Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he’s almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn’t know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.(Imdb)
A man’s life, thoughts, feelings and his very own darkness… Adapted from Dostoevsky’s novel “Notes from Undergroud”, Demirkubuz follows Muharrem as he gets himself invited to a party where he is not welcome, just to find himself disgusted.(Imdb)
Muharrem pressgangs his old friends into inviting him to dinner, no matter that he hates and is hated by them.
The dinner starts off with a few harmless gibes and trivial shows of bravado; but as time wears on and heads become fuddled, the conversation progresses steadily into the inglorious past. Old grievances come tumbling out into an ugly showdown.
As the night becomes charged with tears, anger and regret, the outrage spills onto the dark streets, into sleazy hotel rooms.
Although they’re in league and he’s on his own, Muharrem has made up his mind. Either the filth is cleaned up that night or he dies. Otherwise he’ll never be rid of this sense of shame.(Mubi)
“Remember the war, Mother? Remember how it all started?”
The war breaks out and nine-year-old Eero’s father is killed at the front. Widowed and broken by grief, Eero’s mother is unable to look after her son. She sends him in refuge to Sweden, a neutral country whose welfare is untouched by the war.
Life in a foreign country doesn’t however get off on a good start. Eero doesn’t seem to match the expectations of the Swedish family and austere Mother Signe has him working as farmhand. Everyone around Eero speaks Swedish and he ends up living in a disconnected world of his own.
Worst of all, the letters from Eero’s mother are always addressed to Signe. One day Eero gets hold of a letter from his mother in which she writes that Eero should perhaps stay in Sweden for good. Eero is shocked, but abandoned by his real mother, he becomes more and more attached to Signe. Little by little Eero becomes part of the new family and Signe becomes his mother.
But the war ends and the children must return to Finland. Once again Eero has to leave his home and start all over again. The scars of war have to be buried in the past.
On the death bed of his aged mother, Eero looks his past in the eye. After decades of silence, Eero is finally ready to talk about the war, his mother’s choices and his own pain. —Matila Röhr Productions. (Mubi)
During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. “Mother of Mine”, the latest from the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina – Som om jag inte fanns (2002)), tackles that painful patch of history in a tale of 9-year-old Eero, a child who increasingly feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and yet not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he is returned to Finland, his confusion intensifies.
1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She was expecting a little girl and still mourns for her daughter who drowned in the sea. The situation changes when Eero’s mother tells with a letter that she wants to go with her lover to Germany and Eero should remain with his foster mother. Thus Eero becomes Signe’s son. Now she cares lovingly for him. Eero makes friends with the little girl Siv and enjoys childhood for a while. However, after the end of the war the boy has to go back to Finland against his will where his mother waits for him. Never again he will be able to trust her, since she has disappointed him too often. 60 years later, invited to Signe’s burial, he will understand while reading all letters that both women only wanted the best for him.. (Imdb)
Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can’t swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won’t be as easy as he imagined… The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact..(Imdb)
The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher near to retirement that is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down’s Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives…(Imdb)