AMERICAN TRANSLATION
2011, TLA Releasing, 109 min, France, Dir: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr

Hard-hitting and wildly controversial, AMERICAN TRANSLATION is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation. From the moment they meet, brooding Frenchman Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful American Aurore (Lizzie Brochere) fall instantly and passionately in love, but their intense connection is quickly consumed by Chris’ dark secret - an obsession with young gay hustlers. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction. In French with English subtitles.


ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL
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1974, Janus Films, 93 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

When robust young Moroccan guest worker Ali (El Hadi ben Salem) and quiet, unassuming Emmi (Brigitte Mira), a white German woman easily 20 years his senior, meet in a bar, the chemistry is palpable and the two become a couple. But 1970s Germany is not kind to cross-generational, cross-racial relationships, and Emmi and Ali find their romance suddenly up against a closely guarded barrier of hostility and envy from friends and family. A surprisingly tender film from Fassbinder that often is considered his best, ALI follows the soul-wearing difficulties of prejudice, homesickness and unconventional love. In German with English subtitles.


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