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.
Writer: Eric Forsberg
Starring: Barry Williams, Paul Logan, Tiffany
Duration: 92 mins
Directed by: Eric Forsberg
Join Special Agent Finch and Professor Sarah Monroe as a mutant strain of giant ferocious piranha escape from the Amazon and eat their way toward Florida. Will the entire population of Florida be saved from complete annihilation? Featuring explosive set pieces, stunning special effects and the most fearsome marine monsters in the history of film, "Mega Piranha" is the riotously entertaining new creature feature from the makers of last year's success, "Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus." Prepare for the ultimate bite-sized blockbusting thrill-ride that will leave you desperately hanging onto the edge of your seat.
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.
When a Palestinian mother and her 16-year-old son immigrate to small town Illinois during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, they face the hardships of racism, discrimination and unemployment in their adopted homeland. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes in 2009. Directed by Cherien Dabis and stars Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem and Alia Shawkat. (From the US, in Arabic and English) (Drama) (2009)
Two adults struggle to avoid letting their erotic passion for one another guide them into infidelity in this subtly erotic, understated chamber drama from France. Vincent Lindon stars as Jean, a burly blue-collar mason who lives semi-contentedly with his wife, Anne-Marie (Aure Atika), and son, Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou), in some unspecified provincial French town. Little passion exists in Jean's life -- until his path crisscrosses with that of Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain), his son's violin teacher. Completely taken with the woman's cultural sophistication (manifested through her love of classical music) and intellectualism, Jean begins contemplating an affair with this virtual stranger, and offers to repair one of her windows as an excuse to be more proximate to her. Ultimately, suspense begins to build as the question lingers of whether the two will give in to their desires. Stéphane Brizé directed and authored the script, an adaptation of Eric Holder's novel.
After the international success of Not Here To Be Loved, Stéphane Brizé returns with his usual elegance and subtle scriptwriting, in a story that echoes in each and everyone of us.
Alternate Title: Caos Calmo
Writers: Nanni Moretti, Laura Paolucci, Francesco Piccolo
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino, Isabella Ferrari, Alessandro Gassmann, Blu Yoshimi, Hippolyte Girardot, Charles Berling, Kasia Smutniak, Silvio Orlando, Denis Podalydès, Alba Rohrwacher, Manuela Morabito, Roberto Nobile, Babak Karimi, Beatrice Bruschi, Antonella Attili, Sara D'Amario, Ester Cavallari, Claudia Alfonso
Duration: 112 mins
Directed by: Antonello Grimaldi
Aging entertainment industry executive Pietro Paladini (Nanni Moretti) returns from a trip to the beach with his brother, Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), to find his wife dead. Stunned when his young daughter, Claudia (Blu Di Martino), implies that, had he been at home, her mother would have survived, Paladini renews his dedication to raising his daughter. But, when he begins neglecting his job in favor of daily residence on a park bench outside of Claudia's school, trouble follows.
Writer: Jack Perez (under the name Ace Hannah)
Starring: Deborah Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas, Vic Chao
Duration: 90 mins
Directed by: Jack Perez (under the name Ace Hannah)
Strange things are afoot in the depths of the sea. First a passenger plane vanishes over the Pacific Ocean. Then an oil platform is obliterated. Marine biologist Emma MacNeil (Deborah Gibson) is dispatched to investigate the phenomena, and, with the help of Japanese scientist Seiji Shimada (Vic Chao), she makes a discovery that will rock the world: An enormous prehistoric shark and a giant octopus have been awakened from their icy slumbers -- and they're hungry.
Writers: Javier Fesser
Starring: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés
Duration: 143 mins
Directed by: Javier Fesser
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.
Writer: Francis Veber
Starring: Ralf Milan, François Pignon
Music: Jean-Michel Bernard
Director: Francis Veber
Two adjoining hotel rooms. In one, there's a killer called Ralph Milan. In the other, a suicidal man called François Pignon. Pignon has met with disappointment in love. Milan has to meet a man he's going to kill. Between the two rooms: a communicating door. And when it opens, Ralph, the perfectly oiled killing machine, sees the enormous grain of sand that François Pignon is coming straight at him. Pignon, who wholeheartedly deserves, without any argument, the title of World Champion Pain in the Ass.
Writers: Daniele Luchetti, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli
Starring: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Zingaretti, Emanuele Propizio
Duration: 100 mins
Directed by: Daniele Luchetti
Growing up in small-town Italy during the '60s and '70s, brothers Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) embody and celebrate opposing political stances, but share an impassioned love of the same woman that threatens to drive them to blows. Director Daniele Luchetti's political comedy Mio Fratello È Figlio Unico (aka My Brother Is an Only Child, 2007) observes the brothers over the course of 15 years, against the ever-shifting backdrop of tumultuous Italian sociopolitical history. During that time span, the siblings' loyalties will fluctuate; they will endure arguments and quarrels, and find themselves separated by the ravages of time and circumstance and reunited magnetically by the wisdom of age. In time, they will come to a firmer and clearer understanding of not only the differences but the similarities that they harbor.
Terence Davies (1945- ), filmmaker and writer, takes us, sometimes obliquely, to his childhood and youth in Liverpool. He's born Catholic and poor; later he rejects religion. He discovers homo-eroticism, and it's tinged with Catholic guilt. Enjoying pop music gives way to a teenage love of Mahler and Wagner. Using archival footage, we take a ferry to a day on the beach. Postwar prosperity brings some positive change, but its concrete architecture is dispiriting. Contemporary colors and sights of children playing may balance out the presence of unemployment and persistent poverty. Davies' narration is a mix of his own reflections and the poems and prose of others.
Gerard and Collette (Daniel Auteuil and the delightful Valerie Lemercier) are a homely suburban couple thrown into panic when they must host a dinner for Gerard's boss to clinch a new job in Indonesia. But the sauve upstairs neighbour Alexandre (Thierry L'Hermitte) advises them on a complete makeover: clothes, apartment, conversation, hobbies -- to impress the boss.
Voices: George Watts, Helga Landauer
Script: Oksana Dvornichenko, Helga Landauer
Producers: Darya Zhuk, Oksana Dvornichenko
Directed by: Oksana Dvornichenko, Helga Landauer
Shostakovich, the greatest composer of the 20th century, remains one of its biggest mysteries. The nine chapters of the film are framed by nine days of the last round-trip journey of the composer's life: a trip on a Soviet ocean liner to the United States. The film is narrated primarily in words of Shostakovich's letters and diaries, which sharply contrast with the propaganda movies shown on board the ship, as the twentieth century itself weaves myth and reality. Never-before-seen archival fragments of the composer's life - newsreel footage, photographs, letters, and personal memoirs - provide a unique perspective on issues of the artist versus the state, and truth versus survival. In contrasting official truth with personal truth, the film offers insight into the mystery of how Shostakovich was able to penetrate, through his music, the ironclad curtain and deeply affect Western audiences.
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey, where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten ...
Starring: Deena Kastor, Daniel Njenga, Jerry Meyers, Leah Caille, Lori O'Connor, Ryan Bradley
Duration: 104 mins
Directed by: Jon Dunham
"Spirit of the Marathon" is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.
Four years in the making, Spirit of the Marathon is the collaborative effort of three-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, Telly Award winner and marathon runner Jon Dunham and producer/marathoner Gwendolen Twist. Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.
As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.
Writers: Martin Herron, Philippe Bladband, Sam Garbaski
Starring: Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlović, Kevin Bishop
Duration: 103 mins
Directed by: Sam Garbaski
Middle-aged Maggie must find a way to get enough money for her grandson’s lifesaving medical treatment. With all financial resources exhausted, Maggie tries her best to lift the dwindling hopes of her only son Tom and his wife Sarah. When a “Hostess Wanted” sign catches her eye, Maggie naively stumbles into a city sex club. The true job description is quite a surprise for the respectable, middle-class widow, even if she isn’t a prude. But unskilled Maggie accepts this as her fastest way to urgently needed cash and her very last option, having already sold her own home to pay for little Olly’s hospital bills. She has a rough start at “Sexy World,” more than just a train ride from her conservative suburb. Wisecracking colleague Luisa shows her the ropes and the two women strike a touching friendship. Tough guy owner Miki, a real ladies’ man, reveals a soft spot for dutiful Maggie, and transforms her into the much-in-demand and lucrative “Irina Palm.” Maggie courageously proves to herself that she’s not so old and useless after all.
Writers: Emmanuel Mouret
Starring: Emmanuel Mouret, Frédérique Bel, Fanny Valette, Dany Brillant, Ariane Ascaride
Duration: 85 mins
Directed by: Emmanuel Mouret
While most people fall in love and then move in together, a nerdy musician manages to get it backwards in this French comedy. David (Emmanuel Mouret) is a French Horn player who has come to Paris in search of a job playing professionally with an orchestra. David is socially inept and painfully shy around women, so he's quite surprised when, while looking for a flat, he meets Anne (Frederique Bel), a beautiful but scatterbrained gal who informs him she knows someone who is looking for a roommate. It's a while before Anne gets around to telling David that she's the one in need of a roommate, and when she asks him if he'd like to start splitting the rent at her place, he agrees. While Anne would appear to be infatuated with David, he's too nervous to do anything about it at first, and by the time he's worked up the courage to make a move, Anne informs him she has a new boyfriend. Determined to beat Anne at her own game, David tells her he's won the heart of nineteen-year-old Julia (Fanny Valette), though the truth is he's been hired to give the awkward girl French horn lessons by her social climbing mother (Ariane Ascaride). However, David's efforts to one-up Anne hit a snag when he learns the truth about her new beau.
Writers: Pierre Salvadori, Benoît Graffin, Franck Bauchard
Starring: Gad Elmaleh, Audrey Tautou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Marie-Christine Adam, Jacques Spiesser, Annelise Hesme, Didier Brice
Duration: 106 mins
Directed by: Pierre Salvadori
A woman who has never had much trouble choosing between love or money tries to teach a man the tricks of the trade in this sly romantic comedy. Irene (Audrey Tautou) is an attractive thirtysomething woman who lives a comfortable life by taking up with older and very wealthy men. She meets Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a handsome bartender who works a variety of odd jobs to keep himself afloat. She ends up enjoying a romantic evening with Jean, that is until she discovers he's broke.
Writers: Francesca Archibugi & Doriana Leondeff
Director: Francesca Archibugi
Starring: Andrea Miglio Risi, Tom Karumathy, Giovanna Mezzogiorno
The paths of the two troubled 18 year-olds are crossed by a young doctor who works at rescue centre of a humanitarian organisation in the Tar Desert.
With the light tones of a comedy, the film tackles the themes of the rites of passage into adulthood, the search for one’s own roots, the confrontation between parents and children and cultural diversity, against a backdrop of a colourful and contradictory India. Shot between Delhi, Bombay, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, the Cattleya production was in development for a long time and is the first Italian feature to be made with India (Khussro Film), in collaboration with the UK (Aquarius) and France (Babe Productions).