29th WFF

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films seen on 29th Warsaw Film Festival 11-20.X.2013

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1. The Gambler (2013)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

Paramedic Vincentas is a passionate gambler, who is forced to make radical decisions to return the debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Love, life and death will be at stake.

Director: Ignas Jonynas | Stars: Vytautas Kaniusonis, Oona Mekas, Rimas Blockis, Giedre Giedraityte

Votes: 1,529

11.X.2013; 11:00; IC (international Competition);+;;N2;IC Yury Special Award;

2. The International Criminal Court (2013)

86 min | Documentary

Shot in the style of a legal thriller, the documentary "The International Criminal Court" relates how the first internationally legitimated criminal court was founded in 2002, and how it ... See full summary »

Directors: Michele Gentile, Marcus Vetter | Stars: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Fatou Bensouda, Adrian Fulford, Benjamin Ferencz

Votes: 43

11.X.2013; 14:00; DOC (Documentary);+;;N2;;

3. Much Better Than You (2013)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

In an urban comedy, Cristobal (40), a father and businessman, sees how his wife is awarded a scholarship and moves to Spain, wanting to take him and their children along with her. ... See full summary »

Director: Che Sandoval | Stars: Sebastián Brahm, Antonella Costa, Nicolás Alaluf, Catalina Zahri

Votes: 131

11.X.2013; 16:00; FS (Free Spirit);+;;N2;FS Yury Award;

4. The Spider's Lair (2013)

TV-MA | 101 min | Drama

A man, Greg, whose going past his heyday as a bodybuilder and facing problems both with his quarreling parents and over-bearing girlfriend turns to conning people for money using a made-up ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Paul Laxamana | Stars: Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion, Kiko Matos

Votes: 28

11.X.2013; 18:45; 1-2 [1st 2nd movie];+;director;N2;;

5. AKP: Job 27 (2013)

114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Yakuza hitman travels to North America for his 27th job, only to find lingering memories of lost love through a chance encounter with a beautiful prostitute.

Director: Michael L. Suan | Stars: Tyce Francois, Roxanne Prentice, Kelly Fedonni, Curt Wu

Votes: 33

11.X.2013; 21:00; FS;+;director;N2;;

6. Harmony Lessons (2013)

120 min | Drama

Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat.

Director: Emir Baigazin | Stars: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova

Votes: 837

12.X.2013; 9:30; ODK (Discoveries);+;;N2;NETPAC Award;

7. Love Is Blind (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

Kertu s life is totally spoiled by an overbearing father, until she opens her heart to an unlikely dream lover.

Director: Ilmar Raag | Stars: Ursula Ratasepp, Mait Malmsten, Leila Säälik, Külliki Saldre

Votes: 857

12.X.2013; 11:00; IC;+;;N2;;-late

8. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 12,481 | Gross: $0.36M

12.X.2013; 13:30; X (World Today);+;;N2;;

9. Trap Street (2013)

93 min | Drama

In a southern city of China, a digital mapping surveyor encounters a mysterious woman on an unmappable street.

Director: Vivian Qu | Stars: Yulai Lü, Wenchao He, Yong Hou, Xiaofei Zhao

Votes: 193

12.X.2013; 16:00; IC;+;producer;N2;;

10. The Major (I) (2013)

99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In a car accident, a policeman accidentally killed a child. The other cops are trying to hush up the case.

Director: Yuriy Bykov | Stars: Denis Shvedov, Yuriy Bykov, Irina Nizina, Ilya Isaev

Votes: 3,144

12.X.2013; 18:30; PS (Special Screening);+;;N2;;

11. Zhazhda (2013)

102 min | Drama, War

Young Chechnya war veteran alienates himself from his friends and family because of his burned face. When he has to help find his war-time friend, he manages to get back to life again.

Director: Dmitriy Tyurin | Stars: Mikhail Grubov, Sergey Lavygin, Nikita Ostrikov, Aleksey Guskov

Votes: 128

12.X.2013; 21:00; IC;+;;N2;;

12. Soguk (2013)

105 min | Drama

Three Russian sisters work in a tavern in Kars, a city in the east of Turkiye. Two brothers who live in the same city go to that tavern. Elder of the brothers who is married works as a ... See full summary »

Director: Ugur Yücel | Stars: Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Valeriya Skorokhodova, Julia Vaniukova, Sebnem Bozoklu

Votes: 362

13.X.2013; 9:30; ODK;+;;N2;;

13. Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, Agustín Silva

Votes: 7,668 | Gross: $0.19M

13.X.2013; 11:30; ODK;+;;N2;;

14. Paat (2013)

77 min | Crime, Drama

In a city where owning a dog is illegal, a man facing marital problems takes care of a German shepherd named Paat. When the man is brutally murdered by his wife, Paat runs away, setting off for the big city.

Director: Amir Toodehroosta | Stars: Saed Soheili, Mostafa Sasani, Sonia Sanjari, Negar Hasanzadeh

Votes: 41

13.X.2013; 13:30; IC;+;;N2;;

15. In God We Trust (2013)

82 min | Documentary

Eleanor Squillari went to work every day believing she was working for a great company, a great man. For twenty-five years she sat 15 feet from Bernard L. Madoff as his personal secretary. ... See full summary »

Directors: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek | Stars: Victor Kubicek, Andrew Madoff, Bernie Madoff, Ruth Madoff

Votes: 22

13.X.2013; 16:30; XX (World Today DOX);+;;N2;;

16. Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 14,590 | Gross: $0.03M

13.X.2013; 18:30; ODK;+;;N2;;marvelous opening scene

17. Senotaji (2013)


Peter is the most ordinary person. He lives with his controlling mother and spends his days at the office, where he is the butt of his colleagues' jokes. All goes well till his sexually ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ivars Tontegode | Stars: Mareks Balmanis, Dace Eversa, Bruno Henry, Kristians Karelins

Votes: 53

13.X.2013; 21:00; FS;+;;N2;;

18. 10%: What Makes a Hero? (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Award-winning director Yoav Shamir (Defamation, Checkpoint) sets out on an entertaining and insightful international quest, exploring the notion of heroism through a multi-faceted lens. ... See full summary »

Director: Yoav Shamir | Stars: Yoav Shamir, Philip Zimbardo

Votes: 544

14.X.2013; 11:00; DOC;+;;N2;;

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH (Polish Shorts);+;;N2;;

20. Darling (2013)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Izabela Plucinska | Stars: Kathrin Angerer, Theo Vadersen

Votes: 10

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH;+;;N2;;

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH;+;;N2;;

22. The Big Leap (2013)

13 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Three people meet at the top of a skyscraper. They have the same intention - to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly deepens when they discover that they all... See full summary »

Director: Kristoffer Rus | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Tilly Scott Pedersen, Gustaf Skarsgård

Votes: 40

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH;+;director;N2;;

23. Danse macabre (2013)

5 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Malgorzata Rzanek

Votes: 5

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH;+;director;N2;;

24. The Mother (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama

Malgorzata - an important politician - is going to her home at the lake. Her son - a drug addict - needs her help. Malgorzata is asking her daughter for her support. At home they find ... See full summary »

Director: Lukasz Ostalski | Stars: Danuta Stenka, Magdalena Czerwinska, Rafal Fudalej, Paulina Szostak

Votes: 29

14.X.2013; 14:00; PSH;+;director;N2;;

25. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,804 | Gross: $0.38M

14.X.2013; 16:30; DOC;+;;N2; Doc Yury Award;

26. After the Night (2013)

99 min | Action

Straight out of jail, Sombra returns to his life as a drug dealer in the creole slum of Lisbon. In between the money he has lent and can't get back, the money he owes, a fanciful iguana, an... See full summary »

Director: Basil da Cunha | Stars: Ana Clara Baptista de Melo Soares Barros, Susana Maria Mendes da Costa, José Zeferino da Cruz, Pedro Armando Delgado Piedade

Votes: 106

14.X.2013; 18:30; X;+;;N2;;

27. The Somali Project (2013)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, News

For 18 months, an Emmy- and Peabody-winning film team risked life and limb to document one of the most audacious (and troubled) military mission ever imagined - a ground-up anti-piracy ... See full summary »

Directors: Shawn Efran, Adam Ciralsky

Votes: 24

14.X.2013; 21:30; XX;+;;N2;;

28. My Dog Killer (2013)

90 min | Drama

In the absence of a true family, a young skinhead lets his life revolve around his cherished pit bull dog.

Director: Mira Fornay | Stars: Irena Bendová, Patrik Czanik, Ladislav Dirda, Emilia Dirdová

Votes: 303

15.X.2013; 9:30; ODK;+;director;N2;;

29. The Golden Dream (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez | Stars: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon

Votes: 4,201

15.X.2013; 11:30; ODK;+;;N2;;

30. Le bonheur (2013)

87 min | Drama

Alice is 30 years old and lives a simple, uncomplicated life. She is happy, or at least thinks she is. This illusion comes crashing down when she meets Jean by chance and her existence is ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrice Grange | Stars: Julie Wingens, Stéphane Prévost, Sophie Fougère, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 8

15.X.2013; 13:45; 1-2;+;;N2;;

31. On the Job (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials.

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez

Votes: 2,381 | Gross: $0.16M

15.X.2013; 16:30; PS;+;;N2;;

32. Ummah - Unter Freunden (2013)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

After killing two skinheads in a failed operation against NeoNazis, young undercover intelligence agent Daniel finds a hiding place and new friends in Berlins Turkish Arab community. ... See full summary »

Director: Cüneyt Kaya | Stars: Tamer Arslan, Eray Egilmez, Claudia Eisinger, Katharina Heyer

Votes: 412

15.X.2013; 18:45; 1-2;+;director,producer,operator;N2;;

33. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 48,935 | Gross: $3.83M

15.X.2013; 21:00; IC;+;director,actress,operator;N2;Ecummenical Yury Award,Warsaw Grand Prix;

34. Witness (VI) (2012)

96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Song borrows a sum of money from Ping to run a noodle restaurant with his family. To take over Song's restaurant, Ping raises the interest which is impossible for Song to pay back. Just on ... See full summary »

Directors: Zehao Gao, Jingwei Zhang | Stars: Jack Kao, Hsiao-Kuo Chia, Shanshan Chunyu, He Du

Votes: 12

16.X.2013; 9:30; ODK;+;;N2;;

35. The Kill Team (2013)

R | 79 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal story: Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Krauss | Stars: Adam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield, Alaina Winfield

Votes: 1,124

16.X.2013; 11:00; DOC;+;;N2;;

36. Kids Return: The Reunion (2013)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Set 10 years after "Kids Return." Shinji and Masaru have graduated from high school with different paths in their lives. Shinji attempted to become boxer and Masaru a yakuza. They both tried to rise to the top of their respective fields.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Yûta Hiraoka, Takahiro Miura, Bengal, Shinpei Ichikawa

Votes: 42

16.X.2013; 13:30; IC;+;director;N2;;

37. Tangerines (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War

73 Metascore

In 1992, war rages in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. An Estonian man Ivo has decided to stay behind and harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo takes him in.

Director: Zaza Urushadze | Stars: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi

Votes: 34,946 | Gross: $0.14M

16.X.2013; 16:00;IC;+;;N2;Viewers Award, Best Director Award; went to Q&A 19.X. 15:30

38. Concrete Night (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Stars: Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak

Votes: 989

16.X.2013; 18:30;IC;+;director,producer,actors;N2;;

39. Distant (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Drama

DISTANT is a film that is made up of 13 sections, each comprised of a single long take. Each section tells a story about distance between different time and space, focusing on the subtle ... See full summary »

Director: Zhengfan Yang

Votes: 14

16.X.2013; 21:00; FS;+;;N2;;

40. Love Building (2013)

85 min | Comedy

Love Building is a camp designed to mend broken relationships. 14 couples in the program have 7 days to re-design their love lives. But the 3 trainers meant to assist them have problems of their own and things gradually get out of hand.

Director: Iulia Rugina | Stars: Dorian Boguta, Dragos Bucur, Emil Ciuchi, Eugen Matei Lumezianu

Votes: 548

17.X.2013; 9:30; ODK;+;director;N2;;

41. Paradise for the Damned (2013)

85 min | Drama, Thriller

We all want to have a family. He is the only one willing to kill to get one.

Director: Alejandro Montiel | Stars: Joaquín Furriel, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Maricel Álvarez

Votes: 66

17.X.2013; 11:00;IC;+;director,actor,producer;N2;;

42. De Nieuwe Wereld (2013)

85 min | Drama

A chance meeting between a Dutch cleaner and an African asylum seeker leads to an unexpected relationship and two extraordinary weeks.

Director: Jaap van Heusden | Stars: Tarikh Janssen, Issaka Sawadogo, Janni Goslinga, Saskia Temmink

Votes: 269

17.X.2013; 13:30; X;+;;N2;;

43. Ballkoni (2013)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Jeton, a 10-year-old boy is sitting on the edge of a balcony on the 4th floor. Neighbors and passers-by, terrified by this situation, call the police and firefighters for help. But the situation quickly becomes unmanageable.

Director: Lendita Zeqiraj | Stars: Osman Ahmeti, Arben Bajraktaraj, Mejreme Berisha, Avni Dalipi

Votes: 185

17.X.2013; 16:00; SHD;+;director,producer;N2;;

44. The Exhibition (2013)

30 min | Short, Comedy

The film tells about a small museum, where the economic boom has not yet arrived. It appears as if time has stopped in this national museum, a museum which should serve as a show window for... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Beganyi, Andrej Kolencik | Stars: Jan Budar, Dana Kosicka, Miro Kristofcak, Emil Lehota

Votes: 9

17.X.2013; 16:00; SHD;+;;N2;;

45. Penny Dreadful (2013)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A novice crook gets involved in a ransom plot, but winds up kidnapping the wrong girl.

Director: Shane Atkinson | Stars: Oona Laurence, David H. Stevens, Marnie Schulenburg, Rick Zahn

Votes: 210

17.X.2013; 16:00; SHD;+;;N2;;

46. Summer Vacation (2012)

22 min | Short, Drama, Romance