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Previous Films

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Waltz with Bashir

Director : Ari Folman

Country : Israel

Release Date : 1996

Duration : 90 mins

Language : Hebrew

Subtitles : Yes

As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realises that he has no memory of the event.  In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.  The entire film is animated, excluding one short segment of news archive footage.  The film is officially banned in Lebanon.

A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, ‘Waltz With Bashir’ delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.”  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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The Weeping Meadow

Director : Theo Angelopoulos

Country : Greece

Release Date : 2001

Duration : 169 mins

Language : Greek

Subtitles : Yes

Master Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos wrote and directed this downbeat look at his nation’s often blighted history, as seen through the eyes of an unfortunate young couple.  A band of refugees that returns to Greece after the Russian Revolution adopts an orphaned girl, Eleni, who becomes the focus of the story.  Eleni becomes pregnant by her musician half-brother Alexis and bears twin boys, who are sent away at birth.  Many years later she is forced to marry her widowed adopted father.  On her wedding day, Eleni escapes with Alexis to Thessaloniki, where they reunite with their sons.  Their lives are then ripped apart by World War II and the ensuing Greek Civil War.

A beautiful and devastating meditation on war, history and loss.”  (Dana Stevens – New York Times)

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Black Cat, White Cat

Director : Emir Kusturica

Country : Serbia

Release Date : 1998

Duration : 135 mins

Language : Romani, Bulgarian and Serbian

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : SILVER LION FOR BEST DIRECTION AT 1998 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

When gypsy grifter Matko is abruptly swindled by his own partner, he is unable to pay the large debt he suddenly owes.  As an alternative form of payment, Matko forces his adolescent son Zare into an arranged marriage with his partner’s midget sister, Afrodita.  However, both Zare and Afrodita find the marriage objectionable, and their attempts to escape the situation lead to a series of unpredictable comic escapades. NB: Strong language!

Mr. Kusturica so evidently adores all of the film’s other characters that ‘Black Cat, White Cat’ becomes a wild, warts-and-all celebration of their lives and like Fellini, Kusturica finds true grace where it’s least expected and makes films utterly, uncompromisingly his own.”  (Janet Maslin – New York Times)