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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS FROM GERMANY
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PANDORA'S BOX

Yesim Ustaoglu's (Journey to the Sun) latest is a gorgeous, expertly developed cross-generational dramedy. When an aging matriarch (90-year-old Tsilla Chelton) starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. Pandora's Box took the top prize and Chelton was named best actress at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. | Read More
Drama and Female Director(s)
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PATIENCE STONE

A woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, only whispering of her fear for their two young daughters' lives. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, she gives voice to previously unuttered thoughts and memories without regard for anyone’s reaction. In a mesmerizing performance, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani portrays a woman who, under the most extreme circumstances, discovers the core of her identity. | Read More
Drama
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PERFECT DAY

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, and Ben Thompson
  • Country: Germany, France, Lebanon
In this portrait of a character and a society, Malek and his mother struggle with an insidious inertia 15 years after the Lebanese civil war in which thousands disappeared, including Malek's father. The title and situation recall the poignant optimism of Lou Reed's classic song, and the film's own award-winning original music is unforgettable. In Arabic. | Read More
Drama
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POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO

Acclaimed Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) returns with a gorgeous, dreamlike fairy tale set inside Jakarta's wondrous Ragunan Zoo. Abandoned in the zoo as a little girl and raised among the wild menagerie, Lana finally embarks outside the peculiar confines she has always known—and into the seedier side of Jakarta—when she falls in love with a charming magician. | Read More
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QUEEN TO PLAY

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Caroline Bottaro
  • Country: Germany and France
Sandrine Bonnaire plays an inquisitive hotel maid captivated by a vacationing couple (Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould) playing chess. Thus begins her obsession with mastering the game and transforming her uninspired life. An American expat (Kevin Kline) mentors her in the game that alters both their lives in this delightful feel-good French import. | Read More
Drama and Female Director(s)
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QUIET LIFE

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Claudio Cupellini
  • Country: Italy, Germany, France
Two decades after he disappeared from Naples, ex-gangster Rosario has earned all the rewards of a simple life in rural Germany—a lovely young wife, a new son, and a gratifying restaurant/hotel business. But when a pair of mysterious young men take a room at his hotel, Rosario's violent past catches up with him. The great Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) stars in this slow-burn dramatic thriller, a brilliant addition to the new school of sophisticated, subtly suspenseful Italian crime films. | Read More
Drama and Crime
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RAIN IS FALLING

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Country: Germany
A girl ostensibly trying to save her mother might be saving much more in this film set in a time during which all borders of ethnic, religious, and cultural differences are being questioned. Rain Is Falling takes a look into a foreign world and encourages a dialogue between the worlds of strangers. | Read More
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RHYTHM IS IT!

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Country: Germany
In their first season together, the Berlin Philharmonic and new conductor Sir Simon Rattle collaborated on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. This spectacle of dance and music brought together 250 young people from 25 countries and a variety of social backgrounds. The film celebrates the children discovering their own creativity and seeing the potential in their own lives. | Read More
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RUN AND JUMP

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Steph Green
  • Country: Germany and Ireland
After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family members together. All the while, they are under the microscope of an American researcher documenting their recovery process. From Academy Award®-nominated director and TFF alumna Steph Green comes an emotional journey of family and recovery, featuring Saturday Night Live star Will Forte in an impressive dramatic debut. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Relationships
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SAMURAI

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Till Kleinert
  • Country: Germany
A sword-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke, dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress. | Read More
Horror, Thriller, First Time Filmmaker
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