“You die if you jerk off 100 times.” This often repeated threat rings through the ears of a 14-year-old boy from rural Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. Urged on by the hot flushes of youth, he carefully counts his “sins” one by one so as not to cross over that fateful line. One day, however, having reached 99, he has to choose between imminent hell and the impetuousness of adolescence. How will it all end? An amusing short film about the feeling of guilt…
Goodbye Soviet Union 2020
Hüvasti, NSVL (original title)
1h 31min | Comedy | 10 July 2020 (Finland)
Johannes is born into an Ingrian-Finnish family in the Estonian Soviet Republic. When his mother leaves for Finland, and he’s left to be raised by his grandparents, Johannes is forced to face life on his own. He falls deeply in love with his classmate, Vera, takes risks, gets into fights, and gets punished – all the while, in the background, the Evil Empire collapses. As the Lenins fall and the Barbie dolls take over, the crocodile Genas and the Moskvitches are forced to step aside, leaving the road to the West wide open. Lauri Randla’s Goodbye, Soviet Union is a comedy about the adventures of the eccentric Tarkkinen family in the last days of the Soviet Union.
The Motel 2005
Not Rated | 1h 15min | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 2005 (USA)
Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood.
Spring in My Hometown 1998
Areumdawoon sheejul (original title)
2h | Drama, War | 21 November 1998 (South Korea)
A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin’s father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter’s American boyfriend, and the family gets richer. But Changhee’s father has been long-lost and his mother can’t even afford one meal a day for her children. One day, the boys peep into a deserted mill-house which is unofficially used for prostitution, and find out Changhee’s mother with a GI soldier. Changhee sets fire to the place and runs away. Months later, Sungmin hears a rumor that his best friend has been killed by a group of angry American soldiers and makes an empty grave with other boys. A year later, Sungmin’s father gets fired for stealing things from the camp. Sangmin goes to Changhee’s grave to bid farewell and the family leaves the village.
C’est quoi cette mamie?! (2019)
12 | 1h 39min | Comedy | 2 August 2019 (France)
After two years of joyous shared accommodation, the tribe of 7 half-brothers and sisters must leave the large apartment before the start of the school year. While everyone goes on vacation for the summer with their respective parents, Gulliver, the youngest, is sent alone to his grandmother by the sea. But the eccentric Mamie Aurore is not a babysitter. like the others and prefers to party rather than keep his grandson … The rest of the troop decides to come to his rescue. It is the start of a new revolution. She wanted to take it easy … They’re going to make her life hard!
Het mes 1961
1h 29min | Drama | 2 March 1961 (Netherlands)
A young boy coming into puberty is resentful of his mother’s budding romance with the best friend of her late husband, and is torn and confused about his emerging feelings for Toni, a young girl in his neighborhood. His fascination with an antique Oriental knife leads him to steal it and he uses it to try to impress Toni while at the same time trying to break up his mother’s relationship.
At the age of 12 Shauly receives his first camera. 14 years later he finds the recordings. From his mature perspective ,Shauly returns to the child he once was, to his cinematic attempts and to his biggest secret which only the camera caught.