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Unknown Pleasures (2003)

The three main characters in Unknown Pleasures try their best to fill the long hours of the day, but even the effort of doing that much has become unrelentingly wearisome. And yet, despite the distinct lack of good times and belly laughs, Unknown Pleasures is a great film. read more...
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Unknown Pleasures (2003)

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  • With: Zhao Tao, Zhao Wei Wei, Wu Qiong
  • Written by: Jia Zhang-ke
  • Directed by: Jia Zhang-ke
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/23/2002
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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

One of the 2015 nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Ciro Guerre's Embrace of the Serpent — from Colombia — never stood a chance of winning, but it's a beautiful, stirring, and thoughtful film, well worth seeing. It's set during two time periods, both of which feature the character Karamakate, a shaman in the Amazon jungle, the last of his people. In 1909, young Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) reluctantly agrees to help a sick white man, German explorer Theo (Jan Bijvoet) and his faithful guide Manduca (Miguel Dionisio Ramos), find a special flower that could heal him. Years later, an elderly, and forgetful Karamakate (Antonio Bolivar) meets another white man, an English botanist, Evans (Brionne Davis), who is also in search of the plant. Shot in black-and-white, the mesmerizing movie could easily have fallen into peaching or relied on liberal guilt, but instead it builds a complex character out of Karamakate, who is wise and righteous as well as outraged and untrusting. It's a respectful, poetic movie, and highly recommended. read more...
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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

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  • With: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Luigi Sciamanna, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino
  • Written by: Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Ciro Guerra
  • Directed by: Ciro Guerra
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 125 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/11/2016
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The Circle (2000)

Just a few weeks ago, the Shooting Gallery film series released Marziyeh Meshkini's and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The Day I Became a Woman. I was afraid then that no one would see that beautiful and vibrant film because it seemed to be about "battered Iranian women," though it was really about their breathtaking attempts to escape domination. Now comes Jafar Panahi's The Circle, a far more heavyweight, but equally brilliant film about women whose escape seems unlikely. read more...
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The Circle (2000)

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  • With: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Fareshteh Sadr Orfani, Monir Arab, Elham Saboktakin, Fatemeh Naghavi, Mojgan Faramarzi
  • Written by: Kambuzia Partovi
  • Directed by: Jafar Panahi
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/06/2000

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Autumn Sonata (1978)

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White Material (2010)

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