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2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.

2013, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 93 min, Argentina, Dir: Lucía Puenzo

As WWII ground to a close, many Nazis fled Germany for South America; the notorious Josef Mengele hid with a family in Bariloche, Argentina, in writer-director Lucía Puenzo’s fictionalized thriller. Àlex Brendemühl is chilling as the German doctor, who offers to treat underdeveloped Lilith (Florencia Bado) before the trusting girl’s parents realize who he is. This impressively crafted and subtle film was an Un Certain Regard nominee at the Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish, German, and Hebrew with English subtitles.

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