Top Movies in World Cinema

The Protector 2

Independent
Watch Now Before It's In Theaters. Thai with English subtitles. Martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) performs some of the most death-defying stunts ever captured on film as he faces off with a deadly gang of underground street fighters.

Leap Year

Independent
Laura, a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat, is not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love. These short-lived affairs barely take the edge off her isolation, but then she meets the brooding, would-be actor Arturo. Their chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. The two embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. Their physical relationship seems headed for a very dark place as her secret past resurfaces, pushing Arturo to the limit in this intense, powerful and at times deeply unsettling movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries

Drama
Based on a true life story, The Motorcycle Diaries is an inspiring and thrilling adventure that traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit. The film follows two daring friends, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America. From executive producer Robert Redford and acclaimed director Walter Salles (Central Station) comes a life-changing journey that critics are hailing as "Magnificent!" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

The Protector

Independent
Taking on a deadly crime syndicate to rescue two elephants in a foreign country is a daunting challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham (Tony Jaa). Despite the help of Sergeant Mark (Phetthai Wongkhamlao), a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia, and Pla (Bongkod Kongmalai), a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose (Jin Xing), whose henchmen include Johnny (Tri Nguyen), a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK (Nathan B Jones).

Ip Man

Action & Adventure
Behind ever great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man (Donnie Yen) grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung-fun warriors - ultimately training martial arts icons such as Bruce Lee. This biopic from director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story.

Sin Nombre

Drama
From the studio that brought you the award-winning films, The Motorcycle Diaries and Traffic, comes the highly-acclaimed epic of two teens on a dangerous journey of hope.

IP Man 2

Action & Adventure
Newly arrived in Hong Kong, martial arts instructor Ip Man (Donnie Yen) encounters stiff opposition when he begins teaching the Wing Chun fighting style. But instead of bowing to his rivals' demands, he perseveres and retaliates with amazing speed and power. Inspired by Ip Man's life story, this martial arts sequel boasts impressive fight sequences and co-stars Lynn Hung, Simon Yam and Sammo Hung.

Diary of a Nymphomaniac

Independent
In this scintillating drama, an insatiable lust for sexual pleasure drives Val, a young French girl, into a sordid life of prostitution and destruction.

Wadjda

Drama
A story set in Saudi Arabia and focused on the experiences of a young girl who challenges her country's traditions.

Lockout

Action & Adventure
Luc Besson (Director of The Fifth Element) presents this futuristic thriller about a renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce, Prometheus) who is betrayed by his government and sentenced to 30 years frozen in a cryonic chamber 50 miles above Earth. The only way to avoid serving time is a suicide mission -- overcome a gang of ruthless prisoners and rescue the President's daughter (Maggie Grace, Taken). 2011 EuropaCorp. All Rights Reserved.

Clip

Independent
A rebellious teenager's relentless exploration of her newfound sexuality is the theme to this bold and very explicit drama. Fourteen-year-old Jasna lives in a dreary Belgrade suburb with her critically ill father and a nagging mother, so she flees with her gang of friends into a world of drug and alcohol-filled parties, always recording the debauchery in clips on her cell phone. She seeks comfort through her thuggish boyfriend, but he treats her as nothing more than a roughed-up sexual plaything, and as her loneliness mounts, Jasna finds herself unable to control her desires or her life.

Life Is Beautiful

Comedy
An inspired motion-picture masterpiece, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL was nominated in 1998 for 7 Academy Awards® -- winning 3 Oscars®, including one for Best Actor Roberto Benigni. In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) -- a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor -- has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II...and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!

Badges of Fury

Action & Adventure
When a series of eerie murders erupt across Hong Kong, two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick WANG (Zhang Wen) is a reckless risk-taker, and grizzled vet HUANG (Jet Li) is fed up with cleaning up his rookie's messes. After discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet LIU, the detectives (one now posing as her lover) are caught in a deadly game to lure the killer out.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

Independent
Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

Emmanuelle (1974)

Drama
Emmanuelle is a beautiful young model and lives in Bangkok together with her husband Jean, who's several years older. She likes him because he's taught her much, and he likes her because she's learning so well - and wants to often. Both are very tolerant in matters of extramarital affairs, so he doesn't mind the young Marie-Ange coming over every so often, although she obviously wants more than talk from his wife. But Emmanuelle is more fascinated by the older Bee, and joins her on a trip into the jungle.

The Crime Of Father Amaro

Drama
A priest discovers the path of virtue can be steep, and temptation can demand a heavy price, in this controversial drama from Mexico. Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young Catholic priest whose mentor, the Bishop (Ernesto Gomez Cruz), expects great things from him. However, like all priests, Amaro must first be assigned where he is needed most, which leads him to the small rural community of Los Reyes, where Amaro is to assist Father Benito (Sancho Gracia). To his shock, Amaro discovers Benito is hardly following Holy Law -- he's having an affair with Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon), a woman who runs a local restaurant, and he's been helping a drug dealer launder his profits in exchange for large donations to the church, which Benito feels is justified as the funds are being used to build a hospital and orphanage for the poor. Amaro is disgusted with Benito's actions, but he soon discovers his own weaknesses when he falls in love with Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon), Sanjuanera's teenage daughter. As Amelia finds herself falling for Amaro, she breaks off her relationship with Ruben (Andres Montiel), a reporter. Ruben responds by publishing a story which reveals the details of Benito's dealings with the drug dealers; Benito in turn tries to lay the blame at the feet of noble Father Natalio (Damian Alcazar), whose work with local peasants has been wrongly interpreted as supporting armed revolutionary factions. As Amaro tries desperately to distance himself from the growing scandal, he receives shocking news from Amelia when he learns she's pregnant with his child. The Crime of Father Amaro's portrayal of corruption within the Catholic Church led to an outcry from Catholic organizations, both in Mexico and the United States, where they attempted to organize a boycott of the film. However, the tactic failed in Mexico, where the controversy helped to boost ticket sales, making it the highest-grossing Mexican film ever in its native country.
2002 Alameda Films, Wanda Vision, Blu Films and Foprocine. All Rights Reserved.

Tai Chi Zero

Action & Adventure
In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone, from strong men to young children, defeats him using their Tai Chi moves. But when a man from the village's past returns with a frightening steam-powered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any costs, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan... who has a secret power of his own.

A Touch of Sin (Subtitled)

World Cinema
This daring, poetic and grand-scale film by master filmmaker Jia Zhang-Ke was inspired by shocking and true events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

Jane Eyre

Drama
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) star in acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga daring new adaptation of the timeless romance. When orphaned governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she's intrigued by her brooding wealthy employer, Rochester (Fassbender). His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever. Critics proclaim this captivating, sensual film is beautiful. A splendid example of how to turn a beloved work of classic literature into a movie." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)

Stronger Than Blood

Independent
Throughout Tommy and Sule's short 19-year-old lives, their friendship has become bulletproof; They are like brothers. Their gang is their family, and they live life like there's no tomorrow. They dream of opening an auto body shop together, but Tommy gets caught up in a botched drug deal and is sent to a juvenile prison. When he is released six months later, Tommy wants to clean up his life, but he will stop at nothing to find out who snitched on him. He promised himself that he wouldn't so much as touch anything illegal again, but the only support he has is from Sule and the old gang. Reluctantly, Tommy agrees to one final drug deal; A deal that promises to finance their body shop dream.

The Man From Nowhere

Drama
Tae-Sik is a widower with a mysterious past. When a young girl he befriends is kidnapped by a vicious drug gang, Tae-Sik rushes to save her. Hell-bent on justice after being framed by the nasty criminals, he takes the law into his own hands.

Chariots of Fire

Drama
Winner of four Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture! The inspiring true story of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson head a sterling cast of newcomers and veterans. MPAA Rating: PG (c) 1981 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

Slave Widow

Drama
After her husband kills himself, future prospects for the demure and beautiful Mitsuko Fuji look incredibly bleak. Fortunately, her dead husband's largest creditor, Mr. Kito, is there to offer a shoulder to cry on as he offers to settle all her debts. But, sure enough, Kito's charity comes with certain strings attached; namely that Mitsuko becomes his personal sex slave. Things become even more complicated when Kito's son Kazuhiko falls for the helpless widow, throwing into jeopardy his own marriage plans.

New Releases in World Cinema

The Protector 2

Independent
Watch Now Before It's In Theaters. Thai with English subtitles. Martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) performs some of the most death-defying stunts ever captured on film as he faces off with a deadly gang of underground street fighters.

A Touch of Sin (Subtitled)

World Cinema
This daring, poetic and grand-scale film by master filmmaker Jia Zhang-Ke was inspired by shocking and true events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

The French Minister

Comedy
Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier). Tavernier's blistering assault - based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speech writer - zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (a tour-de-force comic performance by Thierry Lhermitte). A human whirlwind and a man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the Loop, The French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.

The Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock

Independent
72 years have passed as deer herder Vukvukai lives in the depths of Chukotka. He is an old man full of energy and wisdom -- The Real Man of Tundra whose life can not be seen apart from the deer. His people take care of a huge herd -- over 14,000 deer. Their life is a non-stop struggle for survival and well-being in the most harsh weather conditions of Chaun-Chukotka. They deeply believe in the strength of tradition and so succeed in their struggle. The ancient culture of Nomadic Chukchi takes care of them, so they preserve and follow it. As far as it is now -- their realm remains stable. This is the Truth of Vukvukai.

The Rocket (Subtitled)

Independent
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival.

The Wonders

Independent
Inspired by a true story, Avi Nesher's The Wonders combines genres, moods and influences -- everything from film noir to Alice in Wonderland -- to create a unique and compelling movie that mixes mystery, comedy, psychological thriller, political intrigue and romance. The story focuses on Arnav, a graffiti artist and bartender, who lives near the Old City of Jerusalem. Wearing a mask, he paints walls at night and hopes that Vax, his former girlfriend who recently "found religion," will come back to him. But when Arnav sees a mysterious stranger forced into an abandoned apartment across the way by three bearded men, he becomes involved with a hard-boiled investigator, a gorgeous mystery woman, and the conflicted, mysterious captive himself.

La Maison de la Radio (Subtitled)

Independent
A vibrant portrait of Radio France, the nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Directed by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have), a master of the documentary genre, LA MAISON shows the day-to-day of a beloved cultural institution, as radio hosts, producers and journalists produce a vast array of shows to "culture-loving, politics-mad, talk-obsessed France" (Variety).

Stronger Than Blood

Independent
Throughout Tommy and Sule's short 19-year-old lives, their friendship has become bulletproof; They are like brothers. Their gang is their family, and they live life like there's no tomorrow. They dream of opening an auto body shop together, but Tommy gets caught up in a botched drug deal and is sent to a juvenile prison. When he is released six months later, Tommy wants to clean up his life, but he will stop at nothing to find out who snitched on him. He promised himself that he wouldn't so much as touch anything illegal again, but the only support he has is from Sule and the old gang. Reluctantly, Tommy agrees to one final drug deal; A deal that promises to finance their body shop dream.

Italy: Love it or Leave it

Documentary
Luca and Gustav are two young Italians who over the past few years have witnessed the exodus of many of their friends to other countries. Determined to leave as well, Luca attempts to convince Gustav to give Italy one more chance by taking a six-month-long road trip to see if they can fall in love with their country again. Traveling in an old Fiat 500, the pair discovers a country much divided, but on the edge of significant change. This hilarious and heartfelt doc reveals a journey across a country with a glorious past and future potential. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Welcome Aboard

Drama
A heartwarming story adapted from Eric Holder's novel, director Jean Becker takes a washed-up artist and a troubled teen on an exhilarating road trip through the beautiful landscapes of France's western seaboard...both looking for a reason to live and love life again.

Zaytoun

Independent
In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is twelve-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until the return to their ancestral land. Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into "Palestine" to plant his father's olive tree. The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey - one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. ZAYTOUN is a story of survival, reconciliation and friendship.

Wadjda

Drama
A story set in Saudi Arabia and focused on the experiences of a young girl who challenges her country's traditions.

Venus in Furs

Drama
Film director Hyun encounters a mysterious woman and asks her to be his muse. Intrigued with his daring proposal, she accepts. Soon she invites him to her villa in the country to give him some isolated space to write a screenplay. But her masochistic acts slowly consume his desire and longing. Hyun bears escalating humiliation and pain that are inflicted on him for the sake of being with his muse and ultimately signs over his life to her as a slave.

Black Out

Independent
An audacious crime-comedy-thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femmes fatales, and off-the-wall humor, Black Out is Guy Ritchie's Snatch by way of The Hangover, and a wickedly enjoyable ride.

On the day before his wedding, retired criminal Jos (Raymond Thiry) wakes up with a splitting headache, a missing wedding ring, and a dead body in bed next to him. With no memory of the previous day's events, he quickly finds himself pursued by suspicious narcotics officers and an assortment of eccentric and dangerous criminals who believe Jos has stolen 20 kilos of cocaine. With less than 24 hours to unravel the mystery, Jos is forced back into the seedy Amsterdam underworld in hopes that he can recover the coke and ring, and live long enough to make it to the altar.

These Birds Walk

Documentary
In this beautifully filmed, inspirational documentary, a high-spirited runaway boy in Pakistan tries to find his way back home from the orphanage in which he lives, aided by a sympathetic ambulance driver who was once a street kid himself.

Memory of the Dead (Subtitled)

Independent
Following the sudden death of her husband, Alicia assembles all his friends at a vast country manor for a reading of his final letter. But Alicia also has other plans in mind -- helping her husband return from the grave with a spell that will put all of the gathered guests in mortal danger. Scary, hysterical and packed with mind-boggling visuals, MEMORY OF THE DEAD is the cinematic equivalent of a funhouse ride.

Mars & Avril

World Cinema
Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse.

Tokyo Playboy Club

Crime
When Katsutoshi finds trouble at work and hides out at his friend's titular nightclub, lives intersect and strange situations arise in this dark comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Tokyo nightlife.

Berlin Junction

Drama
Jos Bakker is a Dutch painter living in Berlin with his German girlfriend, Lana. When she tells him that she ?s pregnant and that they need to change their lifestyle and maybe he should get a ?real? job, Jos freaks out and a violent fight breaks out having Jos leave.
Jos needs to decide whether he wants to keep his unattached, free-spirited lifestyle or settle down and have a family. He embarks on a self discovery journey in the city of Berlin, where parties and distractions is routine. He hangs out with his friend Luci (Lucky), a party-animal turned drug dealer who wants Jos to keep his freedom and enjoy his life, but long time Luci ?s friend Gotti, argues that he needs to make a mature decision on his own and honor his girlfriend ?s love.
Through this self discovery journey, Jos meets different characters from different cultures, each one providing a piece of his puzzle and presenting different paths he may or may not follow. Jos has two choices, either go back to his girl, change his ways and start a family or abandon himself to the lures of Luci ?s lifestyle and be young-and-free forever.

Listen... Amaya

Indian Cinema
In this poignant Bollywood-styled indie interpretation about family ties and growing up, fiery 22-year old writer Amaya struggles to balance working life with family life. Leela, Amaya's widowed mother, makes a new friend, photographer Jayant 'Jazz.' Amaya and Jazz collaborate on the production of a coffee table book about the bazaars of Old Delhi. News that her mother and her work colleague decided to take their initial friendship further greatly trouble Amaya, and friction between mother and daughter reaches a boiling point.

POE: Project of Evil

Horror
Following up the successful "P.O.E.: Poetry of Eerie", some of the original filmmakers regrouped for this newest experiment which aims to bring the tales of Edgar Allen Poe to life through the distinct lens of Italian horror with spoken English. While the original film's focus was the poetic and macabre dimension of the infamous Boston author, this sequel focuses instead on the bloody, violent and disturbing. Stories include 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Solo', 'Loss of Breath', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather', and 'The Premature Burial'... Like you've never seen before!

The Skin I Live In (Subtitles)

Drama
A gifted plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) exacts revenge on the young man who assaulted his daughter. A shocking tale of retribution and obsession from Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. (Original TItle - The Skin I Live In) © 2011 El Deseo D.A., S.L.U. All Rights Reserved.

Romancing in Thin Air

Drama
After a popular actor is jilted at the altar by an actress he travels to the mountainous area of Yunnan province. There, he finds true love with a heartbroken woman who is also a secret fan of the actor