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  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 28 minutes
  • Directed By: Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Country: Italy, Germany
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 127 minutes
  • Country: Germany
A serial killing pederast is caught after a violent shoot out with police. But there is still an unsolved murder of a young girl in a small town. Could he have done it? Or could he be the key to finding out who did? A mind game ensues between the cop from the girl's town and the deranged serial killer in this intense psychological thriller. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Ognjen Svilicic
  • Country: Germany, Croatia
Ibro takes his 13-year-old son Armin from their small Bosnian village to Croatia to audition for a German film about the Balkan conflict. A skeptical take on the promises of the "New Europe," Armin is also the story of a growing relationship between a father and a son. In Croatian, German, Bosnian and English. |Read More


Junior, a nine-year-old living in Caracas, wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair—a fixation that stirs homophobic panic in his overtaxed mother. Each effort Junior makes to alter his appearance and gain his mother’s love is brushed off with abrasive avoidance until he’s ultimately faced with a heartbreaking decision. With a painfully tender performance by Samuel Lange, Bad Hair captures the search for identity as it clashes with intolerance. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)


  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Hisham Zaman
  • Country: Germany, Norway
Director Hisham Zaman brings the moral crisis of honor killing front and center in this dazzling, international drama. When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar must atone for the slight. He tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul, where a fateful encounter with a street girl creates cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes into Europe, and Siyar must continue a search that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor and love. |Read More


At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. |Read More


Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government-censor father (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her life's course. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)


  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 20 minutes
  • Directed By: Götz Schauder
  • Country: Germany
The African-American barbershop aesthetic is given a German twist in Bob’s Place, as it charts the daily happenings of Bob, his international customers, and his hair salon located near Frankfurt’s main train station. The entertaining male bonding and camaraderie that ensue are proof that the customer’s identification with their barber transcends cultures. A double winner at the 2004 Regensburg Short Film Festival: for Best Political Film and runner-up for the Audience Award. |Read More


  • Release Year: 1983
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Directed By: Antonio Skármeta
  • Country: Germany
A postman's life is forever changed when Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet and diplomat, is exiled to the postman's remote island village. Writer/director Skármeta's charming, sexy, and largely overlooked film was the original screen adaptation of his own popular novella, which was also the basis for the 1994 film Il Postino. In Spanish. For more information on Burning Patience, read Skaramet's essay "The Infinite Brunette," at the Virginia Quarterly Review online: |Read More
Drama, Comedy


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, and Marjane Satrapi
  • Country: Germany, France, Belgium
Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is the most celebrated violin player in 1950s Tehran, but his heart is broken. His true love is long lost, his marriage is passionless, and now his most precious instrument has met its demise. Convinced life without music is intolerable, he resigns to bed and loses himself in reveries from his youth. The Oscar-nominated directors of Persepolis make magic again with a stylish fairy tale full of humor, whimsy, and melancholy. |Read More
Drama, Relationships


  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 139 minutes
  • Directed By: Fatih Akin
  • Country: Germany
Fatih Akin’s historic epic follows one man’s journey through the Ottoman Empire after surviving the 1915 Armenian genocide. Deported from his home in Mardin, Nazareth (Tahar Rahim) moves onwards as a forced laborer. When he learns that his daughters may still be alive, his hope is revived and he travels to America to find them. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Ian Fitzgibbon and Ian Fitzgibbon
  • Country: Germany, Ireland
Donald is a teenager with extraordinary talents, wild daydreams, and a bright future as an artist of fantastical graphic novels. But when Donald discovers that a very real enemy is trying to kill him, an unorthodox psychologist tries to help him find the light in an otherwise dark world. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Andy Serkis star in this exceptionally honest drama about discovering life, love, and death. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Country: U.K., Germany
In this film that goes under the sea with the same groundbreaking results that Winged Migration captured from the air, the camera is immersed in a world so breathtaking that viewers will want to dive in and join the expedition - but beware the sharks and killer whales! (Ages 7+) |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Country: USA, Germany
Entering the shafts pierced into a towering mountain in Bolivia where the pursuit of silver has led to the deaths of millions since the Conquistadors, miners believe they are leaving the realm of God and entering that of Satan, whose towering image they have fashioned in each mine. The harrowing journey of one of them, 14-year-old Basilio Vargas, is the focus of this unforgettable film. In Spanish. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: Germany
In this charming culinary comedy, Gregor is a distinguished chef who specializes in aphrodisiac dishes but can't seem to work his sensual magic on women. When the portly chef meets the delectable but married Eve, he gets a taste of true love. But can their shared gastronomical passions turn into something more substantial? |Read More


  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 12 minutes
  • Directed By: Fabian Busch and Fabian Busch
  • Country: Germany
Recent retiree Edgar feels unneeded by society until he hatches a plan to change his life. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Malgoska Szumowska and Malgoska Szumowska
  • Country: Germany, France, Poland
Juliette Binoche, exquisite and involved as always, stars in this sophisticated, sexually charged drama as Anne, a journalist getting in too deep with the research for her article on college students working as prostitutes. As the surprising stories of her two candid subjects stir up Anne's image of femininity, she wonders if life with her workaholic husband and two spacey sons is all that different from her subjects' lives. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)