27th WFF

films seen on 27th Warsaw Film Festiwal 7-16.X.2011

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1.
“ 8.X.2011 18:30 FS (Free Spirit)
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Plus - resembles Twin Peaks. Dance comparisons - boxer (dance as a fight), gravedigger and "szalony śmieszek" (genius borders on madness). Lot of music, less dance. ” - glorfindel_z_rivendell
 
2.
Land of Oblivion (2011)
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Chernobyl, 1986, a few hours before the disaster. Piotr and Anya's wedding is interrupted by a fire at the power station. (108 mins.)
Director: Michale Boganim
“ 9.X.2011 14:00 IC (International Competition)
director
At the beginning director didn't know that Chyra and Możdżer are famous and renowned in Poland. Good cooperation with Ukraine during filming. ” - glorfindel_z_rivendell
 
3.
Rose (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war... (90 mins.)
“ 9.X.2011 16:30 IC
director, writer
Simply the best. My personal on 27th WFF. And Warsaw Grand Prix.
One of the viewers said, that these stories were exact truth. Writer lived there and talked with people. First opening scene and group red army scene are very hard. Naturalistic, truthful, point-blank. Director said that film is focused on love. Everything else is a background. ” - glorfindel_z_rivendell
 
4.
Blowfish (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Chi Y. Lee
“ 9.X.2011 19:00 IC
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5.
Kochegar (2010)
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(87 mins.)
 
6.
A Letter to Momo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her... (120 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
 
7.
Close Encounter of Mahjong (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A refreshing Chinese dark comedy. (78 mins.)
Director: Donald Li
 
8.
Haunters (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Cho-In can control other people's minds when they are within his field of sight.Except one man. (100 mins.)
Director: Min-suk Kim
 
9.
Ulysses (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story of Julio, a Peruvian emigrant in Chile that has traveled to change internally. In this trip... (85 mins.)
Director: Oscar Godoy
 
10.
The Art of Getting By (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit. (83 mins.)
Director: Gavin Wiesen
 
11.
The Soul of Flies (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A magic realism tale of two brothers who meet for the first time on the way to their father's funeral, who they never knew. A journey where memories are mixed with dreams, and death is just another character. (78 mins.)
 
12.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
13.
Alois Nebel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. (84 mins.)
Director: Tomás Lunák
 
14.
Policeman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A member of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit clashes with a group of young radicals. (105 mins.)
Director: Nadav Lapid
 
15.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. (128 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
16.
Another Silence (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A Toronto police officer finds her husband and son violently murdered. (90 mins.)
 
17.
No. 89 Shimen Road (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the late 1980's Shanghai, a 16 year-old boy, Xiaoli, comes of age surrounded by his neighbors and grandfather... (85 mins.)
Director: Haolun Shu
 
18.
Combat Girls (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
19.
Grey Matter (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Balthazar is a young African filmmaker on the brink of directing his first project, The Cycle of the Cockroach... (110 mins.)
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
 
20.
Dancing Across Borders (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a 16... (88 mins.)
Director: Anne Bass
 
21.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
 
22.
Among Wolves (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A child who lived only with wolves for 12 years. (113 mins.)
 
23.
Two Sunny Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Peter and Martina are a tourist couple on a vacation on the Croatian coast. Both are successful and in their prime...
Director: Ognjen Svilicic
 
24.
Hell (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun. (89 mins.)
Director: Tim Fehlbaum
 
25.
Novena (2010)
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(96 mins.)
Director: Enrique Collar
 
26.
Another Earth (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
27.
Mitsuko kankaku (2011)
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(106 mins.)
Director: Kenji Yamauchi
 
28.
New Jerusalem (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Returning from Afghanistan, Sean is befriended by lke, a strong-willed evangelical who endeavors to ensure the fragile Sean's salvation. (94 mins.)
Director: Rick Alverson
 
29.
Merry-Go-Round (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Four protagonists, two generations and two continents are interwoven in Merry-Go-Round, a grand yet intimate narrative about leaving and returning... (126 mins.)
 
30.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Helmed by three female directors, this omnibus features three films set in China, Thailand and Singapore respectively... (87 mins.)
Director: Kaz Cai, Wang Jing
 
31.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine