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PORNO!MELO!DRAMA!

by Heesook Sohn

With: Franziska Petri, Jale Arikan, Young-Mi Park

Germany 2007, Feature Film
Original Language: German with English subtitles

Three exotic women, from completely different cultural backgrounds, are the best kind of friends. In a modern-day dream world, where princesses may be descending from a myth, they have to battle personal demons in their desperate quest for intimacy.



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TWINS FOR PRESIDENT

by Miguel Àngel Calvo Buttini

With: Andoni Gracia, Txema Blasco, María Galiana, Merce Llorens, Teresa Gimpera

Spain 2007, Feature Film – Comedy
Original Language: Spanish with English subtitles

A colourful yet emotional comedy, filled with provoking political criticism, placed in a contemporary scenario, where salmons and frogs coexist with the inhabitants of a small village, near a beautiful river. This year though, the river and its inhabitants are about to stir things up. The twin brothers JAIME and NACHO find themselves challenging each other for the most important political seat in the nation.



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BOG OF BEASTS

by Cláudio Assis

Brasilia FF 2006 – Best Film
Rotterdam FF – Tiger Award
Toulouse FF
Brazilian FF Paris

With: Mariah Teixeira, Fernando Teixeira, Caio Blat, Matheus Nachtergaele, Dira Paes

Brazil 2006, Feature Film
Original Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Ruthless edge of the life of a young Brazilian girl growing up in a society shaped by violence and sexual abuse. Assis doesn’t leave much doubt about her future and shows Brazil at a moral all-time low.



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LOVE MADE EASY

by Peter Luisi


With: Ralph Gassmann, Melanie Winiger, Martin Landau

USA 2006, Feature Film
Original Language: English

The boring lives of five misfits takes a dramatic turn when one of them falls madly in love with a beautiful stranger. They are willing to do anything possible (and more) to help their friend win her heart.

 



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VIVERE

by Angelina Maccarone


With: Hannelore Elsner, Esther Zimmering, Kim Schnitzer, Egbert-Jan Weeber

Germany, Feature Film
Original Language: German with English subtitles

Three women on the run, saving each other, saving themselves.
On Christmas Eve, Francesca's little sister, Antonietta, is running away to Rotterdam with her musician boyfriend.

On the way, Francesca picks up Gerlinde, a lovesick woman, now she has two lives to save. With the paths of three lost souls criss-crossing in Rotterdam, it soon is hard to tell who is saving whom...



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SINGAPORE DREAMING

by Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh

San Sebastian IFF 2006 – Montblanc New Screenwriters Award • Singapore IFF 2006 • Asian FF Lyon • Göteborg IFF

With: Richard Low, Alice Lim Cheng Peng, Serene Chen, Yeo Yann Yann, Lim Yu-Beng, Dick Su

Singapore 2006, Feature Film
Original Language: Mandarin, English and Hokkien, with English subtitles

Singapore Dreaming is a poignant yet darkly humorous story which follows the lives of six individuals as they navigate the rapidly changing conditions experienced in today’s modern South-East Asian cities. The winner of the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award, this “graceful film about capitalism in the East” (Variety) is also the highest-grossing independent Singapore film for the past 8 years.



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FRAULEIN

by Andrea Staka

Locarno 2006: Golden Leopard for the Best Film, First Prize of the Junior Jury, FICC Don Quijote Prize • Sarajevo 2006: Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film , Best Actress Award for Marija Skaricic • Valladolid Int. FF - FIPRESCI award • Sundance 2007 • Rotterdam IFF 2007 • Göteborg IFF 2007 • Swiss Film Prize 2007 - Best Script

With: Mirjana Karanoviæ, Marija Škarièiæ, Ljubica Joviæ

Switzerland 2006, 81’
Original Language: Swiss-German/German/Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian (English subtitled)

Andrea Staka gazes intimately into the lives of three modern women, now living in Switzerland, from different regions of a country that no longer exists - the former Yugoslavia. FRAULEIN explores displacement in our present time, as more and more people move between different cultures, religions and places, as refugees, travelers or simply homeless people.

Sensitively drawn, Andrea Staka's Golden Leopard winner "Fraulein" introduces a strong new voice in Swiss cinema. A a remarkably affecting work that doesn't go for easy sentiment. (Jay Weissberg, Variety)



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PRINCESS

by Birgit Grosskopf

Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis – 2nd Prize: Saarland Minister Presidents’ Award • Edingburgh Intl. FF - First Steps Award 2006, Winner Best German Debut Feature • Oldenburg Intl. FF – Winner German Independence Award • Montreal World FF

With: Irina Potapenko, Henriette Müller, Desirée Jaeger, Amina Schichterich

Germany 2006, 80’
Original Language: German with English subtitles

A girl gang roams their territory in a typical German suburb - between cheap apartment blocks and discount markets. If they feel like it they'll smack your face. Yvonne has gotten into so many fights - tomorrow she has to go to prison. But when she refuses to turn up there her best friend, Russian-German Katharina, distances herself from Yvonne and the gang starts to fall apart. Things escalate in a horrible fashion and one of them has to make a sacrifice.



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ANOTHER GAY MOVIE

by Todd Stephens


Tribeca FF

With: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Jonah Blechman, Mitch Morris

USA 2006, 92´
Original Language: English

Andy Wilson is your typical All-American seventeen-year-old gay virgin. Like everyone else, he's dying to have sex. Andy attends high school with his three best friends, all of them totally out-loud-and-proud. The guys all have one thing in common - they're all “booty” virgins.

The final straw for the guys comes at a graduation party, where everyone is having sex but them. That night they make a pact to do "the big A" by the end of summer.

What follows is a raunchy ride on the bumpy road to butt love. Along the way, the film spoofs not only American Pie and gay movies like The Broken Hearts Club and Stephens's own Edge of Seventeen, but the entire gay lifestyle.



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PINGPONG

by Matthias Luthardt

Cannes 2006: Screenwriting Award and the Young Critics´ Award – Critics` Week • Munich Int. FF 2006: Best script • Montreal World FF 2006 • Copenhagen Int. FF 2006 • European FF of Brussels 2006: RTBF TV Prize of Best Film • Giffoni FF - BRONZE GRYPHON • European Film Awards 2006: Nominated in the category EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2006 • Biberach Filmfest 2006 - Debut - Biber Award for Best Feature Film

With: Sebastian Urzendowsky, Marion Mitterhammer, Clemens Berg, Falk Rockstroh

Germany, 2006, 89`
Original Language: German (English & French Subtitles)

Paul, 16 years old, turns up uninvited to visit his relatives. Having recently lost his father, Paul is searching for an ideal world, and he intrudes upon the seemingly ideal family.
After rejecting him at first, Aunt Aanna gradually gets him on her side. Paul is attracted to her. Only after it is too late does he realize that he has been drawn under her control, and is now at her mercy.

Well crafted with a confidently quiet style (…) though strong enough for small fest play, “pingpong” is unlikely to be bouncing around multi-territory art cinemas (Jay Weissberg, Variety)



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VITUS

by Fredi M. Murer

Switzerland’s Official Entry to the Academy Award Nomination for The Best Foreign Language Film!
Berlin Int. FF 2006 • Festroia Int. FF 2006 • Galway Film Fleadh 2006 • Montreal World FF 2006 • San Sebastian Int. FF 2006 • Rome FF 2006 - Alice in the City Audience Award • Children FF Chennai 2006 - Best Director Award • Chicago IFF 2006 - Audience Choice Award • Swiss Film Prize 2007 - Best Film

with: Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jucker

Switzerland 2006, 120’
Original Language: Swiss German (English Subtitles)

Vitus is a highly-gifted child, both musically and mathematically, who triggers in his parents, high hopes of a brilliant career as a pianist. Soon, however, Vitus is tired of playing the role of young piano virtuoso and wunderkind and dramatically escapes from his parents’ plans in order to lead a secret double life.


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CRAZY LIKE A FOX

by Richard Squires


with:: Roger Rees, Mary McDonnell Paul Fitzgerald

USA 2006, 98’
Original Language: English

When big-city speculators cheat him out of his Virginia farm, gentleman farmer Nat Banks temporarily loses his mind and makes a new home in a cave on the creek, leaving his family but not the farm, inspiring a community-wide rebellion as he eventually fights his way back home. Nat won’t go down without a fight!



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THE TAXI THIEF

by Jo Sol

San Sebastian Int. FF: Special Mention of the Jury Altadis - New Directors • Nantes Spanish FF: Jules Verne, Best film by the jury • Munich Int. FF 2006 • Locarno Int. FF 2006

with: Pepe Rovira, Marc Sempere, Marcos Rovira “Makoki”, Dinero Gratis

Spain 2005, 95’
Original Language: Spanish/Catalan with English subtitles

Jose R. develops a routine as a cab driver on the streets of Barcelona. His life would be the same as any other 52-year-old cab driver, if it weren`t for the fact that the taxis he drives are stolen. Jose steals to be able to work.

“Amusing… smart political underpinnings and no-global outlook” Deborah Young, Variety


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GOING PRIVATE

by Stina Werenfels


Berlin FF • Montreal Films du Monde • Locarno IFF • Swiss Film Prize 2007 - Special Jury Prize

with: Michael Neuenschwander, Susanne-Marie Wrage, Bettina Stucky

Switzerland 2006, 96'
Original Language: Swiss German/German/ English with English Subtitles

Investment banker HP has allegedly ridden out the crash of the stock exchange. One evening, on a barbecue event with his banker friends and their wives, HP’s Danish au pair girl threatens to blow the whistle on her love affair with HP’s married boss. HP wants to please everybody. But the next morning, he has lost everything: his house, his wife, his friends, and his job...



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HARD PILL

by John Baumgartner


Best New Director-Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

with: Jonathan Slavin, Susan Slome, Scotch Ellis Loring, Jennifer Elise Cox

USA 2005, 95‘
Original Language: English

Tim is gay, chronically single and desperately lonely although he is surrounded by a group of good friends and colleagues. He throws his life and relationships into turmoil when he volunteers for a controversial pharmaceutical study for a drug designed to make gay men straight.

“A provocative drama and a polemically hot film.” Robert Koehler, Variety



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GO ETXEBESTE!

by Asier Altuna & Telmo Esnal


Youth Award-San Sebastian Film Festival

With Ramón Agirre, Elena Irureta Paco Sagarzazu Iban Garate

Spain 2005, 97min
Original Language: Basque with English subtitles (available Spanish dub with Engl. subtitles)

The day the Etxebeste family sets off for Marbella on holiday, having announced their departure to all neighbours, they don’t have a penny to their name. They don’t have the cash to leave, but what would the neighbours say if they found out? They pack their cases, put them in the car and wave goodbye. But midnight sees them silently returning so that no-one will spoil their plan: to spend their holidays locked inside the house while everyone thinks they are away.

The first full-length Basque-language feature to be made in 18 years!



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3° COLDER

by Florian Hoffmeister

Locarno Int. FF 2005: Silver Leopard for Best First/Second Feature • Göteborg FF 2006 • Shanghai Int. FF 2006 • Edinburgh Int. FF 2006

with: Bibiana Beglau, Sebastian Blomberg, Johann von Bülow, Meret Becker, Alexander Beyer, Katharina Schüttler, Florian David Fitz

Germany, 2005, 113’
Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

A day which is different from any other – a thunderstorm in the middle of winter: Steini moves in with his girlfriend Jenny; Olli dates Babette for the first time; and Marie, happily married to Frank, remembers Jan, who vanished from her life so unexpectedly five years ago.

When Jan suddenly returns without warning, everyone in this circle of friends is in some way forced to contemplate the question, what is more important to love, or to be loved.

"3 Degrees Colder," a striking helming debut by German d.p. Florian Hoffmeister (…) featuring a largely strong cast, led by the charismatic Bibiana Beglau (…) shown in Locarno's competition (Derek Elley, Variety)



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EVERY COLOR OF THE SEA IS COLD

by Anna Th. Rögnvaldsdóttir


with: Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Thorunn Lárusdóttir, Jón Saemundur Audarson, Bjørn Floberg

Iceland 2005, 3x 45’ Mini Series & 92’ Feature Film

Original Language: Icelandic (English Subtitles)

Ari Jónsson is appointed defence council in what looks like an open-and-shut murder case. The suspect’s sister claims that her brother is innocent, the victim of police prejudice. Ari’s admiration of the strong-minded young woman gives way to the growing suspicion that she knows more about the murder than she‘s letting on...



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DEAD LONG ENOUGH

by Tom Collins


Audience Award-Cardiff Film Festival

with: Jason Hughes, Michael Sheen, Angeline Ball

Ireland 2005, 83’

Original Language: English

Ben Jones, a worn out and depressed Lawyer, lives in the shadow of his promiscuous TV celebrity brother Harry. Ben hankers after his lost love, the fiery red headed Irish colleen Sinead. Harry decides that he must do something good for his brother and brings him back to Ireland. This act of generosity, and also a coincidental recce for a future TV programme, begins a series of events that will change their lives forever.



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GISELA

by Isabelle Stever

Locarno Film Festival • Munich Int. FF-Locarno FF-New Montreal FF- London Int. FF
Göteborg Film Festival • Crossing Europe Award-Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz 2006

with: Anne Weinknecht, Carlo Ljubek, Stefan Rudolf

Germany 2005, 87'

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

A summer by the river. A housing project, beautifully located in the middle of nowhere. A triangle story.

Georg and Paul are incapable of getting anything going, Georg even less than Paul. Gisela, quiet, married with a child, is not so easily had. Paul, who is always in a bit of a bad mood, gets her anyway. He becomes Gisela’s lover. Georg doesn’t like it, and gives free rein to his considerable destructive energies.

We see three people projecting their desires onto each other, while none seems capable of fulfilling the others’ expectations.



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UNVEILED

by Angelina Maccarone

Karlovy Vary FF 2005: in competition • Rio Int. FF 2005 • Copenhagen Int. FF 2005 • Seattle G&L 2005: Jury Prize -Best Feature • Montreal G&L 2005: Grand Jury Prize - image+nation • Cyprus Int. FF 2006: Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director • Hessian Film Award 2005: Best Direction • Lola Nomination 2006: Best Actress

with: Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Navid Akhavan

Germany 2005, 97 min.

Original Language: German, Farsi (English Subtitles)

In order to survive in Germany, the Iranian refugee Fariba is forced take on the identity of a man. As Siamak she takes an illegal job in a sauerkraut factory, where she meets Anne, who is very solicitous about Siamak’s well-being and derives some kind of pleasure from the strange foreigner. While spending more and more time together, they become dangerously close and Anne begins to suspect Fariba’s true identity.

Several large leaps of faith take some of the dramatic steam out of "Unveiled," an otherwise well-acted and accessible lesbian drama that also flirts with issues like loss of identity and anti-Muslim tensions. Well-mounted pic by writer-director Angelina Maccarone could have a small career in niche situations beyond Germany and gay fests. (Derek Elley, Variety)


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SHOW ME

by Cassandra Nicolaou


Vancouver Int. FF 2004 • Seattle G&L 2005 • Montreal G&L 2005: Image+Nation

with: Michelle Nolden, Katherine Isabelle, Kett Turton

Canada 2004, 97’

Original Language: English

When Sarah is carjacked by two teenaged street punks, she’s forced to take Jenna and Jackson to her isolated cabin. There, her captors hatch a plan to escape their meager existence, while their thorny relationship uncovers a dark past that allows them to separately connect with their hostage. Sarah’s yuppie facade belies her cunning and complex nature, creating a high-stakes, back-and-forth power play between the three characters. Erotic tension and unexpected twists catapult the situation toward its gripping climax.


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TURTLES ON THEIR BACKS

by Stefano Pasetto


World Premiére – Venice Film Festival

with: Barbora Bobulova, Fabrizio Rongione, Gordana Miletic

Italy 2004, 92’

Original Language: Italian (English Subtitles)

Trieste is the city which serves as the setting for “He” and “She” aged about thirty. In the visiting room of a prison, they reconstruct the pieces of their story of missed meetings, between one game of Scrabble and the other. The words built up on the board of the game open up chapters of the past that concern them. They have unconsciously grazed each other all their lives. Between them, only a turtle, a token of adolescent love.



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BROTHER TO BROTHER

by Rodney Evans

Sundance Film Festival 2004 - Special Jury Prize • Black Movie Awards 2005 - Director To Watch Award (USA) • Outfest 2004 - Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award - Best Feature & Best Actor (Roger Robinson)

with: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Larry Gilliard Jr., Aunjanue Ellis

USA 2004, 90'

Original Language: English

BROTHER TO BROTHER follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young Black gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian community within the Harlem Renaissance.

After being found in an intimate encounter with another man, Perry is thrown out by his family and forced to survive on his own. As he struggles to maintain a college scholarship, he is haunted by his homosexuality and his family’s rejection of his lifestyle.

Perry then meets Bruce, an elderly man, who appears seemingly out of nowhere and begins reciting poetry. As they journey through Bruce’s memories of the Harlem Renaissance, Perry learns about the rebellious personalities of people like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. He begins to recognize this era as his history. Their pride and self-esteem begin to have an empowering effect on Perry as he gains a stronger sense of his identity.


“ A highly original and beautiful film” Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“BROTHER TO BROTHER brings depth and intelligence to black politics and sexuality” David Rooney, Variety

“A fascinating and absorbing tale…heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in filmmaking” Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter



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THE GREAT WATER

by Ivo Trajkov

Official Macedonian entry for the Oscar® in Foreign Language category
Submitted and screened for the Golden Globe® consideratio • AFI • Audience Award - Dubrovnik Int. FF 2005 • Karlovy Vary FF 2005 • Best Film, Best director, Best Music, Best Photography- Mostra Valencia FF

with: Saso Kekenovski, Maja Stankovska, Mitko Apostolovski, Meto Jovanovski

Macedonia 2004, 90‘

Original Language: Macedonian w. Engl. s/titles and voice over

World War II has just ended. Lem, like many war orphans, is caught by communist soldiers and taken to a children‘s orphanage, which is in fact an ideological labor camp where order and discipline rule the day.

One day a mysterious looking boy, Isaac, arrives and from the very beginning it is clear that Isaac is somebody special, the first one with the courage to question authority and stoically endure the brutal consequences. Lem sets out to slowly create a bond of friendship with Isaac as his only chance for survival.

“Breathtaking beauty and texture that‘s rare in most recent East Euro cinema.” Robert Koehler, Variety



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IN ORANGE

by Joram Lürsen

Golden Film Award - Netherlands Film Fest. 2004 • Audience Award - Hamburg Children Film Fest. 2004 • Best Film -Tokyo Children FF • Best script-Festival of film for children & youth Tehran • Yannick Van de Velde best actor - Carrousel international du film de Rimouski

with: Yannick van de Velde, Thomas Acda, Wendy van Dijk

Netherlands 2004, 90‘

Original Language: Dutch (English Subtitles)

Remco (12) is a fanatic little soccer player with only one dream: to play in the Dutch national team. Erik, his father, is possibly even more fanatic in coaching Remco and convinced that Remco can make it.

But Remco’s world falls apart when his dad unexpectedly dies. With the help of his soccer mate Winston, his new girlfriend Anneke and winti, a strange Surinam vodooism, that Winston’s grandma is celebrating to contact the father, Remco can overcome all hurdles and is close to making his dream come true.




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HARRY AND MAX

by Christopher Munch

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival 2004
 

with: Bryce Johnsen, Cole Williams, Kate Ellis

USA 2004, 74‘

Original Language: English

Twenty three old Harry, a former boy band idol, is watching his sixteen year old brother Max follow in his footsteps. The younger brother’s longing to connect with Harry both physically and emotionally grows, but even more, Max wants to bring stability to Harry’s life. During a camping trip both realize that they must redefine their relationship, and that only by setting boundaries can the boys grow into adulthood together.

“…a challenging film about sex, love, and family, and the blurred lines that distinguish them. With HARRY AND MAX, Munch’s ingenuity as a storyteller hits new highs.”
John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival



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METALLIC BLUES

by Danny Verete

Best Script & Best Actor - Jerusalem Film Festival 2004
Montreal World Film Festival 2004

with: Avi Kushnir, Moshe Ivgy

Israel/Canada/Germany 2004, 90’

Original Language: English, Hebrew, German (English Subtitles)

The opportunity of a lifetime - in form of a Lincoln Continental Limousine - has crossed paths with the two Israeli car dealers Shmuel and Siso. In search of a better life, they risk it all and ship the car, along with their dreams, to Germany. There they find themselves confronted with mishaps and unexpected personal and historical truths.

A touching and amazing tragicomic road-movie about friendship and reconciliation surrounded with the memories of the dark days in the history of Germany and Israel.



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HILDE’S JOURNEY

by Christof Vorster

Montreal World Film Festival 2004
Inside Out Toronto FF 2005
Newfest 2005

with: Oliver Stokowski, Michael Finger, Katharina von Bock, Carlos Leal

Switzerland 2004, 90‘

Original Language: German (English / French Subtitles)

Solid carpenter Steff dreams of having his own business. When his ex-lover Hilde, son of a wealthy family, dies of AIDS and designates Steff as his sole heir, his dream suddenly comes within reach.

Instead of following Hilde‘s last wish to scatter his ashes at sea, Steff makes a deal with the family in exchange for the ashes. But there is also Rex in the picture, who refuses to let Steff betray the will and kidnaps the urn. Along with Hilde‘s urn they head off to a journey both intending on thwarting each other‘s plans.



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NINE LIVES

by Dean Howell


Seattle G&L 2004 • Turin G&L FF 2005 • Oslo G&L FF 2005

with: Michael Kearns, Eric Turic, Steve Callahan, Nick Salamone, John Ganun, Dennis Christopher, Dean Howell, William Christian, Debra Wilson

USA 2004, 77‘

Original Language: English

A cross between Schnitzler‘s La Ronde and Altman‘s Short Cuts, we zoom in on nine individuals whose lives intersect - emotionally, sexually and dangerously over the course of one day.

A voyeuristic peek at lives that may be more like yours than you think, NINE LIVES will grab you with its graphic sexuality and heartfelt performances. It‘s a film about love and loss and the private fears and hopes we all share.



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PLATINUM

by Martin Enlen


Damascus Film Festival

with: Tim Bergmann, Nathalie Boltt, Hans-Werner Meyer

Germany, South Africa 2004, 2x 90’ TV-episodes & 142’ Feature Film

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

It’s a race for the biggest price of all - Platinum. In the late 1890’s Hans Merensky seeks his fortune in the South African gold mining business and takes up the fight against nature and hardened competitors. A fight, which can only be won with the support of real friends and true love.

PLATINUM is an overwhelming drama of human efforts and sufferings as well as the eternal quest for love, freedom and fulfillment. A classical tale of friendship and spirited determination, which, in the end, created the wealth of a whole nation.



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FIRST KISS

by Kai Wessel

Moscow Film Festival 2003
Valladolid Film Festival 2004

with: Oliver Korittke, Max Mauff, Diane Siemons-Willems

Germany, New Director’s Cut 2004, 94’

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

How do you seduce your best friend when you’re 15? Well, you don’t! The story never changes – only the haircuts.

FIRST KISS is the romantic coming-of-age comedy of first love, friendship, school-life, cutting loose from parents, and life in general - all set against the background of the 1980’s.



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BEAR CUB (CACHORRO)

by Miguel Albaladejo

Berlin Film F. (Panorama) 2004 • Best Europ. Film, Montreal World Film F. 2004 • Best Film - Cinespaña Film F. de Toulouse 2004 • Jury Award - Copenhagen G&L Film F. 2004

with: Jose Luis Garcia-Perez, Diana Cerezo, David Castillo

Spain, 2004, 89’ Feature Film

Original Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

Pedro, a dentist whose life revolves around partying and sex, finds himself the guardian of Bernardo, his 11 year old nephew.

A strong bond quickly develops between the two…but just as strong is the grandmother of Bernardo and her conviction that raising a child can not be left to a homosexual.



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COLD LIGHT

by Hilmar Oddsson - Produced by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson & Anna María Karlsdóttir

Official Icelandic Entry for the Oscar in Foreign Langauge Category • Berlin FF (Panorama) 2004 • Karlovy Vary FF 2004 • Montreal World FF 2004 • Pusan FF 2004 • Best Actor-Festroia FF 2004

Based on the Award Winning Novel by Vigdis Grimsdottir

with: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Áslákur Ingvarsson

Iceland, 2004, 93‘

Original Language: Icelandic (English Subtitles)

What could be better than knowing your future….and what could be worse.

Grimur can‘t come to terms with a feeling of guilt he has carried since he lost his family in a tragedy he thinks he could have prevented. In his childhood, a mystical talent had tormented him with visions of his future - now he must learn to let go of the haunting visions of his past and accept all the good things that life has to offer.



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YOU I LOVE

by Olga Stolpovskaya & Dmitry Troitsky

Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) 2004
Best Foreign Film - NY G&L Film Festival 2004

with: Lubov Tolkalina, Evgeny Koriakovsky, Damir Badmaev

Russia, 2004, 85‘

Original Language: Russian (English Subtitles)

Vera, a beautiful TV newsreader meets and falls in love with Tim, a creative advertising executive.

Their relationship seems perfect until on the day of their first anniversary, Vera comes home to find Tim in bed with Uloomji - a young Kalmyk male.

Set amidst the whirlwind pace of modern day Moscow, „You I Love“ is a tragicomic love story about not-so-straight desires.



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COWBOYS & ANGELS

by David Gleeson

Best Screenplay - Newport Beach Film Festival 2004
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2004

with: Michael Legge, Allen Leech, Amy Shiels

Ireland, 2003, 90’

Original Language: English

Shane, a hapless civil servant, gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student and finds himself on the catwalk.

“A fresh mix of open-minded intelligence and a heartfelt point of view.” Anita Gates, New York Times



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BOY ECURY

by Frans Weisz

Best Foreign Film - Eilat International Film Festival Festival
Golden FIPA for Best Original Music-International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA)

with: : Felix De Rooy, Steve Hooi, Johnny De Mol

Netherland, 2003, 80min
Original Language: Dutch with English subtitles

When Boy was fifteen years old his father, black businessman Dundun Ecury from Aruba, sent him to boarding school in the Netherlands. When the war breaks out, he joins the resistance. Just before the liberation, he is executed by the Germans. Ten years later Dundun Ecury arrives in the post-war Netherlands to search for the body of his son.



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BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI

by Shemi Zarhin

Audience Award - Valladolid Film Festival 2004 • Best Film & Script and Fipresci Award - Festroia Film Festival 2004 • Best Film - Giffoni Film Festival 2004

with: Oshri Cohen, Arie Elias, Esti Zakhem

Israel, 2003, 94‘

Original Language: Hebrew (English Subtitles)

A warm and witty family comedy that centres on Shlomi, a 16-year-old boy who plays the role of peacekeeper in his chaotic family. The pressure of being constant mediator, confidant and cook leaves Shlomi little time to develop his own personality. But when his teacher detects an extraordinary gift in Shlomi, aided by the power of first love, Shlomi breaks out of his timid shell and discovers his own independence.

„Well paced coming-of-age film that nicely captures the lives of a clan spanning several generations“ Robert Koehler, Variety



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BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

by Sathyan Ramesh

Turin G&L FF 2005
Outfest 2005

with: Floriane Daniel, Julia Jäger, Caroline Peters, Clelia Sarto, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Queen Bee

Germany, 2003, 86’

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

Five beautiful women. Five talented actresses. One night and a thousand drinks.

Five beautiful actresses meet at a casting for a TV-movie. Somehow they are not able to break away from each other and what started as a day-trip becomes a journey into night. In the course of this night, longings, hopes and fears are gradually revealed.



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SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS

by Joel Cano

San Sebastian Int. Film Fest. • Best Director and Actresses - Cine. Tout Ecran, Int. Cine. & Television Fest. 2003 • Gold Montgolfier - 25th Fest. des tres continets, Nantes

with: Orisel Gaspar, Eruadyé Muñiz, Ludmila Alonso Yodú

Cuba, 2003, 106´

Original Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

Three Cuban women from diverse social classes have their lives turned upside down during a week in Havana. María, a peasant, loses her daughter. Norma, a TV news broadcaster, faces the consequences of refusing to report distorted government news. Nieves slaughters pigs for a living but dreams of being a cabaret star. Their destinies intersect creating a compelling and emotionally charged story set against the backdrop of a decaying regime.

“SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS offers a saucy, frank view of a country where communism is dying and misery is rife.” Deborah Young, Variety



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JAGODA IN THE SUPERMARKET

by Dusan Milic

Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) 2003 • Audience Award Sydney Film Festival 2003 • Pusan Film Festival 2004 • Göteborg Film Festival 2004

with: Branka Katic, Srdjan Todorovic, Emir Kusturica

Serbia/Germany/Italy, 2003, 82’

Original Language: Serbian (English subtitles)

This award winning film by Dusan Milic and Emir Kusturica as producer delivers a hilarious hostage situation ‘Balkan style’. A simple strawberry birthday cake turns into a recipe for disaster when a checkout chick and an ex-war veteran find more than they bargained for.

“DOG DAY AFTERNOON goes food shopping in the vigorous comedic drama JAGODA IN THE SUPERMARKET … told with wit and style.” Eddie Cockrell, Variety



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THE TENTH SUMMER

by Jörg Grünler

Kinderfilmfest, Berlin Film Fest. 2003 • Best Foreign Film - Family Film Fest., Valencia, California 2004 • Best screenplay - Film Fest. du grain à démoudre, France 2004

with: Kai Wiesinger, Katharina Böhm, Martin Stührk

Germany, 2003, 90’

Original Language: German (English or French subtitles)

This is the story of one hot summer at the beginning of the sixties. In a worker’s housing estate in Germany’s Lower Rhine district, Kalli is celebrating his tenth birthday. His best present is a bright red scooter. Another big event during Kalli’s summer holidays is a secret plan he’s hatching with blood brothers Polli and Walter to start their own zoo. But there’s many an obstacle to overcome before they accomplish their dream.



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SAUDADE

by Jürgen Brüning

with: Hendrik Scheider, Aldri D’Anunciaçao, Tarik Qazi

Germany/Brazil, 2003, 85’

Original Language: English, German, Portuguese (English subtitles)

High school buddies Cyrus, Tim and Erik reunite after ten years and spend the summer together in Brazil. All of them are preoccupied with their past but new experiences force them to face their inner conflicts and friendship with one another.



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MINE ALONE (SOLO MIA)

by Javier Balaguer

2002 Goya Awards 4 Nominations - Best Actor (Sergi López), Actress (Paz Vega), New Director, Original Song

with: Sergi López, Paz Vega

Spain, 2001, 100’

Original language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

It was love at first sight. In the beginning, Angela did everything she could for Joaquin. When she became pregnant, they both felt blessed. Then came his first reproach…and then the first act of violence.

“A superb script and sterling performances mark former a.d. Javier Balaguer’s feature debut, MINE ALONE, an intense, gripping and timely exploration of domestic violence and a rare example of recent Spanish cinema tackling a contemporary social reality.” Jonathan Holland, Variety


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ELEPHANT HEART

by Züli Aladag

German Film Awards 2003 – Best Actor (Daniel Brühl)
Other Awards

with: Daniel Brühl, Manfred Zapatka, Jochen Nickel

Germany, 2002, 100’

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

Once you’re in, you gotta win. Marco had been born into a world that never really left him much of a chance. The young man is the offspring of a low social class, broken family living in the ugly suburban environment of a German ex-coalminer’s city. Stepping into the ring and striking the final, angry punch is Marcos only escape. Wild, uncontrollable and uncompromising, he puts himself onto a roller coaster of violence, crime and a mystery, buried deep in his very own past. When he signs a deal to become a pro, Marco’s life will never be the same again.



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MEISJE (GIRL)

by Dorothée Van Den Berghe

CICAE/ARTE Award - Locarno Film Fest. 2002 • Rottedam Film Fest. 2003 • Karlovy Vary Film Fest. 2003

 

with: Charlotte Vanden Eynde, Els Dottermans, Frieda Plittoors

Belgium, 2002, 94’

Original Language: Dutch or French dub (English Subtitles)

Meisje relates the story of three women at key moments in their lives. Each age and each situation calls for a new interpretation of love and the self’s relationship to the body: For Muriel, the end of puberty and the desire for freedom. For Laura, the desire to pursue a life full of lovers whilst experiencing an ever-increasing desire for motherhood. And for Martha, rediscovering sensuality.



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HOME TRUTHS

by Carsten Fiebeler

Premiere at the Montreal Film Festival 2002
 

with: Catherine Flemming, Michael Kind, Uwe Kockisch, Nils Nellessen

Germany, 2002, 90’

Original Language: German (English Subtitles)

Two robbers attack a married couple in their weekend cottage. It quickly becomes clear however, that there’s nothing in the cottage worth stealing. The couple become the helpless victims of the crooks aggression. But then, unforeseen circumstances fuse attacker and victim together in a tragicomic union that explodes just as quickly as it came together.



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MASK DE 41

by Muramoto Taishi

with: Taguchi Tomorowo, Tsutsui Mariko

Japan, 2002, 113’

Original Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)

Tadao is facing a new meaningless job in a downsizing industry, his second marriage is adrift and his children are mostly strangers. He reinvigorates his tedious existence by putting everything he‘s got behind his lifelong passion for prowrestling. The odds, at age 41, are against him, but his reckless adventure comes to bring new meaning to the word „triumph“.



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MIKE YOKOHAMA: A FOREST WITH NO NAME

by Shinji Aoyama

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2002, Forum Section
 

with: Nagase Masatoshi, Suzuki Kyoka, Otsuka Nene

Japan, 2002, 71’

Original Language: Japanese (English subtitles)

With a warped and dark spin, “Mike Yokohama” revisits the detective genre as epitomized in the hard-bitten, cynical characters of classic pulp fiction. The story is set in the emotionally disjointed and dispirited terrain of contemporary Japan.

“Aoyama brings a film buff’s sensibility to this amusing, yet slightly eerie, material, which is at times resonant of Samuel Fuller’s SHOCK CORRIDOR. Nagase is a thoroughly engaging hero…” David Stratton, Variety



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JIYAN

by Jano Rosebiani

Premiere at the Rotterdam Film Fest. 2002, Competition Section
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2003

with: Kurdo Galalî, Pîsheng Berzincî, Çoman Hawramî

Kurdistan, 2002, 94’

Original Language: Kurdish (English subtitles)

Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of the town of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurdish American Diyari, returns to his homeland and decides to set up an orphanage in what is left of Halabja.

“A heartfelt account of the aftermath of the chemical and biological bombardment of the Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi planes in 1988, JIYAN gives a human face to the massacre… a moving, often poetic testimony to the tragedy and to the will of the devastated people to heal and rebuild.” David Rooney, Variety



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FRANCISCA

by Eva López-Sánchez

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2002, Panorama Section
 

with: Ulrich Noethen, Fabiola Campomanes, Juan Ríos

Germany/Mexico 2002, 83’

Original Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

Escaping from his country, Helmuth Busch, a former informant for the secret police in East Germany, the Stasi, lands in Mexico under a false identity. Francisca is a political thriller, whose main figures were among those who shaped the history of Mexico in the 1970’s at a time when the ideals of justice and social change influenced a whole generation. It is an unusual and gripping look at the student movement and at Mexico.



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INNOWHERELAND

by Tayfun Pirselimoglu

Best Actress (Zuhal Olcay) - Instanbul Film Festival 2002

with: Zuhal Olcay, Michael Mendl, Parkan Ötzuran, Meral Okay

Turkey, 2002, 105’

Original Language: Turkish (English subtitles)

Sükran, a 40-year-old woman, is working as ticket sales agent at a train station. Years after the death of her politically active Kurdish husband, she devotes herself to her only son Veysel, trying to keep him away from any danger and political activities. One day Veysel disappears…

“Turkish cinema given dignity and humanity by a terrific lead perf from Zuhal Olcay.” Derek Elley, Variety



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THE SLEEPY TIME GAL

by Christopher Munch

Sundance Film Festival 2001
 

with: Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl

USA 2001, 94‘

Original Language: English

Starring Jacqueline Bisset, THE SLEEPY TIME GAL tells the story of two women searching for meaning in lost loves and missed chances. As one mother looks to her past to gain the strength to face the future, a daughter investigates the emotional wounds which have kept her from finding love. Their stories come together in surprising and deeply moving ways.

„Jacqueline Bisset giving her finest performance.“ David Ansen - Newsweek

„THE SLEEPY TIME GAL has a depth, range and subtlety far greater than most American films.“ Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times



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NANCY & FRANK

by Wolf Gremm

with: Hardy Krüger Jr., Frances Anderson, Robert Wagner

Germany, 2001, 100’

Original Language: English

A romantic urban love story between a stunning Hungarian student and a handsome German businessman. Set against the backdrop of shady business deals in the melting pot of New York.



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ANNA’S SUMMER

by Jeanine Meerapfel

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2002, Perspective of German Cinema
 

with: Angela Molina, Herbert Knaup, Dimitris Katalifos

Germany/Spain/Greece, 2001, 104’

Original Language: English, Greek, Spanish, German (English Subtitles)

Anna, a photo-journalist, returns to her birthplace on a spectacular Greek island to claim her inheritance - the family home. When formalities force her to open the old family chest in search of documents, the past and present begin to entwine and a new phase in Anna’s life begins. A summer full of love, death and cooking.

“Writer-director Jeanine Meerapfel exhibits a sure hand with the delicate business of bringing long-departed ancestors back to life, stripping the process of all gimmickry and sensationalism while gently subverting tenets of woman’s melodrama.” Eddie Cockrell, Variety



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THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN

by Fosco & Donatello Dubini

Premiere at the Locarno Film Fest. 2001
Winner of the Intl. Independent Film Critic Jury’s Best Film Award

with: Jeanette Hain, Nina Petri

Germany/Switzerland/France, 2001, 100’

Original Language: German (English or French subtitles)

Set in 1939, the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach and the ethnologist Ella Maillart embark on a journey from Geneva to Kabul by car in order to explore the mysterious Kafiristan Valley, where legend says that personal healing can be found.

“Given an absorbing fascination thanks to its remote settings and a performance of hypnotic intensity by young German thesp Jeanette Hain, THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN reps an intellectual seam in Euro filmmaking at its best.” Derek Elley, Variety



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UNLOVED

by Manda Kunitoshi

Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2001, Section Critics’ Film Week, Winner of several awards
 

with: Moriguchi Yoko, Nakamura Toru, Matusoka Shunsuke

Japan, 2001, 117’

Original Language: Japanese (English subtitles)

A young working woman, content with her modest and carefree lifestyle, faces a choice between a high-powered businessman who would transform her life and a neighbour, who plays guitar and works for a courier service company. She soon discovers both to be men of ambition.



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BERLIN IS IN GERMANY

by Hannes Stöhr

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2001, Panorama Section
Winner of the Public Award 2001 & Several Other Awards

with: Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jäger, Tom Jahn

Germany, 2001, 93’

Original Language: German (English subtitles)

Martin Schultz was one of the last political prisoners to be jailed during the “closing hours” of the German Democratic Republic. He experienced the fall of the Wall from his prison cell. 11 years later, Martin is released into a completely “New Berlin”.

On the search for his family and the attempt to catch on with the new reality, Martin runs into one difficulty after another…



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BAD COMPANY

by Furumaya Tomoyuki

Premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2001
Winner of the Festival’s Tiger & the FIPRESCI Awards

with: Okitsu Yamato, Takahashi Ryosuke, Nakajima Yuta

Japan, 2001, 98’

Original Language: Japanese (English subtitles)

Sadatomo and his friends are junior high school students in a small Japanese town. When they are caught stealing from the local corner store, they are forced to write a 30-page ‘self-criticism’ essay as punishment. This initiates a confusing situation for the boys, as the line between lies, truth and opportunistic wheeling and dealing becomes difficult to distinguish.

“A tenderly but realistically observed drama about adolescents torn between the conflicting urges to comply and rebel in an environment of repressive discipline and rigorous expectations” David Rooney, Variety



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THE FLUFFER

by Richard Glatzer and Wash West

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2001, Panorama Section
 

with: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Deborah Harry

USA, 2001, 93’

Original Language: English

The story of an intricate love triangle set in the adult film industry. Johnny Rebel is a charismatic heterosexual man, who makes his living acting in gay porn. Sean McGinnis (22) moves to Los Angeles to get into movies but gets side-tracked when he sees a Johnny Rebel video and becomes instantly obsessed.

Sean falls down the rabbit hole, becoming a cameraman for Johnny’s porno company, triggering a series of events that will change all their lives forever.



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HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL

by Ruedi Gerber

with: Chelsea Altman, Diane Venora, Demian Bichir

USA, 2001, 91’

Original Language: English

When Neely gets her break with a part on a hot daytime soap, her life becomes as fanciful as the soap itself. With the help of Lottie, a dedicated fan, the lines between reality and fiction blur – and Neely gets involved in an over-the-top real-life Murder plot.



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JUST THE BEGINNING

by Pierre Franckh

with: Julia Richter, René Hofschneider, Dieter Landuris

Germany, 2000, 95’

Original Language: German (English subtitles)

Anna, attractive and possessing a zest for life, has had enough of Thorsten, her selfish and career-obsessed boyfriend. After a fight with him, Anna meets shy actor Michael by chance when she dials the wrong number.

They talk on the telephone all night and start falling for one another. Unfortunately, while on the telephone, they are suddenly disconnected before they have the chance to arrange a date. A seemingly hopeless search in the jungle of the big city ensues…



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BOY’S CHOIR

by Ogata Akira

Premiere at the Berlin Film Fest. 2000, Competition Section
Winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize

with: Ito Atsushi, Toma Sora, Kagawa Teruyuki, Takizawa Ryoko

Japan, 2000, 130’

Original Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)

In the late sixties, a whole generation of Japanese students were swept into the dream of a new society.

Young people took to the streets in demonstrations, pitting themselves against the might of the state. Some waited expectantly for the tide of worldwide revolution to reach Japan, while others instigated riots and bombings.



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GANGSTER

by Volker Einrauch

with: Laura Tonke, Frank Giering, Dietmar Mues

Germany, 2000, 106’

Original Language: German (English or Spanish subtitles)

A love story between small-time gangster Vincent and Mona, the policeman’s daughter. Their romance faces a hurdle when Vincent looses Mona to Siggi, a pimp infamous for his cruelty, during a game of poker.

Now every second counts for Vincent to get hold of a large sum of money so that he can free his girl.



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JUST RUN

by Carlos Saura Medrano

with: Geraldine Chaplin, Fele Martinez, Aitor Merino, Alberto Escobar

Spain. 2000, 90’

Original Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

In the outskirts of Madrid, school is out and for Milio, this is the time for partying, girls and graffiti. But when Milio starts messing around with a dangerous crowd his older brother Luis is trying to get away from, an explosive confrontation ensues.



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THE DREAM CATCHER

by Ed Radtke

Special Mention & Youth Jury Award - Locarno Film Festival 1999
Audience Award - Los Angeles Film Festival 1999

with: Maurice Compte, Paddy Connor, Jeanne Heaton, Joseph F. Arthur

USA, 1999, 98’

Original Language: English

Two runaway teenage boys meet on the American highway. They struggle to hop freight trains, steal cars and hitchhike across the United States, each running from their own past, yet searching for the very same thing.



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THE CRY OF THE BUTTERFLY

by Frank Strecker

Best Film - Giffoni Film Festival 2000
 

with: Marie Zielcke, Marek Harloff, Hannelore Elsner

Germany, 1999, 106’

Original Language: German (English subtitles)

Hip-Hop singer Paulina (17) is full of zest and dreams, despite the fact she has leukaemia. At the clinic she falls in love with the cool acting 18-year-old Pablo, who is being treated for an attempted suicide.

Paulina´s love for Pablo helps him overcome his fear of life and in turn his love helps her when she becomes fatally ill. Pablo’s father is a rock musician, played by Tito Larriv (Tito&Tarantula – providing the film with an outstanding soundtrack).



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THE EINSTEIN OF SEX - The Life and Work of Doctor Magnus Hirschfeld

by Rosa von Praunheim

Premiere in Locarno 1999, Competition Section
 

with: Kai Schuhmann, Friedel von Wangenheim, Otto Sander, Meret Becker

Germany, 1999, 98’

Original Language: German (English or Italian subtitles)

The biography of the once world-famous sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. A Jewish socialist and gay activist in Germany before WWI, Hirschfeld was dubbed “The Einstein of Sex” by American newspapers in 1931.



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KIEMAS

by Valdas Navasaits

Premiere at Cannes Film Fest., Quinzaine Section
 

with: Donatas Banionis, Ricardas Vitkaitis, Albinas Keleris

Lithuania, 1999, 90’

Original Language: Lithuanian (English subtitles)

An apartment block in 1970’s Lithuania - the existence of neighbours slip away along with their miseries and tragedies with reciprocal indifference. The events of their lives are observed by a group of children who play in the courtyard.



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ENTHUSIASM

by Ricardo Larrain

Premiere at Cannes Film Fest. 1999, Quinzaine Section
 

with: Maribel Verdu, Carmen Maura, Alvaro Escobar

France/Chile/Spain, 1999, 116’

Original Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

ENTHUSIASM is a love story that tells the life of three young adults, Isabel, Fernando, and Guillermo, whose passions confront one another in the midst of the contradictions of contemporary Chile. Their successes and their failures are seen through the eyes of a child, Miguel, Isabel and Fernando’s son.



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LOVE & RAGE

by Cathal Black

with; Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane

Ireland, 1999, 97’

Original Language: English

A passionate and dangerous love story. An emancipated woman from Ireland at the end of the 19th century, and a charming but destructive man in a time of political unrest.



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REQUIEM FOR A ROMANTIC WOMAN

by Dagmar Knöpfel

Premiere at Taormina Film Fest. 1999
Winner of Several Awards

Based on a novel by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

with: Janina Sachau, Sylvester Groth, Jeanette Hain.

Germany, 1999, 98’

Original Language: German (English or French subtitles)

An extreme, violent and erotic love story between Clemens Brentano and Auguste Bussman, the 17-year-old daughter of a Frankfurt banker.



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WINDHORSE

by Paul Wagner

with: Dadon, Jampa Kelsang, Richard Chang

USA 1998, 97‘

Original Language: English

The urgent, contemporary story of an aspiring Tibetan pop singer, Dolkar, who wins favor with the Chinese government of occupied Tibet. But when her cousin, a Buddhist nun, is imprisoned for her religious beliefs, she has to face a crisis of conscience. Dolkar and her brother secretly videotape the testimony of their cousin to make the world aware, even if for them it means to turn their back on Tibet.

“Stunning and courageous…Remarkably accomplished” Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“A searing political drama” Peter Stack, The San Francisco Chronicle



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THE DAY SILENCE DIED

by Paolo Agazzi

Premiere at Toronto Film Fest. 1998
Winner of several international Awards

with: Dario Grandinetti, Gustavo Angarita, Elias Serrano

Bolivia, 1998, 98’

Original Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

In a small town tucked away from the world, where even electricity is yet to arrive...enters Abelardo (aka the Moustache) with a radio station, powered by electric generator.

As the days go by, the radio becomes a dangerous weapon that brings into the open previously hidden deceptions and betrayals.



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THE SHOE

by Laila Pakalnina

Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 1999, un Certain Regard Section
 

with: Igors Buraks, Vadims Grossmans, Jaan Tätte

Germany/Latvia, 1998, 83’

Original Language: Latvian, Russian (English subtitles)

Latvia in the late 1950’s. One morning, three Soviet patrolmen discover a woman’s shoe in the sand on a forbidden beach and footsteps leading to the local village. Alarms sound, troops are dispatched. An official inquiry begins. To whom does the shoe belong? What suspicious activities are taking place? The military patrol has to find the shoe’s owner in the town...



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THE TRIO

by Hermine Huntgeburth

with: Götz George, Christian Redl, Jeanette Hain, Felix Eitner

Germany, 1997, 97’

Original Language: German (English, French or Spanish subtitles)

3 people, 3 stories form “The Trio”. A melodramatic, passionate and funny feature film about love between two men and a woman.

“A likable relationship movie spinning on the theme du jour of cohabiting sexualities.” Derek Elley, Variety



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ALL THE RAGE

by Roland Tec

with: John-Michael Lander, David Vincent, Jay Corcoran, Merle Perkins

USA, 1997, 100’

Original Language: English

Christopher is everyone‘s fantasy, gorgeous, clever, rich. He‘s gliding through life, celebrating himself as the gay playboy ideal, without ever realizing what a mess he has become. All this changes when he finds himself drawn to Stewart, an adorably normal guy who spends as little time at the gym as he does choosing his wardrobe.

A satirical and poignant look at one gay man’s obsessive pursuit of physical, sexual and romantic perfection.



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THE HOURS AND TIMES

by Christopher Munch

Special Jury Recognition - Sundance Film Festival 1992
 

with: David Angus, Ian Hart, Stephanie Pack

USA 1991, 58‘

Original Language: English

In 1963, just months before Beatlemania spread from Europe to America, John Lennon and the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein took a vacation together in Barcelona. These four emotional days are embodied in this film, a flight of imagination that evokes the complex relationship between Lennon and Epstein. Candid, intelligent, and loaded with backstage conjecture, the movie captures masterfully the fleeting moments of their intense friendship before celebrity washed over intimacy.

„A sharp, concise, evocative film“ Vincent Canby, New York Times

“The best American indie in many, many years” Amy Taubin, Village Voice



LUNCH WITH EDDIE

by David John Preece

with: Field Blauvelt, David Castillo, Chris Colbea, Paul Duff

USA, 2001, 13’

Original Language: English

Three estranged friends accidentally meet one day in a park and discover that they all had been involved with the same person.