Zurich Film Festival 2011

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1.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
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Contagion (2011)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
 
3.
Agnus Dei: The Lamb of God (2011 Documentary)
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Jesus was sexually abused by a priest when he was an 11 year old boy. As an adult, he decides not only to denounce his aggressor but also to find him and confront him. (84 mins.)
 
4.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
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A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
 
5.
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 Documentary)
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Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Rossi
 
6.
Uzak Ihtimal (2009)
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Muezzin Musa falls for his neighbor, the Catholic nurse Clara. The story gets even more exceptional when Musa meets Yakup, who turns out to be connected with Clara. (90 mins.)
 
7.
Broken Mussels (2011)
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Hakim and Faysal have come from Mardin to Istanbul to find work and escape to Germany where their cousin lives... (90 mins.)
 
8.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
9.
At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
10.
Italy: Love It, or Leave It (2011 Documentary)
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After their award winning documentary, 'Suddenly, Last Winter', Luca and Gustav are back. This time they have to decide: should they stay in Italy... (75 mins.)
 
11.
Summer Window (2011)
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Juliane's happiness seems perfect. She is head over heals in love and has just begun a new life with August... (96 mins.)
 
12.
Happy, Happy (2010)
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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living... (85 mins.)
Director: Anne Sewitsky
 
13.
Westwind (2011)
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While training for sculling championship at summer camp in Hungary in 1988 East German teenage twin sisters meet young guys vacationing from Hamburg. In the meeting of east and west the bond between sisters is tested. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Thalheim
 
14.
Yume (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the aspirations and hopes of three young women living in different world capitals. (64 mins.)
 
15.
Restless (2011)
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The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (91 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
16.
Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
17.
Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)
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In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. (76 mins.)
 
18.
Day Is Done (2011 Documentary)
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A smokestack stubbornly pierces the sky. Trains rumble by down below. Lights come on in the buildings as night falls... (111 mins.)
Director: Thomas Imbach
 
19.
Darwin (2011 Documentary)
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Darwin is a documentary feature about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley... (86 mins.)
 
20.
Let Me In (2010)
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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
 
21.
Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul (2011 Documentary)
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Inspired by Skateistan, Afghanistan's first skateboarding school, this emotional feature-length documentary... (100 mins.)
Director: Kai Sehr
 
23.
The Indian Runner (1991)
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A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold. (127 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
24.
After the Apocalypse (2010 Documentary)
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During the Soviet era, the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan were used as human guinea pigs in the testing of nuclear weapons... (65 mins.)
Director: Antony Butts
 
25.
Beauty Day (2011 Documentary)
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Before the body-threatening antics of Jackass came crashing into public consciousness, there was Ontario's Ralph Zavadil... (92 mins.)
Director: Jay Cheel
 
26.
I'm My Own Dolly Parton (2011 Documentary)
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Five women musicians are brought together by their love for singer Dolly Parton. They all have dreams for their futures... (90 mins.)
 
27.
No Entry No Exit (2010 Documentary)
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When the sexual repeat offender Karl D. moves in with his brother Helmut, the neighborhood of the small village unites against the two brothers... (82 mins.)
 
28.
Circumstance (2011)
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A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)
 
29.
Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
30.
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
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A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
31.
Losers' Club (2011)
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Kaan and Mete, co-hosts of a mid 1990s radio show called Kaybedenler Kulübü (Losers' Club), struggle... (105 mins.)
Director: Tolga Örnek
 
32.
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. (98 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
33.
Cowboy (2011)
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The story of Julián Lamar, an Argentine actor who tries to get a part in a North American western that will be shot in Argentina. (87 mins.)
Director: Juan Minujín
 
34.
Carlito's Way (1993)
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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
35.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
36.
Die Unsichtbare (2011)
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Fine suffers from not being seen but she also does her best at not being noticed, even though she is an acting student... (113 mins.)
 
37.
Breathing (2011)
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Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. (94 mins.)
Director: Karl Markovics
 
38.
Our Grand Despair (2011)
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The peaceful cohabitation of two 30-something bachelors is disrupted when they both fall in love with the charming young woman who moves in with them. (102 mins.)
Director: Seyfi Teoman
 
39.
Combat Girls (2011)
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Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country... (103 mins.)
Director: David Wnendt
 
40.
One Life (2011 Documentary)
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Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own. (85 mins.)
 
41.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
42.
Las Acacias (2011)
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Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires... (82 mins.)
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
 
43.
Rampart (2011)
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Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival. (108 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
 
44.
Babel (2006)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
45.
Little Birds (2011)
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Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles. (94 mins.)
Director: Elgin James
 
46.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
48.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
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In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
49.
Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family on their on-going struggle for housing rights. (88 mins.)
Director: Imre Azem
 
50.
Better This World (2011 Documentary)
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A pair of childhood friends from Texas who set out to prove themselves. (82 mins.)
 
51.
UXO - unexploded ordnance (2010 Documentary)
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In the province of Quango Tr, the bitterly embattled front of the Vietnam War, the young soldier Bay... (71 mins.)
 
52.
Buck (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people. (88 mins.)
Director: Cindy Meehl
 
53.
Darkhead (2011)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Arman T. Riahi
 
54.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
 
55.
Majority (2010)
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Mertkan has a simple life in Istanbul: 'working' as an office-boy in his dad's construction company... (111 mins.)
Director: Seren Yüce
 
56.
Gnarr (2010 Documentary)
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From Focus World, the hilarious true story of the comedian who ran for mayor of Iceland's largest city... (93 mins.)
Stars: Jón Gnarr
 
57.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
58.
Color of the Ocean (2011)
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A young German tourist tries to help an African refugee and his son to get to the Spanish mainland. (95 mins.)
Director: Maggie Peren
 
59.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
60.
Merry-Go-Round (2010)
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Four protagonists, two generations and two continents are interwoven in Merry-Go-Round, a grand yet intimate narrative about leaving and returning... (126 mins.)
 
61.
Mystic River (2003)
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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
62.
Corpo celeste (2011)
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Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church. (99 mins.)
 
63.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
64.
The Samba Within Me (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life in the slum Mangueira, where the famous samba school is located. (72 mins.)
 
65.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
67.
September 11 (2002)
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The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different points of view around the world. (134 mins.)
 
68.
Louise Wimmer (2011)
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A women wages an uphill strugle to put her life back together in this neo-realist drama from france.Louise... (80 mins.)
Director: Cyril Mennegun
 
69.
Gromozeka (2011)
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In present day Moscow three childhood friends in their forties - former school band players - live their everyday lives of a police officer... (104 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Kott
 
70.
Another Happy Day (2011)
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A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics. (119 mins.)
Director: Sam Levinson
 
71.
Casino Royale (2006)
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Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
72.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
73.
Climate Refugees (2010 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Nash investigates mass migration caused by our changing climate. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael P. Nash
 
74.
The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk (2010 Documentary)
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Donetsk is the coal-mining area of Ukraine. Here most people work for low wages in the run down mines... (89 mins.)
Director: Jakob Preuss
 
75.
Chicken with Plums (2011)
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Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. (93 mins.)
 
76.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
77.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
78.
Raw Material (2011 Documentary)
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The state and business corruption in Greece that enriches by the metal recycling at the expense of a social margin which, while implementing the recycling, lives in extreme deprivation. (78 mins.)
 
79.
Dating Lanzelot (2011)
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Single Lanzelot who is looking for a serious relationship has one-time dates with several women contacted by his flat mate Milan by internet who happen not to be the right ones for Lanzelot. (90 mins.)
Director: Oliver Rihs
 
80.
Eine ganz heiße Nummer (2011)
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When their little supermarket is threatened by bankruptcy, three shop assistants in rural Bavaria start their own phone sex line. (95 mins.)
Director: Markus Goller
 
81.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
82.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011 Documentary)
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By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history... (104 mins.)
 
83.
Texas Killing Fields (2011)
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In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. (105 mins.)
Director: Ami Canaan Mann
 
84.
This Must Be the Place (2011)
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Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II. (118 mins.)
 
85.
Stopped on Track (2011)
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When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day. (110 mins.)
Director: Andreas Dresen
 
86.
Shame (2011)
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A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
87.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
88.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
89.
Lemon (2011 Documentary)
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Ex-con turned poet/performer Lemon Andersen fights for an exit from generations of poverty by bringing his life's secrets to the New York stage... (85 mins.)