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My Queen Karo
Ten-year-old Karo grows up with her parents in an Amsterdam commune in the Seventies. As an only child, she leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. The mandate says that everything is to be shared in the squat. But soon not everyone is able to honor these ideals, leading Karo to get caught in the crossfire of the internal conflicts that begin to divide the group and threaten her family. Karo slowly realizes that nothing can stay the same forever. Directed by by Dorothee Van Den Berghe, 2009, color. In Flemmish/French with English subtitles.
Starring Finnish Oscar Winners PETER FRANZEN and IRINA BJORKLUND, this beautiful film takes place in the first days of World War II in Russian Karelia close to the Finnish border. A young lieutenant accepts a dangerous reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines in exchange for the evacuation of his beautiful fiancée to nurse in a safer area. During his mission he receives the tragic news that the Russians managed to have killed her regardless of his precautions. Will the war and her death change not only the exterior of his country, but the interior soul of the man also? Directed by Olli Saarela, 1999, color. In Finnish with English subtitles.
A Week Alone (TVPG)
A group of children, age 7 through 14, are left home alone at a house in a secluded community in the countryside. Their innocence is gradually corrupted as they experiment with rule-breaking, ultimately leading to house break-ins around the neighborhood. The arrival of the maid’s son, a teenager of lesser privilege, exposes prejudice and ferocity climaxing with crimes that force the children to re-examine their actions. This powerful, critically acclaimed film, a film Martin Scorsese calls “Great work with a true sense for character and place” looks at adolescence leaving no one untouched, and the children involved, changed forever. Directed by Celina Murga and Martin Scorsese, 2008, color. In Spanish with English subtitles.
I Am Dina
In Norway during the 1800,’s a little girl named Dina accidentally causes the dramatic death of her mother. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of household servants. Her only friend is the stable boy, Tomas. Dina (Bonnevie) grows up wild and unmanageable. In her teenage years, she is afforded a musical tutor and she develops a crush on him but it seems everything she cares for, accidentally dies. When a wealthy port owner Jacob (Depardieu), more than twice her age and a recent widower,asks for her hand, Dina’s fortune changes quickly. Soon she applies her intellect and strong will, to govern the port operations with her husband. Jacob’s two sons have very different views on Dina and realize her youth leaves them powerless in their father’s empire. Jacob’s premature, and suspicious death, brings their conflict to the surface, as their father’s will seems lost leaving the entire fortune automatically to Dina. At the same time her childhood friend, Tomas, (Eccleston) reappears in her life. I AM DINA is an epic tale of fate and fortune, featuring great performances by an all star cast against the stunning background of the Norwegian fjords. Directed by Ole Bornedal, 2003, color.