Opens Friday, Feb 28, 2014 Synopsis: Repentance (Pokayaniye) features Avtandil Makharadze in a dual role. As Georgian mayor Varlam Aravidze, Makharadze is a strutting, arbitrarily cruel dictator, something of a composite Stalin and Hitler. Visually he very closely resembles Lavrentiy Beriya, Stalin's right hander and one-time KGB chief. As Abel, the mayor's son, Makharadze finds himself in the middle of an ideological squabble when his father dies. Zeinab Botsvadze, a local woman who had suffered mightily under the mayor's regime, refuses to allow the old man's corpse to be interred. Despite the son's Herculean efforts, Botsvadze continues digging up the late mayor's body, a symbolic gesture to prevent the dead man's villainy from being forgotten. Repentance was the first Soviet film that openly denounced the horrors of Stalinism, though the Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze (known for his poetic and surrealist films) chose to make it allegorical, deliberately using anachronisms and making the leading character look like a combination of Stalin's henchman Lavrenti Beriya, Hitler, and Mussolini. An interesting point -- the last name chosen for the leading character is totally fictional, there is no such name as Aravidze in Georgia. In fact, "aravi" means "nobody" in Georgian. The filmmakers opted for such a name in order not to offend any real person in the Republic of Georgia. Filmed in 1984, Repentance fell victim to Soviet censorship from the moment it left the editing room. When it was finally released in 1987, the film was deservedly garlanded with several awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Avtandil Makharadze, Zeinab Botsvadze, Ketevan Abuladze, Sofiko Chiaureli, Edisher Giorgobiani Movie Details Movie Review
Synopsis: German director Werner Herzog's internationally acclaimed "breakthrough" film is based on the famous story of mysterious 19th-century child genius Kasper Hauser. As played by Bruno S., Hauser shows up unannounced in the middle of a village square, frightening the populace with his bizarre behavior. He cannot talk, nor is there any indication of his parentage, thus Kaspar is immediately the object of close scrutiny from the authorities. When he finally does develop the power of speech, he reveals a highly advanced state of intelligence, as well as a seeming gift of prophecy. The winner of the 1975 Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Every Man for Himself and God Against All was originally released in Germany under the title Jeder für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Bruno S., Brigitte Mira, Walter Ladengast Movie Details Movie Review
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They're the films critics love, Oscar contenders with reviews that read: ``A film of stunning power,'' and ``A compelling and splendidly acted film noir.'' Often, they're also the films that Juneau sees six months to a year after their release - on video.
...tour to promote ``Limbo,'' doing interviews, appearances and special screenings. ``Limbo'' debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month, and an initial review by a writer for Daily Variety, an entertainment industry publication...
...It was 104 in New York when we left, and it's great to be here,'' Sayles said. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May and opened in theaters across America in early June. Sayles and Renzi have been traveling for...
After the ultra-low-budget film let out one evening last week, a crowd lingered on Front Street. Some folks smoked nervously, shaking off the jitters and adrenalin while they discussed the movie, which has been widely hailed as a return to classic Gothic horror.
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