ALIVE Genre: Drama Starring: Nik Xhelilaj, Bruno Shllaku, Bessart Kallaku, Xhevdet Ferri Synopsis: When Koli returns home to his rural village in the mountains of Albania to attend his father's funeral, he discovers that he has unknowingly plunged himself in the midst of a generations-old war between rival clans that threatens to claim his life. Forced into hiding, Koli confronts the tragic pattern of violence resulting from the tradition that keeps generation after generation mired in perpetual conflict.
ABOUNA (ARABIC) (2002) (CHAD) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Eight-year-old Amine and fifteen-year-old Tahir leave their poor Chad village and head for the Cameroon border to search for their father who deserted the family.
CAPTAIN ABU RAED (ARABIC) (2007) (JORDAN) Genre: Drama Starring: Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan, Hussein Al-Sous, Udy Al-Qiddisi, Ghandi Saber Synopsis: An airport janitor makes a big difference in the lives of the children in his poor neighborhood when they mistake him for an airplane pilot. Using his imagination to weave stories of the wonderful places he has visited around the world, a friendship develops as he brings hope to their otherwise grim home life.
THE KITE (ARABIC) (2003) (LEBANON) Genre: Drama Starring: Flavia BĂŠchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar, Julia Kassar, Liliane Nemry Synopsis: In this fairytale for troubled times, 16-year-old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met. Neither she nor her betrothed is eager to consummate a marriage to a stranger, further complicated by Lamia's admission of her love for an Israeli soldier. 1
LAILA'S BIRTHDAY (ARABIC) (2008) (PALESTINE) Genre: Comedy Starring: Mohammed Bakri, Areen Omari Synopsis: 'At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?' Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu's wife reminds her husband. On his young daughter's birthday, Abu faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab, armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty, and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47s are prohibited.
PARADISE NOW (2005) (ARABIC) (PALESTINE) Notes: Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film; Golden Globe Winner Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhoum Synopsis: The story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.
UNDER THE BOMBS (ARABIC) (LEBANON) Genre: Drama Synopsis: An untraditional Shiite woman and a Christian taxi driver find they have a lot in common when she hires him to take her to find her son during a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. As they journey through the desolate countryside, a love grows between them in response to all the death that is surrounding them.
GRBAVICA: THE LAND OF MY DREAMS (2006 Genre: Drama Starring: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic Synopsis: A touching film about a single mother who lives with her 12-year-old daughter in the Grbavica district of Sarajevo, a neighborhood once used as an internment camp during the Yugoslav wars. A beautiful and tender story that you won't soon forget.
WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (2008) Genre: Drama Starring:Miki Manojlovic, Carlo Ljubek, Hristo Mutafchiev Synopsis: After surviving a horrific car accident, a young man can't even remember his own name. In an attempt to cure him from his amnesia, his quirky grandfather travels to Germany and organizes a spiritual journey for his grandson, back to the country of his birth. While traveling with his grandfather across time and place on a tandem bicycle, the young man begins to reconnect with his forgotten past. Based on Ilija Trojanow's autobiography.
ALL ABOUT AH LONG = A Lang de gu shi (CANTONESE) (1989) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: A father's ex-girlfriend resurfaces after a 10-year absence wanting to take her son away from him. With his world shattered, he must decide between what is best for his son and his own future happiness.
AN AUTUMN'S TALE = Chou tin dik tong wah (CANTONESE) (1987) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Chow Yun-Fat is an amiable N.Y. big-mouth who gambles and brawls, but his thoughts turn to love when his distant cousin Cherie Chung arrives in the big city for college. They're a mismatched pair from the start, so most of the movie is silent yearning and embarrassment for the poor guy.
DIARY OF A BIG MAN = Daai jeung foo yat gei (CANTONESE) (1988) (CHINA) Genre: Comedy Synopsis: A two-timing bigamist finds himself concocting scheme after scheme with his best friend.
FRACTURED FOLLIES = Chang duan jiao zhi lian (CANTONESE) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Starring: Joey Wang, James Wong, Chow Yun Fat Synopsis: Since Gannon has been swindled of his life savings by his scheming cousin on a ruined site, his crippled daughter May takes up the hard task of turning the premise into a supermarket. May is injured in a traffic accident caused by taxi-driver Joe who assumes his reckless driving has made May a cripple.
ALL MY LOVED ONES = Vsichni moji blízcí (CZECH) Genre: Drama Starring: Rupert Graves Synopsis: A Jewish family moves into a stately manor in Poland, but begins to see their rights slowly slip away as the Nazis invade and take control of their country.
DIVIDED WE FALL (CZECH) (2000) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Based on a true story that takes place during WWII in a small Germanoccupied Czechoslovakian village. A couple struggles to evade detection when they provide shelter to a Jewish neighbor who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp.
THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR (CZECH) (1965) Synopsis: A Jewish physician in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia works in a warehouse after the Nazi ban all Jews from holding professional positions. When he helps an injured political fugitive, he is plunged into a moral and ethical conflict. 4
KOLYA (CZECH) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Louka agrees to marry a woman for money and when she leaves to join her lover in Berlin, he is saddled with her five-year-old son.
SHOP ON MAIN STREET (CZECH) (1965) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Translates the horrors of Nazi occupation into the simplest human terms. Combines pathos with humor to tell the heartbreaking story of the friendship that develops between a Jewish woman and the carpenter appointed by the Nazis as her Aryan controller.
UP AND DOWN (CZECH) (2004) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Petr Forman, Emília Vášáryová, Jiří Macháček, Nataša Burger, Jan Tříska Synopsis: Strangers in the strange land of post-Soviet Prague find themselves mixed up in a rollicking series of comic misadventures in this complex comedy.
BABETTE'S FEAST (DANISH) Genre: Drama Notes: Academy Award Best Foreign Film Starring: Stephane Audran Synopsis: A world class chef, now a housemaid, teaches her employers about love and forgiveness when she prepares them a big feast.
BROTHERS (DANISH) (2004) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Connie Nielsen Synopsis: An emotionally charged story of two brothers who struggle to find their place within their family after one of them is sent to the war in Afghanistan. 5
IN A BETTER WORLD (DANISH) (2010) Rated R (on BLU-RAY & DVD) Notes: 2011 Academy Award Best Foreign Film Genre: Drama Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Markus Rygaard, William Johnk Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen Synopsis: Follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother's death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it's their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.
THE INHERITANCE (DANISH) Genre: Drama Notes: Winner of six Danish Academy Awards including Best Picture and Director Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Lisa Werlinder, Ghita Nørby, Peter Steen, Karina Skands, Lars Brygmann Synopsis: Christoffer, heir to a fortune, has abandoned the family business for an idyllic life with wife Maria, a beautiful actress. His father commits suicide and Christoffer returns to Denmark to face the life he left behind and choose between the two worlds.
ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (DANISH) (2000) Rated R Genre: Comedy Starring: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk Synopsis: Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.
ORDET = THE WORD (DANISH) Genre: Drama Starring: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Kirstin Andreasen, Birgitte Federspiel Based on the play of the same title by Kaj Munk Synopsis: In a God-fearing village, a father and his three sons have various religious experiences.
PELLE THE CONQUEROR (DANISH) Genre: Drama Starring: Max Von Sydow Synopsis: A boat filled with Swedish immigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm at the end of the 19th century. Lasse and his son Pelle find work on a farm, but are treated very poorly. Pelle is determined to make a better life. 6
A ROYAL AFFAIR (DANISH) (2012) Notes: Academy Award & Golden Globe Nomination Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik Synopsis: The passionate and forbidden romance between the insane Danish King, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation.
ALIAS BETTY (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner, Luck Mervil, Ă‰douard Baer, StĂŠphane Freiss, Yves Jacques, Roschdy Zem Synopsis: When Betty's young son dies, her mother Margot kidnaps another child in hopes to cheer her up. While she knows it's wrong, she accepts the child as her new son. Meanwhile, the child's mother, and her criminal friends, start looking for him.
ALMOST PEACEFUL (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Simon Abkarian, Lubna Azabal, Zabou Breitman, Clotilde Courau, Vincent Elbaz, Julie Gayet, Stanislas Merhar, Denis Podalydes, Malik Zidi Synopsis: This film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of the unspeakable horrors of WWII.
AMELIE (FRENCH) Genre: Romance Notes: Nominated for 5 Academy Awards Starring: Audrey Tautou Synopsis: Amelie is looking for love, and perhaps the meaning of life in general. She grows up in an original, if slightly dysfunctional family. She learns that she must reach out to others to achieve happiness.
BON VOYAGE (FRENCH) Genre: Comedy Notes: Winner of 3 Cesar Awards Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Peter Coyote, Gerard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen Synopsis: A beautiful movie star, a pretty physics student, a love-struck writer, and a powerful government minister become involved in a Nazi plot to steal a top-secret formula in this larger-than-life human comedy.
BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (FRENCH) Genre: Horror Starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier, Mark Dacascos Synopsis: When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two unlikely heroes are called in to fight the evil. The only way they can save the land from this unspeakable terror is to face their greatest fears, unearth a dark power, and reveal a deadly secret.
THE BUTTERFLY = Le papillon (FRENCH) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu Synopsis: Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector. When eight-year-old Elsa moves in next door, she adopts Julien as her grandpa. When Julien travels to the Alps on an expedition, he discovers an uninvited guest - Elsa!
CERTIFIED COPY (FRENCH) (2010) Genre: Drama Starring: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell Synopsis: What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, reminds us that love itself is an enigma.
CHANGING TIMES (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki Synopsis: Antoine still has feelings for his first love Cecile after 30 years and arranges to be reunited with her in Morocco in the hopes of rekindling their love.
THE CHILD= L'ENFANT (2005) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Notes: 2005 Golden Palm Award Best Directors Cannes Film Festival Starring: Deborah Francois, Jeremie Renier Synopsis: When a small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself.
CHILDREN OF PARADISE (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casarès Synopsis: Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, Children of Paradise resurrects the tumultuous world of 19th-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers.
CHOCOLAT (1989) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankole, François Cluzet, Cecile Ducasse, Mireille Perrier Synopsis: A semi-autobiographical film by Claire Denis focuses on a young woman's memories of French West Africa, where whites are masters and most blacks are servants.
THE CHORUS = (LES CHORISTES) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Chariéras Synopsis: Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. What he discovers disconcerts him - the current situation is repressive. Through the power of song, Clement will try to transform the students.
A CHRISTMAS TALE (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon Synopsis: A dysfunctional family's matriarch brings everyone together at Christmas to inform them she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative in order to survive. Bonus features include two documentaries and an essay from critic Philip Lopate.
THE CLASS (FRENCH) = Entre les murs (2008) Genre: Drama Starring: François Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Juliette Demaille, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi Synopsis: Francois Marin and his fellow teachers gear up for another school year at a racially mixed high school in Paris. With the best of intentions, each teacher will try his or her own way to inspire their students. Through the ups and downs, successes and failures, Marin himself sometimes comes to his own breaking point, and when all is said and done next year will bring another group of students.
COCO BEFORE CHANEL (FRENCH) (2009) Rated PG-13 Notes: 2010 Academy Award Nominee Best Costume; 4 BAFTA Nominations including Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain, Alessandro Nivola, Audrey Tautou Synopsis: Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend, Arthur Capel.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1990) (FRENCH) Genre: Romance Starring: Anne Brochet, Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Perez Synopsis: Adaptation of Edmond Rostand's play about the swordsman, adventurer, poet, and would-be lover whose heart is held in check by his stupendously large nose.
DAYS OF GLORY (2006) (FRENCH) Notes: 2006 Cannes Film Festival Awards Best Actor, Best Director; Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Film Genre: War Starring: Bernard Blancan, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem Synopsis: The true story of four men from North Africa that join the French Army during World War II to fight against the Nazis and French discrimination.
DIABOLIQUE (1954) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Michel Serrault Synopsis: The mistress and the wife of a sadistic schoolmaster conspire to murder the man, carry it out, and then begin to wonder if they have covered their tracks effectively.
DINNER GAME (FRENCH) (1998) Rated PG-13 Notes: Cesar Awards Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay; Dove Family Approved Genre: Comedy Starring: Thierry Lhermite Synopsis: When Pierre decided to play a game to see who could bring the biggest idiot to a dinner party, he never imagined he'd be the one playing the fool.
DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (FRENCH) Genre: Comedy Starring: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Bulle Ogier, Paul Frankeur, Julien Bertheau Synopsis: Several bourgeois friends planning to get together for dinner experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their expected dining enjoyment.
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (FRENCH) (2007) Rated PG-13 Notes: Golden Globe Foreign Film, Director; BAFTA Adapted Screenplay; Spirit Award Director, Cinematography Genre: Drama Starring: Max Von Sydow Synopsis: The remarkable tale of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the world-renowned editor of French Elle magazine, who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed by the inexplicable 'locked in' syndrome at age 43.
DONKEY SKIN (FRENCH) (1970) Genre: Romance Starring: Catherine Deneuve Synopsis: A princess flees marriage in her father's kingdom by wearing his prize donkey skin as a disguise. When a neighboring Prince comes to town, a romance is born.
EAST/WEST (FRENCH) (2000) Rated PG-13 Genre: Drama Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve Synopsis: When a family returns to the Soviet Union in 1946, they are placed in 'protective custody' by the KGB. The mother wishes to return to France immediately, but the father knows that only with patience can they escape from the watchful eyes of the KGB.
FAREWELL (FRENCH) (2009) Genre: Drama Starring: Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward Synopsis: Begins in 1981 after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. U.S.-Soviet relations are at their lowest point in more than a decade. A French businessman based in Moscow, Pierre Froment, makes an unlikely connection with Grigoriev, a senior KGB officer disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev. Grigoriev begins passing him highly sensitive information about the Soviet spy network in the U.S.
FAREWELL MY QUEEN (FRENCH) (2012) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois, Noemie Lvovsky Synopsis: Sidonie, who serves as reader to Marie Antoinette and displays a singular romantic devotion to the queen, witnesses the final days of the French Revolution from inside the walls of the Palace of Versailles. The film is seen from Sidonie's point of view, and the story takes place over the course of four days.
THE 400 BLOWS (1959) (FRENCH) Notes: Winner Cannes Film Festival Best Director and OCIC Award Genre: Drama Starring: Jean-Pierre Leaud Synopsis: Sensitively recreating the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime.
THE GIRL FROM PARIS (FRENCH) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Michel Serrault, Mathilde Seigner, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Frédéric Pierrot, Marc Berman, Françoise Bette, Christophe Rossignon, Roland Chalosse Synopsis: In this critically acclaimed directorial debut of Christian Carion, Sandrine, a successful Parisienne, tires of her job in the rat race and buys Adrien's isolated farm with the caveat that he remain onsite for a period of time. 12
GRAND ILLUSION (FRENCH) (1937) Genre: Drama Starring: Jean Gabin, Eric Von Stroheim Synopsis: Renoir's antiwar classic is based on the true story of French aviators who escape from a WWI prison camp.
LE HERISSON (THE HEDGEHOG) (2009) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet Synopsis: An intelligent 11-year-old girl is so bored with her life that she plans to kill herself, yet she finally meets intriguing people in her apartment building and starts to question her suicidal plans.
HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF (FRENCH) (1995) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Juliette Binoche Synopsis: A noblewoman takes in an Italian exile hiding from an Austrian death squad and others in 1832 France.
I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (FRENCH) (2008) Rated PG-13 Notes: 2009 BAFTA Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas Synopsis: Juliette is released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering her young son. As life has moved on, she must relearn certain basics, especially how to reconnect with her younger sister and hopefully learn to forgive herself in the process.
L'ICEBERG (FRENCH) (2005) Genre: Comedy Starring: Fiona Gordon Synopsis: The manager of a fast food restaurant is locked inside the work freezer. When she is rescued the next day, she returns home to find her family didn't even know she was missing. Now obsessed with all things cold, she drops everything to see an iceberg.
INCENDIES (FRENCH) (2010) Rated R (BLU-RAY) Notes: 8 Genie Awards and 9 Jutra Awards including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress, and Best Director Genre: Drama Starring: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard Synopsis: 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 but who is still very much alive, as well as 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.
THE INTOUCHABLES (FRENCH) (2011) Rated R Genre: Comedy Starring: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet Synopsis: An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his streetsmart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. DO DVD 248.8942
INTO GREAT SILENCE (FRENCH) Notes: 2006 World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Genre: Documentary Synopsis: The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries, is based in the French Alps. For the first time, an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood.
JEAN DE FLORETTE (FRENCH) (1987) Genre: Drama Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand Synopsis: This award-winning film exposes the lengths people will go to for greed - even if it means destroying the life of another family.
JEAN DE FLORETTE/MANON OF THE SPRING (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart Synopsis: Jean de Florette: A man inherits a farm from his mother, but his powerful neighbor plots to steal it from him. Manon of the Spring: 10 years after his death, Jean's daughter finds out about their neighbor's treachery, and determines to take revenge. 14
JULES AND JIM (FRENCH) (1961) Genre: Drama Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Henri Serre, Oskar Werner Synopsis: Considered Truffaut's greatest film, this is a story of friendship between two artists and their mutual love for the same woman.
KING OF HEARTS (FRENCH) (1966) Genre: Comedy Starring: Alan Bates Synopsis: In this outrageous madcap comedy, a Scottish soldier is sent into an abandoned French village to blow it up, until he finds there are still people left...from the local insane asylum!
LIFE IN PINK = LA VIE EN ROSE (FRENCH) (2007) Notes: Academy Awards Best Actress and Makeup; Golden Globe Best Actress Musical/Comedy Genre: Drama Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu Synopsis: Born into poverty, she survived using the only gift she had - her voice. Edith Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.
LIFE IS A LONG QUIT RIVER = La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (FRENCH) (1988) Genre: Comedy Starring: Daniel Gelin, Hélène Vincent, André Wilms, Christine Pignet Synopsis: Two babies are switched at birth. When the mistake is discovered 12 years later, it leads to complications in the lives of both families...
LOLA MONTES (FRENCH) (1955) Genre: Drama Starring: Martine Carol, Sir Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook Synopsis: The life of a young woman who was a showgirl, had affairs with kings, became a courtesan, and traveled the world trying to fit in. Bonus features include audio commentary, a documentary, silent footage of Martine Carol, and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Gary Giddins.
MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (FRENCH) (1973) Notes: Golden Globe Nominee, Best Foreign-Language film Genre: Comedy Starring: Louis De Funès, Suzy Delair, [Marcel] Dalio, Claude Girard, Renzo Montagnani Synopsis: Louis de Funes stars in this comic treat as a racist, anti-Semitic businessman en route to his daughter's wedding, who unwittingly stumbles on a group of Arab terrorists, which leads to one crazy slapstick situation after another.
MAN AND A WOMAN (1966) Genre: Drama Starring: Anouk Aimee, Jean-Louis Trintignant Synopsis: A man and a woman who are both widowed become interested in each other but have difficulties putting their past loves behind them.
A MAN ESCAPED (FRENCH) (1956) Genre: Suspense Starring: Francois Leterrier (Fontaine), Charles Le Clainche (Jost), Maurice Beerblock (Blanchet), Roland Monod (Le Pasteur), Jacques Ertaud (Orsini) Synopsis: Taut suspense thriller about a prisoner's meticulously planned escape from Nazi jail.
LE MILLION (FRENCH) (1931) Genre: Drama Starring: René Lefévre, Annabella, Louis Allibert Synopsis: An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect.
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (FRENCH) (2004) Notes: Winner at 4 International Film Festivals Genre: Drama Starring: Omar Sharif Based on the novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Synopsis: The legendary Omar Sharif makes a triumphant return to the screen as an elderly widower who mentors a troubled teenager in this critically acclaimed story of friendship, love, and understanding.
MONSIEUR LAZHAR (FRENCH) CANADA (2011) Genre: Comedy Starring: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron Synopsis: At a Montreal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
MONSIEUR VINCENT (FRENCH) (1947) Notes: 1948 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Pierre Fresnay Synopsis: The remarkable journey of St. Vincent de Paul, who rose from slavery to become a trusted advisor to queens and princes. A dramatic biopic that reveals how St. Vincent de Paul's commitment to the poor made him a great humanitarian.
MOZART'S SISTER (FRENCH) (2010) Genre: Drama Starring: Marie FĂŠret, Marc BarbĂŠ, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau Synopsis: A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE (FRENCH) Genre: Comedy Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Gisele Casadesus Synopsis: In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50s and considered to be the village idiot, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Germain is lured by Margueritte's passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey?to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.
MY BEST FRIEND (FRENCH) (2006) Genre: Comedy Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand, Jacques Mathou, Marie Pillet, Henri Garcin, Jacques Spiesser, Elisabeth Bourgine Synopsis: A woman refuses to believe her business partner has a best friend, so she sets a trap to catch him in a lie. As he scrambles to find one in such a short time, he asks a local taxi driver to play the part.
MY FATHER AND I (FRENCH) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Charles Berling Synopsis: Jean Luc's father suddenly reappears after decades of practicing medicine in Africa. How will this man affect Jean Luc's life?
MY FATHER'S GLORY (FRENCH) (1991) Genre: Drama Starring: Phillippe Caubere, Nathalie Roussel Based on the work of Marcel Pagnol Synopsis: Evocative, sumptuously filmed coming-of-age story of a boy in rural turn-ofthe-century France.
MY MOTHER'S CASTLE (FRENCH) (1991) Genre: Drama Starring: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain, Thérèse Liotard Based on the work of Marcel Pagnol Synopsis: Marcel Pagnol recounts the cherished adventures of one magical holiday in his young life and the loving admiration he discovers for his strong and angelic mother.
NIGHT AND FOG (FRENCH) (1955) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: Filmed in 1955 at Auschwitz, Night and Fog combines color footage with black and white newsreels and stills to tell the story of not just the Holocaust, but the horror of man's brutal inhumanity.
OF GODS AND MEN (FRENCH) (2010) Rated PG-13 (on BLU-RAY & DVD) Genre: Drama Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin Synopsis: Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. 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.
ON GUARD (FRENCH) (1997) Genre: Drama Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Vincent Perez Synopsis: Lagadere, a superb swordsman, vows to avenge the murder of his dashing friend, the Duke of Nevers. He is left to raise the Duke's daughter as his own and to restore her inheritance.
PARIS (FRENCH) (2008) Starring: Juliette Binoche, Francois Cluzet, Romain Duris Synopsis: While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre reunites with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre hope, and a new sense of how he might spend the time still left to him.
A PROPHET (FRENCH) (2009) Rated R Genre: Action Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Pierre Leccia, Antoine Basler, Foued Nassah, JeanEmmanuel Pagni, Frederic Graziani Synopsis: Malik el Djebena, who is condemned to six years in prison, cannot read or write, but soon figures out the politics of the prison. Though Malik is only 19 years old, the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison corners him and gives him certain 'missions' to carry out. He quickly gains the confidence of the gang leader, as these assignments begin to toughen him up. But Malik soon develops some plans of his own.
THE RED BALLOON (FRENCH) (1956) Notes: Academy Award Best Original Screenplay; Golden Palm Award Cannes Film Festival; BAFTA Special Award Genre: Drama Starring: Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Wladimir Popof, Paul Perey, Renée Marion, Sabine Lamorisse, Michel Pezin, Renaud Séchan, David Séchan Synopsis: Pascal, a French boy, befriends a red balloon that follows him everywhere. A touching allegory of the magic powers of love and friendship.
RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE (FRENCH) (1982) Genre: Drama Starring: Gerard Depardieu Synopsis: The true story of a 16th century peasant who disappears shortly after his marriage and returns from the war nine years later a much changed man.
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (FRENCH) (2010) Genre: Comedy Starring: Isabelle Carre Synopsis: Jean-Rene is the boss of a chocolate factory and Angelique is a talented chocolate maker. They are both emotionally challenged people. Drawn together through a shared passion for chocolate, Jean-Rene and Angelique fall in love, but neither is able to express how they feel. Sadly, their crippling shyness is driving them apart. But eventually, they manage to overcome their lack of self-confidence, and risk baring their true feelings.
RUST AND BONE (FRENCH) (2012) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure Synopsis: Ali and his son depart Belgium for Antibes to reside with his sister and her husband. Ali's connection with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, intensifies when she endures a horrific accident.
SEDUCING DR. LEWIS (FRENCH) (2003) Genre: Comedy Starring: Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin, Benoît Brière, Pierre Collin, Rita Lafontaine, Clemence Desrochers, Lucie Laurier, Bruno Blanchet Synopsis: A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island.
SERAPHINE (FRENCH) (2008) Notes: 7 Cesar Awards including Best Film and Actress Yolande Moreau Genre: Drama Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur Synopsis: The true story of Seraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit.
THE SORROW AND THE PITY (FRENCH) (1969) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: A chronicle of a French city under the occupation. Director Marcel Ophuls combined interviews and archival film footage to explore the reality of the French occupation in one small industrial city, Clermont-Ferrand. He spoke with resistance fighters, collaborators, spies, farmers, government officials, writers, artists and veterans. The result is a shattering portrait of how ordinary people actually conducted themselves under extraordinary circumstances.
SUMMER HOURS (2010) (SPECIAL EDITION) (FRENCH) Genre: Drama Starring: Charles Berling, Juliette Binoche, Jeremie Renier Synopsis: Three siblings must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they've inherited from their mother.
TELL NO ONE (FRENCH) (2006) Notes: 2007 Cesar Awards Best Actor Francois Cluzet, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music for Film Genre: Suspense Starring: Francois Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas Synopsis: Eight years after the heinous murder of his wife, doctor Alex Beck receives an ominous email from an unknown source. The message contains a video image of Alex's thought-to-be dead wife in real time.
TIME REGAINED (FRENCH) (1999) Genre: Drama Starring: Emmanuelle Beart, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Vincent Perez Synopsis: This critically acclaimed film opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed, looking through photos and remembering his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences give way to the characters in his novel...fiction eclipses reality. 21
TO BE AND TO HAVE (FRENCH) (2004) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: It is an intimate and touching portrait of life inside a one-room schoolhouse in a rural French village. At the center of the story is Georges Lopez, a remarkably devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children in school and life lessons.
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (FRENCH) (2003) Notes: Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature Film; Multiple Film Festival Award Winner Genre: Animated Synopsis: When some of the Tour de France racers are kidnapped and sent to the surreal town of Belleville to be riders for a gambling operation, one boy's grandmother and his dog set out to save them. The Triplets of Belleville come to the rescue of all.
UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (FRENCH) (1964) Genre: Musical Starring: Catherine Deneuve Synopsis: The Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winning masterpiece that tells the ageless fairy tale of doomed love.
UNDER THE ROOFS OF PARIS (FRENCH) (1930) Genre: Drama Starring: Albert PrĂŠjean, Pola Illery, Edmond GrĂŠville, Bill Bocket, Paul Ollivier, Gaston Modot Synopsis: A street singer and a gangster both vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. One of the first, and most influential, pictures to use sound.
THE VALET (FRENCH) (2006) Genre: Comedy Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Virginie Ledoyen, Kristin Scott Thomas Synopsis: When an important CEO is photographed with his lover Elena, he tries to save his marriage by creating an elaborate scheme that she is someone else's lover. When his wife finds out the truth, she decides to play games with him.
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (FRENCH) (2004) Notes: Nominated for 2 Academy Awards 2004 Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography Genre: Drama Starring: Jodie Foster, Audrey Tautou Synopsis: Mathilde is waiting desperately for her fiancé to return from the war. When bad news arrives, she refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into his infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his war stories.
WHITE MANE (1953) (FRENCH) Notes: 1953 Cannes Grand Prize Award Best Short Film Genre: Drama Starring: Alain Emery, Laurent Roche, Clan-Clan, Pascal Lamorisse, François Perié, Charles Guillaume, Alain Colomb de Daunant, Denys Colomb de Daunant, Charles Fouhetty, Pierre Bestieux, Pierre Moureaux-Nery Synopsis: A young fisherman tries to train a beautiful stallion, and together they try to find freedom from everyday life.
WILD GRASS (FRENCH) (2009) Rated PG Genre: Drama Starring: Andre Dussollier, Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny Synopsis: A lost wallet opens the door to Georges and Marguerite's romantic adventure. After examining the ID of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn the wallet he has found into the police. Nor can Marguerite retrieve her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about the person who found it. As George and Marguerite navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their everyday lives.
THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR (FRENCH) (2010) Genre: Comedy Starring: Carmen Maura, Sandrine Kiberlain, Fabrice Luccini Synopsis: Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone's life.
BEYOND SILENCE = Jenseits der Stille (GERMANY) (1996) Genre: Drama Starring: Sylvie Testud, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit, Sibylle Canonica, Matthias Habich, Hansa Czypionka, Tatjana Trieb Synopsis: A young girl is given a clarinet which opens her world to music and a life beyond the silence she has endured due to her parents' lack of hearing.
THE BLUE ANGEL = Der blaue Engel (GERMANY) (1930) Genre: Drama Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings Adapted from Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann Synopsis: The strict and prudish teacher in an all boys prep school learns of the pupils' infatuation with a local night-club singer. He decides to personally investigate the source of such indecency, but once he catches a glimpse of her, he is fatefully seduced.
THE BOAT = Das Boot (GERMANY) (1981) Genre: War Starring: J端rgen Prochnow, Herbert Gr旦nemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsecknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralph Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel, Lutz Schnell, Konrad Becker, Martin Hemme, Rita Cadillac, G端nter Lamprecht, Otto Sander Based on the book by Lothar-G端nther Buchheim Synopsis: Autumn, 1941: 43 young German sailors aboard U-96 enter the war against Britain. They seek adventure, respect and heroism. For them, this voyage is for glory. For their captain, a seasoned war veteran at the young age of 30, it is a mission against enemy destroyers in a blood-red sea that can devour a ship and its crew without leaving a trace.
THE BOAT IS FULL= Das Boot ist voll (GERMANY) (1981) Genre: Drama Starring: Tina Engel, Curt Bois, Renate Steiger, Mathias Gnädinger, Gerd David, Michael Gempart, Hans Diegl, Martin Walz, Simone, Laurent Based on the novel by Alfred A. Haesler. Synopsis: A group of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany are taken in by a Swiss innkeeper, who is forced to make a difficult decision.
CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI = Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (GERMANY – SILENT) (1920) Genre: Horror Starring: Werner Kraus, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Feher, Hans V. Twardowsky Synopsis: A demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS = Kirschblüten - Hanami (GERMANY) (2008) Genre: Drama Starring: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr, Felix Eitner, Floriane Daniel Synopsis: Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. When Trudi dies suddenly, Rudi vows to make up for her lost life and takes his last journey to Tokyo in the midst of the cherry blossom festival.
CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH = Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (GERMANY) (1968) Genre: Drama Starring: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli, Hans-Peter Boye, Joachim Wolf Synopsis: The life and work of renowned 18th-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach are traced in this stirring biodrama. Narrated by Bach's wife Anna, the film is mostly comprised of set pieces in which Bach performs many of his works.
THE COUNTERFEITERS = Die F채lscher (2007) (AUSTRIA) Notes: 2007 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics Synopsis: A master counterfeiter is captured by the Nazis and used to help in a huge scheme to fund their war efforts, and in turn save his life during World War II. Includes deleted scenes, interviews, and more. Based on the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch.
DONNA LEON'S: COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI EPISODES 1 & 2 (GERMAN) (2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Joachim Krol, Barbara Auer, Michael Degen, Karl Fischer Synopsis: Guido Brunetti is a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that things such as human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence will work against that. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara. Contains the following two episodes: Vendetta; and Anonymous Venetian.
DONNA LEON'S COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI EPISODES 3 & 4 (GERMAN) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Joachim Krol, Barbara Auer, Michael Degen, Karl Fischer Synopsis: Guido Brunetti is a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that things such as human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence will work against that. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara. Contains the following two episodes: Fatal Remedies; and A Noble Radiance.
DONNA LEON'S COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI EPISODES 5 & 6 (GERMAN) (2003) Genre: Drama Starring: Michael Degen, Karl Fischer, Uwe Kockisch, Julia Jager Synopsis: Guido Brunetti is a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that things such as human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence will work against that. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara. Contains the following two episodes: Death at La Fenice; and Friends in High Places. 26
DOWNFALL = Der Untergang (GERMANY) (2004) Genre: Drama Notes: Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Film Starring: Bruno Ganz Synopsis: It's the last days of Adolf Hitler, April 1945, and Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge finds herself in the Fuhrer's bunker and witnesses how Hitler and Eva lived their last hours.
DRESDEN (GERMANY) (2006) Genre: Drama Starring: John Light Synopsis: A German hospital nurse finds an injured English pilot hiding in the cellar, and helps him, thinking he is a German deserter. When she finds out who he is, will she have the heart to turn him in? Or will her feelings overcome border lines and sides?
EUROPA EUROPA (GERMANY) (1990) Genre: Drama Notes: Golden Globe Winner Best Foreign Film Starring: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Hanns Zischler, Andre Wilms Based on the memoirs of Solomon Perel. Synopsis: A Jewish boy separated from his family during WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler youth.
A FILM UNFINISHED Notes: 2010 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award Genre: Documentary Synopsis: At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered in an East German archive. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites.
FITZCARRALDO (GERMANY) (1982) Genre: Drama Starring: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale Synopsis: Story of a man obsessed with a dream to build his own personal opera house in a remote Peruvian town. 27
GLOOMY SUNDAY = Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (GERMANY) (1999) Genre: Drama Notes: Multi Award Winner including Best Director and Cinematography Bavarian Film Awards Starring: Joachim Krรณl, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker, Erika Marozsรกn Synopsis: Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist Andrรกs to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona, who inspires Andrรกs to his only composition.
HARMONISTS (GERMANY) (1997) Genre: Drama Starring: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmeister, Kai Wiesinger, Max Tidof, Meret Becker, Katja Riemann Synopsis: A highly imaginative funnyman forms a singing group with some unusual friends who become the 'Harmonists.' The group's success collides with Germany's war tide and the group is forced to face unprecedented challenges that will try their will.
THE LIVES OF OTHERS = Das Leben der Anderen (GERMANY) (2006) Genre: Drama Notes: 2007 Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Language Film; 7 German Lola Awards Starring: Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Muhe, Thomas Thieme, Ulrich Tukur Synopsis: The East German government ensures its claim to power with a system of control and surveillance. An agent investigating an artistic couple gets immersed into their lives.
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN = Die Ehe der Maria Braun (GERMANY) (1979) Genre: Drama Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Lรถwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen Synopsis: Maria marries Hermann Braun the night before he is shipped to the Russian front. Eventually she receives word that he has been killed so she takes a job as a barmaid in a cafe that caters to American soldiers. As she begins rebuilding her life, she finds herself selling her soul in order to acheive financial success, much the same way Fassbinder saw post-WWII Germany.
METROPOLIS (SILENT) (GERMANY) (1927) Genre: Sci-Fi Starring: Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrüchen Based on the novel by Thea von Harbou. Synopsis: In 2026, the rich rule over the poor, who live underground. One man tries to bridge the gap between the two classes.
MOSTLY MARTHA = Bella Martha (GERMANY) (2001) Genre: Romance Starring: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, Idil Üner, Sergio Castellitto Synopsis: The deliciously entertaining tale of a single chef who learns a new recipe for life from her eight-year-old niece and a charming Italian assistant cook. Winner of over ten international film awards.
NOSFERATU (GERMAN SILENT FILM) (1922) Genre: Horror Starring: Max Schreck Synopsis: A newly remastered version of the classic German silent film. Includes two musical scores and excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau.
NOWHERE IN AFRICA = Nirgendwo in Afrika (GERMANY) (2001) Genre: Drama Notes: 2002 Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film Starring: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz Synopsis: Critically acclaimed, this is the award-winning true tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learn to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya. SP DVD 796.48 OLY
OLYMPIA - THE LENI RIEFENSTAHL ARCHIVAL COLLECTION (GERMANY) (1938) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: Features the complete original version of Olympia, presented for the first time on DVD. Part 1: Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body. Part 2: Riefenstahl captures the grace of the athletes during sporting events.
PINA (GERMAN) Genre: Documentary Starring: Pina Bausch Synopsis: The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this tribute by Wim Wenders. Shot in 3D, it is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch's art, enacted by a group of talented dancers from her company.
PRINCESS & THE WARRIOR = Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (GERMANY) (2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Franka Potente Benno F眉rmann, Joachim Kr贸l, Lars Rudolph, Melchior Beslon, Ludger Pistor, Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill Synopsis: Sissi is almost killed when she is hit head-on by a truck. A man miraculously appears from out of the blue and saves her life. He then disappears into thin air and Sissi sets out to find him.
THE REICHSORCHESTER (GERMANY) (2007) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: A look at the Berlin Philharmonic's 125th anniversary year by spotlighting the years of 1933-1945, when they were financed by the German Reich, and of the orchestra itself. Includes a 1942 performance of Wagner's Vorspiel.
ROSENSTRASSE (GERMANY) (2003) Genre: Drama Starring: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Martin Feifel, Jurgen Vogel, Fedja van Huet Synopsis: After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
RUN LOLA RUN = Lola rennt (GERMANY (1998) Genre: Action Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri Synopsis: The story of two young lovers who find themselves with very little time when a shady deal goes awry. Manni, who works for the mob, has 20 minutes to find 100,000 missing Deutsche marks. Lola is the only one who can rescue him from his fate.
SOPHIE SCHOLL - THE FINAL DAYS = Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (GERMANY) (2005) Genre: Drama Notes: 2006 Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Film; Best Actress European Film Awards Starring: Julia Jentsch Synopsis: The true story of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German WWII anti-Nazi resistance movement, the White Rose.
SOUL KITCHEN (GERMANY) (2009) Notes: 2009 Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize and Young Cinema Awards Genre: Comedy Starring: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu Synopsis: When Zinos hires a gourmet chef for his struggling restaurant, it drives away his low-life regulars. In the meantime, his girlfriend, Nadine, moves back to China, but a hip new clientele brings the restaurant back to life. When he goes to China to get Nadine back, he leaves the restaurant in the hands of his criminal brother. When Zinos discovers that Nadine has a new boyfriend, and his brother has gambled away his restaurant, he knows he must work with his brother if he is to get it back.
STALINGRAD (GERMAN) (1993) Genre: War Starring: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Rudolph Synopsis: In the spring of 1942, German troops advanced deep into the Soviet Union en route to Stalingrad. Hitler seriously misjudged the tenacity of the Red Army and was convinced that the city could be conquered before winter. Ordinarily foot soldiers, inadequately clothed and without sufficient food, struggled just to stay alive.
TALES FROM EUROPE SET (Dubbed in English) (GERMANY) Genre: Children's Synopsis: Contains: 'Golden Goose', 'Story of Little Mook', 'Singing Ringing Tree' and 'Devil's Three Golden Hairs'.
WINGS OF DESIRE = Der Himmel 端ber Berlin (GERMANY) (1987) Genre: Drama Starring: Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz Synopsis: Dreamy, stunningly photographed tale about an angel who trades in his wings to experience true love on Earth. Includes commentary by the director, deleted scenes, a documentary, and more.
YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE (GERMAN) (2010) Genre: Drama Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu Synopsis: Germany, 1772: the young Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet, but after failing his law exams, his father sends him to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior, Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte's hand to another man.
ETERNITY AND A DAY = Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (GREEK) (1998) Genre: Drama Starring: Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Isabelle Renauld, Achilleas Skevis Synopsis: A famous writer is told he has only a few days to live. He meets a young boy on the street, an illegal immigrant from Albania, and decides to take him back home. During the trip, the writer hopes to learn about life and death.
EGON & DONCI (HANGARIAN) (2008) Genre: Children's Synopsis: Two zany figures live on an idyllic little planet in a neighboring solar system. Egon is an ever so slightly eccentric amateur rocket scientist assisted in his endeavors by a clumsy and decidedly overfed catlike creature called Donci. When an unidentified object flies into their lives with a message from Earth, Egon decides that there is only one thing to do: establish contact with this distant civilization.
AVIVA MY LOVE = Aviva Ahuvati (HEBREW) (ISRAEL)(2006) Genre: Drama Starring: Assi Levy Synopsis: The big dream of Aviva, a poor hotel chef, is about to come true. Through her sister, Anita, she meets Oded, a known writer, who promises he will make her a great writer too. But Aviva's big break starts to affect her family, and not necessarily in a good way.
5 BROKEN CAMERAS (HEBREW) (2012) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat.
LIVE AND BECOME (HEBREW) (2005) Notes: Winner of 9 awards, including 2006 Cesar Award Best Original Writing Genre: Drama Starring: Moshe Agazai Synopsis: A young boy who isn't an orphan is transported away from his home during Operation Moses at a Sudanese refugee camp, in order to honor his mother's wishes of finding a better and safer life. This film is also in French and Amharic.
NEWLAND = Aretz Hadasha (HEBREW) (ISRAEL ) (1994) Genre: Drama Starring: Ania Bukstein, Michael Pelman, Eti Ankri, Shuli Rand, Rami Dannon, Asher Zarfati, Natalia Witlowich, Gedalia Besser Synopsis: A poignant tale of a young sister and brother who travel alone from post-war Europe to the newly settled state of Israel to find heritage and hope.
TURN LEFT AT THE END OF THE WORLD = Sof Ha'Olam Smola (HEBREW) (ISRAEL ) (2004) Starring: Neta Garty, Liraz Charchi, Rotem Abuhab, Nadav Abuksis, Aure Atika, Mariano Idelman, Jean Benguigui, Kruttika Desai, Parmeet Sethi, Rubi Porat-Shoval, Israel Katorza, Nati Ravitz Synopsis: A poor desert village, home to people from both Morocco and India, have their poverty in common and little else. When two girls realize that the sexual revolution is going on outside the village, they make plans to see what the fuss is all about.
Bengali APARAJITO v. 2 (1957) Genre: Drama Synopsis: A boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.
PATHER PANCHALI v. 1(1955) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal...
THE WORLD OF APU v. 3 (1959) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Apu is a jobless ex-student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding...
DEVDAS (HINDI) Genre: Drama Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Synopsis: A saga of timeless love and emotional anguish. After a man is unable to be with the love of his life because of a mistake he made, he is unable to live without her. 34
LAGAAN (2001) Genre: Musical Synopsis: Set in India after the rebellion of 1857 when the farmers paid a tax to the British for protection called the lagaan. It is a battle fought by unlikely heroes: a young farmer, an English girl, and a village girl. Will a game of cricket stop the lagaan?
LIKE STARS ON EARTH (HINDI) (2007) Genre: Drama Starring: Aamir Khan Synopsis: Ishaan can't seem to get anything right in class and gets into more trouble than his parents can handle. They pack him off to boarding school to 'be disciplined,' and his art teacher, Nikumbh, realizes that something is wrong. With time, patience, and care, Nikumbh helps Ishann find himself.
RAINCOAT (HINDI) (2004) Genre: Drama Starring: Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai, Annu Kapoor, Mouli Ganguly Synopsis: A man from a small town goes to Calcutta on the pretense of business to see his long lost love. They meet in her home and relive past times.
WATER (HINDI) Notes: Academy Award Nominee - Best Foreign Film; Genie Awards Best Actress; Music and Cinematography Genre: Drama Starring: John Abraham, Lisa Ray Synopsis: Chuyia, an Indian girl that is married and widowed at eight years old, is sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Her feisty presence affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society's prejudices.
HINDI & URDU IN CUSTODY (1993) Genre: Drama Starring: Shashi Kapoor, Om Puri Synopsis: A poet who still uses the dying language of Urdu gets an assignment from a magazine editor to interview his idol, the greatest living Urdu poet. He visits the old man and is shocked that he lives in a brothel surrounded by shrewish wives and drunks. 35
TAMIL I HAVE FOUND IT = Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Mammootty, Tabu, Ajith, Abbas, Srividya, Shamili An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility."
MR. & MRS. IYER (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sensharma, Bhisham Sahani, Surekha Sikri, Sunil Makherjee, Anjan Dutta, Esha Chauhan Synopsis: A Muslim wildlife photograher and a married south Indian Brahmin are thrown together during on a bus journey when they find themselves in a middle of a Muslim riot. Their conventional beliefs are challenged and their lives are changed.
THE FAST RUNNER (INUKTITUT) (CANADA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Set amongst the Inuit people of the Arctic, this film is a thrilling, passionate story, exploring the universal themes of love, revenge, and survival. Winner of three International Film Festival awards.
IRISH KISSES (2008) (IRISH) Notes: 5 Film Awards; 2011 Spirit Award Nominee Best Foreign Film Genre: Drama Starring: Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry, Paul Roe, NeilĂ Conroy Synopsis: After being abused by their dysfunctional families, pre-teen neighbors Dylan and Kylie decide to run away from home on Christmas Eve. The two set off in search of Dylan's brother, who made his own escape two years prior. After a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin, their dreams for a better life have dissolved and the two decide to return home, but only after swearing eternal friendship.
THE BICYCLE THIEF (ITALIAN) (1948) Genre: Drama Starring: Lamberto Maggorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carnel Based on the novel by Luigi Bartolini Synopsis: Much-loved classic Italian drama about a poor man struggling to provide for his family after his bicycle, his only way of making money, is stolen.
BREAD & TULIPS (ITALIAN) (2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi, Vitalba Andrea, Daniela Piperno, Tatiana Lepore, Felice Andrecsi Synopsis: Left behind by her family while on vacation, harried housewife Rosalba decides to take a solo holiday in beautiful Venice. As she blossoms on her own, she realizes she must choose between her newfound fantasy life and the responsibility of her old one.
CINEMA PARADISO (ITALIAN) (1989) Genre: Drama Starring: Philippe Noiret Synopsis: Memoir of a boy's life working at a movie theater in small town Italy after WWII.
DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE =Divorzio all'italiana (ITALIAN) (1961) Notes: Academy Award Best Original Screenplay Genre: Comedy Starring: Marcello Mastroianni Synopsis: A man falls in love with a younger woman, but he is married and divorce is illegal. To get what he wants, he begins an elaborate scheme to kill his wife. Special edition features new, restored high-definition digital transfer, documentaries, and more.
LA DOLCE VITA (ITALIAN) (1960) Notes: Academy Award Best Costume Design & Palm d'Or Festival de Cannes Genre: Drama Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Anita Ekberg Synopsis: Portrait of self-indulgence in decadent Rome of the early 1960s.
8 1/2 (CRITERION) (ITALIAN) (1963) Genre: Drama Starring: Marcello Mastroianni Synopsis: Fellini's acclaimed semi-autobiographical film that wanders through his life and fantasies.
GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS (ITALIAN) (1970) Genre: Drama Starring: Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi, Romolo Valli Based on the novel of the same title by Giorgio Bassani. Synopsis: A story of an aristocratic Jewish family living in Italy under increasing Fascist oppression on the eve of WWII.
I AM LOVE (ITALIAN) (2010) Rated R Notes: 2011 Golden Globe Nominee Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Marisa Berenson, Edoardo Gabbriellini Synopsis: The wealthy Recchi family has undergone sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. has named a successor to the reins of his company, and surprised everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo. But Edo had always dreamed of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio. To make matters worse, the very foundation of the entire family may be totally shattered after Tancredi's wife Emma falls deeply in love with Antonio and begins a passionate love affair.
THE LAST KISS =L'ULTIMO BACIO (ITALIAN) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Stefania Sandrelli, Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Gabriele Muccino Synopsis: Carlo's life is thrown into a tailspin when his longtime girlfriend Giulia announces she's pregnant. As Carlo faces up to his anxieties about adulthood, his buddies reluctantly grapple with their own responsibilities.
THE LEOPARD (ITALIAN) (1963) Genre: Drama Starring: Burt Lancaster Synopsis: Recounting the years of Italy's Risorgimento - when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a democratic Italy.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (ITALIAN) (1997) Notes: Academy Awards Best Foreign Film and Best Actor Roberto Benigni; Dove Family Approved Genre: Drama Starring: Roberto Benigni Synopsis: An unforgettable fable that proves love, family, and imagination conquer all.
MALENA (ITALIAN) (2000) Genre: Romance Starring: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Frederico, Matilde Plana Based on the story by Luciano Vincenzoni. Synopsis: In 1941, Renato was 13 years old, and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy village of Sicily...until he discovered Malena, the beautiful young war widow. 39
NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS (ITALIAN) (1982) Notes: 1982 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Jury and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Genre: Drama Starring: Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano Synopsis: It is the Night of San Lorenzo and, while watching shooting stars, a young mother tells her son about a similar night in 1944, when she was six years old and the residents of her small Tuscan town defied their Nazi occupiers.
OPEN CITY (ITALIAN) (1945) Genre: Drama Starring: Anna Magnani Synopsis: An impoverished mother-to-be and a parish priest whose loyalties are tested by the sinister German forces that occupy their homeland during World War II.
PADRE PADRONE (ITALIAN) (1977) Genre: Biographical Starring: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte Synopsis: Autobiography of Gavino Ledda about his youth and his attempts to overcome the will of his iron-fisted father.
IL POSTINO (THE POSTMAN) (ITALIAN) (1994) Genre: Drama Starring: Philippe Noiret Synopsis: In this award winner, a world-famous poet helps a shy postman find the right words to win a woman's heart!
ROBERTO ROSSELLINI'S WAR TRILOGY (ITALIAN) Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Includes the films Rome Open City (1945, Italian); Paisan (1946, Italian), and Germany Year Zero (1948, German).
THE SON'S ROOM (ITALIAN) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Silvio Orlando Synopsis: The Son's Room tells the harrowing story of a once tight-knit, happy family having to come to terms with a devastating loss when one of them is killed in a scuba diving accident and they must get on with their lives.
LA STRADA (ITALIAN) (1954) Genre: Drama Starring: Giulleta Masina, Anthony Quinn Synopsis: Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brute circus performer she was sold to by her mother.
TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (ITALIAN) (1978) Genre: Drama Starring: Luigi Omaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoll, Antonio Ferrari Synopsis: A little boy breaks his precious pair of clogs, which he needs for his long trek to school. Desperate for wood to make a new pair, his father sneaks into a prized grove in their small village. When he is caught, the unfeeling, rich landlord punishes him.
THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (JAPANESE ) (1979) Genre: Anime Synopsis: Lupin and his sidekick Jigen go through the odd European town of Cagliostro, and encounter a series of people that need their help.
DEPARTURES (JAPANESE) (2008) Notes: Winner of 31 Awards, including 2009 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiro Motoki Synopsis: After the orchestra he plays with breaks up, Daigo, a cellist, returns to his hometown and gets a job preparing the dead for their final resting place. Although his wife and family are disgusted by his new position, Daigo finds that by taking care of the dead, he is learning how to finally live. Includes interview with director Yoshiro Takita.
DREAMS (JAPANESE) (1990) Genre: Drama Starring: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi , Hisashi Igawa, Chosuke Ikariya, Chishu Ryu Synopsis: Eight episodes exploring many aspects of humankind and man's need to harmonize with nature. Based on Akira Kurosawa's actual dreams.
FIREFLY DREAMS (JAPANESE) (2001) Genre: Drama Synopsis: In the Japanese countryside, a teenage city brat discovers an unlikely friendship with an aging relative whose past is clouded in mystery.
FIRES ON THE PLAIN (JAPANESE) Genre: Drama Starring: Eiji Funakoshi Synopsis: The chilling story of a Japanese soldier facing death and cannibalism in a Philippine jungle after he is denied treatment for tuberculosis.
THE 47 RONIN (JAPANESE) (1994) Genre: Drama Starring: Chojuro Kawarazaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Kunitaro Kawarazaki, Yoshisaburo Arashi, Kikunojo Segawa, Kikunosuke Ichikawa Synopsis: Includes 47 Ronin part one and part two. A feudal lord is forced to suicide, then avenged by 47 loyal retainers.
HIDDEN FORTRESS (JAPANESE) (1958) Genre: Adventure Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Takashi Shimura, Susumu Fujita, Eiko Miyoshi Synopsis: A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants. The Hidden Fortress is acknowledged by George Lucas as being his inspiration for Star Wars.
HULA GIRLS (JAPANESE) (2006) Genre: Comedy Starring: Matsuyuki Yasuko, Toyokawa Etsuchi, Ă oi Yu, Yamazaki Shizyuo, Ikezu Shoko, Tokunaga Eri, Miyake Hiroki, Terajima Susumu, Shiga Masaru, Takahashi Katsumi, Kishibe Ittoku, Fuji Sumiko Synopsis: A heartwarming comedy about coal miners' daughters who took a once-in-alifetime chance to escape their monotonous lives, only to become unwitting heroes to their depressed mining town. Based on a true story.
I WISH (JAPANESE) (2011) Genre: Drama Starring: Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Ryoga Hayashi Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Koichi, separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, begins to believe that the new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed, and enlists a group of friends on an improbable mission.
IKIRU (JAPANESE) (1952) Genre: Drama Starring: Takashi Shimura, Miki Odagiri, Nobuo Kaneko, Kyoko Seki Synopsis: A young Japanese businessman dying of cancer wants to give something back to society before his death, so he decides to build a playground for children.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (JAPANESE) (2011) Genre: Documentary Starring: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono Synopsis: The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.
PRINCESS MONONOKE (English Version) Genre: Animated Starring: Starring: Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith Synopsis: Set in Japan's mythical feudal past, a young prince named Ashitaka sets out on a journey to uncover the source of evil that transformed a giant boar into a vicious monster.
QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG (2004) (JAPANESE) Genre: Action Starring: Kippei Shiina, Teruyuki Kagawa Synopsis: The story of a yellow lab retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, and his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is paired with a blind man who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness, and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends.
RAN (JAPANESE) (1985) Genre: Drama Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki Synopsis: Legendary director Akira Kurosawa re-imagines Shakespeare's tragic King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan.
RASHOMON (JAPANESE) (1950) Genre: Action Starring: Tashiro Mifune (Tajomaru, the bandit), Machiko Kyo (the woman), Masayuki Mori (the man), Takashi Shimura (firewood dealer), Minoru Chiaki (priest) Based on "In a bush" and "Rashomon" by Ryunosuki Akutagawa Synopsis: In 12th century Japan, two travelers attempt to discover the truth about an ambush/rape/murder.
RED BEARD (JAPANESE) (1965) Genre: Drama Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyoko Kagawa Based on the novel with the title "Akahige" by Shugoro Yamamoto. Synopsis: An arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director work together at a free clinic in 19th century Japan.
SANJURO (JAPANESE) (1962) Genre: Drama Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yuzo Kayama, Reiko Dar Synopsis: A group of young men set out to clean up the corruption in their town. They are joined by a scruffy, cynical samurai who doesn't fit their concept of how a warrior should look and act.
SEVEN SAMURAI (JAPANESE) (1954) Genre: Action Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukio Shimazaki Synopsis: Akira Kurosawa's classic about a town that hires seven soldiers to protect them from a gang of bandits.
SHALL WE DANCE? (JAPANESE) (1997) Notes: Winner of 13 Japanese Academy Awards; Dove Family Approved Genre: Comedy Starring: KĹ?ji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe Synopsis: A Japanese businessman is lured to ballroom dancing by the sight of a beautiful dance instructor.
SPIRITED AWAY (English Version) (2001) Notes: Academy Award Best Animated Feature; Dove Family Approved; 2009 ALA Notable Video Genre: Anime English language voices: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Lauren Holly, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Chiklis, Tara Strong Synopsis: Chihiro and her parents accidentally wander into another world ruled by witches and monsters. When her parents are captured by the ruler of the world, she tricks the witch into hiring her so she can figure out how to free them. 45
A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS (JAPANESE) (1934) Genre: Drama Starring: 1st work: Takeshi Sakamoto, Choko Iida, Hideo Mitsui, Rieko Yagumo, Yoshiko Tsubouchi, Tokkan-Kozo. 2nd work: Ganjiro Nakamura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao Synopsis: This set includes the original 1934 black and white silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds and the 1959 color remake Floating Weeds, both directed by Yasujiro Ozu. In each film, Ozu captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.
THRONE OF BLOOD (JAPANESE) (1957) Genre: Drama Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki Synopsis: Kurosawa's retelling of Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. The story of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall.
TOKYO GODFATHERS (JAPANESE) (2003) Genre: Anime Starring: Voices: Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto, Shôzô Îzuka, Seizô Katô, Hiroya Ishimaru, Ryûji Saikachi, Yûsaku Yara, Kyôko Terase Synopsis: Three homeless people find a lost baby and start searching for her parents on Christmas Day in Tokyo. Along the way they must confront their own haunted pasts, and learn to face their futures.
TOKYO STORY (JAPANESE) (1953) Genre: Drama Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chiyeko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Sō Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyōho Kagawa, Eijirō Tono Synopsis: A self-centered couple is inconvenienced by a parental visit. When the mother falls ill, her children hasten to be with her.
WOOL 100% (JAPANESE) (2006) Genre: Drama Starring: Kyoko Kishida, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Ayu Kitaura, Tiara, Carolina Kaneda, Eiko Koike Synopsis: Two old ladies who spend their days scavenging the local trashpiles, find a mysterious little girl in their home, knitting a sweater which will promptly be unraveled the moment it's done and knitted again-and again. WINNER of the Sundance/NHK Award.
YOJIMBO (JAPANESE) (1961) Genre: Action Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijiro Tono, Ikio Sawamura, Seizaburo Kawazu, Kamatari Fujiwara, Isuzu Yamada Synopsis: A drifter samurai manipulates two gangster clans terrorizing a town. Remade as A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood and Last Man Standing starring Bruce Willis.
TULPAN (KAZAKH) (KAZAKHSTAN) (2008) Genre: Comedy Starring: Tulepbergen Baisakalov, Ondasyn Besikbasov, Samal Yesljamova, Askhat Kuchencherekov, Bereke Turganbayev Synopsis: A young man returns home from the navy in order to become a shepherd and find a wife, and the only single girl for miles around turns out to be his neighbor.
MY WAY (KOREAN) (SOUTH KOREA) (2011) Rated R Genre: Action Starring: Dong-Gun Jang, Jo Odagiri Synopsis: Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo's grandfather's farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik's unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.
SECRET SUNSHINE (KOREAN) (2007) (SOUTH KOREA) Notes: 2007 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Do-yeon Jeon Genre: Drama Starring: Do-Yeon Jeon, Kang-Ho Song Synopsis: A master of intensely emotional human dramas, director Lee Chang-dong is a leading light of contemporary Korean cinema, and his place on the international stage was cemented by his stirring and unpredictable work examining grief and deliverance. An effortless mix of light and uncompromising darkness, Secret Sunshine is the story of a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband's provincial hometown for a fresh start.
TREELESS MOUNTAIN (KOREAN) (2008) (SOUTH KOREA) Notes: 2010 Spirit Award Nominee John Cassavetes Award and Best Cinematography Genre: Drama Starring: Kim Hŭi-yŏn = Hee Yeon Kim, Kim Sŏng-hŭi = Song Hee Kim Synopsis: Two young girls are sent to live with relatives when their mother searches for their missing father. When their mother doesn't come back, they are left at their grandparents' house, where they finally learn the importance of family.
THE WAY HOME (KOREAN) (SOUTH KOREA) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Eul-boon Kim, Seung-ho Yu, Hyo-hee Dong, Kyung-hyun Min, Eunkyung Yim Synopsis: Through an old-fashioned grandmother, a spoiled seven-year-old boy learns to accept and understand the simple pleasures of nature and her lifestyle. Winner of 2 Golden Bells (Korean Academy Awards), including Best Picture.
AFTERSHOCK (MANDARIN) (2010) Genre: Drama Starring: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu Synopsis: Based on the novel Aftershock by Zhang Ling, the film follows a family who became victims in the Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed while trying to rescue his children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family. 48
HERO (2002) (MANDARIN) (CHINA) Genre: Action Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Jet Li, Ziyi Zhang Synopsis: Hero is the story of the First Emperor of China, who is on the brink of winning a war torn land during the dawn of the Qin dynasty over 2000 years ago. Three opponents are determined to kill the King, and one loyal subject stands in their way.
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (MANDARIN) (2004) (CHINA) Genre: Adventure Starring: Ziyi Zhang Synopsis: Near the end of the Tang Dynasty, two deputies tangle with a dancer suspected of having ties to a revolutionary faction, the House of Flying Daggers. The deputies plan to save her, and one leads her on what becomes a perilous journey into the unknown.
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (MANDARIN) (2000) (CHINA) Genre: Romance Starring: Tony Leung Synopsis: When Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan move into apartments next door to each other, they find they have a lot in common. Both rarely see their spouses, so these two lonely people discover in each other the intimacy they have lost in their marriages.
KING OF MASKS (MANDARIN) (1999) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Epic tale of a rare master of an ancient art in search of an heir to inherit the age old secret of his trade.
RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES (MANDARIN) Genre: Drama Starring: Ken Takakura Synopsis: An aging Japanese fisherman makes a heartfelt pilgrimage to rural China on behalf of his dying son and discovers the true meaning of kindness.
THE ROAD HOME (MANDARIN) (1999) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Starring: Ziyi Zhang Synopsis: As a son arranges for the burial of his father at his mother's request, the touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds. In the days of arranged marriages, he learns that theirs' was the first based on love.
SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN (MANDARIN) (2002) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: In South China, it's the spring of 1946, less than a year since the defeated Japanese withdrew from China. A young woman languishes on the bomb-damaged walls of the small town. The sound of a distant train whistle triggers thoughts of escape.
XIU XIU (MANDARIN) (1999) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Xiu Xiu is a young girl who is sent to a Chinese training camp and her only chance to escape is through sexual compromise.
YI YI (A ONE AND A TWO) (MANDARIN) (1999) (CHINA) Genre: Drama Starring: Nianzhen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issey Ogata, Kelly Lee, Jonathan Chang Synopsis: Edward Yang's award-winning masterpiece follows the lives of a middle-class Taiwanese family and the crises each member must overcome.
THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG (MONGOLIAN) (2005) Notes: Film Award in Gold Outstanding Youth Film - German Film Awards 2006 Genre: Drama Starring: Babbayar Batchuluun, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Batchuluun Urjindorj Synopsis: A little girl in a family of nomads in Mongolia finds herself at odds with her family when she brings home a dog her father is certain killed their sheep, and he will not allow her to keep it.
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (MONGOLIAN) (2003) Genre: Documentary Starring: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam... Synopsis: An exotic and beautiful tale, The Story Of The Weeping Camel follows the adventures of a family of camel herders in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. They face a crisis when their camel rejects a newborn calf after a difficult birth. Includes Legends of the Gobi.
COOL & CRAZY = Heftig og begeistret (NORWEGIAN)(2001) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: A group of men find purpose, companionship and even fame as members of a male choir in Berlev책g, Norway. From singing above precipitous cliffs during a raging snowstorm to the backstage maneuverings on their Russian tour, these rugged men bare their souls through songs of faith and hope.
ELLING (NORWEGIAN) (2001) Genre: Comedy Starring: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, JĂ¸rgen Langhelle, Per Christensen Synopsis: Two mental patients are released from their state home and work on adjusting to normal society, in most abnormal ways.
KON TIKI (1950) Genre: Documentary Starring: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Torstein Raaby, Knut Haughland, Bengt Danielsson Synopsis: On April 28, 1947, an expedition was led by Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl. The journey - by raft - spanned 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean and was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time.
KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER (NORWEGIAN) (1995) Genre: Drama Starring: Elisabeth Matheson, Bjorn Skagestad, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Henny Moan, Rut Tellefsen, Erland Josephson Synopsis: Scandal, shame, and destruction beset the beautiful Kristin Lavransdatter when she rejects her arranged marriage and pursues a romance with the strapping young knight Erlend.
O'HORTEN (NORWEGIAN) (2007) Genre: Comedy Starring: Ghita Norby Synopsis: Horten is forced to retire after 40 years of riding the rails as an engineer. Life as he knew it is about to give way to an unknown future of adventures and experiences.
OSAMA (PASHTO) (2003) (AFGANISTAN) Notes: 2004 Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film; 2009 ALA Notable Video Genre: Action Synopsis: This powerful and remarkable drama chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era.
BARAN (PERSIAN) (IRAN) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Rahmi, Hossein Mahjoob Synopsis: An Iranian construction worker's job is impacted by a poorly paid illegal Afghani immigrant.
BORDER CAFE (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (2005) Genre: Drama Starring: Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei, Parviz Parastoei, Nikolas Papadopolous, Svieta Mikhalishina, Vanchos Constantin, Esmaiel Soltanian, Jafar Vahabpour Synopsis: When an Iranian widow takes over her husband's truck stop restaurant after his death, she must hide in the kitchen so she doesn't cause a scandal. Now her brother-inlaw wants to be with her for the cafe, while a customer just wants to be with her.
CHILDREN OF HEAVEN (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (1997) Genre: Drama Starring: Mohammad Amir Naji, Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi Synopsis: When Ali loses his sister's school shoes, the two develop a plan to stay out of trouble: they'll share his shoes and keep it a secret from their parents. An uplifting tale of family.
COLOR OF PARADISE (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (1999) Genre: Drama Starring: Hosein Mahjoob, Salameh Feyzi, Mohsen Ramezani, Elham Sharifi, Farahnaz Safari Synopsis: A fable of a child's innocence and a complex look at humanity. Visually magnificent and wrenchingly moving, the film tells the story of a boy whose inability to see the world only enhances his ability to feel its power.
DESERTED STATION (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (2002) Notes: 2002 Best Actress Montreal World Film Festival Genre: Drama Starring: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat Synopsis: A photographer and his young wife are stranded in a remote village after their car breaks down. The only adult inhabitant leaves with the photographer to find help, leaving the woman to teach the village children, whose parents are nowhere to be found.
IN THIS WORLD (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah Synopsis: The hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London, revealing the desperate measures people take to escape persecution and life-threatening conditions.
KANDAHAR (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi Synopsis: Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister. Overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression, she has vowed to commit suicide in 3 days.
A SEPARATION (PERSIAN) (2011) (IRAN) Notes: 54 Film Awards including 2012 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat Synopsis: A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution fo a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer's-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to normal.
THE SONG OF SPARROWS (PERSIAN) (2008) (IRAN) Genre: Drama Starring: Mohammad Amir Naji Synopsis: After being let go from his job on an ostrich farm, a man leaves his small village to find work in the big city. As a motorcycle taxi driver, he soon becomes consumed with his passengers' lives, and is swept up in a world of greed. Now it is up to his family back home to help restore his caring and generous nature.
A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES (PERSIAN) (IRAN) Genre: Drama Starring: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi Synopsis: After their father dies, a family of five is forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when twelveyear-old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother Madi needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. The family must go to any lengths to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor to get them to work.
THE WILLOW TREE (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (2005) Genre: Drama Starring: Parvis Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi, Mohammad Amir Naji, Melika Eslafi, Leila Otadi, Mahmoud Behraznia Synopsis: Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly faced with a fatal disease and must undergo a treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?
THE WIND WILL CARRY US (PERSIAN) (IRAN ) (1999) Notes: Winner Best Film Venice Film Festival Genre: Drama Starring: Behzad Dourani Based on the idea by Mahmoud Aydin. Synopsis: A filmmaker from Tehran travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman.
THE BIG ANIMAL = Duze zwierze (POLISH) (2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Anna Dymna, Jerzy Stuhr Synopsis: A bank clerk in a small Polish town awakens to discover a camel outside his window. He and his wife develop a bond with the animal and the neighbors become increasingly jealous. A lesson about tolerance, love, and sacrifice is learned by all.
THE DECALOGUE (POLISH) (1989) Genre: Drama Synopsis: The brilliant director Krzysztof Kieslowski brought together an acclaimed screenwriter, composer, nine cinematographers, and a team of actors to make interpretations of each of the Ten Commandments.
KNIFE IN THE WATER (POLISH) (1962) Genre: Drama Starring: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zgmunt Malanowicz Synopsis: When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare ensues as both men compete for the woman's attention. This is Roman Polanski's first film. The second disc contains 8 early short films by Roman Polanski.
NIGHT TRAIN (1959) (POLISH) Genre: Suspense Starring: Lucyna Winnicka, Zbigniew Cybulski, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna Synopsis: Jerzy, a man running from the authorities, and Marta, who's trying to escape her spurned lover, end up in the same sleeper berth on an overnight train. Passengers become a frenzied rumor-fueled lynch mob when police board looking for an escaped killer.
YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN (POLISH) (1984) Genre: Drama Starring: Maja Komorowska, Scott Wilson, Hanna Skarzanka, Ewa Dałkowska Synopsis: In this award-winning drama set in the wake of WWII, an American soldier forms a delicate friendship with a war widow amid the devastation of 1946 Poland. In spite of the war, they dare to steal a moment of happiness in the shadow of misery.
BLACK ORPHEUS (1959) (PORTUGUESE) (BRAZIL) Genre: Romance Starring: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliviera, Lea Garcia Synopsis: The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time.
CENTRAL STATION (PORTUGUESE) (1998) (BRAZIL) Genre: Drama Starring: Fernanda Montenegro Synopsis: A young boy's mother is killed in front of Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. Homeless and with nowhere to turn, he is reluctantly befriended by a lonely and cynical woman.
CITY OF GOD (PORTUGUESE) (2002) (BRAZIL) Genre: Drama Starring: Matheus Nachtergaele, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora Synopsis: The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. 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.
THE EIGHTH COLOR OF THE RAINBOW (PORTUGUESE) (2004) (BRAZIL) Genre: Drama Starring: Diego Borges, Izabel Serra, Renan Dimunier Synopsis: Joaozinho's grandmother Didinha is very sick. He woke up one night as she was praying to be taken away. He realized that she no longer could endure her suffering and made a decision to sell his little goat, his only asset, to buy medicine to save her.
A TALKING PICTURE (PORTUGUESE) (2003) (PORTUGAL) Genre: Drama Starring: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Irene Papas Synopsis: Eight-year-old Maria and her history professor mother embark on an ocean cruise from Portugal to Bombay, India. As three mysterious and glamorous women board the ship, their picturesque journey begins to grow in tension and complexity.
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS (ROMANIAN) (ROMANIA) (2007) Genre: Drama Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu Synopsis: A young woman and her friend make their way to a black market doctor and face the choice as to whether or not one of them should have an illegal abortion.
ANDREI RUBLEV (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION) (1966) Genre: Drama Starring: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko Synopsis: A stunning bio of a 15th-century icon painter.
BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION )(1959) Genre: Drama Starring: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko Synopsis: Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks. In his journeys home, he encounters the devastation of his war-torn country and glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love.
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925) (SILENT) (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION) Genre: Drama Starring: Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Alexandrov Based on a scenario by Sergei Eisenstein and Nina Agadzhanova Shutko Synopsis: Mutiny aboard the Russian ship the Potemkin leads to a civilian uprising against the Czar.
THE CRANES ARE FLYING (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION ) (1957) Genre: Drama Starring: Tatiana Samoilova, Alexei Batalov, Vasily Merkuriev Based on the play with the same title by Victor Rozov Synopsis: Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines, and then communication stops.
DERSU UZALA (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION ) (1974) Genre: Drama Starring: Yuri Solomin, Maxim Munzuk Based on the novel by Vladimir Arsenyev. Synopsis: An acclaimed, photographically breathtaking film about a Russian surveyor who befriends a crusty, resourceful Mongolian.
A HUNTING DRAMA (RUSSIAN - DUBBED) (1978) Genre: Drama Synopsis: Based on a story by Russian novelist Anton Chekhov. Neighborhood men are obsessed with a beautiful young woman and displeased she is marrying an old estate manager. On her wedding day, she confesses she loves another man, triggering passion and violence.
MOSCOW DOES NOT BELIEVE IN TEARS (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION ) (1981) Genre: Drama Starring: Vera Alentova, AlekseÄ Batalov, Synopsis: Vladimir Menshov's enchanting drama of three women struggling to establish themselves in Russia's huge and often impersonal capital city.
THE RETURN (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION) (2003) Notes: Golden Lion Best Film & Best First Film Venice Film Festival Genre: Drama Starring: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavromenko Synopsis: Two young boys are reunited with their father after a twelve-year absence. They go on a fishing vacation and the tragic conclusion becomes a harrowing father and son journey and the heartbreaking transitory nature of their reunion.
TCHAIKOVSKY (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION ) (1969) Genre: Drama Starring: Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Antonina Shuranova Synopsis: The majestic music and fascinating life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky are evocatively presented in the Academy Award nominated film by writer/director Igor Talankin and celebrated composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
WAR AND PEACE (RUSSIAN) (SOVIET UNION) (1968) Genre: Drama Starring: Sergei Bondarchuk, Lyudmila Savelyeva Synopsis: Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, it was shot entirely in the Soviet Union. It took more than five years and $100 million to create. Winner of Best Foreign Film at the 1969 Academy Awards.
Das Fr채ulein (SERBO-CROATIAN & GERMAN) (2006) (SERBIA) Genre: Drama Starring: Mirjana Karanovic, Marua Skaricic Synopsis: Ruza left Serbia, her country, over 30 years ago and lives in Zurich. Her daily life is a string of repetitive moments until, one day, Ana arrives on the scene and upsets Ruza's painstakingly organized world. A subtle friendship develops between the two strong willed women.
NO MAN'S LAND (SERBO-CROATIAN) (2001) (BOSNIA) Genre: Drama Synopsis: A dramatic tale about two enemy soldiers forced to survive together while holed up in a trench. Winner of a 2002 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay at 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film.
PRETTY VILLAGE, PRETTY FLAME = Lepa sela lepo gore (SERBO-CROATIAN) (1996) (SERBIA) Genre: Drama Starring: Dragan Bjelogrlic, Nikola Kojo, Zoran Cvijanovic, Dragan Maksimovic, Milorad Mandic, Dragan Petrovic, Velimir Bata Zivojinovic Synopsis: This provocative and disturbing movie is based on an incident that happened in the first winter of the war in Bosnia in 1992. Two childhood friends, one a Serb the other a Muslim, square off on opposite sides of war, their friendships tattered & in ruins. 61
SOMEONE ELSE’S AMERICA = Tudja Amerika (SERBO-CROATIAN) (1995) (SERBIA) Genre: Drama Starring: Tom Conti, Miki Manojlovic, Maria Casares, Sergej Trifunovic Synopsis: The story of emigrants in New York, more precisely in poor part of Brooklyn, of Serb Baja and Spaniard Alfonso and their tragicomic efforts to fit so-called New World...
TIME OF THE GYPSIES = Dom za vesanje (SERBO-CROATIAN) (1988) (Yugoslavia) Genre: Drama Starring: Davor Dujmovíc, Bora Todorovíc, Ljubica Adžovíc, Husnija Hašimovíc, Sinolička Trpkova Synopsis: The story of Pheran, a life-loving teen with telekinetic gifts. Lured by promises of wealth, he leaves his beloved Grandmother and girlfriend to join the gang of Ahmed, a flamboyant criminal with a scam for all seasons.
WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS = Otac na sluzbenom putu (SERBO-CROATIAN) (1985) (Yugoslavia) Genre: Drama Starring: Moreno de Bartoli, Miki Manojlovic, Mirjana Karanovic Synopsis: A six-year-old boy tells his version of why daddy couldn't stay with his family in post-WWII Yugoslavia. In reality, the child's father has gone to prison for romancing the lover of a high-ranking party member, but the boy thinks papa's away working.
THE WOUNDS = Rane (SERBIAN) (1998) (SERBIA) Genre: Drama Starring: Dusan Pekic, Milan Maric, Dragan Bjelogrlic, Branka Katic, Predrag Miki Manojlovic, Vesna Trivalic, Andreja Jovanovic Synopsis: Two teenage criminals rise to destructive success in war torn Bosnia.
ARAYA (BLACK & WHITE) (SPANISH) (1959) (VENEZUELA) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: Explored is a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in Venezuela. For centuries since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Captured are the breathtaking and unforgettable images from the salineros toiling to build the mountains of salt, a fisherman hauling in huge teeming nets, and a young girl and her grandmother laying 'flowers' of shells on windswept graves.
BELLE EPOQUE (SPANISH) = The Age of Beauty (1992) (SPAIN) Genre: Romance Starring: Penelope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez Synopsis: An army deserter meets an old man with four lovely daughters. All of them take an interest in him in this story set in 1930s Spain.
BIUTIFUL (SPANISH) (2010) Rated R (MEXICO) Genre: Drama Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib Synopsis: Uxbal is a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad, or biutiful.
BROKEN EMBRACES (SPANISH) (2009) (SPAIN) Notes: 2010 Golden Globe Nominee Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA Nominee Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar Synopsis: Fourteen years ago, he had two names: Harry Caine, the pseudonym he used for his literary works, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, which he used to direct films. But that was before the accident when he lost his sight and his beloved Lena. Now he goes only by Harry Caine. If he can't direct films, he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his Lena. When he is given the chance to tell his story, he can't refuse.
BROKEN SILENCE = SILENCIO ROTO (SPANISH) (2001) (SPAIN) Genre: Drama Starring: Lucía Jiménez, Juan Diego Botto, Mercedes Sampietro, Alvero De Luna, Botto Maria Synopsis: Lucia is attracted to Manuel, who is a supporter of the anti-Franco Resistance. When Manuel is pursued by Franco's Civil Guard he flees to the mountains and Lucia discovers the reality of political repression - the silence, the horror, the fear.
COMMON GROUND (SPANISH) = Lugares comunes (2002) (ARGENTINA) Genre: Drama Starring: Federico Luppi, Mercedes Sampietro, Arturo Puig, Adolfo Aristarain, Carlos Santamaría, Valentina Bassi, Claudio Rissi, Osvaldo Santoro, José Luis Alfonzo Synopsis: An aging university professor faces an uncertain and insecure future when he is forced into early retirement as a result of Argentina's economic crisis.
THE CRIME OF PADRE AMARO (SPANISH) (MEXICO) Genre: Drama Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancon Synopsis: Father Amaro is sent to help an aging priest in Los Reyes, Mexico. He learns that the older priest has been having an affair and taking money from local drug lords. Father Amaro must determine which path he will take in this new assignment.
EL NORTE (SPANISH) (1983) (DVD or BLU-RAY) (SPAIN) Notes: On National Film Registry. Genre: Drama Starring: Zaide Silvia Gutierrez, David Villalpando Synopsis: Two teenage siblings decide to flee their home in Guatemala for the United States, after witnessing their village and family being destroyed by the local army.
EVA PERON (SPANISH) = Eva Perón (1996) (ARGENTINA) Genre: Drama Starring: Ester Goris, Victor Laplace, Cristina Banegas, Pepe Novoa, Irma Córdoba, Tony Vilas, Jorge Petraglia, Lorenzo Quinteros Synopsis: Argentina offers its own image of Evita. She captured the heart and soul of the poor, whose causes she championed until her tragic death in 1952 at age 33.
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (SPANISH) (1993) Rated R (MEXICO) Genre: Drama Starring: Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book. Tita and Pedro are passionately in love, but it is forbidden by an ancient family tradition.
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (SPANISH) (2004) Rated R (ARGENTINA) Notes: Academy Award Best Original Song Genre: Adventure Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal Synopsis: An inspirational adventure, based on the true story of two young men whose thrilling and dangerous road trip across Latin America becomes a life-changing journey of self-discovery.
NAZARIN (SPANISH) = Nazarín (1959) (MEXICO) Genre: Drama Starring: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso, Ofelia Guilmáiń Based on a novel by Benito Pérez Galdós Synopsis: Follows the life of a priest who is forced to leave the priesthood due to his womanizing.
PAN'S LABYRINTH (SPANISH) = El laberinto del fauno (2006) (SPAIN) Genre: Horror Starring: Sergi Lopez Synopsis: Ofelia, a dreamy little girl, is uprooted to her new stepfather's military outpost. Powerless and lonely in a place of unfathomable cruelty, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human.
THE SEA INSIDE = Mar adentro (SPANISH) (2004) (SPAIN) Genre: Drama Starring: Javier Bardem Synopsis: A young man who has spent more than a quarter of a century as a quadriplegic chooses to die, petitioning the courts for permission to be euthanized. His decision sets off controversy throughout Spain and with his family and friends. 65
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (SPANISH) (2009) Rated R (ARGENTINA) Notes: 34 Film Awards including 2010 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Genre: Drama Starring: Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darin Synopsis: Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin decides to write a novel based on an unresolved rape and murder case which still haunts him. Ben shares his plans with Irene, a judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years. But Benjamin's search for the truth puts him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, and tests the limits of a man who seeks justice and personal fulfillment at last.
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE = El espĂritu de la colmena (SPANISH) (1973) (SPAIN) Genre: Drama Starring: Teresa Gimpera, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Isabel Telleria, Ana Torrent Synopsis: Shortly after the civil war, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it.
THE STONE RAFT (1990) (SPAIN) Notes: Winner Chicago Latino International Film Festival - Audience Choice Award Genre: Sci-Fi Starring: Federico Luppi Synopsis: A strange journey of discovery in a world set adrift. Based on the book by Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago. DO DVD 363.124 STR
STRANDED (SPANISH) (URUGUAY) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay boarded a plane for a match in Chile, then vanished into thin air. Sixteen of the 45 passengers resurfaced 72 days after their plane crashed. Thirty-five years later, the survivors returned to tell their story in their own words.
SUGAR (2008) (SPANISH) (Made in United States) Genre: Drama Starring: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Michael Gaston, Alina Vargas, Richard Bull, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, Joendy Pena Brown Synopsis: After seeing the movie Field of Dreams, Dominican baseball star Miguel 'Sugar' Santos hopes to break into the big leagues in the United States to earn money to support his impoverished family. His dreams may become a reality when he is recruited to play for a minor league team in the United States.
UNDER THE SAME MOON = La misma luna (SPANISH) (2007) (MEXICO) Genre: Drama Starring: Adrian Alonso, Kate Del Castillo, America Ferrera Synopsis: Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for her son Carlitos in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite.
VOLVER (SPANISH) (2006) (SPAIN) Genre: Comedy Starring: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura Synopsis: After passing away, a mother returns to her town in the form of a ghost to try and fix the things in her life that were left unresolved.
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (SPANISH) (SPAIN)Rated R Genre: Comedy Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura Synopsis: When a woman's lover leaves her, she discovers that the police are looking for her because of his criminal activities. After talking to a female lawyer, she discovers that her lawyer is her old lovers new girlfriend.
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (SWEDISH) (2005) Genre: Drama Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel. Synopsis: Daniel, a successful international conductor, returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and nothing in the village is the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends, and finds love.
ELVIRA MADIGAN (SWEDISH) (1967) Genre: Romance Starring: Pie Degermark, Thommy Berggren Synopsis: The story of a young army officer who gives up everything -- his family, his career, his social standing -- to embark on a passionate affair with a beautiful circus performer.
THE EMIGRANTS = Utvandrarna (1971) Genre: Drama Based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg Starring: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman Synopsis: Pictures of America inspire a married couple to pull up roots and join fellow Swedes in a quest that tests their determination and faith.
FANNY & ALEXANDER = Fanny och Alexander (SWEDISH) (1982) Genre: Drama Notes: Winner of 4 Academy Awards Including Best Foreign Film Starring: Bertil Guve, Ewa Fröling, Pernilla August, Erland Josephson, Harriet Andersson, Allan Edwall Synopsis: Through the wide eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the great delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family in turn-of-the-century Sweden.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (SWEDISH) (2010) Notes: Award Winner at 3 Film Festivals Genre: Drama Based on the novel by Steig Larsson Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace Synopsis: 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 Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST (SWEDISH) (2009) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace Synopsis: The final installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corruptgovernment institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (SWEDISH) (2010) Rated R Genre: Drama Starring: Noomi Repace, Michael Nyqvist Synopsis: Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society, as well as shocking details about Salander's past.
GOOD EVENING MR. WALLENBERG = God afton, Herr Wallenberg (1990) (SWEDISH) Genre: Drama Starring: Stellan Skarsgard Synopsis: The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a hero who saved the lives of thousands of Jews in the Budapest ghetto.
JERUSALEM (1996) (IN SWEDISH & ENGLISH) Genre: Drama Starring: Ulf Friberg, Maria Bonnevie, Max von Sydow, Olympia Dukakis Synopsis: The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a follower of the new christian belief.The new priest is very mesmerizing and he wants his followers to emigrate with him to Palestine. Ingmar's sister decides to follow him and sells the home which has been the family's for centuries. The only way for Ingmar to save it is to marry the daughter of the man who buys it, Barbro. With Ingmar married to another, Gertrud cannot stay and follows the others to Palestine. However, Ingmar does not love Barbro. He is still in love with Gertrud and eventually follows her.
KITCHEN STORIES = Salmer fra kjøkkenet (SWEDISH) (2003) Genre: Comedy Starring: Joachim Calmeyer, Tomas Norström, Reine Brynolfsson, Bjørn Floberg Synopsis: A Swedish efficiency researcher is sent to improve a Norwegian farmer's kitchen habits. There is a rule that they must not speak to each other. This rule is ignored and the men become fast friends, passing afternoons sipping coffee and telling stories.
MY LIFE AS A DOG = Mitt liv som hund (SWEDISH) (1985) Genre: Drama Starring: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Liden, Melinda Kinnaman, Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulström, Ing-Marie Carlsson, Leif Ericson Synopsis: Academy Award nominee My Life as a Dog tells the story of Ingemar, a working-class twelve-year-old sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill.
THE NEW LAND=Nybyggarna (SWEDISH) (1972) Genre: Drama Based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg Sequel to: The emigrants Starring: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman Synopsis: The story of Swedish newcomers to America, whose unadorned, heroic lives in 1850's Minnesota are marked by hardship, courage, faith and determination.
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE = Scener ur ett äktenskap (SWEDISH) (1973) Genre: Drama Starring: Liv Ullmann Synopsis: Intimate, evocatively filmed drama about marital turmoil.
THE SEVENTH SEAL = Det sjunde inseglet (SWEDISH) (1957) Genre: Drama Starring: Max Von Sydow Synopsis: A knight and his squire, coming home from a crusade to a country ravaged by the plague, are stopped by Death, who tells the knight it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess match for his life.
A SONG FOR MARTIN = En sång för Martin (SWEDISH) (2001) Genre: Drama Starring: Viveka Seldahl, Sven Wollter, Reine Brynolfsson, Lisa Werlinder, Linda Källgren, Peter Engman, Klas Ahlstedt Synopsis: In midlife, two soul mates finally meet and their passion is fueled by their love of music. They come to understand the true meaning of deep, life-affirming love in this poignant and inspiring story. Winner of four film festival awards. Based on the novel "Boken om E" by Ulla Isaksson.
SOUND OF NOISE (SWEDISH) (2010) Rated R Genre: Comedy Starring: Sanna Persson, Bengt Nilsson Synopsis: Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His life is thrown into chaos when a band of renegade musicians decide to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their orchestra. Reluctantly, Warnebring embarks on his first musical investigations.
UNDER THE SUN = Under solen (SWEDISH) (1998) Genre: Drama Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Gunilla Röör, Jonas Falk, Linda Ulvaeus, Bergljót Arnadóttir, Per Sandberg, Rikard Wolff Note: Based on the short story "The little farm" by H.E. Bates Synopsis: A lonely middle-aged man places an ad for a housekeeper and begins to fall in love with the woman that responds. 71
WILD STRAWBERRIES = Smultronstället (SWEDISH)(1957) Genre: Drama Starring: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow Synopsis: An aging professor looks back on his life in this emotional, thought-provoking masterpiece.
VITUS (SWISS) (SWITZERLAND) Genre: Drama Starring: Bruno Ganz Synopsis: A child prodigy, who at the age of five can hear like a bat, play the piano like a virtuoso, and studies encyclopedias, takes control of his own life in pursuit of his dreams of flying and having a normal childhood.
HIMALAYA (TIBETAN) (2000) Notes: Winner 2 Cesar Awards, Academy Award nominee Genre: Drama Starring: Thinlen Lhondup, Karma Wangiel, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Karma Tenzig, Nyima Lama, Gurgon Kyap Synopsis: The story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village between its proud old chief and a headstrong young caravanner. The balance of power shifts uneasily as they make their annual salt trek across the Himalayas.
THE SALTMEN OF TIBET (TIBETAN) (2002) Genre: Documentary Synopsis: Four men from a nomadic Tibetan tribe undertake their annual, ritualistic pilgrimage to a sacred salt lake. The salt they gather provides the economic livelihood of the tribe. The journey also incorporates rituals necessary for their culture to survive. 72
DISTANT (TURKISH) (2002) Genre: Drama Starring: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Nazan Kirilmiş, Feridun Koç Synopsis: When a successful photographer's wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. His cousin from a small village comes to live with him to get a better job. The two are total opposites and have a hard time adjusting to each other's habits.
MAN PUSH CART (2005) (PAKISTAN) (Made in United States) Genre: Drama Starring: Ahmad Razvi Synopsis: A Pakistani immigrant pushes his cart along the streets of New York City, selling doughnuts and coffee to a city that isn't his, hoping for a glimmer of hope that will give him a better life.
VERTICAL RAY OF THE SUN (VIETNAM)(2000) Genre: Drama Starring: Trân Nû Yên Khê, Nguyên Nhû Quŷnh, Lê Khanh, Ngô Quang Hâi, Chu Chûng, Trân Manh Cuông, Lê Tuân Anh Synopsis: The film unfolds over several weeks between anniversaries of their mother and father's deaths when three sisters' unusual complicity gradually gives way to the revelation of secrets they kept from one another and their spouses.
TSOTSI (2005) (SOUTH AFRICA) Notes: Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Film Genre: Drama Starring: Synopsis: A young man running with a criminal gang on the streets of Johannesburg, Tsotsi - a nickname meaning thug - is immersed in a world of violence that seems to leave him unaffected, until he discovers an infant in the backseat of a car he has stolen.
YESTERDAY (2004) (SOUTH AFRICA) Genre: Drama Starring: Kenneth Khambula, Leleti Khumalo, Harriet Lenabe, Lihle Mvelase, Camilla Walker Synopsis: After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and a young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa.