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Ein launischer Sommer (1968)
Jiri Menzel
Czech Republic
74′
Capricious Summer is a Czechoslovak comedy directed by Jiří Menzel. It is based on the novel Rozmarné léto (Summer of Caprice) by the Czech writer Vladislav Vančura. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France. The film depicts a humorous story of three men, a colonel, a priest and a bath-keeper, during rainy summer days.
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Summer in the countryside: the passion has become a matter of contemplation for the bathhouse owner Antonín and his friends Roch and Hugo. In Jiri Menzel's comedy, they reflect on beauty and the province until the tightrope walker Arnoštek and his pretty assistant Anna arrive. "Mysteries and distraction" is the director's alter ego, who plays the tightrope dancer himself and invites us to a different time.
Paterson (2016)
Jim Jarmusch
United States
118′
Paterson is a bus driver in the city whose name her shares: Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, he drives his route and observes the city as it drifts across his windshield. During his lunch break, he writes poetry into a notebook. In contrast to Paterson's steady routine, his wife Laura's world is constantly changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project.
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The smile of a summer night. It happens that the new film of a respected director isn't that great. No problem: The last one was beautiful. It talks about the bus driver Paterson in the city of Paterson in New Jersey, who has a poetic streak and whose wife Laura loves black and white as well as Paterson. This looks contemplative like a bus ride on line 23.
In Chile the summer holidays are in our winter time, but Carla, who really sets off south from Santiago with her husband, could also be on her way in Europe - and run away. Of course there would not be this unique national park with its curly figures or the tarantula. But the feeling of change among women is global.
Aurore (2017)
Blandine Lenoir
France
90′
A French woman hits menopause, quits her job as waitress, and feels everything going downhill. But then she meets her old love from before she got married, had 2 daughters and got divorced. Is this a new beginning?This film is the story of the collective struggle to build this bridge. It is a celebration of human labour!
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Agnès Jaoui shines with wit and warmth as a woman in her prime, who can't be beaten down. Without a man and without work, but with premenopausal hot flushes and the prospect of a grandchild: Aurore does not lose humour and reinvents herself. This has an infectious effect.
Women's power everywhere: Meet Hanna, who leads a double life in Iceland as an inconspicuous woman and a relentless environmental activist with a pseudonym. Benedikt Erlingsson thus intertwines two elementary concerns of the present in a refreshing comedy.
The women's strike has moved Switzerland, the final round of the Women's World Cup is in full swing in France, reasons enough to watch "Pizza Bethlehem", a film that portrays a Swiss women's soccer team. Women's power on the ball.
A mother accuses a young teacher of assault through social media and publishes his data in order to harass him. The Brazilian feature film by Carolina Jabor impressively demonstrates the fatal consequences that the brainless use of Facebook, Twitter and Co. can have.
How about a film that can't keep us on our seats? The filmmaker observes how 2000 people come together in a summer camp, indulging in music and dancing all night long.
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
Aki Kaurismäki
Finland
103′
Marcel (André Wilms) is an impoverished Parisian poet and playwright who is evicted from his extremely modest room after he is unable to pay rent for it. While roaming the streets of Paris, he meets Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää), a painter from Albania who is almost equally poor and is in the country illegally. They quickly discover they are kindred spirits since they both share the same love for art without much regard for their worldly well-being. The two eventually make another friend in Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), an Irish composer who is now renting Marcel's former room. The three friends help each other in the daily struggle to survive by sharing whatever little money they have among each other in order to maintain a basic and simple standard of living. Rodolfo's life is interrupted when he meets Mimi (Évelyne Didi), a poor French girl with whom he falls madly in love. But Rodolfo is soon deported back to Albania due to not having a visa. He is unable to return to Paris for six months and, by then, Mimi has moved on and found another boyfriend. Rodolfo, Marcel and Schaunard scrape together what food they have and have a meal together to celebrate the feast of All Saints. Mimi shows up and informs Rodolfo that she has left her boyfriend to be with him again, but she is ill and dies the next spring.
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Our films include such wonderful collections as the one of the Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. All his films are a pleasure. One of our favourites is "La vie des Bohème", in which every situation, however simple, creates comedy by itself and it is clear what counts in life: Love, passion and fantasy.
Patricio Guzmán just presented his last part of the trilogy about the nature of his natal country Chile at the Cannes film festival 2019. In «El botón de nacár» he invited us to a dive into Patagonia, its people, its nature and history. Wonderful!
Wolf And Sheep (2016)
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Afghanistan
86′
In rural Afghanistan, people believe in the stories they invent to tell each other, explaining the mysteries of the world, they don’t understand. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grown ups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together, they have to be separated. The boys practice with their slings to fight the wolves should they attack the flock. The girls smoke dried branches of wheat secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about every one and everything, but mostly about Sediqa, 11, an outsider among the shepherd children. They think she is cursed, as an evil ghost disguised as a snake bewitched her grandmother. Sediqa picks up her sheep and goats every morning and drops them in the owner’s house every evening. She dreams of having a sling and learn to swing it like the boys and hit a wolf. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic of everyone after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He prefers to be alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains. This is where he meets Sediqa and they become friends until Qodrat’s mother has to send him away.
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The Cannes Film Festival 2019 is on and therefore we recommend a film from Afghanistan that caught the attention of many a film lover around the world back in 2016 with its story of a childhood on the Hidukush. In 2019 director Shahrbanoo Sadat will be at the Croisette in Cannes with her new work.
The season of the mountains is going to start, here comes the portrait of an artist who has been driven higher and higher by the search for light. The camera was directed by Pio Corradi, whose sensitive eye here is dedicated to Segantini's gaze.
Félicité (2017)
Alain Gomis
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
123′
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’s son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady’s man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
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What about a dive into the life of a singer living in Kinshasa? This woman is unique, proud and independent. Somehow she falls in love with Tabu, the guy who repaires her fridge. And we just follow this breathless storytelling told by life itself.
The photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. Now he is following a fascinating project to protect nature.
What a love story! Three friends love the same woman and one of the is a fan of cinema like we all are. In one of the many crucial scenes Fellini appears while he's shooting the legendary scene at the Trevi fountain in Rome. A film one enjoys to watch every year.
Sometimes beautiful films don't get the attention they deserve in cinema. BLAZE was one of them last autumn. Film star Ethan Hawke tells the life story of his favourite musician Blaze Foley and also captures much of the groove of the 1970s and the country scene. Listen to some of the great Foley songs!
How about a trip to a whiskey distillery? Ken Loach will take you there with film character Harry in a cheerful comedy.

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