Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (2003)
dir. Kim Ki-Duk | South Korea
This film takes place in an isolated lake, where an old monk lives on a small floating temple with a young boy he teaches to become a monk.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
dir. Cristi Puiu | Romania
Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another… As the night unfolds and they can’t find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast.
dir. Jacques Tati | France
Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of Americans, causing chaos in his usual manner. Tati’s warm yet scathing critique of Modernity.
Miss Bala (2011)
dir. Gerardo Naranjo | Mexico
The story of a young woman clinging on to her dream to become a beauty contest queen in a Mexico dominated by organized crime. A unique take on the bleak and violent realities of lives entangled with criminals and the loss of agency in the face of adversity. This is from ‘action thriller’ territory.
Duck Season (2004)
dir. Fernando Eimbcke | Mexico
Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, videogames, porn magazines, soft drinks and pizza delivery. The electricity company, Rita, the neighbour, Ulises, a pizza deliveryman, eleven seconds, the Real Madrid-Manchester game, some chocolate brownies and a horrible painting of ducks all combine to break the harmony of what promised to be a placid Sunday…
dir. Andrey Tarkovskiy | Soviet Union
Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he’s a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.
Isle of Flowers (1990)
dir. Jorge Furtado | Brazil
The ironic, heartbreaking and acid “saga” of a spoiled tomato, followed as it makes its natural journey through Brazil. A biting social commentary that goes from the trash of the middle class to the Ilha das Flores garbage dump.
dir. Béla Tarr | Hungary
Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the Titanik Bar and its beautiful, haunting singer. But the lady is married and Karrer is determined to keep her husband away.