вторник, 20 февраля 2018 г.

Barney (1976)

Barney / Lost in the Wild

Director: David Waddington
Stars: Brett Maxworthy, Sean Kramer, Lionel Long, Spike Milligan, Jack Allen, Robert Quilter, Shirley Cameron

In the 1880s, a small boy called Barney, a wombat called Amanda and an Irish convict called Rafe are the sole survivors of a shipwreck. They head off to Ballarat together to find Barney's father.

Australia | USA
In English

четверг, 15 февраля 2018 г.

Sarikat Sayfeya (1988)

Sarikat Sayfeya / Summer Thefts

Director: Yusri Nasrullah (as Yousry Nasrallah)
Stars: Ahmad Mohamad Ahmad, Hany Hussein, Chohdi Srour, Menha Batraoui, Mona Zakareya, Lili Bellenis, Amira Ghazalla

Set in the summer of 1961 during Nasser's land reforms, SUMMER THEFTS is the story of a childhood friendship between the son of a bourgeois landowner and the son of an Egyptian peasant.

In Arabic, with English hardsubs

вторник, 13 февраля 2018 г.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1978)

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Lark Ruffin, Tony Ross, Larry B. Scott, Rodney King Adams, Eric Dunaway, Roy Poole, Rockne Tarkington, Morgan Freeman, Mark Keith, John Cullum, Claudia McNeil, Janet MacLachlan, Robert Christian, Charlie Briggs

TV adaptation of the same-named novel by Mildred D. Taylor (1976) about racism in America during the Great Depression.

With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart. Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year - the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black - to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride - no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.

In English

четверг, 1 февраля 2018 г.

Andriesh (1954)

Directors: Yakov Bazelyan, Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Giuli Chokhonelidze, Konstantin Russu, Nodar Shashigoglu, Ludmila Sokolova, K. Stirbu, Eugeniu Ureche, Domnika Dariyenko, Robert Klyavin, Trifon Gruzin

An adaptation of a fairy tale by Moldovan writer Emilian Bukov; this feature length version of Andriesh (Kyiv Film Studio 1954) is a straight forward example of the Soviet fairytale film genre. In the film, the young shepherd Andriesh is charged with guarding the village’s flock of sheep. There Andriesh meets Voinovan, a bogatyr (hero) who gives the young boy his magic wooden flute. Black Storm, a wicked sorcerer who despises the flute’s joyous music, descends upon the village in human form, hypnotizes and kidnaps Voinovan’s beloved Liana, sets the village aflame, and steals its flock. Andriesh undertakes a journey to confront Black Storm and meets various individuals who help him, while Voinovan amasses an army of Haiduks (mercenary soldiers) with sun tempered maces to battle the sorcerer.

Famous Soviet film director Sergei Parajanov's first surviving film, the 63 minute color "Andriesh", was co-directed by Yakov Bazelyan. Co-cinematographer is Suren Shahbazyan (Shakhbazyan) who later lensed Sergei Paradjanov's Armenian masterpiece "The Color of Pomegranates".

Soviet Union (Ukraine)
In Russian, with English subs (in .mkv)

среда, 31 января 2018 г.

No Ordinary Shepherd (2014)

Director: John Lyde
Stars: Darin Southam, Jacob Buster, Jacque Gray, Joshua Lyde, Ethan Hunt, Paul D. Hunt, Danny James, Adam Johnson, Oliver Lodge, Rachel McCash

Saul is a crippled shepherd boy who longs to meet the mysterious, miracle-working man all of Judea talks about.  Saul remembers the stories his father told him about being a shepherd and witnessing the heavenly host of angels tell him and his friends about the coming of the Messiah.  Saul’s father saw the baby Who was called the Messiah, and wondering if he could be the same miracle-working man everyone talks about.  Little does Saul know that he will be given an opportunity to see Him face to face.

USA, in English, with English subs (in .mkv)

воскресенье, 28 января 2018 г.

O Contador de Histórias (2009)

O Contador de Histórias / The Story of Me

Director: Luiz Villaça
Stars: Marco Antonio (age 6), Paulinho Mendes (age 13), Maria de Medeiros, Cleiton Santos, Teuda Bara, Ju Colombo, Chico Díaz

O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a Luiz Villaça;a movie based on the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, is a story about how affection can change reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, Roberto showed a special talent to tell stories, by changing through narrative his own experiences about frustration into beautiful and touching fables. At age 6, the boy filled with imagination goes to live in a newly opened government institution, which main goal is to help young and poor children. His mother takes him there believing it will guarantee a better future for her child. But the reality of the institution is very different from what was advertised on TV. Roberto, little by little, loses hope. At age 13, after hundreds of escapes, he's considered "irrecoverable", in the words of the headmaster of the facility. However, Roberto proves to be a challenge to the French pedagogue Margherit, who comes to Brazil to work on a research. Determined to make the boy her object of study, she tries to get closer to him. At first, Roberto struggles, but after a traumatic experience, he looks for shelter in Margherit's home. What comes out of it is a relationship based on friendship and tenderness, that will put Roberto's disbelief in his future at check and will challenge Margherit to keep her beliefs.

Brazil, in Portugese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese (in .mkv)

пятница, 26 января 2018 г.

Querô (2007)

Director: Carlos Cortez
Stars: Maxwell Nascimento, Leandro Carvalho, Eduardo Chagas, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Nildo Ferreira, Ailton Graça

Querô is an orphan teenager, living alone near the docks in Santos, Brazil. Her mother, a prostitute, died when he was a baby, and he was raised in the bordello where she worked. He also doesn't know who his father is. Believing he rules his own destiny, he refuses to compromise with anyone else, the corrupt policemen always chasing him, the oppressive discipline in the juvenile institution Febem, or the drug dealers who try to lure him. But this independence has a price.

In Portuguese, with English and other subs (.srt)

четверг, 25 января 2018 г.

Le avventure di Pinocchio (1947)

Le avventure di Pinocchio / The Adventures of Pinocchio

Director: Gianetto Guardone
Stars: Alessandro Tommei, Mariella Lotti, Vittorio Gassman, Erminio Spalla, Luigi Pavese, Dante Maggio, Augusto Contardi, Franco Scaruggi, Guglielmo Selvaggio, Angelo Taddeoli, Piero Tommei

A simple-hearted but fair screen adaptation of the most famous Italian child novel - Carlo Collodi's "Pinocchio". Perhaps, too much buffoonery for the modern taste, but it's ancient Italian buffoonery, with fixed masks, props and rhythm, not a brute slapstick. There is no modern flirtings with adult public too; it's a straight film-for-children.

In Italian

понедельник, 22 января 2018 г.

The Good Mother (2017)

La Madre Buena / The Good Mother

Director & Writer: Sarah Clift
Stars: Rupert Degas, Mónica Del Carmen, Abraham Espíndola, Ángel Garnica, Fermin Martinez, Mary Paz Mata, Luis Eduardo Yee

A Mexican mother is surprised and conflicted by the choice of her young son’s birthday wish... a Donald Trump piñata. But driven by the love of her only child, she goes against her politics to search for the controversial piñata. Initially unsuccessful, she takes to her motorbike and travels though the heart of Mexico to find a mystic man in a cave. Not only does he have the elusive effigy, he also performs a cleansing ritual to help rid it of evil. Strapped to the back of the motorbike, the Trump piñata is immersed in the Mexican countryside, wind whistling through its hair, racing back towards the big birthday bash...

Mexico | UK
In Spanish, with English hardsubs

пятница, 19 января 2018 г.

Le temps d'une chasse (1972)

Le temps d'une chasse / Once Upon a Hunt

Director & Writer: Francis Mankiewicz
Stars: Guy L'Ecuyer, Marcel Sabourin, Pierre Dufresne, Olivier L'Ecuyer, Frédérique Collin, Luce Guilbeault, Monique Mercure

The story of three men and a boy on a three-day hunting expedition. For them, who are from a humble background, hunting is a form of social promotion and freedom. But above all it's a virility test which they must pass.

In French, with English subs (.srt)