London Film Festival 2007
Vexille Vexille
Vexille and The Darjeeling Limited
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Four Months, Three Weeks & Two Days, Four Months, Three Weeks And Two Days, 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, 4 Luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile) (Country: Romania; Year: 2007; Director: Cristian Mungiu; Writer: Cristian Mungiu; Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean)
The story of a young woman who helps her friend to have an illegal abortion in Eighties Romania.
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Andrew Dominik; Writer: Andrew Dominik, based on the novel by Ron Hansen; Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider, Joel McNichol, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger)
The title says it all...
Alexandra (Aleksandra) (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.
Angel (The Real Life of Angel Deverell) (Country: UK, Belgium, France; Year: 2007; Director: François Ozon; Writer: Martin Crimp and François Ozon, based on the book by Elizabeth Taylor.; Stars: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Tong), Official Site, Trailer
The life story of a self-obsessed young woman determined to succeed as a romance novelist at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Back To Normandy (Retour En Normandie) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Nicolas Philibert; Stars: Claude Hébert), Official Site
A film-maker returns to the place where, 30 years ago, he persuaded local farmers to become actors in his dramatisation of the Pierre Rivière murders.
The Band's Visit The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit and Persepolis
The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (Country: Israel, France, US; Year: 2007; Director: Eran Kolirin; Writer: Eran Kolirin; Stars: Shlomi Avraham, Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Uri Gavriel, Imad Jabarin, Ahuva Keren, François Khell, Hisham Khoury, Tarak Kopty, Rinat Matatov)
The misadventures of an Egyptian police band, who get lost in Israel.
Battle For Haditha (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Nick Broomfield; Writer: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Anna Telford; Stars: Elliot Ruiz, Yasmine Hanani, Andrew McLaren, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Matthew Knoll, Thomas Hennessy, Vernon Gaines, Oliver Bytrus, Duraid A Ghaieb), Official Site
Docudrama investigating an Iraqi massacre allegedly carried out by US soldiers.
Bee Movie (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith; Writer: Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten; Stars: The voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting)
A recently graduated bee decides to sue humans for eating honey.
Before I Forget (Avant Que J'Oublie) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Jacques Nolot; Writer: Jacques Nolot; Stars: Jacques Nolot, Jean-Pol Dubois, Marc Rioufol, Bastien d'Asnières, Gaetano Weysen-Volli, Bruno Moneglia, David Kessler)
An HIV positive man comes to terms with age, illness, and the death of his lover.
Blackmail (Country: UK; Year: 1929; Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Writer: Screenplay by Alfred Hitchock, based on the play by Charles Bennett; Stars: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton)
A young woman and her detective lover are blackmailed after she kills a man who tries to rape her. Out to own as part of Hitchcock: The Early Collection.
In Prison My Whole Life In Prison My Whole Life
In Prison My Whole Life and My Kid Could Paint That
Breath (Country: South Korea; Year: 2007; Director: Kim Ki-duk; Writer: Kim Ki-duk; Stars: Chang Chen, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Ki-duk, Park Ji-a)
A neglected wife falls in love with an inmate on death row.
Brick Lane (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Sarah Gavron; Writer: Laura Jones, Abi Morgan, based on the novel by Monica Ali; Stars: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson), Official Site, Trailer
A Bangladeshi woman struggles to come to terms with a new life in Britain and her own identity.
California Dreamin' (Endless) (California Dreamin (Nesfarsit)) (Country: Romania; Year: 2007; Director: Cristian Nemescu; Writer: Catherine Linstrum, Cristian Nemescu, Tudor Voican; Stars: Armand Assante, Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu, Alexandru Margineanu, Ion Sapdaru, Alexandru Dragoi, Andi Vasluianu, Sabina Branduse, Gabriel Spahiu, Radu Gabriel)
A NATO transport train becomes detained at a rural station.
Cargo (Country: New Zealand, Czech Republic; Year: 2007; Director: Leo Woodhead; Writer: Leo Woodhead; Stars: Jaroslav Horvath, Ivo Haman)
A trafficked boy is saved from his fate, but is the alternative any less bleak?
Caramel (Sukkar Banat) (Country: France, Lebanon; Year: 2007; Director: Nadine Labaki; Writer: Rodney El Haddad, Jihad Hojeily; Stars: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Sihame Haddad, Adel Karam, Aziza Semaan, Fatmeh Safa, Dimitri Staneofski), Official Site, Trailer
A glimpse into the lives of five women working in and around a beauty salon in Beirut.
My Brother Is An Only Child My Brother Is An Only Child
My Brother Is An Only Child and Far North
A Clockwork Orange (Country: US/UK; Year: 1971; Director: Stanley Kubrick; Writer: Stanley Kubrick; Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive, Adrienne Corri, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell, Clive Francis, Michael Gover, Miriam Karlin)
Long-banned film about a future distopia.
Chaotic Ana (Caótica Ana, Chaotic Anna) (Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Julio Medem; Writer: Julio Medem; Stars: Manuela Vellés, Charlotte Rampling, Bebe, Asier Newman, Nicolas Cazalé, Raúl Peña, Gerrit Graham, Matthias Habich, Lluís Homar), Official Site
An artist who joins a commune tries to uncover her past lives to end a cycle of violence.
Closing The Ring (Country: UK, Canada, US; Year: 2007; Director: Richard Attenborough; Writer: Peter Woodward; Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Neve Campbell, Martin McCann, Mischa Barton, Gregory Smith, Stephen Amell, Pete Postlethwaite, Brenda Fricker)
A widow's carefully constructed life unravels following the discovery of the ring worn by the man she loved 50 years before.
Couscous (La Graine Et Le Mulet, The Secret Of The Grain) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Abdel Kechiche; Writer: Abdel Kechiche; Stars: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Bouraouïa Marzouk, Alice Houri, Leila D'Issernio, Abelkader Djeloulli, Olivier Loustau, Sabrina Ouazani, Mohamed Benabdeslem)
The head of a Tunisian immigrant clan tries to realise his dream of opening a couscous restaurant.
The Darjeeling Limited (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Wes Anderson; Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman; Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia, Irfan Khan, Barbet Schroeder, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Camilla Rutherford, Natalie Portman), Official Site
Three brothers take a 'spiritual journey' across India by train.
Couscous Couscous
Couscous and Eastern Promises
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Julian Schnabel; Writer: Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Neils Arestrup, Jean-Pierre Cassel), Official Site, Trailer
The memoirs of a man who awoke from a coma to discover he was completely paralysed apart from his left eye.
Dog Altogether (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Paddy Considine; Writer: Paddy Considine; Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Karl Johnson)
A man has to deal with the outcome of his rage. Screening alongside Somers Town at many venues.
Don't Touch The Axe (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Jacques Rivette; Writer: Pascal Bonitzer, based on the story by Honoré de Balzac.; Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Anne Cantineau, Mathias Jung, Julie Judd)
A Paris coquette seduces and toys with a heroic general, only to fall suddenly and tragically in love with him.
Eastern Promises (Country: UK, Canada, USA; Year: 2007; Director: David Cronenberg; Writer: Steve Knight; Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack, Mina E. Mina, Jerzy Skolimowski, Donald Sumpter, Josef Altin, Aleksander Mikic, Sarah Jeanne Labrosse, Tatiana Maslany), Official Site, Trailer
An idealistic young midwife inadvertently stumbles across a crime syndicate trafficking prostitutes.
The Edge Of Heaven (Auf Der Anderen Seite) (Country: Germany, Turkey; Year: 2007; Director: Fatih Akin; Writer: Fatih Akin; Stars: Nurgül Yesilcay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Nursel Köse), Official Site
A young man of Turkish descent travels to the old country to look for the missing daughter of his father's girlfriend.
Battle For Haditha Battle For Haditha
Battle For Haditha and Enchanted
Enchanted (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Kevin Lima; Writer: Bill Kelly; Stars: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey, Timothy Spall, Rachel Covey)
Exiled to modern New York City, a fairytale princess collides with the real world.
El Baño Del Papa (The Pope's Toilet, ño del Papa) (Country: Uruguay, Brazil, France; Year: 2007; Director: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández; Writer: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández; Stars: César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Mario Silva, Virginia Ruiz, Nelson Lence, Henry De Leon, Jose Arce, Rosario Dos Santos, Hugo Blandamuro)
A man tries to build a public loo to cash in on a Papal visit.
Far North (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Asif Kapadia; Writer: Asif Kapadia, Tim Miller; Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Krusiec, Sean Bean, Gary Pillai), Official Site
A stranger enters the world of two isolated, nomadic women.
The Flight Of The Red Balloon (Le Voyage Du Ballon Rouge) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien; Writer: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, François Margolin; Stars: Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Song Fang, Hippolyte Girardot)
A busy mother’s young boy attracts the attention of a large balloon.
Funny Games (Country: France, US, UK, Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Michael Haneke; Writer: Michael Haneke; Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Siobhan Fallon, Arno Frisch, Boyd Gaines, Devon Gearhart, Robert LuPone, Linda Moran), Official Site
English language remake of the ice-cold horror about a family held hostage by a pair of preppy youngsters. Plus read our with producer Chris Coen.
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly and Don't Touch The Axe
Garage (Country: Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: Lenny Abrahamson; Writer: Mark O'Halloran; Stars: Pat Shortt, Conor Ryan, Anne-Marie Duff, John Keogh), Official Site, Trailer
The life of a lonely petrol station attendant is changed forever when he is befriended by a bored teenager.
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Kim Longinotto)
Documentary following the lives of children suffering severe emotional trauma.
Honeydripper (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: John Sayles; Writer: John Sayles; Stars: Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S Dutton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Gary Clark Jr, Mable John, Stacy Keach), Official Site
The owner of a run-down bar, struggling to compete with the arrival of a jukebox across the road, gambles everything on a star who may not even turn up.
I'm Not There (Country: US, Germany; Year: 2007; Director: Todd Haynes; Writer: Todd Haynes, Oren Moverman; Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Benz Antoine, Shaun Balbar, Mark Camacho, Joe Cobden, David Cross)
Experimental biopic examining the shifting persona of Bob Dylan throughout his career.
In The Shadow Of The Moon (Country: UK, US; Year: 2007; Director: David Sington; Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Jim Lovell, Edgar D Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, Dave Scot, John Young), Official Site
The surviving members of the 1968-72 Apollo missions tell the story of the moon landings in their own words.
Water Lilies Water Lilies
Water Lilies and Killer Of Sheep
La Influencia (Country: Spain, Mexico; Year: 2007; Director: Pedro Aguilera; Writer: Pedro Aguilera; Stars: Paloma Morales Aguado, Romea Manzaneado Morales, Jimena Jimenez Morales, Gustavo Mateas Prins Lopez, Claudia Bertorelli Parraga)
Depression overwhelms a single mother as she struggles to cope with everyday life.
Into The Wild (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Sean Penn; Writer: Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer; Stars: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Catherine Keener, Hal Holbrook, Kristen Stewart, Brian Dierker, Vince Vaughn, Jena Malone, Dan Burch, Joe Dustin)
A boy goes to look for America (and himself).
In Memory Of Me (In Memoria Di Me) (Country: Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Saverio Costanzo; Writer: Saverio Costanzo, based on the novel The Perfect Jesuitby Furio Monicelli; Stars: Christo Jivkov, André Hennicke, Filipp Timi, Marco Baliani, Fausto Russi Alesi, Stefano Antonucci, Rocco Andrea Barone, Paolo Bizzeti, Massimo Cagnina, Milutin Dapcevic, Matteo D'Arienzo, Ben Pace, Allesandro Quattro), Official Site
A man tired of his superficial life decides to join the priesthood but finds a web of deceit in the monastery which makes him question his faith.
In Prison My Whole Life (Country: UK, US; Year: 2007; Director: Marc Evans; Writer: Marc Evans, William Francome; Stars: William Francome, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Boots, Noam Chomsky, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Steve Earle, William Francome, Russell Simmons, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn,)
Documentary about questions that hang over the conviction of Death Row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Jetsam (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Simon Welsford; Writer: Simon Welsford; Stars: Alex Reid, Jamie Draven, Shauna MacDonald, Cal Macaninch, Adam Shaw)
An unconscious woman washes up on a beach, with intrigue in tow.
Breath Breath
Breath and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Juno (Country: US, Canada, Hungary; Year: 2007; Director: Jason Reitman; Writer: Diablo Cody; Stars: Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Eileen Pedde, Rainn Wilson, Daniel Clark, Darla Vandenbossche), Official Site
A teenager finds her own way of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
Killer Of Sheep (Country: US; Year: 1977; Director: Charles Burnett; Writer: Charles Burnett; Stars: Henry G Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Jack Drummond, Angela Burnett)
A slaughterhouse worker in 1970s Los Angeles tries to provide for his family and stay out of trouble. Out on reissue.
The Last Mistress (Une vieille maîtresse) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Catherine Breillat; Writer: Catherine Breillat, adapted from the novel by Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly; Stars: Asia Argento, Fu'ad Ait Aattou, Roxane Mesquida, Claude Sarraute, Yolande Moreau, Michael Lonsdale, Anne Parillaud, Jean-Philippe Tesse)
Exploration of aristocratic fidelity in 18th Century France.
Lions For Lambs (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Robert Redford; Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan; Stars: Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Michael Peña, Derek Luke, Andrew Garfield, Peter Berg), Official Site
Two US soldiers in Afghanistan are placed in jeopardy as politicians, journalists and academics battle it out back home.
Lust, Caution (Se, Jie) (Country: US, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong; Year: 2007; Director: Ang Lee; Writer: James Schamus, Hui-Ling Wang, based on the short story by Eileen Chang; Stars: Tony Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Lee-Hom Wang, Chung Hua Tou, Chih-ying Chu, Ying-hsien Kao, Yue-Lin Ko, Johnson Yuen, Kar Lok Chin, Su Yan)
Espionage, betrayal and athletic sex in 1940s Shanghai.
Alexandra Alexandra
Alexandra and Closing The Ring
A Man's Job (A Man's Work, Miehen työ) (Country: Finland; Year: 2007; Director: Aleksi Salmenperä; Writer: Aleksi Salmenperä; Stars: Tommi Korpela, Maria Heiskanen, Jani Volanen, Konsta Pylkkonen, Stan Saanila, Sara Paavolainen, Minna Suuronen), Official Site
An out-of-work father tries his hand at male prostitution to keep supporting his family.
Mister Lonely (Mr Lonely) (Country: UK, US, France, Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: Harmony Korine; Writer: Harmony Korine, Avi Korine; Stars: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, James Fox, Werner Herzog, Anita Pallenberg), Official Site
Celebrity lookalikes get to know one another whilst a crazy old priest takes nuns flying.
My Brother Is An Only Child (Mio fratello è figlio unico) (Country: Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Daniele Luchetti; Writer: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, Daniele Luchetti; Stars: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Diane Fleri, Massimo Popolizio, Angela Finocchiario), Official Site, Trailer
Two brothers growing up in small town Italy in the 1960s devote themselves to opposite ends of the political spectrum. Then they both fall in love with the same girl.
My Kid Could Paint That (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Amir Bar-Lev; Writer: Amir Bar-Lev; Stars: Amir Bar-Lev, Anthony Brunelli, Elizabeth Cohen, Michael Kimmelman, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Marla Olmstead, Zane Olmstead, Jackie Westcott, Stuart Simpson, Janet Krone, Wayne Kirber), Trailer
Documentary about a four-year-old who has sold $300,000 of paintings - but is she a genius or an exploited child?
No Country For Old Men (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy; Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin, Stephen Root, Rodger Boyce, Beth Grant)
A man goes on the run from a psychopath in Texas after coming across a briefcase of stolen cash.
The Surprise Movie
Juno Juno
Juno and The Flight Of The Red Balloon
Planet Terror (Grindhouse) (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Robert Rodriguez; Writer: Robert Rodriguez; Stars: Freddy Rodríguez, Rose McGowan, Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Naveen Andrews, Michael Parks, Jerili Romeo, Tom Savini, Rebel Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo), Trailer
Survivors take on infected zombies in the second part of the double-bill formerly known as Grindhouse.
Persepolis (Country: France/US; Year: 2007; Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud; Writer: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, based on the original graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi; Stars: voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes, François Jerosme, Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, Iggy Pop), Trailer
A girl's eye view of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Redacted (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Brian De Palma; Writer: Brian De Palma; Stars: Izzy Diaz, Robe Devaney, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Kel O’Neill, Ty Jones, Zahara Al Zubaidi, Patrick Carroll), Official Site, Trailer
Controversial story, asking where, in the censored war in Iraq, do we find the truth? Plus read what Brian De Palma said about the film - and the redaction of it, .
Reservation Road (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Terry George; Writer: Terry George, John Burnham Schwartz; Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mia Sorvino)
Two fathers cope with the consequences of tragedy.
Rescue Dawn (Country: US; Year: 2006; Director: Werner Herzog; Writer: Werner Herzog; Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Marshall Bell, Brad Carr, François Chau, Craig Gellis, GQ, Zach Grenier, Pat Healy, Toby Huss)
A US fighter pilot shot down in the Vietnamese jungle must go to extraordinary lengths to survive.
Saturn In Opposition Saturn In Opposition
Saturn In Opposition and Garage
Saturn In Opposition (Saturno Contro) (Country: Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Ferzan Ozpetek; Writer: Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli; Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Luca Argentero, Serra Yilmaz, Ambra Angiolini, Isabella Ferrari, Luigi Diberti, Michelangelo Tommaso, Ennio Fantastichini)
A group of friends in Rome discover than happiness is transient and grief a great healer.
The Savages (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tamara Jenkins; Writer: Tamara Jenkins; Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour, Tonye Patano, Guy Boyd, Debra Monk, Rosemary Murphy)
A brother and sister must cope with their elderly father’s increasing care needs.
Savage Grace (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, Trailer
Accomplished telling of a real life upper class family's disturbing meltdown.
Secret Sunshine (Milyang) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2007; Director: Lee Chang-dong; Writer: Lee Chang-dong, based on the novel by Yi Chong-jun; Stars: Jeon Do-yeon, Song Kang-ho, Jo Yeong-jin, Kim Mi-kyung, Kim Yeong-jae, Ko Seo-hie)
Exploration of grief in small-town Korea.
Sicko (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Michael Moore; Writer: Michael Moore; Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Reggie Cervantes, John Graham, William Maher, Richard Nixon, Linda Peeno), Official Site, Trailer
Michael Moore investigates corruption in the American health insurance industry.
California Dreamin' (Endless) California Dreamin' (Endless)
California Dreamin' (Endless) and In Memory Of Me
Son Of Rambow (Son of Rambow: A Home Movie) (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Garth Jennings; Writer: Garth Jennings; Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Zofia Brooks, Neil Dudgeon, Tallulah Evans, Adam Godley, Diane Leach, Paul Ritter, Sam Spivack, Jessica Hynes, Eric Sykes), Official Site
Delightful comedy about childlike imagination and love of the movies.
Shotgun Stories (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Jeff Nichols; Writer: Jeff Nichols; Stars: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Natalie Canerday, Glenda Pannell, Lynnsee Provence, G Alan Wilkins, Michael Abbott, Jr, Travis Smith)
Blood ties and vengeance in rural Arkansas.
The Substitute (Il Supplente) (Country: Italy; Year: 2006; Director: Andera Jublin; Writer: Andera Jublin; Stars: Andera Jublin, Valentino CampitelCicco, Lisa Galantili, Arianne Dal Buono, Lorenzo De)
Comedy about the supply teacher from hell. Showing at the EIFF as part of European Shorts 1.
Terror's Advocate (L'Avocat De La Terreur) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Barbet Schroeder; Stars: Jacques Vergès, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Magdalena Kopp, Abderrahmane Benhamida, Bachir Boumaâza, Lionel Duroy, Hans-Joachim Klein), Official Site, Trailer
Documentary about a lawyer who defended some of the 20th Century's most notorious figures.
Thieves (Ladrones) (Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Jaime Marques; Writer: Juan Ibáñez, Enrique López Lavigne; Stars: Juan José Ballesta, María Valverde, Patrick Bauchau, María Ballesteros)
A youth taught to steal in early childhood finds himself resorting to it almost compulsively as he searches for his mother.
In The Shadow Of The Moon In The Shadow Of The Moon
In The Shadow Of The Moon and Tuya's Marriage
Things We Lost In The Fire (Country: US, UK,; Year: 2007; Director: Susanne Bier; Writer: Allan Loeb; Stars: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alexis Llewellyn, Micah Berry, John Carroll Lynch, Alison Lohman, Robin Weigert, Omar Benson Miller, Paula Newsome, Sarah Dubrovsky)
Halle Berry is a widow trying to come to terms with grief with the help of her hubbie's troubled best pal.
Tuya's Marriage (Tu Ya De Hun Shi) (Country: China; Year: 2006; Director: Quanan Wang; Writer: Wei Lu, Quanan Wang; Stars: Nan Yu, Bater, Sen'ge, Baolier, Zhaya,)
A woman faces tough choices in the Mongolian Steppe.
Unrelated (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 with Joanna Hogg.
Vexille (Country: Japan; Year: 2007; Director: Fumihiko Sori; Writer: Haruka Handa, Fumihiko Sori; Stars: Voices of Meisa Kuroki, Shosuke Tanihara, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Tetsuya Kakihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akio Ôtsuka, Romi Pak, Takahiro Sakurai), Official Site
In 2077, Japan’s secretive, advanced bio-technology could pose an unimaginable threat.
The World Unseen (Country: UK, South Africa; Year: 2007; Director: Shamim Sarif; Writer: Shamim Sarif; Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen, Grethe Fox, David Dennis)
Romantic drama amid the social constraints of Fifties South Africa.
The Last Mistress The Last Mistress
The Last Mistress and No Country For Old Men
Water Lilies (Naissance Des Pieuvres) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Céline Sciamma; Writer: Céline Sciamma; Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adele Haenel, Warren Jacquin, Christelle Baras), Official Site
Love and sex become urgent issues for the young members of a sychronised swimming team.
You, The Living (Du Levande) (Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway; Year: 2007; Director: Roy Andersson; Writer: Roy Andersson; Stars: Jessika Lundberg, Elisabet Helander, Björn Englund, Eric Bäckman, Leif Larsson, Ollie Olson, Kemal Sener), Official Site, Trailer
Surreal, dreamlike, and darkly comic sketches about life and death.
The Zone (La Zona) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2007; Director: Rodrigo Plá; Writer: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo; Stars: Daniel Giménez, Maribel Verdú, Daniel Tovar, Carlos Bardem, Marina de Tavira, Mario Zaragoza, Andrés Montiel, Blanco Guerra, Enrique Arreola, Gerardo Taracena, Alan Chávez)
Residents of an affluent Mexican city enclave seek vigilante justice.
Zoo (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Robinson Devor; Writer: Robinson Devor, Charles Mudede; Stars: John Paulsen, Ken Kreps, Richard Carmen, Susan M Carr, James Chu, Coyote, Jenny Edwards, John Edwards, Paul Eenhoorn, Bob Fink, Forest Fousel, Conor Gormally, Tom Gormally, Brad Harrington, Russell Hodgkinson, Karl Holzheimer, Andrew Scott McIntyre, Michael J Minard)
Documentary triggered by a man's death by bestiality.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

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A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.