Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Toys in the Attic

In an attic full of discarded junk, a pretty doll called Buttercup lives in an old trunk together with her friends, the marionette Sir Handsome, the lovable Teddy Bear, a Mechanical Mouse and the plasticine creature, Laurent. When Buttercup is snatched and taken off to the Land of Evil, her pals set out on a wondrous and daring adventure to rescue her from the all-powerful Head of State. Originally produced in the Czech language, the meticulously crafted animated feature is set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague. Following the symbolism of the Cold War era that impacted director Barta and the Czech Republic, the world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the west and the land of evil in the east. The despotic Head of State rules over the evil empire of the east with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the lovely "Buttercup" is kidnapped and held prisoner by The Head, it is up to her friends - a teddy bear, a mechanical mouse and marionette puppet - to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue. A teddy bear, a mechanical mouse, and a marionette join forces to save their kidnapped friend, Buttercup the doll, from the denizens of the Land of Evil.

2015 American Releases: Voices: Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Vivian Schilling, Cary Elwes.
Originally released as a Czech motion picture in 2009 with title: Na půdě, aneb, Kdo má dneska narozeniny?

Directed byJiří Barta
Produced byMiloslav Šmídmajer
Written by
  • Edgar Dutka
  • Jiří Barta
  • Jiří Lábus
  • Ivan Trojan
  • Vladimír Javorský
  • Petr Nárožný
  • Naďa Konvalinková
  • Miroslav Táborský
Music byMichal Pavlíček
CinematographyIvan Vít
Edited byLucie Halabová
At Armz
Ceská Televize
Continental Film
Eurocine Films
Krátký Film Praha
Universal Production Partners (UPP)
Bio Illusion
Distributed byCinemArt
Release dates
  • 5 March 2009 (2009-03-05) (Czech Republic)
Running time
75 minutes
  • Czech Republic
  • Japan
  • France
  • Slovakia
Box office$64,918


Mutluluk (Bliss)

Meryem (Özgü Namal), a young woman of about 17 years old, is believed to have been violated, and her village's customs call for her to be killed to restore honor and dignity to her family and village. A young, newly returned war veteran and son of the village leader, Cemal (Murat Han), is ordered to take Meryem to Istanbul and kill her, but at the last minute he doesn't allow himself to complete the task and the two, now unable to ever return to their village, run away together. Eventually, they meet up with ex-Professor Irfan, a man who has decided to live on a boat away from his wife and constricted life. In the end the real truth comes out and there is a surprise ending.
This movie is adapted from the international best selling novel by Zülfü Livaneli.

Directed byAbdullah Oğuz
Produced byAbdullah Oğuz
Written byKubilay Tunçer
Zülfü Livaneli
StarringÖzgü Namal
Talat Bulut
Murat Han
Lale Mansur
Music byZülfü Livaneli
CinematographyMirsad Herović
Edited byLevent Çelebi
Distributed byKenda Film
Release dates


Baby Arabia

Baby Arabia follows one of the oldest Thai-Muslim bands specializing in the subcultural genre of Arab-Malay music - the bouncy ethnic cross-pollination of Arabian melodies, Malay throbs,Thai Luke-thoong kicks, and a bit of Latin tempo. We meet Geh, founder of the band who taught himself to play the accordion 35 year ago. Geh is joined by Umar, a former Koran teacher and now a guitarist with a knack for Egyptian numbers. Fronting their band is Jamilah, a husky-voiced, humble diva who teaches the Koran during the day and sings Arabic songs at night while wondering if the world of melody can be both faith-bound and joyously secular. Baby Arabia plays cover version of classical as well as contemporary Arab and Malay music (though the band members do not speak those languages) and they've been touring mosque fairs, circumcision rites and weddings at Muslim communities around Bangkok and the Central Region for three decades. Though some Islamic scholars question their brand of worldly ... Written by Panu Aree

Brooklyn Boheme

Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant African American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the 80′s and 90′s that included the great Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Talib Kweli just to name a few. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature length documentary celebrates “Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance” and follows the rise of a new kind of African American artist, the Brooklyn Boheme.

65_Red Roses

The film began when Philip Lyall, a long-time friend of Markvoort, introduced her to his University of British Columbia film school partner Nimisha Mukerji. Lyall and Mukerji had been looking for a post-graduation project and decided to chronicle Markvoort’s wait for a double-lung transplant. They named the film 65_Redroses after Eva's online identity, which she had chosen because, according to the Canadian cystic fibrosis community, "sixty-five roses" is how many young children with the disease mispronounce “cystic fibrosis”. Eva added 'red' because it was her favourite colour.
When Lyall and Mukerji began shooting, Markvoort’s lungs were so clogged doctors said that without a transplant, she would not live to 2009. She was getting ready to visit a pumpkin patch the week before Halloween in 2007, when her pager went off, a signal to call the hospital transplant center. A pair of lungs was available for transplant. This sequence, emotional for both Markvoort and the filmmakers, was instrumental in attracting the attention and backing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Directed byPhilip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Produced byPhilip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
John Ritchie
Written byNettie Wild
StarringEva Markvoort
Music byAdam Locke-Norton
CinematographyMike Rae
Edited byJustin Cousineau
Philip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Force Four Entertainment
in association with
CBC Newsworld
Dualogue Productions
Release dates
  • October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09) (VIFF)