• История одинокого мальчика / Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone. 1965.
     
    Chronicle of a Boy Alone is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin, who's been abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state-run orphanage, it's also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well-intentioned fools. Inside the harsh confines of the supposedly beneficial institution, Polin and his fellow inmates must deal with constant physical and psychological abuse by the staff, as well as the natural emotional tensions brought on by their own burgeoning adolescence. But through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive with optimistic talk of freedom and bold plans of escape. One day, when the opportunity finally arises, and Polin learns that freedom, too, has its price.
    Director: Leonardo Favio.
    Cast: Diego Puente, Tino Pascali, Cacho Espíndola, Victoriano Moreira, Beto Gianola, Leonardo Favio, María Vaner, Elcira Olivera Garcés, María Luisa Robledo, Hugo Arana, Carlos Lucero, Amadeo Sáenz Valiente, Juan Castro.
    Argentina, 1965.
    Language: Spanish.
    Subtitles: English, Russian.
    История одинокого мальчика / Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone. 1965.
     Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone. 1965.
     
     
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  • Это особенное лето / Kid Svensk. 2007.The year is 1984. It's summer, and the rebellious 12-year-old girl Kid wants to stay in Gothenburg, but her mother has other plans. Kid discovers that summer vacation in Finland isn't as bad as first feared. In a few hot weeks she discovers her dawning sexuality, and experience her first crush.
    Director: Nanna Huolman.

    Cast: Mia Saarinen, Milka Ahlroth, Jim Rautiainen, Mari Rantasila, Agnes Sörensen, Kalle Ekdahl, Jonna Ekdahl, Ralph Carlsson, Mats Blomgren, Linnea Cart-Lamy, Malin Myrehag, Claudia Takkinen Salonen, Morgan Alling.
    Finland, Sweden, 2007.
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    Это особенное лето / Kid Svensk. 2007.
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  • Дитя любви / Liebeskind / Love Child. 2005.After five years of leaving her and her mother Barbara to work as a doctor abroad, 17-year-old Alma sees her father Fred at a subway station in Berlin. She finds his job, makes contact with him, and starts to spend time with him. Soon the feelings of both go beyond a father-daughter relationship. They begin to feel erotically attracted to each other..
    Director: Jeanette Wagner.

     Cast: Anna Fischer, Lutz Blochberger, Radik Golovkov, Viviane Bartsch, Suzanne Vogdt, Anton Rattinger, Kathrin Enenkel, Jörg Rathjen, Sooji Kang, Armin Marewski, Roman Matthäus.
    Germany, 2005.

    Language: German.
    Subtitles: Russian, English.
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  • Вороны / Wrony / The Crows. 1994.
     PL. Film Doroty Kędzierzawskiej traktuje przede wszystkim o potrzebie miłości. Bohaterkami są dwie fascynujące, małe dziewczynki. Kędzierzawska często pracująca z dziećmi tak o tym mówi: "Myślę, że trudniej porozumiewać się z dorosłymi, którzy udają, zakładają maski. Dziecko jest szczere: jeśli jest złe to krzyczy, płacze i tupie nogami, jeśli jest głodne - mówi, że chce jeść. Dorośli nie są tak otwarci." "Wrony" to opowieść o samotnej dziewczynce, która pozbawiona czułości matki, porywając inną, młodszą od siebie dziewczynkę wchodzi w rolę matki, tak jak sobie tę rolę wyobraża. Wielkością filmu nie jest postawienie diagnozy społecznej. Problem społeczno-psychologiczny opowiedziany został w innej, z pozoru obcej diagnozom socjologicznym poetyce. Bohaterka filmu porusza się w niezwykłej, poetycznej przestrzeni miasta i w obszarze nieograniczonego obszaru morza. Wolność małej pozwala jej w "magiczny" sposób anektować każdą przestrzeń. Porywając inną małą "wronę", z resztą za jej przyzwoleniem, przeżywają jednodniową przygodę. Kiedyś M. Tournier, wielki wielbiciel dzieci, utrzymywał, że dziecko w sposób naturalny odwraca się od rodziców, kierując się ku podbojom świata zewnętrznego. Reżyserka sytuuje obie bohaterki zarówno w krajobrazie Kultury (miasto), jak i Natury (plaża i morze); z tym, że niezwykłe dzieci, wolne i niebezpieczne dla dorosłych zdecydowanie lepiej egzystują w świecie Natury. Ten typ myślenia jest jedną z uniwersalnych figur wyobraźni naszego widzenia dzieci. Bez wątpienia Dorota Kędzierzawska, tak jak L. Carroll uwielbia dzieci "z wyjątkiem małych chłopców." nagrody:Nagroda Specjalna Jury na FPFF Gdynia 1994; nagroda główna za zdjęcia na MFF "Camerimage" Toruń 1994 
    EN. A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining a lover or is asleep. One morning, Crow sees a chubby, cherubic child hugged by both parents as the father leaves for work. When the toddler is left alone, Crow lifts her through the fence and kidnaps her. That day, Crow tries to mother the child, alternately playing with and scolding her, taking her to the beach, leaving shore in a boat, pushing her into the sea in a pique, and eventually carrying the sleeping child back home. Crow returns to her own mother and asks for affection.
    Director: Dorota Kędzierzawska.
    Cast: Karolina Ostrożna, Katarzyna Szczepanik, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Anna Prucnal, Krzysztof Grabarczyk, Agnieszka Pilaszewska, Antoni Majak, Paul Verkade, Marek Bukowski, Katarzyna Gajewska.
    Poland, 1994.
    Language: Polish.
    Subtitles: Russian.
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  • Обнажённое детство / L'enfance nue / Naked Childhood.A 10-year-old boy feels unwanted when his mother places him in a home for wayward children. He goes to a foster home where a family of workers finds him to be too much for them. When the unruly child discovers the family plans to give up on him, he drowns their daughter's cat in retaliation. He is sent to another home where he is cared for by an elderly couple. The boy takes to the woman, a kindly grandmother who reaches out to the disturbed boy. His deliberate disobedience lessens somewhat in his new environment, but he is arrested after throwing bolts at cars from a bridge. The boy tries to overcome his mother's rejection and struggles to boost his self image in this childhood drama. 
    Director: Maurice Pialat.
    Cast: Michel Terrazon, Linda Gutenberg, Raoul Billerey, Pierrette Deplanque, Marie-Louise Thierry, René Thierry, Henri Puff, Marie Marc, Maurice Coussonneau.
    France, 1968.
    Language: French.
    Subtitles: Russian.
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    Обнажённое детство / L'enfance nue / Naked Childhood. 1968.
    L'enfance nue / Naked Childhood. 1968.
    Обнажённое детство / L'enfance nue / Naked Childhood. 1968.
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  • Дитте - дитя человеческое / Ditte menneskebarn / Ditte, Child of Man. 1946.
     DK. Ditte (Tove Maës) fødes udenfor ægteskabet, og forlades af moderen Sørine (Karen Lykkehus). Det bliver bedsteforældrene Maren (Karen Poulsen) og Søren Mand (Rasmus Ottesen) der må tage sig af Dittes opdragelse. Efter Søren er død bliver Ditte den gamle kones eneste trøst og støtte. Det er den lille piges store sorg at hun ikke som andre børn har en far, så hun er lykkelig da prangeren Lars Peter (Edwin Tiemroth) skal giftes med Sørine og de skal flytter sammen. I "Skadereden" oplever vi nu Ditte som opofrende lillemor for sine tre små halvsøskende som er kommet til i mellemtiden. Fattigdommen er så trykkende at Sørine i desperation myrder sin mor, og kommer i fængsel. Nu må Ditte trods sin unge alder bære en husmoders pligter og ansvar på sine spinkle skulder. Som tiden går opstår der et varmt venskab mellem Ditte og Lars Peter. En dag dukker der en fremmed op, det viser sig at være Lars Peters bror Johannes (Ebbe Rode) der ernærer sig ved at slibe sakse og knive for godtfolket, han har store planer, men han er også noget af en taskenspiller, så han bringer dem kun bitter skuffelse. Lars Peter flytter til Lejet og får part i en båd, så Ditte må ud og tjene. Den nu halvvoksne og blide Ditte kommer i tjeneste som pige på Bakkegården. Den karaktersvage søn Karl (Preben Neergård), som er under tøflen af sin mor Karen Bakkegaard (Maria Garland), forelsker Ditte sig i og indleder et forhold til ham, med det resultat at hun bliver gravid. Da Karls mor opdager dette, bliver hun rasende og jager Ditte af gårde. Dybt ulykkeligt søger hun hjem til Lars Peter, den kærlige stedfar som egentlig er det eneste der nogensinde har forstået hende. Dittes mor er i mellemtiden blevet løsladt fra fængslet, Ditte skal nu starte en ny tilværelse, hvor hun skal forsøge at tilgive og hjælpe sin mor. Trods det at hun stadig kun er et barn, bærer Ditte allerede et barn under sit hjerte.
    EN. Ditte grows up with her grandparents. When the mother moves with Lars Peter, Ditte is taken home to take care of her siblings. She comes to work at Bakkegården, but is thrown out as she awaits children. 
    Director: Bjarne Henning-Jensen.
    Cast: Tove Maës, Karen Poulsen, Ebbe Langberg, Rasmus Ottesen, Lars Henning-Jensen, Karen Lykkehus, Jette Kehlet, Edvin Tiemroth, Ebbe Rode, Henny Lindorff Buckhøj.
    Denmark, Nordisk Film, 1946.
    Language: Danish, Russian.
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  • Обнажённая магия / Magia nuda / Mondo Magic. 1975.
    This film is about tribes in Africa and South America who turn toward magic as a means of survival and way of life. The Mundari tribe in Africa herd cattle but do not slaughter them for meat. They make use of the cattle urine as an insect repellent and shower underneath their cows. They also use the dung as a body covering to further thwart insects and pest. The cattle are so prized to the Mundari that they are treated as a member of the family and a number of Mundari are shown puffing into the cattle's vagina to encourage an early birth. A hunt is then shown where the Mundari are able to bring down mighty Elephants and Giraffes with ease. Yet unlike sport hunters they hunt merely for survival and pay respect to the beast before eating them. The Dinka tribe is another group who praise their cattle but they bleed the cows and mix it in their milk to help sustain tribes during periods of hunger. They also migrate to different areas along the Nile as to not over consume their pastures. The camera then moves to the South American continent where The Yanawana people are shown in their full glory. They sleep in simple hammocks and allow their dogs every freedom. One woman is even shown suckling a puppy along with her own child. Hunters prepare to catch their meal and a feast of spiders, crab and tapir is enjoyed by all. The Yanawana hold a gathering each year where the shamans drink a mixture of the crushed skulls of their dead shamans to transfer the soul and release it to the heavens. Psychic healers in the Philippines are shown next, they appear to do surgery without leaving scars and impress those around them. Christians are then shown self inflicting wounds as a form of penance to their saints. The cameras move back to Africa where children in Ethiopia have their Uvula removed for no real reason known to us. An Arab woman takes her daughter to a woman called a Marabou and has her checked to insure she is still pure, others use her services to heal themselves with holy messages from the Koran. The final scene has a tribe which takes woman and uses them as fertility gods, they help insure fertility and a big family.
    Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni.
    Cast: Mac Mauro Smith (Narrator).
    Italy, 1975.

    Language: Russian (Italian).
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  • Aksharaya / A Letter of Fire. 2005.
    A 12-year old boy (Isham Samzudeen) is accused of the murder of one Courtseen. His father was a retired judge (Ravindra Randeniya) and his mother (Piyumi Samaraweera) was also a famous magistrate. The movie depicted a controversial scene where child and his mother both get into a bathtub nude. After the child overcomes the initial shock of seeing her mother completely nude, insists on breastfeeding - a request which then the mother forcefully turns down. The film was banned due to issues of incest, murder, rape and contempt of court.
    Director: Asoka Handagama.
    Cast: Isham Samzudeen, Piyumi Samaraweera, Ravindra Randeniya, Saumya Liyanage, Jayani Senanayake, Prasannajith Abesuriya, Somasiri Alakolange, Deshith Gamage, Gayani Gisanthika, Dinithi Sevwandi.
    France, Sri Lanka, 2005.
    Language: ... 
    Subtitles: English.
    Aksharaya / A Letter of Fire. 2005.
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  • Dorsvloer vol confetti. 2014.
     1. To be Chosen, that is the most important life goal in the strict-religious environment of Katelijne. For her though, reading and stories are much more important. Is she thus risking her "Grace period"?
    2. Dorsvloer vol Confetti tells the story of young Katelijne, who grows up in a religious family in the countryside in Zeeland. Based on the novel by Franca Treur.
    Director: Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab.
    Cast: Hendrikje Nieuwerf, Suzan Boogaerdt, Steven van Watermeulen, Yannick de Waal, Tom van Kessel, Marie Louise Stheins, Genio de Groot, Beate Uma Haije.
    Netherlands, Belgium, 2014.
    Language: Dutch.
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  • Красная вишня / Hong ying tao / Red Cherry. 1995.
     
    It is 1940. Chuchu and Luo Xiaoman are Chinese students who have been sent to study in Moscow, at the International School. She is 13; he is 12. Xiaoman is from Yanan, Mao's base after the Long March; Chuchu had seen her father executed by Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang. The youngsters fit in well and learn to speak Russian... A large group of students, including Chuchu, leave for summer camp in Byelorussia accompanied by their teacher, Miss Vera. Xiaoman remains behind... The Nazis invade the Soviet Union. Moscow remains unoccupied. Xiaoman takes a job delivering condolence letters to soldiers' families. At one apartment, he finds a mother has died. Her very young daughter, Nadia, has not realized it... The summer camp is occupied by Germans. Miss Vera is murdered. One of the Russian boys, Carl, is half-German, and helps the others to escape. They are quickly recaptured. Chuchu and several other students are sent by Gen. von Dietrich to work as servants at Nazi headquarters in the Yakovliv Monastery. The general is also a medical doctor with a peculiar hobby, tattooing...
    Director: Daying Ye.
    Cast: Ke-Yu Guo, Hsiao-Ling Hsu, Vladmill Nizmiroff, Ervant Arzumanyan, Anzhela Belyanskaya, S. Butenko, Natalia Krachkovskaya, Sergey Kulikov, Pavel Ledogorov.
    China, 1995.
    Language: Russian, Mandarin.
    Subtitles: English.
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  • Boys and girls alone. 2009.
     Ten boys and ten girls, aged between eight and eleven, are given the chance to experience life without adults for two weeks.
    An ambitious four-part documentary series sees ten boys and ten girls aged between eight and eleven being given the chance to experience life without mum and dad for two weeks. Living in two 'villages' and separated on gender lines, they decide everything about how they live - what they do, what they eat, when they get up, whether they clean and wash and how they organise and entertain themselves.
    Who will cope best without mum and dad? And who will build the better world - boys or girls?
    Episode 1:
    In the first programme, the children arrive in their exciting new surroundings and get to know each other. With comfy beds, and stocks of food, necessities and toys, there's everything they could need to have a...
    Episode 2:
    After only three days of adventure, the boys - most of who can't cook - are wet, hungry and missing their mums. Meanwhile, the girls have gone from baking cakes to splitting into warring gangs. Looking on, their...
    Episode 3:
    Last week the children struggled with money, and their self-appointed leaders faced revolution. Now they have a new challenge: a two-day camping trip in the great outdoors.
    Episode 4:
    The boys and girls face their biggest test: living with the opposite sex. It's not a prospect that thrills everyone - and as the girls make a grab for space they test their limits of the boys' hospitality...
    Director: Mark Henderson, Martin Fuller.
    United Kingdom, Channel4, 2009.
    Language: English.
    Boys and girls alone. 2009.
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  • Дом / A Casa / The House.
     The House was reviewed a little less favorably than Bartas' earlier films (regular cinemagoers having given up long ago), but personally I found it his most beautiful film yet.
    Bartas does tend to repeat himself, it's true. Reviewers love his grim shadowscapes, shot in B/W, of anonymous, more or less lonely, drunk or disheveled men and women stumbling through a haze of cold forests, smoky houses and city wastelands in seemingly arbitrarily fashion - but even they get, I assume, weary of it.
    (Contrary to what you might think based on the above, there is nothing gothic about Bartas' depressed realities; and he himself insists, whenever somebody dares suggest a socio-political interpretation, there's nothing Soviet about it either. It's existential. No matter, to me his 'The Corridor' still serves as a brilliant visual summary of the comfortless, hopeless human condition of the former Soviet Union).
    But The House, the way I experienced it in any case, showed a whole new step. Not just because there was some color. But because abstract, surrealist scenes of indulgence - eating, caressing - and a suggested presence of tales about the house were added to the mere stumbling in the dark, making the film sensual, almost, without ever lessening the impact of how lost (these) people seem.
    More than that. Having suspended, first, your urge to recognize or follow any story line, then, even, your urge to formulate any analysis or interpretation of the images he's providing you with - by the time you're just looking at what you see and *feeling* - suddenly you find yourself watching at a fire outside, on the ice in the lake, and there is a glow, and even the sound of unexplained fireworks, and although it's still lonely, it's *pretty*, and you - well, I was, in any case - are moved, sincerely moved.
    Director: Šarūnas Bartas.
    Cast: Francisco Nascimento, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alex Descas, Leos Carax, Oksana Chernych, Viktorija Nareiko, Eugenija Sulgaite, Leonardas Zelcius, Ingrida Kucinskaite.
    France, Portugal, Lithuania, 1997.
    Language: Lithuanian.
    Subtitles: Russian.
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  • Джек / Jack. 2014.
     DE. Jack ist zehn Jahre alt und noch nicht lange im Heim. Es ist Sommer. Die Vorfreude auf die Ferien ist gross. Doch am letzten Schultag wird er nicht abgeholt. Seine Mutter Sanna (26) ruft an und vertrostet ihn. Jack bleibt mit Danilo und den Erziehern allein zuruck. Es kommt zum Streit, bei dem er seinen Mitbewohner verletzt. Verangstigt lauft er nach Hause, um Schutz bei seiner Mutter zu suchen. Doch niemand macht ihm die Tur auf. Sanna ist nicht da. Nachdem Jack seinen sechsjahrigen Bruder Manuel von einer Freundin abgeholt hat, machen sie sich gemeinsam auf die Suche nach ihrer Mutter. Uber mehrere Tage ziehen sie durch die Stadt und folgen ihrer Spur. Dabei scheint es niemandem aufzufallen, dass sie ganz allein sind.?Eines Nachts brennt wieder Licht in ihrer Wohnung. Jack und Manuel rennen nach Hause, wo ihre Mutter sie in die Arme schliesst. Gemeinsam essen sie zu Abend. Jack versucht sich mitzuteilen, doch Sanna hort nicht zu. Ein Film uber die Reise eines Jungen, der fruh gelernt hat Verantwortung zu ubernehmen. Am Ende uberrascht er uns mit einer Entscheidung, die uns mit ihrem Mut den Spiegel vorhalt.
    EN. For JACK, having a family is the most important thing in the world. Then, one day, his mother disappears. Together with his younger brother MANUEL, he embarks on a journey to find her... the journey of a boy who has learnt from an early age to take responsibility. In the end, his brave and startling decision holds up a mirror to all of us.
    Director: Edward Berger.
    Cast: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Patrick Sommeburg, Leon Furstenau, Maurice Martin, Johann Fohl, Luise Heyer, Odine Johne, Johannes Hendrik Langer, Jacob Matschenz, Nele Mueller-Stofen, Vincent Redetzki, Sebastian Stielke, Justine Ewerth, Dolunay Bales, Michael Sideris, Daniela Holts, Stefan Mies, Christian Sengewald.
    Germany,  2014.
    Language: German.
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