My top 25 of SIFF 2006

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1. Tough Enough (2006)

98 min | Crime, Drama

When Miriam splits up with her wealthy lover, she and her 15-year-old son Michael have to move from posh Zehlendorf to run-down Berlin-Neukölln. The boy finds friends in his new ... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck | Stars: David Kross, Jenny Elvers, Erhan Emre, Oktay Özdemir

Votes: 3,287

2. 1:1 (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

In a Copenhagen suburb the 19-year-old Per is found unconscious after having been badly beaten up. He is taken to hospital in a coma. The police have no clues, but the air is thick with ... See full summary »

Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Mohammed Al-Bakier, Joy K. Petersen, Anette Støvelbæk, Helle Hertz

Votes: 299

3. Naming Number Two (2006)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Ruby Dee, Mia Blake, Rene Naufahu, Miriama McDowell

Votes: 568

4. Zozo (2005)

105 min | Drama, Family, War

A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Imad Creidi, Antoinette Turk, Elias Gergi, Carmen Lebbos

Votes: 2,977

5. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 43,024 | Gross: $0.00M

6. We Shall Overcome (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Family

A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Bent Mejding, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jens Jørn Spottag, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Votes: 2,433

7. Madeinusa (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

14-year-old Madeinusa comes of age during the Easter festivities of her tiny, isolated village.

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Magaly Solier, Carlos J. de la Torre, Yiliana Chong, Juan Ubaldo Huamán

Votes: 1,489

8. House of Sand (2005)

R | 115 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge

Votes: 2,977 | Gross: $0.53M

9. Sorry Apple (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend of seven years. Devastated, she throws herself into another relationship and decides to get married, only to have her exboyfriend return to her...

Director: Yi-kwan Kang | Stars: Jung-in Choi, Jun-ho Han, Hyeok-hyeon Jeong, Ji-min

Votes: 133

10. Gaseirneba Karabaghshi (2005)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A group of teenage boys from Tbilisi take a trip to Azerbaijan to buy drugs, and end up fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh War, when they are captured by Azerbaijani militants, with one ... See full summary »

Director: Levan Tutberidze | Stars: Levan Doborjginidze, Misha Meskhi, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Dasha Drozdovskaja

Votes: 788

11. Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)

92 min | Drama

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Kwan | Stars: Phoebe Kut, Hollie Lo, Vivian Wu, Chit-Man Chan

Votes: 532

12. Drabet (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A college professor abandons his family and his career in order to champion his mistress, a student radical accused of killing a policeman.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Beate Bille, Charlotte Fich

Votes: 2,295

13. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Ann Bell

Votes: 4,699 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Chinaman (2005)

88 min | Drama

In order to pay for his divorce, a plumber marries a Chinese woman who needs citizenship.

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz | Stars: Bjarne Henriksen, Vivian Wu, Lin Kun Wu, Paw Henriksen

Votes: 1,555

15. Shanghai Dreams (2005)

123 min | Drama

In the 1980s, encouraged by the government, a large number of families leave Chinese cities to settle in the poorer regions of the country, in order to develop local industry. The film's ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Yuanyuan Gao, Bin Li, Hao Qin, Yang Tang

Votes: 1,012

16. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

TV-PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Votes: 3,134

17. Thieves and Liars (2006)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

"Ladrones & Mentirosos" is the heartrending story of three Puerto Rican families struggling to stay together in a society overcome by corruption and drugs. Using a parallel structure, the ... See full summary »

Director: Ricardo Méndez Matta | Stars: Steven Bauer, Isidro Bobadilla, Elpidia Carrillo, José Heredia

Votes: 120

18. Grain in Ear (2005)

109 min | Drama

Grain in Ear follows the plight of Cui (Liu Lianji), a young Korean mother living on the outskirts of Chinese society. With a husband in jail and a son to support, she barely makes a living... See full summary »

Director: Lu Zhang | Stars: Lianji Liu, Bo Jin, Guangxuan Zhu, Tonghui Wang

Votes: 92

19. Dreams (2006)

110 min | Drama

Scarred Baghdad 2003... confusion, uncertainty and death engulf the bombed ruins of a Psychiatric asylum. Voyeuristically we move between the past and the present of three Iraqi lives ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji | Stars: Aseel Adel, Bashir Al Majid, Mohamed Hashim, Talib Al-Furati

Votes: 205

20. The Fish Fall in Love (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

After 22 years, Aziz decides to return to his hometown, to sell some family possessions, including the house where he was born. But for his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant... See full summary »

Director: Ali Rafie | Stars: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Golshifteh Farahani, Maryam Saadat

Votes: 921

21. Los aires difíciles (2006)

117 min | Drama

Dr. Juan (40) has survived a shipwreck, from which he was only able to save his pre-teen niece (or daughter?), Tamara and mentally handicapped brother, Alfonso. Behind him, in a different ... See full summary »

Director: Gerardo Herrero | Stars: José Luis García Pérez, Cuca Escribano, Carme Elias, Elena Villaronga

Votes: 329

22. Roots (2005)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

The film takes place today in a small southern town on the territory of the former USSR. The main character, Edik Letov, helps people to look for relatives. He finds them in Canada, Israel,... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Leonid Kanevskiy, Sergey Garmash, Natalya Kolyakanova

Votes: 330

23. So Close, So Far (2005)

121 min | Drama

Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work, in a way that he has totally forgotten all about his son Saman. ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Masoud Rayegany, Afshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi, Ashkan Khatibi

Votes: 2,250

24. Allegro (I) (2005)

88 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

Famous pianist Zetterström returns home to his native Denmark, to give a concert, just to find out that the choices he has made in his life have affected his love life greatly.

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Helena Christensen, Henning Moritzen, Niels Skousen

Votes: 1,841 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Conversations with Other Women (2005)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse.

Director: Hans Canosa | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Yury Tsykun, Brian Geraghty

Votes: 11,646 | Gross: $0.37M



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