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Zabaltegi-Pearls
2009. 57th Edition
Films
Films
Zabaltegi-Pearls
Zabaltegi-Pearls
Inglourious Basterds / Bastart madarikatuak
Quentin Tarantino
USA-Germany 
In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking...
In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
Vengeance
Johnnie To
Hong Kong 
When Costello, a French assassin-turned-chef, finds out his daughter and her family have been murdered, he makes a solemn promise to avenge their death. His search for the killers takes him to Hong Kong, where he gets some local hit-men to help him out. Yet Costello's greatest challenge is the fight against his progressively worsening memory loss, inflicted by a bullet in his h...
When Costello, a French assassin-turned-chef, finds out his daughter and her family have been murdered, he makes a solemn promise to avenge their death. His search for the killers takes him to Hong Kong, where he gets some local hit-men to help him out. Yet Costello's greatest challenge is the fight against his progressively worsening memory loss, inflicted by a bullet in his head. Will he be able to carry out his mission before it's too late?
Desert Flower
Sherry Hormann
Germany 
When, at the age of 13, Waris finds out that her father has decided to marry her off as the fourth wife to a considerably older man, the young girl realizes that she has no choice but to flee. She finds a job as a maidservant with distant relatives in the Somali embassy in London. Years later, when civil war breaks out in Somalia and the Somali embassy is closed down, Waris, no...
When, at the age of 13, Waris finds out that her father has decided to marry her off as the fourth wife to a considerably older man, the young girl realizes that she has no choice but to flee. She finds a job as a maidservant with distant relatives in the Somali embassy in London. Years later, when civil war breaks out in Somalia and the Somali embassy is closed down, Waris, now a young woman, finds herself faced with the threat of deportation and so decides to escape again.
Five Minutes of Heaven
Oliver Hirschbiegel
UK-Ireland 
Amid the Belfast violence, a young Protestant boy and his friends, eager to prove themselves worthy of joining the Ulster Volunteer Force, apply themselves to roughing up a Catholic family to chase it from a Protestant neighbourhood. Things go wrong and the young Catholic first-born is killed. Years later, a television programme will try to ?reconcile? the murderer with the vic...
Amid the Belfast violence, a young Protestant boy and his friends, eager to prove themselves worthy of joining the Ulster Volunteer Force, apply themselves to roughing up a Catholic family to chase it from a Protestant neighbourhood. Things go wrong and the young Catholic first-born is killed. Years later, a television programme will try to ?reconcile? the murderer with the victim?s brother to demonstrate the positive evolution of a new Ireland.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam
UK-Canada 
Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition t...
Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect her but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls.
Kasi az gorbehayeh irani khabar nadareh / No One Knows About Persian Cats / Inork ez daki ezer katu pertsiarrez
Bahman Ghobadi
Iran 
On release from prison, a young couple of musicians decide to put a group together. They set off round the city of Teheran in search of other underground musicians, trying to talk them into leaving Iran. With no chance of success in their own country, they dream of leaving clandestinity behind and playing in Europe. But will they manage with neither money nor passport?
On release from prison, a young couple of musicians decide to put a group together. They set off round the city of Teheran in search of other underground musicians, trying to talk them into leaving Iran. With no chance of success in their own country, they dream of leaving clandestinity behind and playing in Europe. But will they manage with neither money nor passport?
The Limits of Control
Jim Jarmusch
USA-Spain-Japan 
A nameless loner travels the Spanish countryside meeting mysterious people for coffee and collecting information. He?s a stranger whose activities remain meticulously outside of the law. In the process of completing a job, he trusts no-one and his objectives are not initially divulged. What are his intentions and what does he write in his notes?
A nameless loner travels the Spanish countryside meeting mysterious people for coffee and collecting information. He?s a stranger whose activities remain meticulously outside of the law. In the process of completing a job, he trusts no-one and his objectives are not initially divulged. What are his intentions and what does he write in his notes?
London River
Rachid Bouchareb
Algeria-France-UK 
Ousmane is a Muslim living in France. Mrs. Sommers is a Christian war widow who lives on one of the British Channel Islands. Although unknown to one another and coming from different religious backgrounds, these strangers find themselves brought together in London around a shared tragedy: each has lost touch with her respective child since the day of the attacks on the London p...
Ousmane is a Muslim living in France. Mrs. Sommers is a Christian war widow who lives on one of the British Channel Islands. Although unknown to one another and coming from different religious backgrounds, these strangers find themselves brought together in London around a shared tragedy: each has lost touch with her respective child since the day of the attacks on the London public transport of 7 July 2005, Mrs. Sommers with her daughter Jane and Ousmane with her son Ali. Together they comb the city in search of their loved ones, fused together in the hope of finding them alive.
Mother
Bong Joon-ho
South Korea 
Hye-ja is a single mom to 27 year-old Do-Joon. Her son is her raison d?etre. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naive and dependent on his mother, and sometimes behaves in ways that are stupid or simply dangerous. He is a constant source of anxiety for everyone. One day a young girl is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient la...
Hye-ja is a single mom to 27 year-old Do-Joon. Her son is her raison d?etre. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naive and dependent on his mother, and sometimes behaves in ways that are stupid or simply dangerous. He is a constant source of anxiety for everyone. One day a young girl is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force that closes Do-Joon?s case too quickly inspire his mother to act on her own. Summoning all her maternal instincts and trusting no-one, she sets out to find a killer and prove her son?s innocence.
Precious
Lee Daniels
USA 
Set in 1987, Precious is the story of Claireece ?Precious? Jones, a 16-year old girl born and raised in a world you would wish on nobody. She?s pregnant for the second time with her absent father?s child; at home she?s tyrannically ruled by a bitter mother who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Her school is out-and-out chaos, and she?s about to complete her ...
Set in 1987, Precious is the story of Claireece ?Precious? Jones, a 16-year old girl born and raised in a world you would wish on nobody. She?s pregnant for the second time with her absent father?s child; at home she?s tyrannically ruled by a bitter mother who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Her school is out-and-out chaos, and she?s about to complete her secondary school studies with good marks and an unbelievable secret: she can?t read or write.
Un Prophète / Profeta
Jacques Audiard
France-Italy 
Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. He is 19 years old. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of "missions" to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader's confidence in the process...
Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. He is 19 years old. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of "missions" to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader's confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans?
Taking Woodstock / Helmuga: Woodstock
Ang Lee
USA 
It?s 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, the El Monaco. When Elliot hears that a neighbouring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much needed business for the motel....
It?s 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, the El Monaco. When Elliot hears that a neighbouring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and the popular culture, forever.
Das Weisse Band / Zinta zuria
Michael Haneke
Germany-Austria-France-Italy 
A village in Protestant Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?
A village in Protestant Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?
Yuki & Nina
Nobuhiro Suwa, Hippolyte Girardot
France-Japan 
Nine-year-old Yuki learns that her parents are separating. Her father is French, her mother Japanese. She will have to follow her mother to Japan, leaving everything behind in Paris, beginning with her friend, Nina. Together, they imagine ruses to bring about a reconciliation. Running away seems the only solution. Their new destination is the forest.
Nine-year-old Yuki learns that her parents are separating. Her father is French, her mother Japanese. She will have to follow her mother to Japan, leaving everything behind in Paris, beginning with her friend, Nina. Together, they imagine ruses to bring about a reconciliation. Running away seems the only solution. Their new destination is the forest.
Whatever Works / Ongi badoa...
Woody Allen
USA-France 
After the failure of his career, his marriage, and his suicide attempt, world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff fancies himself as the only one who fully comprehends the meaningless of all human aspirations, and the pitch-black caos of the universe. One night, Boris is approached by a dewy-eyed innocent from Mississippi, Melody, who begs to be let into his apartment. Seeing that sh...
After the failure of his career, his marriage, and his suicide attempt, world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff fancies himself as the only one who fully comprehends the meaningless of all human aspirations, and the pitch-black caos of the universe. One night, Boris is approached by a dewy-eyed innocent from Mississippi, Melody, who begs to be let into his apartment. Seeing that she is hungry and cold, he reluctantly agrees. Boris and Melody get married, despite their great age difference, and start a life that is surprisingly satisfying for both of them. But after a year, their happiness is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Melody?s strait-laced mother, Marietta, who has come to New York to find Melody and get away from her cheating husband. Marietta transforms radically, as her husband, Melody?s father, discovers on turning up in New York to find them both.
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