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Description: What starts as a routine class project for a diverse group of sixth-graders turns into a magical, time-traveling journey they'll never forget! Authentic historical footage of Martin Luther Lord Jr. is blended with colourful animation as the students learn about - and now meet - the civil rights leader who challenged all Americans to turn his dream of freedom into reality. Produced in association with the Lord family, "Our Friend, Martin" details an unprecedented all-star voice cast and a hot hit soundtrack with melody performed by top contemporary artists and classic Motown greats. It's a fun, fresh method for your family to share Dr. King's inspiring message of hope and courage that changed the course of our nation's history.
Description: A single mother decides to go on a trip from Santiago to the north of Chile with her only son. They are going to meet up with the child's father, a Chilean coalminer, after ten years of separation. The trip is plagued by silence, as the uneasy relationship between mother and son evolves and secrets of the past are brought to the surface, in this poignant tale of broken family ties, where what is left unsaid may carry more meaning than anything spoken.
Description: After a restless night HE is awoken by his doorbell insistently ringing. Through the peephole he sees a STRANGER. He doesn't know why that boy is there, but is instantly certain of one thing: he represents a poor threat. HE quickly dresses and manages to sneak away, no doubt in his mind that the STRANGER is pursuing him, and that the nightmare has only just begun.
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Description: Director Kazuo Hara says the tale of the eponymous Chika and four various relationships she has during the turbulent political climate of the 1970s. Four various actresses enjoy the role of Chika in order to emphasise the various methods she is perceived by her husband, a teacher, a student and an aging gangster.
Description: A cliff overhanging the sea. A teenager's silouhette between the rocks. He is watchng the entrance of a luxurious yatch in the bay. On board is a couple, they seem happy. They are dropping the anchor in the cove. The young girl is very beautiful. The teenager is spying on her as night is falling. An obvious emotion has grown in him. What will he do at night? He looks so powerless and envious.
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Description: Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer minigame and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn't slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the results of disability.
Description: Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants her dowry to pay his units while his father taxes the folks to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local apothecary who's a Jew seeks a treatment for the plague; the priests charge him with witchcraft. One of the minstrels, who has soothed the Mayor's daughter with his music, promises to rid the city of rats for the fee. The Mayor agrees, then renigs. In the morning, the plague, the Jew's trial, and the Piper's revenge come at once.
Description: This uneven comedy of manners concerns a young movie projectionist (Jerome Ange) who sets out to search a marriageable woman. He sets his sights on two girls he has lived with for nearly ten years (Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sylvie Orcier). For some reason, the projectionist encourages one of the girls to hire a personal detective (Patrice Kerbrat) to monitor his romantic activities.
Description: The storyline follows the life of a regular German girls Leni Gruyten during the 1930s and 1940s. Through her interactions with friends, family and another folks she knows, the regular folks' perception of the Nazi era is shown.
Description: Eva and Lola are close friends. While Eva tries to cope with her past creating a fantasy life, Lola does not wish to handle with the truth of her true identity. Two mates with various views of the same story.
Description: When three very various folks (Mike Baldwin, Will Haza, Ali Lukowski) from three fully various worlds start a deadly minigame of Russian Roulette, they later explore that their pasts are a trilogy of overlapping happenings that have brought them together for one last session of group therapy.
Description: Friday night in Mexico City... guided by three various methods of understanding the world, 20-year-olds, Juan, Rodrigo and Christian live after-hour journeys of friendship, love, and respect in a town marked by social differences.
Description: A senator having contacts with illegal betting activities is killed by the boy who is his right arm, who wanted to receive his position. But the power structure resents this disturbance and can fall apart, specially since there's a witness.
Description: With her baccalauréat under her belt, Audrey decides to continue her studies at Rennes university. She leaves the family nest, her greatest mate since childhood, and her boyfriend. Her fresh roommate introduces Audrey to political activism. From disillusions to difficulties, Audrey crosses paths with the young members of GRAL, a squatter group, who propose a various method of living and offer a fresh vision of the world. She decides to join them, becoming increasingly radical in the process.
Description: After the Civil War, Rosa, daughter of a humble Asturian family house with a sharpener, a drifter who soon dies in jail accused of a crime he did not commit. By staying widow emigrated to Madrid with her daughter Olvido. SHe has just opened an exclusive restaurant that becomes a meeting zone for politicians, intellectuals, businessmen ...
Description: A brother and sister pair of orphans live together in a suburban high-rise block. Every of them forges their own path. The brother spends most of his time supporting his neighbors, while his sister is passionate about the theater. One of them lives closed off the from globe in his public housing building, the another escapes from it by testing imaginary characters. But then one day, the brother refuses that his sister continue her theater studies. They then lock themselves in a painful fraternal battle, from which neither of them will emerge unscathed.
Description: A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the true world" is all about. He winds up in Fresh Orleans and finds himself attracted to a poor, unsophisticated orphan girl, Bessie. One thing leads to another, and before long Bessie finds that she is pregnant with Joseph's child.
Description: When Mary Turner is sent to prison for a crime she did not commit, she vows upon her release to take vengeance on those who wronged her, everytime staying however within the letter of the law.
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Saw this one at the Noordelijk movie festival 2014 in Leeuwarden (NL). The stories are very loosely tied together by means of a one-day bus ride to Oslo, all passengers coming from a refugee camp where rarely something happens, and the town trip is a welcome change. After comeback we follow five participants on their respective adventures through the city.The frame story, as well as the title, comes from elderly Mirza who prepared a letter to the king. He is planning to deliver that letter in an attempt to receive a passport, so that he can return home to bury family members. We see Mirza on his method to the palace, while a voice-over reads part of the letter from time to time. This serves very well to deliever the important context of what these folks binds together, and indirectly gives an overview of what separates them from the folks in Norway.Mirza's purpose may be clear from the outset, contrary to the others we follow that day. Every of them has a hidden agenda, as we shall see when every of the stories progresses. What they are up to seems benign initially, but soon on it escalates to something less benign or even involving violence. Every finds his or her own method through the city, meets old acquaintances and another referred to, eventually making up a colourful portrait of these immigrants.From the same movie maker I had seen Before The Snowfall a several days before. I should not resist some comparison. Both are carried by a frame storyline that serves to bind a series of short stories running in parallel. The binding element for Before The Snowfall may seem more artificial, merely thrown in to sight-see us along a series of unconnected folks and towns (as shamelessly confessed by the director). Nevertheless, in that situation it worked very well for me. Alas, it failed for me in Letter To The King, where the parallel storyline lines are only connected via the initial bus ride and the common origin of the passengers. But the stories scatter around when progressing through the running time of the movie. The respective passengers present neither a common purpose nor any similarity in behavior.All in all, I can imagine that some folks search it a refreshing approach to allow these folks speak and act, if only to create us aware of their background and history, fundamentally various from ours. The frame storyline is artificial, and I dearly missed a common binding element in the respective storyline lines. Maybe I was expecting too much after having seen Before The Snowfall of the same movie maker some days earlier, where the frame storyline worked very well in comparison with Letter To The King. Anyway, the festival visitors disagree with my conclusion. This film ranked 16th (out of 64) with an above average score of 8.3.
After having been noticed as a capable short movie maker, and having immense success with his short movie "Bawke" Kurdish/Norwegian Hisham Zaman has went on to create the critically acclaimed "Winterland" (Vinterland) and then the detail "Before snowfall" (Før snøen faller). The latter won the prestigious Dragon Award in Stockholm International Movie Festival, with the price cash of 1 million Swedish Crowns, as so did this fresh movie "Letter to the King" the year later.It's no wonder that Zaman wins prices for his films, as he manages to receive to the core of the persons featured. He is, no wonder, very occupied with the challenges his fellow countrymen from Kurdistan goes through when being refugees in foreign countries. This movie is about a one day trip to Norwegian capitol Oslo, a bus full of refugees experience after having spent some time in their camp site. We follow fire of them, with the main storyline springing out of 83 year old patron Mirza, which feel he has to receive back home to bury his dead sons, and writes a letter to the Norwegain king, with a tiny support from a young nephew which has learned enough Norwewgian to translate. He, of course, doesn't know that the Norwegian lord is merely a patron himself, with no true power to do something for the old man.We also follow four others, which all have their hope and dreams of getting something more out of their several hours in Oslo. More or less desperate, most of them fail on their missions. However, the stories say a sad reality of how it is to be a refugee in a foreign country, and not really either satisfied or with a clear future. Desperate cases calls for desperate solutions. It's a hard world. The movie manages to set a trace in your soul after the mere 75 mins of storytelling, with both drama, excitement, despair and a tiny bit of humor is well. Well done, and very interesting.In just a several years after movie school Zaman has managed to become one of Norways most critically acclaimed movie makers. His take on the refugee case is bound to create a difference in some method or another.
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