Ilmar Raag – Klass AKA The Class (2007)

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Plot summary:
Introvert Joosep is the butt of crude jokes from his classmates who are irritated by his taciturn nature. The only support he has comes from Kaspar, whom he sits next to in class.

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This isn’t a sociological probe into the theme of adolescent bullying which might turn violently against the perpetrators, but more a universal reflection on the darker sides of the human soul, often hidden beneath an attractive exterior, ready to provoke an unexpected reaction under excess pressure. The acting performances of the leads, in particular, give the story – a linear progression where silly pranks develop into a tragic outcome – a highly credible dimension. Continue reading Ilmar Raag – Klass AKA The Class (2007)

Hugo Santiago – Invasión (1969)

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nvasion is the legend of a city, real or imagined, under attack by powerful enemies and defended by a handful of men who may not be heroes. They will carry on their struggle to the finish, unaware that the battle is endless.

“Two analogous experiences, distant from each other, now live in my memory. The oldest has been with me since 1923: I’m referring to that afternoon when I held in my hands the first copy of my first book. The other, the recent one, is the emotion I felt when I saw Invasion on the screen. A printed book is not so different from a manuscript; a film is a visible projection, detailed, heard, enriched, and magical os something dreamed, barely descried. As I am one of the authors, I cannot allow myself to priase it. I would like to leave in writing, however, that Invasion es loke no other film, and it might well be the first of a new fantastic genre” –Jorge Luis Borges, Buenos Aires, April 1969 Continue reading Hugo Santiago – Invasión (1969)

James Clayden – Hamlet X (2004)

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James Clayden, described by Adrian Martin at this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival as ‘one of Australia’s best kept artistic secrets’, returns to MIFF following the screening of his highly acclaimed Ghost Paintings series in 2003. His latest audiovisual collage is a meditation in image and sound on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Employing a symphonic structure, this latest UFO (Unidentified Filmed Object) from Clayden is a haunting and atmospheric work. Continue reading James Clayden – Hamlet X (2004)

Atif Yilmaz – Hayallerim, askim ve sen (1987)

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Coskun (Oguz Tunc;), who grew up in an orphanage, has been in love with the very famous film star Derya Altinay (Turkan Soray) all of his life. His only purpose in life is to meet her one day and write a film script for her. He is so much in love with her that he believes that he lives with the two film characters which she performed in her old movies. However these two old characters do not want him to write an original script for Derya Altinay as they will be forgotten when a new character is created. So, they start an emotional war to prevent him from writing his script. Written by Zeki Giritli Continue reading Atif Yilmaz – Hayallerim, askim ve sen (1987)

Philip Powrie & Keith Reader – French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (2003)

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The study of French cinema has expanded dramatically in recent years, as it is increasingly taught alongside literature in modern language departments. Many entrants to courses have no previous experience of film study. This book, written by two leading scholars of French film, offers students an introduction to the history and theory of French cinema, while giving them an understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in the study of film. It also contains a model essay, sample film analyses, and an appendix of statistics, filmography, bibliography and glossary, making this book an indispensable and comprehensive resource. Continue reading Philip Powrie & Keith Reader – French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (2003)

Tomris Giritlioglu – Güz sancisi AKA Pains of Autumn (2009)

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As the year 1955 is moving towards autumn, Turkey’s increasingly tense political atmosphere starts to cast its dark shadow on the glittering beauty of Beyoglu. Behcet is the only son of a father in whom the government and the bureaucracy take a close interest due to his strong influence in Antakya. While working as a research assistant at the Faculty of Law in Istanbul, Behcet is falling under the sway of extreme nationalism as a result of his upbringing and the influential role model of his father. The only thing that causes Behcet to stumble on this road is the woman he secretly observes through the window of the apartment opposite his own. This woman, who is aware that she is being observed by Behcet, is Elena. She is one of those peerless beauties making up the cosmopolitan kaleidoscope of Beyoglu. A prostitute with a childlike spirit, she is sold off to high-level bureaucrats by her grandmother, who herself is a former prostitute. Continue reading Tomris Giritlioglu – Güz sancisi AKA Pains of Autumn (2009)