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Titles in Genre Immigrant Experience
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
"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
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
Official Selection - AFI Film Festival
"Uncompromising and stylish...it has extraordinary moments!"
- Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
"A poetic character study...an involving film!"
FOR A WOMAN
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
"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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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