Films Programs

World Cinema Now

This wide-ranging overview of contemporary international cinema provides a sampling of the essential new films from around the world, including a number of World and US Premieres, and prizewinners from major festivals worldwide.


12:08 East of Bucharest   

12:08 East of Bucharest
Romania, 2006, 89 min.
The Best First Feature winner at Cannes, this hilarious movie wrings substantial mileage out of a single joke. A television newscaster in a small Romanian town has convened a panel to discuss their town's role in the overthrow of Ceausescu, but recollections of the revolution seem to differ.... more



4:30   

4:30
Singapore, 2006, 93 min.
The melancholy story of Xiao Wu, a young boy desperately seeking human kindness and friendship from his indifferent uncle, confirms director Royston Tan as a major new talent. Tan's willingness to push the limits of cinematographic art has made him a indie hero.... more



A Dinner for Them to Meet   

A Dinner for Them to Meet
Italy, 2006, 108 min.
This Cannes Film Festival winner features a family of three, who were abandoned by the wife/mother of the family. When she returns unexpectedly, the son, Tommy, along with his sister Viola and their father, try to cope with unexpected changes and growing pains with determination and unspoken love fo... more



Antonio Vivaldi: A Prince in Venice   

Antonio Vivaldi: A Prince in Venice
France, 2006, 95 min.
Infamous in his lifetime not just for his music, but also for his non-conformity, Vivaldi’s genius influenced the shape of musical development long after his death. Made in cooperation with Virgin Music, this sumptuous, unconventional portrait of the composer offers a feast of riches for the eye and... more



Aviva My Love   

Aviva My Love
Israel, 2006, 107 min.
From the director of 2004 PSIFF favorite Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi comes a delightful, richly layered story about a woman on the brink of fulfilling her lifelong dream to become a published author, when she finds that her novelist mentor has other plans for her work.... more



Bamako   

Bamako
Mali, 2006, 112 min.
Leading African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako offers this mock trial set in his hometown of Bamako, Mali. The influence of Western powers over the lives of Africans is called into question, and every argument and counterargument bristles with intense conviction.... more



Beauty in Trouble   

Beauty in Trouble
Czech Republic, 2006, 110 min.
Another smart comedy from the team responsible for Cosy Dens and Up and Down. Ana Geislerová plays the beauty of the title, whose solution to marital problems, financial crises and family troubles comes in the form of a rich older man. ... more



Belle Toujours   

Belle Toujours
France, 2006, 70 min.
Thirty-eight years after Buñuel’s Belle de jour, Henri (Michel Piccoli) and Séverine (Bulle Ogier), meet again by chance in an elegant concert hall in Paris. The two have obviously changed, yet Henri seems content to dwell in their perverse past. Oliveira’s elegant style and cunning narrative... more



The Bet Collector   

The Bet Collector
Philippines, 2006, 98 min.
Three days in the life of Ami (the magnificent Gina Pareño) as she criss-crosses her slum neighbourhood in Manila, taking bets on an underground lucky-numbers draw. This powerful film has already won two festival prizes, giving the surprise revival in Filipino movies another boost.... more



Black Irish   

Black Irish
USA, 2006, 92 min.
This complex, moving coming-of-age story is about Cole McKay, a 16-year-old South Boston kid trying both to survive and to save his disintegrating Irish-Catholic family that is fueled by alcohol and anger. A brilliant ensemble cast illuminates this ultimately uplifting story.... more



The Book of Revelation   

The Book of Revelation
Australia, 2006, 117 min.
Ana Kokkinos, whose striking earlier films Only the Brave and Head On gripped audiences at previous editions of PSIFF, here explores a provocative world of desire, sexual power and obsession, in which a charismatic young man is kidnapped by three enigmatic women and subjected to extrem... more



Border Post   

Border Post
Croatia, 2006, 94 min.
This comedy about people on the verge of tragedy unfolds at an army base along the Yugoslav-Albanian border in the spring of 1987. The boring daily routine of the young soldiers suddenly changes when the commanding officer decides to hide a personal problem, namely syphilis, by declaring a state of ... more



The Caiman   

The Caiman
Italy, 2006, 112 min.
Nanni Moretti returns to directing with this hugely entertaining and politically charged skewering of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that centers on a crumbling B-grade film director (Silvio Orlando) trying to make a satire about the PM’s criminal excesses.... more



A Casa Nostra   

A Casa Nostra
Italy, 2006, 101 min.
A banker who is pursued by a police captain is at the center of a merry-go-round of characters whose fates are intertwined in contemporary Milan where money and power rules.... more



Change of Address   

Change of Address
France, 2006, 85 min.
David, a shy, awkward horn player from the provinces, comes to Paris and meets a zesty blonde who becomes his roommate. After a brief intimate encounter, the duo quickly decide to remain ‘just friends,’ which makes way for David to fall for a shy young woman who he gives music lessons to. With a uni... more



Cheech   

Cheech
Canada, 2006, 105 min.
Neo-noir done Québecois style, Patrice Sauvé’s memorable feature debut is a stylish and darkly humorous tale that follows the destinies of six characters who are connected through a seedy Montréal escort agency. Glamorous Montréal’s dark side gets a rare showing on screen.... more



Close to Home   

Close to Home
Israel, 2006, 90 min.
Two very different young Israeli women are partnered together to patrol Jerusalem streets as part of their obligatory Israeli military service. In the process, they find that, despite the uniforms, they are just young people trying to find their place in the world. ... more



Congorama   

Congorama
Canada, 2006, 105 min.
Michel, a Belgian inventor, learns he was adopted and heads off to Quebec to find his biological family. There he gets involved in an accident that has implications for the future of the automobile in this tangled comedy of hidden bloodlines and lost birthrights.... more



Cover Boy   

Cover Boy
Italy, 2006, 97 min.
Cover Boy is the story of a friendship between two young men—a Romanian immigrant and an Italian lower-class worker—who struggle to find gainful employment in Western society. One has a dream to pursue, while the other has lost all hopes. Friendship will help them through, somehow. ... more



Crime Novel   

Crime Novel
Italy, 2006, 146 min.
A sweeping epic Italian crime saga (with appropriate nods to Coppola and Scorsese by the screenwriters of '04 PSIFF audience-award winner Best of Youth) chronicles the rise of a criminal from a juvenile delinquent dreaming of power inmthe '70s, to a national public enemy running the organized... more



The Curiosity of Chance   

The Curiosity of Chance
USA, 2006, 98 min.
When new high school sophomore Chance Marquis is bullied for being openly gay, he turns to a drag queen and a high school jock to help him fight adversity in Russell P. Marleau’s John Hughes-styled ’80s comedy. Winner of the Jury Award for Best New Director at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.... more



Day Night Day Night   

Day Night Day Night
USA, 2006, 94 min.
Julia Loktev’s hauntingly abstract portrait of a suicide bomber in New York City not only takes us deep into the terrorist mind, but also dramatically recreates the anxiety, dread and fear inherent in the act. The film received major prizes at the Cannes and Chicago Film Festivals as well as winning... more



Don’t Worry, I’m Fine   

Don’t Worry, I’m Fine
France, 2006, 100 min.
Lili returns from vacation to discover her 19-year-old twin brother has fled from home after a violent fight with their father. Her worries about his welfare eventually send her to an anorexia hospital ward where a postcard from her long-lost twin finally arrives. Lioret’s delicate direction... more



Dreamland   

Dreamland
USA, 2006, 89 min.
Beautifully shot and passionately acted, Dreamland is the striking feature film debut of Jason Matzner. This woozily romantic trailer park love triangle features a stunning central performance by Agnes Bruckner that, alongside rising stars Kelli Garner and Justin Long, seems to unspool... more



East Side Story   

East Side Story
USA, 2006, 88 min.
Drawing inevitable comparisons to Quinceañera, Carlos Portugal’s exuberant indie debut—a robust, frequently funny combination of melodrama, romance and comedy—tracks a (mostly) gay love triangle in a rapidly gentrifying Latino neighborhood in East Los Angeles.... more



Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds   

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds
USA, 2006, 85 min.
How far would you go to get the person of your dreams? In the first American gay sequel ever, stakes get raised and sexual boundaries are obliterated as Kyle (Jim Verraros) pretends to be straight in order to land the new guy—and nude model—in town.... more



Emma’s Bliss   

Emma’s Bliss
Germany, 2006, 99 min.
Max, a mediocre car salesman, learns that he is dying of pancreatic cancer. On a whim, he takes a road trip that introduces him to Emma, a pig farmer, and country life, both of which almost make him forget his fate. This second feature by Taddicken is a very sensual, unpredictable, and heart-warming... more



Fair Play   

Fair Play
France, 2006, 99 min.
The competitive nature of office politics is given an innovative approach through the extracurricular activities of sports, in this brilliantly controlled and cynical tale that takes place entirely outside the office with colleagues rowing, jogging, playing squash, canoeing and even rock climbing th... more



The Family Friend   

The Family Friend
Italy, 2006, 110 min.
A harsh near-nihilism pervades the singular vision of director Paolo Sorrentino in this morally dark tale. Geremia de’ Geremei is a shabby loan shark who professes a deep (and deeply false) concern for the poor people who use his services. The film exposes the damage done by his squalid, soul-disfig... more



Fat Girls   

Fat Girls
USA, 2006, 82 min.
This offbeat teen comedy asks the questions: can snappy 300-pound plus fat girl and nebbish musical gay boy find happiness and love in a back-water Texas high school? First-time director Ash has concocted a comedy about discrimination that finds a way to laugh at pretty much everything and everyone.... more



Forget You Not   

Forget You Not
Italy, 2006, 94 min.
The first feature film of Mariantonia Avati, daughter of Pupi Avati, continues the father’s tradition with a feminine approach. Nina works in a maternity ward in post-WWII Italy where women from different backgrounds are united by motherhood. For Nina, each story becomes a source from which she will... more



The Free Will   

The Free Will
Germany, 2006, 163 min.
After serving nine years for rape, Theo (Jürgen Vogel, Goodbye Lenin!) is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Complications ensue when he falls in love with his boss’s daughter, herself a damaged soul. As they deal with their inner demons, a tragic romance blossoms in this daring, s... more



Fresh Air   

Fresh Air
Hungary, 2006, 109 min.
Viola works as a bathroom attendant in the subway. Angela, her daughter, is ashamed of Viola and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Communication between them has become almost impossible. This first contemplative feature by a young director reveals a mature craft for composition and creating at... more



The Girl is Mine   

The Girl is Mine
France, 2006, 91 min.
Perhaps a mother’s worst nightmare is that someone will take her child. This suspenseful tale revolves around Maud, who after searching 12 years for her abducted daughter, meets a child she believes is the lost girl, but must contend with another woman who claims the girl as her own.... more



The Go Master   

The Go Master
China, 2006, 104 min.
Renowned filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang offers this poetic examination of spiritual resilience in turbulent times, based on the autobiography of international gaming champion Wu Qingyuan, today’s 90-something Go master who experienced much of the 20th century.... more



Go West   

Go West
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 97 min.
Gay lovers Kenan, a Muslim cellist, and Milan, a Serbian student, fight to survive the brutal inter-ethnic wars of early ’90s Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dreaming of peace, happiness and acceptance, they travel west with one of them disguised in drag, in a film that provocatively addresses subjects once... more



How Much Do You Love Me?   

How Much Do You Love Me?
France, 2006, 95 min.
Veteran French farceur and master of the politically incorrect, Bertrand Blier, weaves this richly ironic tale that gives us a loser (Campan) who wins the lottery and hires a beautiful hooker (Bellucci) to live with him, and then has to face her gangster boyfriend (Depardieu).... more



The Iceberg   

The Iceberg
Belgium, 2006, 84 min.
After surviving a night in an industrial freezer, a harried housewife becomes upset with her family who failed to realize she never made it home, to say nothing of a newfound attraction to all things sub-zero. Chock full of French physical comedy delivered with deadpan Kaurismäkian cool.... more



In the Shadow of the Dog   

In the Shadow of the Dog
India, 2006, 110 min.
Achchanniah and his wife live with their widowed daughter-in-law in a traditional village of South India. When news reaches them that their son—dead for 18 years—has been reborn, they invite the boy home, setting in motion a chain of events that alters all lives around him.... more



Invisible Waves   

Invisible Waves
Thailand, 2006, 115 min.
Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe) re-teams with cinematographer Christopher Doyle to produce an eccentric twist on the Japanese yakuza gangster genre in this eccentric meditation on the enigmatic, karmic patterns rippling through life.... more



The Italian   

The Italian
Russia, 2006, 99 min.
Six-year-old Vanya waits in a hell house of a Russian orphanage to be adopted. But when an Italian couple shows up to save him, he realizes that what he really wants is to find his own mother. His ensuing quest takes him into the heart of modern Russia, populated with emerging Capitalists, petty cri... more



Jindabyne   

Jindabyne
Australia, 2006, 123 min.
Based on the Raymond Carver short story “So Much Water, So Close to Home,” Jindabyne unravels the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a dead female body by four fishermen. Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney star in this darkly spare tale of morality, marriage and murder.... more



Justine, A Woman for Sale   

Justine, A Woman for Sale
Luxembourg, 2006, 97 min.
In Franco de Pena’s harrowing drama, a proud Polish girl Mariola, is sold into sexual slavery after being duped by a boyfriend. Tortured, raped and imprisoned in a strange city, she does everything human to maintain her dignity.... more



Just Sex and Nothing Else   

Just Sex and Nothing Else
Hungary, 2006, 90 min.
A 33-year-old dramaturge decides to become a single mother. Compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary and Sex in the City, this ultra-modern, smart screwball comedy features deliciously witty dialogue, sophisticated coming timing, and sparkling performances.... more



Lady Zee   

Lady Zee
Bulgaria, 2006, 96 min.
Wild-at-heart Zlatina, a crack shot, leaves the institution for abandoned children where she grew up, to take a job at a Sofia shooting gallery where she falls for the handsome owner. Best Film, Sarajevo Festival, Audience Award, New Montreal Festival, Best Bulgarian Film of the Year.... more



The Line of Beauty   

The Line of Beauty
United Kingdom, 2006, 180 min.
Adapted from Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel, this richly textured gay coming-of-age story penetrates deep under the skin of ’80s Britain. Amidst the euphoria of first love, sex and high society parties, a young graduate witnesses scandal, deception and hypocrisy when he moves in with... more



Longing   

Longing
Germany, 2006, 88 min.
A man and a woman in their early 30s love each other tenderly and live a quiet life in a village near Berlin, until one day the husband finds himself waking up in the bed of an unknown woman with no recollection of how he got there. Grisebach captures the essence and the mystery of the couple with e... more



Love Sick   

Love Sick
Romania, 2006, 85 min.
Alex and Kiki meet at the university and become fast girlfriends. Enter Sandu, tormented with jealousy. Is he Kiki’s brother or her jealous lover? Love Sick is remarkable for its matter-of-fact attitude towards love without rules.... more



Men at Work   

Men at Work
Iran, 2006, 75 min.
Four men encounter a giant phallic rock, and decide to topple it. Based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami, this sophisticated comic allegory charts the foursome's increasingly elaborate efforts involving shovels, chain saws and even a donkey, and takes a gentle poke at gender relations.... more



The Missing Star   

The Missing Star
Italy, 2006, 103 min.
Gianni Amelio’s latest film presents an idealistic Italian machinist who finds his worldview altered when he travels with a young female guide into the heart of China’s new industrial landscape in an effort to replace defective technology. The story is a moving narrative regarding the evolving... more



Mojave Phone Booth   

Mojave Phone Booth
USA, 2006, 88 min.
A legendary lone phone booth stuck in the middle of the Mojave Desert accepts only incoming calls. It becomes the compass for four individuals who are looking for answers in their confusing lives. Steve Guttenberg heads up this splendid ensemble cast of characters.... more



Monkey Warfare   

Monkey Warfare
Canada, 2006, 75 min.
The counter-culture is alive and well—and living in Canada—according to writer-director Reginald Harkema. His trenchant, funny (and Godardian) third feature is about two former revolutionaries living under the radar in Toronto, whose lives are disrupted by the entrance of a sexy young radical.... more



The Moon and the Stars   

The Moon and the Stars
Italy, 2007, 102 min.
Jonathan Pryce, Catherine McCormack and Alfred Molina star in John Irvin’s classical drama that throws a disparate group of actors and filmmakers together to try and film a version of Tosca in the Rome of 1939, despite the growing portents of war.... more



Mr. Average   

Mr. Average
Belgium, 2006, 90 min.
After winning the “Mr. Average” TV quiz show and falling in love, Jalil becomes the unwitting pawn of a market research firm. When he discovers he’s being duped, he decides to turn the tables on the manipulators. Mr. Average is a delightful French-language riff on The Truman Show.... more



Munnabhai Meets Mahatma Gandhi   

Munnabhai Meets Mahatma Gandhi
India, 2006, 144 min.
Munnabhai, a lovable thug, falls for Jahnvi, a radio host. To impress her he pretends to be an expert on Gandhi, but the most unbelievable happens: Gandhi is giving him advice in this hugely successful comedy that makes you feel as if anything is possible.... more



Murderers   

Murderers
France, 2006, 100 min.
Grandperret takes up the script left by the late Maurice Pialat to tell the story of two ordinary girls hitting the road to escape their tedious life, attracted in a spiral of violence. This modern tale is an accusation on the blindness of a society unable to protect its youth.... more



Music Within   

Music Within
USA, 2007, 93 min.
This striking directorial debut and moving true story is about a man who heard his music, and released it to improve the lives of millions of people with disabilities. Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers) enthusiastically portrays Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker who went to Vietnam ... more



A New Day in Old Sana’a   

A New Day in Old Sana’a
Yemen, 2006, 86 min.
From a culture that forbids a woman to be photographed comes a film obsessed with female beauty. The first-ever Yemeni fiction feature spins an ethereal fairytale of love, marriage and mistaken identity amid the ancient splendor of Old Sana’a’s minarets and cobbled streets.... more



Nina's Heavenly Delights   

Nina's Heavenly Delights
United Kingdom, 2006, 92 min.
Nina, a feisty young Indo-Scottish woman, discovers her father had lost 50 percent of the family curry house in a bet to the local bookie, whose daughter Lisa now runs it. Trying to take charge, Nina finds herself falling for Lisa in comedy about the search for cultural and sexual identity.... more



Offside   

Offside
Iran, 2006, 88 min.
Renowned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi demonstrates his lighter side in this dramatic comedy about women soccer fans sneaking into Tehran's Azadi stadium to watch their team’s World Cup qualifying match, in clear violation of state law.... more



Oh, La La!   

Oh, La La!
France, 2006, 92 min.
Take a cast of memorably mismatched characters—an old actress forgotten in a retirement home, a pool-boy at the Ritz, Bettina Fleischer, the star of a popular TV series, and Raphaël, a disturbingly handsome young man and you get a bittersweet and whacky comedy that received a radiant reception at th... more



The Old Garden   

The Old Garden
South Korea, 2006, 112 min.
A genuinely moving melodrama, based on the best-selling novel by Hwang Sok-yong, is set against the violent backdrop of the ’80s protest movements in South Korea. After The President's Last Bang’s provocative exploration of the links between sex and power, The Old Garden brilliantly intertwin... more



Omkara   

Omkara
India, 2006, 150 min.
Set against the milieu of political warfare in Uttar Pradesh, this epic tale based on an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello, follows a man’s descent into sexual jealousy and obsession to his final destruction, bringing forth some of the most dynamic and gifted performances in Indian Cine... more



One to Another   

One to Another
France, 2006, 105 min.
Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s quintessentially French drama, based on a true story, focuses on a quintet of sexually experimental friends led by a hunky, charming bisexual—who will try anything (and anyone)—and his sister, who is perhaps unnaturally close to him.... more



OSS 117: Nest of Spies   

OSS 117: Nest of Spies
France, 2006, 99 min.
A box-office sensation in France and set in 1955 Egypt, French comic favorite Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117—James Bond crossed with Maxwell Smart, Austin Powers and a bit of the The Naked Gun thrown in for good measure. The Audience Award Winn... more



The Page Turner   

The Page Turner
France, 2006, 85 min.
Mélanie, a butcher’s daughter, has a passion for piano. Though failing to be accepted into a piano Conservatory, she meets a well-known pianist, Mrs. Fouchécourt, and is employed as her page-turner. Based on an ‘out-of-tune’ note of latent revenge, this disturbing encounter of two icy feminine chara... more



The Paper Will Be Blue   

The Paper Will Be Blue
Romania, 2006, 95 min.
During the night of December 22-23, 1989, mere hours after the fall of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a squad of confused militia men navigates the chaotic streets of a Bucharest rife with warring factions in this docudrama with an adept blend of realism and wryly observed humor.... more



Pingpong   

Pingpong
Germany, 2006, 89 min.
The repressed emotions of the German middle-class provide the focus for this chamber piece, with four characters simmering with unspoken needs. Winner of the Screenwriting Award and the Young Critics’ Award during Cannes Critics’ Week and Best Script at the Munich Film Festival.... more



Premonition   

Premonition
France, 2006, 100 min.
This adaptation of a novel by Emmanuel Bove is an existential drama, as well as a social satire of hypocrisy. Darroussin casts himself as a man trying to throw off the shackles of alienation and social conditioning in life of semi-hermit.... more



Provoked   

Provoked
United Kingdom, 2006, 110 min.
After ten years of brutal physical and mental abuse, Kiran (Aishwarya Rai) a Punjabi housewife living in England sets her husband (Naveen Andrews) on fire. Her story inspired a landmark case that changed British law regarding battered women.... more



Puccini for Beginners   

Puccini for Beginners
USA, 2006, 82 min.
Director Maria Maggenti creates a witty comedy of sexual confusion as a New York City writer, rebounding from her last lesbian affair, suddenly finds herself caught between two lovers—a man and a woman. It’s a comedy that will leave you giggling as you race to plan your next trip to New York City.... more



The Rocket   

The Rocket
Canada, 2006, 125 min.
The Rocket is the story of Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard, a Montreal hockey legend whose outrage at the lack of protection for himself and his French-speaking teammates sparked a national riot in 1955. Hockey fans will get shivers as they see the recreated matches from the game’s glory years.... more



The Secret Life of Happy People   

The Secret Life of Happy People
Canada, 2006, 102 min.
Thomas, an average Joe in a family of overachievers struggles to get by, until he meets a woman who inspires him to be all that he can be. Unfortunately his muse isn’t all that she says she is. The giddy comedy is both a searing satire of bourgeois values and touching ode to mediocrity. Awarded Bes... more



The Situation   

The Situation
USA, 2006, 106 min.
Philip Haas (Angels and Insects) has made the first dramatic feature about the ongoing debacle in Iraq with this smart film that uses a love-triangle between a journalist (Connie Nielsen), a CIA man and an Iraqi photographer to explore the complex issues bedeviling the war-torn country.... more



Slumming   

Slumming
Austria, 2006, 100 min.
Rich slacker Sebastian’s favorite sport is slumming in Vienna’s seedy bars, in search of quirky characters to toy with. One victim is a homeless street poet out on a drunken binge. When he drops the drunk over the Czech border, what began as a joke ends up changing the lives of everyone involved.... more



So Long, My Heart!   

So Long, My Heart!
Switzerland, 2006, 90 min.
Set in modern-day Germany, So Long My Heart is a film about people who wait—for love, for happiness, or just for a time when things don’t feel quite so bad. It’s an unvarnished look at lonely people, looking for love, but not at just any cost.... more



Someone Else   

Someone Else
United Kingdom, 2006, 78 min.
David is a London photographer who leaves his girlfriend of three years to be with a woman who, as it turns out, is already seeing someone. Like the very best British comedies, Someone Else is able to be charming, smart, funny and in the end, emotionally real.... more



Sounds of Sand   

Sounds of Sand
Belgium, 2006, 96 min.
Set amidst magnificent Djibouti landscapes, Sounds of Sand is a tale of exodus, survival and hope, following the life and death struggle of an African family traversing a hostile desert in search of water. It is also the story of a nomad’s daughter, whose tenacity and strength will conquer he... more



The Spot   

The Spot
Russia, 2006, 92 min.
Three prostitutes eke out a desperate living in this harrowingly convincing portrait of Moscow’s brutal backstreets. Each has her own story and fitting reasons for abandoning her family. The film reflects the dog-eat-dog nature of the new Russian capitalism.... more



Starfish Hotel   

Starfish Hotel
Japan, 2006, 98 min.
Starfish Hotel blends American detective fiction and Japanese ghost stories to create an original gothic mystery where an ordinary salesman falls under the spell of the darkland while tracing his wife to an underground brothel.... more



Strike   

Strike
Germany, 2006, 104 min.
German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff dramatizes the creation of Poland Solidarity movement through the story of poor woman, who, despite being a simple welder, was able to ferment an international movement through sheer determination. Schlöndorff captures with sweeping majesty this crucial chapter of... more



Summer ’04   

Summer ’04
Germany, 2006, 97 min.
In this sophisticated drama about maturity, a seemingly stable 40-year-old woman becomes unhinged when her son brings home a sexually charged 12-year-old girl and she suddenly finds herself competing with her for male attention. The film cunningly examines the fragile assumptions we hold about being... more



The Summer Palace   

The Summer Palace
China, 2006, 140 min.
Two students at Beijing University in 1989 fall passionately in love. In the throes of their passionate romance, they barely notice that their country and fellow students are in the midst of an equally passion political upheaval, culminating in the events of Tiananmen Square.... more



Taxidermia   

Taxidermia
Hungary, 2006, 90 min.
Three generations of men are each beset by an extreme obsessions—Vendel, by sex, Kalman, by gluttony and Lajos, by taxidermy. Young Hungarian hotshot György Pálfi’s eye-popping, savagely funny debut is a thinly disguised excoriation of the failure of his country’s successive governmental philosophie... more



La Terra   

La Terra
Italy, 2006, 112 min.
When an exiled son, Luigi, returns to his home in Southern Italy from Milan, he finds himself trapped by a murder mystery in which his brothers turn out to be the prime suspects, Luigi must become the detective in order to get the heart of this surprising whodunit.... more



The Tiger and the Snow   

The Tiger and the Snow
Italy, 2006, 115 min.
Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) plays an effusive poet who travels to Iraq right after the American invasion to rescue his beloved, who has been wounded in the war. His slapstick, absurd antics—obliviously walking through checkpoints and mine fields—highlight the war’s absurdity.... more



Transylvania   

Transylvania
France, 2006, 103 min.
In this picaresque gypsy musical road movie, Zingarina, a dark rebellious young pregnant woman goes to Transylvania with her best friend, in search of the man she loves. When her former lover brutally rejects her, she abandons her friend and all connections to her past in order to be able to fully b... more



Triad Election   

Triad Election
Hong Kong, 2006, 92 min.
Acclaimed Hong Kong action director Johnnie To’s sequel to Election (2005) provides a dramatic examination of the triad crime gangs in contemporary Hong Kong, echoing The Godfather Trilogy with its dark, complex tone and sudden shifts into violence.... more



TV Set   

TV Set
USA, 2006, 88 min.
A comic look at the perils of the television business, TV Set follows neophyte screenwriter (David Duchovny) as he steers a TV pilot through casting and production, navigating his way through a morass of stars, managers, a hard-bitten network executive (Sigourney Weaver), and all of the industry’s g... more



Twilight Dancers   

Twilight Dancers
Philippines, 2006, 112 min.
When Dwight comes to Manila to become a “macho dancer,” stripping down for gay audiences and ogling straight women, he finds that the nightclubs’ bright lights can’t cover up the cruelty of the business. Filled with arch melodramatic plot lines and twists, the film boils over with big emotions and s... more



Unnatural and Accidental   

Unnatural and Accidental
Canada, 2006, 90 min.
Rebecca (Carmen Moore), an upwardly mobile, buttoned-down woman who returns to Vancouver to visit her dying father, finds herself drawn into a nightmarish odyssey when she pursues his wish to track down her long lost mother (Tantoo Cardinal), who had disappeared into the gritty, urban streets of Van... more



Venus   

Venus
United Kingdom, 2006, 95 min.
The incomparable Peter O’Toole returns to the screen as 70-something actor who gains a new lease on life when he meets and falls in love with a 19-year-old girl. Venus transforms an edgy, even squeamish story, into a profound and moving film going experience.... more



A Very Serious Person   

A Very Serious Person
USA, 2006, 100 min.
A warm, intelligent drama that draws both laughter and tears, this sweet-natured coming-of-age tale focuses on the relationship between a young boy—coming into his homosexual identity—and his grandmother’s caregiver, a male nurse from Denmark (Charles Busch). The result is a beautiful story of frien... more



Waiter   

Waiter
Netherlands, 2006, 97 min.
Like the recent comedy Stranger than Fiction, Waiter, features a sad-sack waiter with a miserable life who attempts to change his fate by seeking out the screenwriter who invented him and getting him to rewrite his story. Winner of the Golden Calf award at the Netherlands Film Festival.... more



Waves   

Waves
Italy, 2005, 94 min.
Debuting writer/director Francisco Fei uses a nonchronological structure, woven with dreams and memories, to give an impressionistic picture of the relationship between Luka, a blind atonal musician and Francesca, a woman whose face is marred by a large birthmark on her cheek. Their successes and fa... more



Wild Tigers I Have Known   

Wild Tigers I Have Known
USA, 2006, 93 min.
Logan is a soft-spoken, lonely thirteen-year-old boy with a crush on Rodeo Walker, the coolest kid in school. Unconventional and fresh, this beautifully photographed and well-crafted story is an ethereal exploration of the moody world of teenage isolation, perfectly capturing the confusion and pain ... more



Woman on the Beach   

Woman on the Beach
South Korea, 2006, 127 min.
Part French New Wave, part Korean, master filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's unexpected and delightful romantic comedy places two women and two men in a fleeting romance that lasts one night. Featuring a luminous performance by superstar TV actress Go Hyun-jung, the film is his most enjoyable and satisfying ... more



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