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IFFK- 12′th December ’12 – Film’s & Reviews





Direction, Screenplay: Rafael Ouellet

Production: Stephanie Morissette

Cinematography: Genevieve Perron

Editing: Rafael Ouellet

Sound: Daniel Fontaine-Begin,

Henry JR Godding, Bernard Gariepy-Strobl

Music: Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool

Cast: Julien Poulin, Patrice Dubois,

Stephane Breton


Karlovy Vary- Award of Ecumenical Jury,

Best Director

Toronto, Vancouver, Haifa, Hamptons

Truck driving is all that 60 year old widower

Germain has ever known. When he is involved in a head-on collision that leaves a woman dead,

his quiet life is suddenly thrown into a tailspin.

Though he was not at fault, the remorse he experiences

is debilitating, leaving him severely

depressed and unwilling to get behind the wheel

again. Deeply concerned for his father, Germain’s

son Samuel puts his job in Montreal on hold, travels

to New Brunswick to collect his estranged

older brother Alain, and together they drive to

their hometown to care for their stricken father.

The brothers, however, have their own issues:

reliable Samuel is still lovelorn decades after a

teenage breakup, while Alain, an inveterate raconteur

and incurable womanizer, drifts aimlessly

from town to town, incapable of settling down.

As the men struggle to reconnect, it becomes

apparent that all three are stuck in the past for

different reasons. Slowly, the brothers revive

Germain’s will to live, and in the process discover

fresh directions for their own lives.



Direction, Screenplay: Kamal K.M

Production: Resul Pookkutty, Rajeev Ravi,

Madhu Neelakandan, Sunil Babu,

B. Ajithkumar

Cinematography: Madhu Neelakandan

Editing: B. Ajithkumar

Sound: Resul Pookkutty

Music: John P Varkey, Sunil Kumar

Cast: Geetanjali Thapa Murari Kumar

Charu a young woman, lives in Mumbai, sharing a

rented apartment. She is preparing for an inter view when a labourer comes in to paint a soiled

wall at her house. With her friends away at work,

Charu asks him to make it fast and continues to

with her work. A few minutes later, she finds him

unconscious on the floor and ends up taking him

to a hospital. She tries to trace his details, but

nothing seems to work out. Even the mobile

phone he is carrying has nothing but three irrelevant

numbers. Confronted with the weirdness

of the situation, Charu sets off to find the man’s




Direction, Screenplay: Nitin Kakkar

Production: Satellite Pictures Pvt.Ltd.

Cinematography: Subhransu Das

Editing: Shachindra Vats

Sound: Arun Nambiar, Fasial Majeed

Music: Arijit Datta

Cast: Sharib Hasmi, Inaamulhaq,

Kumud Mishra, Gopal Datt

Sunny, a wanna-be-actor who works as an assistant

director in Mumbai is summarily thrown out

at every audition. Undeterred, he goes with an

American crew to the remote areas of Rajasthan

to work on a documentary. There, an Islamic terrorist

group kidnaps him. The house in which he

is confined belongs to a Pakistani, whose trade

stems from pirated Hindi films, which he brings

back every time he crosses the border. Soon,

the two realize they share a cultural bond. The

film shows how cinema can be the universal panacea

for co-existence.



Direction, Screenplay: Alfred Hitchcock

Production: Michael Balcon, Erich Pommer

Cinematography: Gaetano di Ventimiglia

Cast: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles

Mander, John Stuart, Georg H Schnell

Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut, made when

he was 25, follows the love lives of two dancers

at a London nightspot. Patsy Brand is a chorus

girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets

Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck, and gets

her a job as a dancer. Jill meets adventurer Hugh

Fielding and they get engaged, but when Hugh

travels out of the country, she begins to play

around. The diverging lives of two dancers are

told in melodramatic style in The Pleasure Garden.

In an unusual display of confidence for a

first time director, Hitchcock insisted his handwritten

signature be featured in the credits,

claiming, “Actors come and actors go, but the

name of the director should stay clearly in the

mind of the audiences”.





Direction, Screenplay: Vicente Alves do O

Production: Pandora da Cunha Telles,

Pablo Iraola

Cinematography: Luis Branquinho

Editing: Joao Braz

Sound: Jaime Barros

Cast: Dalila Carmo, Ivo Canelas,

Albano Jeronimo, Jose Neves,

Antonio Fonseca, Carmen Santos,

Anabela Teixeira, Rita Loureiro


International Independent Film Festival of

Braga -Grand Prize Augusta Bragacine,

Best film Portugal, 1920. Florbela Espanca, a woman ahead

of her times and a famous poet, throws herself

into a third marriage after two failed experiences.

She stops writing to please her new husband,

but soon feels restless and frustrated. When her

brother, Apeles calls her to Lisbon, she runs away

from her too quiet home to join him. Together

they throw themselves into the dark side of the

capital: alcohol, political riots, open air balls and

their strong mutual attraction. Florbela finds herself

torn between two forces: the love of her

husband and the turmoil brought about by Apeles.

When the latter dies a sudden death, her world

collapses. Only one thing can save her:

writing.Loosely based on the life of the Portuguese

poet Florbela Espanca, portrayed by Dalila

Carmo, Mr. Alves do Ó creates a biographical fantasy

in Florbela.



Atesin Dustugu


Direction, Screenplay: Ismail Gunes

Production: Aynur Gunes

Cinematography: Ercan Yýlmaz

Editing: Mevlut Kocak

Music: Saki Cimen

Cast: Hakan Karakan, Elifcan Ongurlar,

Yesim Ceren Bozoglu, Abdullah ªekeroglu


Montreal - FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Prix des

Ameriques, Warsaw, Golden Ball

Where the Fire Burns is a road story. Ayse who

gets sick unexpectedly has to undergo surgery.

Her family shows great solidarity at this juncture.

During the surgery, it is found that the girl is

fourteen weeks pregnant. Ayse does not reveal

the name of the baby’s father. The family which

had tried to save her now wants to kill her. Her

father, Osman, takes up the responsibility of finishing

her off. He takes a trip with Ayse with this

intent but Ayse doesn’t realise that she is to be




Direction, Screenplay: Gajendra Ahire

Production: Trupti Bhoir

Cinematography: Amol Gole

Editing: Ballu Salooja

Music: Ilayaraja

Cast: Subodh Bhave, Kishore Kadam,

Trupti Bhoir, Suhas Palshikar, Milind Shinde,

Chinmay Sant

The movie is based on the concept of roaming

cinema, also known as Touring Talkies, where

movies were shown in make-shift tents for the

local folks.




Direction, Screenplay: Carlos Reygadas

Production: Jaime Romandia, Carlos Reygadas

Cinematography: Alexis Zabe

Editing: Natalia Lopez

Sound: Gilles Laurent, Sergio Diaz,

Raul Locatelli

Cast: Nathalia Acevedo,

Adolfo Jimenez Castro, Willebaldo Torres,

Eleazar Reygadas, Rut Reygadas


Cannes - Best Director, Lima Latin American

Film Festival- APRECI Prize, Best Film,

Toronto, Leeds

Post Tenebras Lux tells the story of a young family

with two small children living in a beautiful

wooden house, surrounded by lush green forest

and grey mountains. The main character is the

father of the family, a handsome man in his mid

30s, who can be very gentle with his kids one

minute and batter his dog the next. Reygadas

observes their everyday life, but Post Tenebras

Lux is not a conventional family chronicle. The

realistic tone and slow—paced narrative makes it

very difficult to distinguish what is a ‘real—life

event’ and what is the protagonist’s imagination.

This film is an intimate diary of a man, who wants

to have a happy, full life, to live close to nature,

and who does so. At the same time, he anticipates

the loss of his dreams and relishes the prospect.






Production: Brillante Ma. Mendoza

Screenplay: Boots Agbayani Pastor,

Brillante Mendoza, Patrick Bancarel,

Arlyn dela Cruz

Cinematography: Odyssey Flores

Editing: Yves Deschamps, Kats Serraon

Sound: Laurent Chassaigne,

Stephane de Rocquigny,

Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong

Music: Teresa Barrozo

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville,

Marc Zanetta, Rustica Carpio, Ronnie Lazaro,

Maria Isabel Lopez, Angel Aquino, Sid Lucero,

Raymond Bagatsing, Tim Mabalot,

Mercedes Cabral,


Berlin, Istanbul, CPH PIX

On May 27, 2001, the notorious Abbu Sayaff Islamic

militants raid the peaceful island resort of

Dos Palmas in the picturesque province of Palawan.

The attack is intended to target the World Bank

employees, but they have already left the resort.

Instead, the Islamist separatist group kidnaps

20 people, who are mostly tourists. As they

march through the Philippine jungles to Mindanao

(the terrorist base), the hostages and the kidnappers

find themselves having to cope with the

trials of nature hand-in-hand. Gradually, the climate

of fear, prejudice and hatred gives way to a

strange, symbiotic relationship. Contours begin

to blur, certainties are called into question. Based

on real events that occurred in 2001, the film showcases

the existential threats posed by human beings

and nature alike and also explores with eerie

magic, real and spiritual ways out of crisis.





Direction, Screenplay,

Cinematography: Warwick Thornton

Production: Kath Shelper

Editing: Roland Galois

Sound: Liam Egan, David Tranter

Cast: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson,

Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton


Cammes-Camera d'Or, Adelaide-Audience

Award, Blue Angel Award, Best Director

Asia Pacific Screen Awards-Best Film

Samson and Delilah live in an isolated Aboriginal

community in the Central Australian desert, where

every day resembles the last. They fall in love,

and when tragedy strikes, they run off to Alice

Springs, the nearest town. Away from the community

however, the two teenagers soon realize

that life can be cruel. Lost, unwanted and alone,

they learn that life is not always fair; but love

never judges. “Samson and Delilah” is not just a

love story; a very realistic portrayal of the lives

of contemporary Aboriginal people living away

from their communities. Concepts like home, love,

family etc come under scrutiny in “Samson and

Delilah”. The film, Warwick Thornton’s first feature,

won the Camera d’Or and was a commercial

success – a rare feat in Australia for any filmmaker

– and it marks a welcome turning point in

the history of indigenous filmmaking.


Omar m’a tuer

Morocco, France/2011/35mm/Colour/85’/

French, Arabic

Direction: Roschdy Zem

Production: Jean Brehat, Rachid Bouchareb

Screenplay: Olivier Gorce, Roschdy Zem,

Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle,

Omar Raddad, Sylvie Lotiron

Cinematography: Jerome Almeras

Editing: Monica Coleman

Music: Alexandre Azaria

Sound: Brigitte Taillandier

Cast: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydes,

Maurice Benichou, Salome Stevenin,

Nozha Khouadra, Ludovic Berthillot


Toronto, Istanbul, CPH PIX, Palm Spring

Hong Kong, New York

In the summer of 1991, a wealthy widow was

beaten and stabbed to death at a beautiful villa

in the south of France. Omar Raddad, the

woman’s Moroccan gardener, became the prime

suspect because of one bizarre clue: the words

Omar m’a tuer —a grammatically incorrect phrase

that roughly translates as Omar has kill me —

written in the victim’s blood. Despite gaps in the

investigation and no forensic evidence, Raddad

was convicted and sent to prison for 18 years. Only Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard, a journalist,

believed in his innocence and went to work to

prove it. Director Roschdy Zem, who has turned

from acting (with Bouajila in Days of Glory) to

directing, tells this story of racism, politics, and

injustice with the clarity of a documentary and

the pacing of a thriller.


Zabic bobra


Direction, Screenplay: Jan Jakub Kolski

Production: Bogdan Kisielewski,

Wieslaw Lysakowki, Piotr Reisch

Cinematography: Michael Pakulski

Editing: Piotr Kolski

Sound: Jacek Hamela

Music: Darius Gorniok

Cast: Eryk Lubos, Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz,

Mariusz Bonaszewski


Karlovy Vary, Haifa, Mill Valley

War-weary loner Eryk returns to his trashed-out

family home in rural Poland after a traumatic period

in the Chechen war. A scraggly teenage girl named Bezi ( “nameless”) has taken up residence

there, even going so far as to decorate an upper

bedroom. They develop an uneasy association,

which quickly grows into something more needy

and desperate and restless.




Direction: Wojciech Smarzowski

Production: Niderhaus Wlodzimierz

Screenplay: Michal Szczerbic

Cinematography: Piotr Sobocinski jr

Music: Mikolaj Trzaska

Cast: Agata Kulesza, Marcin Dorocinski,

Kinga Preis, Jacek Braciak, Malwina Buss


Warsaw Film Festival- Grand Prix, Polish Film

Festival Gdynia-Best Actor in a Leading Role,

Audience Award, Journalists Award, 2012,

Oporto IFF–Directors Week Best Actor Award

Toronto, Pusan, Palm Springs, Portland,


The summer of 1945. Tadeusz, a former Home Army

soldier who lost everything in the war, is journeying

across Masuria. He arrives at the home of a German soldier’s widow. Rose, who lives alone

on a large farm, gives him a cold welcome but

lets him stay the night. Tadeusz repays her by

helping around the farm. Though she won’t admit

it, Rose needs protection from looters who

keep coming to the farm. Gradually Tadeusz discovers

the reasons for her solitude. Amidst a landscape

ravaged by war, an impossible love is born

between two people from distant worlds. Bringing

to life, the shattered landscapes and boundaries

of post-World War II Central Europe, “Rose”

is a profound comment on the enduring virtues

of love and human decency.



Direction: Akira Kurosawa

Production: Sojiro Motoki

Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto,

Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni

Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai

Editing: Koichi Iwashita

Sound: Fumio Yanoguchi

Music: Fumio Hayasaka

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori ,

Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, Bokuzen

Hidari, Kamatari Fujiwara

Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest

achievement, Ikiru presents the director at

his most compassionate—affirming life through an

exploration of a man’s death. Takashi Shimura

portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with

stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer off his

existence and find meaning in his final days. Told

in two parts, Ikiru offers Watanabe’s quest in the

present, and then through a series of flashbacks.

The result is a multifaceted look at a life through

a prism of perspectives, resulting in a full portrait

of a man who lacked understanding from





Cesare deve morire



Screenplay: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Production: Grazia Volpi, Donatella Palermo,

Agnese Fontana, Laura Andreini Salerno,

Cecilia Valmarana

Cinematography: Simone Zampagni

Editing: Roberto Perpignani

Sound: Benito Alchimede, Brando Mosca

Music: Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia

Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano,

Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca,

Juan Dario Bonetti, Vincenzo Gallo,

Rosario Majorana, Francesco De Masi,

Gennaro Solito, Vittorio Parrella


Berlin - Golden Berlin Bear, Prize of the

Ecumenical Jury, Italian National Syndicate of

Film Journalists -Silver Ribbon of the Year

Sydney, New York, Melbourne, London,

Karlovy Vary

The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

comes to an end and the performers are rewarded

with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the

actors leave the stage and return to their cells.

They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security

prison Rebibbia. Filmmakers Paolo and

Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates

how the universality of Shakespeare’s language

helps the actors to understand their roles

and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay

of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and

violence. This documentary does not dwell on

the crimes these men have committed in their

real lives; rather, it draws parallels between this

classical drama and the world of today, describes

the commitment displayed by all those involved

and shows how their personal hopes and fears

also flow into the performance.



Bhoomiyude Avakashikal


Direction, Screenplay: T.V.Chandran

Production: Anand Kumar

Cinematography: Ramachandra Babu

Editing: Johnkutty

Music: Sandeep Pillai

Cast: Kailash, Sreenivasan, Mythili,

Shahabaz Aman, Meera Nandan

The film addresses the loss of identity of modern

man jostled by the chance encounters of a selfimposed

make-believe world. As the film opens

we see Mohanachandran Nair and Menon entering

the compound of what looks like a forlorn

house that has long been abandoned.

Mohanachandran is delighted at the sights and

sounds around. He gets to hear something about

the house being a haunted one… The film treats

space with an implied division between the house

and its compound on the one hand and the world

outside on the other.


Apres Mai



Direction, Screenplay: Olivier Assayas

Production: Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz,

Nathanael Karmitz

Cinematography: Eric Gautier

Editing: Luc Barnier

Sound: Nicolas Moreau

Cast: Lola Creton, Clement Metayer,

Felix Armand, Dolores Chaplin, India Menuez


Venice (In Competition): Best Screenplay,

Toronto, New York, Vancouver, AFI FEST

Set in the historical commotion of the early 1970s

Paris. As the left wing exhibits a drift in attitudes,

a group of youngsters are caught in complexities.

Labyrinth of an unattainable revolution and

uncertainties regarding troubled artistic sensibilities

are points of discussion in this film. Gilles

has to balance his political commitments with his

desire to explore painting and filmmaking; for his

girlfriend Christine this means throwing herself

wholeheartedly into the task of organizing. The

narrative style and the music reveal the artistic

unconsciousness of an era.




Direction: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyil,

K.U. Mohanan, Avik Mukhopadhyay,

P.S. Vinod, H.M. Ramachandra, R.V. Ramani,

Vikas Sivaraman, Mahesh Aney,

Kiran Deohans, Ranjan Palit, V.Gopinath

Editing: Irene Dhar Malik

Sound: Mohandas

Music: Ram Sampath


New York, Telluride Film festival, Mumbai

Imagine trying to preserve and protect the legacy

of a national cinema that routinely turns out almost

1000 films a year. That became the mission

of P.K. Nair, the founder and patron saint of the

National Film Archive of India. Thanks to Mr. Nair’s

efforts, precious Indian silent films have been discovered

and preserved, as well as classics from

all other periods. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s

heartfelt tribute to P.K. Nair includes interviews

with many leading figures of Indian cinema, who

all attest to Nair’s importance for their artistic

development. Beautifully preserved sequences

from many of the classic films preserved by the

Archive make Celluloid Man a celebration of Indian

cinema as well as of the man who did so

much to safeguard it for future generations.



Infancia clandestina

Argentina, Spain, Brazil/2011/DCP/


Direction: Benjamin Avila

Production: Luis Puenzo

Screenplay: Benjamin Avila, Marcelo Muller

Cinematography: Ivan Gierasinchuk

Editing: Gustavo Giani

Sound: Fernando Soldevila

Music: Pedro Onetto, Marta Roca Alonso

Cast: Ernesto Alterio, Natalia Oreiro,

Cesar Troncoso


Havana Film Festival- Coral Award

San Sebastian-Casa de America Award

Cannes,Toronto, Philadelphia

Set in 1979 during Argentina’s military dictatorship,

Benjamín Ávila’s stylized, semi-autobiographical

memoir follows the travails of a fifth-grader

who is forced to live under an assumed identity

in order to protect his resistance-fighter parents.

At first, all seems to go well for Juan/Ernesto.

He is enrolled in the local school and quickly

makes new friends. But the precarious balance

between undercover life and the everyday travails

comes to the fore when he falls in love. In

a series of vignettes, Ávila weaves together the

parallel lives of Juan and Ernesto, as a first kiss

between young sweethearts is followed by underground meetings, and childish roughhousing

gives way to bullet cartridges stashed in boxes

of chocolate. As the family prepares for its confrontation

with the forces of repression, Juan

finds himself torn between responsibility and the

ordinary childhood he yearns for.




Direction: Paul Cox

Production: William T. Marshall, Paul Cox,

Santhana K. Naidu

Screenplay: Paul Cox, Barry Dickins

Cinematography: Nino Gaetanno Martinetti

Editing: Russell Hurleys

Music: Paul Grabowsky

Cast: Sheila Florance, Gosia Dobrowolska,

Norman Kaye, Chris Haywood, Ernie Gray

Martha (Sheila Florance) is a spirited woman

trapped in an old body. She refuses to accept

society’s constraint on growing old and fights the

establishment with humour and compassion. The

death of her neighbour Billy, leaves her depressed.

Her ability to care for herself diminishes

and forgetfulness leads to accidents. Her son

decides it’s time for her to be committed to an

old age home.The movie is quite frank about

Martha’s physicality. Her face is a mass of wrinkles,

her body is too thin, and when we see her in her

bath, we are moved with compassion that such a

great spirit should inhabit such a frail vessel.

Sheila Florance, who was dying when she made

the film, made it her message to the rest of us,

about a process we will all face one way or another.


Autoreiji: Biyondo



Direction, Screenplay: Takeshi Kitano

Production: Mori Masayuki, Yoshida Takio

Cinematography: Katsumi Yanagijima

Editing: Takeshi Kitano, Yoshinori Ohta

Music: Keiichi Suzuki

Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase,

Tomokazu Miura, Ken Mitsuishi,

Hirofumi Arai, Fumiyo Kohinata,

Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata

Awards/ Festivals

Venice,Toronto, New York

When a car dredged from Tokyo Bay is revealed

to contain the body of the city’s top anti-gang

investigator, the police immediately launch a fullscale

crackdown on organized crime, and appoint

the corrupt Kataoka to head the investigation.

Eager to gain favor with the rival families of Sanno

and Hanabishi, Kataoka wheels and deals with both

sides, manipulating his way into the profitable

gig as the yakuza’s resident crooked cop. But when a crucial move against Sanno chairman Kato

goes sour, Kataoka enlists the help of ex-gangster

Ohtomo, who has his own reasons for wanting

to oust Kato and his underboss Ishihara. Sure

to delight fans, this slick action flick is cool and

deliberate with bone-rattling bursts of violence

sure to keep you alert, no matter the hour.


Yoidore Tenshi


Direction: Akira Kurosawa

Production: Sojiro Motoki

Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa,

Keinosuke Uegusa

Cinematography: Takeo Ito

Editing: Akikazu Kono

Music: Ryoichi Hattori, Fumio Hayasaka

Cast: Takashi Shimura,

Toshiro Mifune, Reisaburo Yamamoto,

Noriko Sengoku

In the slums of post war Tokyo, an alcoholic doctor

is trying to cure the city of its ills. When a

young Yakuza named Matsunaga comes to his surgery

to have a bullet removed from his hand, the

doctor diagnoses him with Tuberculosis. Terrified

of dying, Matsunaga begins to hate the doctor

and refuses to heed his advice, but the doctor

will not leave him alone until he has abandoned

his dangerous lifestyle. But Matsunaga cannot

extract himself from the Yakuza code of honor.

Drunken Angel is an evocative, moody snapshot

of a treacherous time and place, featuring one

of the director’s most memorably violent climaxes.

It was Kurosawa’s seventh film, but the

first where he had complete directorial control.

It also marked the beginning of the collaboration

between Kurosawa and leading man Toshirô





Direction: Malgoska Szumowska

Production: Marianne Slot

Screenplay: Tine Byrckel, Malgoska Szumowska

Cinematography: Michal Englert

Editing: Francois Tourmen, Jacek Drosio

Sound: Andre Rigaut

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Anais Demoustier,

Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing,

Krystyna Janda


Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca

Anne, a well-off Paris-based mother of two and

investigative journalist for Elle, is writing an article

about university student prostitution. Her

meetings with two fiercely independent young

women, Alicja and Charlotte are profound and

unsettling, moving her to question her most intimate

convictions about money, family and sex.

The most provocative film at this year’s Toronto

and Berlin Film Festivals, Elles stars Academy Awardwinner

Juliette Binoche as Anne.



Direction, Editing: Alain Resnais,

Robert Hessens

Production: Pierre Braunberger

Screenplay: Paul Eluard

Cinematography: Henry Ferrand

Editing: Alain Resnais

Sound: Pierre-Louis Calvet

Narrators: Maria Caseres, Jacques Pruvost

On April 26 1937, the small Basque town of

Guernica was bombed without warning by the

German aviation. Two thousand civilians got killed

in a matter of minutes. Like millions all over the

world, Pablo Picasso was shocked and he translated

his sensation into a magnificent but terrifying

painting bearing the name of the martyred

city. Utilizing Picasso’s painting ‘Guernica’ and

many other paintings and sculptures by this artist,

Resnais tries to depict his own view of the

Spanish Civil War. The penetrating and charged

editing, accompanied by Paul Eluard’s poem, makes

Guernica a macabre and mesmerizing work of art.


Hiroshima mon amour


Direction: Alan Resnais

Production: Samy Halfon

Screenplay: Marguerite Duras

Cinematography: Michio Takahashi,

Sacha Vierny

Editing: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi,

Anne Sarraute

Sound: Pierre-Louis Calvet

Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada,

Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud,

Bernard Fresson


Cannes Film Festival, 1959, BAFTA Awards,

UN Award, Best Foreign Actress, 1961, French

Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Critics Award

Best Film, 1960

A landmark film of the French New Wave, Resnais’

first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour, is one of the

most influential films of all times. A young French

actress is making an anti-war film in the rebuilt

Japanese city of Hiroshima. She engages in an

affair with a Japanese architect, even though both

of them are happily married. The actress has to

fly back to Paris, but she spends one last night

with her lover. At a café, she narrates the story

of her first tragic love with a German soldier during

the war…Utilizing an innovative flashback

structure and an Academy Award-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais

dexterously weaves the past and the present,

personal pain and public anguish, in this moody





O Padre e a Moca


Direction: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade

Production: Luiz Carlos Barreto, Joaquim

Pedro de Andrade

Screenplay: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade,

Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Cinematography: Mário Carneiro

Editing: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade,

Eduardo Escorel

Music: Carlos Lyra

Cast: Helena Ignez, Paulo José,

Mário Lago, Fauzi Arap,

Rosa Sandrini

Pretty and strong-willed, Mariana (Helena Ignez)

feels herself suffocating under the rigid conventions

of small-town life. Salvation arrives in an

unlikely disguise: a handsome young priest (Paulo

Jose). At first Mariana’s interest in him seems almost

like a game. For the priest, Mariana’s interest

awakens something he thought was long buried

under his clerical vows. Cinematography by

Mario Carneiro gives the film the visual quality of

book engravings.


Les Beaux Gosses


Direction: Riad Sattouf

Production: Anne-Dominique Toussaint

Screenplay: Marc Syrigas, Riad Sattouf

Cinematography: Dominique Colin

Editing: Virginie Bruant

Music: Flairs, Riad Sattouf

Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo,

Alice Tremoliere, Julie Scheibling,

Camille Andreys


Cesar Awards, Best First Work, Lumiere

Award- Most Promising New Actor, Etoile

d’Or- Best First Feature, Cannes, Seattle


While Herve and his sidekick Camel are forever

fantasising over their female classmates, they are

rarely able to go as far as actually talking to any

of them, other than to mumble a few incoherent

insults. But when Herve inexplicably catches the

eye of the sweet but equally hormone-fuelled

Aurore, he’s pushed to choose between his first

probable girlfriend, his unquenchable libido, and

his best friend. The breakout comedy hit of the

2009 Cannes International Film Festival, The

French Kissers premiered in Directors’ Fortnight

to a raucous audience and critical ovation. The

debut feature of acclaimed graphic artist Riad

Sattouf, it’s a rollicking tale of a pair of teens

who are far removed from the cool crowd, as

they suffer the endless embarrassments and minor

triumphs of their first sexual experiences.




Direction, Screenplay: Ajita Suchitra Veera

Production: Vellanki Usha Rani,

Ajita Suchitra Veera

Cinematography: Shanti Bhooshan Roy

Sound: Boby John

Music: Andrew T Mackay

Cast: Sunny Hinduja, Gaurav Ghatnekar,

Ashwath Bhatt, Alok Chaturbedi


Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival-Best Director

Rustom works in a small government office in the

countryside. His life consists of wandering from

place to place in the small town, spending time

with Kapil who works on the suburban trains; living

with the eccentricities of his Boss; and being

magically transported into his imaginary otherworld

in the far-reaches of this beautiful and

lonely countryside that may be undergoing a quiet



Sri Lanka/88'/Colour/2011/Sinhala

Direction: Prasanna Jayakody

Production: Rasitha Jinasena

Screenplay: Prasanna Jayakody,

Jagath Manuwarna

Cinematography: Palitha Perera

Editing: Bathiya Dunusinghe, Rangana

Singharage, Sudesh Kumarasinghe

Sound:Lionel Gunarathne

Music: Nadeeka Guruge, Sumudu Guruge

Cast: Jagath Manuwarna, Michelle Herft,

Nadeeka Guruge

Piyal is filled with guilt after his mother’s death.

He tries to relieve his repressed tensions through

Amanda, a woman living near to his apartment.

Amanda is a woman of fantasies. Through brief

encounters, Piyal begins to perceive Amanda as

the woman able to fill his emptiness.Amanda is

soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Piyal realizes

the deep meaning of relationship between a man

and a woman…



Finland- France-Germany/2011/DCP/

Colour/103’/French- Finnish

Direction, Production,

Screenplay: Aki Kaurismaki

Cinematography: Timo Salminen

Editing: Timo Linnasalo

Sound: Tero Malmberg

Cast: Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen,

Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo,

Jean-Pierre Leaud, Ilkka Koivula,

Evelyne Didi, Quoc Dung Nguyen,

Francois Monnie, Pierre Etaix, Roberto Piazza


Cannes-FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the

Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, Karlovy

Vary, Melbourne, Locarno, San Sebastian,

New York, Toronto, Telluride, Chicago: Gold

Hugo, Vancouver, Stockholm, Rotterdam

In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor

city that gives the film its name, fate throws

young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into

the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a softspoken

bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With

innate optimism and the unwavering support of

his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly

pursuing the boy for deportation. A political

fairy tale that exists somewhere between the

reality of contemporary France and the classic

cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight, whose

gentle spontaneity is perhaps the most appealingly

irresistible aspect of it.

Ente Mamattykuttyammeku


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A Perdre La Raisonÿþ



Direction: Joachim Lafosse

Production: Jacques-Henri Bronckart,

Olivier Bronckart

Screenplay: Joachim Lafosse,

Thomas Bidegain, Matthieu Reynaert

Cinematography: Jean-Francois Hensgens

Editing: Sophie Vercruysse

Sound: Vandermeersch Thibaut,

Henri Maikoff, Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder

Music: Adriano Giardina

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne,

Niels Arestrup, Stephane Bissot,

Mounia Raoui, Redouane Behache,

Baya Belal, Nathalie Boutefeu, Yannick Renier


Cannes (Un Certain Regard): Best Actress,

Karlovy Vary, New York, AFI FEST

SPIFF- Best Actress

Young, effervescent and full of life, Murielle has

a promising future ahead of her when she meets

and falls in love with the handsome Mounir. A

wedding soon follows. However, with family comes

ties, and none so tight as that between Mounir

and the mysterious Doctor Pinget, his adoptive

father. Four beautiful girls are born to Murielle

and Mounir. But frictions mount between Mounir

and Doctor Pinget. Helpless to extract her husband

and children from the wealthy nest that

Doctor Pinget has provided for them, Murielle is

drawn deeper into an unhealthy three-way relationship.

There is only one way out of this nightmare,

and for Murielle, all sense of reasoning must

be abandoned. Joachim Lafosse’s intense, multilayered

dissection of an unorthodox family, Our

Children, a film based on real-life incidents, was

also Belgium’s official entry for the 2013 Best

Foreign-Language Oscar.





Direction: Pablo Stoll Ward

Production: Natacha Cervi,

Hernan Musaluppi, Cristoph Friedel

Screenplay: Gonzalo Delgado Galiana,

Pablo Stoll Ward

Cinematography: Barbara Alvarez

Editing: Fernando Epstein, Pablo Stoll Ward

Sound: Daniel Yafalian

Music: Reverb, Sebastian Del Muro Eiras

Cast: Humberto de Vargas, Sara Bessio,

Anaclara Ferreyra Palfy, Nestor Guzzini,

Matias Ganz, Carolina Centurion,

Ines Bortagaray


Cannes, Valdivia, Toronto, Sao Paulo Latin

American Film Festival- Itamaraty Award

Sixteen-year-old Ana lives alone with her divorced

mother, Graciela. Feeling ignored by a new wife

(who remains unseen throughout the film, her

existence signalled only by overflowing ashtrays),

Rodolfo, Ana’s father and Graciela’s ex-husband,

decides that he wants to spend more time with

the family he left ten years previous. At a time

when the two women are beginning to find their

groove — and Graciela has finally met someone

new — Rodolfo begins to show up at their house

unannounced, pronouncing interest in Ana’s

handball games or wanting to have dinner together.

Slowly, Rodolfo begins to insinuate himself

back into their home.


Egypt- France/2012/35mm/Colour/116’/


Direction: Yousry Nasrallah

Production: Walid El-Kordy,

Georges-Marc Benamou

Screenplay: Yousry Nasrallah, Omar Schama

Cinematography: Samir Bahsan

Editing: Mona Rabi

Sound: Ibrahim Dessouky

Music: Tamer Karawan

Cast: Menna Chalaby, Bassem Samra,

Nahed El Sebai, Salah Abdallah, Phaedra


Cannes, Toronto

Mahmoud is one of the Tahrir Square Knights,

who carried out attacks on protestors at the

Square on 2 February 2011. After the incident,

Mahmoud lost his job, and was subjected to humiliation

and ostracization by his own community.

He and his family are in a deplorable state,

when he meets Reem, a young, secular Egyptian

divorcee and modern-thinker who works in advertising.

This will be the encounter of two individuals

as also of two different worlds. Not only

does the film explore how individuals experience

major historic upheavals, but also how an overwhelming

present can be transposed to a film in

the here and now. Part cinema verite, part fiction,

After the Battle possesses a raw, captivating energy that takes us to the heart of a revolution,

and the new world that it has wrought.



Direction, Screenplay: Craig Zobel

Production: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin,

Lisa Muskat, Theo Sena, Craig Zobel

Cinematography: Adam Stone

Editing: Jane Rizzo

Sound: Rich Bologna

Music: Heather McIntosh

Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy,

Bill Camp, Philip Ettinger, James McCaffrey,

Matt Servitto, Ashlie Atkinson,

Nikiya Mathis, Ralph Rodriguez


Sundance, London, Seattle

Based on true events, Compliance tells the chilling

story of just how far one might go to obey a

figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, manager Sandra

receives a phone call from a police officer saying

that an employee, a pretty young blonde named

Becky has stolen money from a customer. Convinced

she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences

the investigation, following step-by-step

instructions from the officer at the other end of

the line, no matter how invasive they become.

The second feature from director Craig Zobel,

Compliance recounts a riveting nightmare in

which the line between legality and reason is

hauntingly blurred. Delving into the complex psychology

of a real-life story, Compliance proves

that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.





Direction, Screenplay: Alain Gomis

Production: Eric Idriss Kanango,

Gilles Sandoz

Cinematography: Christelle Fournier

Editing: Fabrice Rouaud

Sound: Alioune Mbow, Jean-Pierre Laforce

Cast: Saul Williams, Djolof M’Bengue,

Anisia Uzeyman, Aissa Maïga, Mariko Arame,

Alexandre Gomis, Anette Derneville Ka,

Helene Gomis, Charlotte Mendy

Today is the last day of his life. He knows this to

be true even though he is strong and healthy.

Nonetheless, Satche accepts his imminent death.

Walking through the streets of his home town in

Senegal, he takes in the sites of his past. Time

and again he hears the same reproach: why didn’t

he stay in America, where he would have had a

future? Satche encounters his final moments filled

with fear but also with a sense of joy.


Burkino Faso-France/1998/84'

Direction, Screenplay: S. Pierre Yameogo

Production: Afix Productions

Cinematography: Jean Clave

Editor: Jean Dubreuil

Sound: Emmanuel de Soria

Music: Wasis Diop

Cast: Amadou Bourou, Ali Guentas,

Abdoulaye Komboudri, Saida Sallem,

Halidou Sawadogo

The story of two wealthy Lebanese merchant

brothers. Yacine and Amoudé Jabert work at

Burkino Faso. Their mother wishes to return to

her Lebanese roots . The brothers lead their

distressed life in Burkino Faso. Amoudé, has a child

in his African girlfriend Fati. Yacine is engaged in

smuggling. Amoudé accidentally kills a child in a

car crash which leads to a series of traumatic

incidents… Silmande Tourbillon is one of the most

impressive films made in Africa last year. It is a

modern urban- drama (the director calls it ‘a

dramatic comedy’) providing an austere and probably

controversial representation of the involvement

of a Lebanese family in the economic and

social corruption in Burkina Faso.



Ren Shan Ren Hai

China-Hong Kong/2011/Digibeta/Colour/


Direction: Shangjun Cai

Production: Lin Xudong

Screenplay: Cai Shangjun, Gu Xiao-bai,

Gu Zheng

Cinematography: Dong Jingsong

Editing: Yang Hongyu

Music: Zhou Jiaojiao

Cast: Chen Jianbin, Tao Höng, Wu Xiubo,

Hong Tao, Zhang Xin, Wang Xu, Bao

Zhenjiang, Hou Xiang, Tian Xinyu


Venice-Best Director, Toronto, Stockholm,

San Francisco

Brisbane, New Zealand

Guizhou province, southwest China, the present

day. Lao Tie returned penniless to his remote

mountain community home after many years. Lao

Tie decides to find out his younger brother’s killer.

He begins a journey that will unleash his longsuppressed

inner pain and rage.


Adimakal didn’t get


Ee Adutha Kaalath...


Direction, Editing: Arun Kumar Aravind

Production: Raju Malliath

Screenplay: Murali Gopy

Cinematography: Shehnad Jalaal

Sound: N.Harikumar

Music: Gopi Sunder

Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Murali Gopy,

Anoop Menon, Nishaan, Tanushree Ghosh,

Mythili, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lena

Ee Adutha Kaalathu blends a post-modern urban

tale with the antiquity of the Puranas. It cuts

through the different layers of population whose

fates get intertwined by an incident. It’s a Rubik’s

Cube of sorts. Vishnu is a rag-picker, a doting father,

and an obedient husband. Ramani, his fiery

wife, considers him an incorrigible bum. Madhuri

was a starlet growing up in Mumbai. She is now a

homemaker and mother to an eleven-year-old boy,

but remains a head turner. Her husband Ajay

Kurien, the CEO of an upmarket hospital, is a selfmade

man. Rustam is a North Indian bloke on a

short-term contract in the city. Tom Cherian, the

City Police Commissioner, wants to earn his medals

the easy way. His girlfriend Roopa is a cutthroat

journalist. There is also a serial killer out

on the prowl.




Direction: Elia Kazan

Production: Charles K. Feldman

Screenplay: Tennessee Williams

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Editing: David Weisbart

Music: Alex North

Cast: Vivien Leigh,

Marlon Brando,

Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

An adaptation of Tennessee William’s Pulitzer-winning

play A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche visits

her younger sister Stella in New Orleans. Stella

is expecting her first child. Stella’s husband is a

man of no refinements. Stella goes to the hospital

to have her baby and Blanche is left alone

with her brother-in-law in the house leading to

‘dramatic’ events… The story line unfolds the

eventful drama of human life. The film became

controversial, and morally repulsive with its bold

adult drama and dealings of madness, rape, domestic

violence, sexual obsessions and the like.

Tennessee Williams’ plot of narrative of powerful

allegory has been transfixed in the cinematic



Tsui no Shintaku



Direction, Screenplay: Masayuki Suo

Production: Shinji Sakoda

Cinematography: Rokuro Terada

Editing: Junichi Kikuchi

Sound: Hiromichi Kohri

Music: Yoshikazu Suo

Cast: Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho,

Tadanobu Asano, Takao Osawa

Doctor Ayano Orii takes on a patient Taizo Egi,

who has been hospitalised for chronic asthma.

Emotionally exhausted by her affair with surgeon

Takai, Ayano attempts suicide, but survives. She

rediscovers meaning in her job as a medical doctor

through her interaction with Egi.



Bao Gio Cho Den Thang Muoi


Direction, Screenplay: Nhat Minh Dang

Cast: Le Van, Nguyen Huu Muoi

In the final days of the war, a beautiful young

widow, Duyen, struggles to take care of her young

son and ailing father-in-law, while hiding from

them the fact that her husband has recently been

killed in battle. She is befriended by the village

schoolmaster, Zhang, who agrees to fabricate letters

from her dead husband in order to spare

her family sorrow. As their friendship deepens,

Duyen and Zhang find themselves drawn towards each

other – a dangerous relationship if Duyen is to

maintain her charade. The film resonates beautifully

with the traditional Vietnamese precepts of

duty and sacrifice, combined with aesthetic influences

from centuries of traditional poetry, literature

and theatre.


My Universe in Lowercase


Didn’t get



Direction: Tiago Mata Machado

Production: Joao Dumans,

Tiago Mata Machado

Screenplay: Tiago Mata Machado,

Cinthia Marcelle, Emilio Maciel

Cinematography: Aloysio Raulino,

Andrea C. Scansani

Editing: Joacelio Baptista,

Tiago Mata Machado

Music: Andre Wakko, Juan Rojo, David

Lansky, Vanessa Michelis

Cast: Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn,

Jeane Doucas,

Simone Sales de Alcantara, Deliani Lima,

Roberto de Oliveira

The residents of a soon to be demolished building

have set up a temporary autonomous zone to

declare war on a world where utopia and poetry

have gone astray. They are a kind of Situationist

urban guerilla, spending their days creating havoc

at both a material and immaterial level. A woman

is kidnapped, close combat is mimed, pubic hair

formed into a mustache. Many of their joyfully

nonsensical actions go round in circles, a sign

already of their ironic self-reflection: When it

comes down to it, they are merely an aesthetic

imitation of the slogans, gestures and postures

of the 1960s and 1970s political and artistic practice.

Ultimately, the residents announce the end

of their own avant-garde movement and abandon

their building to demolition.




Direction, Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami

Production: Nathanael Karmitz,

Abbas Kiarostami

Cinematography: Katsumi Yanagijima

Editing: Bahman Kiarostami

Sound: Reza Narimizadeh

Cast: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno,

Ryo Kase, Denden , Mihoko Suzuki,

Kaneko Kubota, Hiroyuki Kishi, Reiko Mori,

Kouichi Ohori, Tomoaki Tatsumi,

Seina Kasugai


Cannes, Toronto, New York, Vancouver,


Akiko (Rin Takanashi), is a student who works as

a high-class call girl to pay for her studies. A brilliant,

elderly academic Takashi (Tadashi Okuno)

is one of her clients. They meet in Tokyo. An

extraordinary relationship develops between




Direction: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr

Production: Julie Ryan

Screenplay: Ian Jones, ACS

Editing: Tania Nehme

Sound: James Currie

Cast: Dayindi, Yeeralparil,

Jamie Gulpilil

Set in the primitive times, “Ten Canoes” is the

first feature film made in the Aboriginal language

of Ganalbingu. A man covets one of the wives of

his elder brother and to teach him the ‘proper

way’, the brother tells him a story from a long

bygone past- a story of erroneous love, kidnapping,

sorcery, havoc and revenge. The film was

made collaboratively by de Heer and the people

of David Gulpilil’s (Walkabout) tribe. De Heer

worked closely with the indigenous Ramingining

community to develop a Yolngu story told in a

typically Yolngu way. The movie was premiered

at Australia’s Adelaide Festival of Arts, and was

first screened in North America at the 2006

Toronto Film Festival. This gentle, humorous landmark

film featuring spectacular scenery went on

to win the Grand Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard,

Cannes in 2006.


Il mio Domain


Direction: Marina Spada

Production: Francesco Pamphili

Screenplay: Marina Spada,

Daniele Maggioni, Maria Grazia Perria

Cinematography: Sabina Bologna,

Giorgio Carella

Editing: Carlotta Cristiani

Music: Paolo Fresu, Bebo Ferra

Cast: Claudia Gerini, Claudia Coli,

Raffaele Pisu, Lino Guanciale,

Paolo Pierobon, Enrico Bosco


Tiburon IFF, Uruguay IFF, Rome IFF

Italian Film Festival in London

Monica is a successful corporate motivational

speaker in Milan who trains employees to fill

“emptiness” with new opportunities. But her

personal life is one filled with ambiguity and deceit.

Every time she returns to her father’s house,

the grief and resentment tied to incidents of her

youth re-emerge. She senses a growing detachment

from Vittorio Corradi, her boss and lover.

The movie presents a different kind of Milan rarely

seen in movies, where within the walls of corporate

buildings personal livelihoods are ruthlessly

cut short against the backdrop of the European

economic crisis.




Direction: Pablo Larrain

Production: Juan de Dios Larrain,

Daniel Marc Dreifuss

Screenplay: Pedro Peirano

Cinematography: Sergio Armstrong

Editing: Andrea Chignoli

Sound: Miguel Hormazabal

Music: Carlos Cabezas

Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco


Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight): Art Cinema

Award, Locarno, Toronto, Telluride,

New York, London

In 1988, in an effort to extend and legitimize its

rule, the Chilean military junta announced a

plebiscite to get the people’s permission to stay

in power. Despite being given 15 minutes a day to

plead its case on television, the anti-Pinochet

opposition remained divided and could not give

a clear message. Enter Rene Saavedra , an ad

man who, after a career pushing soft drinks and

soap, sets out to sell Chileans on democracy and

freedom. Winner of the top prize in this year’s

Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, No is little short

of a miracle: shooting on U-matic video tape to

give the film the look of the Eighties, Pablo Larraín

has created a smart, funny and totally engrossing

political thriller with a powerful resonance

for our times.


Le Repenti


Direction, Screenplay: Merzak Allouache

Production: Yacine Djadi

Cinematography: Mohamed Tayeb Lagoune

Editing: Sylvie Gadmer

Sound: Ali Mahfiche, Xavier Thibault,

Carole Verner, Julien Perez

Cast: Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa,

Nabil Asli

Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist

groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young

Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his

village. In keeping with the law “of pardon and

national harmony”, he has to surrender to the

police and give up his weapon. He thus receives

amnesty and becomes a “repenti”. But the law

cannot erase his crimes, and for Rashid, it is the

beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets,

and manipulation.




Direction: Lijin Jose

Production: Sandra Thomas,

Thomas Joseph Pattathanam

Screenplay: Najeem Koya

Cinematography: Jomon Thomas

Editing: Manoj

Sound: Dan Jos

Music: Rex Vijayan

Cast: Fahadh Fazil, Nedumudi Venu,

Ann Agustine, Asha Sharath

Friday depicts a day in the lives of a number of

common people from Alappuzha. It is about how

strangers cross paths and reacts to the challenges

they have to face

The Year of the Tiger didn’t get


Der Mull im Garten Eden


Direction, Screenplay: Fatih Akin

Production: Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck

Cinematography: Herve Dieu,

Bunyamin Seyrekbasan

Editing: Andrew Bird

Sound: Felix Roggel

Music: Alexander Hacke


Cannes, Abudhabi

Camburnu is a small mountain village in northeastern

Turkey. Thanks to the Black Sea’s mild and

humid climate, the villagers have lived for generations

off tea cultivation and fishing in harmony

with nature. But this idyllic environment is threatened

by the government’s decision to build a garbage

landfill directly above the village. Despite

protests from the mayor and the villagers, a garbage-

disposal facility is set up. It does not comply with any security and building standards and

causes extreme damage to the environment. The

air is polluted, the ground water is contaminated,

the annual rains flush the waste down the slopes,

and flocks of birds and stray dogs have besieged

the village. The plantation-workers lose their livelihood.

The consequences are devastating and

easy for anyone to see and yet tons of waste

continues to be dumped in the landfill every day.

Polluting Paradise is a labour of love, an engrossing