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ALIYAH

ALIYAH

Directed by Elie Wajeman
  • YEAR 11 - FILM 3 / 
  • France / 
  • 2012 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 90 min
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)
Winner - Audience Award (Screenplay) - Angers Film Festival

"Excellent! Atmospheric, tense, smartly crafted - ALIYAH is one of the best films this year!"
- Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times

"[ALIYAH] has a crackling pyschological intensity."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Drama-Cum-Thriller from budding auteur Elie Wajeman!"
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
AMADOR

AMADOR

  • YEAR 10 - FILM 3 / 
  • Spain / 
  • 2010 / 
  • Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 112 min

"Well crafted & thoughtful! Successfully blend[s] black comedy, lyricism & social critique."
- Jonathan Holland, Variety

"An absolute gem of a film! Keep an eye out for Amador - it is not to be missed."
- Digital Kebab
ARRANGED

ARRANGED

  • YEAR 5 - FILM 12 / 
  • United States / 
  • 2007 / 
  • English / 
  • 89 min
Winner - Best Feature Film - Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival

"The simple sweetness of this heartfelt effort arrives as both endearing and culturally provocative."
- Toddy Burton, The Austin Chronicle

"A gem of a film, beautifully shot and perfectly cast!"
- Mary Glucksman, Filmmaker Magazine

"ARRANGED is a must-see in this globalized world!"
- Alex Navissi, The Daily Texan
DRIFTERS

DRIFTERS

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
  • YEAR 3 - FILM 9 / 
  • China / 
  • 2003 / 
  • Mandarin with English subtitles / 
  • 120 min
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - AFI Film Festival

"Uncompromising and stylish...it has extraordinary moments!"
- Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune

"A poetic character study...an involving film!"
- Cinescene.com
FOR A WOMAN

FOR A WOMAN

Directed by Diane Kurys
  • YEAR 12 - FILM 5 / 
  • France / 
  • 2013 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 110 min
Official Selection - New York Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection - Brussels Film Festival
Official Selection - Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival

"Luminous! [A] beautifully crafted historical melodrama!""
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Director Diane Kurys paints an evocative, witty portrait of love, longing, ideology and desolation in post-World War II France. "
- Marci Schmitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This is engrossing stuff, not only in the remarkable details of the parents' lives, but in the psychological nuance with which Kurys imagines them."
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
FOREIGN LETTERS

FOREIGN LETTERS

Directed by Ela Thier
  • United States / 
  • 2012 / 
  • English, Hebrew & Vietnamese with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Winner - Global Zoom Award - Children's Film Festival Seattle

"A truly heartfelt and absolutely delightful film, rich with both comic and dramatic episodes, that I would recommend to anyone!"
- Christina Zawadizsky, BookRoom Review

"There's an overall sense of grassroots intimacy [with] beauty at the core."
- Robert Bell, Exclaim.ca

"Inspiring! Powerful [and] delightful!"
- David Crumm, Read the Spirit
FRAULEIN

FRAULEIN

Directed by Andrea Staka
  • YEAR 5 - FILM 8 / 
  • Switzerland / 
  • 2006 / 
  • German, Swiss & Bosnian with English subtitles / 
  • 81 min
Winner - Best Film - Locarno Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Best Film - Sarajevo Film Festival

"A remarkably affecting work that doesn't go for easy sentiment."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety

"A quiet triumph!"
- New York Magazine

"Director Andrea Staka plays the actors like a fine instrument, eliciting anxiety, pain, passion and joy that feel genuine."
- Dawn Taylor, The Portland Tribune
FREE MEN

FREE MEN

Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 1 / 
  • France / 
  • 2011 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival

"Both subtle and magnetic...Tahar Rahim [is] one of France's finest young actors...[FREE MEN] contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas."
- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"A testament to Rahim's screen presence...Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's A Prophet was no fluke."
- David Fear, Time Out New York

"[Tahar Rahim] has an undeniable screen presence that recalls a young Robert DeNiro [and] Lonsadale is, like always, a pleasure to watch."
- Jordan Mintzner, The Hollywood Reporter
HOSPITALITE

HOSPITALITE

Directed by Koji Fukuda
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 4 / 
  • Japan / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 95 min

"Brilliant storytelling...undeniable artistry!"
- Chris Cabin, Slant

"A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick."
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"This entertaining and engrossing movie plays like a chess game between director and viewers."
- Janos Gereben, San Francisco Examiner
ILLEGAL

ILLEGAL

Winner - SACD Prize - Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival

"[A] fascinating study of perseverance in the face of subhuman treatment."
- Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety

"A wonderful and important film! One of the most powerful and immediate films about illegal immigrants (from any country) to yet hit New York screens."
- James Van Maanen, Trust Movies

"A heroic central performance! The sincerity of the movie can't be denied."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
ILO ILO

ILO ILO

Directed by Anthony Chen
  • YEAR 12 - FILM 2 / 
  • Singapore / 
  • 2013 / 
  • Mandarin, Tagalog & English with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min

"Anthony Chen's portrait of a family in 1997 Singapore is one of those rare films that manages to capture an entire period within an intimate slice of life. Beautifully acted and precisely observed, Ilo Ilo is an amazing debut, full of heart and intelligence. "
- Ang Lee, Oscar-winning director

"A small gem about how families learn to persevere during the toughest times...Its emotional wallop sneaks up on you!"
- Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily

"The very beating heart and soul of cinematic storytelling."
- Robert Koehler, Film Comment
INCH'ALLAH DIMANCHE

INCH'ALLAH DIMANCHE

Directed by Yamina Benguigui
  • YEAR 1 - FILM 7 / 
  • France and Algeria / 
  • 2001 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 98 min
Winner - FIPRESCI Award (Best Film) - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award - Bordeaux Int'l Festival of Women in Cinema

"A topnotch central perf by the attractive and convincing Fejria Deliba combines with well-observed details that bring the tricky assimilation of a generation of immigrants to life."
- Lisa Nesselson, Variety

"Exceptionally good! For those looking for a film with a lot of depth, you've come to the right place."
- Don Houston, DVDTalk.com

"[A] vibrant feature debut!"
- Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
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