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Beautiful Boxer
Ekachai Uekrongtham
Thailand 
Based on the true story of Thailand?s famed transvestite kickboxer Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known in Thailand as Nong Toom), Beautiful Boxer narrates his infancy, adolescence and young adulthood. Ever since he was a child, Nong Toom believed he was a girl trapped in a boy?s body, setting out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (kickboxing), inv...
Based on the true story of Thailand?s famed transvestite kickboxer Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known in Thailand as Nong Toom), Beautiful Boxer narrates his infancy, adolescence and young adulthood. Ever since he was a child, Nong Toom believed he was a girl trapped in a boy?s body, setting out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (kickboxing), involving the use of both fists and legs, to earn a living and achieve his greatest dream: to become a woman.
Whisky
Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll
Uruguay-Spain 
Montevideo, Uruguay. Owning a modest stocking factory seems to be the only thing in Jacobo Köller?s life. Marta is his trusted employee. Their relationship is strictly limited to work and is marked by silence and routine. But their monotony is suddenly threatened by the news of an unexpected visit from Jacobo?s brother, Herman, who lives abroad, and with whom it would seem he ...
Montevideo, Uruguay. Owning a modest stocking factory seems to be the only thing in Jacobo Köller?s life. Marta is his trusted employee. Their relationship is strictly limited to work and is marked by silence and routine. But their monotony is suddenly threatened by the news of an unexpected visit from Jacobo?s brother, Herman, who lives abroad, and with whom it would seem he has had no contact for years. Whisky starts when Jacobo dares to ask Marta to help him out with the situation. Thus, based on a code somewhere between the absurd and the melancholic, the everyday and the fictional, the movie endeavours to subtly portray how the clumsiness and little miseries of these three very different characters come to the surface while they try to sweep their resentments and bitterness under the carpet.
Comme une image / Like an Image
Agnès Jaoui
 
This is the tale of Lolita Cassard, a young girl angry with the world because she doesn?t look like the girls you see in the magazines and because she wants to be pretty, at least in her father?s eyes, so that he?ll pay a bit more attention to her. It?s also the tale of Etienne Cassard, who doesn?t look at people too much given that he spends too much time thinking about himsel...
This is the tale of Lolita Cassard, a young girl angry with the world because she doesn?t look like the girls you see in the magazines and because she wants to be pretty, at least in her father?s eyes, so that he?ll pay a bit more attention to her. It?s also the tale of Etienne Cassard, who doesn?t look at people too much given that he spends too much time thinking about himself; because he feels he?s getting older, because he knows what it means not to be loved and because he has had to struggle to get where he is today. It?s the story of a writer, Pierre Miller, who thinks he?ll never become famous, until he makes his break on meeting Etienne Cassard. It?s the story of a singing teacher, Sylvia Miller, who believes in her husband and his talent, yet doubts her own abilities and those of her student Lolita, until she realises that she is the daughter of Etienne Cassard, the author she admires so much. It?s the story of human beings who know exactly what they?d do in someone else?s place, but who aren?t very good at being who they are.
Darwin’s Nightmare / Darwin’s Nightmare
Hubert Sauper
 
Darwin?s Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalisation, and about Fish. In the 60s, a new fish was introduced artificially into Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment. Consequently, the Nile perch extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species; the voracious predator multiplied so fast that its white fillets are today e...
Darwin?s Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalisation, and about Fish. In the 60s, a new fish was introduced artificially into Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment. Consequently, the Nile perch extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species; the voracious predator multiplied so fast that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars razing the African continent. This booming multinational industry of food and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world's biggest tropical lake: an army of young fishermen, Indian factory owners, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Russian pilots and Tanzanian prostitutes.
Diarios de motocicleta / The Motorcycle Diaries
Walter Salles
USA-France-Argentina-UK 
In 1952, two young Argentineans, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set off on a road trip to discover the real South America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old Medicine student, specializing in Leprology. Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The movie follows the pair on their discovery of the wealthy and complex human and social topography of the Latin-American continent. Based on the diar...
In 1952, two young Argentineans, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set off on a road trip to discover the real South America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old Medicine student, specializing in Leprology. Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The movie follows the pair on their discovery of the wealthy and complex human and social topography of the Latin-American continent. Based on the diaries written by Alberto Granado and the man later to become known as ?Che?, Diarios de motocicleta is a journey of self-discovery outlining the origins of a revolutionary heart.
La demoiselle d’honneur / The Bridesmaid
Claude Chabrol
France-Germany 
Pleasant and good-looking, 25 year-old Philippe lives with his mother and two sisters in a quiet suburb and has just started working for a building contractor. At one of his sister?s weddings, he can?t take his eyes off her stunning bridesmaid, Senta. It?s love at first sight. But Senta doesn?t love like the others. Her passion envelops and consumes Philippe: at one point she c...
Pleasant and good-looking, 25 year-old Philippe lives with his mother and two sisters in a quiet suburb and has just started working for a building contractor. At one of his sister?s weddings, he can?t take his eyes off her stunning bridesmaid, Senta. It?s love at first sight. But Senta doesn?t love like the others. Her passion envelops and consumes Philippe: at one point she comes up with the idea that they should each kill a total stranger as proof of their love...
María llena eres de gracia (María Full of Grace) / María llena eres de gracia
Joshua Marston
USA-Colombia 
María llena eres de gracia, opera prima by Joshua Marston, looks at a young 17-year-old Colombian who changes the direction of her life on leaving her native village and audaciously venturing into an unknown future. The film takes us on an intense, unpredictable journey at the side of this rebellious and brave heroine full of life. Her action leads her towards the start of a n...
María llena eres de gracia, opera prima by Joshua Marston, looks at a young 17-year-old Colombian who changes the direction of her life on leaving her native village and audaciously venturing into an unknown future. The film takes us on an intense, unpredictable journey at the side of this rebellious and brave heroine full of life. Her action leads her towards the start of a new life defined more by what she wants to have than by what she rejects. Hesitating on the threshold, María decides to go ahead encouraged by her bravery and grace. María llena eres de gracia isn't a true story. It is however, the kind of story that happens every day.
Moolaadé
Sembene Ousmane
 
Collé Ardo, a circumcised woman, managed to help her only daughter escape from the same fate and genital mutilation. The village girls are subject to clitoral excision at the purification ritual organized every seven years. This year, four young girls have fled from the village to escape mutilation and are seeking protection from Collé. The village is a hotbed of confrontatio...
Collé Ardo, a circumcised woman, managed to help her only daughter escape from the same fate and genital mutilation. The village girls are subject to clitoral excision at the purification ritual organized every seven years. This year, four young girls have fled from the village to escape mutilation and are seeking protection from Collé. The village is a hotbed of confrontation between two kinds of value: the ?moolaadé?, the right to protection, and the ?salinde?, the tradition symbolized by excision.
Salvador Allende / Salvador Allende
Patricio Guzmán
France-Spain-Belgium-Germany-Mexico 
Salvador Allende marked my life. I wouldn?t be who I am today if he hadn?t personified the Utopia of a fairer, freer world running through my country at that time. I was there, acting and making movies. I remember the 11 September 1973, a dismal day on which the US supported and fostered a coup d?etat to crush the pacific, democratic revolution taking shape in my far-off countr...
Salvador Allende marked my life. I wouldn?t be who I am today if he hadn?t personified the Utopia of a fairer, freer world running through my country at that time. I was there, acting and making movies. I remember the 11 September 1973, a dismal day on which the US supported and fostered a coup d?etat to crush the pacific, democratic revolution taking shape in my far-off country, Chile, eliminating its President of the Republic, Salvador Allende, that ?son of a b....?, as Richard Nixon liked to call him. I?ll never forget the brutality of the dictatorship that installed itself immediately afterwards and stayed for 17 years... Years of suffering, of death, of exile and annihilation of the memory. Now it?s time to remember Salvador Allende, that unsual man - a revolutionary fanatical about democracy to the point of suicide - for historical reasons, certainly, but also for the cruelty surrounding his memory... (Patricio Guzmán).
Shi mian mai fu (The House of Flying Daggers) / The House of Flying Daggers
Zhang Yimou
 
China, 859. The once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies. The largest and most prestigious of these is the House of Flying Daggers with its mysterious new leader. Two local captains, Leo and Jin, are ordered to capture the new leader and the two hatch an elaborate plan. Captain Jin will preten...
China, 859. The once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies. The largest and most prestigious of these is the House of Flying Daggers with its mysterious new leader. Two local captains, Leo and Jin, are ordered to capture the new leader and the two hatch an elaborate plan. Captain Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior and rescue the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei from prison, earning her trust and escorting her to the secret headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers. The plan works, but to their surprise, Jin and Mei fall deeply in love on their long journey. What lies ahead for Jin and Mei, these star-crossed lovers? If this is true love, then why are there plots in their heads and secrets in their hearts?
Super Size Me
Morgan Spurlock
USA 
Obesity has become the major problem of the American health system, ahead of smoking. In view of the social alarm created by the legal action taken against McDonald?s by two American youngsters, accusing the multinational for their health problems due to obesity, Morgan Spurlock lends himself as a guinea pig to a dangerous experiment: to breakfast, lunch and dine for a month on...
Obesity has become the major problem of the American health system, ahead of smoking. In view of the social alarm created by the legal action taken against McDonald?s by two American youngsters, accusing the multinational for their health problems due to obesity, Morgan Spurlock lends himself as a guinea pig to a dangerous experiment: to breakfast, lunch and dine for a month on McDonald?s food and observe the effects of the diet on his health... and on his weight.
Vera Drake
Mike Leigh
France-UK 
London, 1950. Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and two children, Sid and Ethel. Though not rich, they?re happy. Vera is a cleaner; Stan is a mechanic in his brother?s garage; Ethel works in a light-bulb factory and Sid is an apprentice tailor. Vera is always helping people: she regularly visits one sick neighbour and invites another, Reg, to supper because she thinks he i...
London, 1950. Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and two children, Sid and Ethel. Though not rich, they?re happy. Vera is a cleaner; Stan is a mechanic in his brother?s garage; Ethel works in a light-bulb factory and Sid is an apprentice tailor. Vera is always helping people: she regularly visits one sick neighbour and invites another, Reg, to supper because she thinks he isn?t eating properly. Meanwhile, Vera secretly helps young girls to abort, an illegal activity in the England of the time. When one of these girls is rushed to hospital in serious condition, she is questioned by the police, who set out to arrest Vera just as the whole uncomprehending family is celebrating Ethel and Reg?s engagement.
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