Category Archives: Drama

THE DESERTER Original Title: Der Deserteur Year: 2024 Duration: 93 min. Country: Germany Director: Christoph Baumann Script: Christiane Heckes, Christoph Baumann (Idea), Sebastian Fischer (Idea) Cast: Sebastian Fischer, Anna Kaminski, Sandro Kirtzel, Nora C. Pichler, Lana-Mae Lopičić, Tom Kreß Synopsis: May 1945: The end of the War in the Tyrolean Alps. The injured SS soldier Anton has deserted. On the run he discovers a remote mountain alp. Hannah, a Jewish woman, is hiding here. She tends to his wounds. There is great mistrust between the two but together they cope with the harsh everyday life. They are looked after by 16-year-old peasant girl Charlotte. At night, they hear fighting between the German troops and Italian partisans. Over time, a cautious familiarity develops between Anton and Hannah – he, who has done and seen terrible things, she, who has lost her family and been struggling with fear and loneliness up here

THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES Original Title: La Femme aux Chaussures Leopard Year: 2020 Duration: 80 min. Country: France Director: Alexis Bruchon Script: Alexis Bruchon Cast: Paul Bruchon Synopsis: A burglar is hired by a mysterious woman to steal a box from a house. As he is about to leave, the sudden arrival of guests forces him to hide in the study. The situation takes a turn for the worse when he makes a startling discovery. Alexis Bruchon, a talented emerging genre auteur, is a name to definitely follow into the future. Reviews: "The Woman With Leopard Shoes, one of the most distinctive films of the year. Unashamedly arty, visually striking and thrilling to watch, it made a big impression on those lucky enough to catch it." "One location, one actor, a thrilling script where tension mounts constantly until the climax. Pure style noir, really clever low budget film,

DREAMOVER Original Title: Dreamover Year: 2021 Duration: 99 min. Country: Russia Director: Roman Olkhovka (first time director) Script: Roman Olkhovka Cast: Ilya Chepyrev, Angelina Savchenko, Roman Olkhovka Synopsis: Dmitriy is a lonely, aging man who randomly comes across an advertisement for a clinic that helps treat insomnia and bad dreams. He’s been having a reoccurring nightmare where he is submerged and drowning in a large void of water. The doctor at the clinic provides Dmitriy with a device that replaces his bad dreams with wonderfully vivid pleasant ones. On his first night with the device, he unlocks a forgotten romance between his younger self and a gorgeous woman named Masha. These new pleasant dreams inspire Dmitriy to reunite with his old friend Max and take up playing his dusty guitar again. However, as he experiences the ups and eventual downs of his relationship with Masha, he begins to understand how

MALAK Original Title: Malak Year: 2019 Duration: 101 min. Country: Alemania Director: Timo Hinkelmann Script: Timo Hinkelmann Cast: Veronique Aleiferopoulos, Lewis Lovely Asamoah, Daniel Chadalakian Kurz Synopsis: Young Kazim must prove himself in a brutal conflict when his younger sister Zahra falls into the clutches of a violent red-light gang. Since a tragic incident almost twenty years ago, Kazim feels responsible for Zahra. At that time, her father Baba, who comes from Mali, disrupted the family. The strictly religious Baba loves his wife and children, but his tyrannical self-righteousness and recklessness became his undoing. High gambling debts brought him into conflict with a clan boss, leading to a fatal escalation with tragic consequences. As a young man, Kazim later slipped into the petty criminal milieu. He refuses to have any contact with his father. But when Zahra needs help, Kazim faces the challenge of how far he must go to

IN SEARCH OF ECHO Original Title: Hai Yang Dong Wu Year: 2019 Duration: 112 min. Country: China Director: Zhang Chi Script: Zhang Chi, Wu Biyou Cast: Zhu Hongyang, Lin Xuan, Zhenglin Sun Synopsis: Mr. Zhu has reached a point in his career where he is left with only a few acting offers on the table, so he hops on a ferry in search of his wife, on the island where they first met. It is low season on the island, with few visitors in plain sight. Yet Zhu continues to actively photograph everything on the island. He encounters various islanders, gets familiar with a hotel owner, becomes attracted to a primary school teacher, and engages in romance with the manager of a local dance club. While he begins a fascinating journey, his wife is still nowhere to be found. Reviews: "In Search of Echo" is a must-see drama with many

DÍAS DE MAYO Original Title: Días de Mayo Year: 2008 Duration: 103 min. Country: Argentina Director: Gustavo Postiglione Guión: Gustavo Postiglione Cast: Agustina Guirado, Santiago de Jesús Diaz, Caren Hulten, Juan Nemironsky, Antonio Birabent, Darío Grandinetti, Carlos Resta Synopsis: Rosario, 1969, and in the midst of the dictatorship that shook the country, a couple tries to be happy. All the inconveniences that can surround love are maximized by the greatest aberration against human rights that Argentina suffered Reviews: “…portrays a young generation convinced that it was possible to change the world.” “DIAS DE MAYO: a well-narrated historical-sociopolitical reconstruction of our recent yet seemingly remote past, and an entertaining piece of filmmaking that maintains the tension between revolt and social inertia, the sole alternatives many Argentines considered in those days.” Julio Nakamurakare / Herald staff Festivals/Awards: 4 Nominations for Silver Condor at Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Best New Actor,

VILLA Original Title: Villa Year: 2008 Duration: 88 min. Country: Argentina Director: Ezio Massa Writer: Ezio Massa Cast: Julio Zarza, Fernando Roa, Johnathan Rodríguez Synopsis: During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, three poor boys from Buenos Aires will put their lives on the line just to watch one of the national team's matches. Retiro Station, Buenos Aires, year 2002. In the middle of a drizzle, three boys try to watch the opening of the FIFA World Cup through the window of a pizza place, but they are chased out. The Argentina-Nigeria match is in a couple of days. Upon returning to the slum where they live in, the boys make a strange pact: when the time comes, they will watch the game on TV, either together or separately, at any costs. From that moment on, each of them will try to follow the pact with different consequences. Reviews:  “The Argentinian