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CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS / OSTRE SLEDOVANÉ VLAKY
Director: Jiri Menzel
Starring: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 93 min
Language: Czech, German
At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.
Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards 1968
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes 1968
Nominated for Best Film, Best Soundtrack - BAFTA Awards 1969
Closely Watched Trains (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)
DISTANT / UZAK
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Muzaffer Özdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer
Running Time: 110 min
Mahmut, a photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his ideals and his real life is growing, finds himself obliged to put up Yusuf in his apartment, a young relative who has left behind his village looking for a job aboard a ship in Istanbul to go abroad.
Grand Prize of the Jury, Best Actor - Cannes IFF 2003
FIPRESCI Film of the Year - San Sebastian IFF 2003
Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress - Ankara IFF 2002
Best Turkish Film of the Year, Best Turkish Director of the Year, Fipresci Prize - Istanbul IFF 2003
Distant (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)
Director: Ulrike Öttinger
Starring: Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Albert Heins
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Running Time: 126 min
In the form of a "small theater of the world", Freak Orlando tells a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty and the commonplace. Set in five episodes, Ottinger’s garishly costumed tales involves the Spanish Inquisition, traveling entertainers, Greek mythology, assorted bodily oddities, and general carnivalesque intrigue.
Audience Award - Sceaux 1983
Freak Orlando (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)
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