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20 CIGARETTES

Director: Alexander Gornovsky
Screenplay: Dimitri Sobolew
Director of Photography: Alexander Kuznetsow
Cast: Oskar Kuchera; Ilya Ljubimov; Anna Slynko; Maxim Sukhanov; Galina Tiunina
Country, Year of production:
RUS, 2007
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Andrey is an art-director in an advertising agency. Andrey's life comes up with multiple unpleasant surprises at the day when his wife bears their first child. First of all Andrey has to go to work to solve some unexpected problems instead of going to the hospital to his wife. He lights up the first cigarette despite the fact that he was going to give up smoking. He confronts a client and finds himself in danger of being fired. From that moment Andrey's day turns into a total nightmare. All the day Andrey drives all over the city trying to solve the problem. On his way he makes mistake after mistake even without noticing it. He has to act against his will for his career and the future well being of his wife and his child, but still cannot reach the goal. However, this film is not about a ...

ARDIENTE PACIENCIA (original title)

Director: Antonio Skarmeta
Screenplay: Antonio Skarmeta
Director of Photography: Joao Abel Aboim
Cast: Roberto Parada; Oscar Castro; Marcela Osorio; Naldy Hernandez; Antonio Skarmeta; Miguel Viqueira
Country, Year of production:
D; P; RCH, 1983
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance

The friendship between the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and his postman as a mirror of Chilean history during the time of the Union Popular and the military coup in 1973. This very humorous and poetical film, based on the book of Antonio Skármeta, gives a hopeful look back on the days before the military dictatorship in Chile.

CAMOUFLAGE [BARWY OCHRONNE]

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of Photography: Edward Klosinski
Cast: Mariusz Dmochowski; Piotr Garlicki; Christine Paul-Podlasky; Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Country, Year of production:
PL, 1977
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Comedy

Jaroslaw, a young philologist, finds out that the academic world is ruled by cowardly conformists. His colleagues are slaves to the dumb, dishonest deputy rector who only cares about his own interests. Jakub, a diabolic professor, makes use of his intellect to manipulate others. He tries to introduce his younger colleague to the secret rules of academic careers. He ruthlessly uproots Jaroslaw's youthful idealism by showing that academic success is often available to those cynical and ruthless rather than those with a true talent. The film is a classic of "moral unrest" cinema. The academic world is a metaphor of the state system where compromise is a necessity that pays off. To compromise, to trade off interests is part of the "life game" played in Poland that time. The director seems to ...

CHILDREN OF LOVE [ENFANTS DE L'AMOUR, LES]

Director: Geoffrey Enthoven
Screenplay: Geoffrey Enthoven
Director of Photography: Gerd Schelfhout
Cast: Fauve de Loof; Jean-Louis Leclercq; Michael Philpott; Nathalie Stas; Winnifred Vigilante; Olivier Ythier
Country, Year of production:
B, 2002
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Documentary

A family drama and a catching portrait of six members of a "patchwork family": A mother of three and single parent sends her children every Friday morning to spend the weekend with their respective fathers. Each of them has their own experience and different relationship to the father. And then, their Mum meets a "new" man... Will the children get another stepfather and how will they deal with the new situation?

DYING TO GO HOME [MORTINHO POR CHEGAR A CASA]

Director: George Sluizer; Carlos da Silva
Screenplay: Carlos da Silva; Jennifer Field; George Sluizer
Director of Photography: Theo Bierkens
Cast: Maria d'Aires; Diogo Infante; Huub Stapel; Jack Wouterse
Country, Year of production:
P; NL; GB, 1996
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy

Manuel is just an ordinary immigrant until he wakes up in a cemetery and discovers he's become a ghost. An old Chinese ghost living in the grave next door gives Manuel the bad news that he will only rest in peace if he can get his bones back to his native land. Worse yet, the only way to communicate with the living is through their dreams. It is true that there are benefits to being immaterial, but, despite the fun, nobody can hear him, nobody can see him and he is still Dying to Go Home...

FAMILY LIFE [ZYCIE RODZINNE]

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of Photography: Witold Sobocinski
Cast: Maja Komorowska; Jan Kreczmar; Halina Mikolajska; Jan Nowicki; Daniel Olbrychski
Country, Year of production:
PL, 1971
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Vit, 30, works for an architectural design studio in Silesia. One day he receives a message from home, urging him to visit his sick father. Vit goes to a small town near Warsaw. The sickness turns out to be an excuse. The father wants Vit to take responsibility for the family. Vit however refuses to be a saviour for his relatives whose lifestyle he despises. His father is an alcoholic, his sister Bella a nyphomanic, his aunt slovenly and extravagant. Vit leaves failing to meet their expectations. The question of whether one has the right to cut away from one´s family if they threaten one´s individuality and prevent one from achieving important personal targets opened a hot debate in the press.

ILLUMINATION [ILUMINACJA]

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of Photography: Edward Klosinski
Cast: Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska; Stanislaw Latallo; Malgorzata Pritulak; Jan Skotnicki; Edward Zebrowski
Country, Year of production:
PL, 1973
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Franciszek Retman, a student of physics, is looking for the meaning of life. He tries to find the gist of existence in gaining knowledge and experiencing love. The duties he must face make him realize that one is not always the forger of one's fate but sometimes has to submit to external circumstances. Franciszek marries his transient lover Malgosia when she becomes pregnant. Later he has to leave the University and take up a job to provide for his wife and child. He is still bothered by the fundamental existential questions. He wants to penetrate the nature of death, spends some time in a hermits' monastery only to return to his family, studies, and mundane existence.The illumination announced in the film's title is the moment of sudden enlightenment that saints, wise and learned men are ...

KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER

Director: Liv Ullmann
Screenplay: Liv Ullmann
Director of Photography: Sven Nykvist
Cast: Erland Josephson; Jörgen Langhelle; Elisabeth Matheson; Henny Moan; Sverre Anker Ousdal; Björn Skagestad; Rut Tellefsen
Country, Year of production:
D; N; S, 1995
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

The story takes place at the beginning of the 14th century in the Gudbrandsdal valley in Norway. Kristin is raised to uphold the family name and honour , and she accepts without question her father´s right to promise her in marriage to Simon Darre, the son of another landowner. But darker forces also intrude without warning into daily life. Kristin´s sister is crippled in an accident and she herself is the victim of a brutal rape attempt. The innocent Kristin feels an indefinable guilt and convinces Lavran and Simon to let her go away to convent for a time. Here Kristin is confronted with her own fateful passion in the figure of the knight named Erlend Nikulaussonn. Kristin findsherself unable to resist him despite the fact that he is living with a married woman with whom he has two ...

LIFE AS A FATAL SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE [ZYCIE JAKO SMIERTELNA CHOROBA PRZENOSZONA DROGA PLCIOWA ]

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of Photography: Edward Klosinski
Cast: Szymon Bobrowski; Tadeusz Bradecki; Aleksander Fabisiak; Krystyna Janda; Monika Krzywkowska; Pawel Okraska; Jerzy Radziwilowicz; Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Country, Year of production:
PL; F, 2000
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Tomasz, a physican in his sixties, works on the set of a film about Saint Bernard, who prepares a horse thief for death. Intelligent but moody, Tomasz suspects he might be terminally ill. A series of edical tests only confirms his suspicion. A desire awakens in Tomasz to deny all moral values he used to cherish and to prove them wrong. Pretending to be a friend, he tries to destroy a young couple´s love, engages in a game with a young priest, hoping to hear the confessions of his lost faith, and finally gets ready to commit suicide. Nonetheless he never stops waiting for a sign, a spiritual force to guide him in life. The sign comes, unexpectedly, in a hospital room.

LIFE FOR LIFE - MAXIMILIAN KOLBE [ZYCIE ZA ZYCIE]

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi; Jan Jozef Szczepanski
Director of Photography: Edward Klosinski
Cast: Artur Barcis; Christoph Waltz; Edward Zentara
Country, Year of production:
PL; D, 1991
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Biography

July 1941 - The young Silesian Jan escaped fom the concentration camp Auschwitz. For this fugitive the camp commander Fritsch condemns ten prisoners to go into the starvation bunker. When one of them collapses under this sentence of death the Franciscan prioest Maximilian Maria Kolbe sacrifices his own life instead. From now on Jan is not only fleeing from the Gestapo but also from his own guilt, his involvement in Kolbe's death...

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