The Angels’ Share (2012) Film.Director : Ken Loach

This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he’s given one last chance……While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be ‘slopping out’ for the next twenty years, or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’ the ‘Water of Life?’ Only the angels know……..(Imdb)

Compliance (2012) Film.Director : Craig Zobel

Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.

Craig Zobel (his Great World of Sound appeared at the Festival in 2007) returns with this riveting film, based on a true story. The cast delivers hauntingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch, but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of the real-life story under its sensationalized surface, Compliance proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. –Sundance Film Festival

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At a fast food restaurant, the manager, Sandra, is having a bad day. Suddenly, she gets a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer who has a complaint that one of her young female employees has stolen from a customer. At the orders of this authoritative sounding stranger, Sandra takes the apparent accused, Becky, to a back room to search her before she is picked up. Once there, the phone scammer manipulates the gullible personnel into participating in Becky’s sexual humiliation that grows more twisted with every new sucker on the phone. Only when one final person has the conscience to revolt do they realize the crime they were tricked into, which the real police are hard pressed to solve.(Imdb)

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When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? But how far might one go to obey a figure of authority before everything turns into a riveting nightmare? Premiering at Sundance, Compliance delves into the complex psychology of this real-life story, and proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Sandra is an overworked manager at a fast food restaurant in suburban Ohio. When she receives a call from a police officer accusing one of her employees, a teenage girl named Becky, of stealing from a customer, she takes the officer at his word. Following step-by-step instructions from him, Sandra detains Becky, and sets into motion a nightmarish scenario that quickly spirals out of control.

Bir polis memuru size bir şey yapmanızı söylediğinde yaparsınız değil mi? Peki yetkililere itaatin sınırları nereye kadar gider? İlk gösterimini Sundance’te yapan ve gerçek bir olaydan esinlenen İtaat, gerçeğin bazen kurmacadan daha da tuhaf olabileceğini kanıtlıyor. Ohio’da şehir dışındaki bir fast food lokantasında çalışan Sandra’yı bir gün polis telefonla arar. Arayan polis memuruna göre lokanta çalışanlarından Becky adındaki genç kız bir müşteriden para çalmıştır. Sandra telefondaki polise inanır ve talimatlarını harfi harfine izleyerek Becky’yi tutsak alır. Bundan sonrası çarçabuk çılgınlığın sınırlarına dayanan bir kâbusa dönüşecektir.   (Filmekimi)

Die vierte Macht (The Fourth State) (2012) Film. Director : Dennis Gansel

Paul Jensen, a journalist from Berlin, experiences a midlife crisis and moves to Russia to escape things. There, he starts working for his former mentor, who owns a Russian lifestyle magazine. He is supposed to make the publication more successful–and he succeeds. Within a short period of time, his life is becoming a big party. When he meets the beautiful Russian woman Katja, he falls head over heels in love with her. Katja has a secret past and is involved with politics. When she dies at a bombing, Paul gets thrown into jail: the authorities blame him for being involved with terrorism. His mentor gets him out, but from then on, he is on the run from people who chase him through Moscow.

The Door ( Az ajto) (2012) Film. Director: István Szabó

Successful writer Magda hires a housekeeper, elderly neighbor Emerenc Sherdás, to clean her elegant home. Thanks to the perfect, old-fashioned service, Magda is willing to overlook Emerenc’s odd behavior. What is she hiding about her past? And why does she refuse even a peek to the woman who is closest to her – her employer, whose authorial fantasy is beginning to get the better of her? For his splendidly staged psychological drama set in the 60s, István Szabó offered an outstanding acting opportunity to British actress Helen Mirren.(Mubi)

Reprise (2006) Film. Director : Joachim Trier

Originally constructed tragicomic and occasionally satirical story surprises right to the end. Norwegian Oscar submission is about the pitfalls of young, ambitious writers. A precise yet playful character study, inspired by the nouvelle vague and filled with punk music.

Erik and Philip are best friends and both want to become writers. When Erik’s manuscript is refused by the publishers while Philip is eagerly welcomed as a young star in the literary firmament their young dreams clash with reality. The successful Philip ends up in a psychiatric institution and stops writing. Erik continues his struggle for literary recognition. This paradoxical result acquires a humorous form in Reprise, the Norwegian Oscar submission. It is a debut that lets go of conventional narrative structures and for a long time surprisingly leaves a variety of plot developments open. Joachim Trier, obviously inspired by the nouvelle vague and films like Jules et Jim by Truffaut, looks with equal amounts of humour and sympathy at the vulnerable world of young people who want to transcend the predictability of daily routine with their creativity. At the same time he shows how few youthful plans are rewarded with life into adulthood. Against the background of a Norway full of punk music, the transition rites of Erik and Philip acquire unsentimental topicality. How can the two writers guard their own idiosyncrasy in a society that does not always want to recognise their merits? –IFFR

Oslo, 31. august (2011) Film. Director : Joachim Trier

Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays on in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn’t seen in a long while. Thirty-four-year-old Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted, all the people he has let down. He is still relatively young, but feels his life in many ways is already over. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, the ghosts of past mistakes will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life and the hope to see some future by morning. –Cannes Film Festival

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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.(Imdb)