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World Cinema Now

The Festival’s largest programming section, with 77 new films from 38 countries around the world.


The 3 Little Pigs   

The 3 Little Pigs
Canada, 2007, 124 min.
In his directorial debut, Patrick Huard shows remarkable assurance in this story about three sex-obsessed brothers and their heated consideration of the pros and cons of infidelity. Inventive, bawdy, politically incorrect, and frequently hilarious.... 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



The Air I Breathe   

The Air I Breathe
USA, 2007, 97 min.
Romantic/crime drama in four segments with four acclaimed actors representing the key emotions of life set out by a Chinese proverb: happiness (Forest Whitaker), pleasure (Brendan Fraser), sorrow (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and love (Kevin Bacon).... more



And Along Come Tourists   

And Along Come Tourists
Germany, 2007, 85 min.
A young German is assigned to do his civil service at Auschwitz where his duties include helping a former concentration camp survivor. This powerful drama proves that it’s possible to talk about Auschwitz from today’s perspective in an intelligent, empathetic and edifying way.... more



Anna M.   

Anna M.
France, 2007, 106 min.
Isabelle Carré offers a scintillating performance as a psychologically damaged woman who develops a dangerous erotic obsession with the married doctor treating her after her suicide attempt. Compared to Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and Claude Chabrol’s L’Enfer, Michel Spinosa’s feature i... more



The Art of Negative Thinking   

The Art of Negative Thinking
Norway, 2007, 79 min.
This transgressive black comedy skewers PC correctness toward the disabled, as a wheelchair-bound accident victim challenges the conventional pieties of a therapy group for the handicapped. A multiple award winner, it provides a cathartic message about the need to accept reality.... more



The Art of Travel   

The Art of Travel
USA, 2007, 100 min.
High school graduate Conner Layne plans to marry his sweetheart, but soon finds himself on an adventure through the Darien Gap, a hundred-mile swath of jungle between Central and South America.... more



A Battle of Wits   

A Battle of Wits
Hong Kong, 2006, 131 min.
Set during China's Warring States period, this earthy historical epic pits the intimidating army of the Zhao Nation against the humble state of Liang. With the help of an unconventional military strategist, Liang will prove that might is no match for wits—at least until pride gets in the way.... more



Before the Rains   

Before the Rains
USA, 98 min.
Acclaimed cinematographer Santosh Sivan brilliantly captures the rustic beauty of his native Kerala with its sweeping vistas as a backdrop for a torrid love affair set in 1937 India—a world where characters are caught between loyalty to British colonialism and the desire for freedom.... more



Beloved   

Beloved
India, 2007, 142 min.
Supported by lush musical and dance numbers, this poetic film saturates the senses with images so beautiful, they’ll leave a haunting impression. Two star-crossed lovers move through life with a childlike innocence, reminding us of the power of unconditional love.... more



Breakfast With Scot   

Breakfast With Scot
Canada, 2007, 95 min.
Sam and Ed are a pretty buttoned-down gay couple. Sam, a former pro-hockey player, is a straight-acting sports broadcaster. When Ed’s nephew, Scot—who wears make-up, knits and adores show tunes—enters their lives, things have to change in this charming comedy. ... more



Breath   

Breath
South Korea, 2007, 84 min.
A woman’s growing obsession with a condemned criminal takes root and blossoms with the changing seasons in this evocative and highly original tale from Korean director Kim Ki-Duk, best known for his Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring.... more



California Dreamin' (Endless)   

California Dreamin' (Endless)
Romania, 2007, 155 min.
This complex dark comedy of near-Shakespearean proportions was inspired by a Kosovo war incident involving American troops accompanying a NATO train who were stopped at a rural Romanian railway station because they lacked customs documents. Best Film, Un Certain Regard, 2007 Cannes Film Festival.... more



Chaos   

Chaos
Egypt, 2007, 122 min.
In this biting social melodrama, Hatem, a Cairo police chief, runs his district with an iron fist and complete disregard for the law, until his unrequited lust for a young neighbor causes him to resort to previously unparalleled acts of misconduct.... more



Children of Glory   

Children of Glory
Hungary, 2006, 123 min.
A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Krisztina Goda’s powerfully realized romantic drama is remarkable for its immense sweep, uncanny attention to detail, and superb acting from its two leads.... more



Conversations with my Gardener   

Conversations with my Gardener
France, 2007, 108 min.
French stars Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin play middle-aged men from different social strata—an artist and a gardener—who discover life anew by seeing the world through one another’s eyes.... more



Cosmic Radio   

Cosmic Radio
USA, 2008, 106 min.
Idyllic Idyllwild provides the setting for this story about the owner of a counter-culture radio station whose business is on the verge of going belly-up—along with the illusions that have fueled his life so far—when the daughter of a conservative Senator comes to town hoping to undermine an effort ... more



Crossing the Dust   

Crossing the Dust
Kurdistan, 2006, 74 min.
The gripping story of two Kurdish foot soldiers, who come upon a lost child in the course of completing a mission, is an absorbing portrait of the societal strains that began to emerge in the aftermath of the quest to topple the Saddam Hussein. ... more



Dasepo Naughty Girls   

Dasepo Naughty Girls
South Korea, 2006, 103 min.
While attending No Use High School, Poor Girl has fallen head-over-heels for rich kid Anthony, who in turn has an obsession with the class virgin's sister. If their paths are to cross, they'll have to negotiate a demon principal, a transgendered hottie and numerous karaoke sing-a-longs.... more



The Duchess of Langeais   

The Duchess of Langeais
France, 2007, 137 min.
French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette offers a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Balzac’s 19th century novella, a genre-bending romantic tragedy cum thriller rumination on the sexes. French stars Guillaume Depardieu and Jeanne Balibar portray a lovesick soldier and his flirtatious duchess, bo... more



Euphoria   

Euphoria
Russia, 2006, 73 min.
Love at first sight can be a blessing and a curse, as Pasha discovers when his glance falls upon the married Vera at a wedding. Part provincial tragedy and part road movie, this is an unexpected and intense film about broken people who attempt to live life to the fullest.... more



Eye in the Sky   

Eye in the Sky
Hong Kong, 2007, 90 min.
Johnnie To’s protégé (and frequent screenwriter) Yau Nai-hoi fashions an extremely stylish police procedural that follows new recruit “Piggy” (Kate Tsui) who is posted to a surveillance unit just in time for a complex operation against a gang of jewel thieves.... more



Frozen   

Frozen
India, 2007, 110 min.
The astonishing cinematography of this most mesmerizing film conveys the harsh but hauntingly beautiful, endless snow capped landscape of winter in a small village in Ladakh where a young spirited teenager lives with her father. When the army moves in next door, their dreamlike routine is disturbe... more



Getting Home   

Getting Home
Hong Kong, 2007, 101 min.
When Liu dies unexpectedly, Zhao travels thousands of miles across China to bring the body home. With no money and a corpse on his back, Zhao’s Chaplinesque tragicomic odyssey has him experience all kinds of situations from clever to pathetic to hilarious.... more



The Girl By the Lake   

The Girl By the Lake
Italy, 2007, 95 min.
A girl is found dead—drowned in a small lake in the mountains of Friuli. Anna’s death is investigated by inspector Giovanni Sanzio, a brilliant detective from Italy’s deep south.... more



Heartbeat Detector   

Heartbeat Detector
France, 2007, 140 min.
The crimes of past generations come back to haunt a powerful corporate executive in this quietly riveting emotional drama, the effects of which will continue to resonate long after you leave the theater.... more



How About You   

How About You
Ireland, 2007, 100 min.
A stellar cast—Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Joss Ackland, Brenda Fricker—anchors Anthony Byrne’s rollicking comedy centered on an Irish retirement home and the extremely rude (and very funny) denizens therein.... more



In Memory of Myself   

In Memory of Myself
Italy, 2007, 89 min.
Andrea is a young man who wants to become a priest. He enters a convent in Venice and finds himself confronted with the deepness of his faith, and his curiosity about the world that surrounds him.... more



Investigation   

Investigation
Bulgaria, 2006, 101 min.
The only female inspector on the Sofia Police Force takes on a difficult murder case to prove herself to colleagues and family. She must extract a full confession from the suspect in three weeks, but he proves unwilling to talk.... more



Irina Palm   

Irina Palm
Belgium, 2007, 103 min.
Mousey widow Maggie takes a job in a Soho sex club to pay for emergency medical treatment for her grandson and discovers to her surprise that she’s a dab hand at keeping the customers satisfied.... more



Iska's Journey   

Iska's Journey
Hungary, 2007, 93 min.
A young girl, all but abandoned by her parents, exists by scavenging through the streets of a Carpathian mining town. She is placed in an orphanage but, even in the worst of situations, her fighting spirit proves resilient. This film’s vitality and matter-of-fact integrity capture the unmistakable r... more



Jimmy Of the Hill   

Jimmy Of the Hill
Italy, 2006, 92 min.
A touching tale of the hard and complicated trip from despair to redemption of a young kid living in a small village in Sardinia, fighting to find his own way of life.... more



Kenny   

Kenny
Australia, 2006, 103 min.
From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, working-class hero Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Funnier than Borat and full of heart, Kenny is living proof that in sewage, as in life, the best will always rise to the top.... more



La France   

La France
France, 2007, 102 min.
Winner of the prestigious Prix Jean Vigo for spirit of independence, Serge Bozon’s La France follows WWI home-front bride Sylvie Tustud who refuses to take her husband’s “Dear John” letter sitting down and heads for the front. Described as “Bresson meets The Beatles,” the film fairly sings wi... more



Lost Moon   

Lost Moon
India, 2007, 132 min.
Bollywood of the 1950s, a wild, exhilarating time peopled with huge Stars, oversized egos and glittering ambitions is the backdrop for the love story between Zafar a writer-director and a beautiful young actress on the way to stardom. The film is a tribute to these times and the Legends who made us ... more



Mister Foe   

Mister Foe
United Kingdom, 2007, 95 min.
Teenage oddball Hallam (Jamie Bell) leads a secluded, semi-feral life. Leaving his fat-cat father’s country estate for Edinburgh, his close encounter with a beautiful young woman who resembles his late mother becomes a rite of passage for him in this playful, edgy comedy.... more



Mukhsin   

Mukhsin
Malaysia, 2006, 96 min.
Funny and affectionate, this utterly charming film portrays the tender awkwardness of childhood friendship growing into first love during an idyllic summer in a Malay village. Winner of two prizes at the Berlin Film Festival.... more



Night Bus   

Night Bus
Italy, 2007, 104 min.
A bus driver meets a girl-on-the-run, and while trying not to fall for her finds himself in the middle of a gang war. Night Bus is film noir with a comic twist.... more



Nightwatching   

Nightwatching
United Kingdom, 2007, 134 min.
Amsterdam 1642. At the height of his fame, the artist Rembrandt undertakes a group portrait of a local merchant militia. Uncovering amorality and possibly murder in their pompous ranks, trouble breaks out when he illuminates the dark deeds in his painting….... more



No Regret   

No Regret
South Korea, 2006, 114 min.
One of the few openly gay directors in South Korea, Hee-il Leesong’s polished drama-cum-romance combines gay themes with political commentary, social insights, and a welcome dose of humor. Will Su-Min find true love in the gay bars of Seoul?... more



Numb   

Numb
Canada, 2007, 93 min.
Hudson Milbank (Matthew Perry) is a screenwriter who smokes a too-strong joint that sends him over the edge into what is diagnosed as “depersonalization disorder,” the sense that everything around him is unreal. He meets the girl of his dreams, making his race to recovery imperative, and he seeks ou... more



Off-side   

Off-side
Netherlands, 2006, 87 min.
This heartwarming, but frank and edgy, coming-of-age tale from the Netherlands focuses on a twelve-year-old misfit and his desire to forge a competitive soccer team, a goal fraught with personal hurdles.... more



One Hundred Nails   

One Hundred Nails
Italy, 2007, 92 min.
The last narrative movie of the great Italian maestro Ermanno Olmi, who has vowed to work only in documentary from now on, One Hundred Nails is a controversial tale of a man who runs from his life and find shelter in a village on the river Po. ... more



The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio   

The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio
Italy, 2006, 90 min.
A breath of fresh air, this real-life fairy tale tells the story of the making of a multi-cultural orchestra in the heart of a depressed Roman neighborhood.... more



Out at the Wedding   

Out at the Wedding
USA, 2007, 96 min.
Alex can’t bring herself to tell her conservative family she is engaged to her bi-racial boyfriend. A misunderstood wedding speech and a rumor she’s a lesbian later, her newly-married sister comes to visit for some family bonding. However, when she meets Alex’s stand-in “girlfriend” all bets are off... more



Parents   

Parents
Iceland, 2006, 120 min.
In modern day Reykjavik, dark secrets come to light when an unhappy dentist, a lovelorn businessman and a young mother fleeing her troubled past meet by chance.... more



Pistoleros   

Pistoleros
Denmark, 2006, 92 min.
The infamous criminal Frank Lowies and his gang pull off their final score but things just go to hell. Before they’re sent to the slammer Frank hides the loot. It’s seven years later and everyone wants a piece. The stash has turned into some kind of urban legend—is it a million or 10 million? Pis... more



Ploy   

Ploy
Thailand, 2007, 95 min.
In the early hours of a Bangkok morning, Wit’s casual encounter with a nubile 19-year old girl inflames the paranoid imagination of his wife, and jealousy threatens to further erode the fabric of a worn-out relationship in this perceptive and witty drama of marital disintegration.... more



Poltergay   

Poltergay
France, 2006, 93 min.
Poltergeist meets Saturday Night Fever with a gay spin in this footloose horror spoof that tells the tale of a young couple who unassumingly buy a mansion haunted by disco dancing homosexuals. This breezy comedy is guilty pleasure fun, with a monstrous ’70s musical score.... more



The Pool   

The Pool
USA, 2007, 92 min.
Documentarian filmmaker Chris Smith (American Movie) now turns not only to fiction, but to Hindi-language drama with this affecting neorealist story about a teenaged hotel worker and his fateful obsession with a swimming pool.... more



Princess of the Sun   

Princess of the Sun
France, 2007, 77 min.
A vibrant and beautifully rendered animated film from Philippe Leclerc that follows the adventures of ancient Egypt’s 14-year-old Princess Akhesa—soon to be the wife of King Tut—as she scrambles to counter a cabal of pantheistic priests. A delight.... more



Protégé   

Protégé
Hong Kong, 2007, 108 min.
A deep-cover cop is close to breaking a major heroin ring when he both falls for an addict and has his loyalty tested by the gang leader who wants him to take over… A fine Hong Kong actioner from Derek Yee.... more



The Rebel   

The Rebel
Vietnam, 2007, 103 min.
The 1920s love story between a French educated Vietnamese working as an undercover agent and the beautiful patriotic daughter of a revolutionary leader is the subject matter of the first film focusing on Vietnamese martial arts with lead actor Johnny Nguyen, the double behind the Spiderman mask.... more



Red Like the Sky   

Red Like the Sky
Italy, 2006, 96 min.
Reminiscent of such classic films about childhood as Cinema Paradiso, this Italian gem tells the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most prominent sound engineers in Italian cinema, who as a playful and curious 10-year-old boy was robbed of his eyesight in an accident, and subsequently ... more



The Reject   

The Reject
Serbia, 2007, 103 min.
A provocative metaphorical drama about Serbia in transition from the director and producer/actor responsible for Awakening from Dead. Svetozar Cvetkovic, head of Belgrade’s prestigious Atelier 212, gives a towering performance.... more



Roman de Gare   

Roman de Gare
France, 2007, 104 min.
French veteran Claude Lelouch is at the top of his form in this playful romp that takes as its starting point the premise that crime writer Judith (Fanny Ardant) may be using the writings of a genuine serial killer to fill her popular novels…... more



Romulus, My Father   

Romulus, My Father
Australia, 2007, 103 min.
1950s Australia: A young boy is both frightened by and consumed with love for his less than perfect parents in this starkly compelling drama of an embattled migrant family.... more



The Roses of the Desert   

The Roses of the Desert
Italy, 2006, 102 min.
A Sanitary Unit of the Italian army in the Libyan desert in 1940 has to face abruptly the reality of war . A bittersweet comedy on war and men told by a maestro of Italian Cinema, Mario Monicelli.... more



Run, Fat Boy, Run   

Run, Fat Boy, Run
United Kingdom, 2007, 101 min.
Desperate, out of shape Dennis tries to win back the woman he abandoned in a moment of stupidity—by running a marathon. But can he find the discipline required to pull off a miracle in this laugh-out-loud funny tale of the distance one average Joe will run for love?... more



Saturn in Opposition   

Saturn in Opposition
Italy, 2007, 113 min.
In a contemporary Rome, a group of friends has formed an “open family” that gathers around the kitchen table of a gay couple. When one of them falls into a coma, they face the new equilibrium of affections this tragedy creates.... more



Savior's Square   

Savior's Square
Poland, 2006, 105 min.
The economic brutality of contemporary Poland comes to bear on a young family with devastating consequences. As the pressure of money, family, and unemployment mount, a mother is driven to an act of terrible desperation. Winner, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress from The Association of Polish F... more



Shake Hands with the Devil   

Shake Hands with the Devil
Canada, 2007, 112 min.
Shackled by an inadequate mandate, a U.N. general fights to prevent the seemingly inevitable violence as civil war threatens to break out in Rwanda in this devastating drama—an indictment of the global community’s failure to respond to humanitarian crisis.... more



Sparkle   

Sparkle
United Kingdom, 2007, 100 min.
Bob Hoskins, Lesley Manville, and Stockard Channing headline this, well, sparkling romantic-comedy from British writer-director team Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger. An ageing songstress accompanies her son down to London where both soon find themselves enmeshed in unexpected romances.... more



Stealth   

Stealth
Switzerland, 2006, 112 min.
Lionel lives the good life: a steady job, a handsome boyfriend and a supportive family. But when he unexpectedly finds out that his ancestors may, in fact, be Polish he takes off with his sister for points east, and on the way, they discover their true selves in this warm, witty and authentic voyage... more



The Stone Angel   

The Stone Angel
Canada, 2007, 110 min.
Ellen Burstyn shines as the strong-willed 90-year-old Hagar Shipley who’s not ready for the nursing home just yet, thank you, and takes off north through Manitoba on a journey of remembrance. The film masterfully brings her memories to life—with the father/son duo Wings and Cole Hauser playing her h... more



Tell No One   

Tell No One
France, 2006, 126 min.
Popular American mystery writer Harlan Coben’s novel Tell No One finally makes it to the silver screen in this action-packed adaptation directed by heartthrob Guillaume Canet. Featuring an extraordinary cast this thriller revolves around a pediatrician, who unexpectedly finds himself to be a ... more



Those Three   

Those Three
Iran, 2007, 80 min.
Three AWOL soldiers lose their way in the frozen wastes of the Iranian desert, and must band together to survive. This riveting drama pits man against nature in an epic struggle. Winner, NETPAC Award, Locarno Film Festival.... more



Time to Die   

Time to Die
Poland, 2007, 104 min.
Determined to live on her own terms, a feisty, active nonagenarian designs some mischief when nouveau-riche neighbors, aided by her cold-hearted son, conspire to gain her property.... more



Times and Winds   

Times and Winds
Turkey, 2006, 111 min.
One of the year’s most visually ravishing films, this compelling look at the difficulties faced by adolescents in a remote, seaside Turkish village confronts raw but universal emotions.... more



Tuya's Marriage   

Tuya's Marriage
China, 2006, 86 min.
Set in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Wang Quanan’s quiet drama features a sterling performance from Yu Nan as a mother of two who, formerly married to a disabled husband, searches for a new partner to take care of her family—including her ex.... more



Under the Same Moon   

Under the Same Moon
USA, 2007, 109 min.
A nine-year-old Mexican boy has himself smuggled across the border in order to find the Los Angeles-based mother he hasn’t seen in four years. Patricia Riggen’s emotionally powerful and politically pointed tale cannot fail to move.... more



Unspoken Passion   

Unspoken Passion
Philippines, 2007, 109 min.
Three friends….two young men and a girl…a bizarre love triangle. An almost perfect friendship except for the choices they have to make when childhood love matures and risks to tear them apart. This different love will reveal that sometimes the most important gift is knowing when to let go.... more



Vivere   

Vivere
Germany, 2007, 97 min.
The lives of three troubled women intersect one fateful Christmas Eve and become inextricably linked in this touching exploration of Francesca, Eva and Gerlinde—three lost souls on the run.... more



Walk the Talk   

Walk the Talk
USA, 2006, 105 min.
After shooting his older brother, rebellious teenager Roy is paroled into the care of his uncle Erik, a successful self-help guru with a seemingly picture-perfect life and family. Walk the Talk is both a hilarious satire on pop psychology and traditional family values and a moving story of fi... more



Watching the Detectives   

Watching the Detectives
USA, 2007, 92 min.
Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu star in this loopy screwball farce about a self-proclaimed film geek who finds himself swept into a predicament right out of the movies when a thrill-seeking femme fatale enters his life.... more



The Witnesses   

The Witnesses
France, 2007, 112 min.
Ebullient 20-year old Manu, newly arrived in Paris, finds a platonic friend in cultivated gay doctor, Adrien. An introduction to the latter’s circle of friends has serious consequences for all concerned in this fast-paced drama of the early years of AIDS.... more



You   

You
Canada, 2007, 87 min.
You warns us to be careful what you wish for. Michèle (Anne-Marie Cadieux) leaves her husband and child for her musician boyfriend Thomas, only to find her life flying out of control. Director François Delisle calls it, “A love story seen from the beginning and end at once.”... more



You Belong to Me   

You Belong to Me
USA, 2007, 82 min.
When Jeffrey gets dumped by his boyfriend, he tracks the man down and mischievously rents an apartment in the same building, only to become the object of obsession for his eccentric landlady in Sam Zalutsky’s skillfully suspenseful thriller... more



Zolykha's Secret   

Zolykha's Secret
Afghanistan, 2007, 135 min.
This remarkable Afghani feature tells the harrowing story of a family struggling to eke out an existence under the last months of the brutal Taliban regime, told through the eyes of young daughter Zolykha.... more



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