Category 2017

Still/Born

Mary is pregnant with twins, but at birth, one of the children dies, living only Adam. Diagnosed with postpartum depression, the woman enters a spiral of neurosis, especially when it discovers stories about a demonic being feeding on their mothers and newborns. Mary passes from sadness to sleeplessness and eventually becomes a slave of hallucinations, especially when she sees something in the baby monitor that bends over Adam’s bed...

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Five Fingers for Marseilles

A distant city community of Marseilles in South Africa is the victim of the brutal police oppression, and only the young “Five Fingers” are willing to stand up against them. When Tau, one of the five, kills two cops in an act of anger, triggers a conflict that will change both Marseilles and the group of five friends. Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison. Scared and emptied of any will to fight, Tau renounces violence and returns home just wanting to reconnect with those he left behind...

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Papillon

A remake of Papillon in 1973, Papillon (2018) follows Henry’s epic story, “Papillon” Charrière, a Parisian underworld saver who was arrested and convicted in the early 1930s for a crime he claims he did not. Unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment in a famous colony of prisoners on the island of Devil in French Guyana, Charrière Papillon saves the lives of one of his fellow prisoners, Louis Dega, ending up with an unlikely partnership but a lasting friendship. Papillon has no desire to remain stuck in that hell, and in this sense he is quickly allying with Dega, an eccentric counterfeiter who has a considerable amount of money to plan an escape. Resolved to regain freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with Louis Dega, who, in return for protection, agrees to finance the escape of Papillon...

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Unknown Soldier

June, 1941. Arrested in the middle between two repressive regimes, Finland has no choice but to ally with Nazi Germany despite its principles and despite the fact that it manages to remain a democracy. Unknown to the World War II arena, a brutal war against the Soviet occupation takes place in the Far North. As the Finnish infantry soldiers march through the Karelia forests to win the lost territories, each realizes that this war has no meaning. All but their officers, more preoccupied with medals and personal glory, disregarding the lives of their soldiers...

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A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a man returns as a ghost to his house to console his widow and try to reconcile with her. As he looks at his wife as he faces pain, he also encounters a female ghost who haunts the same house. He discovers that through his non-earthly condition he has become a traveler in time, being forced to look passively how the life he knows and the woman he loves is gradually turning. Increasingly uncertain, the ghost starts on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting the ineffable questions of life and the enormity of existence...

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IT

“IT” is based on Stephen King’s homonymous novel, which has frightened several generations of readers...

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The Secret Scripture

Drama follows the story of young Roseanne McNulty, an Irish woman with a free spirit whose beauty seduces any man in his small town, even Father Gaunt, who seems to want to give up the priesthood for a love chance with beautiful Roseanne. She does not want any love affair with him, but he gets in love with the injured soldier Jack McNulty, sheltering him at her country house where she was exiled by the family. The strict community is soon back against it and a chain of tragic events leads to a devastating injustice. Knowing McNulty’s presence and crushed by the obesity of Rose, Father Gaunt writes a letter recommending Rose, now pregnant, to be locked up in a mental illness institution because of “nymphomania” tendencies. 50 years later, Rose faces a tough reality, being evicted from the psychiatric asylum, the place she calls her home. Before she is cruelly evicted, Rose tells her the youth of psychiatrist William Grene, who is particularly interested in her lullaby and the murder of her newborn baby. William thinks it could be a bit more about the stories written in her diary, which she mentions as “Rose’s Scripture...

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Justice

It is 1868, and the war has been over for three years. Abraham Lincoln was elected the first President of the newly formed United States and adopted the Proclamation of Emancipation, but not everyone agrees with it. In the west, an abandoned mine has become a military weapon depot of a corrupt mayor who wants to proclaim the region as a new republic separate from the United States with him as president. The mayor has on his side a band of bloodthirsty thieves led by Reb, a former soldier in the Confederate army, a guy with little memory. This is the scene in which McCord, a US Marshal, arrives in the city at the call of his brother, priest Thomas McCord, but only finds out that he has killed himself in the burning of the church he preached in...

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The House

When their daughter is admitted to the university, Scott and Kate Johansen are the happiest parents and they want to support the dreams and promising future of their daughter, Alex. Soon, enthusiastic parents discover that they no longer have enough money to make their daughter go to university. They become desperate to regain lost money, so that their daughter can follow their dream of studying, even if this involves tackling a dangerous and out-of-law path. As for their daughter Alex, they are willing to do whatever is necessary, Scott and Kate decide to start a deal with an illegal casino in the basement of their home with the help of their neighbor Frank. However, their business becomes a harrowing of peripetials, testing their limits and the patience to get what they want...

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First They Killed My Father

Cambodian author Loung Ung, a real survivor of the country’s dictatorship of terror and the Khmer Rouge, tells the horrors he suffered during the terrifying government. The story begins in Cambodia in the early 1970s, when the violent regime of the Khmer Rouge government came to power and assaulted the city of Phnom Penh, where Ung’s father worked as a government official. The Ung family was forced to flee to the jungle, and separated from Loung, who was eventually placed in a camp for orphans, where he became a child soldier forced to fight invading Vietnamese. Soon, a four-year reign of terror and genocide begins, in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die...

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