TIFF49 2008

Films I watched during the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival 14-23.11.2008
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1.
Rosetta (1999)
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Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job. (95 mins.)
 
2.
Liverpool (2008)
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A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea. (84 mins.)
Director: Lisandro Alonso
 
3.
Summer Holiday (2008)
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On his spring break at the seaside, with his wife and his four year old son, Bogdan Ciocazanu runs into... (102 mins.)
Director: Radu Muntean
 
4.
La Promesse (1996)
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Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Linha de Passe (2008)
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. (113 mins.)
 
6.
The Son (2002)
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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
 
7.
Kisses (2008)
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Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin. (72 mins.)
Director: Lance Daly
 
8.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
9.
The Wrestler (2008)
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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
10.
Ashes of Time (1994)
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A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. (100 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
11.
Three Monkeys (2008)
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A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships. (109 mins.)
 
12.
Zift (2008)
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Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944... (92 mins.)
Director: Javor Gardev
 
13.
Dreams (2006)
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Scarred Baghdad 2003... confusion, uncertainty and death engulf the bombed ruins of a Psychiatric asylum... (110 mins.)
 
14.
The Tour (2008)
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Year 1993, the bleakest time of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A group of actors from Belgrade, utterly... (102 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
 
15.
Snow (2008)
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Post traumatic life of the Bosnian Muslim widows and daughters after their husbands and fathers were murdered by Bosnian Serb Army. Plot is set in post war eastern Bosnian village near town of Zvornik. (100 mins.)
Director: Aida Begic
 
16.
L'enfant (2005)
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Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son. (95 mins.)
 
17.
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
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The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an... (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
18.
Three Blind Mice (2008)
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Three young Navy officers hit Sydney for one last night on land before being shipped over to the Gulf to fight... (94 mins.)
Director: Matthew Newton
 
19.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
20.
Ordinary Boys (2008)
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A film that enters into the homes and lives of three young residents of Jaama Mezwak, an impoverished Moroccan neighborhood in the city of Tetouan, where five of the Madrid suicide bombers grew up. (85 mins.)
 
21.
The Country Teacher (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town.... (117 mins.)
Director: Bohdan Sláma
 
22.
35 Shots of Rum (2008)
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The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
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23.
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)
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The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
24.
Lake Tahoe (2008)
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A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town. (89 mins.)
 
25.
Stella (2008)
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Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar. (103 mins.)
Director: Sylvie Verheyde
 
26.
Wild Field (2008)
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A young doctor relocates to a remote region of central Asia, thinking his fiancee soon will join him ... (108 mins.)