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Sorelle Materassi (1944) Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, Emma Gramatica, Irma Gramatica, Olga Solbelli, Comedy

Sorelle Materassi (Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, 1944)
Teresa and Carolina are sisters, have a tailor shop and work well enough to be invited to Rome by the Pope. Their pace is slow in their home with the maid Niobe and with the presence of the always critical third sister, Giselda, the only of the three to have married, even though he has been abandoned by her husband. Their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of his nephew Remo that quickly becomes the darling of Teresa and Nicoletta and also the Niobe home. But Remo leads a wasteful life and have to pay more and of course the two elderly aunts, now became so jealous of him to spend a fortune to impedidirne marriage Laurina pregnant by Remo. But life is not immobility, even for Mattresses sisters.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Nicholas Stoller, Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who’s devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he’s checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she’s lost, and what about Rachel?

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When Animals Dream / Når dyrene drømmer (2014) Jonas Alexander Arnby, Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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The outsider Marie lives with her parents in a remote fishing village on the north coast of Denmark. She has no one to confide in other than her work colleague Daniel, who is fascinated by her wild nature. As the two gradually become closer, Marie begins to experience strange changes to her body: Hair begins to sprout where it shouldn’t, and the young woman is increasingly overcome by an uncontrollable animalistic aggression. Marie begins to look into her hitherto hushed-up family history for answers… This atmospheric werewolf thriller from Denmark was one of the hidden gems at this year’s Cannes Festival.

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Radio Arrow (1998) Luciano Ligabue, Stefano Accorsi, Luciano Federico, Alessio Modica, Drama

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Popular Italian rock star Luciano Ligabue made his directorial debut with this Italian drama based on Fuori e dentro il borgo, his collection of autobiographical short stories about growing up in small-town Italy of the ’70s. DJ Bruno reflects on the past, a small circle of friends, and the hopes of their generation. At the group’s core is Freccia, a heroin user until Marzia steps in to help him kick the habit. As expected, Iena marries and settles down, while unhappy Boris is a victim of his own cynicism, and Tito is driven to violence by his dysfunctional family. An older bartender listens to the group’s woes and dreams. Along with a guitar score and a closing-credits song by Ligabue, tunes of the time include ones by Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, and David Bowie. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

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Tutta colpa di Freud / Blame Freud (2014) Paolo Genovese, Marco Giallini, Vittoria Puccini, Anna Foglietta, Comedy

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Francesco Taramelli is a psychoanalyst who is dealing with three patients going through various hurdles in their love lives: Marta is chasing a deaf-mute man who has stolen things from her book shop, Sara is a lesbian who was left by her girlfriend just after she proposed to her, and 18-year-old Emma is seeing a 50-year-old architect called Alessandro, who is already married. Unfortunately, these three patients are Francesco’s three beloved daughters.

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Nachmittag / Afternoon (2007) Angela Schanelec, Jirka Zett, Miriam Horwitz, Drama

Nachmittag AKA Afternoon (2007)
The first shot is a static image: a view from the stage of a theatre onto the auditorium. In the foreground – and on the stage – lies a dog. A woman named Irene (Angela Schanelec), approaches it, pets it. This seems to be a rehearsal, a few people occupy seats in the auditorium, they are somewhat restless. It remains unclear whether the events being presented to us are indeed part of a rehearsal, or whether, assuming a rehearsal is indeed underway, they are merely occurring along its margins. Angela Schanelec’s film “Afternoon” never returns to this initial image, never returns to the theatre. Only later will a figure from the same scene – the one involving the woman and the dog – describe it as something she saw in the theatre. The film quits the theatre for good, and all subsequent events transpire either at a lakeside villa in Potsdam or in the streets of Berlin. And yet it becomes evident at the latest during the credits that this first scene has established a space of play that is derived from the theatre. “Afternoon” is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” – albeit a free one.

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The Captivating Star of Happiness / Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya (1975) Vladimir Motyl, Irina Kupchenko, Aleksey Batalov, Natalya Bondarchuk, Biography, Drama, Romance

On December 14, 1825 the military units of the Russian army were supposed to swear their allegiance to the new czar, Nicholas I. But the young officers, the most liberal-minded people of their time, who abhorred the terrors of serfdom, decided to raise their regiments against the autocracy and bring democracy to the country. That was a great heroic feat of the best sons of Russia. However, the revolt had been brutally crushed. Some of its inspirators were executed, many sent to hard labor in Siberia. Following the convicted officers to Siberia were their wives who had left their aristocratic families and comfortable lifestyles. The film is dedicated to those remarkable Russian women.

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Deux fois / Twice Upon a Time (1968) Jackie Raynal, Francisco Viader, Oscar, Drama, Experimental

Deux fois (Jackie Raynal, 1968)
Deux fois is a 1968 experimental film by Jackie Raynal. Raynal stars in the film, her first as a director; she had previously worked for several years as a film editor, most notably for films in Éric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series (she was, reportedly, the youngest professional editor in France at the time). The film’s title, which literally translates as Twice and is sometimes translated into English as Twice Upon a Time, refers to the occasional repetition of scenes or actions.

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The Sword and the Dragon / Ilya Muromets (1956) Aleksandr Ptushko, Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Fantasy

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Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon.

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