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300 hommes / 300 Souls (2014) Aline Dalbis, Emmanuel Gras, Documentary, Biography

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‘Three hundred men’ is one long night at Saint Jean de Dieu, in Marseille. The center welcomes and confines three hundred homeless men every night over the winter. This documentary is neither the description nor the chronicle of the life of a shelter. It portrays humanity reduced to its essence, when only remain speech, humor, anger or madness to affirm that one still exists.’

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11’09”01 – September 11 (2002) Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, Maryam Karimi, Mohamad Dolati, Agelem Habibi, Drama

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Eleven directors from 11 countries each contribute an 11-minute short reflecting on the events of 11 September 2001. A village teacher in Iran tries to explain to her young students what’s happened. City kids in Burkina Faso think they’ve spotted Osama bin Laden. A deaf Frenchwoman in Manhattan writes a Dear John letter to a man who has left that morning for work at the World Trade Center. A Chilean remembers Allende. Events recall other deaths. A mother endures more than her son’s death. And so on. The tone varies, as do the locales. Most stories are about others coming to terms with the events of the day, but at least one confronts the viewer with tragedy and death.

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Machuca (2004) Andrés Wood, Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Biography, Drama, History

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Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious “collegio” (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante’s liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro’s slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet’s coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

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El campo / In the Open (2011) Hernán Belón, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Dolores Fonzi, Juan Villegas, Drama

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Elisa, a thirty-eight-year old woman, leaves for a week with her husband and young daughter on a vacation to a house in the country. Everything is going for her: she has a successful professional career, loves her family, has enough money for a comfortable life, and has plans for the future. After arriving to the country, a strange feeling takes hold of her. She starts feeling the presence of something that moves the treetops at night, makes the dogs howl, and wanders like the breath of a ghost across the infinite countryside. A stinging feeling that kills all her certainties. In the middle of the night Elisa wakes up. The moonlight shines on her face. She looks at her husband, asleep beside her, her look lingers on the body of the man with whom she has spent so many hours, a body that now seems to her that of a stranger. She gets up and runs to her daughter’s room. She gently places her hand on the little girl’s chest to make sure she is breathing. She looks at the vast field.

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Le Mur de l’Atlantique (1970) Marcel Camus, Bourvil, Peter McEnery, Sophie Desmarets, War, Comedy

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In 1944, Léon Duchemin , a restaurant owner living in Normandy, leads a peaceful life. His restaurant is frequented by German officers, black marketers and members of the French Resistance, but his clients’ exploits hold no interest for him at all. That is until an English airman falls out of the sky and lands in his daughter’s bed. From that day, his life takes an unexpected turn and he ends up as an unwitting agent of the Resistance…

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