With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuaron recreated the early-1970's Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuaron, 'Roma' is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author's memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
'Dead Man' is a story of a young man's journey both psychically and spiritually into the extreme Western frontiers of America sometime in the second half of the 19th Century. William Blake is lost and badly wounded, when he encounters very odd, outcast native American named "Nobody", who believes Blake is actually dead English poet of the same name. Both comical and violent, Blake has been thrown into chaotic world as though he has passed though a surface of mirrors and emerges into a previously unknown world that exists on the other side.
A rambunctious group of five college friends steals away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behaviour, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by an all-powerful "eye in the sky", do they have any chance of escape?
When an Islamic fundamentalist group massacres a team of foreign workers, fear sweeps through the region and the brothers are faced with abandoning their monastery and the community who depend on them, or making the courageous decision to stay.
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Bela Tarr's epic rendering of Laszlo Krasznahorkai's novel, about the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe, is a unique and visionary masterpiece that defies classification and transcends genre. Set in a struggling Hungarian agricultural collective, a group of lost souls reeling from the collapse of their Communist utopia face an uncertain future, until the arrival of a charismatic stranger in whom they believe lies their salvation. The collective's individual experiences and fates are gradually revealed in Tarr's immaculately composed, brilliantly photographed and bleakly comic tour-de-force, which confirmed his place as one of contemporary cinema's few genuine auteurs.
Patricio Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest desert on earth for this hugely-praised documentary. Here, the sky is so translucent that it allows astronomers to see the boundaries of our universe. Yet Chile's Atacama Desert climate also keeps human remains intact: pre-Columbian mummies; explorers and miners; and the remains of disappeared political prisoners from the years of the Pinochet regime. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones, while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations and astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, feature is a gorgeous, deeply moving, and personal odyssey into astronomy, archaeology, geology and human rights.
Arriving in a small town after a tragic accident, a lawyer visits each member of the community to offer hope and promise financial compensation. But as he delves deeper into their grief he discovers layer upon layer of mystery and tragedy and soon finds himself face to face with his own inner demons...
What connects us? Is it our relationships? Proximity? Love, hate, confusion? What draws us together or keeps us apart? In this groundbreaking work, director Robert Altman poses answers to these questions by intricately intertwining the stories of legendary writer Raymond Carver. 'Short Cuts' burst onto the scene in 1993 and set the stage for an entirely new way of thinking about storytelling that has been fully comprehended and embraced by modern filmmakers in recent years. Winning a special award for its ensemble cast at the 1994 Golden Globes, Short Cuts features a seemingly endless dream cast. Never before and not since its release has a single film captured the range of human emotions and interactions like Short Cuts has. You're invited to experience the countless moments that make up these characters' lives at a time and in a place where death is never far away and life is on the tip of everybody's tongue.
The last instalment of the Antoine Doinel story, Love On The Runs see Antoine and his wife Christine in the final stages of their divorce after five years together. When, Antoine by chance meets up with his first love Collette, they reminisce on his past relationships including his infidelities and Antoine realises that he wants to share his life with his new love Sabine.
A group of colourful characters with nothing in common outside of a New York cigar shop and its manager, Auggie (Harvey Keitel), find their lives inexplicably intertwined. Among them is a novelist (William Hurt) with a crippling case of writer's block, a one-armed man (Forest Whitaker) running from his past and Auggie's long-lost ex-girlfriend (Stockard Channing), who unexpectedly returns with some shocking news.
Isolation... alienation... happiness. In America they all go hand in hand. Buy a new TV and you will be happy. Still not happy? Experience alienation. Can't afford a new TV? Then live in isolation. 'Be happy', and if that doesn't work, pretend to make it work. For the characters in Todd Solondz' award winning, subversively funny film Happiness, the struggle to attain such a state is fraught with perils both heartbreaking and hilarious.
Hando (Russell Crowe), the psychotic leader of a gang of marauding neo-Nazi teenagers, begins a relationship with the epileptic Gabrielle (Jacqueline McKenzie), but though they at first make a good team the courtship soon turns abusive. Though Gabrielle has designs to take Hando away from his Life of crime and destruction, his indoctrination into a racist world viewpoint seems all-consuming. Hard-hitting and at times cruel, this sadistic drama bleeds with unpalatable truths and difficult to face up to notions of culture, identity and working-class disintegration.
Welcome to the world's most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro's 'City of God'. A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and ultimately may be his only way out.
In rural Sweden around the turn of the century, three sisters reside in a vast manor house with their housekeeper. Agnes (Harriet Andersson) lives out the last days of her life in pain, hoping for companionship and affection. Surrounded by her sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann), Agnes takes comfort in the fact that her remaining time can be spent with those close to her. However, dissatisfaction in their day-to-day-lives, and the estrangement that they feel from one another, causes the sisters to become increasingly self-absorbed.
Man Bites Dog is a spoof documentary about an amiable but seriously warped mass murderer, who kills all types of people, but has a particular fondness for postmen. The movie charts the increasingly close relationship between the killer and a film crew making a documentary about his exploits, who get implicated in his horrendous deeds.