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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
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Jewish Film Festival

"[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 Oscars®
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
ARCADIA

ARCADIA

Directed by Olivia Silver
Winner - Crystal Bear - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Best Children's Film - Oulu Int'l Film Festival

"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
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
CAMPFIRE

CAMPFIRE

Directed by Joseph Cedar
  • YEAR 3 - FILM 10 / 
  • Israel / 
  • 2004 / 
  • Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 96 min
Winner - Best Film - Award of the Israeli Film Academy
Winner - Best Screenplay - Award of the Israeli Film Academy

"Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins."
- Ken Fox, TV Guide

"Remarkable! A winningly heartfelt little gem!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intution

"Always engaging to watch! A very warm and character-driven film that tackles the very timely, provocative subject of racial discrimination in a surprisingly gentle way."
- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
CAROL'S JOURNEY

CAROL'S JOURNEY

Directed by Imanol Uribe
  • YEAR 2 - FILM 2 / 
  • Spain / 
  • 2002 / 
  • Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Winner - Crystal Bear - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Nominated - Gran Prix - Montreal World Film Festival

"Exquisitely shot and told with a delicate simplicity...refreshing!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intuition

"Carol's Journey has an innate appreciation for the emotional vibrancy of youth and love."
- FlickHead.com

"A little gem by the name of Carol's Journey...the personal message of this type of film drives much deeper into our hearts as the events unfold in such a manner as to remind us that life goes on as much as war comes at a greater cost than we tend to realize."
- Don Houston, DVD Talk
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