A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family.
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Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centers around the racial divide of London in the 80’s, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbour.
Blood and Roses / Et mourir de plaisir (1960) Roger Vadim, Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Horror
Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend’s engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor?
Submission of a Woman / Al calar della sera (1992) Alessandro Lucidi, Daniela Poggi, Gianluca Favilla, Paolo Lorimer, Horror, Thriller
A woman seeks revenge against a depraved psychopath after surviving a harrowing sexual assault. Luisa and her husband Giorgio are preparing for a weekend retreat when their lives are turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Her husband savagely beaten while she and the babysitter watch in horror, Luisa discovers that her nightmare has just begun when the lecherous madman reveals his true intentions. At the end of the day Luisa is lucky to be alive. By the time she finishes with her attacker, he’ll wish he was never born.
In nome del Papa Re / In the Name of the Pope King (1977) Luigi Magni, Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Drama, History, Romance
In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves’ barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth’s release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith?
7 pistole per un massacro / Seven Pistols for a Massacre (1967) Mario Caiano, Craig Hill, Eduardo Fajardo, Piero Lulli, Western
Daughter of the Jungle / Incontro nell’ultimo paradiso (1982) Umberto Lenzi, Sabrina Siani, Rodolfo Bigotti, Renato Miracco, Adventure, Comedy
Necropolis (1970) Franco Brocani, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tina Aumont, Pierre Clémenti, Fantasy, Horror
Brocani conjures together all your favourite European cultural and historical myth figures in order to attack the centuries of ‘sublimation’ that have produced our cities and their inhabitants. The gang’s all here: Frankenstein’s monster gropes towards the awareness that his mind is a universe; Attila, naked on a white horse, liberates his people from their ignominy; the ultra-caustic Viva bemoans the frustrations of married life and drifts into the elegiac persona of the Bloody Countess Bathory; Louis Waldon is a hip American tourist searching for the (missing) Mona Lisa. The range is extraordinary, from stand-up Jewish comedy to a kind of flea-market expressionism. Brocani’s approach is contemplative rather than agitational, which confounds the impatient; Gavin Bryars’ lovely Terry Riley-esque score matches the ambience exactly.
Lettere di una novizia / La novice (1960) Alberto Lattuada, Pascale Petit, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Massimo Girotti, Drama
A young novice is about to take her vows upon entering a convent when her recent past comes back to haunt her. Her priest has received an anonymous letter which suggests she is far from capable of pursuing the life of a nun. Distraught, the novice reveals the tragic tale that drove her to her present predicament. Previously, the novice, Rita, lived with her mother on a vast farm estate that she had inherited from her father. Unable to sell the farm until she came of age, Rita could only watch her mother become more miserable by the struggle to keep the farm running. To speed things up, Rita decides to get married. Unfortunately, the man she has in her sights also happens to be her mother’s lover…
Addio fratello crudele / ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (1971) Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Charlotte Rampling, Oliver Tobias, Fabio Testi, Drama
In an amoral home, where a man lives in sin with a woman, his daughter and his son fall in love, and have incestuous relations even after the young woman marrys. Her husband will seek revenge, and a gory end will unite all in classic tragedy – death. Based on John Ford’s play, “Pity she’s a whore”, respecting its poetic text, and careful Italian Renaissance settings.