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Thursday, 5 November 2020
Kirikou and the Sorceress

A little voice is heard from inside the womb of a pregnant woman: "Mother give me birth". "A child who can speak from his mother's womb can give birth to himself", replies the mother. And so a little boy is born, cuts his umbilical cord and declares: "My name is Kirikou". The tiny Kirkou is born in an African village, unto which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being ransomed, the men of the village have been eaten up by the sorceress.

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Dear Comrades

It might be tempting to label this as yet another satire of the Soviet regime, if not for the tragic events it depicts and the similarity it bears to some of the tragedies taking place in our times. Based on real incidents, Konchalovsky’s film takes place in 1962, as Khrushchev was pretending to fix all the evils of the Stalinist era but while doing it, the cost of life was going up, salaries shrunk and life was becoming increasingly difficult everywhere. Lyudmila, an executive of the communist party in Novocherkassk, faithful to the party lines down to the smallest print, is aggrieved when the workers in the town’s largest factory go on strike and stage a protest demonstration to demand better conditions. She thinks they are definitely out of line, but at the same time, she is shocked to see the army brought in to maintain the order and NKVD sharpshooters in her garret opening fire on the demonstrators and killing many of them. Then she discovers her 18 years old daughter is gone missing in the turmoil.She might be injured, she might be dead or in prison, and Lyudmilla rushes from one place to another, desperate, realizing in the process that the city has been cut off the rest of the country to avoid spreading the news, that all connections severed and all roads blocked, that leaders worry only about their own well- being, that the Army and the Secret Police talk I in different languages and her last vestiges of faith in the everlasting supremacy of the Soviet system dwindles away one after the other. The film was presented this year at the Venice Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize. Yulia Vissotzkaya, who plays Lyudmila, is the director’s wife, a well- known TV personality and a native of the city of Novochercassk.

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Fúsi

Fúsi is a 43 year old who weighs 150 pounds, or even more. He works as ground staff, unloading luggage at Reykjavik airport.  He is extremely talented, can fix everything, and although this helps him to easily make friends, he still lives with his mother. He lets his life drift along without any influence on his part, and he has never been in a relationship.

One of his hobbies is to recreate battles from World War II, which he deploys by placing miniature lead soldiers, in the living room of the apartment he shares with his mother.

His second hobby is listening to "at your request" radio programs which are broadcast during  the late hours of the night, where he asks them to play his favorite hits. His mother has a partner, the same age as her, and in order to gain privacy, they enroll Fúsi, against his will, in a country dance class. There he meets a young woman named Sjöfn, it turns out that she is suffering from emotional difficulties, destroying hope of any future relationship and due to the fact that Fúsi, with his limited life experience, does not have the right skills do deal with such a matter. However, in his own special way, and with a heart no less large than his huge dimensions, he refuses to give up, and manages to penetrate the fortress that Sjöfn has built to protect herself.

Fúsi won the Best Picture Award and the Directing and Acting Award at the Tribeca Film  Festival.

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Noi Albinoi

A remote community in Northern Iceland, hemmed in by the mountains and the sea and disconnected all through the long winter from the rest of the country, is the location for Dagur Kari’s much praised first feature. His protagonist is a 17 years old bald, rebellious, school-hating, suspected by some to be the village idiot and by others, like the school shrink, to be a genius. He’d rather spend time in his home cellar or taking pot shots at stalactites, than sharing the company of others. The arrival of a new girl at the local gas station ignites in him the desire to elope with her, something that is practically impossible in winter-time. A crazy, absurdist, unpredictable comedy with a humor of its own, the kind that quotes Soren Kirkegaard’s famous line: “Hang yourself and you’ll regret it. Don’t hang yourself and you’ll regret it”.

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Three Arava Stories

Three short and extraordinary films from the Arava International Film Festival’s Signature Project - Short in the Desert.

Three different perspectives, from three different directors.

 

Our Way Back – Moshe Rosenthal

Living surrounded by a natural environment that is wide open, the closed-mindedness of the social environment can lead an individual to take risks.

Uri, a family man living in the Arava, has a secret relationship with Oded, a young man from the Moshav. The two go on a desert trek together, and are forced to deal with the tragic consequences of their relationship.

Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Shahar Netz


Kilometer 147 – Boaz Frankel

A satire of human nature spiraling out of control following a routine desert accident.
The body of a camel lies in the middle of the Arava Road, exactly at the 147th kilometer, right on the border line between the jurisdictions of two towns. Neither is willing to take responsibility for the body.

Cast: Menashe Noy, Rotem Keinan, Sasi Mato

 

Donkeys in the Holy Land – David Volach

The desert environment – quiet, enduring, encounters man, and at once turns wild and violent.
Desert, sand, water, metal, dolphins, engines, donkeys, a stampede, a way, plains, a road, on the side of the road

 
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Friday, 6 November 2020
My Life as a Courgette

Nine-year old Icare, better known by his nickname, Zucchini, lives with his mother. But when she dies in an accident, he is taken by a kind-hearted policeman to an orphanage which turns out to be different from all the depressing institutions usually depicted in children’s books. Sure enough, every kid there has a sad story to tell, as sad as Icare's, but somehow every one of them has their own gift, their own endearing features, and they all faithfully believe in the rule of "one for all and all for one.” So, when the kind policeman returns with an offer to adopt Icare - the dream of every orphan in the world - the boy, who’s not sure he likes being separated from his friends, can't really make up his mind.  A delightful animation story which took Cannes by surprise this year and has already won the Best Film Award at the celebrated Annecy Animation Festival. Recently it has been selected to represent Switzerland for this year's Foreign Language Oscar competition.

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Hope

A family drama based on the true and touching story of Maria Sodahl, filmmaker and director of ‘Hope’, sharing her personal experiences on screen in a smart and sensitive way. The extraordinary acting talent by the film’s lead actress, won the Norwegian Academy Award for her role.

Forty-three-year-old Anja lives with her husband Thomas, and together they raise a large family with many biological and adopted children.

Their home is one filled with love and affection, however, as the years go by, the couple seems to have learned to live their lives independently.

One day, Anja receives unexpected, tragic news and the lives of the entire family shatter. Anja, determined to keep her family together, strives to save it, at least with a little hope.

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Still Walking

Once a year, the Yokoyama family reunites in the country home of their parents to commemorate the death of the eldest son, who accidentally drowned 12 years ago while saving the life of a boy. The patriarch of the family, a retired doctor, and his wife are joined by their surviving son who has recently married a widow with a young son and their daughter with her husband and their children. The surviving son, who resents being constantly reminded that his late brother was his father’s favorite, often clashes with the old man,who is still angry that there is no one to pick up the family medical tradition, for his second son had turned to art restoration, while the daughter plans to move her entire family to the village just in case she would have to be close and take care of her aging parents. Directed with profound emotion and enormous sympathy for each and every one of the characters, this film is the best confirmation that Hirokazu  Kore-Eda is official heir of the great Japanese director YausjiroOzu, it is mostly because of this film, which got full critical approval from every critics’ online survey.

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Shoplifters

A family that isn’t really a family adopts a little girl without asking her parents' permission in Horikazu Koreeda's latest film, SHOPLIFTERS, this year's winner of the Cannes Golden Palm. After one of their frequent shoplifting expeditions, Osamu and his son collect a little girl they find on the street, crying her heart out in the freezing cold while her parents are furiously screaming at each other without paying any attention to her. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together, until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them…

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Saturday, 7 November 2020
X+Y

Based on a BBC documentary series "Beautiful Young Minds", British director Morgan Matthews' original film appeals to a multi-age audience, focusing on an English mathematical genius named Nathan Ellis (Asa Butterfield) who has difficulty with interpersonal relationships, but finds consolation in numbers and formulas, as implied by the name of the film. When Nathan is chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), he embarks on a journey during which he faces unexpected challenges, and for the first time also tries to understand the science of love. Nathan's character is based on English mathematics child prodigy Daniel Lightwing, who represented the United Kingdom at the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad, and won a silver medal.

The European premiere was screened at the London Film Festival on October 13th, 2014, and the Israeli premiere was screened at the Arava Film Festival during the same year. 

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Under the open sky

An exploration of the tensions, insecurities, small joys, and frustrations experienced by Mikami (Koji Yakusho), a middle-aged ex-yakuza who must adjust to his “new normal” when he is released from prison after serving a 13-year sentence for murder.Mikami’s code of conduct, deeply rooted in the rules of the yakuza society he belonged to, does not fit into Japan’s orderly social welfare system.Being pitied or looked down on is not something he can accept nor can he understand the social policy of the government aid aimed at finding him poorly paid odd jobs.Even the predatory media, which initially offered to give Mikami money and help him find his long-lost mother soon reveal their malevolent intention: to exploit his past and present life experiences for their successful, sensational TV program. If it weren’t for Tsunoda (Taiga Nakano), a young and well-meaning TV director who genuinely wants to help Mikami, life outside prison or the yakuza wouldn’t really be worth caring for.A nuanced fresco of Japanese society, masterfully interpreted by Koji Yakusho (“The Third Murder”). 

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Koktebel

A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's sister. After they are stopped by a train guard, they continue their travel on foot. The father battles against his alcohol addiction and the son is fascinated with the idea of flight. One rainy day an old man accepts them in his house in return for the repair of the roof. The father gives in to the alcohol offered by the old man, who in a drunken brawl accuses him of stealing money and shoots him. A young female village doctor takes care of him and a romantic relationship between the two ensues. The father feels reluctant to continue the journey. The son leaves alone and a truck driver gives him a ride to Koktebel. However, his aunt has left for the summer.Aroad movie made with modest means but a big heart, it was awarded many international prizes, among them in Karlovy Vary and Moscow.

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Arrhythmia

Oleg, a highly skilled paramedic with the heart of a child is married to Katya, a hard-working doctor who is gradually fed up with her husband's rejection of the conventional system in which he works and his tendency to relax with too much vodka after work. She loves him but wants a divorce, he can't or won't grasp exactly what her problem is, and through the relations of this couple, their friends and their family, Khlebnikov paints an intriguing and colorful portrait of everyday Russia at present. Directed with great precision and with a couple of magic performances by the two lead actors, Alexander Yatsenko and Irena Gorbacheva, the film was awarded top honors at Sochi, Russia's most important film festival, with an International Critics Award in Karlovy Vary.

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Sunday, 8 November 2020
Waltz with Bashir

Award-winning, acclaimed, and controversial, "Waltz with Bashir" is one of the films that has left a unique and unusual mark on Israeli cinema, changing it beyond recognition. Ari Folman's animated masterpiece, using spectacular graphic realization, is a collaboration with illustrator David Polonsky and animation director Yoni Goodman. The film confronts the fine line that separates documentary and feature film, and the blurred demarcation that connects and separates the memories that make us who we are, and those memories we choose to repress which also make us who we are.

More than 20 years have passed since the Lebanon War, which broke out in the summer of 1982, until Ari Folman embarks on a journey designed to interpret his flashback nightmarish dreams and try, perhaps, to bridge the gaps in his memory of those days. Through a series of meetings and conversations with friends, brother-in-arms, psychotherapist and military journalist, the film depicts the inevitable clash that signals the end of youth. A recollection of the 19-year-old director's longing for life when he was sent to war, its ongoing horrors and influences on him and his comrades who fought there,  artistically capturing the play between fact and fantasy, simply because it is the elusive way of human hunger to survive. Ari Folman takes viewers on a journey that explores questions of personal and national responsibility, pointing to the terrible price of war from its immediate and obvious victims. The same women and children who return to the refugee camp after the massacre that took place there, and the prices paid, and that are still paid by the young soldiers who were sent to take part in it, and perhaps especially from the society that sent and continues to send them, at the height of their youth.

The film was released in 2008 and in the same year won the best "Ophir" awards including Best Feature Film, Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Lighting Design and Artistic Design.

In 2009 the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2008 and was announced as one of the five finalists in the Best Film Academy Award.

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Dinner in America

Simon, an on-the-lam punk rocker, from a dull little town in central US, finds himself on the run from the police, again. a chance encounter with young and eccentric Patty provides him a place to hide, though she fails to realize that her new friend is the anonymous lead singer of her favorite band.As the two embark on a series of misadventures, they discover they have a lot more in common than meets the eye ...

"Breakfast in America" ​​premiered at the Sands 2020 Festival – an especially wild comedy, bold and full of humor but of the type that also manages to excite.

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A Gentle Creature

A woman who lives in a small Russian receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison accompanied by a cryptic stamp saying: Return to Sender. Confused and angered, she insists to find why her package was returned to her and tries to reach him in jail. It is the beginning of a never-ending odyssey taking her across the vast Russian plains, to face the brutality, indifference, corruption and dissolution ruling at every stage of her journey. A visually stunning and imaginative movie, Loznitsa's film offers eloquent political statements and a desolate picture of the dehumanized Russian society. 

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A night at the Opera

"Donbass" will be screened After the film, the ticket is valid for both films     
No relation whatsoever to the Marx Bros. movie, Sergei Loznitsa’s short, to believe one of his associates, is the happiest one he’s made yet. Using black and white documentary footage from the French Institut National Audiovisuel (INA), he compiled in one film a whole series of festive premieres which took place at the Garnier Opera in Paris through the years, presenting them all together as if all of them took place at the same time, which allows him to show the red carpet, that was always there, the military band, also present for any occasion, and a whole series of celebrities, from Jean Cocteau and Charlie Chaplin, to President de Gaulle and Princess Grace, all the way to Jacques Charier and Brigitte Bardot, all of them mounting the glorious staircase, sitting in their ceremonial boxes and listening to Maria Callas magic singing .  A reminder of what seems today as the good old normal times that may, or may not, come back again.

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Donbass

"A Night at the Opera" will be screened before the film, the ticket is valid for both films   

Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass”, was presented two years ago in Cannes and displayed in a series of masterfully directed 13 episodes, loosely connected to each other, the total chaos, destruction and sheer bestiality exploding everyday in one of the bloodiest ongoing conflicts going on now in the world, the never-ending military skirmish between Russia and Ukraine for the area known as Donbass, the Eastern Ukraine region on the river Donets. Loznitsa, who has often dealt with this conflict, both in his documentaries and in his fiction films, switches this time from his surrealistic tendencies in “Gentle Creature” to grim, brutal, unforgiving irony, as he puts on screen scenes he has claimed to pick from real-life incidents. The opening episode, with a cast of stand-ins about to participate in a documentary about the event, and the closing one, taking place the morning after, should be taught in film schools for the exquisite use of the camera and its visual sarcasm.

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Monday, 9 November 2020
My Father My Lord

Film director David Volach’s first full-length film is a low-budget production and was shot in just eight days of filming. Immediately on release in 2007, the film won fantastic reviews from critics, and was even described as the best Israeli film ever made. The film won first prize at the prestigious Trabika Film Festival alongside other awards and was commercially successful in Israel and abroad.

The film tells the story of a devout Ultra Orthodox (Haredim) family with an only son, who goes on vacation at the Dead Sea. It is an intimate and poetic journey into the protagonist’s world, the pious and believing Rabbi Avraham, played by actor Assi Dayan, who some say is his greatest appearance on the screens, and the wishes of those who follow him - his wife and son.

The film allows a rare glimpse into the devout and austere Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox culture and into the depths of the soul that seeks to continue to believe unreservedly and independently of the tests that stand in its way. In an odyssey journey that explicitly echoes the Binding of Isaac, its chronicles events, unfolded before viewers of images of the inevitable confrontation between the believer's inner world and the silence of God are woven. "This is a classic tragedy in which the protagonist is punished for his pride," the director notes. "In contrast to the hero's hubris in Greek tragedies, whose sin is a lack of gratitude to the gods and his confidence in his power, in this film the hero's hubris is actually his belief in God and his absolute knowledge of him."

 

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My Golden Years

 Paul Dédalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan and on his way he remembers his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, he remembers turning sixteen and his father, the inconsolable widower. He remembers his trip to the USSR where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian, he remembers himself at nineteen, his sister Delphine, his cousin Bob, the parties with Penelope, Mehdi and Kovalki, the friend who was to betray him, his years as a student in Paris, his meeting with Doctor Behanzin, his growing vocation for anthropology. But above all, Paul remembers Esther the love of his life that he will never forget.

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Kings and Queen

There is a big gap between what people think about themselves and tell other people, and what the others think and tell about them. Desplechin’s award-winning movie places itself right in the middle of this gap. He takes a set of characters through a long and twisted road, peeling at each turn another layer of them, to reveal what we may think is finally the truth until the next turn. There is Nora (Emmanuelle Devos), a fashionable, elegant lady, owner of a successful art gallery, twice divorced,about to get married for the third time, mother of Elias, an 11 years old boy. She is about to acquire an expensive present for her old, sick father (Maurice Garrel, in real life the father of Philippe and grandfather of Louis), who is a famous author and temperamental personality. Then there is a viola player, Ismael (a frequent name in Desplechin movies), played by Mathieu Amalric, one of Nora’s past lovers, and eccentric who seems to cope for himself quite well until his sister sends him to a mental home. There he meets the hospital administrator (Catherine Deneuve in a guest appearance) and falls in love with the young Arielle (Magali Woch). We may think that our early definition of each one is infallible, but rest assured you’ll change your mind several times before the film is over. 

 
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Tuesday, 10 November 2020
The Postman’s White Nights

A cinematic poem blends image, music, locations and characters into a unique fresco of old Russia, still alive in some far away, forgotten corners of this immense country, next to the most sophisticated rocket bases of the Russian army. The entire film was shot in a remote village up north, whose only connection with the outer world is the postman, Liokha, who takes his boat, crosses the vast river next to the village and goes to the nearby town, to bring not only the post but everything else the villagers might need, including their monthly pensions. Using an almost entirely non-professional cast, Andrei Konchalovsky clearly prefers carefully drawn human sketches like Liokha’s flirt with Irina and his relations with her son, Timur, to one distinct narrative line. If at all, the most dramatic event here arrives when Liokha’s boat is stolen and he can no longer perform the duties that gave sense to his life. But the beauty of the place, the glorious photography and the humanity of the characters beats everything else.

 
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Awarded to Golden Palm in Cannes 2007, Cristian Mungiu’s film has been considered by many as the obvious representative of the Romanian New Wave. Mungiu’s story, a combination black realism and fearsome portrait of life in Romania under the Ceausescu regime, which, among other things, strictly forbade abortions, spins the tale of a young woman (Laura Vasiliu) desperate to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy and her energetic girlfriend (Anamaria Marinca) who comes to her help, finds the illegal abortionist willing torid her of her problem for a respectable price, and of all the troubles involved in the process, which throw a grim, unflattering, often shocking light on that period. 

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Graduation

The latest feature by Cristian Mungiu, who started the Romanian new wave with "4 Months, 3 weeks and 2 days", that won the best film award in Cannes. "Graduation" has received critical acclaim and favorable reviews, enough to earn Mungiu the best director award.

Romeo is a doctor who raises his daughter Eliza to be honest and studious so she may, having graduated, leave and find a better future for herself. His plan almost works, until one day, before Eliza's final exam, an incident happens that rocks her life and threatens her future. Now, Romeo stands at a crossroads - there are ways to solve the situation, but at what cost? 

 

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Avanti Popolo

Many consider this the best Israeli film ever. Produced in 1986 as a wild private venture by a team of students from the Film Department of the Tel Aviv University, this amazingly smooth blend between inspired poetry and biting satire, merging drama, farce and ultimately a tragic ending that is sadly enough still relevant, this film has lost none of its vigor and originality in the course of the 30 years since it was made.  Two Egyptian soldiers are stranded, at the end of the Six Days War, at one end of the Sinai desert, trying to make their way home, across a territory fraught by obstacles of every kind, from land mines to Israeli patrols. A road movie featuring one of the most unexpected performances of Shylock's monologue from The Merchant of Venice and a glorious interpretation of Bandiera Rossa also known as Avanti Popolo, the hymn of the Italian socialists that none of the film's characters has ever heard about but nevertheless perfectly fits their purpose. After winning the TV competition at the Locarno Film Festival, the film fell into the wrong distribution hands and never achieved the recognition it deserves. The quality of the old prints suffered and new ones were not made until a joint effort by the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Israeli Film Fund. Digitally-restored to prime condition, the film was first screened this summer at the Jerusalem Film Festival and will be screened next February, at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Sparrows

This Icelandic film was first screened in Toronto last year and only a couple of weeks later, it was awarded the Golden Shell, the premier prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Since then he has toured every single festival around the world collecting additional awards along the way. This is the story of Ari, a 16 year old boy who lives with his mother in Reykjavik, but when she decides to follow her boyfriend to the other end of the world, Ari is forced to return to his native village in the north of the country and to the home of his boorish, drunken father. Faced with a grim, harsh and violent man who doesn't care much about his unwanted guest and with friends who no longer look like the ones he once had before he left the village, Ari longs for his mother and the city but learns to adapt to his surroundings and even manages to get rid of some of the chips on his father’s shoulders. The film represented Iceland at 2016 Foreign Language Oscars.

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Volcano

If this film had not been released one year before Haneke’s prize-winning “Amour”, everyone would have accused young Icelandic filmmaker RunarRunarsson of plagiarism. It is of course not the case but it is still remarkable to notice the similarity between the two films. The Icelandic one does not deal with intellectual aristocrats, for its main character is a school intendent in a small provincial town,  a strict and unbending character, feared and respected  by the students and their parents as well, who is about to retire after holding for 37 years a job he regarded as a calling. Married, he is the father of a son and a daughter, both highly critical of the way he treats their mother. That is, until his wife suffers a stroke that leaves her paralyzed in a coma, and then everyone is shocked to find out that the rough and tough old man, instead of following his children’s advice and putting her into a nursing home, decides to take his wife home, once there is nothing more the hospital can do for her, and take care of her every need, 24 hours a day. Up to the point when even he cannot stand the heart-breaking sounds coming out of her unconscious suffering body, deprived of any means to express itself in any way.

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Thursday, 12 November 2020
The Hunt

Lucas, a preschool teacher,is falsely accused of sexually abusing a child in his class, Handling the story in a realistic, matter of fact way, the film does not allow its protagonist to indulge in screaming histrionics and explosive raging against the world, as slowly the entire town turns against him. He is a man who knows he’s innocent but can’t work out how to prove it, and is increasingly hurt as people he called friends almost all turn against him.This is quite a damning film in its view of society. Most of what happens is due to adults getting carried away, misspeaking, and jumping to assumptions. It begins with a lie told by a childbut then things spiral out of her control. It’s also, naturally, even more pertinent now than it would’ve been when it came out, with allegations and denials of sexual abuse ever more often in the news. Fortunately, The Hunt is a mature and considered film, with something to say for audiences to consider, rather than hysterically coming down on one ‘side’ of an argument. Mads Michelsen, who plays Lucas, was awarded the Best Actor Prize in Cannes.

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The Celebration

"Festen” (In Celebration - 1998) is the first feature film released by the Dogme 95 movement, started in 1995 by two Danish filmmakers, Lars von Trier and אhe film’s director, Thomas Vinterberg. The manifest they published, with the accompanying “Vows of Chastity”’,established that the main attributes in a film should be the story, the acting and the theme, and all the technical sophistication of modern filmmaking, such as cranes, lights and special effects, are to be banned, for they serve the interest of the industry instead of the filmmaker. How close was “Festen” to every single rule of the manifest may be debatable, but the film’s resounding success, when It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival,is due mainly to the remarkable performance of all the actors and the mighty impact of the script, a powerful drama about a family gathered together to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch, and the ugly truths and dirty secrets that have been silenced until then, erupting all over the glossyassembly.

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Moon Man

If only the Moon Man realized just how much children love him, but he fails to perceive it. All he does is sit on the moon, alone, and terribly bored. One night a falling star appears in the sky, flying at a dizzying speed, in space, towards the moon. Moon Man jumps at the opportunity, grabs the star's tail, and takes a ride to Earth!

The "attack from outer space" causes great panic in the presidential palace. The President himself, who has just finished conquering the entire planet, defeating all of his enemies ... boils with rage as now, right now, aliens from another planet appear and attack him! Even worse, these aliens are unseen, and the only sign of the invaders is silver footprints, near the crater where the star landed.

Although he is captured, Moon Man manages to escape from the megalomaniac President and his soldiers and embarks on a long journey. Along the way he learns how many wonderful things there are on earth and how much children love and need him.

"Moon Man" is a quirky new children's animation from Germany, now redubbed into English, based on the 1967 picture book by French illustrator Tomi Ungerer, an influential illustrator, cartoonist and children's author who has published dozens of books. "Moon Man’’ was his most successful book.

 
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Sweat

The name of Sylwia Zajac’s profession seems to be fitness motivator, something that has gone way out of the gym and into big malls and open spaces, with the star of the show, a luscious, young, curvy blonde, driving all her adoring fans around her to jump up and down and sideways, all of them secretly hoping to look one day like she does. Every time she is out of their sight, they follow her Instagram, watch her every smile, listen to the constant stream of self-conscious nonsense she takes care to deliver constantly for their benefit and swallow up all the bits of publicity she squeezes in between suggestions of make-up and mini-skirts, publicity for which she is handsomely paid. “Sweat” is the account of three days in the life of Miss Zajac, gloriously and energetically performed by a young Polish actress, Magdalena Kolesnik, already on the way to become an international star, three days during which she never rests for a moment, in between her cloying admirers, demanding agent, occasional boyfriend and the suspicious stalker parking his car under her windows.Its life at the top including the price to pay for it.

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Friday, 13 November 2020
Loveless

Ever since his first international success, "The Return" (2003, Venice Golden Lion), Andrey Zvyagintsev has focused on portraits of family life in Russia, attacking it in each one of his films from a different angle, in order to deliver yet another aspect of present day Russian society. This time, it is a couple of well-to-do professionals who have had enough of each other, who decided to divorce and have already aligned for themselves their future partners in life. The only thing they apparently forgot is their 12 years old son, who refuses to accept their decision and one day disappears without leaving a trace. Shocked for the first time by a kid neither one of them really wanted very much, they find themselves helpless to find him, all the official institutions hide behind ready-made excuses and only a group of voluntaries is willing to lend a helping hand. "Loveless" won Cannes' Grand Jury Prize for 2017.

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Never gonna snow again

A masseur from the East enters the lives of the rich residents of a bland, walled off community. Despite their wealth, the residents emit an inner sadness, a longing. The mysterious newcomer’s hands heal, his eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhood. Zhenia, for this is his name, changes their lives.

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The Return

Ivan and his older brother Andrei, who live with their mother and grandmother, have grown a deep attachment to each other to make up for their fatherless childhood. Both of them are shocked to discover one evening that their father is back after a 12 years absence. At first, both brothers are pleased with the prospect of having a father at home, but they soon strain under the weight of the awkward and increasingly brutal efforts made by the parent trying to re-instate himself in the family. The boys find themselves alternately tested, rescued, scolded, mentored, scrutinized, and ignored by the man. While Andrei seems to look up to his father attempts to bond with his father, his younger brother remains stubbornly defensive and often bitterly defiant. Taken by the father to a remote island, they are submitted to test of manhood and courage that lead inevitably to a tragic event. Often seen as a metaphor forthe Soviet regime and its undoing, the film turned out to be the auspicious debut of a director now considered the most important filmmaker in Russia since Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020
The Whistlers

Cristi is a seasoned Romanian policeman who also nurtures close, not to mention, illegal, ties with the local mafia. One day, Gilda, a mysterious young woman, recruits him for an unusual job with the intention of releasing her boyfriend from prison. She takes him to a faraway island to learn the “whistlers” language—a secret, centuries-old tongue, based on whistles. Cristi finds himself trapped between his suspicious police friends, the mafia, which has no intention of releasing Gilda’s boyfriend, and his feelings for the beautiful operator. Corneliu Porumboiu’s (Police, Adjective) new film is a pulsing, precise work that portrays the powerful, but delicate, relationship that slowly develops between these two unsuspecting lovers.

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Police Adjective

Corneliu Porumboiu’s second feature film facetiously pretends to be a police story. As a matter of fact, it is but whoever will see only that and nothing else, will miss the mordant satire and the subtle irony the writer/director infuses in all his scenes, from the first and particularly to the last one. The plot that requires Cristi, a police detective, to shadow a 16 years old boy suspected not only of smoking but also of dealing pot, is there to confirm this is a police investigation. Cristi’s refusal to arrest the boy for what is barely a misdemeanor but, once brought to justice, could destroy his life, is in strict conflict with the instructions of his chief, who stands by the letter of the law. And in the famous final scene of the film, with an open dictionary to enlighten them, the lead characters of the picture discuss the actual meaning of words, and through them depict the true conceptions that mold the society we live in. After pushing the film into the “Un Certain Regard” section, one of Cannes’ leaders conceded it should have been in the main competition, and would have surely grabbed an award.

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Paradise

Ali, a young Palestinian, comes to Israel for a home visit after a long absence.
Following a cold welcome, he decides to seek peace for a few days in the desert of Sinai, Egypt, before he will have to deal with the harsh return to the place he has left behind.
After telling one little lie on the way, Ali finds himself embroiled in an unexpected identity crisis on the beautiful beaches of Sinai.

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