My top 25 of SIFF 2009

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1. DeUsynlige (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Music

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Trine Dyrholm, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Fredrik Grøndahl

Votes: 5,175

2. Zift (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien ... See full summary »

Director: Javor Gardev | Stars: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Mihail Mutafov

Votes: 4,315

3. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 42,613 | Gross: $1.54M

4. Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (2008)

PG | 102 min | Drama

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

Director: Benoit Pilon | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Éveline Gélinas, Paul-André Brasseur, Louise Marleau

Votes: 809

5. Na-moo-eobs-neun san (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

75 Metascore

In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Chae Gil Byung, Jung Gil Ja, Shin Hyun Je, Kim Mi Jung

Votes: 1,524 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Tengri (2008)

96 min | Drama, Romance

This is a love story set in the steppes of Central Asia of today. Temür a thirty year old Kazakh decides to start life again in his ancestral village in the Kyrghyz Mountains. He discovers ... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville | Stars: Albina Imasheva, Elim Kalmouratov, Hélène Patarot, Taalai Abazova

Votes: 126

7. The Strength of Water (2009)

86 min | Drama

When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.

Director: Armagan Ballantyne | Stars: Isaac Barber, Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi, McCarthy Pearse

Votes: 221

8. Tulpan (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy | Stars: Askhat Kuchencherekov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondas Besikbasov

Votes: 2,811 | Gross: $0.16M

9. Käsky (2008)

115 min | Drama, Romance, War

There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Samuel Vauramo, Pihla Viitala, Eero Aho, Eemeli Louhimies

Votes: 1,205

10. Snijeg (2008)

100 min | Drama

Post traumatic life of the Bosnian Muslim widows and daughters after their husbands and fathers were murdered by Bosnian Serb Army. Plot is set in post war eastern Bosnian village near town of Zvornik.

Director: Aida Begic | Stars: Zana Marjanovic, Jasna Beri, Sadzida Setic, Vesna Masic

Votes: 835

11. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Life is wonderful for the people in the quiet, island town of Port Gamble....until a zombie virus outbreak!

Director: Kevin Hamedani | Stars: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson

Votes: 3,795

12. Darbareye Elly (2009)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare'i

Votes: 34,008 | Gross: $0.11M

13. Lille soldat (2008)

100 min | Drama

A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.

Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Lorna Brown, Finn Nielsen, Rasmus Botoft

Votes: 596

14. Tahaan (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A tender fable about childhood innocence amid the realities of war is set against the rugged landscape of Kashmir, so long a flash point for the territorial claims of neighboring India and ... See full summary »

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Victor Banerjee, Purav Bhandare, Rahul Bose, Ankush Dubey

Votes: 644

15. Dikoe pole (2008)

108 min | Drama

A young doctor relocates to a remote region of central Asia, thinking his fiancee soon will join him ...

Director: Mikheil Kalatozishvili | Stars: Oleg Dolin, Roman Madyanov, Yuriy Stepanov, Aleksandr Korshunov

Votes: 538

16. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 9,191 | Gross: $0.16M

17. Karamazovi (2008)

110 min | Drama

A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Michaela Badinková, Jerzy Michal Bozyk, Igor Chmela, Malgorzata Galkowska

Votes: 1,027

18. Eid milad Laila (2008)

Unrated | 71 min | Drama

Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government doesn't have the means to renew his assignment he is forced to be a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila becomes seven years ... See full summary »

Director: Rashid Masharawi | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi, Housam Abu Aishe

Votes: 354 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Welcome (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

61 Metascore

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi

Votes: 6,495 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008)

Unrated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rüdiger Vogler

Votes: 5,300 | Gross: $0.29M

21. Mothers&Daughters (2008)

85 min | Comedy

A comedic exploration of the turbulent lives of three very different women and the complex relationship each has with her daughter.

Director: Carl Bessai | Stars: Babs Chula, Gabrielle Rose, Tantoo Cardinal, Camille Sullivan

Votes: 51

22. Apron Strings (2008)

90 min | Drama

Celebrity Chef Anita hasn't seen her family for twenty years. That is until her son Michael decides to do some soul searching and track down his aunt.

Director: Sima Urale | Stars: Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam, Nathan Whitaker

Votes: 112

23. Gabbla (2008)

140 min | Drama

Living almost as a recluse, the topographer Malek accepts a job in a region of western Algeria at the insistence of his friend Lakhdar. Malek arrives at the base camp previously used by a ... See full summary »

Director: Tariq Teguia | Stars: Kader Affak, Ina Rose Djakou, Ahmed Benaissa, Fethi Ghares

Votes: 85

24. Mid-August Lunch (2008)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Di Gregorio | Stars: Valeria De Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Calì, Grazia Cesarini Sforza

Votes: 3,474 | Gross: $0.67M

25. Wind Blows in the Meadow (2009)

91 min | Drama

Shooka, a spirited, hardworking girl from an Iranian mountain village is to be married in an arranged marriage. Shokrollah, her neighbor with Down syndrome, has been head over heels in love... See full summary »

Director: Khosro Masumi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Jamal Ejlali, Mohammad Amir Naji, Elnaz Shakerdust

Votes: 52