In 12th century, Andalousie, the great Islamic philosopher known throughout Europe as Averroës, first council to the calife, is recognized for his wisdom, tolerance and fairness. But he must confront powerful adversaries who use Islam in their quest for absolute conquest.
Danijel is a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla is a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees. They two knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, and their allegiances uncertain.
Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two men at the Peking Opera, friends since childhood, and the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution.
Two intertwined romantic tales take place inside the Chʻung-chʻing high-rise shopping center in downtown Hong Kong. A policeman falls in love with a snack bar waitress while a house detective gets involved with a female drug dealer.
Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love.
The first documentary ever chosen to compete in the International Critics Week at Cannes, where it won the grand prize, Janus Metz's Armadillo follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare, the film premiered at the top of the box office in Denmark, provoking a national debate over government policy and the rules of engagement.
With the mysterious arrival of Babette, a refugee from France's civil war, life for two pious sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Before long, Babette has convinced them to try something other than boiled codfish and ale bread--a gourmet French meal! Her feast scandalizes the elders, except for the visiting General. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure?
The family and friends of prominent Danish patriarch Helge Klingenfeldt gather at his country estate to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Two months prior to this event, Helge's daughter committed suicide. Her twin brother, Christian, makes a birthday toast that brings a barrage of family secrets out into the open.
Lucas is a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage- but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic drama of the highest order.
Georges and Anne are a couple of retired music teachers enjoying life in their eighties. However, Anne suddenly has a stroke at breakfast and their lives are never the same. That incident begins Anne's harrowingly steep physical and mental decline as Georges attempts to care for her at home as she wishes.
L'Armee des Ombres is a stark and unvarnished story about Resistance fighters in Vichy France in 1942-43 when the French leadership allowed the Nazis to occupy the country. The members of this army are cold, hungry, desperate men and women, with false names and no addresses, who can be betrayed in an instant by a traitor or an accident. They know they will probably die. A meditation on the nature of resistance and the price of courage, these heroes can save their own country only by cutting themselves apart from it. Entangled in the political turmoil engulfing France in the wake of May '68--as a result received poorly there--the film was not distributed in the US until 2006.
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the 'boys' law' in the neighborhood, Marieme ... starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection.
Melé, a bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, African civil society representatives have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, whom they blame for Africa's woes. As numerous trial witnesses air bracing indictments against the multinational economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward.
Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.
Story of a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti whose ordered life is turned upside down with the arrival of a new recruit who finds favor with the unit's commander. Loosely based on Herman Melville's Billy Budd.
Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast.
A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband's childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy.
Two 16-year-old girls have an intense friendship while living in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942. Nour is a Muslim who eagerly anticipates her wedding to a handsome cousin. Myriam is a French Jew who is furiously resisting her betrothal to a much older doctor. However, his money is needed by her family to pay fines imposed by the Nazis.
Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music.
On a bustling Paris street corner, four separate lives intersect, interweaving the stories of a promising actress, her photojournalist boyfriend, a teacher of African descent, and a Romanian illegal immigrant. A portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world.
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990's. When a crew of foreign workers are massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay, come what may.
In 12th century, Andalousie, the great Islamic philosopher known throughout Europe as Averroës, first council to the calife, is recognized for his wisdom, tolerance and fairness. But he must confront powerful adversaries who use Islam in their quest for absolute conquest.
The story of a sadistic headmaster who brutalizes his fragile wife and his headstrong mistress. The two women murder him and dump his body in a swimming pool; when the pool is drained, no corpse is found.
Dramatized account of Dr. Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard's efforts to civilize a young boy who was discovered living wild in a forest. The boy, named Victor, becomes increasingly divided between his longing for the wilderness and his new life with the doctor. Itard, whose teaching strategies survive today in the Montessori Method, is unsure whether he is helping a savage become human or turning a forest child into a semi-civilized idiot.
Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a Paris cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out.
Composed of eight interlinked plateaus, Facs of Life is a film occupying a liminal territory between documentary, fiction, essay and video art, which attempts to map molecular trajectories of life and thought beginning from a series of encounters: with video footage of Deleuze's courses at Vincennes (1975-76), with several of the students who attended the seminar and who appear in these images, with the woods of Vincennes where the university buildings once stood, with students of the new university at St Denis, and inevitably with the phantoms of revolution, both cinematic and political, that continue to haunt collective desire. The eight plateaus each fall under a key concept-word or refrain that delineates the territory of each student's relationship to Deleuze's thought (their angle of approach) and the nature of the filmmakers' encounter with them. The plateaus, while sketching a narrative of the film's making, are designed to fold and unfold upon each other in a series of non-linear, multiple concatenations and assemblages.
Presents the energy and fierce intellect of the well-known 20th century philosopher, Michel Foucault, and introduces us to some of the key elements of his work, while also acknowledging--and even celebrating--its many contradictions.
Covering the years from 1801-1825, this is the story of how Beethoven falls in love with one of his students, Juliette, but she loves another, so he throws himself into his work. His hearing fails him off and on, and he plans to marry Therese, another student who is devoted to him, but he cannot. He loves Juliette. His hearing gone for good, he is very poor, and in the end he dies a pauper.
In this classic tale of adventure, duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the German commandant, a fellow aristocrat, while simultaneously cooperating with his French comrades, who are commoners, in a daring escape.
This hypnotic tone poem confirms Sissako's talent for capturing the essence of a place through evocative imagery, Tatiesque comedy, and close observation of everyday life. Abdallah returns to his homeland, a seaside town of Nouadhibou in Mauritania, for an indeterminate amount of time. Now a stranger to his own community and language, the young man tries to absorb as much local color (literally and figuratively) before embarking for Europe.
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier.
After the death of their mother, a set of twins make a life-altering discovery. The pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about the father they thought was dead who is still very much alive, and the brother they never knew existed. Along the way they will piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.
Set in French Indochina in the 1930s as the Vietnamese begin to rebel against French colonialism. Dramatizes the last years of French rule through the relationship between plantation owner Éliane, French by birth but born and raised in Indochina, and her adopted daughter Camille, an orphaned Annamese princess who becomes a Vietnamese revolutionary and representative at the Geneva Conference after having a child by French officer Jean-Baptiste, Éliane's past lover.
A Montreal shrine seeks to inspire its congregants by modernizing its staging of the Passion play. A promising cast of vibrant young actors are signed on-- one fresh from perfume commercials, another from the pornographic film industry, and another who had an affair with the basilica's priest-- quickly drive the production on to become a smash hit. But as the play enjoys the success, the actors become more and more challenged to separate their real lives from their lives onstage.
A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God.
Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt--as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble.
Unlikeable antiques dealer François always gets what he wants, but there's one thing he's never had: a friend. Challenged to a bet by his business partner, François must find someone who will pose as his best pal in just 10 days. Enlisting the assistance of charming taxi driver Bruno, François goes to outrageous lengths to be a likeable guy.
A young Senegalese woman moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally, into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world.
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage.
Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.
A brutal yet poetic snapshot of life as one of Africa's child soldiers, following a young girl who is kidnapped from her village by a group of rebel fighters. Forced to gun down members of her family and enemy soldiers, she takes solace in fellow soldier Magician, a young albino with whom she escapes and starts a new life.
Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nightclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Actress Alexandra Stewart reads and comments on the letters she receives from (fictional) Sandor Krasna, a world-traveling freelance cameraman. Explores the immense diversity of the human species and its differing societies.
Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be "Mikael", a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.
On the eve of the year 2000, Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker living in France, goes home to visit his father in a small village in Mali. At the post office, he encounters a young woman. A relationship develops, while on the streets of the village, daily life goes on peacefully and unchanged as a new millennium arrives.
In a fictional African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet comical results.
Story about a Hamburg picture framer who is perfectly ordinary except that he is suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. His peace and sanity are upset when he is offered money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris.
Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski meets Arab worker Ali in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise, and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. An emotional power that reflects the ethnic tensions within German society.
Superb detailing of life in a German U-boat during WWII. The original uncut version. Based on the novel by Lothar G. Buchheim. Includes a making-of featurette; restored original stereo audio; and much more.
A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
In this pulse-raising thriller, time is running out. Lola has just received a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, who's accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within 20 minutes, Manni will suffer severe consequences.
A psychopathic murderer of young girls terrorizes a German city causing public hysteria and intense police investigations, which in turn disrupts organized crime. The contrasting worlds of the police and the underworld are juxtaposed as they both resolve to hunt, capture, and try the murderer.
Takes you into Hitler's bunker, in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors.
In the middle of the Aegean Sea on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game to deem who among them is the overall 'best'. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, but at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the winner will wear the victorious signet ring: the Chevalier.
A darkly surreal look at three teenagers confined to an isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen by their parents - an alternately hilarious and nightmarish experiment of manipulation and oppression.
The film tells an intensely personal story of a father struggling to resolve the destinies of his country and that of his son. Mahatma Gandhi could transform the soul of a nation but could not save the soul of his own son.
A Hindu widow in 1938 could throw herself on her husband's funeral pyre, marry her husband's younger brother or live in poverty and self-denial from then on. When eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed, she is sent to a home in the Holy City of Varanasi where Hindu widows live in penitence. Her feisty presence affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society's prejudices, especially a young woman who has fallen in love with a follower of Gandhi.
Details the life of three peasant families in 19th century Italy. Evokes the time and place rather than telling a narrative. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's. This is a Region 2 DVD that cannot be played in a standard U.S. player. A Region 2 or All Region player is needed for viewing.
A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who spent 17 years in a vegetative state. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Alberto, a postmaster trying to secure a transfer to Milan to please his wife, attempts a subterfuge which results in his banishment to a small town south of Naples. Culture shock ensues. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The 1978 kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, former prime minister of Italy and head of the Christian Democrat party, is told through the eyes of Chiara, a conflicted young woman in the Red Brigade. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend around a set of remote islands in search of peace to finish his new film and consulting doctor after doctor to cure his annoying rash to cast a humorous look at his life and those around him. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
In 1938, Umberto is a tailor who is beginning to lose business to Leone, a haberdasher next door. The rivalry eventually leads to a public argument in which Umberto refers to Leone's Jewish faith in a derogatory manner. Leone, who had previously been quiet about his Jewish heritage, soon finds himself having to deal with the sanctions being levied against Jewish citizens. As Umberto sees his neighbor slowly stripped of his property, his rights, and his dignity, his anger turns to sympathy and to a wish that he could do something to help a man not so different from himself. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Everyone harbours a dark secret, but it's obvious that Titta Di Girolamo has more than one. Why else would a 50-year old man from southern Italy choose to live for eight years in an anonymous hotel room in an anonymous town in Switzerland? He seems to be a man without identity and with little to do, spending his time smoking and coldly observing the hotel's denizens, mostly the beautiful barmaid Sofia. A nullifying routine, he's constantly waiting for something to happen, but what is his secret? And what is the story of the mysterious suitcases delivered to his door? This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Dramatization of the anti-globalization protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, in July 2011, and the violent counter-attack by riot police. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Baron Fefé Cefalé is a Sicilian nobleman bored of life and of wife Rosalia: he falls in love with young and beautiful cousin Angela, who spends summers in the same palace. Since divorce is impossible in Italy in the 1960s, he decides to kill the wife, knowing that sentence would be very light if he proved that he committed murder for a matter of honour, i.e. when he found the wife together with another man. Therefore, he starts finding a lover for Rosalia, using Carmelo Patané, a painter well-known by her. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A village priest, Don Camillo, causes trouble for the town's communist-leaning mayor, Peppone. .This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A sketch-based comedy film that follows the daily life of a student in Rome, Italy, whose school year is disrupted by political and amorous misadventures. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
In a neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome the crime, drugs and graffiti are pervasive. A large apartment complex seems to be a prison for the inhabitants. Marco returns to the hood after serving time in prison for dealing drugs but he's rejected and abandoned by his wife. His old friends still want him to deal cocaine for them. At first he's reluctant but it seems to be all he knows to do. Faustino, Massimo and Federico are delinquents who hang out together while doing drugs, petty crime, and looking for sex. Sonia is different from the rest because she studies and works all the time but even Sonia won't escape without being a victim. A tragic incident brings the main characters together and leaves behind a trail of fire, blood and violence. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Irene Girard and her husband are wealthy Americans living in Rome. When her young son commits suicide, Irene, believing she is responsible for his death, seeks some meaning in the chaotic post-war world. A Communist friend advises her to go to the people. She wanders the streets trying to help those in need. Irene's husband considers her philanthropy eccentric but tolerates it until the woman helps a young criminal escape from the police. Deciding that she has deteriorated into mental illness, he has her confined to an institution. Due to the scandal surrounding the relationship of Bergman and Rosselini, this film was witheld from American audiences for several years. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Tells the story of a young couple with two children. The woman is granted one wish. The recovery of a memory is a two edged event - one based on guilt and one based on passion. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A young boy kills his sickly father and then, unable to live with his action, kills himself. Set in ruined Berlin shortly after World War II. The third part of the trilogy following, Paisa, and Roma città aperta.
This drama is set in Italy in 1938, when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts began to isolate the Jews from their communities. Among them were the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family forced for the first time to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
When she suspects her husband of infidelity, a housewife unleashes an unconscious ripe with erotic fantasies. In this film, Fellini's first feature-length color film, his examination of the sexual psyche unfolds via the surrealistic use of abrupt cut-aways to illustrate the woman' sexual fantasies.
For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.
Story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Strangled by debt and the banks during the economic crisis, the owner of a factory will go to any lengths to solve his financial and marital problems to keep the the factory running. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
While playing, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town bad boy Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. When Michele's parents learn of his discovery, they warn him to forget what he saw. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
In this comedy, a large, colorful Neapolitan family experiences in microcosm the social changes of the early 1970s. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
An unemployed man gets work for which his bicycle is essential. Its theft and the man's desperate attempt to recover it evoke a story of deep poignancy. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The story of an extraordinary man who lives a remarkable life without setting foot on land. Dubbed 1900 for the year he was born, he was abandoned atop a piano and raised by a lowly crew member in the bowels of a luxurious cruise ship. As he grows up, he is drawn to the piano and discovers he has an amazing gift for creating music. His reputation spreads, but he refuses to leave the ship. Only when he spots a beautiful girl on-board does he try to join the outside world and live a normal life. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Epic story of two families in Italy traces both the rise of fascism and the conflict between the sons of the families, both born on January 1, 1900. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As the boy grows up, he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies.
A series of vignettes celebrating various aspects of Neapolitan life, including Toto as a clown imposed upon by a bullying racketeer, Silvana Mangano as a prostitute, Sophia Loren in her celebrated comic turn as a pizza seller, and Vittorio De Sica himself as a gambler.
This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The story of the ill-fated love between Gino, a virile young drifter, who arrives by chance at a roadside restaurant and filling station, and Giovanna, the beautiful young wife of the fat old man who owns the place. Gino leaves, only to return because he can't get her out of his blood. They kill her husband but his death haunts the guilt-ridden Gino.
A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful.
A darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show Big Brother leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
In the rice fields of the Po Valley, a thief on the run meets a girl who tries to steal his loot. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The story of four poor Italian brothers and their mother who leave their country home and move to bustling Milan with hopes of improving their bitter fortune. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman and their struggles to succeed in a viciously competitive world. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape.This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Nello (Claudio Bisio) is an out of work former trade unionist who has been sent to run a cooperative of mental patients who were released from Italy's psychiatric hospitals when the government closed the hospitals down under the 1980's Basaglia Law. Nello doesn't like the over medicated clients way of life at the cooperative and he seeks to find a more beneficial life for them and possibly learn a profession to suit their capabilities. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Tragedy hits the family of a psychiatrist and they struggle with anger and grief until an unexpected visitor forces them to confront their feelings. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
The story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
On Linosa, fishermen are punished for saving illegal immigrants (boat people) from the sea and, back on shore, letting them go, because this amounts to facilitating illegal immigration. Therefore a young local, Filippo, does not allow them on his boat. Several die, and Filippo changes his mind about the matter: he helps a family consisting of a mother, a little boy and a newborn baby, to get to the Italian mainland. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. Can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A musician, Antonio Scannagatti (Totò), hopes to sell his composition, ''Epopea italiana'', to Tiscordi one of the most important Italian impresarios. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Roberto Benigni's one-man traveling show, Tutto Dante, debuted in 2006 in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. Benigni provides an interpretation and performance of Dante's Divine Comedy, emphasizing the Inferno. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
An elderly priest is devastated when his church is deconsecrated, leaving him without a role in life. It is not long before a group of illegal immigrants find shelter in the "church" and give the priest a new role and set of responsibilities. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.
A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.
The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, everyone believed him dead. Instead, he was living in a little hotel near Frankfurt, with a wife and a young German son. Then, when the trains filled with waste departed from Naples, the past climbed on board. This is the story of a man who, while trying to kill a chestnut tree with a copper nail, was grabbed from behind by his past. And was forced to settle the score. This is a Region 2 DVD. It cannot be played in a Standard U. S. player. It can only be played in a Region 2 or All Region player.
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning of life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quiety fulfilled.
In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons, who turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane.
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her.
A bold trio of stories about love and loss ... [that] was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 90s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity--but that hardly explains their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red ... examine a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions.
Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18 year old Anna meets her estranged Aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida's birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation.
See the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. Based on the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.
After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother's actions and must try to cope with his biological family.
Miguel Gomes directs this romantic drama, which pays homage to the silent films of F.W. Murnau and Robert J. Flaherty. Filmed in black and white, the film is divided into two parts, the first half takes up the story from the point of view of Pilar (Teresa Madruga), a middle-aged political activist whose neighbour Aurora (Laura Soveral) is a senile old lady with a gambling addiction and a propensity to tell colourful tales about her past in Mozambique. As Aurora's health starts to decline, she asks Pilar, her deceased neighbor's maid, to track down a man called Ventura (Henrique Espírito Santo), with whom she had a passionate affair as a newly-married young woman. The second part of the film details the affair between the beautiful young Aurora (Ana Moreira) and her Portuguese lover (Carloto Cotta), revealing their secret passion that unfolded in Africa in her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa over half a century previously.
In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A ... voice from rural Africa's young generation, Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing between tradition and modernity ... where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white.
From the 1920s to the 1980s, the Soviet regime ordered the production of dozens of animated propaganda films. Their target audience was the Soviet Union itself, and their goal was to win the hearts and minds of the Soviet people. Commentary by leading Soviet film scholars.
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which tragedy occurs when an old king prematurely divides his kingdom between his daughters in the vain hope that they will care for him in his old age.
La batalla de Chile : "On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically-elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, during which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán's seminal documentary ... [a] chronicle of that country's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it.
Biutiful" takes place in grimy and crowded parts of Barcelona that are a world away from that city's tourist attractions. Uxbal is a midlevel mobster, in charge of Chinese sweatshop workers making counterfeit watches and bags, and the African vendors who sell them. He collects and dispenses money, and runs interference with the cops. He also has two young children, a mentally unstable former wife, and a terminal illness. He is trying, despite his job, to be a good man, a good father. He tries to be stoical, tough, and compassionate, but he suffers because he cannot do good things, and he cares about the consequences of his actions.
When Buenos Aires is plunged into an economic meltdown, Bebe faces a crisis and is unable to pay her longtime maid, Dora. The two realize that in order to survive, they must put aside their class resentments.
Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple blocked from marrying by the demands of her cold and selfish mother. To be near his love the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.
Inspired by the short stories of Julio Cortázar, yet blended with the realities of contemporary Argentina, Wind in our Hair (Con viento en el pelo) is an experimental narrative about four girls discovering themselves through a fascination with the trains that pass by their house. A story of early-teen anticipation and disappointment, the film is shot in Buenos Aires and circumscribed by a period of profound political and social unrest. Using a bilingual soundtrack, Lynne Sachs and her collaborator, Puerto Rican filmmaker Sofía Gallisá, articulate this atmosphere of urban turmoil spinning about the young girls' lives. Wind in our Hair also includes the daring, ethereal music of Argentine singer Juana Molina.
Roberto, a middle aged veteran, has lived a sheltered and isolated life for the past twenty years following a traumatic incident. When he meets a Chinese man in Buenos Aires who is looking for his only remaining family member, events pull Roberto back out of his shell.
Julia is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every Wednesday, Julia does the danzon with Carmelo in the old 'Salon Colonia'. They've danced for years but barely know each other. One night Carmelo disappears without a trace. Feeling lonely and sad, Julia takes a train to Veracruz, where she knows Carmelo has a brother. That sudden trip will change Julia's life forever.
An Argentine teacher lives in blissful ignorance of the evils perpetrated by her country's government. Over time, she begins to suspect that her adopted daughter may have been the child of a murdered political prisoner. When she attempts to unearth the truth, her investigation reveals levels of political corruption so abhorrent that the illusions of her past life are irrevocably shattered.
Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while Rosario's mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico. Mother and son face daunting challenges and obstacles to reunite, but are sustained by their constant hope of finally being together again.
Based on the alleged autobiography of gay Peruvian talk show host Jaime Bayly, this is the story of Joaquin, a troubled youth from a well-to-do family in Peru, who must overcome the domineering influences of his macho, racist father and obsessively religious mother to discover his true sexual nature.
Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
Set in the future, a young man looks for a better life outside his small rural village in Mexico-- but finds himself facing a technological dystopia when he attempts to cross the border.
Memo Cruz siempre ha soñado con dejar su pequeño y huir a las grandes ciudades fronterizas del Norte. Pero cuando ocurre una tragedia imprevista y se ve obligado a huir, Memo descubre un nuevo mundo mucho más salvaje de lo que había soñado. El futuro próximo de Sleep Dealer es un mundo lleno de drones asesinos, fábricas de tecnología de punta, vendedores de memorias y una salvaje batalla contra los 'aqua-terroristas' emitada por televisión.
Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles.
Antonius Block is a knight, who along with his squire, are returning home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. Antonius challenges Death to a chess game for his life. Antonius and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval that the plague has caused.
Told through the eyes of Alexander and his sister Fanny, we see the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief patrons. After Oscar's early death, his widow marries the bishop and moves with her children to his austere and forbidding chancery. The children are immediately miserable, but befriend a local Jewish merchant whose odd household becomes the children's refuge.
12-year-old Oskar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends. She has moved into his building. Oskar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, suspicions mount from her neighbors and police. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oskar the only way she knows how.
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.
A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. In Swedish with English subtitles.
A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity.
A story of four women's search for spiritual peace. Agnes is dying of cancer and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes is able to transcend her sisters' pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror.
After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and a young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa.