their environment.
Nous Sommes Tous Des Assassins / We Are All Murderers (1952) André Cayatte, Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoine Balpêtré, Drama
Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets other condemned men. An anti-capital punishment drama, written and directed by a former lawyer.
Reise der Hoffnung / Journey of Hope (1990) Xavier Koller, Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas, Drama
In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave their seven children in the care of the eldest and his parents; his father advises him to take one son to be educated in Europe, as economic insurance. The three set off for Istanbul, Milan, and Switzerland, stowing away on a ship. At Lake Como, they pay the rest of their money to unprincipled men who abandon them at an Alpine pass before a blizzard. Father and son are separated from Meryem. Will anyone reach the land of promise?
Ba-rakia ha-hamishi / The Fifth Heaven (2011) Dina Zvi-Riklis, Amit Moshkovitz, Yehezkel Lazarov, Alena Yiv, Drama, History
Pankot ne e mrtov / Punk’s Not Dead (2011) Vladimir Blazevski, Jordan Simonov, Kamka Tocinovski, Toni Mihajlovski, Comedy, Drama
Punk’s not dead is a remarkable black-comedy by Vladimir Blazevski. It is about a reunion of old punk band. Mirsa is a punk who is trying to put up with the struggles of everyday life in Skopje. One day he was offered to play for some multicultural-happening in Debar. Actually, all he ever wants is to play again with his punk band, so he accepts the offer. The next step is to find all former members of the band and make them play again… His ex-girlfriend is coming back to him and she is helping him to find the former members of the band. Punk’s not dead gives good message – we should keep on trying to make our dreams come true.
Tragedy doesn’t come any more Dickensian in tone or Shakespearian in scope than this dark social drama of the disintegration of a little family of four. A series of small debts triggers the swift domino effect that unleashes chaos on a well-meaning working class dad who has the bad judgment to speak truth to power.