The Pack 2020
Smecka (original title)
1h 34min | Drama, Sport | 8 October 2020 (Czech Republic)
David, a talented 16-year-old-goalie freshly diagnosed with diabetes, joins a new ice-hockey team, the Wolves, where he becomes the outsider, bracing the avalanche of bullying that gradually gains speed.
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003
Zatôichi (original title)
1h 56min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 September 2003 (Italy)
Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He’s destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents’ murder… Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.
13-year-old Dato, in love with his contemporary Lena, faces a criminal authority named “Master”. The boy suddenly likes the unexpected and incomprehensible attention of a strong and strong-willed new acquaintance. But the teenager does not leave the feeling of anxiety – it seems too ambiguous there is this interest. Once the Master confesses his love to Dato ..
Why Not You 2020
Hochwald (original title)
1h 47min | Drama | 31 March 2021 (Austria)
Known by everybody in his small South Tyrolean home village, the somewhat odd and sensitive Mario loves to dance. Tolerated, but with a critical eye, by his fellow villagers, his true ally is his father. When Mario bumps into his childhood friend Lenz at a village festival, old memories and feelings rise to the surface. Lenz, having left village life behind, now lives as an actor in Rome. When he leaves again, Mario immediately decides to follow him to the Italian capital. Here they meet in a gay bar, and Mario becomes painfully aware that Lenz hasn’t necessarily been waiting for him. When armed men suddenly rush in and panic breaks out, it’s already too late: Lenz falls victim to the attack and Mario escapes unharmed. Back in South Tyrol, his life takes a drastic turn.
Siberia, Monamour 2011
Sibir. Monamur (original title)
1h 42min | Drama | 10 November 2011 (Russia)
Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia’s best friend. Sometimes their relative uncle Yuri brings food to them. Once on his way back from Ivan’s village uncle Yuri is attacked by dogs & perishes. Ivan & Leshia stay without supply. Once Leshia witnesses Ivan shooting at ‘his’ dog & runs away. The old Man finds him in a dry well, but he fails to get him out on his own. Ivan sets out through taiga in search of help. Now the dogs are hunting him… And the boy is waiting for his father…
1h 25min | Drama | 1 February 1989 (Iran)
Abolfazl Jalili’s docudrama La Gale (Scabies) is about the painful lives of young offenders who are serving time in the reformatories of post-revolution Iran. Young Hamed, arrested for handing out political tracts banned by the Islamic Republic, finds himself in a place of great suffering, in which illiterate and penniless orphans wash floors and sell their own blood. When a disease breaks out in the prison, his life within this harsh environment becomes progressively worse, a near-daily fight for survival. The film is a searing indictment against a government that failed to deliver the on the promises with which it came to power: to deliver social justice to the oppressed and downtrodden. Initially released in the mid 1980s, at a time when Iran was at war with neighbouring Iraq, the film was an unwelcome edition to the Fajr Film Festival, as its theme of prison life was deemed critical of the Islamic Republic. In a re-edited version, the film was released in 1989 to critical acclaim.