2011 December Movies

Grandma, a Thousand Times

Grandma, a Thousand Times

  • 100%
  • Unrated
  • 50 min
  • Documentary

A poetic documentary that puts a feisty Beiruti grandmother at the center of brave film exercises designed to commemorate her many worlds before they are erased by the passage of time and her eventual death. With great intimacy, the film documents the larger-than-life character Teta Fatima as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what awaits her beyond death. Meanwhile, the features of her beloved violinist husband (deceased 20 years) manifest through the face of their filmmaker grandson while his previously unpublished violin improvisations weave through her world and that of the film. It brings together grandfather, grandmother and grandson in a magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one.

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I Am Singh

I Am Singh

    • NONE
    • 127 min
    • Action

    This story is about a young Sikh named Ranveer Singh, a young, confident man settled in India. Ranveer's elder brothers are citizens of America. Ranveer's life takes a turn when he receives a call and he comes to know that one of his brothers is dead, his father is seriously injured and his other brother is missing. The cause of this is unknown. Ranveer is in a dilemma and immediately leaves for the US. He doesn't know what is in store for him. Ranveer reaches the US and tries to find out what actually happened to his family.

    Kid-Thing

    Kid-Thing

      • 83 min
      • Drama

      In the outskirts of Austin, the days of 10 year-old Annie (newcomer Sydney Aguirre) are filled with solitary mischief. Annie has no friends her age; her father (Nathan Zellner), a goat farmer-cum-demolition derby driver, does little parenting. Playing in the woods one day, she hears a plaintive call for help from a woman (Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrell) in an abandoned well. Though Annie feels driven to visit the well daily, she is unsure about how to deal with the woman's plight.

      Brothers David and Nathan Zellner have made an exciting discovery in Sydney Aguirre, an extraordinary child actor who gives Annie a rich inner life. The Zellners return to the festival for the seventh time, most recently with the acclaimed 2008 feature Goliath and last year's irreverent short Sasquatch Birth Journal 2, with this carefully observed film that is both harsh and poignant, but one that retains their idiosyncratic humor. Atmospheric and visually striking, KID-THING is a haunting fable that explores the choices an isolated child might make when left to her own morality-free devices.

      Knuckle

      Knuckle

      • 95%
      • R
      • 92 min
      • Documentary

      James Quinn McDonagh and Paddy "The Lurcher" Joyce. Names that demand attention. Men related by blood but separated by a feud that dates back generations. As the heads of rival families, they train to represent their feuding Irish travelling clans, in their long-standing history of violent bare-knuckle boxing.

      With Knuckle, filmmaker Ian Palmer presents a hard-edged portrait of Irish Traveller male culture and explores the bond of loyalty, the need for revenge, and the pressures to fight for the honor of your family name.

      Irish Travellers are normally silent about certain parts of their lifestyle and this is a rare chance to step inside one of the world's most vibrant and elusive communities. Never before has such a portrayal of their fighting traditions been committed to film as Palmer spent years around the clans before they agreed to shoot their secretive world and their way of settling scores: no gloves, no padding, just Knuckle.

      Kyteman - Now What?

      Kyteman - Now What?

        • Unrated
        • 87 min
        • Documentary

        A film on the inner urge to let go what you already have and the creative search of what follows after.

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        Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl

        Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl

          • NONE
          • 140 min
          • Comedy

          Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl movie is a fun-filled rom-com where a smooth and charming conman, Ricky Bahl, cons girls for a living but finally meets his match. Dimple Chaddha, a brash 19 year old Delhi college girl falls in love with Sunny Singh, a fitness trainer. Raina Parulekar, a 28 year old independent and successful corporate woman in Mumbai does business with an art dealer Deven Shah. Saira Rashid, a 24 year old sweet, hard working widow in Lucknow makes a new friend, the shy Iqbal Khan. Three very different girls who each get taken for a lot of money by each of these three men. The problem is that it is actually just one man - Ricky Bahl who got the looks and he's got the charm. He could have the pick of the ladies. But love isn't Ricky's priority - money is! But a chance encounter unites the three girls and, discovering the truth, they hatch a plan to get their money back. So now unsuspecting Ricky is about to meet his match in the shapely form of Ishika Desai

          Lads and Jockeys

          Lads and Jockeys

            • 100 min
            • Documentary

            In a small village near Paris, 14-year-old boys and girls enter the training center for future lads and jockeys. For these young pupils, the transition between the family environment and this new world is brutal. Though sharing the world of teenagers - flirting, cell phones and PlayStation - they enter a world where the comfort of the horses comes before that of the human. This documentary film tells the story of Steve, Florian and Flavien during their first year of apprenticeship. It leads to Flavien's first race, which officially puts him in the restricted world of jockeys.

            Les Tribulations d'une caissière

            Les Tribulations d'une caissière

              • Unrated
              • 102 min
              • Comedy

              La vie n’est pas rose tous les jours pour Solweig, caissière dans un supermarché. Mais elle garde le sourire, malgré les remarques souvent déplaisantes des clients et un chef teigneux. Peut-être grâce au blog qu’elle tient en secret, où elle s’épanche avec humour sur son quotidien difficile… Un soir, sous la neige, son destin croise celui de Charles. Le jeune homme tombe aussitôt amoureux d’elle, sans se douter qu’ils ne sont pas du même monde. Mais si un simple blog peut changer le sort de milliers de caissières, n’est-il pas permis de croire aux contes de fées ?

              London River

              London River

              • 90%
              • NONE
              • 87 min
              • Drama

              Set against the backdrop of the July 7, 2005 terrorist attacks in London, London River follows Elizabeth (BAFTA winner, Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey, as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her daughter lived. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam and she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Silver Bear winner, Sotigui Kouyaté), a West African who has come from France to find his missing son. Although they come from very different backgrounds, Elizabeth and Ousmane share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.

              Luna Mesa

                • Unrated
                • 60 min
                • Documentary

                Luna, a young beauty, is having a fling with an older man. Then she discovers him dead in a hotel room in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She believes it may be her fault. Luna finds his notebook. It is filled with cryptic messages. The book leads Luna to Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Mexico, and beyond as she tries to discover why he is dead. Finally Luna finds a run down cafe five miles from nowhere called Luna Mesa. A mystical goat farmer runs the place. He sets Luna on a new journey, one that will connect her heart with the divine.

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                Anonymous