Gun Hill Road 2011
1h 26m | Drama | 5 August 2011 (USA)
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Dance of the 41 (2020)
El baile de los 41 (original title)
1h 39m | Biography, Drama, History | 19 November 2020 (Mexico)
Based on the Ball of the Forty-One which was a society scandal in early 20th-century Mexico. The incident revolved around an illegal police raid carried out in November 1901 in a private home in Mexico City. The scandal revolved around that that of the group of men who attended, 19 were dressed in “feminine” clothing. Despite the government’s efforts to hush the incident up, the press was keen to report the incident, since the participants belonged to the upper echelons of society (including the son-in-law of the incumbent President of Mexico). This scandal was unique in that it was the first time homosexuality was openly spoken about in the Mexican media and had a lasting impact on Mexican culture.
4 Days in May 2011
4 Tage im Mai (original title)
1h 37m | Drama, War | 29 September 2011 (Germany)
A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children’s home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a friendship forms between a German orphan and a childless Soviet captain.
Le baiser sous la cloche 1998
1h 35m | Drama | 9 February 1998 (France)
1962. Joseph, 13 years old, a choirboy and a true “light” of religion, set out to become Pope. Not less. Of Spanish origin, Angela and José, her parents, fled their country and misery to settle in a small village around Perpignan. Angela, sensual and beautiful to damn a saint, is an attentive and possessive mother. Joseph, this only son, she feels that she has received him as a gift from heaven. So she puts all her energy and maternal love overflowing to encourage the vocation of her son, unlike José who wishes for him a “normal” life, a life of man, simply. Pensioner at the junior seminary, Joseph is happy to be called, to be part of the elite, even if the atmosphere is not always the one he imagined. Fortunately, there are Louis and Emile, his two friends, and especially Sister Agnès, a young novice, a music teacher who must make her wishes at the end of the year. She will disturb Joseph by informing him of his uncertainties. Then come the questions: what if this vocation was only the desire of a mother not to share her son with other women? Returned a few days of the seminar for misbehavior, Joseph will have the opportunity to live in the village like other children his age and, perhaps to take taste.
British empire monarch George V (Tom Hollander) and his wife Queen Mary (Miranda Richardson) decide to hide their last-born son, Johnnie (Daniel Williams), from the public, being embarrassingly affected by epilepsy. While his protective elder brother is ruthlessly groomed for court life, Johnnie gets packed off to a country cottage on the royal estate Sandringham. With his full-time governess Lalla (Gina McKee), a substitute-mother, he’s abandoned to playfulness and virtual social neglect. The Great War and the Russian Revolution change life in Britain, also at court, even at Sandringham, where royal refugees are expected.
Jacob, a man who believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body, is sent to a clinic by his family where he is forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of “curative” therapies at the hands of The Zookeeper. Jacob’s only solace is the enigmatic wildcat with whom he roams the hospital in the dead of night. The two form an improbable friendship that develops into infatuation.
1h 47m | Drama, Sport | 28 September 2010 (USA)
Coming of age in small-town Oklahoma. High schooler Cal Chetley is a brainy beanpole who lives with his widowed mother. Ten years earlier his father, a state wrestling champion, died in a car crash. Cal’s older brother Mike, also a former wrestling champion but now down and out at 28, is estranged from the family. Over the course of a fall and winter, Cal joins the high school wrestling team while searching out Mike to ask for help. Mike rejects the offer, but Cal is persistent. Will Mike accept the challenge or is he destined to let Cal down? Giving advice and encouragement are an enigmatic old man named Red and a quirky friend named Luli. Then, there’s Cal’s mom who must be reckoned with.