In this week’s movie list, there are 9 films that take their inspiration from the natural flow and realities of life and make you think about life. In our article, we will present 9 films that focus on some productions from Latin America to Iranian cinema, and from there, some productions from European cinema. Without wasting any time, let’s move on to our list of movies of the week.
You can also check out our article on last week’s movie recommendations: 9 great movie suggestions for those who are thinking about what to watch this weekend.
1. Room 237 – Room 237 (2012) – IMDB: 6.2
Room 237 is a 2012 documentary film based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name about various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). The documentary, directed by Rodney Asher, features footage from The Shining and other Kubrick films, as well as discussions by Kubrick enthusiasts.
Room 237 is made up of nine chapters dealing with various elements that may reveal clues hidden in The Shining and point to a larger thematic work. The title of the documentary directed by Tim Kirk refers to the haunted room in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. The film was nominated for the CICAE awards and the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival.
A gripping documentary that explores the many theories about the hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). Today, The Shining is over 40 years old, but it continues to spark controversy and speculation and inspire young filmmakers.
In a documentary; Five very different angles are illuminated by voice-overs, video clips, animation and dramatic re-enactments. audience; They will be pulled into the Shining Hotel, a new labyrinth of endless winding roads and dead ends with many entrances but no exits.
2. Premium Rush – Express Delivery (2012) – IMDB: 6.5
Premium Rush is a 2012 action thriller film directed by David Koepp. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung. The film, which was deemed deserving of the Austin Film Critics Association’s Special Award, only managed to earn about $30 million despite its $35 million budget.
No bike messenger in New York is as determined and reckless as Wylie, a former law student. Wilee is more comfortable on a bike without brakes than in a suit. One day, a Chinese foreign student named Nima arranges for him to deliver a vital envelope throughout the city. Unfortunately, rogue cop Robert Munday wants the envelope too and won’t take no for an answer. As a result, Wily finds herself in an increasingly dangerous situation where she is relentlessly pursued by Monday and the others. While Wily wants to uncover the secret of this dangerous delivery; He must muster all his cunning, audacity and courage in order to survive.
3. Bergman Island – Bergman Island (2021) – IMDB: 6.7.
Bergman’s Island is a 2021 romantic drama film written and directed by young female director Mia Hansen-Löwe. The film, starring Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lee, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. The film, which never made its debut in theaters, was screened at MUBI in a short time.
The film revolves around a pair of directors who travel to Bergman Island in the summer to be inspired to write screenplays for their films. As their scenarios develop, the thin line between reality and fiction begins to blur.
4. Home – Home (2008) – IMDB: 6.9
“Home”, directed by Ursula Meyer; This is a 2008 drama film starring Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet. The film was Switzerland’s official nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards but did not make it into the category. Despite not being a box office success, the highly acclaimed film won the FIPRESCI award in the Best Film category at the Flying Broomstick Women’s Film Festival held in Ankara.
In 1969, an 18-year-old pregnant girl; As Russian tanks fill the streets of Prague, he flees his country with his married girlfriend. Finally they arrive in Norway. Their daughter is born, they succeed in the theater world and get their dream home. However, when the daughter turns 14, the mother decides to send her away from the family. After that, they will never live together.
The film follows the emotional journey of a girl as she struggles to process the collapse of her home. She paints an intimate portrait of her family, sparkling from childhood in Norway, exile to the US and return to the Czech Republic. Scenes of lonely characters in different landscapes intersect with tragicomic reunions of family members who live apart in different countries but are desperate to find each other.
5. Lords of Dogtown – Lords of Dogtown (2005) – IMDB: 7.1
Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 biographical drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Stacey Peralta. The film, which received mixed reviews, only managed to gross half of its $25 million budget at the box office. Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger, Rebecca De Mornay and Johnny Knoxville share important roles in a film that features a strong cast.
In January 2021, it was announced that the film will be adapted into a television series. In addition, Heath Ledger was named Actor of the Year by the Ohio Central Film Critics Association for his performance in this film.
the Z-Boys, a group of bright young skateboarders who grew up on the violent streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California; as they are known to all the residents of Monica, they spend their days perfecting their skills in their landlords’ empty pools in the suburbs. The film tells the story of how they pioneered this exciting new sport and eventually became a legend.
6. Karandiru (2003) – IMDB: 7.5.
Carandiru is a 2003 crime drama film directed by Hector Babenko. Doctor and AIDS expert doctor, played by Luis Carlos Vasconcelos. Based on the book Estação Carandiru by Draucio Varella. Babenko stated that Carandiru is “the most realistic film he has ever made”, and that with this film, a new kind of Brazilian realism was introduced to cinema. Besides docudrama, Carandira can also be seen as a testament to the prisoners. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Brazilian doctor. At Carandiru Prison in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest prison, where incarceration has almost doubled to a maximum capacity of 4,000, Draucio Varella is starting to look for solutions to prevent AIDS. The Doctor learns from the tragic experiences and tales of terrible crimes that brought filth there, that affected other people, as well as the passionate and dramatic events experienced by some of the detainees. He believes he can make the detainees happy with a football tournament, but an unexpected argument pushes the detainees to the brink of rebellion.
7. Return (2003) – IMDB: 7.9
The Return is a 2003 drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, released in 2004. In the 2016 BBC Critics’ Poll, it was ranked 80th on its list of the 100 best films of the 21st century. This performance, shown at 28 international festivals, was awarded 34 film awards. The production, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film grossed $4.5 million worldwide.
Russian pilot Father returns to his two sons, Vanya and Andrei, after 12 years in the hope that they will have a worthy father. After a short stay here, he takes his children on a “weekend hike”. As he continues to test his courage as well as distinguish between his own children, he acts suspiciously aloof and lonely.
Pleasant fishing is canceled due to the idea of taking them by boat to a completely uninhabited island. A cruel fate awaits the Father and his children. Ivan and Andrey; In an ever-changing series of trials, they will alternately be tested, scolded, scrutinized and ignored by their fathers.
8. About Ellie / Darbarai Ellie – About Ellie (2009) – IMDB: 7.9
Renowned Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The premiere of the fourth film of the director “Darbarei Elli” took place at the annual Iranian film festival “Fajr”. The film, which explores middle-class relations in Iran, had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
A group of old friends from the university left Tehran for the weekend to the sea. Sepide invites Ellie, her daughter’s teacher, to come along to meet their recently divorced friend Ahmad, who now lives in Germany. The next morning, two women go shopping in town and Ellie; She says she must return to Tehran as her mother was recently hospitalized, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her suitcase. The children are playing in the sea and Ellie is asked by her mother to look after them. Sepide’s daughter suddenly calls the men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing a little boy, they start looking for Ellie, who has disappeared in the meantime. What happened to Ellie? Did he drown or did he return to Tehran?
9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) – IMDB: 8.0
The 1974 drama starring Bridget Mira and El Hedi ben Sale, written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, is considered one of the director’s strongest works and is hailed as a masterpiece by many moviegoers. In addition to the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of the Cannes Film Festival, the film was also nominated for the Palme d’Or.
This film, also included in Martin Scorsese’s “39 Essential Foreign Films for a Young Director” list, has been restored to DVD by the Criterion Collection.
A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Moroccan worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love with each other at a rate that surprises them and completely shocks their family, colleagues and friends. Everyone around is horrified when they suddenly decide to get married. Emmy and Ali’s relationship becomes uncertain when things calm down a bit. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder deftly uses the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to uncover the racial tensions at the heart of contemporary German culture.
This concludes our suggestions for films of the week, we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks…
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