Saturday, 30 July 2011

Central Station

Central Station (1998)

A lonely former schoolteacher, Dora, ekes out a living writing and mailing letters for illiterate passersby in Rio's Central Station. Dora's lonely existence is shattered when one of her clients, a young mother is killed outside the station--her child, Josue, is left behind, devastated. Coming to terms with the fact that Josue is now homeless and with nowhere to go, the cynical Dora takes it upon herself to care for the woman's orphaned young son. Resisting her initial impulse to make a quick profit off the child, Dora commits to returning him to his father in Brazil's remote Northeast. As buses and trucks carry the motley pair through the increasingly unfamiliar terrain, Dora and Josue defy their initial aversion to each other, journeying closer together and deeper inside themsleves. The trip becomes a quest for their own identities: one boy's search for his father; and one woman's search for her heart. 


Great story, fantastic. Recommended!

Monday, 25 July 2011

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon is a 2009 Austrian-German film, released in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The drama darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about "the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature."
Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (literally, "The White Ribbon, a German Children's Story") premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 and won the Palme d'Or, followed by positive reviews and several other major awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film received two nominations for Academy Awards: 2009 Best Foreign Language Film (representing Germany) and 2009 Best Cinematography (Christian Berger).

  • Christian Friedel as the school teacher
  • Ernst Jacobi as narrator (the school teacher many years later)
  • Leonie Benesch as Eva, nanny to the baron and baroness's twin babies
  • Ulrich Tukur as the baron
  • Ursina Lardi as the baroness, Marie-Louise
  • Fion Mutert as Sigmund, their oldest son
  • Michael Kranz as Sigmund's tutor
  • Burghart Klaußner as the pastor


The plot is awesome. The images in black and white make the film completely different. Totally recommended.
Watch it and comment!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters (GermanDie Fälscher) is a 2007 film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during the Second World War to destabilize Great Britain by flooding its economy with forged Bank of Englandbank notes. The film centres on a Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch, who is coerced into assisting the Nazi operation at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The film is based on a memoir written by Adolf Burger, a Jewish Slovak typographer who was imprisoned in 1942 for forging baptismal certificates to save Jews from deportation, and later interned at Sachsenhausen to work on Operation Bernhard. Ruzowitsky consulted closely with Burger through almost every stage of the writing and production. The film won the 2007Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards.


  • Karl Markovics as "Sorowitsch" (Salomon Smolianoff)
  • August Diehl as "Burger" (Adolf Burger)
  • Devid Striesow as "Sturmbannführer Herzog" (Bernhard Krüger)
  • Veit Stübner as "Atze"
  • Sebastian Urzendowsky as "Kolya"
  • August Zirner as "Dr Klinger"
  • Martin Brambach as "Hauptscharführer Holst"
  • Andreas Schmidt as "Zilinski"
  • Tilo Prückner as "Hahn"
  • Lenn Kudrjawizki as "Loszek"                


I love these kind of movies, about Second World War. This one was fantastic, tottaly recommended!

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Placard (Le Placard)

François (Daniel Auteuil) is an accountant at a condom factoryHowever, he discovers that is going to be fired by management. The solution to avoid the dismissing comes from his neighbor Belone, who advises him to pretend to be gay to sue the company if it tries to fire him, alleging discrimination at work. This will mark the beginning of a whole series of misunderstandings and setbacksfor the poor François. 

Written and directed by Francis Veber.
Country: France.
Year: 2000.
Duration: 84 min.
Cast: Daniel Auteuil (François Pignon), Gérard Depardieu (FélixSantini), Thierry Lhermitte (Guillaume), Michèle Laroque (Bertrand), Michel Aumont (Belone), Jean Rochefort (Kopel), Alexandra Vandernoot (Christine), Stanislas Crevillén (Franck ), Edgar Givry (Mathieu), Thierry Ashanti (Victor), Armelle Deutsch (Ariane), Irina Ninova (Martine).
Production: Alan Poire.
Music: Vladimir Cosma.
Photography: Luciano Tovoli.
Mounting: Georges Klotz.
Costumes: Jacqueline Bouchard.
Decorated: Hugues Tissandier


Great Comedy, enjoy it!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

City of God

"Cidade de Deus" is not only a blow to the consciences asleep resolved without moral recommendations, with the nakedness of poetry and the strength of the facts, but a dense metaphor for society today, although Brazil has set in the grandeur of universal validity. The film bears the same name as a large slum in Rio de Janeiro created in the 60s as rash humanity free solution to meet the need for housing in a city doomed to a disproportionate growth and unmanageable. A few years after its construction, Cidade de Deus was already a hell, a suffocating and also one of the most dangerous in the world. In this context takes the story that this movie with a storyline set by the avatar of two young grown in the streets, in almost identical conditions and circumstances, however, two very different outcomes. One of them will survive become fatally drug trafficker and eventually work in occupations below the lumpen. The other escape the life he has touched the goal of taking refuge in your camera to capture the reality that without makeup or retouching. Both of them know what violence is, what is life for the sole purpose of survival. It is a hard film, uncomfortable to talk about our cities, hypocrisy, misery. Ourselves.

That's the trailer:

Enjoy it! Great film!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

El secreto de sus ojos - The secret in their eyes

Hi guys! This is my first post and I hope you like it!

This film is based on the story "La pregunta de sus ojos" by Eduardo Sacheri. The argentinian director, Juan José Campanella, is very famous because of his works: he has directed two episodes of House MD an produced lots of interesting programs for the national channel in his country. 
As you may know, the movie is so famous due to the Oscar to the Best Foreign Language Film that won in 2010, after the great success in 2009, when it reached 2 million spectators, being one of the most viewed movies in the history of Argentina. Moreover, it won prizes in more than 10 film festivals, nationals and also internationals.

Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darín) has just retired after a lifetime of working as a clerk in a criminal court. To occupy his free time he decides to write a novel based on a true story of what has been a witness and protagonist, the story of a murder in Buenos Airen in 1974, and research to find the culprit.
Argentina is with its burden of violence and death, marked the lives of the characters, and although Esposito suppose that weaves the story speaks only of the past, the searchlight in a gritty his life and his present , and you face a dilemma of love haunts him for too long.
Reconstructing the past will lead him to delve into their feelings,their own behaviors and decisions, and eventually become not literary exercise, but the key that lets you open the door to live the rest of his life.

I'll put the trailer for you! (with english subtitles)

Well, that's all.. I'll be posting as soon as possible..