Hadewijch (2009)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  France, 2009.  3B Productions, Arte France Cinéma, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, X-Filme Creative Pool, Cofinova 5, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Contact Film, Cofinova 4, Soficapital, Région Ile-de-France, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Yves Cape. …

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Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ZDF Enterprises, British Broadcasting Corporation, Arte, Media Ventures, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Lucki Stipetic.  Film Editing by Joe Bini, Glen Scantlebury, Rainer Standke.   Werner Herzog investigates the life of Dieter Dengler, shot down over Laos…

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver.  Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched…

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Daguerréotypes (1976)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  West Germany/France, 1976.  Ciné Tamaris, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, William Lubtchansky.  Film Editing by Andree Choty, Gordon Swire.   Filmmaker Agnes Varda was inspired by a storefront on the Rue Daguerre, where her studio is still located, whose window hadn’t changed its products…

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A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica) (2017)

SEBASTIAN LELIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017.  Participant Media, Fabula, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE.  Screenplay by Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta.  Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza.  Music by Nani García, Matthew Herbert.  Production Design by Estefania Larrain.  Costume Design by Muriel Parra.  Film Editing by Soledad Salfate.  Academy…

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Trouble Every Day (2001)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  France/Germany/Japan, 2001.  Arte France Cinema, ARTE, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Dacia Films, Kinetique, Messaouda Films, Rézo Films, Rezo Productions, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced by Georges Benayoun, Philippe Liegeois, Jean-Michel Rey.  Music by Tindersticks.  Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron.  Costume Design by Judy…

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The Boat Is Full (Das Boot Ist Voll)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A train crossing Europe makes a stop in Switzerland and six figures secretly sneak off board:  a Jewish brother and sister, an elderly Jewish man and his granddaughter, a lone French child and a deserting Nazi soldier.  They find themselves taking shelter in the first barn they can find and, before…

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Hanussen

BBBB (out of 5) Klaus Maria Brandauer is perfectly cast as a man who got all of Germanic Europe under his sway with his forceful personality and claims at clairvoyance.  Injured in battle during World War I, Klaus Schneider recovers and finds he has the ability to read thoughts, control others’ actions and predict the future….

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Antichrist

BB (out of 5) Lars von Trier makes his most provocative film yet with this attention-grabbing but empty drama. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg are a married couple whose child dies in an unfortunate accident, falling out of a window while they’re having sex.  The resulting grief threatens to completely pervert Gainsbourg’s mind, so her therapist husband…

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Import/Export

BBB.5 (out of 5) Harrowing drama that charts the difficulties of people simply trying to get by in two European countries. Olga lives a life without hope in the freezing cold Ukraine; when the opportunity comes to go work in Austria as a cleaning lady, she takes it. Paul can’t hold down a job in…

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The Counterfeiters (Die Falscher)

BBBB (out of 5) Despite getting quite a lot of mileage out of being the world’s greatest known counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch has the chips stacked against him considering he’s a Russian Jew in 1936 Berlin. After being arrested by the authorities for his illegal forging, Sally survives the entire war thanks to his copy talents,…

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Barbara

BBB (out of 5) A doctor is sent out to a remote hospital in the East German countryside, presumably as punishment for something she did in Berlin though we never find out what. Between bouts of administering medicine to the locals, most of whom are ill because of the seriously low quality of living, she…

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