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Titles in Genre Adolescence/Coming of Age

BREATHE

BREATHE

Directed by Mélanie Laurent
  • YEAR 14 - FILM 1 / 
  • 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
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

"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
CHOKING MAN

CHOKING MAN

Directed by Steve Barron
  • YEAR 6 - FILM 6 / 
  • Canada / 
  • 2006 / 
  • English / 
  • 84 min
Winner - Best Director - Ibiza Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Best Newcomers - Ibiza Int'l Film Festival

"A high quality film and well worth seeing!"
- Cinema Strikes Back

"Choking Man is everything an independent film should be."
- Steven Soderbergh

"Barron's characters pass magically between dimensions!"
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety
CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

Directed by Benjamín Ávila
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 12 / 
  • Argentina, Spain and Brazil / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 110 min
Winner - 10 Awards - Premios Sur (Argentina's Oscars)
Winner - Casa de America Award - San Sebastián Int'l FF
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)

"Seductive! An intimate, richly tactile and impressionistic picture of a 'once-upon-a-time' in childhood."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Impressive! Ávila is an artist worth keeping an eye on."
- David Fear, Time Out New York

"Vibrant! A charming, involving first feature!"
- Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
CORPO CELESTE

CORPO CELESTE

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 5 / 
  • Italy / 
  • 2011 / 
  • Italian with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival

"The big payoffs arrive in a couple of small, understated moments of grace...thanks to Alice Rohrwacher's restrained buildup and direction, they certainly feel well earned."
- Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety

"A quietly impressive feature debut."
- Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"Captivating! The images of two people, both in search of something heavenly, in this ghostly setting, is powerful, unforgettable stuff."
- Drew Taylor, indieWIRE
DAY AND NIGHT

DAY AND NIGHT

Directed by Sabine Derflinger
  • Austria / 
  • 2011 / 
  • German with English subtitles / 
  • 101 min
EL BOLA

EL BOLA

Directed by Achero Manas
  • YEAR 1 - FILM 1 / 
  • Spain / 
  • 2000 / 
  • Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 87 min
Winner - Best Film - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)
Winner - Best New Director - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)
Winner - Best New Actor - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)

"A truly remarkable performance from its lead actor, twelve-year-old Juan José Ballesta, who plays this street urchin in equal parts tough and vulnerable."
- Jamie Russell, BBC

"A wonderful tale [with] amazing portrayals! Emotional and unforgettable!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intuition

"At once subtle and visceral...a measure of faith in the future."
- Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
FAMILIA

FAMILIA

Directed by Louise Archambault
  • YEAR 4 - FILM 5 / 
  • Canada / 
  • 2005 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 102 min
Winner - Best First Canadian Feature - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Nominated - Best Film - Canadian Oscars®

"Familia is a refreshing and insightful look at the relationships of two sets of three generations of women that contemplates the question of whether or not women are genetically bound to be like their mothers."
- Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter

"A rich tapestry of subplots and characters [with a] keen sense of humor."
- Derek Elley, Variety

"[A] superbly acted and engrossing film!"
- Marta Barber, The Miami Herald
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
GARIBALDI'S LOVERS

GARIBALDI'S LOVERS

Directed by Silvio Soldini
Winner - Best Film - Swiss Film Prize
Official Selection - Busan Int'l Film Festival

"...A modern tale on contemporary Italy where a love story intertwined with family affairs collides with the materialism of our times."
- Camilla de Marco, Cineuropa