LEMON TREE/ETZ LIMON*. Israel/Germany/France, 2008
(106 min.) Dir: Eran Riklis. With: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali
Suliman. True story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her
lemon trees when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her
and threatens to have her grove torn down. Panorama Audience
Award, Berlin IFF 2008.
THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE/CE QU'IL FAUT POUR VIVRE*. Canada, 2008 (102 min.) Dir: Benoît Pilon. With: Natar Ungalaaq,
Eveline Gelinas, Paul-Andre Brasseur. In 1952, an Inuit hunter with
tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at
a sanatorium in Quebec City. Best Film Jutra Award 2009.
THE CLASS/ENTRE LES MURS*. France, 2008 (128 min.)
Dir: Laurent Cantet. With: François Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt,
Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi. Teacher and novelist
François Begaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a
year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian
neighborhood. Golden Palm, Cannes 2008; Best Foreign Language
Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR/VALS IM BASHIR*. Israel/Germany/France/USA, 2008 (90 min.) Dir: Ari Folman. With: voices of Ron
Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman. Animated feature. The Israeli
film director, Ari Folman, is interviewing his fellow veterans of the
1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his
term of service in that conflict. Best Foreign Language Film, Golden
Globe 2009; Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.
MONGOL*. Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia/Germany, 2007
(126 min.) Dir: Sergei Bodrov. With: Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun,
Khulan Chuluun. Early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before
going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. Best
Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.
SIN NOMBRE/WITHOUT NAME*. Mexico/USA, 2009 (96 min.)
Dir: Cary Fukunaga. With: Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso,
Karla Cecilia Alvarado. Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful
young Honduran woman, Sayra, joins her father and uncle on an
odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en
route to the United States. Best Director and Cinematography
Awards, Sundance FF 2009.
DEPARTURES/OKURIBITO*. Japan, 2008 (130 min.)
Dir: Yôjirô Takita. With: Daigo Kobayashi, Ikuei Sasaki,Mika Kobayashi. A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing
the dead for funerals. Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009;
Grand Prix des Amériques, Montreal WFF 2008.
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. UK, 2008 (118 min.) Dir: Mike Leigh. With: Sally
Hawkins, Kate O'Flynn, Eddie Marsan. A look at a few chapters in
the life of Poppy, a cheery, colourful North London schoolteacher
whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. Best Actress
Awards: Silver Bear, Berlin 2008 and Golden Globe 2009.
CHE: PART ONE*. France/Spain/USA, 2008 (134 min.) Dir: Steven
Soderbergh. With: Julia Ormand, Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir. In
1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles
mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Best Actor, Cannes 2008.
THREE MONKEYS/UÇ MAYMUN*. Turkey/France/Italy, 2008
(109 min.) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. With: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan,
Rifat Sungar. A family is slowly torn apart by secrets and lies after the
husband accepts money from a rich politician to take the blame for
an accidental killing. Best Director, Cannes 2008.
IL DIVO*. Italy/France, 2008 (110 min.) Dir: Paolo Sorrentino.
With: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Graziosi.
The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who has been
elected to Parliament seven times since it was established in 1946.
Jury Prize, Cannes 2008.
IN BRUGES*. UK/USA, 2008 (107 min.) Dir: Martin McDonagh.
With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes. Holed up in
Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on
their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.
Best Actor, Golden Globe 2009.
SILENT LIGHT/STELLET LICHT*. Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany, 2007(127 min.) Dir: Carlos Reygadas. With: Cornelio Wall,
Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews. Johan and his family are Mennonites
from the north of Mexico. Against the law of God and man, Johan falls
in love with another woman. Jury Prize, Cannes 2007.
MAN ON WIRE*. UK/USA, 2008 (90 min.). Dir.: James Marsh.
With: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel. A look at tightrope walker
Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed
between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974,
which some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." Best
Documentary Feature, Oscar 2009.
FOUR MINUTES/VIER MINUTEN*. Germany, 2008 (112 min.)
Dir: Chris Kraus. With: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven
Pippig . At a women's penitentiary, an elderly piano teacher trains a
young convict who had been a musical prodigy. Best Debut
Performance, Seattle IFF 2007.
THE WORLD UNSEEN*. South Africa/UK, 2007 (94 min.)
Dir: Shamim Sarif. With: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas. Tale
of two women who engage in a dangerous lesbian relationship during
South Africa's apartheid era.
THE POOL*. USA, 2007 (98 min.) Dir: Chris Smith. With: Jhangir
Badshah, Venkatesh Chavan, Ayesha Mohan, Nana Patekar. A boy
working in a hotel becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the
opulent hills of Panjim, Goa in India. His life gets turned upside down
when he attempts to meet the mysterious family that arrives at the
house. Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2007.
CHE: PART TWO*. France/Spain/USA, 2008 (131 min.) Dir: Steven
Soderbergh. With: Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir.
In 1967, following the success of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto 'Che'
Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary
guerrilla war in Bolivia. Best Actor, Cannes 2008.
* English subtitles / Sous-titres anglais
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