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Director: Achim Bornhak Release Year: 2015 Genres: mystery, drama Cast: Carolyn Genzkow, Sina Tkotsch, Wilson Gonzalez, Arnd Klawitter, Julika Jenkins Runtime: 92 min Production Co: OOO-Films, Bon Voyage Films Country: Germany
Synopsis: After attending a rave party, a teenage girl forms a bond with a strange monster as she suffers a slow chaotic mental breakdown.
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser /La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser/
Director: Davide Manuli Release Year: 2012 Genres: surrealismus Cast: Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Fabrizio Gifuni, Elisa Sednaoui, Silvia Calderoni, Marco Lampis Runtime: 95 min Production Co: Blue Film, Shooting Hope Productions Country: Italy
Synopsis: Arrived on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean sea, in a time and a place unspecified, Kaspar Hauser is forced to confront the evil of a Grand Duchess who feels threatened by the power she exercises over the community. To get rid of the blond intruder, she seeks the assistance of Pusher, a criminal with whom he has a relationship, who knows how to get rid of the "enemy". Too bad he did not reckon with the Sheriff, a DJ who considers Kaspar as the new Messiah.
Director: Szabolcs Hajdu Release Year: 2010 Genres: drama Cast: Orsolya Torok-Illyes, Razvan Vasilescu, Oana Pellea Runtime: 111 min Production Co: Katapult Film, FilmPartners Country: Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, Romania
Synopsis: In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is a wild, surreal adventure in which people are able to project and enter each other's dreams, and our heroine is sold into slavery and lands in a swank, debauched Liverpool brothel where the patrons enact their literary/sexual fantasies with Lolita, St. Joan, and Desdemona. Rendered with dazzling tracking shots, striking CGI effects and a pulsing soundtrack, Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu's risk-taking fantasia has style to spare. But under the seductive surface lurks the very human story of a woman who uses fantasy to cushion the pain of life.
The Story of a Murderer
Director: Tom Tykwer Release Year: 2006 Genres: drama, thriller Cast: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Birgit Minichmayr, Alan Rickman Runtime: 132 min Production Co: Constantin Film Country: USA, France, Spain, Germany
Synopsis: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.
Director: Dave McKean Release Year: 2005 Genres: drama, fantasy Cast: Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Destination Films Country: USA
Synopsis: In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl named Helena who works at the family circus with her father and mother, who wishes--quite ironically--that she could run away from the circus and join 'real life'. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. She must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get back home.
One Point 0
Director: Jeff Renfroe, Marteinn Thorsson Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama, mistery, sci-fi Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Deborah Kara Unger, Lance
Henriksen, Udo Kier, Bruce Payne, Eugene Byrd, Ana Maria
Popa, Emil Hostina Runtime: 88 min Production Co: Armada Pictures, The Icelandic Film Corporation, VIP 2 Medienfonds Country: USA, Romania, Iceland
Synopsis: After receiving mysterious empty packages inside his apartment, a young computer-programmer (named Simon) begins a personal investigation into their origins. This leads him to discover his odd and eccentric neighbors; an artificially intelligent robot-head, named Adam; a virtual-reality sex game; and a possible corporate conspiracy. As the story progresses, Simon's grip on reality becomes more and more tenuous, while his craving for Nature Fresh milk becomes almost unbearable. Is it all just in his mind, or is something more sinister happening here?
Barbarash Release Year: 2004 Genres: thriller, sci-fi Cast: Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore, Michael Riley, Martin Roach, David Huband, Mike Nahrgang Runtime: 94 min Production Co: Lion Gate Films Country: USA
Synopsis: A young man whose job is to watch over the Cube endeavours to rescue an innocent woman trapped in one of its rooms.
Cube 2: Hypercube
Sekula Release Year: 2002 Genres: thriller, sci-fi Cast: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace
Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson, Barbara Gordon, Lindsey Connell Runtime: 90 min Production Co: Lion Gates Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Eight strangers find themselves waking up in a strange cube-shaped room with no recollection of how they came to be there. Soon discovering that they're in a strange fourth dimension where our laws of physics don't apply, they have to unravel the secrets of the "hypercube" in order to survive...
Director: Richard Linklater Release Year: 2001 Genres: animation, drama Cast: Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins, Glover Gill, Lara Hicks, Sara Nelson Runtime: 97 min Production Co: 20th Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. While trying to figure out a way to wake up, he runs into many people on his way; some of which offer one sentence asides on life, others delving deeply into existential questions and life's mysteries. We become the main character. It becomes our dream and our questions being asked and answered. Can we control our dreams? What are they telling us about life? About death? About ourselves and where we come from and where we are going? The film does not answer all these for us. Instead, it inspires us to ask the questions and find the answers ourselves.
Director: David Lynch Release Year: 2001 Genres: mystery, thriller, drama Cast:Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya Runtime: 147 min Production Co: Bac Distribution Country: France, USA
Synopsis: A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio.
Director: Tarsem Singh Release Year: 2000 Genres: thriller, sci-fi Cast:Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Weber, Dylan Baker, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Patrick Bauchau, Gerry Becker, Catherine Sutherland Runtime: 107 min Production Co: New Line Cinema Country: USA
Synopsis: Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her.
Director: David Cronenberg Release Year: 1999 Genres: sci-fi Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Christopher Eccleston, Sarah Polley Runtime: 93 min Production Co: Videogram Country: USA
Synopsis: Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective.
Director: Darren Aronofsky Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama, thriller Cast: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman Runtime: 90 min Production Co: Artisan Entertainment Country: France
Synopsis: Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him.
Director: Vincenzo Natali Release Year: 1997 Genres: thriller, sci-fi Cast: Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson Runtime: 82 min Production Co: Metropolitan Filmexport Country: Canada
Synopsis: Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned.
Director: David Lynch Release Year: 1997 Genres: mystery, thriller, drama Cast: Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman, Balthazar
Getty, Jack Kehler, Richard
Pryor, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Robert Loggia Runtime: 129 min Production Co: Asymmetrical, CiBy 2000 Country: France, USA
Synopsis: Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent.
Director: Jim Jarmusch Release Year: 1995 Genres: mistery, drama Cast:Johnny Depp, Crispin Glover, Gibby Haynes, George Duckworth, Richard Boes, John Hurt, John North, Gary Farmer Runtime: 121 min Production Co: Miramax Films Country: Germany, USA
Synopsis: Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named "Nobody," who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side.
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Release Year: 1979 Genres: sci-fi, drama Cast: Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy,
Natasha Abramova Runtime: 155 min Production Co: Mosfilm Country: Soviet Union
Synopsis: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.
Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea / Zitra vstanu a oparim se cajem/
Director: Jindrich Polak Release Year: 1977 Genres: comedy Cast: Petr Kostka, Jiri Sovak, Vladimir Mensik, Vlastimil Brodsky, Marie Rosulkova, Otto Simanek, Valerie Chmelova, Slavka Budinova, Josef Vetrovec Runtime: 93 min Production Co: Filmove Studio Barrandov Country: Czechoslovakia
Synopsis: Former Nazi Klaus Abard survives to the 1990s by taking anti-aging pills. He plans to use a time travel trip to return to Germany in 1944 and present Hitler with a hydrogen bomb, so that he can win the war. Unfortunately the pilot, woman-chasing Karel Bures, dies on the morning of the trip and his earnest twin brother Jan impersonates him, without knowing about the plot. The plot goes wrong when they lose the bomb and land near Hitler's bunker in 1941, at a time that the Nazis sense victory. Bures, with two of the plotters, escape capture by the Nazis and make it back to the time machine. Bures programs the machine to return one day before they left, because he figures he can then save his brother and foil the plot.
Based on the book: Josef Nesvadba "Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea"
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones Release Year: 1974 Genres: comedy Cast: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Runtime: 90 min Production Co: Michael White Productions Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot. He finds many knights including Sir Galahad the pure, Sir Lancelot the brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot. They do not travel on horses, but pretend they do and have their servants bang coconuts to make the sound of horse's hooves. Through satire of certain events in history (witch trials, the black plague) they find Camelot, but after literally a quick song and dance they decide that they do not want to go there. While walking away, God (who seems to be grumpy) come to them from a cloud and tells them to find the Holy Grail.
The Hourglass Sanatorium /Sanatorium pod klepsydra/
Director: Wojciech Has Release Year: 1973 Genres: fantasy, drama Cast: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska, Gustaw Holoubek Runtime: 124 min Production Co: Zespol Filmowy "Silesia" Country: Poland
Synopsis: The film depicts its protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki), traveling through a dream-like world, taking a dilapidated train to visit his dying father in a sanatorium. When he arrives at the hospital, he finds the entire facility is going to ruin and no one seems to be in charge, or even caring for the patients. Time appears to behave in unpredictable ways, reanimating the past in an elaborate artificial caprice.
The Saragossa Manuscript /Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie/
Director: Wojciech Has Release Year: 1965 Genres: fantasy, comedy Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek, Stanislaw Igar Runtime: 182 min Production Co: Kamera Film Unit Country: Poland
Synopsis: In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta Quemada, he sups with two Islamic princesses. They call him their cousin and seduce him; he wakes beside corpses under a gallows. He meets a hermit priest and a goatherd; each tells his story; he wakes again by the gallows. He's rescued from the Inquisition, meets a cabalist and hears more stories within stories, usually of love. He returns to Venta Quemada, the women await with astonishing news.
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Director: Stanley Kubrick Release Year: 1964 Genres: comedy Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, James Earl Jones, Jack Creley, Frank Berry Runtime: 95 min Production Co: Columbia Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, he believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley. Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack. Ripper's executive officer, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (on exchange from Britain), who is being held at Burpelson by Ripper, believes he knows the recall codes if he can only get a message to the outside world. Meanwhile at the Pentagon War Room, key persons including Muffley, Turgidson and nuclear scientist and adviser, a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove, are discussing measures to stop the attack.