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A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, THE EXCEPTION follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country"s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser"s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser"s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his h
Based on author David Grann"s nonfiction bestseller, THE LOST CITY OF Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett -- supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) -- returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically-scaled tale of courage and obsession, told in Gray"s classic filmmaking style, THE LOST CITY OF Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and those individuals driven to achieve greatness at any cost.
British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Focusing on the work, life and times of Katsushika Hokusai, Japan’s greatest artist, the film uses stunning close-ups and expert insights to illustrate his wide-ranging influence and extraordinary legacy.
A triumphant thriller set in the menacing inferno of the old American West, Brimstone tells the story of Liz, a genuine survivor who is hunted by a vengeful Preacher for a crime she didnat commit.
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there"s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
EXHIBITION ON SREEN SEASON 3: Francisco Goya is Spain’s most celebrated artist and considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he is a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence. Goya takes the genre of portraiture to new heights and his genius is reappraised in a much-anticipated landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London. The film uses this exhibition to look in depth at Goya’s eventful life.
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs)
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he"s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
A young man, tries to follow the footsteps of his idol, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha--an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
On several Shuttle missions, Earth has been portrayed from places that nobody else could reach. We also get shown the different locations and the environmental problems mankind created there because of our wish to exploit our planet for our own benefit.
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers, THE CIRCLE is a thrilling modern morality tale starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. As she rises through the ranks of the world"s largest tech and social media company, THE CIRCLE, Mae (Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.
A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean's depths and its creatures.
Join Jagga, a gifted teenage detective, who along with a female companion, is on a quest to find his missing father.
A biopic dedicated to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous oceanographer, commander of the Calypso and director of the documentary The Silent World (1955) ...
A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.
An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.
Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner star in a film about a successful but overwrought businessman who seemingly vanishes, but all is not quite as it seems.
In WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: WINSTON CHURCHILL. Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality - fearful, obsessive and hurting. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of young men were cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, CHURCHILL is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler"s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he"ll be remembered as an architect of carnage.
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex"s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.
Nul is nie niks nie is a heart-warming story about life, death and everything in between. The film tells the story of three friends (Hoender, Drikus and Chris) who set out to make Drikus’ last wish come true – to make a zombie movie. During their filmmaking process Hoender starts to deal with the loss of his father, he makes new friends, works on his self-confidence and realises that he has a lot to offer. Drikus’ love of life and determination brings the surrounding lifeless community together and gives them a new lease on life.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man -- but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Illumination, who brought audiences DESPICABLE ME and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, DESPICABLE ME 2 and MINIONS, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes and the Minions in DESPICABLE ME 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination"s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Bruce Willis (DIE HARD) is Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford: a detective who"s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog, Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader, Spyder (Jason Momoa, "Game Of Thrones"). Teaming up with his best friend (John Goodman, THE BIG LEBOWSKY), Steve pulls out the big guns in search of Spyder"s stolen cocaine and cash in order to set things straight and get Buddy back where he belongs. Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"), Famke Janssen (X-MEN), and Kal Penn (HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) co-star in this bullet-ridden action-comedy that shows just how far one man will go for his dog.
Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne's senses and giving her a new lust for life.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. What if you couldn"t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door? "Everything, Everything" tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won"t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together...even if it means losing everything.
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone"s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn"t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing"s biggest stage!
An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.
In Rough Night, an edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they"re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children"s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children"s book. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank"s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old"s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank"s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary"s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary"s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
The year is 1940, Britain. With the nation devastated by the war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use "a woman"s touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin"s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by charming lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Battle of Dunkirk starring pretentious fading movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
Before she was WONDER WOMAN, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers... and her true destiny.
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEAN TELL NO TALES. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil"s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea--notably Jack. Jack"s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Warner Bros. Pictures" dramatic thriller UNFORGETTABLE is the first film in the director"s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Focus). Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses, Knocked Up), Rosario Dawson (the Sin City films) and Geoff Stults (TV"s The Odd Couple) star in the film. Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)--not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa"s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia"s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers" speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
Sbusiso is a young man who just finished his matric and he in on his way to college but has a disagreement with his father about college hence his father wants him to go to initiation school. But Sbusiso follows his heart and goes against his fathers wishes and when he gets to college he meets Sphiwe whom they get involved in a homosexual relationship which is all fun until Sbusiso’s ancestors come haunt him until he goes home but when he gets home in order to repent he must become a Sangoma and goto Initiation school.
Breathing deep narrates the encounter of three women with different views on life and love. Eva, a mature and pragmatic woman, looks for her missing son. Worried, she decides to hit the road to find him. On her way towards the Atlantic Ocean, in the Amazonian midwinter, Eva asks her friend Melina, a carefree woman, to join her. The third companion is Keithylennye, a young suburban and former technobrega dancer sponsored by Eva. Entangled in a mass of situations, they set off on a journey, carrying nothing but their feelings. On the road, uncertainties emerge and, by confronting wild nature, each woman in her own way rediscovers the essence of her desires.
"""Burning Hope"" is at once the story of an unlikely friendship and the portrait of a fragile country haunted by so many ghosts. Between investigation and intimate story, the movie tells the crossed destinies of two young women and a teenager in a post-revolution Tunisia, swinging between hopes and desillusions. "
"Ex-cop Paul Mullan has a lot more baggage than the rucksack he’s carrying across the country. He’s trying to get away from that night, that hour when life as he knew it came to an end. When Paul helps wealthy businessman Bernard Russell to change his car’s burst tyre near Franschoek in the pouring rain, Russell offers him shelter. But the opulent wine estate Journey’s End is no safe haven, and Paul soon senses that his life is about to resemble one of those old black-and- white movies: he is the fallible hero, a young woman in Russell’s household the scheming femme fatale, and the outcome may be deadly. Filled with tension, temptation, secrets and sleight of hand, Double Echo is seasoned Afrikaans thriller writer François Bloemhof ’s exhilarating English debut."
Loss and loneliness linger on a thread that connects two aging parents far away from each other through a fatal accident. A woman in Germany starts a journey to explore the life of an illegal immigrant and finds her loneliness, and an old man in Kosovo whom loss has brought him to the end of his journey.
"At the beginning of the 20th Century Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalised in his famous painting ‘Death and the Maiden’. Schiele’s radical paintings scandalise Viennese society while daring artists like Gustav Klimt and art agents alike are sensing the exceptional. But Egon Schiele is also prepared to go beyond his own pain and to sacrifice Love and Life for his Art. Art that inspires us up to this day."
After serving a life sentence in prison, Becker has been released. All he wants now is to start a new life and to finally leave the terrible crime that he committed in the past behind. Becker has found a job, he finds a friend and with the cleaning woman Rita, he even finds a woman who is attracted to him. One day, however, the widower Dahlmann stands before him, the man whose wife and child he shot 18 years ago during a fatal burglary. Apparently, Dahlmann knows everything about the ex-convict and his new life, and he starts following him. Becker tries everything to conciliate the stalker, he begs him to leave him in peace. But Dahlmann cannot accept Becker’s atonement – he wants revenge. And Becker sees only one way to protect the people who are dear to him.
The final year of WWI. An exhausted German military surgeon Ulrich is sent to inspect a remote convalescent home for shell-shocked patients. The strange world he encounters where reality appears more like fiction is quite challenging for his cold rational mind. His fruitless efforts to remodel the place and an unexpected attachment to mysterious savage boy from the surrounding woods lead Ulrich to discover his one true self. Very soon this turned-out sanctuary will have to make its last stand against the approaching madness of the war.
"With unrest long simmering below the surface in a majority immigrant Helsinki suburb, police brutality results in a father being hospitalised, the incident compounded by the authorities‘ mistakes and often unintentional overreactions. A typically long, hot Finnish summer explodes into riots and violence as frustration and despair fi nally boil over. Set against the run-up to this cataclysmic climax, half-brothers Sipe, 14, a good student but unwilling to accept life‘s restrictions and rules, and Juno, 26, hot tempered, prone to violence, a petty criminal, struggle for a better future, an end to their alienation and to fi nd new opportunities in life. Sipe, father Arttu and mother Laura want Juno to study, to work, to move out of the suburb and on in life. But for Juno it is already too little, too late. Having abandoned all hope, now completely estranged from society, he has made bad choices and travelled too far down the wrong road to turn back. The fuse is lit. "
"This is the story of the men and women at the time of the German attack on Russia in 1941. A small, lost unit of German soldiers is looking forshelter in a remote, snowy small village in the Ukraine. They got separated from their company during battle and now they are deep within enemy territory cut off from the German troops. The soldiers have to make a stop in the village in order to get provisions and transport so that they can join their troops again - maybe a very dangerous thing to do. HEAR THE SILENCE is a parable about the loss of innocence during times of war that results in brutal preventive actions. People get trapped in an unstoppable circle of violence."
“I want these three lives to bang against and reveal each other,” wrote author James Baldwin. Though a book was unrealised, his urgent letters remain and here read with startling clarity by Samuel L. Jackson, they provide the loose structure for this extraordinary film. It revisits the deaths of three civil rights activists: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, but Peck’s much-lauded film is more than a requiem to a historical moment. While focused on the terror campaign against black leaders in the 1960s, the real subject is white supremacy. Peck draws on diverse archives – Gordon Parks' colour photos, grainy newsreels, Hollywood films – to visually tell the story of race in America. Ultimately, it is Baldwin’s vivid personality and incisive analysis that carries this remarkable experiment in memory.
"It began with the 1974 revolution which overthrew the country’s last Emperor Haileselassie. Hailemariam Mengistu and the other military officers who led the coup then refused to hand over power to a civilian government, enraging leftist student activists. These students launched a campaign of “White terror” for democratic change and the overthrow of the military junta. Hundreds of officials and supporters from the new military government were assassinated. The military government retaliated with what was later dubbed the “Red Terror”, eliminating real and imagined enemies of the “revolution” and the country. The main character is a football coach played by Berhanu Degafe, uses his job as an escape from the danger of forcible recruitment into a local government approved security force. He trains his players on roads littered with dumped bodies of “anti-revolutionaries” and anti-government leaflets as he tries to juggle family disapproval with his desire to build a great football team at a dangerous time. At a time when every young man not affiliated with government-approved structures risked torture and death, with a round-the-clock curfew in place to monitor illegal activities, it wasn’t long before the football team’s “rising stars” were under government surveillance. Eventually many of the young players of the football club are put in jail and tortured, while the coach’s wife urges him to quit his passion. But not before one last assignment where his players’ tormentors coerce him into a bizarre match between a government-approved team and his team of rising stars. If he doesn’t agree to the match he will be killed or imprisoned, he knows. The match ends with the coach’s team winning against the government favorites, annoying government officials. While the “Red Terror” period is etched in many people’s minds through personal memories, or tales of survivors or of relatives of the dead, and a “martyr’s monument” in the middle of the capital city Addis Ababa, “Ye Negen Alewdem” is one of the few films to date to turn this particularly harrowing part of Ethiopia’s often troubled past into cinema. "
Bel and Mau are brothers and hit the road to buy a car which belonged to their vanished father. The road will lead them into their past and their fate.
A rookie policeman is left alone in a private clinic to guard a comatose crime suspect of World War II. Lack of sleep, loneliness, hunger and the persistence to serve his duty turn the young man into a ticking time-bomb at the very wrong time.
A rookie policeman is left alone in a private clinic to guard a comatose crime suspect of World War II. Lack of sleep, loneliness, hunger and the persistence to serve his duty turn the young man into a ticking time-bomb at the very wrong time.
"Capturing the life of real people amidst the Venezuelan crisis, La Soledad is the story of José, a young father who discovers that the dilapidated mansion he inhabits will soon be demolished. Desperate to save his family from homelessness, José begins a search for a cursed treasure that is rumored to be buried in the house. "
A brave young Swazi girl named Liyana embarks on a dangerous quest into the wilderness to save her young twin brothers. This animated African myth is born in the imaginations of five talented orphan children in Swaziland who collaborate to create a bold tale of perseverance inspired by their darkest memories and brightest dreams.
Former political prisoners decide to go back to the places where they used to be interrogated and tortured, to meet their ghosts, rebuild their memories of torture and find a possible reconciliation with the past as a treatment for their trauma.
"Mohammed is 18. Having fled from the war in Lebanon to Germany, he is now trying to find his way in a world of men: there is the gruff boss of the motorbike garage where he helps out; the co- worker who tells stories of his experiences in the Foreign Legion; and above all Lakhdar (27), his eccentric and reckless brother. The two live without their parents in the dilapidated former family home in Berlin Tegel. Planes constantly thunder overhead. Between a precarious work situation and the hope for an apprenticeship, between heroic stories about comradeship from his co-workers and his own memories of war, between the good and increasingly mad ravings and words of advice from his brother, the young Palestinian has to ask himself the question: what does it actually mean to be a man? The semi-documentary film was developed under close contact with the two main characters and takes us into the experience world of a young man, who is amazed, believes and will be disappointed, he hopes and sobers again until he can no longer stand it. "
"Pawnshop, Turin, Italy 2013. Three simple stories intertwine on the fine line of moral debt, in search of personal redemption."
Shot over two years from 2014 to 2016, Praia unfolds a portrait of Brazilian life that captures the vibrancy and idiosyncratic eclecticism that draw tourists and locals to Copacabana Beach. Filmmaker Guilherme B. Hoffmann takes an observational approach, creating a film that is by turns comic, sweet, and serious as he introduces us to a motley collection of characters on Rio de Janeiro's most iconic beach.
After a year of living abroad in Tokyo, it's time for Greg to return home to South Africa, but first he has to say goodbye to his friends, travel to Kamakura to find the apartment where his parents lived 28 years earlier and confront the fact that he may still be in love with the girl he left behind before embarking on his journey to Japan.
"A romantic escape to nature turns into the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent, with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth. The couple find themselves spiraling into a dark and dangerous space, of which only one can escape."
This extraordinary documentary is an ode to the quite extraordinary women catalysing political change throughout the fallout of the Marikana Massacre. A counterpoint to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down this provides, not just a history of the oppressive conditions, police violence and sanitised corporate indifference (and outright lies) that made Marikana inevitable, but also a view into the rebirth of politics in the human shadow of the Lonmin mine. By foregrounding the political career of Primrose Sonti and the activism of Thumake Magwangqana in particular, this film creates a strange sense of optimism in the face of a terrible crime, while damning the exploitative enterprise of, and collusion between, the mining houses and the ANC. A fascinating document of our country’s long-overdue political maturation.
Ana and Isa are inseparable friends who attend the prestigious and traditional National High School of Buenos Aires in the years leading up to the 1976 coup d’état. Both grew up with the idea that there are two essential things in life: experiencing true love and changing the world. When the time comes for Ana to fall in love, things are not so clear. The pressure from her student political group because she has fallen in love with a boy from another party and her own fear about having sex for the first time, cause her to distance herself from her boyfriend Lito and get closer to Camilo. Nothing will be the same. Her heart is trapped between two passions and – though she is only 15 years olds – the political reality will force her to make an irreversible decision.
Blue skies and sunshine, a trampoline, a young girl free-falling in slow motion. Three lives intersect briefly: a child yearning for her unbending mother’s love, a teenage girl dreaming of freedom, and an expectant mother who is afraid that she cannot love her baby. The Trampoline is no ordinary love story – it explores the devastating legacy of emotional and physical abuse.
Three people board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers each on their own mission with a simple task to complete and in search of family to help them. But when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city- invisible and alone. VAYA interweaves three separate plots that intersect and intertwine in a gripping, deeply moving narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.
This account of the political life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela includes facinating archival footage, extensive interviews with her, her daughter Zinzi and shadowy regime types who sought her downfall. With her icon husband 'safe' in prison, Winnie faced the brunt of apartheid cruelty and an adoring, fickle public that first cast her as the Mother of the Nation, and then cast her down as a sinner. Though firmly on the side of Winnie, this film, nonetheless, offers a unique perspective on a South African history that has been largely ignored by both mainstream media and the ANC itself. In the process, it restores Madikizela-Mandela to stage centre, a key figure in the liberation of South Africa.
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel. It’s a heart-warming story about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni, the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur and Sharisha, a Southern Right whale.
In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations. Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu royal family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it. An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state. It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”.
How do you commemorate soldiers who died in wars perpetrated by their oppressors? Mudzingwa and Ledwaba correctly seek no easy answer to this complicated question. At its narrative core is the Ditrupa, a celebration of military history held in Markapanstad, rural North-West – a filtered-down appropriation of Scottish tradition brought back by black South African troops who served in the Great War. As well as covering black military history, the film provides a telling juxtaposition of black memory against white history. And in its portraiture of the craft and history of Diturupa, it needles in on an uncomfortable nostalgia that may be a basis of inquiry for future films on the subject. Worthwhile. Courtesy of the Directors
Willy, a boorish fifty something, finally moves out of his parents’ to start a new life.
SAKURA is a moody teenage girl who lives close to the US military base in the city of Yamato, Japan. She is struggling everyday to become a rapper like the American rappers she admire but always got stage frighten when she sang in front of an audience. One day, REI, an American girl comes from California to visit her family.
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