A story about the clash between urban entrepreneurs and local fishermen in Kalpitiya, a fishing village in Sri Lanka. The urbanites bring a business ethic of their own, with capitalistic tendencies; the local patriarch, Anton (Joe Abeywickrama) clashes with the urbanites, headed by Victor (Vijay Kumaratunge). When Victor gets involved with a local girl, tensions rise in the village, climaxing to a series of violent events.
Turing works in a printing press, his wife is pregnant and they are in debt. Given the situation, Turing signs a contract agreeing not to participate in any labour union. So when a strike begins in his company, he refuses to support his colleagues. As a result, the couple find themselves alone and without help, leading Turing to become involved in a robbery.
During the Second World War in Zagreb, the Ustasha government persecutes Jews with ever-increasing severity. A young Jewish woman named Ruth manages to avoid going to a concentration camp only by a stroke of luck, but ends up losing her parents and brother. Family friends provide her with refuge and marry her to their student son to protect her from persecution. As this fictitious marriage restricts his freedom, the newlywed husband protests, but soon realises there is no other hope to save the girl he has been friends with since childhood. Before long, the young couple really fall in love, but due to a careless mistake Ruth ends up in the "Ninth Circle", an infamous camp for young women.
Director and cinematographer Sándor Sára’s first feature film is an extraordinary modernist production and autobiographical work from the Hungarian New Wave. Balázs Pásztor’s father is innocently imprisoned in the 50s, while Balázs is rejected by the University of Film when he applies to study directing. Working as a land surveyor during the communist collectivisation, he attempts to set up a farm with a Greek partisan couple, who are eventually killed by farm workers. Sára uses long, geometrical stills to portray the suffering and absurdity of the age.
As the only feature film produced solely by Wollen, Friendship's Death (1987) tells the bizarre and absorbing story of the relationship between a British war correspondent and a female extraterrestrial robot on a peace mission to Earth, who, missing her intended destination of MIT, lands inadvertently in Amman, Jordan during the events of 'Black September' in 1970. The film's intelligent wit, coupled with outstanding performances from Tilda Swinton and Bill Paterson, makes this Wollen's most compelling work.
Cohen Media presents a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative of Joan Micklin Silver's debut feature film. In 1890s New York City (evocatively recreated on a shoestring budget), Jewish immigrant Steven Keats has seamlessly integrated into American society, until his wife from back home (Carol Kane) arrives on his doorstep. Sumptuously shot in black and white, Silver’s entertaining and humorous debut film was an unexpected hit, achieving instant critical acclaim after a screening at the 1975 Festival de Cannes during La Semaine de la Critique, and becoming one of the few independent films to earn an Oscar nomination (thanks to Kane’s harrowing performance).
Thirty-year-old Lena appears to be happy and content. But, a brief encounter with a complete stranger leads her to contemplate and reflect on her life, her fiancé, her friends, her aspirations and the purpose of her existence.
Yugoslavia, April 1941. An extraordinary group of people, including an aspiring singer, a tuberculosis patient, a hunter, a bigwig, a war veteran and two gypsy musicians, are waiting for a bus to take them to Belgrade. Guided by a bad-tempered driver, the troupe sets off on a crazy journey, welcoming a newlywed couple along the way. But nothing ever goes to plan...
A road movie in the style of neo-realism, Italian comedy and Luis Buñuel's Mexican Bus Ride, this tragi-comic journey allows Slobodan Sijan to contemplate the end of a world through the wild portrayals of a series of colourful characters, in a sequence of humorous scenes and unusual situations.
"I wanted to film the American citizen, from birth to death, in all the comical, absurd and unusual circumstances of his life... I wanted to show his extraordinary youth, his passions, his taste for violence, his dramas, his friendliness and his idiosyncrasies. I wanted to be a curious, untiring, even indiscreet observer. But I never allowed myself to be judgmental". François Reichenbach
Turner, a U.S. soldier stationed outside Paris, is smitten with Miriam, a young woman he meets at a nightclub. They both decide to spend a weekend of passion together. Melvin Van Peebles's subtle handling of racial tension makes this an extremely powerful movie. A tension that simmers beneath the surface before suddenly bursting out when Turner, played by Harry Baird, reacts to what he perceives as a slur. Nicole Berger’s portrayal of Miriam is incredibly moving as she strives to understand Turner’s anguish and comfort him, yet she is unable to fully comprehend why he is so upset.
Melvin Van Peebles's debut film illuminates the issues we still face today, as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to raise a greater awareness of different forms of oppression.
Dictator Octavio Prado Roth, who is backed by a handful of people, like the capitalist Moren, reigns over the population of an imaginary country in Latin America, but a protest movement seems to be emerging.
Professor Palmas, who supports the revolutionaries, discovers a way to split matter. He creates "The doll", a clone of Marion, Moren's wife and the dictator's mistress. "The doll", brought to life by Professor Palmas, who inserts himself into it, encourages the population to revolt.
William Klein was welcomed into Ali's entourage and allowed to film during the most crucial weeks of his career. As well as being the best, this is also the only real film about Muhammad Ali, with unique footage that has now become legendary.
To secure the provisional release of his wife, Bruno denounces Bobby, a drug dealer who is killed by the police. A young woman tries to rescue the most addicted drug users and decides to avenge Bobby's death.
Regarded as Thailand's first film noir, Prae Dum (Black Silk) tells the story of Prae, a beautiful widow who only wears black clothes as she mourns the death of her husband. Prae is being courted by Tom, a live-by-night henchman who works for a nightclub boss. Soon Prae is lured into playing a part in a web of murder, identity theft and insurance scams. Fearing for her and her child's life, the woman seeks refuge in a monastery, only to find that the law of men and karma will always catch up with her.
Prae Dum is a suspenseful drama fused with Eastern philosophy, and a true masterpiece from the pioneering Thai filmmaker R.D. Pestonji.
Solange is bored of life. Neither her husband Raoul or Stéphane, a stranger he introduces her to, who also becomes her lover after another day of boredom, can distract her. So what could possibly please Solange? The two men decide to take her to the seaside where she meets Riton, a gifted 13-year-old boy. With him, Solange is able to blossom.
The action takes place in a metallurgical factory that was part of the Pechiney-Ugine-Külhman trust in Couëron, Loire-Atlantique, in 1975. To show their solidarity with their husbands on strike, the workers' wives invaded the director's office and within two hours obtained what they had been denied for months. But the management pressed charges and the twelve wives were accused of false imprisonment. The mobilisation then widened further. The women called on the Bretagne Cinema Production Unit (UPCB) to make a film about their struggle. Narrating the courageous action of the women's solidarity with the factory strikers and the emergence of a collective awareness, both feminist and working-class, the film is also an echo chamber sensitive to the aspirations of the twelve women who were charged.
Józef arrives at Doctor Gotard's sanatorium, where his father Jakub is staying. Although Jakub died years ago, he remains alive here, thanks to a successful experiment that allows him go back in time to see his son again and have an important conversation with him. For Józef, this is the beginning of an extraordinary, dreamlike journey through time, and a return to his childhood haunts – his father’s shop, the Jewish shtetl, and the garden of his childhood sweetheart Bianka. This masterpiece of Polish cinema filters the stories of Bruno Schulz through the prism of the Holocaust. One of the most original, visually extraordinary and internationally famous Polish films, it won prizes at Cannes, Trieste and Gdynia; a feature film with exceptional cinematography by Witold Sobocinski.
Before the 1911 Revolution, widow Aunt Xianglin heard that her mother-in-law was going to sell her. As such, she ran away to the town of Lu where she worked as a servant in Lord Lu Si’s house and made his wife happy thanks to her diligence. However, her mother-in-law discovered where she was and forced her to marry He Laoliu. He Laoliu was an honest, tolerant and kind man, but in order to pay off the debt he eventually worked himself to death and his son was eaten by wolves. So, Aunt Xianglin returned to Lord Lu Si’s house. She was afraid of being torn limb from limb by Hades, so she donated her year’s earnings to the temple of the Earth God. When she enthusiastically offered her sacrifices on the evening of the ceremony, the members of the Lu family scolded her and chased her away. As a result, she died one blessed night when it was snowing.