SIFF 2011

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SIFF 2011 films

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1. Redemption Road (2010)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

44 Metascore

Two men embark on a music-steeped journey through the American South.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Taryn Manning, Michael Clarke Duncan, Luke Perry, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.03M

2. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 3,955 | Gross: $0.33M

3. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 62,285 | Gross: $0.25M

4. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,751

5. Sykt lykkelig (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with... See full summary »

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 2,810 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Chin do (2010)

95 min | Romance

Chow Yi (Gillian Chung) is about to leave on holiday with her boyfriend, Yang Pai Shu (Lawrence Chou) until an argument makes Chow Yi to dump him at the airport. Their breakup is being witnessed by her ex-boyfriend.

Director: Heiward Mak | Stars: Gillian Chung, William Wai-Ting Chan, Michelle Wai, Kwok Cheung Tsang

Votes: 344

7. Bal (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen, Ayse Altay

Votes: 6,071

Honey

8. Wenecja (2010)

110 min | Drama

Marek is in his early teens and dreams of going to Venice. Although the war makes his plans highly unlikely, the boy won't let his dreams drift away too easily.

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Marcin Walewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Agnieszka Grochowska, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska

Votes: 350

9. Copacabana (2010)

107 min | Comedy

Boldly unconventional and cheerful, that's how one could describe Babou. Never having cared about social conventions, she is suddenly faced with the realization that her own daughter is ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Fitoussi | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Aure Atika, Lolita Chammah, Jurgen Delnaet

Votes: 1,513

10. 12 Meter ohne Kopf (2009)

108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

East Fresia 1401: the era of the feared sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels is coming to an end. After a long period with no booty at last a bulging ship appears on the horizon... See full summary »

Director: Sven Taddicken | Stars: Ronald Zehrfeld, Matthias Schweighöfer, Oliver Bröcker, Hinnerk Schönemann

Votes: 387

11. Mama Africa (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary about Miriam Makeba.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Miriam Makeba, Bageot Bah, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.01M

12. 3 (2010)

Unrated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow, Angela Winkler

Votes: 4,678 | Gross: $0.06M

13. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt (2011)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Biography

Paul Liebrandt is one of the most talented and controversial chefs in the food world and the youngest chef to have received 3 stars from the New York Times. He was 24. NY Times food critic,... See full summary »

Director: Sally Rowe | Stars: Heston Blumenthal, Daniel Boulud, Frank Bruni, Mike Colameco

Votes: 416

14. Hermano (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Two young men who have been raised as brothers look to their soccer skills as a way of getting out of their slum. While a scout is in town, an act of violence threatens to tear them apart.

Director: Marcel Rasquin | Stars: Fernando Moreno, Eliú Armas, Alí Rondón, Beto Benites

Votes: 2,340 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Submarine (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor

Votes: 78,248 | Gross: $0.47M

16. L'enfant prodige (2010)

101 min | Drama

On the keyboard, the young hands fly rapidly and the melody rises. For the child, nothing is easier; he hears the sounds in his head. These hands belong to 6 years old André Mathieu. He won... See full summary »

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Benoît Brière, Marc Béland, Patrice Coquereau

Votes: 176

17. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El-Kidwani, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,531

Cario 678

18. Tuan yuan (2010)

97 min | Drama

Liu returns to his native city Shanghai after 50 years spent in Taiwan. He has come to find the first love of his life, Qiao, who he left behind pregnant. In the meantime, Qiao has married ... See full summary »

Director: Quan'an Wang | Stars: Lisa Lu, Feng Ling, Cai-gen Xu, Monica Siu-Kei Mok

Votes: 262

19. Alting bliver godt igen (2010)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

A writer-director known for becoming obsessed with his own stories, Jacob Falk stumbles upon photographs of prisoners of war being tortured by Danish soldiers. Suspecting a political ... See full summary »

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Jens Albinus, Igor Radosavljevic, Marijana Jankovic, Thomas Høite Meersohn

Votes: 753

20. Autoreiji (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryo Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 10,833

21. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 11,566 | Gross: $2.29M

22. High Road (2011)

R | 87 min | Comedy

A drug-dealer goes cross country with a group of roadies to deliver or else he'll be killed by a group of gangsters.

Director: Matt Walsh | Stars: Ben Boodman, Kathryn Burns, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Coleman

Votes: 1,489

23. Hors la loi (2010)

Unrated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,352

24. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

67 Metascore

Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 219,797 | Gross: $165.25M

25. Una vita tranquilla (2010)

105 min | Crime, Drama

The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, ... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Cupellini | Stars: Toni Servillo, Marco D'Amore, Francesco Di Leva, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 1,925

26. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,044 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Nuummioq (2009)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A love-struck man discovers he has an incurable illness shortly after meeting the woman of his dreams.

Directors: Torben Bech, Otto Rosing | Stars: Lars Rosing, Angunnguaq Larsen, Julie Berthelsen, Marius Olsen

Votes: 152

28. Vénus noire (2010)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, History

The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and ... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn

Votes: 2,192

29. The Mountain (2011)

73 min | Drama

Nora and Solveig are hiking through snow-covered, rough, but beautiful scenery on a tour of several days that will take the two young women to the top of a mountain. Solveig, three months ... See full summary »

Director: Ole Giæver | Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Marte Magnusdotter Solem

Votes: 241

30. La nostra vita (2010)

98 min | Drama

Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, when he finds the remains of an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniele Luchetti | Stars: Elio Germano, Raoul Bova, Isabella Ragonese, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,854

31. Maen-bal-eui ggoom (2010)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Sport

After a series of pipe dream ventures go belly up, retired pro soccer player Kim Won-kang happens to visit East Timor, where he finds children playing the game barefoot on rocky pitches. ... See full summary »

Director: Tae-gyun Kim | Stars: Jin-Woong Cho, Gabriel Da Costa, Junior Da Costa, Zefancy Diaz

Votes: 321

32. Das Sandmännchen - Abenteuer im Traumland (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation

Each night, like every other child in the world, Miko goes to Dreamland thanks to magic sand dispersed by the Sandman. But one night, the evil dream Habumar steals the Sand of Dreams and ... See full summary »

Directors: Jesper Møller, Sinem Sakaoglu, Helmut Fischer | Stars: Bruno Renne, Ilja Richter, Volker Lechtenbrink, Marc Wehe

Votes: 99

33. Smukke mennesker (2010)

93 min | Drama

Follows the lives of four longing souls. Ingeborg who feels unattractive and young Jonas who is so attractive that he can literally sell some of what he's got. Anna, a young beautiful woman... See full summary »

Director: Mikkel Munch-Fals | Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Sebastian Jessen, Henrik Prip, Mille Lehfeldt

Votes: 936

34. The Pipe (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama

What do people do, when the law prevents them from protecting themselves? Documentary film on the small Irish village that stood up to Big Oil.

Director: Risteard O'Domhnaill | Stars: Bertie Ahern, Mary Corduff, Willie Corduff, Maura Harrington

Votes: 230

35. The Trip (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Elodie Harrod

Votes: 19,760 | Gross: $2.01M

36. Natural Selection (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son.

Director: Robbie Pickering | Stars: Matt O'Leary, Rachael Harris, John Diehl, Gayland Williams

Votes: 1,172 | Gross: $0.05M

37. Lope (2010)

106 min | Biography, Drama, History

A chronicle of the life of Lope de Vega, the Spanish playwright who dominated Spain's early Golden Age of theater.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala, Ramon Pujol

Votes: 959

38. Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu | Stars: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu, Andi Vasluianu

Votes: 1,614

39. The Future (2011)

R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

67 Metascore

When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Director: Miranda July | Stars: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres

Votes: 7,572 | Gross: $0.57M

40. Love (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Music, Sci-Fi

A man spends years alone on a space station orbiting Earth after losing communication with Houston/Earth. Time is spent on maintenance, exercise, watching old messages and reading a journal by a soldier in the American civil war 1864.

Director: William Eubank | Stars: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson, Bradley Horne, Nancy Stelle

Votes: 8,156

41. Another Earth (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava

Votes: 83,991 | Gross: $1.32M

42. The Ward (2010)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh Claire

Votes: 37,581

43. Kosmos (2009)

122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A strange man with otherworldly talents becomes both a friend and a pariah in a small Turkish town in this drama from writer and director Reha Erdem. Yahya is nearly in a panic when his ... See full summary »

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Sermet Yesil, Türkü Turan, Serkan Keskin, Hakan Altuntas

Votes: 4,083

44. Jess + Moss (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A series of vignettes involving memories of companionship and sexual awakening shared by two second cousins.

Director: Clay Jeter | Stars: Sarah Hagan, Austin Vickers, Haley Strode, Haley Parker

Votes: 629

45. For lung (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Centers on Captain Manfred who is caught in the line of fire between high levels of corruption and malice. He must solve a brutal murder to prove his partner's innocence and unearth the ... See full summary »

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Leon Lai, Richie Jen, Baoqiang Wang, Vivian Hsu

Votes: 889

46. Touch (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A mechanic looking to save his faltering marriage strikes up an unlikely friendship with a shy Vietnamese-American manicurist.

Director: Minh Duc Nguyen | Stars: Porter Duong, John Ruby, Melinda Bennett, Long Nguyen

Votes: 168

47. Red Eagle (2010)

130 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Year 2016, Bangkok is a rotten capital infested with chaos and criminals. Widespread corruption by politicians has dipped the moral compass to a new low, and the government's hasty plan to ... See full synopsis »

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Yarinda Boonnak, Wannasing Prasertkul, Jonathan Hallman

Votes: 766

48. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 18,551