WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE
WHO AM I – KEIN SYSTEM IST SICHER
2014, 110 min, Germany, Dir: Baran bo Odar

Young Berlin computer whiz Ben (Tom Schilling) feels more at home in the virtual world than he does in the real one. When the charismatic and revolutionary hacker Max (Elyas M’Barek) asks Ben to put his skills to use and “hack the world,” they form the collective “CLAY” (Clowns Laughing at You). Instead of lofty political goals, the group shocks the world with humor and guerrilla-style pranks. As the team’s popularity drives them to take bigger, bolder risks, they soon attract the attention of the German Secret Service. Just as Ben begins to feel as if he finally belongs somewhere, he’s forced to figure out how to escape not only from law enforcement but from his dangerous new friends. This stylish, surprising and exceptionally timely cyber-thriller moves seamlessly between the real and the virtual, leaving the audience guessing long after the film is over. In German with English subtitles.


MAGICAL GIRL
2014, Films Distribution, 127 min, Spain/France, Dir: Carlos Vermut

Luis (Luis Bermejo) has a 12-year-old daughter with a terminal illness and a last wish – to have a dress just like the main character of her favorite Japanese anime series. The unemployed professor doesn’t have the money to purchase the dress, but thinks he can get it with a little help from a former teacher (José Sacristán) and an unbalanced young woman (Goya and Feroz winner Bárbara Lennie). Vermut’s sure directorial hand weaves multiple storylines together in this haunting (and occasionally intense) drama. In Spanish with English subtitles.


SHREW’S NEST
MUSARAÑAS
2014, Film Factory, 95 min, Spain/France, Dir: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel

First-time feature directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel (and producer Alex De La Iglesia) lead viewers through a terrifying psychological maze in 1950s Spain. At its center is the apartment of Montse (Macarena Gómez, in one of the wildest performances you’ll see all year), who has raised her younger sister to the brink of adulthood. But agoraphobia and religious ritual have taken their toll on Montse, and when an injured young man (Hugo Silva) turns up at the door, help is the last thing she gives him. With Luis Tosar as the spectral father figure. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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