Iskwaterpangk (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 19min | Documentary | 8 June 2010 (USA)
Philippine underground filmmaker Khavn directed this purposefully rough and tumble portrait of life along the margins in Manila. Hapon is an eight year old boy living in a shantytown in the city’s poorest neighborhood. Despite the grinding poverty around him, Hapon seems to enjoy his life as he and his friends run free through the tumble down shacks they call home and play in the garbage-strewn streets. Hapon and his pals seem largely unconcerned with their future (or even entirely aware if they’ll ever have one) as they live for the moment in a place largely governed by misery. Featuring a pounding score by Philippine punk band the Broacks, Squatterpunk was screened in competition at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Schellebelle 1919 (2011)
1h 40min | Drama | 27 July 2011 (Belgium)
After the Great War, traumatized Yser front hero Casimir Van De Velde returns home. He’s not amused to see his bitchy sister Coralie turned it into a virtual orphanage and home for other juvenile strays while their father, an even worse traumatized sniper but now utter lush, has to be chained in a barn. Yet Casimir soon takes to the kids and grows utterly protective of the irregular commune, which displeases the municipal authorities, who want the minors placed in official care and the land used for a project of the mayor’s business ally. French colonial cavalry veteran Latiff was hired into a band of ruffians to chase them, but decides to join instead and fight off the fiends.
Manny coaches soccer for the fashionable Creighton Hall school, but is relieved of duty because he is ‘not a good match’ for the school. He finds a job at a Catholic home for orphans, where he forms a new soccer team, with the help of one very good player Pepe who turns out to be a girl. ‘Pepe’ is the sister of one of the orphans, who comes to the all-boy orphanage posing as a boy, because her former foster home was an abusive environment. Along the way, Manny has incurred a gambling debt, his creditors begin to lean on him, and the boys find out. They set up a soccer game and stake the outcome against Manny’s debt. If they win, the debt will be forgiven.
Manuel on the Island of Wonders 1984
Manoel dans l’île des merveilles (original title)
2h 10min | Drama, Fantasy | TV Mini-Series (1984– )
Manuel’s fantasy travel through Time goes from Long Ago (Episode 1 – O jardim proibido / Le Jardin interdit) through Now (Episode 2 – O pique-nique dos sonhos / Le Pique-nique des rêves), arriving in the Future (Episode 3 – A pequena champeã de xadrez / La Petite Championne d’échecs).
Hustler White 1996
Unrated | 1h 19min | Drama, Romance | 19 July 1996 (UK)
Reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard, Hustler White transposes the action from the silver screen’s old movie backlots to contemporary male prostitution and the porn industry. Said to be an homage to classic Hollywood cinema.
The Incredible Adventure of Jojo 2014
The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila) (original title)
PG | 1h 26min | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 2014 (USA)
A mother takes her two young children to go visit grandma out in the woods. On the way back, the mother gets into a car accident, and the two children are forced to make it back to grandma’s on their own, encountering hobos, wolves, and raging rivers along the way.