My top 25 of SIFF 2011

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1.
Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011)
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The story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family. (101 mins.)
 
2.
Qarantina (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Crime, passion and childhood innocence in an Iraqi tale. (90 mins.)
Director: Oday Rasheed
 
3.
Simple Simon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Younger brother with asperger syndrome help his older brother find a girlfriend. (85 mins.)
Director: Andreas Öhman
 
4.
Small Town Murder Songs (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. (75 mins.)
 
5.
The White Meadows (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rahmat has been asked to meet the inhabitants of these islands to collect their tears. Although for years people have been giving their tears to Rahmat, no one knows exactly what he has been doing with them. (92 mins.)
 
6.
The Destiny of Lesser Animals (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Inspector Boniface Koomsin, a Ghanaian police detective, embarks on a dangerous, crime-laden journey to recover the one thing he needs to realize his ultimate dream-- to escape the ghosts of his past and return to America. (90 mins.)
Director: Deron Albright
 
8.
Sandcastle (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Junfeng Boo
 
9.
Everything Will be Fine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A writer-director known for becoming obsessed with his own stories, Jacob Falk stumbles upon photographs... (90 mins.)
Director: Christoffer Boe
 
10.
Apart Together (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Liu returns to his native city Shanghai after 50 years spent in Taiwan. He has come to find the first love of his life... (97 mins.)
Director: Quan'an Wang
 
11.
22nd of May (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened. (88 mins.)
Director: Koen Mortier
 
12.
Outside the Law (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII. (138 mins.)
 
13.
Oliver Sherman (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside... (82 mins.)
Director: Ryan Redford
 
14.
Dance Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A North Korean refugee, Jung-Nim, is trying to find a new life in South Korea, with people suspecting that she is a spy. (94 mins.)
Director: Kyu-hwan Jeon
 
15.
A Screaming Man (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel... (92 mins.)
 
16.
Circumstance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)
 
17.
Mamas & Papas (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Interconnected stories revolving around children; a fertility doctor loses her only child; a couple... (110 mins.)
Director: Alice Nellis
 
18.
The Poll Diaries (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family... (129 mins.)
Director: Chris Kraus
 
19.
A Quiet Life (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him... (105 mins.)
 
20.
Littlerock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A powerfully intimate drama that captures the fears and desires of a young Japanese woman lost in the U.S.... (83 mins.)
Director: Mike Ott
 
21.
King of Devil's Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom? (116 mins.)
Director: Marius Holst
 
22.
Black Bread (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds... (108 mins.)
 
23.
As If I Am Not There (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama... (109 mins.)
Director: Juanita Wilson
 
24.
On the Ice (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend. (96 mins.)
 
25.
Love Crime (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence... (106 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau