IN A BETTER WORLD
HÆVNEN
2010, 119 min, Denmark, Dir: Susanne Bier

Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, 2012’s THE HOBBIT), a doctor who tends to abused pregnant women in an African refugee camp, commutes from his home in quiet Denmark. When his older son Elias is defended from bullying by classmate Christian, Elias is exposed to ideas of violence and vengeance from which his pacifist father has always sheltered him. The boys quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. A proponent of Dogme 95, director Susanne Bier (THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE) employs vérité technique to evoke strong emotion, resulting in "a gripping meditation on the choices between pacificism and violence that are faced in so-called civilized society as well as extreme Third World situations." – Mike Goodridge, Screen International

In Danish with English subtitles


I AM LOVE
IO SONO L'AMORE
2009, 120 min, Italy, Dir: Luca Guadagnino

"When I moved to Milan, I stopped being Russian," says Emma (Tilda Swinton), an immigrant who’s lost one identity but never fully formed another after marrying into the wealthy Recchi family. Echoing Visconti, writer-director Luca Guadagnino paints a clear picture of modern day life in the Italian aristocracy and one woman’s internal struggle with displacement. A chance meeting with a young chef awakens Emma’s sensibilities, threatening to shake the foundation of her marriage with unexpected consequences. Featuring a hauntingly operatic score by John Adams. "An amazing film. It is deep, rich, human." –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In Italian and Russian with English subtitles.


THE EDGE
KRAY
2010, 124 min, Dir: Aleksei Uchitel

In the post-WWII Siberian wilderness, Russian veteran and train aficionado Ignat (Vladimir Mashkov) is stationed at labor camp Kray among Russians sentenced as traitors under Stalin’s rule for conspiring with Germans in battle. On a mission to recover an abandoned train on an island across the river, he meets Elsa, a young German girl living for years in seclusion. With the challenge of building a bridge back to camp the only option, Ignat gradually drops his guard and develops a relationship with the girl, despite strong national prejudice. With stunning cinematography by Yuri Klimenko, featuring a memorable train race through the barren, snowy woods.

In Russian and German with English subtitles.


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