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“Fine mix, alternating poetic moments and absurd humour”This stylish, feminist western from Indonesia guarantees a unique viewing experience. Marlina has just been widowed when a local gang shows up at her remote farm on the patriarchal island of Sumba. The head of the gang announces that he and his men are going to rob her and abuse her, but that they would first like to be served a meal. As the film’s title suggests, this does not turn out well for the uninvited visitors. However, Marlina’s problems as a single woman on Sumba are not yet over. Marlina the Murderer is as full of dry humour as a Jim Jarmusch film yet has all the hallmarks of a thrilling, classic western. The dry landscape of Sumba, so different to the rest of Indonesia, serves as a splendid background for this tale of revenge in four acts, with masterful CinemaScope images and a musical score that could have come from Ennio Morricone. There is, however, one major difference between this film and traditional westerns: the events in which Marlina becomes involved during her journey around the island are the day-to-day reality on Sumba. This makes Marlina a contemporary heroine in a remote corner of Indonesia.
“Fantastic film: sparkling, intimate and honest!”This sparkling film about a first true love is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman. Once more, Italian director Luca Guadagnino proves himself an extraordinarily sensual filmmaker. Unanimously praised, with 73 film awards and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay! Seventeen-year-old Elio spends the summer of 1983 with his parents in the Italian countryside. When Oliver, a handsome American research assistant, arrives in Italy to work with Elio’s intellectual father, Elio is intrigued. He comes up with all kinds of reasons to spend time with Oliver, and challenges him. Erotic tension develops between the two, and much of that tension arises out of what is left unsaid. f Elio’s emotional life is full of small nuances and contradictions. Director Guadagnino succeeds in having us watch in fascination as the two keep circling each other – quite literally, even, when they cycle together. Bits of daily life are interspersed with fragments brimming with rich erotic fantasies. Although Call Me by Your Name could have become just another coming-of-age story about innocence lost, there is no moralising here. What the lovers discover is sensuality and sensitivity, the comforting power of conversation, and an intimacy that transcends every physical connection. Yet even their summer comes to its inevitable end. Relationships turn out to be as ephemeral as our existence, but love remains indestructible.
“The relaxed chemistry of the main characters in love is infectious”'7 Giorni' (7 days) tells the impossible love story of Ivan and Chiara. The backdrop of this tale is a breathtakingly beautiful Italian landscape, and the story is both ironic and full of hope. Levanzo is a small, picturesque island near Sicily, where the Frenchman called Richard wants to marry his Italian bride, Francesca. To prepare for the wedding, Richard sends his brother Ivan to the island; Francesca sends her best friend, Chiara. The two have seven days to organise everything. Inadvertently and to their own surprise, they quickly fall in love. They decide to enjoy a seven-day affair, only until the wedding guests arrive on the island. But how do you stop love when it presents itself in all its glory? Addiction turns out to be a considerable motief in this film. The bride and bridegroom are both ex-addicts, and most of the weddings guests are as well. And then there is the addictive effect that being in love has on the main characters. '7 Giorni' takes an adult look at romantic love. Despite being in the throes of love, the two have no illusions. With its magnificent music, lovely underwater shots, meaningful encounters, poetic scenes and passionate sex, '7 Giorni' has more than enough for ninety minutes of film enjoyment.