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They give their savings to the traffickers and risk their lives on their trip to Western Europe: Aurica, Raia and Natasa, three mothers from a small Moldovan village. They leave their humble homes behind to work in Austria or Italy as cleaners or care workers. Here they live a life in the underground - a tough job, unprotected -separated from their children and families for years.
Two journeys, two stories… four lives. In Japan, Nakata sets out on the road to resign from his job. He meets Ellen, a mysterious young woman looking to get out of Tokyo. On the other side of the ocean Ellen’s brother, Ben, is headed north along the California coast. He picks up Sarah, who’s hitchhiking from Las Vegas searching for a new life.
The first episode in Mark Cousins' epic history of cinema reveals how this art form was born. Filmed in the buildings where the first movies were made, it shows that ideas and passion have always driven film, more than money and marketing. The programme reveals the story of the very first movie stars, close-ups and special effects, and travels to Hollywood to show how it became a myth.
Few saw it coming, but cinema around the world entered a golden age in the 90s. The story starts in Iran, where the programme meets Abbas Kiarostami, who rethought movie making and made it more real. This episode also meets Shinji Tsukamoto, who laid the ground for the bold new Japanese horror cinema. From Tokyo, the story moves to Paris, where Claire Denis, talks exclusively about her work.
The 1920s were a golden age for world cinema. The programme visits Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo to explore the places where movie makers were pushing the boundaries of the medium. German expressionism, Soviet montage and French impressionism and surrealism were passionate new film movements, but less well known are the glories of Chinese and Japanese films.
Louise, back in Le Havre after a business trip to China, finds her neighborhood in an uproar over an atrocious crime committed on the floor below hers. The victim, a young 20-year-old woman, was savagely beaten in the street and finished off in the hallway of the building.
A homophobic, middle-aged, Serbian gangster ends up sacrificing himself to protect Gay freedom in his country. Radmilo and Mirko are young and successful gay couple, and they would be a happy couple anywhere else except in - Serbia. They try to live discreetly but still, every day they are abused by the homophobic majority.
Follows the parallel stories of a number of characters who are trying to change their lives via the Internet or are simply having fun online: Philip seeks excitement in internet dating where he meets women. John Johnson, a 60 year old British music producer, meets a true fan – 38 years-old : Johanna . Devora,13-year-old, decides to run away with a guy she met online...
Zurich Fest 2010, shortly before the final match of the Football World Cup. Mary would really like to watch the match, but her friend Johnny is in a bad mood. A series of misunderstandings leads to a quarrel and the couple goes their separate ways. Underway through the night they come across shady characters and become entangled in turbulent incidents.
A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, perhaps even to get revenge.
Roméo and Juliette are deeply in love. They have a child called Adam and build a family. But their happy home is threatened when the boy develops brain cancer, and the couple finds themselves running from hospitals to specialists. Confronted with the worst news, Roméo and Juliette realize they need a strategy to fight the enemy and mobilize the troops.
In 2009, Michel Bras, head of a 3-star restaurant in the heart of Aubrac, decides to hand over his restaurant to his son Sébastien. A father and his son. They both face a crucial moment in their career. Is it possible to pass on a lifetime work ? Is it that simple for a son to make a name for himself ?
The Hunt is a Danish drama with Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a Danish village, and follows a man who becomes the target of mass hysteria after being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child. The film competed at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award.The film has been selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
This animated documentary film tells in a satirical manner how the bearded vulture became extinct in the Swiss Alps because it was erroneously considered to be dangerous. Above all, however, the film teaches us a great deal about a distinct image of foreigners portrayed in Swiss politics. Mais ce film ne nous raconte pas que cette histoire...
A once great actor, Serge Tanneur, has retired from the limelight. One day, he decided he would act no more. For the past three years, he has lived in solitude on the Île de Ré, spending his time cycling through the windswept landscape. Fellow actor Gauthier Valence, whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière's play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the title role.
Inspired by events that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin's provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille (Louise Grinberg) accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit. It's only a matter of time, before 17 girls in the high school are pregnant…
It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
Carnival in a small town: Margaux, Louisa and Théo are getting ready for a night out. They put on their costumes, drink too much. A night like so many others… But on the next morning, their lives will have changed forever.
"She drove me into a corner, then forced me to go beyond my limits. She made me confront the absolute: love, sacrifice, tenderness, abandonment. She dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn't anyone warn me? Why doesn't anyone ever talk about this?" A happy event ... or an intimate view of motherhood, sincere and without taboos.
"Becoming Traviata" documents preparations for a stripped-down version of Verdi’s “La Traviata” which was performed at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2011.Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
The four scientists Alfred Bader, Carl Djerassi, Walter Kohn and Peter Pulzer, whose roots lie in Vienna, are all renowned men of science who revolutionised the “technical and historical consciousness“ of the world, till far into the 21st century. In spite of all of their successes, a traumatic loss hurts and distresses them all: As Jewish children they had to flee their home country in 1938/39.
Lao Yang and Eddy both work for a company called CREC (Chinese Railway Engineering Company). They have just set up camp near the remote mining town of Kolwezi in the Katanga province of the RDC. The goal of the company is to redo the road - covering 300km - that connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi.
After two years together, Alaa and Mai encounter the first big crisis in their relationship in a café in Cairo. In this city, always changing and always relentless, the old and the new clash and anything might be possible.
Las Malas Intenciones, tells the story of a period in the life of Cayetana, an eight years old girl growing up in Peru in the early 80's. When her mother announces her that she is pregnant, Cayetana locks herself in her room and solemnly declares that the day of birth of her brother will be the day of her own death...
Herzl has reluctantly returned home from an eight year stint in South America due to a lack of funds. During this time his father died and due to their complicated relationship he never returned home for the funeral. Torn between his stubborn pride and the guilt which suffocates him, Herzl takes a job - the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the memories of his father and put to bed the guilt.
Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government .
Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her.
Catherine lives a life of leisure in her father’s villa. One evening, her father comes back home with Laetitia, a young cosmetics saleswoman. Eventually, she moves in, bringing kindness and affection, and benefiting from this new and cosy life. Catherine gradually loses the influence she had over her dad. She then attempts to get rid of Laetitia in order to regain her privileges.
Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President.
Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store; his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor is hailed as one of the most monumental works in classical music. Rehearsals, recordings and performances of the piece provide insight into the working methods of a man who has abandoned the beaten track of customary interpretation of Baroque music: Michel Corboz.
A village, a countryside, people who have their roots there and love the land: the Emmental. This documentary by Bernhard Giger and Bänz Friedli is a tapestry of Jeremias Gotthelf's stories and Franz Schnyder's movies «Uli der Knecht» and «Die Käserei in der Vehfreude», the songs and stories of Brüder Heiniger, statements by stadium builder Bruno Marazzi, and games played by the SCL Tigers.
Dave Brown is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children.
Journal de France is an engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon, depicting his autumnal journey across France, taking pictures of buildings and street scenes that he believes are in danger of dying out.
Summertime in the north of Italy. Giacomo, a deaf teenager, goes to the river with Stefania, his best friend. They enjoy each other's company as they walk through a wooded area, looking for a place to access the river...
Touched to the depths of his being by the death of his child in a car accident nine years earlier, Jacques has lost his bearings. His relationship did not survive the tragedy. Now Jacques is back in France for the funeral of his father. In the meantime his wife has started a new life and has a new child.
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. The premise behind the production is that the documentary itself would be entirely paid for by sponsors, thus being a form of metafilm. The film's slogan is "He's not selling out, he's buying in".
Simon lives in a luxury Swiss ski resort. While his older sister drifts in and out of jobs and relationships, Simon tries to provide for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. Things get complicated when he forms a partnership with a crooked British seasonal worker ...
From a small beehive in the Swiss Alps to the huge almond fields tended by an agribusinessman in California (to whose ears the buzzing of bees is like the sound of freshly printed money), everyone is concerned by the decline in the population of hives. Which is why Markus Imhoof, grandson of a bee keeper, traveled around the globe with camera in hand.
In the final episode, movies come full circle. They get more serious after 9/11, and Romanian movies come to the fore. Meanwhile, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive becomes one of the most complex dream films ever made and Inception turns film into a game. In Moscow, and the programme goes beyond the present, to look at film in the future.
“City of Dreams” is the story of Dimitrovgrad, a model town named after Stalin’s friend and Bulgarian communist state founder Georgi Dimitrov, and built with the sweat and blood of thousands of young brigade volunteers immediately after WWII.