The first feature directed in 13 years by the legendary Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses) is a gorgeously photographed and curious film that might be classified as a historical drama, a romantic melodrama...LEARN MORE.
Italian, Eastern European, and Korean immigrants converge at a bustling, multi-cultural Buenos Aires shopping mall in this witty and engaging slice-of-life comedy from Daniel Burman...LEARN MORE.
The lives of six young people intersect one Saturday in a desolate part of Buenos Aires. In the solitude of the city, the six individuals unsuccessfully look for a vision that will bring a change...LEARN MORE.
MEN ON THE MOUNTAIN
The first film by Hungarian director Istvan Szots tells the story of a woodcutter who moves his family into the serene mountains of Transylvania in search of a better life, only to find tragedy...LEARN MORE.
A hilarious comedy of errors that spoofs the ups and downs of everyday life in Poland during the last years of communism. The story concerns a backstabbing divorced couple...LEARN MORE.
ANGEL IN LOVE
In this sequel to the popular comedy An Angel in Krakow, Giordano the Angel is bound by his earthly responsibilities and cannot return to heaven. When he reluctantly severs all ties with...LEARN MORE.
GUYS DON'T CRY
From actor-turned-director Olaf Lubaszenko (Coyote's Morning) comes this comic romp starring Maciej Stuhr as Kuba, a young violinist who strikes all the wrong notes with the local...LEARN MORE.
In this delightful Polish comedy, director Marek Koterski introduces a hapless n'er-do-well named Adam Miauszynski, unwilling and unable to take responsibility for the events of...LEARN MORE.
OVER AT THE BIG RANCH/ EN EL
Over at the Big Ranch was one of the earliest box-office successes of Mexico's Golden Era and the first to demonstrate that Latin American audiences expected Mexican movies from...LEARN MORE.
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW
Poland's most beloved actor, Jerzy Stuhr, directs and stars in this serious-minded comedy satire about a member of Solidarity who disappears to live as a monk during the communist era...LEARN MORE.
LIST OF LOVERS, A
Jerzy Stuhr--one of Poland's most beloved actors--wrote and directed this charming comedy that caters to his image as an innocent caught in a cynical world. Stuhr plays Gustav, a Krakow...LEARN MORE.
ANGEL IN KRAKOW, AN
"Wiecek makes a pleasant, affecting feature debut" (Variety) with this popular Polish comedy about Giordano, an angel who can't quite live up to his wings. A rock 'n' roller with a taste for extravagance, he'd rather commune with his good buddy Elvis Presley in purgatory than perform his heavenly duties. This does not sit well with the Almighty and Friends. Aniolw Krakowie features veteran actor Krzysztof Globisz in the title role and noted stage actress Ewa Kaim as his costar. Followed by Angel in Love. In Polish with English subtitles.
Artur Wiecek---Poland---2002---87 mins.
ATTRACTIVE MALE SEEKING WOMAN
Romance goes awry in Atrakcyjny Pozna Pania, an outrageous tale about confirmed bachelor Stasio Tuchala, who may be a little long in the tooth but still eager to find love. His friends...LEARN MORE.
JUST LOVE ME
Modern-day Warsaw shines in this romantic comedy about the love life of a young, hip architect. In his break-out role, popular Polish television star Maciej Zakoscielny plays a handsome...LEARN MORE.
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...LEARN MORE.
A wayward wedding where everything goes wrong provides the setting for this bawdy black comedy from Polish filmmaker Wojciech Smarzowski. An award winner at the Karlovy and...LEARN MORE.
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Polish Film Festival, Juliusz Machulski's patented mixture of comedy and action makes for "zippy, mainstream entertainment" (Variety)...LEARN MORE.
"A postmodern, intertextual extravaganza that quotes American, European and Polish popular cinema," says Andrzej Pitrus of Cineview about this action comedy from Polish...LEARN MORE.
Troubadours is an award-winning indie comedy set in downstate Illinois. It tells the coming-of-age story of an unemployed drummer who leaves the big city after a painful breakup and retreats...LEARN MORE.
JUST SEX AND NOTHING ELSE
In this "bright, snappy relationship comedy" (Variety), a well-educated, sophisticated woman gets fed up with men after she discovers her fiance is already married. Though she wants a child...LEARN MORE.
Multiple storylines intersect in Warsaw. Agnieszka Grochowska shines as young Klara, who heads to Warsaw to meet her boyfriend. Her plans change when she becomes entangled with...LEARN MORE.
Set in 1976, this Polish comedy takes a light-hearted look at some of the problems and hardships of the communist era. Maciej Konopinski stars as a young man in love. He wants to impress his...LEARN MORE.
In this light-hearted musical comedy with a message, a North African pop group called Rap Oriental uses music to triumph over the bigotry and violence in their housing project...LEARN MORE
PARADISE UNDER THE STARS, A
Star-struck Sissy wants to sing at the Tropicana club, but her macho truck driver father forbids it. When he accidentally hits a biker on the road, he brings his victim home to recuperate. Sissy...LEARN MORE.
Christmas Eve is anything but merry on a hot and humid night in Buenos Aires when everything seems to be going wrong. The trying times of several characters are followed in this...LEARN MORE.
At the Trigger Whiskey Saloon, a beautiful temperance crusader is threatened by hard-drinking villains. Riding to her rescue is Lemonade Joe, who--as his moniker indicates--doesn't...LEARN MORE.
DONA HERLINDA AND HER SON
Two gay lovers--a surgeon and a student--move in with the controlling mother of the former in this delightful Mexican comedy. "Amusing, cheerfully subversive...a film to be savored...LEARN MORE.
The first feature by Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus), this coming-of-age tale about a malcontent teen in love heralded the arrival of an important cinematic talent...LEARN MORE.
Marriage is supposed to be a celebration, but it's a criminal enterprise for two of the characters in this Iranian heist comedy. Reminiscent of Take the Money and Run and Raising Arizona, Syrus...LEARN MORE.
In this sequel to the hit comedy Vabank, Poland's most popular screen actor Jan Machulski returns as legendary bandit Kwinto. When the suave thief's long-time enemy Kramer escapes...LEARN MORE.
SQUINT YOUR EYES
Andrzej Jakimowski balances gravity and irony, comedy and reality, in his depiction of a friendship between an older man and a teenage girl. When Mala runs away from her well-to-do...LEARN MORE.
A truly great film and one of the key works of postwar Polish cinema, this feature by Andrzej Munk is a fine example of the Polish myth of romantic heroism. The Warsaw Uprising...LEARN MORE.
WIND FROM WYOMING, A
When Lea is dumped by her boxer boyfriend on the eve of her 18th birthday, she's unsure who to turn to for support. Her mother (France Castel) has just run off with her sweetheart, and her...LEARN MORE.
This fantastic comedy begins when a bunch of "politically suspected" soldiers of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, whose job it is to guard a camp for Italian POW's, desert from their...LEARN MORE.
One of Iran's hottest young filmmakers, actor-director Arash Moayerian (editor on Friday's Soldiers), spins a bittersweet tale of romance in this delightful comedy about two young...LEARN MORE.
Also known as Intercepted Conversations, this amusing political satire is set in Poland in 1981, during martial law. The central character (played by popular writer-actor Stanislaw Tym)...LEARN MORE.
A deft blend of comedy and pathos, Robert Koltai's film sets the tumultuous lives of twin circus clowns against watershed moments in 20th century Hungarian history. Born and raised...LEARN MORE.
In a small Polish village during the 1980s, the Koledowie family lives a happy, quiet life. Mrs. Koledowie enjoys a prominent standing in her community, while her husband...LEARN MORE.
STOP MOM THERESA!
Adapted from a contemporary Hungarian best-seller by Zsuzsa Racz, this breezy romantic comedy features rising star Gabriella Hamori as the cute, quirky Kata Keki. A successful...LEARN MORE.
Based on the old Polish variety theater, Kabaret Starszych Panow, or "Old Gentlemen's Cabaret," this cult comedy classic is renowned for its slapstick gags and absurd humor...LEARN MORE.
GIUSEPPE IN WARSAW
Legendary Polish screen stars Zbigniew Cybulski and Elzbieta Czyzewski lead this light-hearted comedy set in occupied Poland during World War II. Cybulski plays an artist whose...LEARN MORE.
IT'S SPRING, SERGEANT
Set in a small town on the banks of the Vistula River, this sweet Polish comedy from the Communist era longs for an idyllic time and place that never really existed--but then, that's part of its...LEARN MORE.
FOLLIES OF MISS EVA
From the series of popular Polish books by Kornel Makuszynski comes this charming comedy following the misadventures of Ewa (Dorota Grzelak), a spirited 15-year-old who tries to...LEARN MORE.
A hotly debated comedy from Iran, Snowman (Adam Barfi) tells the story of young Abbas (Akbar Abdi), a man desperate to immigrate to America. He's so anxious that he dresses as a woman...LEARN MORE.
In this Iranian comedy from up-and-coming female filmmaker Parisa Bakhtavar, a pretty but poor girl (Baran Kosari) gets into a fender bender in her father's car. She solicits the help...LEARN MORE.
Framed by an accomplice for a bank robbery, a burglar is finally released after six years in jail and plots to get even with the man who put him there...LEARN MORE.
The name says it all. The first film in director Ning Ying's "Beijing Trilogy" pays "unashamed tribute to the lighter side of life " (The Economist). The story centers around an old man forced...LEARN MORE.
GORILLA BATHES AT NOON
In this irreverent screwball comedy, Dušan Makavejev revisits the idiosyncratic style that brought him to the forefront of the international art-house community with...LEARN MORE.
A newly married professor masquerades as others in an attempt to get to know his in-laws better. Dharmendra excels as the man of many disguises in this favorite Indian comedy. In Hindi with English subtitles.
KUCH KHATTI KUCH MEETHI
In this Indian comedy, a rich couple with twin daughters decide to separate. Each parent takes one child with them after the separation and the girls grow up never having known...LEARN MORE.
The perfect robbery goes wrong when it is planned by three different groups of thieves--each plotting to hit the same bank at the same time, on the very same day. Reversals of fortune...LEARN MORE.
AMERICAN SLAPSTICK 2
This is a 3-disc collection of seminal works and archival rarities featuring silent comedy legends and forgotten clowns, from the first film directed by Charlie Chaplin to early works...LEARN MORE.
BIG BAD BOGUSLAW: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
A top action star in his native country for 30 years, Boguslaw Linda has been dubbed the Polish Bruce Willis. He turns up the heat as an action star, but can handle comedy like a pro. This pairing of Segment '76 (2003) and Deserter's Gold (1998) shows both sides to Linda's star image.
WORKERS FOR THE GOOD LORD
An unsettling blend of black comedy and melodrama, Workers for the Good Lord, directed by French maverick Jean-Claude Brisseau, was chosen as one of the top ten films of 2000 by...LEARN MORE.
PARODY PACK: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK, THE
A pairing of foreign comedies that spoof American film noir and science fiction with style to spare. The hip, action-packed detective thriller, Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name (Shinji Aoyama, Japan, 2002, 71 mins.), follows private eye Mike Yokohama (Masatoshi Nagase) as he dons Elvis-esque attire and agrees to help a wealthy businessman find his daughter. "A tasty blend of Japanese and American pop culture... Nagase is a thoroughly engaging hero" (Variety). This is joined by the Czech New Wave classic, Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vaclav Vorlicek/Milos Macourek, Czechoslovakia, 1965, 80 mins.), a zany film about a scientist who invents a machine that enables a sleeping person's dreams to be viewed through a projector. Trouble ensues when she uses the device to watch her husband's dreams. In Japanese and Czech with English subtitles. 2-DVD set.
Shinji Aoyama/Vaclav Vorlicek/Milos Macourek---Japan/Czechoslovakia---2002/1965---151 mins.
BREAK THE VABANK: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
In these hit comedies, Poland's most popular screen actor, Jan Machulski, plays the legendary bandit Kwinto. In Vabank (1981, 105 mins.), a burglar framed by an accomplice is finally released from jail and plots to get even. He finds the rat has somehow wormed his way into the position of bank president. The veteran safecracker recruits some young guns to help him in his battle with the bogus banker in this highly original comedy. In Vabank II (1984, 101 mins.), the suave thief's long-time enemy Kramer escapes from prison to get even, and Kwinto calls upon his old gang to meet the threat. Set in the 1930s, this sequel features Machulski matching wits against everyone from crooked bank managers to Nazi border guards. In Polish with English subtitles.
Juliusz Machulski---Poland---1981/1984---206 mins.
TALES FROM THE GYPSIES: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
A pairing of films about life and love as seen through the eyes of Hungary's Romani population. Colossal Sensation is a deft blend of comedy and pathos that follows the adventures of twin circus clowns, and School of Senses tells of a beautiful Gypsy girl who relives an obsessive, destructive sexual relationship.