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JEAN RENOIR
Jean Renoir remains one of the most highly regarded of film directors, a creative genius whose films reveal an exceptional humanity and encompass a remarkable range (farce, satire, tragedy, policier, classic literature, history...). His auteurist approach to film-making has inspired generations of independent film makers, most notably the New Wave directors of the 1960s. Chaplin described Jean Renoir as the greatest director in the world - a sentiment which many film enthusiasts share

Boudu Saved from Drowning/Boudu sauvé des eaux

France/85min/1932
Direction: Jean Renoir

One of Renoir’s earliest masterpieces and perhaps his funniest film, Boudu is a rowdy social satire built around Michel Simon’s most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu. Boudu is a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois (Charles Granval). Taken in by The Lestingois family, the irrepressible bum responds with gleefully boorish ingratitude, disrupting his rescuer’s household, grabbing its women, and smashing and/or soiling everything he can get his hands on. Renoir’s invigoratingly slapdash style mixes deep-focus effects, theatrical artifice, and lovely impressionistic glimpses of Paris and its river. The film-maker takes advantage of a host of Parisian locations and the anarchic charms of his lead actor to create an effervescent satire of the bourgeoisie.

Vanishing Corporal, The/Le caporal épinglé

France/90min/1962
Direction:Jean Renoir

June, 1940. In a German prisoner-of-war camp in North-East France, three soldiers are united by their desire to escape and return to their ordinary civilian lives. They are a middle-class corporal, a myopic intellectual, Ballochet, and an ordinary working class man nicknamed Pater. Their first attempt fails, thanks to Ballochet losing his spectacles. When the corporal plans another getaway, he finds that one of his chums isn't interested anymore. The corporal and Pater try again – and again. Although the corporal comes close to finding his freedom, his good luckalways runs out at the last moment. Ultimately, the three soldiers find themselves in a German disciplinary camp, but their resolve to escape remains as strong as ever. The Elusive Corporal is a return to the themes of freedom and personal dignity inherent in Jean Renoir's earlier La Grande Illusion (1938).

Toni

France/81min/1935
Direction: Jean Renoir
Using only real backgrounds and mostly nonprofessional actors, among whom the crew lived for a period of time, it is considered by many (including Renoir) as a landmark in French film-making. The use of directlyrecorded sound, lack of make-up, a large ensemble cast of local citizens in supporting roles, and Renoir’s steadfast desire to avoid melodrama led to Toni also being labeled “the first ‘neorealist’ film”. Shot in Provence as a production of Marcel Pagnol’s studio in Marseille, the story concerns an immigrant Spanish farm worker, Toni, and his relations with two women, one who loves him, one whom he loves. Made in 1934 on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Toni captures the spirit of fraternity and fatalism with which Renoir viewed the working classes of the thirties. Renoir’s vision of realism approaches a purity sometimes found in documentary, whilst retaining the literary power and emotion of Balzac, Flaubert and Zola.

La Bête Humaine

France/100min/1938
Direction: Jean Renoir

One of Renoir’s popular films, La Bête Humaine also earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir’s La Bête humaine is part poetic realism, part film noir, and a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman. The story centers on a train engineer Jacques Lantier who lusts after Séverine Roubaud, the wife of his coworker Roubaud. Roubaud discovers that his young wife,
Séverine, has been seduced by her godfather, the wealthy Grandmorin. Jealous, Roubaud forces Séverine to assist in the murder of Grandmorin during a train journey. The murder is witnessed by a railway worker, Jacques Lantier, but he keeps quiet because he is in love with Séverine. Disgusted by what her husband has done, Séverine has an affair with Lantier and pleads with him to kill her cruel husband. Little does she know that Lantier also has a dark secret.

French Cancan

France/102min/1954
Direction: Jean Renoir

Set in 1890s Paris, Henri Danglard is the owner of a cafe, which has his mistress, Lola, as a belly dancer. Losing money, Henri finds himself in Montmartre and finds that the old-fashioned can-can is still being performed there. Inspired, Henri comes up with a new business scheme that aims to revive the cancan, featuring a new dancer, Nini, a laundress he meets by chance. Nineteenthcentury Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan the rage, while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an Egyptian belly-dancer and a naive working girl turned cancan star. Based on the true story of Moulin Rouge founder Charles Zidler, Jean Renoir's exuberant tale of an impresario's commitment to his art is a masterpiece of Technicolor brilliance, which features luminaries of the 1950s Parisian cafe-concert scene, Edith Piaf and Patachou, as period artistes. The film is a celebration of life, art and the City of Light.

Experiment in Evil/Le testament du Docteur Cordelier

France/95min/1959
Direction: Jean Renoir

Dr. Cordelier, an eminent psychiatrist who has withdrawn from society to pursue his secret research into the functioning of the human brain, resides in a large house in a respectable suburb of Paris. His lifelong friend, lawyer Joly, becomes concerned when Cordelier draws up a will in which he bequeaths his entire estate to a stranger, Monsieur Opale. When Joly discovers that Opale is a misshapen, sadistic brute, who willfully attacks children and women, he cannot understand why Cordelier defends him, allowing him sanctuary in his house. After Opale kills a colleague of Dr. Cordelier, Joly has no other option but to confront Cordelier, convinced that he is under the influence of the evil Opale. In Cordelier’s laboratory, Joly discovers the terrible truth to his friend’s strange behavior.
Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio is an Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor.Born in Bobbio, near Piacenza, Marco Bellochio had a strict Catholic upbringing – his father was a lawyer, his mother a schoolteacher.He began studying philosophy in Milan but then decided to enter film school, making his first film, Fists in the Pocket funded by family members and shot on family property, in 1965.

Devil in the Flesh/Diavolo in corpo

Italy/114min/1986
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Fists in the Pocket/ I Pugni in tasca

Italy/108min/1965
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Good Morning, Night/Buongiorno note

Italy/106min/2003
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Vincere

Italy/128min/2009
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Sorelle Mai/Irmãs Jamais

Italy/105min/2010
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Wedding Director/Il regista di matrimoni

Italy|France//97min/2006
Direction: Marco Bellocchio

TAKASHI MIKE
Takashi Miike is a highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over seventy theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. In the years 2001 and 2002 alone, Mike is credited with directing fifteen productions. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

13 Assasins/Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Japan/141min/2010
Direction: Takashi Mike

Audition/Ôdishon

Japan/115min/1999
Direction:Takashi Mike

Crows, The/ Kurozu zero

Japan/130min/2007
Direction: Takashi Mike

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai / Ichimei

Japan|UK/126min/2011
Direction: Takashi Mike

Shield of Straw /Wara no tate

Japan/124min/2013
Direction: Takashi Mike

Hariharan
"Hariharan is a veteran Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films. His movies mainly revolve around the cultural and relational aspects of a typical Keralite society. His notable works include Pazhassi Raja, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Sargam, Parinayam, Amrutham Gamaya and Nakhakshathangal, which won him national acclaim."

Pazhassi Raja

Malayalam/195min/2009
Direction: T. Hariharan

Panchagni

Malayalam/141min/1986
Direction:T. Hariharan

Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha

Malayalam/1976
Direction: T. Hariharan

Sarapanjaram

Malayalam/1979
Direction: T. Hariharan

Sargam

Malayalam/1992
Direction: T. Hariharan

Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha

Malayalam/168min/1989
Direction: T. Hariharan

Vellam

Malayalam/1984
Direction: T. Hariharan

CLARE DENIS
Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mithrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well. The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal. After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu. The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time.

35 Shots of Rum/35 rhums

France|Germany/100min/2008
Direction: Claire Denis

Beau Travail

France/93min/1999
Direction:clare_beutravail

Claire Denis la Vagabonde

Lifshitz/France/1995
Direction: Claire Denis

I Can't Sleep/J'ai pas sommeil

France|West Germany|Switzerland/112min/1994
Direction: Claire Denis

Intruder, The/L'intrus

France/130min/2004
Direction: Claire Denis

Jacques Rivette, the watchman

France/125min/1994
Direction: Claire Denis

No Fear, No Die/S'en fout la mort

France|West Germany/90min/1990
Direction: Claire Denis

Trouble Every Day/Amor caníbal

France|Germany|Japan/101min/2001
Direction: Claire Denis

White Material

France|Cameroon/106min/2009
Direction: Claire Denis

JEAN RENOIR
Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mithrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well. The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal. After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu. The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time.
HARUN FAROCKI
Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mithrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well. The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal. After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu. The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time.

Images of the World and the Inscription War/Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges

West Germany/75min/1989
Direction: Harun Farocki

In Comparison/Zum Vergleich

Austria|Germany/61min/2009
Direction:Harun Farocki

Serious Games

Germany/2010
Direction: Harun Farocki

Videograms of a Revolution/Videogramme einer Revolution

Ujica/Germany|Romania/106min/1992
Direction: Harun Farocki|Andrei

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