MOROMETE FAMILY: ON THE EDGE OF TIME
MOROMETII 2
2018, 110 min, Romania, Dir: Stere Gulea

Three decades after the release of the Romanian classic THE MOROMETE FAMILY, director Stere Gulea returns to the family and its small community of peasant neighbors with this long-awaited sequel. The film finds Ilie (Horatiu Malaele) and his clan struggling to survive after WWII, as the Iron Curtain begins to descend upon Romania and villages across the country are collectivized. Faced with rapid change, Ilie tries to defend his land and keep his family together.


POLYXENI
2017, 106 min, Greece, Dir: Dora Masklavanou

A lavish period drama set in 1950s Greece, POLYXENI follows its titular character (Katia Goulioni) from her childhood as an orphan through her adoption by a rich Greek Istanbulite family and her eventual rise to prominence as the heir to a fortune. Told through a series of flashbacks, Polyxeni’s life is riddled with obstacles as she struggles to navigate bourgeois society, where loyalties are always in question. Her true concern, however, is neither power nor money, but finding the long-lost brother from whom she was separated as a child. Winner of Best Feature Film and Best Performance (for Goulioni) at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2018.


TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
VÕTA VÕI JÄTA
2018, 100 min, Estonia, Dir: Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo

In this compelling social drama, blue-collar worker Erik (Reimo Sagor) faces a difficult decision when his ex-girlfriend Moonika (Liis Lass) re-enters his life with shocking news. Though his lifestyle is hardly appropriate for raising a child, Erik is the father of a newborn – who is about to be put up for adoption unless he intervenes. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, winner of the Jury’s Special Mention and Critics’ Award at the Arras Film Festival 2018, delivers a nuanced and touching portrait of fatherhood.


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