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7 SONGS FROM THE TUNDRA
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The award-winning first feature from Polish writer-director Janusz Kidawa.       Three construction workers live together in a tiny apartment while building a    new factory. When their foreman, Kolecki, is fired for neglecting his            professional duties, the trio bands together to keep the production on course. With its focus on the dissatisfaction of everyday life and the breakdown of    moral values, Kidawa's film echoes the "cinema of moral concern" associated    with Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Zanussi. Pejzaz Horyzontalny       offers a glimpse into an era when Communism still dominated, but unrest        signaled changes ahead. In Polish with English subtitles.                      Janusz Kidawa---Poland---1978---86 mins.
9 STAR HOTEL
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In this action-packed comedy, Max and Leon--two hapless tourists from Warsaw-- meet at a wedding in Sicily, where they run into members of a powerful mafia family. They inadvertently get pulled into the mob's problems, which follow them back to Warsaw. A great cast of Polish actors and comedians, including Andrzej Grabowski as Leon and Robert Gonera as Max, highlight this fast-paced laugh fest, filled with chase scenes, stunts, and dark humor. In Polish with English subtitles.

Marcin Ziebinski---Poland---2006---110 mins.
ALAS ROTAS/ BROKEN WINGS
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"The most frightening art film you will ever see," wrote Michael Atkinson about this banned sci-fi epic by controversial Polish director Andrej Zulawski.
ALBERT FISH
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Roy Marsden returns as P.D. James' ace of Scotland Yard, Adam Dalgliesh,         called in to investigate the murder of a drug dealer at a respectable London     book club. Originally broadcast in six episodes.                                 John Davies---Great Britain---1985---291 mins.
ANGEL (KATAKOUZINOS)
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A great combination of horror and satire, as well as a thoughtful portrait of an outsider, Martin is one of George Romero's best films. The title character is a lonely teenager who comes to live with his eccentric uncle in Pittsburgh. The uncle believes Martin is a vampire and, at times, Martin seems to believe it as well, despite the fact that sunlight only bothers him slightly and garlic and crosses have no effect on him. He does drink blood, but his methods for obtaining it are all-too human and rather gruesome. The opening sequence is a genuine shocker.

George A. Romero---USA---1977---94 mins.
ARCHITECTURES 4
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Takashi Kitano's 8 1/2 is a self-reflexive, self-mocking, even self-destructive movie about a struggling film director. NO ENGLISH subtitles!
BERG/ DEBUSSY/ STRAVINSKY
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Tim Burton's mega-sized remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic features Mark          Wahlberg in the Charlton Heston role of a human astronaut who crash lands on a   planet ruled by apes. Also starring Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth and Michael   Clarke Duncan in ape regalia and a cameo appearance by Heston, also in monkey  Tim Burton---USA---2001---124 mins.
BLACK ANGEL
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After the death of their mother, two brothers (Tim Blake Nelson and David        Arquette) decide to find women who will cook, clean and dote over them just      like good ol' ma. The naive pair sign up for a match-matching tour to Russia     (which really exists) where they hope to find nice, subservient, traditional   women to marry, but instead they learn the truth about life and love. Also     stars Emily Mortimer (Lovely & Amazing) as a Russian-speaking, British   documentary filmmaker who encounters the brothers. Filmed on location in St.     Petersburg, Russia. Also released as A Foreign Affair.                   Helmut Schleppi---USA---2003---92 mins.
BLACK NIGHT/ NUIT NOIRE
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A Japanese drama about Saki's (Aya Hashimoto) downward spiral after the          unexpected death of her mother. Plunged into despair, she takes up with a pimp   and his crew at her high school. Sex and violence drown out painful memories     of her mother, but the hope of reuniting with her long-lost sister helps pull  her out of this nightmare. Divide has cult written all over it. In       Japanese with English subtitles.                                               Masato Tsujioka---Japan---2006---60 mins.
BOGUS BANDITS
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This violent, sultry update of Sophocles' classic tale of patricide and incest was co-written by Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez (A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings). Set in modern-day Columbia, the drama revolves around a local mayor sent to a small town in the Andes to negotiate peace among guerrilla revolutionaries, peasants, and the Columbian army. A torrid romance with the prickly widow of a warlord sparks the young man's tragic downfall.  The stunning cinematography of the lush Columbian landscape comes courtesy of acclaimed cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, Babel). In Spanish with English subtitles.  Jorge Ali Triana---Mexico/Spain/Columbia---1996---100 mins.
BOTHERSOME MAN, THE
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This absorbing documentary follows Kenzo Okuzaki--a veteran of Japan's WWII campaign in New Guinea--as he searches out those responsible for the mysterious deaths of several soldiers in his unit. Though he holds Emperor Hirahito accountable for all the suffering caused by WWII, he painstakingly tracks down former military officers and accuses them of specific war crimes, often times abusing them verbally and physically. Director Kazua Hara's subtle cinema verite not only captures the zeal of Okuzaki's lifelong mission, but also exposes the atrocities committed by the Japanese military against its own soldiers. The film created such controversy in Japan upon release that no major distributor would touch it. "The most amazing piece of filmmaking" (Michael Moore). Winner of the Caligari Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Kazuo Hara---Japan---1987---122 mins.
BRIDE FLIGHT
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In this sweeping romance set during WWII, three young women (Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, and Karina Smulders) from Holland have men waiting for them down in New Zealand. Aboard a breakneck flight from their war-torn home to Christchurch, they meet a young man named Frank (Waldemar Torenstra). As we later learn on his deathbed as an old man (played by Rutger Hauer), he touched all of the women's lives in the years following that fateful flight. In Dutch and English with English subtitles.

Ben Sombogaart---Netherlands/Luxembourg---2008---130 mins.
BUSH'S BRAIN
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The story behind America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who terrorized Chicago during the turn-of-the-century World's Fair. Director John Borowski chronicles the details of Holmes' grisly life, beginning with his childhood, through the emerging deceptions that brought him to Chicago, the construction of his notorious "death house," the cross-country man-hunt to find him, and finally ending with his incarceration and execution. Holmes' story also became the subject of the best-selling novel, Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson. Narrated by Tony Jay (Time Bandits, Disney's Beauty and the Beast).

John Borowski---USA---2004---64 mins.
CAMILLA
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Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda bring their undeniable star power to this        warm, funny road movie. They play two strangers who find friendship and fun      together in spite of their differences. "Sweet, wistful,                         eye-pleasing...affectionately offbeat..." (Peter Stack, San Francisco       Chronicle). This was Tandy's last film and her co-stars include husband     Hume Cronyn, Elias Koteas, Maury Chaykin and Graham Greene.                    Deepa Mehta---USA---1994---91 mins.
CAROL'S JOURNEY
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William Wyler directed Olivia de Havilland and an all-star cast in this          Oscar-winning classic. De Havilland is the homely, awkward girl who falls in     love with the dashing fortune hunter. With brilliant performances by             Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson, musical score by Aaron Copeland. Based  on Washington Square by Henry James.                                     William Wyler---USA---1949---115 mins.
CECILIA
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In Lamberto Bava's new spin on the "My baby is evil!" brand of thriller, Laura Harring (Mulholland Dr.) stars as a wife who moves with her husband (John Hannah) to a ranch in South Africa, only to see him killed in car accident. She's suicidal and all alone in a strange land. Well, not exactly all alone. She's repeatedly visited by the spirit of her husband. Not only do they visit, they do it! And she gets pregnant! With a ghost son!!! Before long, she's off to see the local Shaman for an ancient remedy. With Pete Postlethwaite and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. In English.

Lamberto Bava---Italy/South Africa---2006---97 mins.
CELL 211 (CELDA 211)
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In this Goya Award-winning prison drama, a new guard, Juan (Oliver Alberto Ammann), arrives for his first day on the job at a penitentiary. Unfortunately, he gets knocked unconscious and wakes to find himself in the middle of a massive prison riot. Fortunately, the jailhouse kingpin (Luis Tosar) at the center of the brutal mayhem thinks Juan is an inmate, meaning that Juan will stay alive...so long as he acts like a brutal manic. "A superbly intimidating cast...it's good fun and an effective antidote to sentimental schlock like The Shawshank Redemption" ( Chicago Reader). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Daniel Monzon---Spain---2009---110 mins.
CELOS/ JEALOUSY
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Director Vicente Aranda (Lovers, The Blood Spattered Bride)          presents a vivid portrait of jealousy and obsession. Planning for their          wedding, Carmen and Antonio appear to enjoy a strong relationship. But when      Antonio happens upon an old photo of Carmen with a former lover, it changes    his entire outlook on the woman he loves. This leads him into a frantic        investigation of his fiancee's past. "As usual, Aranda demonstrates strong     empathy for the woman's point of view; he deftly dissects and measures the wa  y Antonio's killing emotion erodes the couple's affections" (Film Society of     Lincoln Center). In Spanish with English subtitles.                            Vicente Aranda---Spain---1999---105 mins.
CIRCUIT 4
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One of George Romero's best films, featuring a title character who comes to believe he's a vampire, using his grocery store job to meet and stalk prey.
COFFRET CHANTAL AKERMAN: THE 70S
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Morgan Spurlock presents this witty and effective ensemble mockumentary about    high school teachers--namely rookie history teach Mr. Lowrey (Troy               Schremmer)--all trying to connect with their slovenly, disaffected students.     Sadly, most of the faculty are just as unfit and immature as their pupils. "A  bracing antidote to Hollywood's inspirational coach-athlete, teacher-student   sob fests, this view of American high school life from a teacher's perspective feels painfully accurate" (Stephen Holden, New York Times). Nominated      for an Independent Spirit Award.                                               Mike Akel---USA---2006---84 mins.