Camino

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Writers: Javier Fesser
Starring: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés
Duration: 143 mins

Directed by: Javier Fesser

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Few films manage to balance Hollywood sentiment and European irony as successfully as Javier Fesser's impressive feature which recently took out 6 of the top Spanish Academy Awards (Goyas) including Best Picture and Best Director. Likened to a mix of The Magdalene Sisters, Amelie and The Song of Bernadette, Camino is a rather extraordinary movie about an 11-year-old girl who falls in love while dying of cancer. It was inspired by the real-life story of Alexia Gonzalez-Barros, currently being considered for sainthood. As Camino's life becomes more traumatice she escapes into a world of fantasy in which Fesser intertwines melodrama, dread and animation in outrageous new ways.



Nobody Knows (Dare Mo Shiranai)

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Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring: Yūya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura
Duration: 141 mins

Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Their innocent longing for their mother, their wary fascination toward the outside world, their anxiety over their increasingly desperate situation, their inarticulate cries, their kindness to each other, their determination to survive on wits and courage.

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Exiles (Exils)

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Writers: Tony Gatlif, Lubna Azabal
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Romain Duris
Duration: 104 mins

Directed by: Tony Gatlif

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Zano and his companion Naima travel across France and Spain down to Algeria, where they might ultimately come to know the land their parents once had to flee. Enamored with their freedom, they let the time slip by, intoxicated by the Andalusia's sensuality, before they finally decide to cross the Mediterranean, reconstructing in reverse the path of the exile and ending their travels with the promise of recapturing themselves.