Category Archives: 2016

The Sleeping Voice

la voz THE SLEEPING VOICE Original title : La Voz Dormida Director : Benito Zambrano

Cast : Inma Cuesta, María León, Marc Clotet, Daniel Holguín

Production year: 2011

Origin: Spain

Language: Spanish

Genre: Action & Adventure / Drama

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Madrid, post-Spanish Civil War. Sisters Hortensia and Pepita are involved with an underground guerrilla movement. Hortensia is captured and forced to deliver her baby in jail. Pepita tries to find a way to help the guerrilla and her sister.
  • A heartbreaking story that recount the post-Spanish Civil War.
  • Classical drama that can touch broad audiences
  • New movie of SOLAS’s and HABANA BLUES’s Benito Zambrano. He won two Goyas (Spanish awards) and three prize at the berlinale.
  • Leading actress Inma Cuesta will be starring in Pedro Almodovar’s next: JULIETA (May 18th 2016). She also played in BLANCANIEVES (2012).
  • Leading actress Maria Leon won Best Acting Awards at 2012 Goya awards and at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2012.
  • “A harrowing drama that transforms the sorry plight of female prisoners in post-Civil War Spain into a bleak examination of man’s inhumanity to women, “The Sleeping Voice” magnificently tells a tale that needs to be told and retold.” – VARIETY.

My German Friend

my german friend MY GERMAN FRIEND Original title : El amigo aleman Director : Jeanine Meerapfel

Cast : Max Riemelt, Benjamin Sadler, Celeste Cid, Hartmut Becker…

Production year: 2012

Origin: Germany

Language: German

Genre: Drama / Romance

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Argentina, in the middle fifties. Sulamit is the daughter of German-Jewish refugees. Friedrich is the son of German-Nazis refugees. Both children are closely friends as times goes by between the fall of Peron’s Government in 1955 and the years of prison, torture and death in Argentina since 1976 to 1983. The children grow up and go to Germany, both get involved in the political struggles of 1968 and Friedrich, who always rejected the Nazi past of his father, becomes a left winged militant and decides to come back to Argentina to fight against the Military Government.
  • A beautiful love story between opposites.
  • By the intertwining threads of the love story, the History of Argentina and the political background of the 60’s, it can recall highly praised Marco Tullio Giordana’s THE BEST OF YOUTH.
  • Filmmaker Jeanine Meerapfel has won numerous awards before : Peace Film award and Interfilm Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and two awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
  • Rising star and german actor Max Riemelt was in Denis Gansel THE WAVE, Barbet Schroeder’s AMNESIA and Wachowski’s SENSE8 (TV Series).

Closer to the Moon

closer to the moon CLOSER TO THE MOON Original title : Closer to the moon Director : Nae Caranfil

Cast : Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd, Martin Hancock

Production year: 2014

Origin: Romania

Language: English

Genre: Action & Adventure / Foreign / Independent

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A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.
  • A weird action comedy that tales the absurdity of the Romanian regime in 1959.
  • British actor Mark Strong (THE KINGSMAN, SHERLOCK HOLMES, etc..).
  • Academy award nominee and american actress Vera Farmiga (THE DEPARTED)
  • Rising star Harry Lloyd seen in THEORY OF EVERYTHING and TV Series WOLF HALL.
  • “A strange but true Romanian bank robbery provides inspiration for this darkly comic tale of history and its myriad interpretations.” VARIETY

The Gate

le temps des aveux THE GATE Original title : Le temps des aveux Director : Régis Wargnier

Cast : Raphaël Personnaz, Phoeung Kompheak, Olivier Gourmet, Thanet Thorn

Production year: 2014

Origin: France

Language: French

Genre: Action & Adventure / Drama / Independent

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Two decades after forging an unlikely alliance in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, a French ethnologist and a former Khmer Rouge official meet again after the latter is arrested for crimes against humanity.
  • A true story that explores the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
  • Directed by academy award winner Régis Wargnier (INDOCHINE).
  • Co-produced by cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh (S21 – THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE).
  • Good looking french star Raphaël Personnaz and multi awarded Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet.
  • “Wargnier has not lost the eye for visual composition that made Indochine so memorable. At a time when many directors overdo graphic atrocity footage, Wargnier is more restrained. A single scene where Bizot happens upon a pile of bodies and skeletons on the bank of a river encapsulates this entire dark chapter of history. There are also beautiful images of the countryside and the ruins of Angkor Wat. Performances are also strong. Phoeung in particular is superb. The actor conveys intelligence as well as a capacity for brutality; we’re held in suspense contemplating his complex nature.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Road North

road north ROAD NORTH Original title : Tie pohjoiseen Director : Mika Kaurismäki

Cast : Vesa-Matti Loiri, Samuli Edelmann, Leena Uotila, Eija Vilpas

Production year: 2012

Origin: Finland

Language: Finnish

Genre: Comedy / Drama

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A father who was absent for 30 years of his son’s life returns and wants to bond with his him, on a road trip to the north.
  • A bittersweet story about fatherhood : an appeal to everybody.
  • Director Mika Kaurismaki is Aki’s brother. He is well known for his independent feature such as L.A. WITHOUT A MAP or BRASILEIRINHO.
  • Actor Vesa-Matti Loiri is finnish Gerard Depardieu : an ederly icon and a multi-awarded legend.
  • Actor Samuli Edelmann was the henchman in MISSION : IMPOSSIBLE : GHOST PROTOCOL.
  • “A mismatched-buddy road film holding one or two surprises more than such tales usually do, Mika Kaurismäki’s Road North pairs a son with the father he never knew. Exhibiting few of the quirks associated with the Kaurismäki name but not exactly generic, its familiar pleasures should satisfy arthouse patrons; if it were in English, the story would easily have connected with a more mainstream audience.” VARIETY

Mr Kaplan

Mr kaplan MR KAPLAN Original title : Mr Kaplan Director : Alvaro Brechner

Cast : Héctor Noguera, Néstor Guzzini, Rolf Becker, Nidia Telles

Production year: 2014

Origin: Spain

Language: spanish

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller

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After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby beach, he becomes convinced that he’s found a Nazi in hiding and plans to expose him. Expertly distilling a potent mixture of emotional depth and deadpan comedy, Mr. Kaplan is a vivacious meditation on family, aging, and the drive for significance.
  • A dark and philosophical comedy about aging without a cause.
  • Director Alvaro Brechner previous works was selected at the Cannes Critic’s week in 2009.
  • MR KAPLAN was selected at the Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema, the Chicago International film Festival and the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival.
  • 7 awards at the Uruguayan Film Critics Association.
  • Gainsbourg’s “SS in Uruguay” is used in the opening and closing credits. Good taste !
  • “[Alvaro] Brechner and co-editor Nacho Ruiz Capillas know just when to cut a shot or scene to hit the sweet spots and milk maximum comedy from the script’s ripe situational humor.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Lost in Siberia

lost in siberia LOST IN SIBERIA Original title : Ausgerechnet Sibirien Director : Ralf Huettner

Cast : Katja Riemann, Joachim Król, Armin Rohde, Vladimir Burlakov, Michael Degen

Production year: 2012

Origin: Germany

Language: German

Genre: Action & Adventure / Comedy

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A comedy about a shy logistician of a German mail order company who is send to Kemerovo in Siberia from his boss to accomplish a German work flow system in the Russian subsidiary company.
  • A bittersweet comedy about finding ourselves in a far away country.
  • Filmmaker Ralf Huettner directed the hitsleeper VINCENT WANT TO SEA.
  • Can recall Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. A bit.
  • Beautiful scenery about Siberian landscape.

Jacky in the Kingdom of Women

jacky JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN Original title : Jacky au Royaume des Filles Director : Riad Sattouf

Cast : Vincent Lacoste, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon, Michel Hazanavicius, Noémie Lvovsky

Production year: 2014

Origin: France

Language: French

Genre: Drama / Romance / Independent

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In the Kingdom of Bubunne, women are in power while men wear veils and do domestic tasks. Jacky, a lovely young man who dreams of marrying the ‘Colonelle’ has to struggle like a Cinderella to realize his dreams.
  • A satirical and burlesque fantasy that depicts a matriarchal society.
  • A successful Monthy Python tone.
  • International actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (NYPHOMANIAC) is the love interest.
  • Academy Award Winner director Michel Hazanavicius played an hilarious supporting character.
  • “Riad Sattouf’s follow-up to teen laffer “The French Kissers” is a gender-bending farce with more than a touch of Monty Python, set in an authoritarian nation where women are in control and men, dressed in burqa-like outfits, are the subservient sex.” VARIETY
  • “20-year-old Lacoste (who debuted in The French Kissers) is perfect in the lead role, playing everything straight no matter how silly the movie can get (and it does get silly)” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Nice and Easy

libre et assoupi NICE AND EASY Original title : Libre et assoupi Director : Benjamin Guedj

Cast : Baptiste Lecaplain, Charlotte Le Bon, Félix Moati, Denis Podalydès…

Production year: 2013

Origin: France

Language: French

Genre: Drama / Romance / Independent

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Sebastian has one ambition in life: to do nothing. His horizon is his couch. His life he does not want to live but contemplate. But today, if you do nothing – You are nothing. So driven by his two roommates, that chain internships and odd jobs, decided to Anna and not quite decided Bruno, Sebastien will have to – A little.
  • A french take on slackers comedies. Think of Richard Linklater’s SLACKER or Kevin Smith’s CLERKS with a Parisian touch!
  • For the lazy ones who don’t want to go to cinema, a comedy about laziness on VOD !
  • Canadian Actress Charlotte Le Bon is a rising star in the international market : she’s in Zemecki’s THE WALK, Christian Bale’s THE PROMISE, Idris Elba’s BASTILLE DAY and Jamie Dornan’s ANTHROPOID.
  • Felix Moati won the Best Acting award at the Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival.
  • “Reminiscent of early Cedric Klapish fare such as L’Auberge espagnole, this diverting if not entirely smooth dramatic comedy pits the youthful energy of the unemployed protagonist and his two hard-working if almost equally as penniless Parisian roommates against the increasing demands of a society that expects them to join the working classes at whatever cost.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Paris or Perish

paris à tout prix PARIS OR PERISH Original title : Paris à tout prix Director : Reem Kherici

Cast : Reem Kherici, Cécile Cassel, Tarek Boudali, Philippe Lacheau …

Production year: 2013

Origin: France

Language: French

Genre: Comedy

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Maya Ben Latif has the life that most women dream of: she is pretty, smart, wealthy, and she has a great job. But one night, when a problem with her gets involved, she is, therefore, deported back to her native country, Morocco. She desperately tries to find a way back, but Maya is forced take part among her family, which she avoided for many years. This life-changing event, has transformed Maya into a better person and this movie is quite touching.
  • A comedy that give a fresh and funny take on the problem of immigration.
  • A feel good movie for everyone.
  • Beautiful actress Reehm Kherici wrote and directed this movie after a long career in television.
  • By the notorious producers of SAINT LAURENT, OSS 117 and POTICHE.
  • “Kherici injects plenty of energy into the proceedings, portraying Maya as a bitchy fashion junky who gets the comeuppance she deserves, even if the film tends to let her off all too easily.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER