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1999. 47th Edition
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Agnes Browne
Anjelica Huston
USA - Ireland 
Dublin 1967. The Browne's just manage to live hand-to-mouth until the father dies and Agnes is left to educate and bring up her seven children single-handed. The problems don't take long to appear: to give her husband a decent burial, Agnes has no option but to borrow money from Billy, a crooked moneylender. His conditions are draconian: Agneshas to pay back a set amoun...

Dublin 1967. The Browne's just manage to live hand-to-mouth until the father dies and Agnes is left to educate and bring up her seven children single-handed. The problems don't take long to appear: to give her husband a decent burial, Agnes has no option but to borrow money from Billy, a crooked moneylender. His conditions are draconian: Agneshas to pay back a set amount  each week plus interests, if not... Billy never makes exceptions, and it's not a widow with seven kids who's going to soften the hardness of his heart. 

Animal Farm
John Stephenson
USA - UK 
Based on George Orwell's homonymous novel, this version of Animal Farm has been made with state-of-the-art animatronic technology developed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, in combination with a cast of real people and animals. Pete Postlethwaite plays the part of the obnoxious and inebriate farmer responsible for sparkingoff the revolution and occupation of his farm by a...

Based on George Orwell's homonymous novel, this version of Animal Farm has been made with state-of-the-art animatronic technology developed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, in combination with a cast of real people and animals. Pete Postlethwaite plays the part of the obnoxious and inebriate farmer responsible for sparkingoff the revolution and occupation of his farm by an army of badly treated animals who establish a repressive and merciless system with the guard-dog seconded pigs in command. 

Ça commence aujourd´hui
Bertrand Tavernier
France 
Daniel is the headmaster od a primary school in an area dably affected by unemploment. One afternoon, Mrs. Henry comes to collect her daughter Laetitia, but falls in a heap in the playground, completely drunk. Mortified, she runs off in embarassment, abandoning Laetitia and her little brother in the doing. Daniel has nothing else to do but take the two kids home. He is indignan...

Daniel is the headmaster od a primary school in an area dably affected by unemploment. One afternoon, Mrs. Henry comes to collect her daughter Laetitia, but falls in a heap in the playground, completely drunk. Mortified, she runs off in embarassment, abandoning Laetitia and her little brother in the doing. Daniel has nothing else to do but take the two kids home. He is indignant at the dreaful conditions in which they live. A miner's son, he realises that the children need more than just to know how to read and write. He decides to do something about the situation, with the help of his girlfriend Valéria and Samia, a new childcare worker at the school. But Daniel's particular crusade leads to confrontation witht the authorities. 

Crazy in Alabama
Antonio Banderas
USA - Germany 
It's the summer of 1965 and a country boy from Alabama called Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- is on the point of learning new ways of thinking about thins like individual liberties, women's rights and racial prejudice. The catalyst of this apprenticeship will be his attractive and eccentric autn Lucille who, sick of her life as a battered wife, set off for Hollywood wit...

It's the summer of 1965 and a country boy from Alabama called Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- is on the point of learning new ways of thinking about thins like individual liberties, women's rights and racial prejudice. The catalyst of this apprenticeship will be his attractive and eccentric autn Lucille who, sick of her life as a battered wife, set off for Hollywood with her husband's head in a bag to make her dream of becoming a big TV star come true. 

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Jim Jarmusch
France - Germany - USA - Japan 
Shacked up in a lean-to on the roof of a derelict tenement, Ghost Dog guides his existence consistent with an ancient book on samurai warriors. a licensed killer, he steals around unnoticed by day and movez like a shadow through the dark streets by night. The double crossing of his moral code by the mafioso family who'd hired him to do some dirty work spearks off his reacti...

Shacked up in a lean-to on the roof of a derelict tenement, Ghost Dog guides his existence consistent with an ancient book on samurai warriors. a licensed killer, he steals around unnoticed by day and movez like a shadow through the dark streets by night. The double crossing of his moral code by the mafioso family who'd hired him to do some dirty work spearks off his reaction strictly in keeping the Way of the Samurai. 

La leggenda del pianista sull´oceano / The legend of 1900
Giuseppe Tornatore
Italy - USA 
The story tellls of a founding child abandoned in a box on a piano inthe ballroom of a trans-Atlantic liner at the beginning of the century. Named 1900 by the engine-room stoker who finds and raises him, he becomes a virtuoso pianist who lives his entire life on the ship, never setting foot on land, which doesn't stop him from entering into musical rivalry with the legendar...

The story tellls of a founding child abandoned in a box on a piano inthe ballroom of a trans-Atlantic liner at the beginning of the century. Named 1900 by the engine-room stoker who finds and raises him, he becomes a virtuoso pianist who lives his entire life on the ship, never setting foot on land, which doesn't stop him from entering into musical rivalry with the legendary jazz pianist, Jelly Roll Morton. One afternoon, his love for a female Italian passenger is on the point of enticing him off that ship, until he finally decides to stay on board. 

Le petit voleur / Small-time Thief
Erick Zonca
France 
S., an apprentice baker in a country town, leaves his father's bakery after a violent argument. He spends the night with Laura, a young waitress. While she is sleeping, he steals all her savings, so marking the start of life for a small-time thief and his gang. 

S., an apprentice baker in a country town, leaves his father's bakery after a violent argument. He spends the night with Laura, a young waitress. While she is sleeping, he steals all her savings, so marking the start of life for a small-time thief and his gang. 

Les convoyeurs attendent
Benoît Mariage
France - Belgium - Switzerland 
Roger Closset, reporter for the local paper, lives in an industrial area on the outskirts of town with his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. Life isn't easy for Roger, but he has set his hopes on getting into the Book of Records and winning the rpize car in the Shopkeeper's Association Contest. Any feat will do. He makes his son compete for the door-opening recor...

Roger Closset, reporter for the local paper, lives in an industrial area on the outskirts of town with his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. Life isn't easy for Roger, but he has set his hopes on getting into the Book of Records and winning the rpize car in the Shopkeeper's Association Contest. Any feat will do. He makes his son compete for the door-opening record: 40,000 times in 24 hours! Roger leaves nothing to chance: he hires an American coach to give the boy scientific training, and installs a door and jam in the garden for workouts. Will that be enough to open the door to the third millennium for Roger Closset and his family?

Marana simhasanam (throne of death)
Murali Nair
UK - India 
Krishnan, a seasonal labourer on a small island in Kerala, is obliged to steal a bunch of coconuts to feed his family. being an inexperienced thief, he gets caught and, due to a strange turn of events, finds himseld accused of a murder which happened on the island several years ago. a new method for killing people has just been introduced to the country, the so-called "electron...

Krishnan, a seasonal labourer on a small island in Kerala, is obliged to steal a bunch of coconuts to feed his family. being an inexperienced thief, he gets caught and, due to a strange turn of events, finds himseld accused of a murder which happened on the island several years ago. a new method for killing people has just been introduced to the country, the so-called "electronic chair". The islanders feel that if Krishnan is to die, he deserves to die by this system, thereby becoming the first native to be executed in this way. Krishnan dies a glorious death, a memorial statue is erected in his honour and, thanks to the publicity received, the island is connected to the mainland by a bridge. 

Mifunes sidste sang / Mifune
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Denmark - Sweden 
A yuppie with a promising future from Copenhagen, Kresten is told on his wedding night of his father's death, taking him back to hi dilapidated farm and Rud, his backward and helpless elder borther. Shamed by his potoable possessions, Kresten keeps his wife at bay with one lie after another and puts an ad in the paper for a housekeeper to take care of his brother. but arriv...

A yuppie with a promising future from Copenhagen, Kresten is told on his wedding night of his father's death, taking him back to hi dilapidated farm and Rud, his backward and helpless elder borther. Shamed by his potoable possessions, Kresten keeps his wife at bay with one lie after another and puts an ad in the paper for a housekeeper to take care of his brother. but arrival of the beautiful Liva puts paid to his plans when it turns out that she'd not exactly been truthful about herself either. With a suspicious wife en route for the farm house, Kresten's problems are starting to look serious. 

Phörpa (The Cup)
Khyentse Norbu
Australia - Bhutan 
Fleeing tibet dor a monastery in exile among the Mimalayan foothils where they are ordained monks, young Palden and Nyima find themselves involved in escapades that are unknown to the austerity of monastery life: the World Cup is on and the monastery is frantic with excitement at the evetn. The 14-year-old football-crazy monk, Orygen, convinces Palden to slip out with him one n...

Fleeing tibet dor a monastery in exile among the Mimalayan foothils where they are ordained monks, young Palden and Nyima find themselves involved in escapades that are unknown to the austerity of monastery life: the World Cup is on and the monastery is frantic with excitement at the evetn. The 14-year-old football-crazy monk, Orygen, convinces Palden to slip out with him one night to watch a semi-final at a local shop, but they're caught by Geko, the head of the monastery who, together with the wise and compasive abbot, has to come to an agreement witht the boys in order to avoid expelling them.

Ratcatcher
Lynne Ramsay
UK - France 
the action takes place in Glasgow during the mdid-70s. 12-year-old James Gillespie watches his world change while his family waits to be given a council house in a better area. Obsessed by a secret, he incrasingly isolates himself from his family, creating a world of his own at a nearby canal, amongst the mounting rubbish due to a protacted refuse worker's strike. James'...

the action takes place in Glasgow during the mdid-70s. 12-year-old James Gillespie watches his world change while his family waits to be given a council house in a better area. Obsessed by a secret, he incrasingly isolates himself from his family, creating a world of his own at a nearby canal, amongst the mounting rubbish due to a protacted refuse worker's strike. James' fascination with the canal escalates and he finds himself drawn to it time and again. It's here that he meets the vulnerable 14-year-old, Margaret Anne, who expresses her need for love in all the wrong ways, and befriends Kenny, who possesses an unusual innocence in spite of the harsh surroundings. 

The Five Senses
Jeremy Podeswa
Canada 
The film turns around the five senses -sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste- and the lives of different characters in their search for an intimate relationship. The story takes place over three intensive days during which the disappearance of a young girl moves public opinion and attracts media attention. Based on this dramatic backdrop, five people who live and/or work in the b...

The film turns around the five senses -sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste- and the lives of different characters in their search for an intimate relationship. The story takes place over three intensive days during which the disappearance of a young girl moves public opinion and attracts media attention. Based on this dramatic backdrop, five people who live and/or work in the building in front of the park where the little girl disappeared are engaged in personal crisis of their own. Each of these characters discovers an essential clue to their unconcious desires. By solving the drama of the mission child, they will also bring their stories to a poignant and meningful conclusion.

The General´s Daughter
Simon West
USA 
When warrant officer Paul Brenner is assigned to look into the murder of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, he inadvertently uncovers a scandal of immense proportions. Armed with the power to arrest any military person -whatever the rank- he is determined to solve the crime, even if the clues point to his hero, General Campbell, the girl's father. His daughter, the prode of the ba...

When warrant officer Paul Brenner is assigned to look into the murder of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, he inadvertently uncovers a scandal of immense proportions. Armed with the power to arrest any military person -whatever the rank- he is determined to solve the crime, even if the clues point to his hero, General Campbell, the girl's father. His daughter, the prode of the base, was found bound and dead in the middle of a training field. The authorities tean Brenner with another CID veteran, Sarah Sunhill. Paul and Sarah have met before, a lifetime ago, and now, in the midst of the biggest case of their careers, they must also examine their own life choices. 

The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola
USA 
The five Lisbon girls, daughters of a peculiar maths teacher and his strict and religious wife, grow into beautiful and inaccessible adolescents, transporting the local teenage boys to new heights of desire. When the youngest sister, the 13-year-old Cecilia, kills herself, the boys are increasingly fascinated by the sisters. The girls are taken out of school and put into a sort...

The five Lisbon girls, daughters of a peculiar maths teacher and his strict and religious wife, grow into beautiful and inaccessible adolescents, transporting the local teenage boys to new heights of desire. When the youngest sister, the 13-year-old Cecilia, kills herself, the boys are increasingly fascinated by the sisters. The girls are taken out of school and put into a sort of cold storage unter their mother's exaggerated protection. The boys decide to rescue the girls from the prison of their own home. 

Uninvited
Carlo Gabriel Nero
Italia - USA 
This is the story of Tony Grasso, a poor, unpopular young man who has built a life-long fantasy around a girl he's known since childhood, Patricia. Even after her marriage to the wealthy Kirk Carver, he still holds her locked in his heart. When she, her husband, and their children are found brutally murdered, Tony is accused of the crime and imprisoned. his lwayer, the dist...

This is the story of Tony Grasso, a poor, unpopular young man who has built a life-long fantasy around a girl he's known since childhood, Patricia. Even after her marriage to the wealthy Kirk Carver, he still holds her locked in his heart. When she, her husband, and their children are found brutally murdered, Tony is accused of the crime and imprisoned. his lwayer, the disturbing and seductive Ralph Barolo, is not interested in whether Tony's guilty or not. To him, thuth doesn't exist. Thus Barolo compels Tony to retrace certain stages of his life in order to create a story that would save him from execution. 

Wisconsin Death Trip
James Marsh
USA 
This is the story of a Wisconsin town, the inhabitants of which went crazy a hundred years ago. It is based on excerpts from the town's newspaper and the admission records fromthe local insane asylum. Black River Falls was an apparently respectable community of industrial protestant merchants and farmers recently immigrated from Germany and Scandinavia. However, news in the...

This is the story of a Wisconsin town, the inhabitants of which went crazy a hundred years ago. It is based on excerpts from the town's newspaper and the admission records fromthe local insane asylum. Black River Falls was an apparently respectable community of industrial protestant merchants and farmers recently immigrated from Germany and Scandinavia. However, news in the town during the last decade of the 1800s was dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and despais amongst the local population where suicide and murder were commonplace. 

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