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World Cinema Now

This wide-ranging overview of contemporary international cinema provides a sampling of essential new films from around the globe to provide a thorough picture of what's new and exciting in the world of cinema today.


$9.99   

$9.99
Israel, 2008, 78 min.
A stop-motion animated film with a decided undertone of irony and wit, Tatia Rosenthal's surprising film uses puppets to bring to life a quirky set of characters inhabiting a Tel Aviv building.... more



Adopt a Sailor   

Adopt a Sailor
USA, 2008, 86 min.
Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory) are featured in this witty dramedy about a dysfunctional New York couple who inadvertently "adopt" a sailor during Fleet Week and find themselves changing in unpredictable ways, thanks to the presence of the young sailor.... more



American Primitive   

American Primitive
USA, 2009, 93 min.
Alternately funny and heartbreaking, American Primitive tells the story of the havoc that surrounds a teenaged girl's life when she discovers her widowed father is gay. Inspired by true events, the film is set against the backdrop of the changing sexual identity of the '70s.... more



Baby Love   

Baby Love
France, 2008, 93 min.
A lively and frothy portrait of one gay man's quest to become a father against all odds. This romantic dramedy explores the ironic twist of French law in which gay adoptions remain illegal while same-sex unions are readily sanctioned.... more



Baghdad, Texas   

Baghdad, Texas
USA, 2009, 93 min.
A Middle Eastern dictator, fleeing his occupied country, finds himself near the Mexican border after his plane crashes. Struck by a truck driven by three cowboys, he is taken back to their exotic game ranch where they slowly discover his identity.... more



Bart Got a Room   

Bart Got a Room
USA, 2008, 80 min.
Danny Stein wants what most of the guys at his school want on prom night: a little action from a hot girl. But with the clock ticking and viable girls getting snatched up, Danny's search for the perfect date becomes more desperate, and more hilarious.... more



Before Tomorrow   

Before Tomorrow
Canada, 2008, 93 min.
Inuit elder Ningiuq (Madeline Ivalu) and her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu) fear they are the last people on earth after a mysterious illness kills their clan. This is the debut feature from the Inuit women's group Arnalt Video Collective.... more



The Black Balloon   

The Black Balloon
Australia, 2008, 97 min.
Thomas' father puts him in charge of his autistic brother Charlie. With the help of his new girlfriend he thinks he can handle it, but Charlie's unusual antics take them all on a wild emotional journey. The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.... more



Black Sea   

Black Sea
Italy, 2008, 95 min.
A recently widowed older woman opens her Florentine apartment to a young Romanian caregiver. Seeming so different in the beginning, the women discover they have much in common and become close friends, until an unexpected event threatens their equilibrium.... more



The Blue Tooth Virgin   

The Blue Tooth Virgin
USA, 2008, 80 min.
When aspiring screenwriter Sam gets negative feedback on his latest opus from his best bud, the bad news infects every aspect of Sam's identity — including his marriage — forcing him to evaluate the real motivations behind his ambition.... more



Born in 68   

Born in 68
France, 2008, 173 min.
It's 1968, and three flower children are putting their ideals into action by starting a commune in the French countryside. Twenty years later, they've raised their own children on the farm who wish for a different world from the one they were born into.... more



Captive   

Captive
Bulgaria, 2008, 80 min.
When a convoy of Russian soldiers finds itself trapped in the mountainous Chechen landscape, the commander orders two men to capture a local who knows the mountain trails and can lead them to safety. This intense contemporary war film is as much a psychological drama as it is an action picture.... more



Cat City   

Cat City
USA, 2009, 95 min.
This film noir crime thriller, set amid the trappings of wealth and the high life in Palm Springs, makes excellent use of its sun-drenched local backdrop to spin its tale of infidelity, deceit, greed and murder in the world of high-rolling developers and low-life financial backers.... more



Clapham Junction   

Clapham Junction
United Kingdom, 2007, 120 min.
Certainly not a happy picture, but one that is notable for its deft filmmaking and outstanding performances, Clapham Junction follows the overlapping stories of a number of gay men whose lives intersect through a senseless act of brutality over the course of one late summer weekend in London.... more



Cloud 9   

Cloud 9
Germany, 2008, 98 min.
Inge is in her mid-60s. She has been married for 30 years and loves her husband. But Inge is drawn to this older man Karl, already 76. It's passion. It's sex. And she suddenly feels like a young girl again.... more



Country Wedding   

Country Wedding
Iceland, 2008, 99 min.
The course of nuptial love doesn't run smoothly in this quirky comedy of errors. Two busloads of wedding-bound oddballs leave Reykjavik with barely a clue of how to find the far-flung chapel. The buses are soon seething with a hilarious tension that threatens to derail the happy couple's big day.... more



Cycles   

Cycles
France, 2007, 92 min.
Empty-nest syndrome packs a double whammy for Judith. Just as her son is ready to head off on his own, her Holocaust-survivor mother begins slipping into Alzheimer's. This incisive and tender first feature follows three generations of Parisian Jews as they come to grips with change.... more



Dark and Stormy Night   

Dark and Stormy Night
USA, 2009, 92 min.
Hollywood satirist par excellence Larry Blamire returns again with his biggest and funniest film yet, Dark and Stormy Night, a lovingly faithful recreation of those 1930s old-dark-house movies, with every cliché and stereotype hilariously brought to life.... more



A Deal Is a Deal   

A Deal Is a Deal
United Kingdom, 2008, 95 min.
Sad-sack London Underground driver Paul (Mackenzie Crook) has had two people commit suicide beneath his train in a week. When he learns that a third within in a month would result in a handsome pension, he goes looking. Enter depressed Tommy (veteran Colm Meaney) who agrees to a deal. Or does he?... more



Dean Spanley   

Dean Spanley
New Zealand, 2008, 99 min.
Featuring a career-capping performance by Peter O'Toole and a magical mélange of fine wine, canines and eccentric behavior, Dean Spanley is a rare pleasure. Based on the book by Lord Dunsany, the film transports us to Edwardian England, with surprising tolerance for the outlandish.... more



Delta   

Delta
Hungary, 2008, 92 min.
This primal and poetic tragedy follows the unwelcome return of a prodigal son, his incestuous relationship with his half-sister, and their attempt to build themselves a house in the middle of a river, far away from everybody else, to celebrate their love.... more



The Desert Within   

The Desert Within
Mexico, 2008, 112 min.
Religious fanaticism and protective love collide in this riveting odyssey of a family seeking God's forgiveness for their survival. The Desert Within, which swept the awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival, follows director Rodrigo Plá's fascinating debut film, La Zona.... more



The Drummer   

The Drummer
Hong Kong, 2007, 98 min.
Gorgeous mountain landscapes, Zen practice, and gangsters make an unlikely combination, but The Drummer explores each of these worlds in this rite-of-passage film about a gangster’s son who turns his life around when he joins a Zen drumming group, portrayed by the Taiwanese troupe U Theater.... more



Egon & Dönci   

Egon & Dönci
Hungary, 2008, 75 min.
This delightful animated feature from the mind of director Ádám Magyar uses universal sounds and gestures rather than dialogue to communicate its characters' thoughts and ideas.... more



Em   

Em
USA, 2008, 93 min.
Josh and Amanda share a strong mutual attraction. Their instant chemistry blooms into a deeper attachment, but Josh soon realizes that his perfect mate may be more of an emotional handful than he bargained for.... more



Female Agents   

Female Agents
France, 2008, 121 min.
A high-octane French action film with an all-star international cast, Female Agents is the fictionalized account of Resistance heroines who save the day for the Allies in World War II by rescuing a British geologist from occupied France before the Gestapo can force him to reveal plans.... more



Firaaq   

Firaaq
India, 2008, 101 min.
Nandita Das, best known for her emotionally expressive roles is also a committed social activist exploring, in this directorial debut, the emotional consequences of post-sectarian violence in the 2002 Gujarat riots. She interweaves moving stories, illuminating characters on both sides of the equatio... more



Flowers of the Sky   

Flowers of the Sky
Sri Lanka, 2008, 90 min.
Rani, an aging movie star who's lost her fame and fortune, ekes out a living by renting a room to modern-day film stars for their illicit affairs. When one of the affairs is unmasked, Rani is pushed back into the limelight and forced to come to terms with a dark secret from her past.... more



Frank the Rat   

Frank the Rat
USA, 2009, 82 min.
Billy and Lisa haven't seen each other in years when Lisa shows up at Billy’s rundown Brooklyn basement apartment with a plan: Track down Frank (the titular Rat), the father they last saw 20 years ago. It's not necessarily a good plan, and it's certainly not going to go as they expect.... more



The Gift to Stalin   

The Gift to Stalin
Kazakhstan, 2008, 95 min.
Set against the sweeping beauty of the Kazakh steppes, Gift is the heartwarming tale of a young orphaned Jewish boy who is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge, but saved by a gruff older Muslim.... more



The Girl from Monaco   

The Girl from Monaco
France, 2008, 95 min.
The beautiful isle of Monaco serves as the backdrop for director Anne Fontaine's sparkling romantic comedy. A famous Parisian lawyer, unschooled in the ways of l'amour, falls for a flaky, long-legged local beauty after taking on the case of a wealthy woman who has killed her much younger lover.... more



Goodbye Solo   

Goodbye Solo
USA, 2008, 91 min.
Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané), a Senegalese taxi driver living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, strikes up a relationship with a 70-year-old passenger (Red West) who is bent on suicide.... more



The Great Buck Howard   

The Great Buck Howard
USA, 2008, 91 min.
When Troy drops out of law school to work in showbiz, catering to the diva-like demands of a washed-up magician was hardly what he had in mind. John Malkovich revels in his hilarious, over-the-top performance as an old-school showman.... more



Heart of Fire   

Heart of Fire
Kenya, 2008, 94 min.
Set in Eritrea during the last stages of the second Ethiopian civil war in the early '80s, Heart of Fire traces the story of young Awet, who is taken from a Catholic orphanage and reunited with her father, a former freedom fighter, only to be conscripted into service as a child soldier.... more



Heaven on Earth   

Heaven on Earth
Canada, 2007, 106 min.
Director Deepa Mehta (Fire, Water) offers up a complex and emotional drama in which Chand, a young bride, leaves her home in India for Ontario, her new husband Rocky, and his very traditional family.... more



Hunger   

Hunger
United Kingdom, 2008, 96 min.
In 1981 Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican, starved himself to death as a protest against the British government. Visual artist Steve McQueen's stunning directorial debut unrelentingly depicts the last months of Sands' life in Belfast's Maze prison.... more



I Can't Think Straight   

I Can't Think Straight
United Kingdom, 2007, 80 min.
This clever cross-cultural comedy is more than just another British, Indian, Palestinian, Muslim, Christian, lesbian romantic comedy! London-based journalist Tala is about to enter an arranged marriage back in Jordan when she is captivated by Leyla, who's dating Tala's best friend Ali.... more



Il Divo   

Il Divo
Italy, 2008, 110 min.
Director Paolo Sorrentino's portrait of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (a brilliant Toni Servillo) is packed with wicked wit, brilliant cinematography and drama galore. Andreotti dominated Italian politics until undone by scandal and the predations of the Mafia.... more



In Your Absence   

In Your Absence
Spain, 2008, 98 min.
First-time director Iván Noel fashions an elegant coming-of-age tale replete with dramatic twists, set in the gorgeous hills and fields of Andalusia in southern Spain. Young Pablo, tortured by his father's death, befriends a passing adult stranger with unpredictable and tragic results for both.... more



It's Not Me, I Swear!   

It's Not Me, I Swear!
Canada, 2008, 108 min.
1968. While his parents' marriage disintegrates, 10-year-old Leon busies himself with vandalism, theft, running away, breaking and entering — and failed suicide attempts. But his vivid imagination and growing crush on his exasperating neighbor, Léa, help him overcome the pain of growing up.... more



Jolene   

Jolene
USA, 2008, 118 min.
Based on a short story by E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime), Jolene is the tale of a young woman's 10-year odyssey traveling cross-country in search of love and independence.... more



Kanchivaram   

Kanchivaram
India, 2008, 117 min.
This lush Tamil film is set in the temple town famous for its silk saris, at a time when a humble weaver could never afford the shimmering saris he produces. Vengadam is determined to wrap his daughter in silk on her wedding day, and resorts to stealing single strands of silk.... more



Kandisha   

Kandisha
Morocco, 2009, 100 min.
Set in atmospheric souks, ancient castles and modern Moroccan courtrooms, Kandisha is a gripping supernatural thriller. A leading criminal defense attorney, reeling from her own personal tragedy, must defend a woman accused of killing her husband.... more



The Kautokeino Rebellion   

The Kautokeino Rebellion
Norway, 2008, 96 min.
For centuries, northern Norway has been inhabited by the native Sami population and their vast reindeer herds. Norway's top box office hit, this sweeping historical saga set in 1852 revisits an important part of the their national heritage.... more



Kisses   

Kisses
Ireland, 2008, 72 min.
Two feisty Irish preteens flee their abusive homes at Christmas. Arriving in Dublin, they spend all they have on new running shoes and clothes, but as the night wears on, the fun starts to wear thin.... more



La Rabia   

La Rabia
Argentina, 2008, 83 min.
In a remote Argentinean farming village, little Nati witnesses her mother having a sadomasochistic affair with the enemy of her short-tempered father, dooming two families to a path that can only end in tragedy.... more



Lake Tahoe   

Lake Tahoe
Mexico, 2008, 81 min.
Compared by some critics to the comedic miserablism of Aki Kaurismaki for its droll approach, Fernando Eimbcke's picaresque focuses on young Juan (Diego Cataño), who crashes the family car after his father dies and heads out on foot, encountering various characters on the Yucatan Peninsula.... more



The Least among You   

The Least among You
USA, 2009, 97 min.
This powerfully moving debut film is based on a true story. A young man railroaded by the police after the 1965 Watts riots must survive a year's probation at an all-white seminary.... more



Leaving Barstow   

Leaving Barstow
USA, 2008, 90 min.
A bright high school senior without a real sense of direction, Andrew lives with his young mom, but for years the roles of parent and child have been reversed. With the arrival of mom's hunky new boy-toy Cody, Andrew must choose between his own ambitions and his devotion to the people he loves.... more



Like Dandelion Dust   

Like Dandelion Dust
USA, 2009, 100 min.
Wendy Porter gave up her newborn for adoption six years ago when her husband Rip went away to prison. Now Rip's free, and he's using a legal loophole to pluck his son from his upper-crust adoptive parents.... more



The Little Traitor   

The Little Traitor
Israel, 2007, 88 min.
After precocious 11-year-old Israeli Proffy Liebowitz (Ido Port) is captured while violating curfew, he forms an improbable friendship with British officer Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina), setting the stage for this touching tale of trust and betrayal.... more



Love and Other Crimes   

Love and Other Crimes
Serbia, 2007, 106 min.
This sardonic, bittersweet drama set in New Belgrade poignantly portrays the struggle of those who immigrate versus those who remain, as well as postwar Serbian society's difficult transition from small-time criminality to big business-controlled consumerism.... more



Marcello Marcello   

Marcello Marcello
Switzerland, 2008, 97 min.
Denis Rabaglia's heartwarming romantic comedy, set on the Italian island of Amatrello in 1956, follows the fortunes of young Marcello, who, in order to win the heart of the lovely Elena (the mayor's daughter, no less) must follow a gift-giving tradition.... more



The Market: A Tale of Trade   

The Market: A Tale of Trade
Germany, 2008, 93 min.
Mihram gets the chance of a lifetime to invest in an exciting new business deal. But there's one problem — the cash isn't his. A small-time Turkish entrepreneur hopes to parlay his black market smarts into a legitimate business operation.... more



Melodrama Habibi   

Melodrama Habibi
France, 2008, 98 min.
A comedy with heart, Lyes Salem's tale focuses on an Algerian village and, more specifically, headstrong villager Mounir (played by the director), whose every attempt to be taken seriously is undermined by his equally headstrong — and narcoleptic — sister.... more



Moscow, Belgium   

Moscow, Belgium
Belgium, 2008, 102 min.
The story of an unlikely romance that develops between Matty, a mother of three, and Johnny, a younger truck driver. In a variation of "meeting cute," Matty's car hits Johnny's truck in a suburban supermarket parking lot and the cops have to break up their ensuing fight.... more



Mumbai Meri Jaan   

Mumbai Meri Jaan
India, 2008, 144 min.
Mumbai Meri Jaan is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of a dynamic city — Mumbai. With soul-stirring spirit and stellar performances, the film captures the chaos that was unleashed by the 2006 terrorist bomb attacks on the local train system, and how common people faced tragedy with resilience.... more



My Marlon and Brando   

My Marlon and Brando
Turkey, 2008, 92 min.
The true-life border-crossing romance between a Turkish actress and her Kurdish lover gets a semi-fictional work-up with the real actress earning kudos for taking on her own role. A moving statement on war, human rights and the confining artificiality of borders.... more



Native Dancer   

Native Dancer
Kazakhstan, 2008, 87 min.
Endowed with psychic powers, Aidai can find lost souls and heal the ailing. But when local gangsters drive her off her land, she's forced to put her life on the line. Part crime thriller, part spiritual journey, Native Dancer reveals the effects of encroaching capitalism on traditional ways.... more



Ocean   

Ocean
Cuba, 2008, 107 min.
In a small Cuban fishing village, Joel, the oldest brother in a traditional family, is heartbroken when his fiancée marries someone her family prefers. He moves to Havana, hoping to find a new life.... more



Out of Tune   

Out of Tune
Brazil, 2007, 139 min.
Infidelity, death, broken dreams and political unrest swirl together with the sizzling bossa nova music at the heart of this affectionate look at four idealistic young musicians who journey from 1960s Rio to New York with dreams of transforming Brazilian music — and the country itself.... more



A Pain in the Ass   

A Pain in the Ass
France, 2008, 84 min.
A cold-as-ice assassin and an incompetent would-be suicide make up the very odd couple at the heart of Francis Veber's frothy French farce. Adjoining hotel rooms bring them together, and riotous complications cement the relationship.... more



Pandora's Box   

Pandora's Box
Turkey, 2008, 112 min.
When their aged mother goes missing near her Black Sea mountain home, a trio of neurotic Istanbul siblings come together and reopen old wounds. Like many films in this year's Festival, Pandora's Box is concerned with the way capitalism and modernity infringe on traditional life.... more



Passchendaele   

Passchendaele
Canada, 2008, 114 min.
The World War I victory at Passchendaele, in Belgium, has been seen by Canadians as their country's "coming of age." Half a million Allied soldiers died in the battle. Canadian Paul Gross uses an ultra-realistic palette, akin to Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.... more



The Past Is a Foreign Land   

The Past Is a Foreign Land
Italy, 2008, 122 min.
Law student Giorgio is dissatisfied with his life and looking for kicks. He goes through a radical change when he meets Francesco, a cool and mysterious guy who introduces him to the dark life of poker and drug dealing, in a crescendo of risks that builds to a point of no return.... more



Patrik, Age 1.5   

Patrik, Age 1.5
Sweden, 2008, 100 min.
A bureaucratic blunder — in this case a misplaced punctuation mark — means that gay couple Göran and Sven's newly adopted 15-month-old cherub turns out to be a homophobic 15-year-old boy with a dubious past.... more



Pedro   

Pedro
USA, 2008, 93 min.
Diagnosed with HIV before even graduating high school, Pedro Zamora dedicated his remaining years to raising awareness and understanding of the disease. Openly gay, Pedro became a spokesperson for his community and won the hearts of millions through his stint on MTV's "The Real World."... more



A Perfect Day   

A Perfect Day
Italy, 2008, 100 min.
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Melania Mazzucco, this intense drama plays out on the stage of a hectic and disturbing Rome, where simple gestures and words lead each character inexorably toward his fate.... more



A Police Romance   

A Police Romance
France, 2008, 96 min.
Police Lieutenant Emilie Carange finds herself sexually attracted to Jamil Messaouden, a young rookie officer. When a report comes in about drug dealing in the neighborhood, Jamil draws Emilie into a gangland affair beyond their jurisdiction.... more



Ramchand Pakistani   

Ramchand Pakistani
Pakistan, 2008, 105 min.
When a Pakistani father follows his wandering young son across the border into India, they're captured and imprisoned for half a decade, leaving mother back home without a clue of their whereabouts.... more



Ready? OK!   

Ready? OK!
USA, 2008, 93 min.
Much to the consternation of his Catholic school, young Joshua wants to be a cheerleader and enjoys dressing like Maria von Trapp. With the help of an understanding uncle and a very tasteful neighbor, Joshua is determined to high-kick and cartwheel with the best of them in this charming comedy.... more



Robert Zimmermann Is Tangled Up in Love   

Robert Zimmermann Is Tangled Up in Love
Germany, 2008, 102 min.
The times they are a-changin' for 26-year-old hipster videogame designer Robert. As relationships all around him are crumbling, he serendipitously meets Monika. She's warm, she's beautiful -- and she's old enough to be his mother. Can love bridge the generation gap?... more



Route 30   

Route 30
USA, 2008, 88 min.
"Three Stories, One Highway" is the tagline to John Putch's (Mojave Phonebooth) magnificently loopy comedy featuring a brilliant ensemble cast of familiar character actors. The interweaving stories are presented with a wry humor that never fails to find humanity in the oddball characters.... more



The Sea Wall   

The Sea Wall
France, 2008, 115 min.
A faithful adaptation of French literary lion Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical novel about her impoverished adolescence, dysfunctional family and affair with a Chinese man, The Sea Wall offers a mix of Cambodia's natural beauty, period politics, and powerful acting.... more



The Seed of Discord   

The Seed of Discord
Italy, 2008, 85 min.
Beautiful, self-confident Veronica (Casino Royale's Caterina Murino) owns a clothing shop; her handsome, faithless husband Mario sells fertilizer; and Veronica's intrusive mother wants a grandchild, even though Mario is infertile.... more



Shall We Kiss?   

Shall We Kiss?
France, 2007, 100 min.
Wry, observant and touching, Shall We Kiss? is a contemporary meditation on the wages of infidelity. When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance and he offers her a ride, it turns into a pleasant dinner with clearly romantic overtones.... more



Skin   

Skin
South Africa, 2008, 107 min.
A genetic abnormality caused Sandra Laing, born of white parents in South Africa, to look like a black person. This strange twist fuels Anthony Fabian's strong drama, based on a true story. Sophie Okonedo is superb in the lead, as are Sam Neill and Alice Krige as her parents.... more



South Desert   

South Desert
Chile, 2007, 100 min.
Young Sofia finds a letter her mother had written before her recent death. Returned because the addressee was unknown, the letter leads Sofia on an adventure from Spain to the far south of Chile looking for answers. Audience Award winner, Manheim Film Festival.... more



Stone of Destiny   

Stone of Destiny
Canada, 2008, 96 min.
Charles Martin Smith brings a fine wit and charm to spare to this tale, based in truth. The Coronation Stone—the “stone of destiny”—was used in Scotland for centuries to crown the heads of the land. Then the English stole it. In 1950, four Scottish students hatch a plan to steal it back.... more



Sugar   

Sugar
USA, 2007, 114 min.
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's (Half Nelson) new film tells the dramatically perfect — no clichés here — story of a 19-year-old Dominican baseball pitcher trying to make it. An example of humanist filmmaking at its best, it stars newcomer Algenis Perez Soto as Sugar.... more



Summer Heat   

Summer Heat
Netherlands, 2008, 96 min.
Actress Monique van de Ven's (Keetje Tippel) stunning directorial debut invests a haunting love story with the elements of a taut, moody thriller. Bob, a nature photographer, becomes an unwitting pawn in a labyrinthine plot involving a mysterious beauty.... more



Sunshine Cleaning   

Sunshine Cleaning
USA, 2008, 102 min.
Alan Arkin, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt star in Christine Jeffs' edgy comedic romp about two underachieving sisters (Adams and Blunt) with a cranky, scheming father (Arkin) who decide to get into the business of "crime-scene cleanup."... more



Tahaan: A Boy with a Grenade   

Tahaan: A Boy with a Grenade
India, 2008, 105 min.
In the scenic magnificence of a Kashmir valley, a persistent eight-year-old boy has one aim in life — to get his pet donkey back. The journey will take him through the same mountains where his father went missing three years before.... more



Terribly Happy   

Terribly Happy
Denmark, 2008, 95 min.
A southern Danish village hides as many secrets as the nearby bog in this blackly comic thriller about the universal nature of compromise and corruption. Entertaining and full of surprising twists, it's a highly cinematic tale of a Copenhagen policeman working punishment-duty.... more



Tokyo Sonata   

Tokyo Sonata
Japan, 2008, 119 min.
From the world-renowned suspense/thriller director comes the quiet, engaging drama of an average Tokyo family slowly unraveling after proud patriarch Ryuhei is laid off from his job — and tries to hide the fact from his wife and two sons.... more



(Untitled)   

(Untitled)
USA, 2009, 96 min.
(Untitled) provides a wry comedic take on the foibles of the contemporary art scene set against the backdrop of the New York City gallery world. Two brothers personify the intersection of art and commerce.... more



Václav   

Václav
Czech Republic, 2007, 97 min.
An unorthodox and involving rural drama, culled from true events, that blends elements of Rain Man and My Sweet Little Village. Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Shanghai International Film Festival.... more



We Can Do That   

We Can Do That
Italy, 2008, 111 min.
A group of mentally disabled people become specialists in "mosaic parquet," thanks to Nello, a stubborn and passionate guy who believes they need help and understanding, not only pills and isolation. A soulful, funny and moving modern fairy tale.... more



When a Man Comes Home   

When a Man Comes Home
Denmark, 2007, 93 min.
A small Danish town is buzzing with excitement: The town's most illustrious son, a world-famous opera singer, is coming home. Meanwhile, Sebastian, an almost-married kitchen boy, falls head over heels for the new maid.... more



Wild Field   

Wild Field
Russia, 2008, 104 min.
A jewel of magic realism, Wild Field focuses on a young doctor living on the timeless Kazakh plain, treating stab and gunshot wounds, heart attacks, and the occasional dying cow. Art Cinema Award, Venice Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Best Score, Special Critics' Award, Kinotavr.... more



The Witch of the West Is Dead   

The Witch of the West Is Dead
Japan, 2008, 116 min.
Featuring a touching performance by Sachi Parker (the look-alike daughter of Shirley MacLaine) this enchanting film about a special summer shared by a wise grandmother and her teen granddaughter was a popular hit in Japan and should strike a chord here as well.... more



Woman's Hearts   

Woman's Hearts
Italy, 2008, 85 min.
Shakira, a pre-op Moroccan transgendered dressmaker is creating a traditional Arab wedding gown for her client, bride-to-be Zina. But in order to be true to Arab customs, Zina must regain her virginity before she weds, and the two set off on a road trip from Italy to Morocco for the operation.... more



Zrubavel   

Zrubavel
Israel, 2008, 72 min.
This first feature-length Israeli drama created by Ethiopian-Israeli filmmakers centers on a multigenerational family of Ethiopian émigrés and poignantly shows the younger generation trying to assimilate with Israeli culture and disregarding the customs cherished by their elders.... more





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