The River with No Bridge 1992
Hashi no nai kawa (original title)
2h 22min | Drama | October 1994 (USA)
Though ethnically and culturally identical to the average Japanese, the burakumin have been an underclass in Japanese society since the 17th century when the shogunate government codified social hierarchies. The burakumin were the class on the bottom rung. They were herded into separate villages, and forced to work in such lowly vocations as slaughtering animals and tanning hides. In 1922, Zenkoku Suiheisha (National Levelers Association) organized and started fighting for burakumin civil rights. Though these rigid categories may have blurred since the 1600s, and despite the Zenkoku’s modern successors – the Buraku Liberation League – the stigma of being a burakumin still remains today. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the struggle, director Yoichi Higashi spins this tale about two boys who endure a daily torrent of prejudice for their lowly lineage, but grow up to fight for their rights.
Diary of June 2005
Yu-wol-ui il-gi (original title)
1h 45min | Crime, Thriller | 1 December 2005 (South Korea)
Two teenagers joining the same class in a high school die on the same day. The one to be top of the class is killed by a big knife on the street, the other – the second best of the class indeed – seems to be jumped from the top of the school building. Everybody believes that he first killed his classmate and than himself. But when the police finds small pill boxes into the stomachs of both kids confessing their murder two South Korean cops are torn into a new case of murder series. While they try to hunt down the serial killer, more pupils are getting killed…
Kam doskáce ranní ptáce 1987
1h 25min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 1 March 1987 (Czechoslovakia)
“A slightly sinister kid’s comedy about cloning. Pavel, a mischievous boy at the best of times “accidentally” clones himself. Not just once, but twice! Needless to say the chaos quotient increases each time.
Pavel and his clones are in fact played by a pair of identical twins.”
Summer Book 2008
Tatil Kitabi (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 32min | Drama | 12 September 2008 (Turkey)
Mustafa (Osman Inan) is a hard-working and ambitious agricultural merchant who is cold and austere towards his family. One day he has a brain hemorrhage on a business trip and goes into a coma after the operation. Guler (Ayten Tokun) is suspicious of her husband having an affair. Veysel (Harun Ozuag), their teenage son, wants to leave the military academy and study business administration. Ali (Tayfun Gunay), their 10-year-old son, has to cope both with his bully classmate and the chewing gums he has to sell. Hasan (Taner Birsel), Mustafa’s younger brother, chose to live a life in solitude after getting a divorce, and has always been an outsider to the family. But now, with his brother in coma, he finds himself involved in family affairs. Hasan has to solve the mystery about Mustafa’s mistress and the money lost during his trip.
My Brothers 2010
1h 27min | Drama | 17 August 2012 (Ireland)
Set over Halloween weekend of 1987, My Brothers is the story of three young brothers’ epic quest to replace their dying father’s watch. Noel, 17, serious, weighed down by responsibility; Paudie: 11, cocky, not so bright and dreams of playing in goals for Liverpool and Scwally: 7, naive and obsessed with Star Wars (despite never actually having seen the films). Using a battered bread van, the brothers embark on a journey across the wild Irish landscape on the Halloween weekend, grinding gears and screaming at each other to get to an arcade machine in Ballybunion. Along the way they are detoured by escalating brotherly battles in an off-beat and moving journey that can only lead them home.
Flesh and Blood 2017
1h 31min | Drama | 10 November 2017 (USA)
Based on real life events & captured in a hyperrealistic style, Flesh & Blood unapologetically straddles the line between narrative & documentary to lay bare the beautifully flawed nature of life. Reality belies fiction & vice versa as the characters in the film are played by their real-life counterparts. The central character, Mark, is played by director/actor Mark Webber & draws from elements of Mark’s actual life. The character of Guillermo (Mark’s younger brother who struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome in real life) is played by Mark Webber’s actual younger brother Guillermo & takes us on a true-to-life journey through the eyes of a misunderstood & bullied teenager. The character of Big G is played by Guillermo’s actual father who in reality & in the film is coming to grips with drug addiction, the abandonment of his son & imminent death from “Hep C”. Similarly the character of Cheri is played by Cheri Honkala, Mark’s real-life mother, anti-poverty activist & the Green Party’s nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Her activism & choices in men are a constant source of conflict in her relationships with her children. The film leads up to a pivotal scene wherein Mark the character & consequently the real-life Mark confronts a central figure from his past in hopes of finding the answers to a childhood mired in pain & an adulthood beset with addiction. In the end there is only one question: Will Mark’s life remain defined by his own Flesh & Blood?