London Film Festival 2010

The best and most exciting new work from around Europe, including productions developed between several countries.

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Elisa K Elisa K
Elisa K and Armadillo
3 Seasons In Hell (Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia; Year: 2009; Director: Tomáš Mašin; Writer: Tomáš Mašin; Stars: Kryštof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba, Luboš Kostelný, Miroslav Krobot)
An idealistic poet collides with the Communist regime in late Forties Prague.
Adrienn Pál (Country: Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, France; Year: 2010; Director: Ágnes Kocsis; Writer: Ágnes Kocsis, Andrea Roberti; Stars: Éva Gábor, István Znamenák, Ákos Horváth, Lia Pokorny, Izabella Hegyi)
A nurse who cares for dying patients undertakes a search for her childhood friend.
Afraid Of The Dark (Bruises) (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Massimo Coppola; Writer: Massimo Coppola; Stars: Gianluca Di Gennaro, Erica Fontana, Manrico Gammarota)
A young Romanian woman travels to Italy to search for the mother she hasn't seen in a decade, only to find herself taken in by a local family.
Armadillo (Country: Denmark; Year: 2010; Director: Janus Metz Pedersen)
A documentary charting the experiences of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan.
Attenberg (Country: Greece; Year: 2010; Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari; Writer: Athina Rachel Tsangari; Stars: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou)
Sexually frank coming of age tale.
The Pipe The Pipe
The Pipe and Father
At Ellen's Age (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Pia Marais; Writer: Pia Marais, Horst Markgraf; Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Stefan Stern, Georg Friedrich)
A woman's life changes dramatically after she discovers her partner's infidelity, leading her to re-evaluate her own potential.
The Autobiography Of Nicolae Ceausescu (Country: Romania; Year: 2010; Director: Andrei Ujica)
A biopic of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, assembled from his own archive footage.
Blessed Events (Glückliche Fügung) (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Isabelle Stever; Writer: Isabelle Stever, Anka Stelling; Stars: Annika Kuhl, Stefan Rudolf, Arno Frisch, Maria Simon, Juan Carlos Lopez)
A woman's life changes dramatically after she unexpectedly discovers that she's pregnant.
The Book Of Masters (Country: Russia; Year: 2009; Director: Vadim Sokolovsky; Writer: Vadim Sokolovsky, Anna Starobinets; Stars: Maksim Loktionov, Mariya Andreeva, Liya Akhedzhakova, Leonid Kuravlyov, Artur Smolyaninov, Irina Apeksimova, Olga Aroseva)
A young stonecutter is sent on a mission by an evil queen who intends to sacrifice the beautiful princess who has captured his heart.
The Call (Country: Italy, Argentina; Year: 2010; Director: Stefano Pasetto; Writer: Stefano Pasetto, Veronica Cascelli; Stars: Sandra Ceccarelli, Francesca Inaudi, César Bordón, Guillermo Pfening)
A piano teacher embarks on a passionate relationship with one of her students, but a planned journey to Patagonia threatens to destroy their fragile romance.
A Family A Family
A Family and Blessed Events
Dark Love (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Antonio Capuano; Writer: Antonio Capuano; Stars: Irene de Angelis, Gabriele Agrio, Valeria Golino)
Correspondence develops between a struggling woman and one of the men imprisoned for raping her, as both try to change their lives.
Draquila - Italy Trembles (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Sabina Guzzanti)
A documentary exploring the Italian government's response to the earthquake in Aquila in 2009.
Elisa K (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Jordi Cadena, Judith Colell; Writer: Lolita Bosch, Jordi Cadena; Stars: Aina Clotet, Nausicaa Bonnín, Ramon Madaula, Pep Sais, Lydia Zimmermann, Hans Richter, Jordi Gràcia, Maria de la Pau Janer, Clàudia Pons, Ricard Farré, Pol Montañés), Official Site
The effect of childhood abuse on a young girl, both at the time and in later life.
A Family (En Famille) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2010; Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen; Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen; Stars: Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Johan Pilou Asbæk, Anne Louise Hassing, Line Kruse)
A Danish woman's planned move to New York is complicated by the discovery that she is pregnant and her father is dying.
Father (Aita) (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: José María de Orbe; Writer: José María de Orbe, Daniel V. Villamediana)
The passage of time in an elderly house.
Silent Souls Silent Souls
Silent Souls and The Book Of Masters
For 80 Days (80 egunean) (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Jon Garaño, José María Goenaga; Writer: Jon Garaño, José María Goenaga; Stars: Itziar Aizpuru, José Ramón Argoitia, Zorion Eguileor, Ane Gabarain, Patricia López, Mariasun Pagoaga)
A woman bumps into an old school friend at a hospital bedside and finds they share a mutual attraction even after 50 years apart.
Home For Christmas (Country: Ireland; Year: 2002; Director: Charlie McCarthy; Stars: Isabella Devine, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dearbhla Molloy, Martin Murphy, Emily Nagle, Colin O'Donoghue, David Wilmot)
A modern Christmas Carol based on a selection of short stories from the Norwegian author Levi Henriksen’s collection ”Only Soft Presents Under the Tree” (Bare mjuke pakker under treet).
Hunting & Sons (Hunting & Zn) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Sander Burger; Writer: Dragan Bakema, Sander Burger, Maria Kraakman; Stars: Dragan Bakema, Hans Hoes, Noël Keulen, Maria Kraakman, Rick Nicolet, Celia Nufaar, Mirjam Stolwijk)
Pregnancy sparks problems for a young couple.
Illegal (Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France; Year: 2010; Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse; Writer: Olivier Masset-Depasse; Stars: Anne Coesens, Essé Lawson, Gabriela Perez, Alexandre Gontcharov)
A young Russian woman detained as an illegal immigrant in Belgium desperately fights the system, trying to get back to her teenage son.
Joy (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Mijke de Jong; Writer: Helena van der Meulen; Stars: Samira Maas, Dragan Bakema, Coosje Smid, Olga Louzgina, Naima El Bezaz)
A teenager who has grown up in the care system makes her way through Amsterdam in search of her biological mother.
Nothing's All Bad Nothing's All Bad
Nothing's All Bad and 3 Seasons In Hell
The Magic Tree (Country: Poland; Year: 2009; Director: Andrzej Maleszka; Writer: Andrzej Maleszka; Stars: Adam Szczegota, Filip Fabis, Maja Tomawaska, Joanna Zietarska, Hanna Sleszynska)
A chair made from a tree that fell down in a storm grants wishes to all who sit in it, but when criminals set their sights on it, it's up to children to save the day.
Malavoglia (The House By The Medlar Tree) (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Pasquale Scimeca; Writer: Pasquale Scimeca, based on the book by Giovanni Verga.; Stars: Antonio Ciurca, Giuseppe Firullo, Omar Noto)
A tragicomedy about a family in a small fishing community who find pleasure in life despite their difficulties.
Maria And I (María y yo) (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Félix Fernández de Castro; Writer: Félix Fernández de Castro, Ibon Olaskoaga), Official Site
Documentary about a single dad and his autistic teenage daughter.
The Mosquito Net (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Agustí Vila; Writer: Agustí Vila; Stars: Emma Suárez, Eduard Fernández, Geraldine Chaplin, Fermi Reixach)
A Catalan family implodes through a series of difficult situations.
Mysteries Of Lisbon (Mistérios de Lisboa) (Country: Portugal, France, Brazil; Year: 2010; Director: Raoul Ruiz; Writer: Camilo Castelo Branco, Carlos Saboga; Stars: Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Clotilde Hesme, Lena Friedrich, Malik Zidi, José Afonso Pimentel, Catarina Wallenstein, Filipe Vargas, Ricardo Pereira, Miguel Monteiro, João Baptista, Carloto Cotta, Marco D'Almeida, Sofia Aparício, Maria João Bastos), Official Site
A whirlwind of adventures and escapades, coincidences and revelations, sentiments and violent passions, vengeance, love affairs, all wrapped in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from Portugal to France, Italy, and as far as Brazil.
For 80 Days For 80 Days
For 80 Days and Maria And I
My Joy (Country: Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Writer: Sergei Loznitsa; Stars: Viktor Nemets, Vlad Ivanov, Vladimir Golovin)
A truck driver gives a lift to a sex worker and finds himself caught up in a world of which he previously knew nothing.
Nothing's All Bad (Smukke mennesker) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2010; Director: Mikkel Munch-Fals; Writer: Mikkel Munch-Fals; Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Henrik Prip, Mille Lehfeldt, Sebastian Jessen, Mia Lyhne, Kurt Ravn, Peter Gantzler, Nicolas Bro, Stine Fischer Christensen, Jesper Asholt, Dar Salim, Benedikte Hansen, Rasmus Bjerg, Jesper Lohmann, Carsten Bjørnlund)
Four troubled, lonely people gradually find themselves connected through a series of coincidences in a film which blends dark comedy with touching insight.
Our Life (La Vita Nostra) (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Daniele Luchetti; Writer: Daniele Luchetti, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli; Stars: Elio Germano, Raoul Bova, Isabella Ragonese)
A builder takes on an ambitious project to try and turn his fortunes around, but is caught up in a corrupt system.
Picco (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Philip Koch; Writer: Philip Koch; Stars: Constantin von Jascheroff, Joel Basman, Frederick Lau, Martin Kiefer)
A newcomer in a youth detention facility becomes immersed in violence as he does whatever it takes to avoid becoming a victim.
The Pipe (Country: Ireland; Year: 2010; Director: Risteard Ó Domhnaill)
A documentary about a County Mayo campaign against the laying of a new Shell oil pipeline.
Mysteries Of Lisbon Mysteries Of Lisbon
Mysteries Of Lisbon and Attenberg
Plans For Tomorrow (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Juana Macías; Writer: Juana Macías, Juan Moreno, Alberto Bermejo; Stars: Carme Elías, Goya Toledo, Ana Labordeta, Aura Garrido)
Three women are forced to make life-changing decisions on the same day.
Portrait Of The Fighter As A Young Man (Country: Romania; Year: 2010; Director: Constantin Popescu; Writer: Constantin Popescu; Stars: Constantin Dita, Ionut Caras, Bogdan Dumitrache, Catalin Babliuc, Ion Bechet)
A group of resistance fighters struggle against Communism in Forties and Fifties Romania.
Pudana: Last Of The Line (Country: Finland; Year: 2010; Director: Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio; Writer: Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio; Stars: Aleksandra Okotetto, Radik Anaguritsi, Nadezhda Pyrerko)
A Nenets girl forcibly taken to a Russian boarding school escapes and becomes determined to cross Siberia and get back to her home.
Sensation (Country: Ireland; Year: 2010; Director: Tom Hall; Writer: Tom Hall; Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Luanne Gordon, Patrick Ryan, Kelly Campbell, Owen Roe)
A New Zealand sex worker sets her sights on a naive young Irish farmer with a large inheritance, but things don't go the way you might expect.
Silent Souls (Country: Russia; Year: 2010; Director: Alexsey Fedorchenko; Writer: Denis Osokin; Stars: Yuri Tsurilo, Igor Sergeyev, Yuliya Aug, Viktor Sukhorukov)
Two friends travel across Russia hoping to bury the dead wife of one of them where she and her husband spent their honeymoon.
Super Brother (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Birger Larsen; Writer: Åke Sandgren; Stars: Lucas Odin Clorius, Victor Kruse Palshøj, Anette Støvelbæk)
A boy tries to turn his autistic older brother into a superhero who can protect him from bullies.
The Temptation of St Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine) (Country: Estonia, Finland, Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Veiko Õunpuu; Writer: Veiko Õunpuu)
A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.
Truce (Country: Russia; Year: 2010; Director: Svetlana Proskurina; Writer: Dmitri Sobolev; Stars: Ivan Dobronravov, Yuri Itskov, Sergei Shnurov)
A young man returns to his remote rural hometown in search of a bride.
Womb (Country: Germany, Hungary, France; Year: 2010; Director: Benedek Fliegauf; Writer: Benedek Fliegauf; Stars: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville)
A woman clones her dead boyfriend but, as she waits for the clone to to grow up, has to face the trauma of watching him fall for someone else.

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