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In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle of farm-life provides a strong contrast to their lives and they are forced to choose between human desire and spiritual devotion.
In Tel Aviv, the family of 18-year-old Shira is celebrating Purim with tradition and joy. Her mother has prepared a grand feast and her father is receiving the poor to give them alms. Then her pregnant sister Esther loses consciousness. Although she dies in the hospital, the baby is saved. Esther's husband Yochay soon decides to remarry. Shira's mother suggests that Shira marry her brother-in-law.
As a writer known for one book he wrote several decades ago, Jep Gambardella makes a living writing art reviews for a cultural magazine. He drags his cynicism around with him through the deserted streets of Rome at night, returning home after decadent parties. But he can't stand the life in between, haunted as he is by memories of his first love, who he finds out has disappeared...
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
Every year, the choir of the Collège St-Michel in the canton of Fribourg attracts around fifty young people from the most diverse backgrounds. Following their concert rehearsals for a year, we discover a world on its own: a world in which singing means a physical experience, the opportunity to forge close friendships, and oneness with the music.
Enraged by the sale of the vaulting horse that she'd been promised as hers to ride, Gracieuse, a talented rider, leaves her job at a stable. She decides to start again from scratches by accepting work as a groom at a stud farm, managed rigidly by unscrupulous Joséphine. Determined and fiercely stubborn Gracieuse has one big dream to pursue: to get a horse that she can train and take to the top.
A fast-paced film about people whose feet are their primitive and powerful instrument of artistic expression. Beginning with “bödele” in Central Switzerland, this film journeys from tap dance and flamenco to Irish dance.
Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction. Rumors arise about an invincible Nazi tank that appears and disappears seemingly out of nowhere, destroying dozens of Soviet tanks. This mysterious enemy tank is dubbed the "White Tiger" by the Soviet forces.
The Catalan restaurant El Bulli has long become a legend and is now history. Archeologist and filmmaker Gereon Wetzel was allowed into the kitchens during two six-month cycles of experimentation and operations for a unique look at Ferran Adrià and his famous restaurant
A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers.
Switzerland is renowned for its work ethic, which has become a national character trait. In the aftermath of World War II, a novel concept - leisure time - gathered pace and began to turn things upside down with regard to how Swiss people regarded themselves and their priorities.
Independent cinema exhibitors in Paris let us in on a profession unknown to most of us. We enter their cinemas, we watch them introducing the film at the Saturday night screenings, choosing the posters, or simply standing outside the cinema, perhaps to lure punters…?
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.
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 ?
Luc Jacquet guides the audience through the equatorial forest far off the beaten path. He takes the camera in closely to discover tiny seedlings that will eventually become the next forest in five decades. Immobile but very alive, the forest must implement strategies and illusions to meet the challenge of its environment in order to make it through a lifecycle that lasts many decades...
"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.
Ibrahim Gezer lived a prosperous life with his wife and 11 children in Turkish Kurdistan. Having joined the Kurdish resistance, one of his daughters is killed by the Turkish army. Arrested and tortured, Ibrahim hides in the mountains for seven years before fleeing to Istanbul. But the blows continue as his wife commits suicide and his children emigrate; those in Switzerland help him in.
The Alps seen from above. This film highlights the diversity of a breath-taking landscape and natural habitat that has experienced profound changes over time. Its mountains were once on the ground of a sea. Nowadays the Alps have become a paradise for trekkers and winter sports.
Fall 2011. Christoph Blocher is on the campaign trail, working toward a victory for his rightwing. The story of Switzerland’s most controversial political leader. It also chronicles the face-to-face encounter between a filmmaker and a man of power, through a year of exclusive, up-close interviews and access to his private life.
Tim Robinson has been extensively mapping and studying Connemara for the last thirty years. His work on the region has received international recognition through publications such as ‘Listening to the Wind’, ‘The Last Pool of Darkness’ and ‘A Little Gaelic Kingdom’. Tim Robinson: Connemara is based on the three Connemara books and is a visual interpretation of his work as a map-maker and writer.
Hockey Season 2009-2010. Against everyone's expectations, the club Geneva-Servette plays the final match against Bern. How was that possible? Through the voices of the players and the staff, the movie retells the epic rise of the Servette eagles during the unbelievable season 2009-2010.
In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.