Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are “different,” their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepare for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people’s prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing an extraordinary love with Martin.
A woman meets a man. Her dreams resurface.It's also the story of her ailing brother, their mother, and the destiny of a leading family of wealthy Italian industrialists. The story of a family falling apart, a world coming to an end, and love beginning.
César Award Nomination: Marisa Borini for Supporting Actress, 2014
Cannes Film Festival - Official Competition, 2013
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Eldorado .There he meets Govend, a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newly-opened school despite her twelve brothers' hostility to the idea.
The film is adapted from the autobiographical sections of Rithy Panh’s book The Elimination (published in 2013 by The Clerkenwell Press), exploring the story of his family before and after the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Pol Pot's communist regime overtook the Cambodian capital on April 17, 1975. Panh was eleven years old. Citizens were rounded up and sent to agricultural labour camps. With the ostensible purpose of eliminating class divisions, all personal effects were confiscated. Numbers replaced individuals. Torture and executions were undertaken for the slightest infraction. Hunger soon dominated. The regime was built on mass deprivation and fear. In a bold imaginative leap, this story is pictured via carved figurines (created by Sarith Mang), overlaid by narration.
‘For many years, I have been looking for a missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge, when they ruled over Cambodia...On its own, of course, an image does not prove mass murder, but it prompts us to think, to meditate, to build history. I searched for it in the archives, in old papers, in the villages of my country, in vain. Now I know: this image must be missing. I was not in fact really looking for it; would the image not be obscene and insignificant? Thus I have made it up. What I offer you today is neither the image nor the search for a unique image, but the image of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.
Some images must be missing always, always be replaced by others. In this movement there is life, struggle, difficulty and beauty, the sadness of faces lost, the comprehension of what was once: sometimes nobility and even courage, but never oblivion. ’ - Rithy Panh
Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life." The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane ("Taxi"), James Rebhorn ("Meet the Parents"), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's "Once"), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.
New Zealand director Florian Habicht’s romantic comedy about the construction of a fictional love story merges snippets of narrative with actual interviews with everyday New Yorkers to create an original film in which the boundaries of art and life overlap.
Love Story begins in New York when Florian meets a mysterious woman holding a piece of cake at a train station. Cutting to vox-pop interviews, Habicht asks complete strangers on the streets of New York what this could mean. With a resounding ‘cake means seduction’ coming from the people, Habicht relocates the woman (Masha Yakovenko, a Russian actress) and casts her opposite him in a unique take on the romantic comedy genre. The pair begins to act out a love story film, with the twist that each scene in the story is suggested by everyday people interviewed by Florian on the streets and cafes of New York.
‘The sweetest romance since Before Sunrise’ – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine
‘It’s hard not to fall in love with the energy and humour on display.’ – Twitch
‘...an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I’m not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.’ – Critic
‘The Punk version of Amélie’ – RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival
Shot on the streets of New York, Love Story begins when Habicht finds a subject for his filmic experiment: the beautiful Masha, spotted at a subway station, carrying a slice of cake. Seeking advice from New Yorkers – strangers – on how to create his on-screen love story with Masha, he takes the notion of interactive storytelling to its logical end, crowdsourcing his plot on the streets. Romance blossoms artificially, and organically, between the director, actor, New York and New Yorkers.
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya's treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
The German title of the film is Der Müll im Garten Eden, also known as Garbage in the Garden of Eden.
From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven, Head-On, In the Fade), this powerful environmental documentary, an official selection at Cannes Film Festival, chronicles the struggle of villagers in Turkey’s Black Sea village of Camburnu with the government’s decision to turn their community into a garbage dump.
From beyond the grave, celebrated playwright Antoine d'Anthac gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play "Eurydice." These actors watch a recording of the work performed by a young acting company, La Compagnie de la Colombe. Do love, life, death and love after death still have any place on a theater stage? It's up to them to decide. And the surprises have only just begun...
(Vous n'avez encore rien vu, French title)
Paul de Marseul (Niels Aretrup) is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin (Loran Deutsch), who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son-a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philip (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais). Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philip into the rightful heir of his family estate?
Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon), in her finest performance yet, stars in this elegant portrait of Anne; she is discreet, secretive, a mystery to herself. She does without love and it suits her fine. However, an unexpected encounter finds Anne making her way back upstream, and we watch her joy for life return.
‘Impressively understated in last year’s Mademoiselle Chambon, the willowy Sandrine Kiberlain excels again in this delicate French drama.’ Total Film
‘A must-see for fans of quality art-house cinema.’ Metro (UK)
Set in 1942, Barrymore shines a dramatic spotlight on the acclaimed—and notorious— John Barrymore, capturing the famously combative star in the final months of his life as he struggles to prepare for a backer’s audition to stage a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. Once among the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation, as well as a central member of Broadway and Hollywood’s most famous acting dynasty, Barrymore is now in the twilight of his career, no longer a leading box office draw and wrestling with the ravages of his life of excess. In equal parts lacerating wit and piercing despair, the faded icon revisits the highs and lows of his theatrical triumphs and remarkable life.
The film starring Christopher Plummer had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It was directed and adapted by writer-director Érik Canuel from the production for which Plummer won both a Tony™ Award and Drama Desk Award. John Plumpis, who toured with Plummer in the play after its Broadway run, recreates his role of Frank, the prompter. The film came shortly after Plummer received his multiple awards for Beginners in 2010 (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and more).
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.
Eden is West memorably captures the magical nature of the world one young man encounters where every experience is full of both promise and threat.
Just like in 'The Odyssey’, it is in the Aegean Sea that the adventures of Elias (Riccardo Scamacio) begin. A rusting trawler packed with clandestine men, women and children slowly approaches the bright lights of an emerging shore, and we may not know where they all began but we know where they hope they’re going: the West, an actual as well as mythical place. For Elias this will literally be Eden Club Paradise, the name of the resort at which he wakes up, and his extraordinary journey from there to reach Paris takes him across a microcosm of contemporary Europe. Gavras has crafted an epic story for our times, one full of heart, humour and wondrous complexities.
(Eden à l'Ouest, French title)
Alternative Title: Baciami Ancora
Writer: Gabrielle Muccino
Starring: Stefano Accorsi, Vittoria Puccini, Sabrina Impacciatore, Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Giorgio Pasotti
Duration: 139 mins
Directed by: Gabrielle Muccino
In the highly anticipated sequel to crowd-pleasing smash-hit The Last Kiss (IFF03), Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) picks up ten years later with KISS ME AGAIN, the story of a group of middle-class thirtysomethings, charting their love lives, family relations, friendships and betrayals, creating a beautifully detailed mosaic of a generation.
Carlo (Stefano Accorsi, Saturn in Opposition IFF07) is now divorced from Giulia (Vittoria Puccini, At a Glance, IFF08), the woman he cheated on. They have a 10-year old daughter and their divorce settlement is imminent. However, Carlo would do anything to reunite with Giulia. Meanwhile, Paolo (Claudio Santamaria, Crime Novel IFF06) is involved in a rocky relationship with Livia (Sabrina Impacciatore, Manual of Love IFF05). Livia's ex, Adriano (Giorgio Pasotti) has been released from prison and wants to get to know his son, even though he's been absent from his life for ten years. Rounding out the group is Marco (Pierfrancesco Favino, funny and frightening) and his cheating wife, Veronica (Daniela Piazza).
KISS ME AGAIN triumphed at the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival after winning a trio of top awards: the Golden Goblet Best Picture Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress (Vittoria Puccini).
Boldly unconventional and cheerful, that's how one could describe Babou. Never having cared about social conventions, she is suddenly faced with the realization that her own daughter is ashamed of her and therefore refuses to invite her to her wedding. Hurt in her pride, Babou tries to regain her daughter's respect by starting anew. She accepts the challenge of selling time-sharing-flats at the Belgian seaside during the off-season, in a desperate attempt to prove her real worth and her motherly love to her daughter.
Having grown up with her mother in Nevada, Heidi (Rachael Taylor) hasn’t spoken to her father since she was seven. She returns to Australia as a young woman seeking closure, and her melancholic violin score catches the attention of handsome orange picker Michael (Alex Dimitriades), who offers her a ride. Both are initially guarded, but an unexpected connection soon blossoms at Michael’s orange grove. Co-starring Susie Porter, Jacki Weaver, Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson and Cassandra Magrath, Richard Gray’s romantic drama is an Australian film with a unique setting – the stunning orange groves of sun-baked Mildura against the majestic Murray River backdrop.
In picturesque Montmartre in 1942, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler has demanded that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the east. Directed by Rose Bosch and stars Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent and Gad Elmaleh.
In Hamburg, Zinos has a restaurant serving poor-man's fare; he gets by, but his girlfriend has taken a job in Shanghai, he's hurt his back and can't cook, his feckless brother can be on daily parole from jail only if Zinos employs him (though his brother doesn't want to work), a school acquaintance wants to buy the restaurant property, and the tax authority and health inspector are on his case. Zinos hires a temperamental chef and loses all his customers, signs a power of attorney giving his brother full authority at the restaurant, and buys a ticket to Shanghai.
Based on his autobiographical book A Tale of Love and Darkness, this documentary tells the story of Israeli author Amos Oz, the society in which he lives and the connections between them. It follows the biographical, literary, political and philosophical aspects of Oz's personality.
The film presents the Israeli narrative as reflected through his literary gaze and exposes his love- hate relationship with Europe which had rejected his family.