My top 25 of SIFF 2012

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1.
Pustoy dom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Kyrgyzstan. Ascel is engaged to Sultan, the local Mr Big with the grandest house. This looks like a palace to Ascel... (98 mins.)
Director: Nurbek Egen
 
2.
The Last Friday (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When a forty-year-old divorced father discovers that he needs to undergo an operation, which he can not afford, within the next 4 days, he finds himself forced to deal with the life he isolated himself from for the longest time. (88 mins.)
 
3.
Hunky Dory (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. (110 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
4.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
5.
A Cube of Sugar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother. (116 mins.)
 
6.
Choked (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It's been a year since Hee-su vanished. Youn-ho, who works at a redevelopment firm, ignores his mother's... (110 mins.)
Director: Joong-Hyun Kim
 
7.
The Orator (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Saili, an unassuming villager & taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia... (110 mins.)
Director: Tusi Tamasese
 
8.
Three Quarter Moon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
6-year old Hayat turns up in Hartmut's taxi without a word of German. All attempts to get rid of her fail... (94 mins.)
 
9.
Either Way (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two employees of the Icelandic Road Administration spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads as they both find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. (84 mins.)
 
10.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
11.
Innocence (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The descent from the top of the ladder to the bottom of the barrel can be very quick. Sometimes just... (90 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
12.
Rebellion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages. (136 mins.)
 
13.
The Last Christeros (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The plot occurs around 1925 in Mexico when the Mexican government decides to severely restrict religious freedoms... (89 mins.)
Director: Matias Meyer
 
14.
Goodbye (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Story of a young lawyer in Tehran in search of a visa to leave the country, which is what Mohammad Rasoulof did during the winter of 2010/11. (100 mins.)
 
15.
11 Flowers (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have... (110 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
16.
Volcano (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past. (99 mins.)
 
17.
Eden (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, cooperates with her captors in a desperate ploy to survive. (98 mins.)
Director: Megan Griffiths
 
18.
Mourning (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A violent quarrel breaks out between a couple at midnight. Being at a relative,s house in the north of Iran... (85 mins.)
 
19.
Liberal Arts (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
20.
Sacrifice (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance. (122 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
21.
Starbuck (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
 
22.
Las Acacias (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires... (82 mins.)
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
 
23.
Dragon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
24.
Les tribulations d'une caissière (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A young woman, working as a cashier for a large retailer, writes anonymously about the working conditions that she and all the cashiers face everyday. Her blog becomes famous all over the country, some people want to know who she is. (102 mins.)
Director: Pierre Rambaldi
 
25.
Dom (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Zuzana Liová