SPIRITUAL FILM - 3 PACK
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian everyday life with monastic ritual and routine.
- Winner Jury Award (Best Film) Moscow Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Film Nika Awards (Russian Oscarsï¿½)
LE GRAND VOYAGE
A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda (Nicolas Cazale), a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca.
From the start, the journey looks to be difficult: Reda and his father (Mohamed Majd) have nothing in common. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by the lack of communication between the two. Reda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage.
From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia- the two will embark on a road trip to Mecca that will change their lives.
- Winner Luigi De Laurentiis Award Venice Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Film Mar Del Plata Film Festival
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN
Over the course of a year, Let the Church Say Amen chronicles the daily life surrounding World Missions for Christ Church in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Like many urban communities that haven't benefited from America's prosperity, these citizens face challenges that would be shocking for any U.S. city, let alone that of the nation's capital: Rampant drug abuse, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and violence. Yet the strength of this community comes from the powerful faith of a storefront church of modest resources but great spiritual power. Years ago the space was a corner store, now it serves as a sanctuary where members gather every Sunday to sing, pray, testify and work through faith to change the community.
- Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
- Official Selection Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival
Based on a true story, Morlang is a chilling, psychological drama about jealousy, betrayal and revenge.
Successful artist Julius Morlang has reached a crossroad in his career. So when his wife Ellen becomes involved with an upcoming new artist, the limits of their love are strained. Julius seeks refuge in Ann, a sexy new admirer. But when Ellen unexpectedly falls ill, the two of them must reform the trust they had lost before.
But once betrayed, can you trust the one you love?
- Winner Best 1st and 2nd Feature Cairo Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Actor Cairo Int'l Film Festival
THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE
Placid Lake's life has never been normal. From his early years when his mother sent him to school in a dress to challenge the other 5 year old children's 'preconceived notions of sexuality,' he should have guessed that fitting in was not going to be easy.
Fortunately for Placid, Gemma, the crayon gobbling scientific genius in awe of no one but her father is also having a few 'blending in' issues. They develop a firm friendship through the years during which their own peculiar parents attempt to drag them up and hurl them into adulthood, and they both discover the binding passion between them is a desperate bid for the elusive . 'Normal life'.
If you liked Napolean Dynamite, you'll surely appreciate The Rage in Placid Lake.
- Winner Most Popular Feature Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Screenplay Australian Film Institute (Australian Oscarsï¿½)
A SIMPLE CURVE
Kris Lemche gives a stellar performance (Canadian Press) as Caleb, a charming small-town entrepreneur determined to keep his woodworking shop afloat in spite of the relentless idealism of his business partner and father, aging hippie draft-dodger Jim (Michael Hogan, Battlestar Galactica). When wealthy American Matthew (Matt Craven, Crimson Tide) arrives, Caleb sees a chance to turn his fortunes around provided he can keep Jim distracted long enough. Juggling mounting debts, freeloading hippie houseguests, and a budding love life, Caleb strikes a secret deal with Matthew that could set him up for good if it doesn't destroy his entire way of life.
- Winner Special Mention for Best Canadian Screenplay Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Director Nantucket Film Festival
Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl.
- Nominated Jury Prize World Cinema Sundance FIlm Festival
- WInner Fipresci Prize Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam
In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malï¿½ is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malï¿½ and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malï¿½'s mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malï¿½'s father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
- Cuba's Academy Awardï¿½ Submission for Best Foreign Language Film
- Winner Junior Prize Cannes Film Festival
Carol, a Spanish-American twelve year old girl brought up in New York, travels with her mother to Spain for the first time in the turbulent spring of 1938, to meet her mother's family. Separated from her father, a pilot in the International Brigades involved in the Spanish Civil War, whom she adores, her arrival in her mother's native village transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocent and rebellious nature drives her to oppose a conventional world new to her. Her friendship with Maruja, the village's teacher, together with the lessons in life learnt from her grandfather and her love for local boy Tomiche will take her on an unforgettable and bittersweet journey into the world of adulthood.
- Official Selection Berlin Int'l FIlm Festival
- Nominated Best New Actress Goya Awards (Spanish Oscarsï¿½)