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2012 WORLD CINEMA FEATURE MOVIES


5th & ALAMEDA

Directed by Richard Friedman – Producers: RF, Richard Sindell & Lawreen Yakkel
Cast: Saye Yabandeh, Corey Sevier & Mario Van Peebles

COMPETITION – European Premiere
Two Lost Souls seek redemption in each other through a violent crime.
USA 2011 – Crime Drama – 121mn
www.5thandalamedathemovie.com
www.leoentertainment.com


ADESUWA

Produced & Directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Cast: Olu Jacobs, Bobmanuel, Udokwu, Ngozi Ezeonu & Cliff Igbinovia

COMPETITION – European Premiere
Set in Benin of 1752. A historical epic movie.
Nigeria 2012 – Period Drama – 90mn


BLACK TULIP

Produced & Directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
Cast: Sonia Nassery Cole, Haji GulAser, Somaia Rezaye & Walid Amini

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR
An Afghan family struggles against an insurgent Taliban when opening a restaurant in modern day Kabul.
Afghanistan 2011 – Drama – 116mn
www.breadwinnerfilms.com


BATTLEFIELD AMERICA

OPENING GALA SCREENING

Directed by Chris Stokes – Produced by CS & Zeus Zamani
Cast: Marques Houston, Lynn Whitfield, Mekia Cox & Christopher Jones

COMPETITIONWORLD PREMIERE
From the team that brought you “YOU GOT SERVED” comes a young Hip-Hop dance battle movie for a new generation of dance. Battlefield America takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, California.
USA 2012 – Musical – 90mn
www.Facebook.com/battlefieldamerica


THE BREST FORTRESS (Брестская крепость)

Directed by Aleksandr Kott – Produced by Igor Ugolnikov
With Pavel Derevyanko (Fomin); Andrei Merzlikin (Kizhevatov); Alexander Korshunov (Gavrilov) & Alesha Kopashov

OUT OF COMPETITION
The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941.
Belarus/Russia 2010 – War Drama True Story – 138mn
http://brestkrepost-film.com


EXTERIORS

Directed by Marie Kristiansen and Patrik Syversen – Producers: Terje Kristiansen, Patrik Syversen, Marie Kristiansen & Fredrik Pryser
Cast: Allan Hyde, Gitte Witt, Mark Wystrach, Joshua Bowman & RutaGedmintas

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR
The film follows two girls, PEARL and SKYE, both struggling foreign actresses (from the UK and Norway respectively) in LA during pilot season.
Norway 2011 – Drama – 77mn
www.facebook.com/Exteriors


HAMESIMA X (Mission X)

Directed by Yuval Ovadia, Prosper Malka, Or Yashar – Produced by Yuval Ovadia
Cast: Sharon Raginiano, Yuval Ovadia, Danny Shteg

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – European Premiere
A man is sent to Earth in order to deliver mystical and Kabalistic secrets to the Israeli Mossad’s superior agent.
Israel 2011 – Drama/Spiritual – 91mn
www.HamesimaX.com
www.youtube.com


HEELS OF WAR (Tannoura Maxi)

Written & Directed by Joe Bou Eid – Produced by JBE & GhassanYared
Cast: Joy Karam, Chady Tineh, Carole Abboud, Sarah Haidar & Siham

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – European Premiere
A shredded memory and an intimate story of a narrator who tells the meeting of his parents during the war, before his existence…
Lebanon/UAE 2012 – Comedy – 98mn
IMDB


HOUSE ON THE HILL

Produced & Directed by Jeffrey Frentzen
Cast: Naidra Dawn Thomson, Shannon Leade, Leonard Lake, Stephen A.F. Day, Sam Leung

OUT OF COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – World Premiere
Based on true events, the film recounts the 1980s crime spree of ex-Marine survivalists Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, including footage of the actual killer Lake.
USA 2012 – True Crime/Horror – 84mn


INNOCENCE BLOOD

Directed by Sun W. Kim & D.J. Holloway
Cast: Jun Kim, C.S. Lee, Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Justin Chon, Doug Jones, Trip Hope, James Jeffery Caldwell & Lance Lim

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTORS – World Premiere
James Park, a retired undercover detective, faces his worst nightmare when his young son Cody is kidnapped by a mysterious criminal connected to his dark past.
USA 2012 – Drama/Thriller – 98mn
www.innocenceblood.com & www.facebook.com/innocenceblood


INADEQUATE PEOPLE (Неадекватные люди)

Directed by Roman Karimov –Produced by Mikhail Kukushkin
Cast: Ilya Lyubimov; Ingrid Olerinskaya; Evgeniy Tsyganov Yuliya Takshina & Marina Zaytseva

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR
An unlikely love story between Vitalik who is going through mid-life crises tormented by the tragic death of his girlfriend and Kristina, a school girl who is going through her own crisis – adolescence.Russia 2010 – Dark Comedy – 98mn


LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA

Directed by Obi Emolonye – Produced by OE & Charles Thompson (MBE)
Cast: Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke & Jide Kosoko

OUT OF COMPETITION – World Premiere
Based on true events… A set of everyday Nigerian travelers’ board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006.The plane cruises at 30,000 feet, tranquil and on schedule. But like a bolt out of the blue, through a mixture of human error, technical failure and sheer bad luck, the plane rapidly develops major difficulties that sends it teetering on the brink of disaster. As the pilots fight with the controls of the stricken aero plane, a series of flashbacks unravel the twists, turns and leaps of fate that put each passenger on the fateful flight.
Nigeria 2012 – Action/Disaster – 75mn
www.lastflighttoabujamovie.com


LEAVING BAGHDAD (Al-Rahil Min Baghdad)

Produced & Directed by Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Cast: Samir Kadhom AlHelfi (in photo), Sadik Al Attar, Ali Shawkat, Irma Kovacs & Attila Solymosy

COMPETITION – First Time Director
Baghdad in the early 2000s: Sadik, a personal cameraman to Saddam Hussein escapes Iraq. Hoping to join his estranged wife in London, he traverses several countries, is passed on from one smuggler to the next. The disappearance of his son, who did not share his father’s enthusiasm for the regime, and scenes Sadik had filmed for work, haunt him alike whilst he tries to find his way out of the omnipresent and tormenting shadows of the regime. As footage shot by fictional Sadik, Koutaiba Al-Janabi weaves real footage from Saddam Hussein’s now accessible archive into his documentary style, slow paced fiction.
Iraq/UK/Hungary 2010 – Drama – 82mn
www.mecfilm.de


LITTLE KLAUS BIG WORLD

Written, Directed & Produced by Arnaud Collery
Cast: Matthias Hues, Miss Jay, Doctor Nakamatsu, Les Lascars Gay & Arnaud Collery

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – European Premiere
When a French comedian takes over the world…
USA/Japan 2010 – Comedy – 82mn
www.klauspierre.com


THE LOCKED DOOR (Nu ren ru hua)

Directed by Zhiping Zhao & Wenliang He – Produced by Lucas Oliver-Frost & Yong Jun Yuan
Cast: Shengyi (Eva) Huang, Zuyang Sun, Tianyu Sun, Zi Yang, Kuirong Wang, Ming Hu, Man Li & Youchen Yin

COMPETITION – European Premiere
The tragic romance film tells of the downfall of a young and beautiful girl, portrayed by Shengyi Eva Huang, as public opinion turns against her in her small hometown.
China 2011 – Period Drama – 82mn
IMDB


THE LOSERS CLUB (Kaybedenler kulübü)

Directed by Tolga Örnek – Produced by TO, Murat Dörtbudak & Neshilan Dortbudak
Cast: Nejat Isler, Yigit Özsener & Ahu Türkpençe

OUT OF COMPETITION
In the second half of the 1990’s, Kaan & Mete begin to host a radio program where they chat on air as if there is no one listening and over time, the program changes not only their lives, but the lives of their listeners as well…
Turkey 2011 – Drama/Comedy – 115mn
www.kaybendelerkulubufilm.com


MAN ON GROUND

Directed by Akin Omotoso – Produced by Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Rosie Motene & AO
Cast: Hakeem Kae-Kazim; Fabian Adeoye & Fana Mokoena

COMPETITION
Ade and Femi are expatriate Nigerian brothers. Ade is a successful banker in London, while Femi, once a political dissident in his home country, has had to escape to South Africa, live in refugee tenements and work menial jobs.
South Africa 2011 – Drama – 90mn


MY KINGDOM (Da wu sheng)

Directed by XiaosongGao, Producers Zoe Chen, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo & Andre Morgan
Cast: Chun Wu, Geng Han & Barbie Hsu

COMPETITION
In the 19th Century China: The story of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge in the heyday of Shanghai opera.
China/Hong Kong 2011 – Historical Drama – 108mn
www.ruddymorgan.org


NOT TODAY

Directed by Jon Van Dyke – Produced by Chris Bueno, Denise Bueno & Brent Martz
Cast: Cody Longo, Walid Amini & John Schneider

COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – World Premiere
One man’s journey to redemption set against the backdrop of Human trafficking in India.
India/USA 2012 – Drama – 97mn
www.nottodaythemovie.com


OPERATION TERROR

Directed by Paul Cross – Produced by Art Olivier
Cast Jack Brand, Paul Cross & Christpher Kriesa

COMPETITION – World Premiere
CIA agent Aaron Delgado works with a team of agents and engineers to implement a plan to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, pinning the blame on Muslim Terrorists.
USA 2012 – Thriller – 91mn
www.operationterror.com


THE PRISONER

Directed by Mohydeen Quandour – Produced by MQ & Luba Balagova
Cast: Julie Cox, Andrei Cherneshev, James Wallace & Mel Borz

COMPETITION – European Premiere
The film story takes place in the Caucasian Mountains of Southern Russia. It addresses the problem of ‘Culture Conflict’ in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.Julia (Julie Cox), an English girl working with an NGO medical aid group in the Caucasus is abducted for ransom by bandits. She escapes into the mountains during the first attacks of the Russian Army on Groznyy (1995) and is found by a Kabardinian violinist spending his summer in a mountain cabin. The bandits, deceiving the authorities and the British Embassy into thinking that she is in their custody, demand a huge ransom of the British Embassy.
Jordan 2011 – Drama – 97mn
www.sindikaproductions.com


PUNK’S NOT DEAD

Directed by Vladimir Blazevski – Produced by Darko Popov
Cast: Jordan Simonov, Kamka Tocinovski & Toni Mihajlovski

COMPETITION
Punk’s not dead is a remarkable black-comedy by Vladimir Blazevski. It is about a reunion of old punk band. Mirsa is a punk who is trying to put up with the struggles of everyday life in Skopje. One day he was offered to play for some multicultural-happening in Debar…..
Republic of Macedonia 2011 – Black Comedy – 104mn
www.punkfilm.mk


Center-piece Special Screening

SIBERIA.MONAMOUR (Сибирь. Монамур)

Written & Directed by Slava Ross – Produced by Pavel Skurikhin, Vadim Zhuk, Igor Chekalin & Slava Ross
Cast: PetrZaichenko, MishaProtsko, NikolayKozak, Sonya Ross, Sergey Novikov, LidiyaBayrashevskaya, Maxim Emelyanov & Sergey Puskepalis

COMPETITION
Siberia. In taiga, in an abandoned village an old man and his grandson wait for the boy’s father, who will never come back. A man and his wife raise three daughters, and that is the only thing that still ties them. A captain, who’s passed through two Caucasian wars, tries to find his place in peace life. The fates of these heroes interlace unexpectedly and dramatically. They need to make their choice again & again, uncovering inward humanity and compassion, that had been forgotten long ago.
Mercy is beyond justice.
Russia 2011 – Drama – 105mn
www.siberiemonamour.com


SNIPER SAKHA

Produced by Sivtsev Stepan & Directed by Nikita Arzhakov
Cast: Spartak Fedotov & Djulustan Semenov

COMPETITIONEUROPEAN PREMIERE
Story about the deeds of the Yakut snipers during the Great Patriotic War.
Russia (Republic of Sakha/Yakutia) 2010 – War Drama – 80mn


ULTIMATUM

Written, Produced & Directed by Djakaridja Diarrassouba & Sylla Kalilou – Staged by Kassi Marc Serge
Cast: Djakaridja Diarrassouba; Diomande N’Vassadia & N’zi Yao Didiek Fabrice

OUT OF COMPETITIONFIRST TIME DIRECTOR – World Premiere
Ultimatum est un film qui met en exergue la vie dans les quartiers dit précaires et les arts martiaux en Cote d’Ivoire.
Ivory Coast 2012 – Action Adventure – 90mn
Facebook: Film Ultimatum


ZENNE (DANCER)

Produced & Directed by Caner Alper & Mehmet Binay
Cast: Kerem Can, Giovanni Arvaneh, ErkanAvcı & Tilbe Saran

COMPETITION – First Time Directors
A story about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots of love and support from his family, and Ahmet born to an eastern and conservative family whose quest for honesty and liberty results in a tragic end. Based on true stories.
Turkey 2011 – Drama – 99mn
www.zennethemovie.com


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