9 Star Hotel (2006)

IDO HAAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Malon 9 Kochavim Israel, 2006.   Cinematography by Uri Ackerman.   Produced by Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky.  Film Editing by Ido Haar.  European Film Awards 2007.   Documentary filmmaker Ido Haar takes his cameras to Modi’in, Israel, where he grew up and where his parents still live, which…

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The Banishment (2007)

ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original title:  Izgnanie Russia, 2007.  Ren-TV.  Screenplay by Artyom Melkumyan, Oleg Negin, based on the novel The Laughing Matter by William Saroyan.  Cinematography by Mikhail Krichman.  Produced by Dmitry Lesnevsky.  Music by Andrey Dergachev, Arvo Part.  Production Design by Andrey Ponkratov.  Film Editing by Anna Mass.    European…

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Belle Toujours (2006)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Portugal/France, 2006.  Filbox Produções, Les Films d’Ici, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.  Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira.  Cinematography by Sabine Lancelin.  Produced by Miguel Cadilhe.  Music by Lawrence Foster.  Production Design by Christian Marti.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Valerie Loiseleux.  European Film Awards…

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Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

TOM TYKWER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/France/Spain/USA, 2006.  Constantin Film, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Nouvelles Editions de Films, Castelao Producciones, Rising Star, Ikiru Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer, based on the novel Das Perfum by Patrick Suskind.  Cinematography by Frank Griebe.  Produced by Bernd Eichinger.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer. Production Design by Uli Hanisch.  Costume…

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The Unknown Woman (2006)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Sconosciuta Alternate title:  The Unknown Italy/France, 2006.  Medusa Film, Manigolda Film, Sky, Cinecittá Studios, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Umbria Film Commission.  Story and Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Massimo De Rita. Cinematography by Fabio Zamarion.  Produced by Laura Fattori.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Tonino Zera.  Costume Design by…

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Alatriste (2006)

AGUSTIN DIAZ YANES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain, 2006.  Estudios Picasso, Origen Producciones Cinematograficas S.A., NBC Universal Global Networks.  Screenplay by Agustin Diaz Yanes, based on characters created by Carlota Perez-Reverte and the novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte.  Cinematography by Paco Femenia.  Produced by Alvaro Augustin, Antonio Cardenal.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Emilio Ardura.  Costume Design by Francesca Sartori.  Film…

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4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007)

CRISTIAN MUNGIU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  4 Luni, 3 Saptamani si 2 Zile Romania, 2007.  Mobra Films, Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Mindshare Media, McCann-Erickson, Televiziunea Romana, Saga Film, The Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam Festival.  Screenplay by Cristian Mungiu, script consultant Razvan Radulescu.  Cinematography by Oleg Mutu.  Produced by Cristian Mungiu, Oleg Mutu.  Production Design by Mihaela Poenaru.  Costume Design…

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The Band’s Visit (2007)

ERAN KOLIRIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Bikur Ha-Tizmoret Israel/France/USA, 2007.  July August Productions, Bleiberg Entertainment, Sophie Dulac Productions, Israel Film Fund, Keshet Broadcasting, Yes.  Screenplay by Eran Kolirin.  Cinematography by Shai Goldman.  Produced by Ehud Bleiberg, Koby Gal-Raday, Guy Jacoel, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad.  Music by Habib Shadah.  Production Design by Eitan Levi.  Costume Design by Doron Ashkenazi.  Film Editing by Arik…

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The Monastery: Mr. Vig And The Nun

BBBB (out of 5) There’s no good deed that goes unpunished, or so an 82 year-old Danish recluse learns after he informs the Moscow Patriarchate that he would like to donate his castle for them to turn into a Russian Orthodox monastery. This sweet, simple documentary charts the relationship that develops between Mr. Vig, the…

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La Vie En Rose (2007)

OLIVIER DAHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  La Mome France/United Kingdom/Czech Republic, 2007.  Légende Films, TF1 International, TF1 Films Production, Okko Productions, Songbird Pictures, Canal+, TPS Star, Scotts Atlantic, Sofica Valor 7.  Screenplay by Isabelle Sobelman, Olivier Dahan.  Cinematography by Tetsuo Nagata.  Produced by Alain Goldman.  Music by Christopher Gunning.  Production Design by Olivier Raoux.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing…

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The Queen (2006)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France/Italy, 2006.  Pathe Pictures International, Granada Film Productions, Pathé Renn Productions, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema, Canal+, Future Films, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Lucia…

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The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, FilmFour, UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, Cowboy Films, Slate Films, Tatfilm.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Giles Foden.  Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.  Produced by Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood, Charles Steel.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Michael…

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