A chance to see the best of the current batch of fictional films from around the world.
The Black Balloon and Belle De Jour
(Country: France, Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Alexander Sokurov; Writer: Alexander Sokurov; Stars: Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva, Andrei Bogdanov, Alexander Kladko, Aleksei Nejmyshev, Rustam Shahgireev, Evgeni Tkachuk)
A grandmother goes to visit her grandson, working for the army in Chechnya.
Algeria, Unspoken Stories
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Jean-Pierre Lledo; Writer: Jean-Pierre Lledo)
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria's war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin or a return home. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it.
Año Uña (Year Of The Nail)
(Country: Mexico; Year: 2007; Director: Jonás Cuarón; Writer: Jonás Cuarón; Stars: Eireann Harper, Diego Cataño, Michele Alban, Cristina Orozco, Mariana Elizondo, Pia Elizondo, Emilia Garcia)
Personal photograph album becomes the basis for an unconventionally told romance.
Belle De Jour
(Country: France/Italy; Year: 1967; Director: Luis Buñuel; Writer: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Joseph Kessel; Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page, Pierre Clementi, Françoise Fabian, Macha Meril)
Bunuel's story of a chaste housewife who gets a job in a brothel still has the power to shock after 40 years. Out now on re-release.
(Country: Portugal, France; Year: 2006; Director: Manoel de Oliveira; Writer: Manoel de Oliveira, Joseph Kessel; Stars: Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Júlia Buisel, Lawrence Foster), Official Site
Forty years later, two of the characters from Belle De Jour are reunited, with a vengeful Henri determined to make Séverine face up to the past.
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People and Rivals
The Black Balloon
(Country: Australia; Year: 2008; Director: Elissa Down; Writer: Elissa Down, Jimmy Jack; Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward, Lloyd Allison-Young, Nathin Butler, Lisa Kowalski, Firass Dirani, Aaron Glennane, Andy Meritakis)
An insightful family drama, about a young man who must deal with more than his fair share of troubles, like his autistic brother. Also, young love and being a new boy in school.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Alex Orr; Writer: Hugh Braselton, Alex Orr, Adam Pinney; Stars: Mike Brune, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Rowlett, Matt Hutchinson, Marla Malcolm, Mr. Malt, Matthew Stanton, Bill Szymanski, Hawmi Guillebeaux, Vince Canlas, Roudie Augustin), Official Site
Troma-esque weirdness as a vegan invents a vehicle more reminiscent of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Minus the crap Broadway songs, of course.
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Julian Jarrold; Writer: Andrew Davies, Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh; Stars: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Cake, Ed Stoppard), Official Site
A man reflects on his conflicting passions for a brother and sister whose lives were dominated by Catholic guilt.
The Brøken (The Broken)
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Sean Ellis; Writer: Sean Ellis; Stars: Lena Headey, Melvil Poupaud, Richard Jenkins, Asier Newman, Michelle Duncan, Ulrich Thomsen), Official Site
A woman's life begins to spiral out of control after she sees her doppelganger. Read our exclusive interview
with Sean Ellis.
Caught in the Act
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Matt Lipsey; Writer: Neil Salvage, Steve Speirs; Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Sarah Barrand, Ralph Brown, Maxine Evans, Brian Hibbard, Freddie Jones, Mark Lewis Jones, Judith Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Anthony O'Donnell)
A corrupt parish council embezzling European Union money to pay for their decadent lifestyles instead of funding the cultural development of their town run into trouble when asked to put on a Shakespeare production.
The Wave and The Grocer's Son
Conversations With My Gardener (Dialogue avec mon jardinier)
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Jean Becker; Writer: Jean Becker, Jean Cosmos, Henri Cueco, Jacques Monnet; Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fanny Cottençon, Alexia Barlier, Hiam Abbass, Élodie Navarre, Roger Van Hool, Michel Lagueyrie, Christian Schiaretti, Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat), Official Site
A Parisian artist taking refuge in the countryside forms a powerful friendship with the gardener he knew as a child.
Cycles (Les murs porteurs)
(Country: France; Year: 2005; Director: Cyril Gelblat; Writer: Cyril Gelblat; Stars: Miou-Miou, Charles Berling, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Shulamit Adar, Dominique Reymond, Anaïs Demoustier, Guillaume Romain, Félicien Juttner, Julie Judd, Romain Goupil)
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Bill Scott; Writer: Pauline Sheppard; Stars: David Shaw, Darren Hawkes, Mary Woodvine, Maisey Utting, Ben Oldfield, Tim Wing)
Drama about father and son stonemasons.
(Country: Ireland; Year: 2008; Director: Declan Recks; Writer: Eugene O'Brien; Stars: Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh,Padraic Delaney, Edna Oates, Lesley Conroy, Karl Shiels)
The disintegration of a marriage.
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Vito Rocco; Writer: David Lemon; Stars: Eddie Marsan, Jessica Hynes, Nick Ball, Ewen Bremner, Paul Nicholls, Chloe Hesar, Calum Chalmers, Kevin Eldon, Phil Lester), Official Site
A battle re-enactor struggles to recover the affections of his wife.
In The City Of Sylvia and Brideshead Revisited
Fear(s) Of The Dark (Peur(s) Du Noir)
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Etienne Robial)
Ten animations from the dark side.
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Shezad Dawood; Stars: Shezad Dawood, Jimmie Durham, David Medalla, Doug Fishbone, Hetna Regitze Bruun)
We admit it, we're utterly confused by the Cambridge Film Festival's description of this. It seems, however, to have some sort of Western influence that links historical moments with mythology. If anyone goes to see this, we hope you'll tell us about it afterwards in the forums.
Gomorrah (Gomorra, Gommorah)
(Country: Italy; Year: 2008; Director: Matteo Garrone; Writer: Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano; Stars: Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Vincenzo Fabricino, Vincenzo Altamura, Italo Renda, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Striano, Carlo Del Sorbo, Vincenzo Bombolo), Trailer
Five interweaving stories paint a brutal portrait of organised crime in Naples.
(Country: Portugal; Year: 2007; Director: Paolo Marinou-Blanco; Writer: Paolo Marinou-Blanco; Stars: Robert Pugh, Nuno Lopes, Rita Loureiro, Amadeu Caronho, Virgilio Gança)
Two very different men join forces to find the object of both their obsessions, the beautiful young painter Irene. Despite their differences, they forge a deep friendship.
Let The Right One In and The Brøken
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Marianna Palka; Stars: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber, Martin Starr, Charles Durning, Tom Arnold, Jesse Garcia, Katherine Waterston, Elisabeth Waterston), Trailer
Offbeat romance between a damaged young woman and exclusive interview
with Marianna Palka and Jason Ritter.
The Grocer's Son (Le Fils de l'épicier)
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Eric Guirado; Writer: Eric Guirado, Florence Vignon; Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Jeanne Goupil, Daniel Duval, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Liliane Rovère, Paul Crauchet, Chad Chenouga, Benoît Giros, Ludmila Ruoso), Trailer
A man finds himself revisiting his past after he has to take on the job of running his father's grocery van.
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Robert B Weide; Writer: Peter Straughan, Toby Young; Stars: Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Jeff Bridges, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Danny Huston, Max Minghella)
Can a British journalist hack it in the New York world of a fashion magazine.
In Memory Of Us (En Souvenir De Nous)
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Michel Léviant; Writer: Léonor Graser, Hélène Lapiower, Philippe Lelièvre, Michel Léviant, Michel Léviant, Iliana Lolitch, Henri Magalon, Tansou, Marie Vinoy, Marie Vinoy; Stars: Hélène Lapiower, Marie Vinoy, Iliana Lolitch, Philippe Lelièvre, Léonor Graser, Arthur Brisse, Tansou)
Exploration of memory sees a group who made 1994's The Fairy Wall meet again at a funeral.
In The City Of Sylvia (En la ciudad de Sylvia, Dans La Ville De Sylvie, Some Photos In The City Of Sylvia)
(Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: José Luis Guerín; Writer: José Luis Guerín; Stars: Xavier Lafitte, Pilar López de Ayalam, Michaël Balerdi, Laurence Cordier, Tanja Czichy, Gladys Deussner, Eric Dietrich, Charlotte Dupont, Philippe Ohrel)
A boy dreams of finding a lost love.
Strength And Honour and Belle Toujours
I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime)
(Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Philippe Claudel; Writer: Philippe Claudel; Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot, Claire Johnston, Catherine Hosmalin, Jean-Claude Arnaud, Olivier Cruveiller, Lise Ségur), Trailer
Estranged sisters reunite under difficult circumstances.
King Of The Hill (El Rey De La Montaña)
(Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego; Writer: Javier Gullón, Javier Gullón, Gonzalo López-Gallego; Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan, Andrés Juste, Pablo Menasanch, Francisco Olmo, Manuel Sánchez Ramos)
Accidental acquaintances are hunted by a gunman after getting lost in a forest.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Steve Tanner, Paul Farmer; Writer: Paul Farmer; Stars: Mary Woodvine, Mark Pearce, Philip Jacobs, Helen Rule, Iain Marshall, Tim Wing, Kitty Jacobs, Theo Jacobs, Steve Tanner, Mark Jenkin)
A disturbed woman takes refuge in an abandoned building with her children... but problems start when they are disturbed by intruders.
Let The Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In)
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2008; Director: Tomas Alfredson; Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist, based on his novel of the same name.; Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord, Mikael Rahm, Karl-Robert Lindgren, Anders T. Peedu, Pale Olofsson)
A touching story of first romance... with a side-serving of horror.
Unrelated and Alexandra
Linha De Passe
(Country: Brazil; Year: 2008; Director: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas; Writer: George Moura, Daniela Thomas; Stars: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira, José Geraldo Rodrigues, Kaique Jesus Santos, Ana Carolina Dias), Official Site
The story of one family's struggle to survive poverty in Brazil.
(Country: Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Riccardo Milani; Writer: Walter Veltroni, Ivan Cotroneo, Claudio Piersanti, Riccardo Milani, Ivan Cotroneo, Claudio Piersanti; Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Jasmine Trinca, Paola Cortellesi, Michele Placido, Sandra Ceccarelli, Claudio Gioè, Mariella Valentini, Corso Salani, Roberto De Francesco, Konrad Podolny)
Basedd on the heartrending true story of the life of Italian jazz pianist Luca Flores.
Rivals (Les Liens du Sang)
(Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Jacques Maillot; Writer: Pierre Chosson, Jacques Maillot, Eric Veniard, based on the novel by Michel Papet, Bruno Papet; Stars: Guillaume Canet, François Cluzet, Marie Denarnaud, Clotilde Hesme, Mehdi Nebbou,Hélène Foubert, Eric Bonicatto, Olivier Perrier,Carole Franck, Luc Thuillier), Trailer
Brothers on the right and wrong side of law enforcement come into conflict.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tom Kalin; Writer: Howard A Rodman; Stars: Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elana Anaya, Simon Andreu, Anne Reid), Official Site
Accomplished telling of a real life upper class family's disturbing meltdown.
Strength And Honour
(Country: Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: Mark Mahon; Writer: Mark Mahon; Stars: Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Bergin, Luke Whelton, Michael Rawley, Gail Fitzpatrick, Pat Shortt, Finbar Furey, Sheridan Mahon), Official Site
A bare-knuckle boxer is forced to step back into the ring.
Fermat's Room and Good Dick
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Julian Richards; Writer: Al Wilson, from an idea by Julian Richards; Stars: Kevin Howarth, Ciaran Joyce, Amy Harvey, Darren Evans, Jonathan Jones, Chris Conway, Ryan Conway)
The fate of a gang of urban kids who skip school to play in the woods with a stolen moped is changed forever when they crash.
Traces Of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North
(Director: Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray; Writer: Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan)
History finally gets rewritten as descendants of the largest slave-trading family in early America face their past, and present, as they explore their violent heritage across oceans and continents.
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: David Conolly, Hannah Davis; Writer: David Conolly, Hannah Davis; Stars: Marin Ireland, Paul Sparks, Aasif Mandvi, Richard Kind, Tom Wopat, Gloria Reuben, Reiko Aylesworth, Scott Cohen, Amy Redford, Sakina Jaffrey)
What lengths will an understudy go to in order to make sure she is the one onstage on opening night?
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Joanna Hogg; Writer: Joanna Hogg; Stars: Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, Mary Roscoe, David Rintoul, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Harry Kershaw, Michael Hadley, Emma Hiddleston, Leonetta Mazzini)
A middle-aged woman holidays with her bourgeois friends in Tuscany. Plus read our exclusive interview
with Joanna Hogg.
(Country: India, US; Year: 2006; Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli; Writer: Rajnesh Domalpalli; Stars: Mamatha Bhukya, Urmila Dammannagari, Ramachandriah Marikanti, Krishnamma Gundimalla, Karan Singh, Bhavani Renukunta, Krishna Garlapati, Prabhu Garlapati, Ram Babu Tarra, Veeramma Sadula)
A rural teen dreams of becoming a dancer and sets about trying to fulfil her destiny.
Año Uña and Fear(s) Of The Dark
The Wave (Die Welle)
(Country: Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Dennis Gansel; Writer: Dennis Gansel, Peter Thorwarth, based on the novel by Todd Strasser; Stars: Juergen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul, Elyas M'Barek, Christina do Rego, Jacob Matschenz, Amelie Kiefer), Official Site
A high school teacher demonstrates with his class the true meaning of autocracy.