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Titles in Genre Adolescence/Coming of Age

1981

1981

Directed by Ricardo Trogi
  • YEAR 8 - FILM 8 / 
  • Canada / 
  • 2009 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 102 min
Official Selection - Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Montreal World Film Festival

"This is a film that belongs on your 'Must-See' list if you were ever 11 years old and made it to adulthood!"
- Cynthia Corral, Cinequest
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

Directed by Thierry Binisti
  • France / 
  • 2011 / 
  • French, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min

"[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette

"Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"This is the story of people who dream big and find a commonunderstanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it's hard not to get behind that."
- Robert Levin, AM New York
A PECK ON THE CHEEK

A PECK ON THE CHEEK

Directed by Mani Ratnam
  • YEAR 4 - FILM 6 / 
  • India / 
  • 2002 / 
  • Tamil & Sinhala with English subtitles / 
  • 136 min
Winner - 6 Awards - India's OscarsĀ®
Winner - Best Film - Los Angeles Film Festival

"A sweet, funny, fairy tale."
- Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly
A SIMPLE CURVE

A SIMPLE CURVE

Directed by Aubrey Nealon
  • YEAR 4 - FILM 12 / 
  • Canada / 
  • 2005 / 
  • English / 
  • 92 min
Winner - Best Director - Nantucket Film Festival
Winner - Best Screenwriter - Nantucket Film Festival

"A Simple Curve possesses wisdom that is rare for film these days, let alone a debut."
- Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
ALAMAR

ALAMAR

  • YEAR 8 - FILM 7 / 
  • Mexico / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Spanish & Italian with English subtitles / 
  • 73 min
Winner - Tiger Award - Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival

"CRITICS' PICK! Luminous!"
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"CRITICS' PICK! Gorgeous!"
- V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"CRITICS' PICK! Relish in the adventure!"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
APACHES

APACHES

Directed by Thierry de Peretti
  • YEAR 12 - FILM 11 / 
  • France / 
  • 2013 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 82 min
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)
ARCADIA

ARCADIA

Directed by Olivia Silver

"Ms. Silver's ability to...catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"...a nicely-honed sense of poignancy...Silver's sensitively written and directed scenario make Arcadia feel fresh..."
- Christopher Bourne, TwitchFilm.com

"An atmospheric, sun-soaked road trip!"
- EW.com
AUGUST THE FIRST

AUGUST THE FIRST

Directed by Lanre Olabisi
  • YEAR 6 - FILM 3 / 
  • United States / 
  • 2007 / 
  • English / 
  • 81 min
Winner - Audience Award - Urbanworld Film Festival
Winner - Best Feature Film - San Francisco Black Film Festival

"A smart and engaging debut!"
- indieWIRE

"Emotional fireworks that ring true!"
- Variety

"A sharply observed, ultimately heartbreaking story...a fine achievement!"
- Stan Hall, The Oregonian
BEFORE YOUR EYES

BEFORE YOUR EYES

Directed by Miraz Bezar
  • YEAR 9 - FILM 8 / 
  • Turkey / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Turkish & Kurdish with English subtitles / 
  • 101 min
Winner - Best Director - Istanbul Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Special Jury Prize - Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

"The film has moments, especially toward the end, that so transcend the material as to make the journey doubly worthwhile."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
BEN X

BEN X

Directed by Nic Balthazar
  • YEAR 6 - FILM 9 / 
  • Belgium / 
  • 2007 / 
  • Flemish with English subtitles / 
  • 93 min
Submitted by Country - Best Foreign Film - Academy Awards®
Winner - Grand Prix (Best Film) - Montreal World Film Festival
BREATHE

BREATHE

Directed by Mélanie Laurent
  • France / 
  • 2014 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 91 min

"In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
- Scott Foundas, Variety

"An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Melanie Laurent's gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche's time-spanning new classic [Blue is the Warmest Color], applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls."
- Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
BROKEN

BROKEN

Directed by Rufus Norris
Winner - Best Film - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
Winner - Best Supporting Actor - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
Nominated - 9 Awards - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

"The visually pleasing drama is graced by a lovely score from Britpop eminence Damon Albarn...and by fine performances, notably from a soulful Tim Roth and appealing young newcomer Eloise Laurence."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Broken is a valuable showcase for an outstanding up-and-coming talent, and Laurence is an actor to watch."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A haunting, unexpectedly ambitious gem."
- Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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