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Friday, March 17, 2017

icon-claq-info.pngThe Long Night of Francisco Sanctis, dir. Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa
 

The scary mixes with the sounds in a lonely city, while the paranoiac inspection of a surrounding which you can't see but feel: The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

A man without political commitment receives in the middle of the military dictatorship the precise information (name and address) of two people who are going to disappear. That very night he must make the most important decision of his life. Will he save their life at the risk of his own?


icon-claq-info.pngA Perfect Day, dir. Fernando León de Aranoa
 

Comedy, drama, emotions, routines, danger, hope, everything fits on: A Perfect Day.

A group of aid workers tries to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone: Sophie (Mélanie Thierry) is a newcomer, she wants to help; Mambrú (Benicio Del Toro) has seen it all and wants to go home; Katya (Olga Kurylenko) once wanted Mambrú; Damir (Fedja Stukan) wants the war to end, and B (Tim Robbins) doesn’t know what he wants. Humor, drama, emotion, routine, danger, hope: it all fits in a perfect day.


icon-claq-info.pngToni Erdmann, dir. Maren Ade
 

A father uses his alter ego to get closer to his daughter who doesn't like jokes at all: Toni Erdmann. 

This film won five European Film Awards in 2016 in the categories of best movie, director, actor, actress and script. It was also nominated as a non-english speaking film at the Oscars in 2017.

Winfried (Peter Simonischeck) doesn't see his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) often. He decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his dog. It's awkward because as a serious career woman, Ines is working on an important project in Bucharest. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with funny pranks. 

Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann" - Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge.


icon-claq-info.pngEl Amparo, dir. Rober Calzadilla
 

The eternal dilemma between the truth and the lie is the common thread of this movie: El Amparo.

At the end of the 80’s, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their mates were killed. They claimed to be mere fishermen, but the Venezuelan army accused them to be guerrilla fighters, intimidating them in every possible way and even attempting to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit to the official version was overwhelming.


icon-claq-info.pngPlay the Devil, dir. Maria Govan
 

The Carnival as the stage of a fateful confrontation that will change their lives forever: Play the Devil

Set in the rich landscape of Trinidad’s Carnival Season, Gregory, a young black working-class eighteen-year-old stars in a local play where he is noticed by James Young, an older affluent businessman. James feels immediately attracted to Gregory and pursues him. 

On Carnival Monday the young men cover their bodies in blue paint and dressed as devils, descend down into the valley, howling and drumming, lost in the carnal dance.  This is the scene of a fateful confrontation that will change their lives forever.

 

 

 

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