Carte Blanche

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Nov 2015

Carte Blanche


Country: Finland, France, Germany
Year: 2011
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Andre Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean Pierre Darroussin
Running Time: 93 min
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Marcel, a former author, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, where he feels he has reached a closer rapport with the people, serving them in the occupation of a shoe-shiner. He has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily with his wife Arletty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from Africa.

FIPRESCI Prize, Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury – Cannes IFF 2011
Gold Hugo for Best International Feature – Chicago IFF 2011
Best Film, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Editing – Jussi Awards 2012
Swiss Critics Boccalino Award for Best Actress – Locarno IFF 2011
Audience Award – Reykjavik IFF 2011

Le Havre
Still from Le Havre (Photo: Zawya)


Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1960
Director: Karel Reisz
Starring: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Feild, Rachel Roberts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 89 min
Language: English

The sights and sounds of industrial Nottingham resonate with a grimy thud as Arthur Seaton works his tedious factory job. Through strong ale, women and practical jokes, he vents his frustrations against the establishments of work and marriage until his reckless ways lead him to a night that changes his life...

Best British Film, Best British Actress, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles – BAFTA Awards 1961
Best Actor – National Board of Review 1961
Best Film, Best Actor, FIPRESCI Prize – Mar Del Plata IFF 1961

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Still from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Photo: Zawya)


Country: Italy, France, Spain
Year: 2004
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running Time: 125 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

The Sea Inside is based on the real life story of Ramon Sampedro. Left quadriplegic after a diving incident, he fought a 28-year campaign to win the right to end his own life. The film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living.

Best Foreign Language Film – Academy Awards 2004
Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes 2004
Best Actor, Best Director – European Film Awards 2004
14 Awards – Goya Awards 2005

The Sea Inside
Still from The Sea Inside (Photo: Zawya)

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