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:: Cinema from Around the World ::

BLIND FLIGHT

Date: 14/06/2004

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Blind Flight is the true account of the kidnapping of Brian Keenan and his subsequent captivity with John Mc- Carthy as hostages of Islamic fundamentalists in Lebanon in 1986. Brian Keenan and John McCarthy spent four and a half years together, confined underground and chained to the wall of their cell. The two men, pawns in a game of international politics, were utterly different in personality, physical appearance and background. The bullish working-class Irish Republican Keenan, who went to Lebanon as a teacher to escape the horrors of Belfast, and his youthful English cellmate, the handsome, charming, upper-class McCarthy, a journalist ironically reporting on Keenan’s own captivity, could easily have found each other at opposite ends of a gun barrel in the streets of Keenan’s Belfast. Instead, in the face of the most acute deprivation and under the constant threat of death at the hands of their captors, they forged a relationship that transcended all that appeared to divide them. As they shared their deepest memories, feelings, fears and loves – and an irrepressible humour – they discovered a capacity for inner freedom, a joy for life and a compassionate humanity which embraced even their captors.


CARGO

Date: 14/06/2004

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Based upon a series of true stories Cargo is the intense tale of four refugees escaping from Croatia to the UK in the back of a truck in the early 1990s. Damia, Branko, Mira and Ivan flee bloodshed and misery in search of a better life in Western Europe. This story is Mira’s. Infused with dread and tension, Cargo highlights a terrifying journey into the unknown. Set against the background of historical events, it explores universal themes of suffering, loss, entrapment and survival.


FREEZE FRAME

Date: 15/06/2004

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Sean Veil is an ultra paranoid murder suspect who takes to filming himself round the clock to provide an alibi, just in case he’s ever accused of another crime. Problems arise however when the police do come calling and the one tape that can prove his innocence has mysteriously disappeared.


HURENSOHN (THE WHORE'S SON)

Date: 15/06/2004

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At the age of three, Ozren only has to watch his mother while she’s sleeping to know that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. A queen. At the age of nine, he doesn’t understand why people swear at him on the street, calling him a whore’s son, a sonofabitch: his mother works as a waitress and that’s the only reason she’s hardly ever at home in the evening. At the age of 16 Ozren knows. He’s learnt a lot. About money from his mother, about God from his aunt Ljiljana, about the world from his uncle Ante and about whores from Pepi. Now he’s determined to clear up the mystery surrounding his mother. And that’s what ultimately leads to tragedy.


DIE ANDERE FRAU

Date: 16/06/2004

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Die andere frau is the story of Ivonne, one such wife, who receives a letter from imprisoned stranger Vera, informing her that her husband has been unfaithful. Ivonne visits Vera in prison, completely unprepared for the truth she learns about the depths of her husband’s deception. An emotionally haunting story of love, betrayal, and lies, The Other Woman reveals the emotional implications of facing a double life that has lasted for decades.


SET POINT

Date: 16/06/2004

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On a summer evening, four strangers are brought together by a mysterious murder. A case which at first seems like a regular crime investigation turns out to be something much more: a tale of love, alienation and confusion, which reflects a society in the midst of transforming itself into one of Europe’s newest members of the EU.


MEMO

Date: 17/06/2004

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The story of the film is set in the period from the 1940s until today in the Pannonian plain (the plain in the Central Europe), in an area of elusive boundaries, mysterious and unstable spiritual identity. The witness of the time is a Jewish boy Benya Cohn who, with his eye wide open, remembers the tragedy of his family, in the shadow of the Holocaust, concentration camps and new wars.


BLINDED

Date: 17/06/2004

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While doing her rounds in the Scottish countryside, Doctor Caroline Lamar comes upon a hitchhiker, and offers him a lift. Young Danish backpacker Mike Hammershoi explains that he is looking for work in the area, and so she points him in the direction Black’s farm, an isolated steading. Francis Black, the owner, who is blind, and lives there with his ailing mother Bella, and enigmatic young wife Rachel, tells Mike he can work in the yard. But put off by the foreboding atmosphere, Mike declines. A chance encounter with Rachel, however, persuades him to stay and settle in. Since the accident that blinded him two years earlier, Francis has become incresingly bitter, and sensing his young wife’s attraction the stranger, orders him leave. But rather than force them apart, Mike’s imminent departure only serves to bind the two in a passionate relationship that will ultimately have dark consequences for them all.


VILLA PARANOIA

Date: 18/06/2004

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A satire, psychological drama and comedy rolled into one. Anna, a 24-year-old unemployed actress, makes ends meet by looking after Valentin; the father of Jørgen, a businessman Anna met while acting in a commercial. Valentin is old. His mental faculties are not always on an even keel, however, he serves as an audience for the roles Anna didn’t get at auditions. Jørgen is eager to settle his father’s estate, but Valentin’s mental state, it turns out, isn’t quite as feeble as the hospital staff and Jørgen think. Soon Anna has to call on all her acting skills, to find out what it is Valentin is hiding from them all and to retain her self-respect.


TURN LEFT AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Date: 18/06/2004

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Sixties, two immigrant families become unlikely neighbors in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere in Israel. One family is from Morocco, the other from India. Apart from the dream of a new life, they have nothing in common. Obliged to live side by side, they flex their muscles and try to assert their identity. Both cling to their customs and try to impose their culture on the other. Only Sara and Nicole reach out to each other and become friends, despite the conflict between their respective families. Their youth and desire for freedom overcome all prejudice. In this village, the road to harmony shapes up to be joyfully torturous and full of surprises...


MA MERE

Date: 19/06/2004

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Plot:
Pierre is a 17-year-old living a pious adolescence with his grandmother. For his summer holidays he goes to join his parents in the Canary Islands, where he will be confronted with the conjugal escapades of a couple who are tearing each other apart and who hate each other. Following the sudden death of his father, Pierre is initiated into perversion by Hélène, his mother whom he venerates, and in whom he sees a pure woman who has lived with a repugnant man. His mother takes him along with her on her outings, and introduces him to Réa, a seductive young woman who is also her mistress. The young woman plunges Pierre into orgy and debauchery. He discovers an ecstasy of perdition. His mother prefers to distance herself. During her absence, Pierre finds love and a certain degree of equilibrium with Hansi, a young woman who has been close to his mother. But Hélène is soon back…


FRACTURE

Date: 19/06/2004

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Plot:
Leeanne Rosser’s life is getting tougher and tougher each day. Her mother cannot accept her as a solo mother and is feeling the pull of the Church, whilst her father cannot seem to bring them all together. Worlds separate Leanne’s brother Brent, a petty thief, from Ulla Peet, wife of Athco Properties’ Athol Peet. But a burglary gone wrong brings them into a confrontation that will change their lives – and perhaps end them... Brent turns to murder, of the most brutal kind. Gordon Peet, brother of Athol and son of high-flying Howie, jumps on the money-goround and is jailed for corporate fraud. Gwen and Ulla, who is now a quadriplegic, move towards a “criminal solution” of their problem. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, beer-sodden Danny abuses Leeanne Rosser at will – until Leeanne decides to fight back.


 


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