Cinema arrives “for the first time” in the mountains… This Cuban documentary short film gathers the experience of a rural community in the mountains of the east of the island, where the cinema arrives for the first time, thanks to the mobile cinemas created for this purpose by the Revolution. The spectator receives the different emotions that an audience of men, women and children from the countryside provokes when they see the first film of their lives: “Modern Times”, by Charles Chaplin.
Based on the legend of Blue Beard written by French author Charles Perrault (1628-1703), in this film adaptation however, neither the original blood nor the original murder make an appearance. These elements are replaced by a poetic research on the awareness of the death of the murderer Bluebeard and the dead women are replaced by mannequins, sometimes dragged, pushed or transported; other times, they seem to take on a life of their own.
American reporter Mark English attempts to get an exposé on how magician/hypnotist The Great Vorelli manages his stage illusions, but is foiled when Vorelli sets his attention on English’s girlfriend Marianne Horn. Vorelli’s dummy Hugo seems to have a mind of its own, and the ability to walk … and for reasons that Mark can’t get anyone to believe, even after Vorelli puts Marianne in a coma-like trance.
The story of a group of high school boxing team members who spend their days drinking, sailing and chasing girls, and who more often than not spend their nights getting into brawls. In particular, it focuses upon Tatsuya, a sullen young man, who falls in love with Eiko, a proud upper-class girl.
A group of aimless Taipei residents deal with their personal problems in this Taiwanese drama that does feature brief flashes of black humor. Much of the story centers upon lonely Mrs. Chen who has trouble coping with her philandering husband, and nearly senile mother-in-law.
Chantel Mitchell, a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become “just another girl on the IRT” (the IRT is one of NYC’s subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and an escape from the generational poverty and street-corner life her friends seem to have accepted as their lot. But personal and sexual challenges confront Chantel on her way to fulfilling these dreams.
Set during the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, it tells the story of María Fabiani, a 18 year-old teacher and political activist who works in adult literacy in the poor areas of Buenos Aires. His father has died and to support the family house, his mother sublets rooms. One day a military commando group dressed as civilians breaks into the house and kidnaps the young woman and take her to a clandestine detention camp. There she meets Felix, a tenant of his mother that is in love with her and that turns out to be one in charge of torturing her.
An emotional and visually attractive portrait of timeless moments in human life. 235 000 000 was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. Without any commentary, allowing images to speak for themselves to music.