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Jan Saudek – Trapped By His Passions No Hope For Rescue / Jan Saudek – V pekle svých vásní, ráj v nedohlednu (2007) Adolf Zika, Jan Saudek, Sára Saudková, Documentary

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Jan Saudek, Czechoslovakia’s most famous living photographer, is the subject of this often-shocking kaleidoscopic biopic by friend and colleague Adolf Zika. With an unblinking eye, Zika chronicles the drama-filled life and work of a controversial artist who, though little-known in the United States, has enjoyed international acclaim throughout his fifty-year career.

Saudek’s hand-painted, sepia-toned portraits have a nineteenth-century veneer but a decidedly postmodern sensibility. Shooting his models both clothed and unclothed, he captures now moments of exhilarating grace, now bizarrely explicit—critics might say prurient—tableaux: A woman in a filmy white gown leads two naked girls into a grim industrial landscape. A haloed baby peers with statements over the brawny shoulders of a naked man. A nude contortionist makes like a flesh pretzel, squatting at the feet of a clothed man in an armchair. Three women dressed like bawdy-house habitués play musical instruments in one image, then appear naked, their expressions giddy and their instruments at rest, in a companion piece.

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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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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) John Sayles, Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie – a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering The Secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt. Modified by Nancy Janelle.

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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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Sleepwalk with Me (2012) Seth Barrish, Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Comedy

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“I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s true…. I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art.

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Salvo (2013) Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza, Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio, Sara Serraiocco, Crime, Drama, Romance

Salvo (2013)
An assassin for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he is assigned to eliminate a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita, an innocent blind girl who stands powerlessly by whilst over hearing her brother’s murder. What follows is an intense exchange, fuelled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and witness. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his violent instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. Winner of the 2013 Critics Week Grand Prix prize at Cannes and nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Sutherland Award for first feature, SALVO brings a renewed sensory suspense to the mafia movie with sublime cinematography and evocative soundscape. The film marks the stylishly energetic directorial debut from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

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Bekas / Up and Away (2012) Karzan Kader, Zamand Taha, Sarwar Fazil, Diya Mariwan, Drama

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Iraq in the early 1990 was a devastating land to survive in. When we think of Iraq, the first thing that tends to pop into our minds is the war and Saddam Hussein. But there is another side too – it is perhaps the most notorious country in the world and it goes by the name Kurdistan. Welcome to BEKAS. This is a story about two homeless brothers (Zana, 7) and (Dana, 10) who live on the edge of survival. In the beginning of the story they catch a glimpse of Superman through a hole in the wall at the local cinema. Zana and Dana decide that they want to go to America and live with Superman. Once they get there he can solve all their problems, make their lives easy and punish everyone that has been mean to them. Zana, the younger brother, starts to make a list of all people he is going to tell Superman to punish. On top of the list is Saddam Hussein.

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Bianca (1984) Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Roberto Vezzosi, Comedy, Drama

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Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods. After a woman in his neighborhood is murdered, Michele meets beautiful colleague Bianca, and a relationship begins between the two. Where is this relationship heading, and will Michele be able to help the police catch the murderer?

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The Syrian Bride (2004) Eran Riklis, Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Comedy, Drama

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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona’s father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.

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