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ROADS TO KOKTEBEL
After his wife's death and the loss of his job, an aerodynamics engineer sets off from Moscow with his 11 year old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money or means of transport, they drift through the expansive and mesmeric landscapes of Russia at the mercy of chance. The father is content to meander as he tries to rebuild his self-respect, piece together his broken life and win back the trust of his son. Meanwhile, the boy impatiently dreams of reaching the mythic coastal resort to start a new life of emancipation and gliders flying in the wind. When the father meets and falls for a beautiful young doctor, the boy sees her as an intrusion on the only loving relationship in his life sets off to complete the journey by himself.
- Winner Fipresci Special Prize Cannes Film Festival
- Winner Philip Morris Award Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's complex relationship with this poor local girl. Fred's attempts to seduce Raja, and their mutual attempts at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income, age and cultural sophistication.
- Winner France Culture Award Cannes Film Festival
- Winner Marcello Mastroianni Award Venice Int'l Film Festival
WHO'S CAMUS ANYWAY?
The story is set on the campus of a university in Tokyo. Students from the literature department's "film workshop" are about to start shooting their movie The Bored Murderer, part of their course curriculum. Everyone is in a rush to prepare for the shoot, but the lead actor drops out suddenly, and the team is forced to search for a replacement at the last minute. Matsukawa, the director, and Hisada, the first assistant, and other members of the team have their own personal problems with life and love, and the story unfolds "just like in the movies". Matsukawa's shallow attitude to his girlfriend, Yukari, and the behavior of the mysterious Ikeda, who is to play the lead role of the schoolboy murderer, add to the confusion of the whole situation. As for the one-time director, now lecturer, professor Nakajo, he is also harboring desires for the female student Rei, whilst hiding behind his calm, supportive exterior. Rei, in turn, has a completely different agenda. Everything comes to a head in an unexpected and tumultuous climax.
- Official Selection Opening Film at Director's Fortnight Cannes Film Festival
- Winner Japanese Eyes (Best Film) Tokyo Int'l Film Festival
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This month’s Film Club selection is STATIONS OF THE CROSS, a cinematic tour de force from director Dietrich Brüggemann, that’s both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen’s struggle to find her own path in life.
A beautiful study of spirituality, Stations of the Cross follows a young confirmation candidate whose family practices an extreme expression of Catholic devotion. The mother and daughter dynamic is heightened at that awkward time when children become emotionally stronger but parents still want to control them. Maria, our “warrior of God,” starts thinking for herself, connecting with her faith in her own pure way. But the true revelation of the film is a wondrous formal rigor in which the story engages us to look and study each scene. From pastoral pastels to darkly-lit interiors, echoes of religious images are staged in each of the sections, which evoke the fourteen steps to crucifixion and redemption. With natural performances by Lea van Acken as Maria and Franziska Weisz as the mother, Brüggemann takes a scalpel to the ideas of belief and outlines an exquisite tale of sacrifice among the lilt of prayers in Latin.
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