Lady Vengeance (2005)

CHAN-WOOK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Alternate Title:  Sympathy For Lady Vengeance South Korea, 2005. CJ Entertainment, CJ Capital Investment, Centurion Investment, Ilshin Capital Investments, Korea Capital Investment, Samsung Venture Capital, TSJ Entertainment, Moho Film, TMS Entertainment, TMS Comics, CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics, Stone Comics…

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Manderlay (2005)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands/France/Germany/United Kingdom/Italy, 2005.  Zentropa Entertainments, Isabella Films B.V., Manderlay, Sigma Films, Memfis Film, Ognon Pictures, Pain Unlimited GmbH Filmproduktion, Edith Film Oy, Invicta Capital, Film i Vast, Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, Sveriges Television, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE, Nederlandse Programma Stichting, YLE Co-Productions, Canal+, Canal Television AB, Degeto…

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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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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

MARC ROTHEMUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Sophie Scholl – Die Letzten Tage Germany, 2005.  Broth Film, Goldkind Filmproduktion. Screenplay by Fred Breinersdorfer.  Cinematography by Martin Langer.  Produced by Fred Breinersdorfer, Sven Burgemeister, Christoph Muller, Marc Rothemund.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.  Production Design by Jana Karen.  Costume Design by Natascha Curtius-Noss.  Film Editing by Hans Funck.  Academy Awards 2005.  Berlin Film Festival…

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

CRISTI PUIU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Moartea Domnului Lazarescu Romania, 2005.  Mandragora.  Screenplay by Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu.  Cinematography by Andrei Butica, Oleg Mutu.  Produced by Bobby Paunescu.  Music by Andreea Paduraru.  Production Design by Cristina Barbu.  Costume Design by Cristina Barbu.  Film Editing by Dana Bunescu.  European Film Awards 2005.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   A Bucharest hypochondriac spends most…

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My Summer Of Love (2004)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2004.  Apocalypso Pictures, The Film Consortium, BBC Films, Baker Street, Take Partnership, UK Film Council. Screenplay by Pawel Pawlikowski, collaborating writer Michael Wynne, based on the novel by Helen Cross.  Cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski.  Produced by Chris Collins, Tanya Seghatchian.  Music by Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory.  Production Design by John Stevenson.  Costume Design by…

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The Constant Gardener (2005)

FERNANDO MEIRELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Germany, 2005.  Focus Features, UK Film Council, Potboiler Productions, Scion Films, Blue Sky Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Cesar Charlone.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams. Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film…

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Go For Zucker (2004)

DANI LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Alles Auf Zucker! Germany, 2004.  X-Filme Creative Pool, ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Dani Levy, Holger Franke.  Cinematography by Carl-Friedrich Koschnick.  Produced by Manuela Stehr.  Music by Niki Reiser.  Production Design by Christian M. Goldbeck.  Costume Design by Lucie Bates.  Film Editing by Elena Bromund.    European Film Awards 2005.   Hilariously twisted…

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Tsotsi (2005)

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/South Africa, 2005.  The UK Film & TV Production Company PLC, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, The National Film and Video Foundation of SA, Moviworld, Tsotsi Films.  Screenplay by Gavin Hood, based on the novel by Athol Fugard.  Cinematography by Lance Gewer.  Produced by Peter Fudakowski.  Music by Paul Hepker, Mark…

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Crash (2004)

PAUL HAGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Bob Yari Productions, DEJ Productions, Blackfriars Bridge Films, Harris Company, ApolloProScreen Filmproduktion, Bull’s Eye Entertainment, Incognito Pictures.  Story by Paul Haggis, Screenplay by Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco.  Cinematography by James M. Muro.  Produced by Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis, Mark R. Harris, Robert Moresco, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production…

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The Ninth Day (2004)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original title:  Der Neunte Tag Germany/Luxembourg/Czech Republic, 2004.  Provobis Film, Videopress S.A., Bayerischer Rundfunk, BeltFilm, ARTE.  Screenplay by Eberhard Gorner, Andreas Pfluger, based on the memoir Pfarrerblock 25487 by Jean Bernard.  Cinematography by Tomas Erhart.  Produced by Jurgen Haase, Jakob Hausmann, Benigna von Keyserlingk.  Music by Lev Markiz.  Production Design by Ari Hantke.  Costume Design by…

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Hotel Rwanda

BBBB (out of 5) In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide…

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