Miracle at St Anna, is a war epic focusing on the famous Buffalo Soldiers - the 92nd Infantry Division consisting of 15,000 American soldiers serving in Italy during the Second World War. When four soldiers are caught behind enemy lines and separated from their unit, they must soon form an allegiance with the villagers to stand up to the terrifying oncoming Nazi attack...
Mary and Max chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age and explores a "bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs. Both hilarious and poignant Mary and Max is a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life's surprises.
Andrzej Wajda's dazzling Man of Marble is one of the key films of the 1970s. Often described as the 'Polish Citizen Kane', Wajda's epic masterwork operates as both an electrifying political saga and a compelling analysis of the nature of cinema itself. Mateusz Birkut, a bricklayer, glorified as a State-promoted 'Worker's Hero' is subsequently removed from all official mention in 1952. In 1976 a young filmmaker, Agnieszka, obsessively pursues his story. Birkut's rise and fall and disappearance into obscurity provides Wajda with a framework for a brave reassessment of the period. Although suppressed by the authorities, Man of Marble became a milestone in Polish cinema and an undoubted influence in the dismantling of the totalitarian system in Poland.
When a young Amish woman (Kelly McGillis) and her son (Lukas Haas) are caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their unlikely savior proves to be the worldly and cynical Philadelphia detective John Book. Harrison Ford is sensational as Book, the cop who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community. The end result is an action-packed struggle of life and death, interwoven with a sensitive undercurrent of caring and forbidden love.
Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams star as Leo and Ellen, a successful affluent New York couple who on the surface appear to have it all, a beautiful, bright daughter; great apartment; fulfilling careers and are still deeply in love. But behind this façade something more troubling is happening, Ellen is a devoted emergency surgeon but is beginning to question her priorities when her daughter chooses to spend more time with her Filipino nanny, Gloria. In turn Gloria is desperate to be reunited with her two sons back in the Phillipines. It will take a business trip to Thailand to make all the characters look at their own lives and their place in a global landscape.
The story about the lives of Jesus and Fausto, two low-paid Mexican labourers working illegally across the border in LA. When they are offered big money and a sawn-off shotgun to break into the home of and take hostage a drug addicted single mother, the scene is set for a terrifying and unpredictable encounter that will end in a shocking act of violence.
When Lama Norbu travels to Seattle to find the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje, his search leads him to young Jesse Conrad. Jesse's parents Lisa (Bridget Fonda) and Dean (Chris Isaak) are understandably taken aback but are gradually persuaded to take the Lama seriously. Together they journey to Bhutan where Jesse and two other children must undergo a test to prove who is the true reincarnation. Interwoven with this modern day tale is the ancient story of Siddhartha (Keanu Reeves), later known as Buddha, tracing his spiritual journey to true enlightenment.
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbour, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma‘s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.
Texas brothers - Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.
When a lethal airborne virus with the power to wipe out humanity is unleashed, the worldwide medical community races to find a vaccine and stop the panic from spreading. This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the deadly path of a virus that is beyond containment. Researchers for disease control, the military, the World Health Organisation and ordinary civilians mobilise to try and find a cure and the cause before it's too late.
Last Train Home follows a Chinese Family as they leave their daughter and family to look for work in more industrialized areas. They leave the country side and begin working in a cheap clothing factory. The film spans over two years observing the family's struggles for money as they attempt to keep their relationships intact.
Tanya (Dina Korzun), a vulnerable and naïve young Russian, arrives at Gatwick Airport to meet her English fiancé. But when he fails to show up, a distraught Tanya claims political asylum and finds herself virtually imprisoned in a nightmarish refugee holding centre in a lonely seaside resort. Desperate to escape, Tanya forges an unlikely alliance with amusement arcade manager Alfie (Paddy Considine), which soon develops into something more. But is he just another man who will let her down, or will Tanya and Artiom finally break free? Pawel Pawlikowski’s critically acclaimed, award-winning film is an affecting and poetic love story, featuring hauntingly beautiful photography and sensitive naturalistic performances from an excellent cast.
From writer and director Steven Knight and starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, comes a mysterious tale of a fishing boat captain whose past is about to crash up against his life on a small island in the Caribbean and ensnare him in a new reality that might not be all it seems.
A man called Walter encounters a beautiful woman at a club then later finds her lying bound and bloodied in the road. He takes her to a nearby isolated villa where a sinister group of wealthy men in tuxedos are gathered and take a keen interest in the injured woman. The couple are given a room for the night where they are locked in. They make love but the following morning Walter wakes to find the woman gone, the villa a .deserted ruin and blood on his neck. Did it happen, or was it a dream? Nothing is quite what it seems.
The film is essentially a rites of passage story involving a group of friends growing up together in a small provincial town. This seemingly aimless fraternity is led by Fausto in their daily routine of hanging around in bars and wasting their days whilst dreaming of breaking free of their parochial chains to taste the adventure the world has to offer. Events force the womanising Fausto to choose between responsibility and freedom which in turn prompts the other members of the group to look at their own futures in a new light.