A young girl’s academic asperation conflict with her family’s struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway’s mansion in their home town just outside Havana.
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L’Ape regina / The Queen Bee / The Conjugal Bed (1963) Marco Ferreri, Ugo Tognazzi, Marina Vlady, Walter Giller, Comedy, Drama
A 40 years old man, Alfonso, finally succeeds to marry a virgin, educate, beautiful and very catholic woman. But soon she, Regina, starts stressing him because she wants to be pregnant. When the stress is at its peak Regina at last gets pregnant. Once the goal is reached the man is put aside and dies.
Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director (2006) Marco Bellocchio, Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Drama, Mystery
Franco Elica is a film director casting a remake of a pious melodrama in Rome. He’s melancholy, heading south for a break. On a beach, he meets a man who films weddings and is roped into helping film the wedding of the daughter of a severe and imperious prince. The wedding is one of convenience – the prince needs money, the groom is a mama’s boy. Elica is attracted to the bride, Boda, and tries to convince her not to marry. No matter how outrageous his behavior, the prince keeps Elica on as the wedding director. As the wedding approaches, what’s real blurs with Elica’s imagination. Is he mad?
La nostra vita / Our Life (2010) Daniele Luchetti, Elio Germano, Raoul Bova, Isabella Ragonese, Drama
Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, when he finds the remains of an illegal immigrant under the site and doesn’t report it, fearing he’ll be out of a job if construction comes to a halt, it upsets his simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against the injustice that fell upon him. Love and support from his friends and family as well as the laughter of his children will help him to triumph against the odds.
Kruh in mleko / Bread and Milk (2001) Jan Cvitkovic, Peter Musevski, Sonja Savic, Tadej Troha, Drama
Ivan is released a day early from a treatment programme for alcoholics due to a doctors’ strike. He returns to his wife Sonja and his sixteen year old son Robi. The first afternoon he spends at home is very pleasant. The next morning Sonja sends Ivan to a shop to get bread and milk. On the way back Ivan runs into Armando, his high school classmate, and through their conversation at a bar, Ivan finds out that long before Sonja became his wife, Armando spent a night with her. Ivan has his first drop of the hard stuff…Kruh in mleko is a bitter-sweet tale of loneliness, estrangement and the glowing embers of love, where there once used to be a fire.
Ristumine peateega / The Highway Crossing (1999) Arko Okk, Andrus Vaarik, Piret Kalda, Jaan Tätte, Comedy, Drama
Surprised by rain and sudden darkness Laura and Roland, a young couple hitch-hiking on an empty road, decide to seek shelter at a nearby country house. Osvald, the owner, seems to know the deeper meaning of their unexpected visit. His strange behaviour leads to an equally strange offer: Osvald wants to buy Roland’s wife. Laura and Roland start to play along, only to discover that their host is not kidding.
Nord / North (2009) Denstad Langlo, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Kyrre Hellum, Marte Aunemo, Comedy, Drama
NORTH Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar has isolated himself in a lonely existence as the guard of a ski park. When he learns that he might be the father of a child way up north, he sets on a strange and poetic journey through Norway on a snowmobile, with 5 liters of alcohol as sole provisions. On this trip through amazing arctic landscapes, Jomar seems to do everything in his power to avoid reaching his destination. He meets other tender and confused souls, who will all contribute to push Jomar further along his reluctant journey towards the brighter side of life.
Étoile / Ballet (1989) Peter Del Monte, Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery, Laurent Terzieff, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
La visione del sabba / The Witches’ Sabbath (1988) Marco Bellocchio, Béatrice Dalle, Daniel Ezralow, Corinne Touzet, Drama
The freshly graduated psychiatrist David shall deliver an opinion about young Maddalena, who’s on trial for murdering a hunter. She claims she’s a witch and acted on behalf of the devil. The public health officer tells David, he’s got reason to believe her, that she’d been searching for a man who suits her needs for 300 years. Already after his first meeting with Maddalena, David begins to change: He ignores his beautiful young wife Cristina and loses himself in daydreams and hallucinations in which he participates in Inquisition questioning and erotic witches’ circles.
A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing it, she starts a people’s movement, and leads a march to the capital. She returns to her village a winner, an honourable MP. Yet, she is still the same simple, fiery woman, able to get in a hair-pulling brawl with the local barmaid for the affection of her man.