Little Joe (2019)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Austria/United Kingdom/Germany/France, 2019.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, The Bureau, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Arte Deutschland TV, Bayerischer Rundfunk, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Film Institute, Coproduction Office, Eurimages, Film Industry Support Austria, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Société Parisienne de Production, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, Österreichisches Filminstitut.  Screenplay by Géraldine Bajard, Jessica…

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Women Without Men (2009)

SHIRIN NESHAT, SHOJA AZARI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original Title: Zanan-e bedun-e mardan Germany/Austria/France/Italy/Ukraine/Morocco/Iran, 2009. Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Coproduction Office, CinePostproduction, Rommel Film, BIM Distribuzione, EMC Produktion, Sota Cinema Group, Schönheitsfarm Postproduction, Manfred Bunwey Filmproduktion, Agora Films, Sundance Feature Film Program, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Screenplay by…

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The Square (2017)

RUBEN OSTLUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017.  Plattform Produktion, Arte France Cinema, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film i Vast, Imperative Entertainment, Minorordningen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, Yle to 1 Finland, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Ruben Ostlund.  Cinematography by Fredrik Wenzel.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff.  Music by Rasmus…

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Battle In Heaven (2005)

CARLOS REYGADAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Batalla En El Cielo Mexico/Belgium/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2005.  Coproduction Office, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones, Tarantula, Arte France Cinema, Universidad de Guadalajara, ZDF/Arte, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Mackey Co., Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Sud, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Lumière Productie.  Screenplay…

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A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (2014)

ROY ANDERSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  En Duva Satt Pa En Gren Och Funderade Pa Tillvaron Sweden/Germany/Norway/France, 2014.  Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB, 4 1/2 Film, Arte France Cinema, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Coproduction Office, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Nordisk Film &…

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Force Majeure (2014)

RUBEN OSTLUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Original title:  Turist Sweden/France/Denmark/Norway, 2014.  Beofilm, Coproduction Office, Film i Vast, Motlys, Plattform Produktion, Rhone-Alpes Cinema.  Screenplay by Ruben Ostlund.  Cinematography by Fredrik Wenzel.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson.  Music by Ola Flottum.  Production Design by Josefin Asberg.  Costume Design by Pia Aleborg.  Film Editing by Jacob Secher Schulsinger. European Film Awards 2014.   Golden Globe Awards…

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Europa (1991)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Zentropa Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany/Switzerland, 1991.  Alicéléo, Coproduction Office,  Det Danske Filminstitut,  Eurimages, Fortuna Film, Fund of the Council of Europe, Gérard Mital Productions, Institut suisse du film, Nordisk Film, Sofinergie 1, Sofinergie 2, Svenska Filminstitutet, Union Generale Cinematographique, WMG Film.  Screenplay by Lars Von Trier, Niels Vorsel.  Cinematography by Henning Bendtsen,…

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Paradise: Love (2012)

ULRICH SEIDL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Paradies Liebe Austria/Germany/France, 2012.  Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH, Tatfilm, Coproduction Office, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, WDR / Arte, ARD Degeto Film, Arte France. Screenplay by Urlich Seidl, Veronika Franz.  Cinematography Edward Lachman, Wolfgang Thaler.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Christine Ruppert, Ulrich Seidl.  Production Design by Andreas Donhauser, Renate Martin.  Costume Design by…

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Import/Export (2007)

ULRICH SEIDL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Austria/France/Germany, 2007.  Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH, Coproduction Office, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Pronto Film, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Osterreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Urlich Seidl, Veronika Franz.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman, Wolfgang Thaler.  Produced by Ulrich Seidl, Lucki Stipetic.  Music by Roman Gottwald.  Production Design by Andreas Donhauser, Renate Martin.  Costume Design by Silvia Pernegger.  Film Editing by Christof…

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Breaking The Waves (1996)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Denmark/Sweden/France/ The Netherlands/Norway/Iceland, 1996.  Argus Film Produktie, ARTE, Canal+, CoBo Fonds, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, European Script Fund, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film, La Sept Cinema, Liberator Productions, Lucky Red, Media Investment Club, Memfis Film, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Northern Lights, Norwegian Film Institute, October Films,…

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Songs From The Second Floor

BB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Sanger Fran Andra Vaningen Philosophically immersed serio-comedy inspired by the poems of Caesar Vallejo that took director Roy Andersson four years to complete. Essentially it is a collection of disjointed scenes, each of them filmed in a single take, that describe all manner of situations that the human condition experiences:…

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You, The Living

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Du Levande Another collection of wry vignettes from Roy Andersson, director of the arthouse hit Songs From The Second Floor. Once again there are a number of witty observances of human behavior in meticulously controlled situations, this time not quite as surreal as in the previous film but still reaching…

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