Francesco is a director who is merciless with his father, Franco, who is awkwardly trying to act. It is the “making of” an unfinished movie, a test for overcoming the incommunicability between an engineer father and his director son.
The vigil eye of a webcam captures a space which has been devastated by the invisible evil of radioactivity, but, paradoxically, it also captures the beauty of nature after a catastrophe of the magnitude of Fukushima. The workers move around like astronauts in the deserted area of the nuclear power station, where the only presence seems to be the radioactive substance which fluctuates and disperses in the air.
A German submarine is sunk in the Hudson Bay. The surviving Nazis cross Canada to reach the United States, which is still neutral. A bizarre war movie, tense, enthralling, which plays on the libertarian feelings which all the ethnicities, cultures, and religions which compose the Canadian melting pot share, from the Native Canadians to the Amish. A great cast (Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey), the first collaboration with Anton Walbrook (P&P’s beloved actor), an Oscar to Pressburger for the screenplay.
When Anka and Witek decide to have a baby, she gives up her career as a journalist while he continues his as a war correspondent. Anka starts to live in fear of receiving a phone call telling her that her husband has died and she ends up developing a post-traumatic stress syndrome similar to that of soldiers fighting on the front. The actress Ewa Bukowska debuts behind the movie camera for a powerful female portrait, part family drama and part psychological thriller.
An American soldier, a member of the women’s auxiliary, and a British sergeant intertwine their lives and their desire for peace near Canterbury, the famous medieval destination of Chaucer’s pilgrimage. Magical moods, daily desires and disappointments, and a mysterious maniac who wanders through the village at night and pours glue onto the hair of girls. Iconoclastic and original, a mysterious film, a mixture of comedy, thriller, and war movie, which scandalized the censors at the time.
Peter, an RAF pilot, is shot down over the Channel. As he falls, he flirts on the radio with an unknown American auxiliary. When he comes to on the beach, he finds her beside him. It’s love at first sight, except that the Angel of Death is looking for him to take him away. Or maybe Peter is hallucinating. A to and fro between Earth (in color) and the Hereafter (in b&w), a masterpiece of wittiness, amazing special effects, and visual and narrative intelligence.
A painter leaves New York and returns to Australia to rekindle his inspiration: the sea, nature, beaches, and a young, uninhibited muse with whom he falls in love. James Mason and a young Helen Mirren in a luminous and sensual song which, deep down, evokes Shakespeare’s The Tempest (which Powell was never able to make). The woman’s naked body made of sand on the beach is unforgettable.
A boy in his first throes of adolescent turmoil: his parents are on the brink of divorce, a girl at his school is making passes at him, and a young woman he sees on a bus ignites his fantasies. Add to this his younger brother, his friends, Brooklyn, life in transformation. A feverish story about growing up, which is inspired by and updates the cinema of John Hughes (confirmed by Molly Ringwald as the mother). Starring Jemima Kirk (Girls) and Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight).
The police are hunting down one of Manila’s biggest drug traffickers. A plainclothes policeman and a small-time dealer who has turned informer take part in the operation. But, as always, a shadowy face hides behind the clean façade. The film opens and closes with triumphant (and ironical) footage of a police parade. Mendoza’s nth journey into the teeming belly of a city where daytime seems like darkest night and salvation doesn’t exist. In the middle, the inferno of the traffickers’ nocturnal ambush.
In five chapters, the true story of Angelo Soliman, a controversial figure of Vienna’s Enlightenment. He arrived in Europe from Africa in the early 18th century as a child, was sold to a countess (Alba Rohrwacher), baptized with the name Angelo, and became the subject of an educational experiment. He grew up and became a high society attraction until a sudden turn of events occurred. Alterity, acceptance, and adaptation, for the hypnotic second film by Markus Schleinzer (in competition at Cannes in 2011 with Michael).