Sunday August 20, 2017


41st Montreal World Film Festival


A PROMINENT PATIENT / MASARYK by Julius Ševcík (Czech Republic / Slovakia)
100min; anglais s.t.f & s.t.a

In 1939, flamboyant diplomat Jan Masaryk flees to America following the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. Under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Stein, a German immigrant, Masaryk relives the diplomatic battles leading to the outbreak of the Second World War and tries to overcome his enemies inside and out.

195min; espagnol s.t.f & s.t.a

A writer of celebrities articles returns at his tiny hometown at the southern end of the world, 45 years after having fled this place to save his life. In the Chilean Patagonia, surrounded by his old friends, the writer will face his past and will be able to create a great novel in which all will become characters, and he … a real artist.

138min; russe s.t.f & s.t.a

1904. The Russian-Japanese War. Manchuria. The head of the hospital Sergey Karenin learns that the wounded officer Count Vronsky is the person who ruined his mother Anna Karenina. Harbouring no illusions and expecting no answers, Karenin comes to Vronsky and asks him the question which has been tormenting him all his life: what made his mother cross the line? After some hesitation Vronsky agrees to tell the story of his tragic love for Anna Karenina.

APPENDIX by Hossein Namazi (Iran)
83min; farsi s.t.f & s.t.a

Due to severe abdominal pain, Zari and her husband, Reza, go to the hospital. However, Zari’s insurance ID has expired and they are forced to borrow her friend Leila Attarod’s ID. Eventually, she undergoes appendectomy using Leila’s ID and the staff at the hospital suspect about this matter. Many unfortunate events take place in the process…

CARDINAL X by Angie Wang (USA)
98 min; anglais s.t.f

Angie, a damaged girl from a tough urban background, is accepted at a prestigious university in the ’80s. When her financial aid is cut, she breaks into the organic chemistry lab and synthesizes the drug Ecstasy. She becomes one of the West Coast’s largest distributors of “X,” cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. She lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover.


127min; japonais s.t.f & s.t.a

Based on the novel from Kiyoshi Shigematsu, this is the story of Makoto Tanaka, a 40-years-old who has remarried. His wife is Nanae and they care for 2 daughters from Nanae's prior marriage. Makoto tries to have an ordinary family but Nanae becomes pregnant and things are bound to change.

ELVIS WALKS HOME by Fatmir Koçi (Albania / UK)
94min; anglais s.t.f

Mickey, an illegal Albanian who used to live in London, is a part-time Elvis Presley impersonator. He gets a job entertaining British peacekeeping troops in the 1999 Balkans wars. When backstage problems ensue, Mickey (dressed as Elvis Presley) flees—straight into the war zone. He meets and is captured by a group of child refugees caught up in the merciless war.

FALLING IN /OUT OF LOVE by Dominic Bachy (France)
95min; français s.t.a

Four couples, each at a different point in their relationship. This love puzzle compose a picture of modern flirting around Valentine’s Day in the capital of love itself, Paris. Some lovers just met, some will break up, some will question their partner’s fidelity and others will try to reignite their desire.

FOOTPRINTS by Wong Wai (Hong Kong, China)
120min; mandarin s.t.f & s.t.a

1952, 1972, 1992, 2012. Four young women all named A Fang, experiences love, lust, hopes and dreams in China as society and the country changes over the years. Each will face different challenges specific to the era through which they saw the Chinese people evolve.

81min; roumain  s.t.f & s.t.a

The granddaughter of Stanca, Ana, returns from the Danube Delta where she worked for many years, in an isolated village at the end of the world, to attend the funeral of her grandfather, Dumitru—Stanca’s husband. She discovers the development of some tragic incidents in which her grandparents were involved, determined by the traditions and mentalities of an archaic world governed by its own laws.

PATH OF MARYAM by Atia Aldaraji (Iraq / Germany)
76min; arabe  s.t.f & s.t.a

Troubled widower Essa makes a pilgrimage from Basra to the holy city of Karbala in a bid to find a miracle that will cure his daughter Maryam of her terminal cancer. The pair hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims—all on similar journeys, all searching for their own miracles. Unsympathetic Essa offers little comfort to young Maryam, who struggles to understand her father’s coldness towards her, and takes consolation from learning about the history of the spiritual journey.

RECONCILIATION / ZGODA by Maciej Sobieszczanski (Poland)
87min; polonais  s.t.f & s.t.a

Beginning of 1945, Poland. At the just liberated areas, the Communist Security Service eliminates its enemies under the pretext of punishing “national traitors”. It organizes a labour camp for Germans, Silesians and Poles, at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, which is named Zgoda/Reconciliation. Franek, who is in love with a Polish prisoner Anna, joins the camp crew to rescue her. He doesn’t know that one of the inmates is Erwin, his German friend, who, like himself, has also loved Anna for a long time. Franek joins Communists in the illusory hope of outsmarting the system.

SAYAKBAY - HOMER OF 20TH CENTURY by Ernest Abdyjaparov (Kyrgyzstan)
82min; kyrgyz  s.t.f & s.t.a

The film tells the story of young writer Chingiz Aitmatov’s coming for a visit to the great storyteller Sayakbay Karalaev to understand the value and greatness of the epic “Manas”. He spends two days listening to the storyteller which will pave the way for his own future and he learns of the roots of Kyrgyz Culture and spirituality

THE BASICS OF KILLING / DRUŽINICA by Jan Cvitkovic (Slovenia / Serbia)
99min; slovène  s.t.f & s.t.a

This is the demise of an idyllic relationship between parents Marko and Dunja, which falls apart entirely due to lack of respect that is itself a result of the loss of a job and the consequent financial ruin. As the story progresses, the burden that the parents are unable to carry is slowly beginning to fall more and more onto the children’s shoulders.

THE HIDDEN SWORD by Xu Haofeng (China)
137min; chinois s.t.f & s.t.a

In 1933, Chinese army has won the war against Japan. The key to this success is the unique use of the sword, developed by an old man. As his technique attracts people from all over the country, he escapes with his grandson Kong to live peacefully. Kong adopts a girl named Qingqing, with whom he progressively develops feelings. Being the foster father of Qingqing, Kong is at a loss. In the meanwhile, outsiders who covert the secret of the sword intrude into the village…

UNAWARE CONTROL / HUA SE by Xiaoyan Xu (China)
94min; chinois  s.t.f & s.t.a

UNSUNG HEROES / NOI ERAVAMO by Leonardo Tiberi (Italy)
90min; italien  s.t.f & s.t.a

At the beginning of World War I many Italian emigrants, mostly from South America, felt Italy was in danger and that the Austrian Hungarian Empire could occupy their land of origin. When King Vittorio Emanuele II decided to enter war those people, who had been forced to leave Italy over the years, unexpectedly came to Italy to fight together with the Italian Army. Thousands of Italian Americans arrived, among them Fiorello La Guardia, the future mayor of New York and then governor of the same state. He will be our Virgil in this obscure story.

UPSTREAM by David Chuang (Taiwan)
80min; mandarin  s.t.f & s.t.a

Guo Wen-han, mayor of Wanhe City, was seeking re-election but has been kidnapped a few days before polling day by a young man from a poor and seriously polluted area of the city. It was a scheme plotted by a local petrochemical enterprise, hoping to ensure Guo’s victory in the election so that their expansion application could be approved afterwards. However, this false kidnap turns to be a real one after the plot went astray and everything was out of control....




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