Casts : Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine’s Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.
Casts : Jin Chen, Huang Xiao Ping, Lang Kai Bo
Adapted from the novel “Jue Dai,” “The Last Headwoman” tells the story of a beautiful girl named Yilan from the Yi nationality who becomes the leader of her village. Local audiences said they were fascinated by the film’s ethnic costumes and oriental flavor.
Casts : Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageninge
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.
Casts : Brian Cox, Andrew Buchan, Ken Duken
Documentary following the story of the sinking of the Cunard Liner Laconia in World War II through the personal testimonies of six survivors. The Laconia was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of West Africa in September 1942. Captain Hartenstein of the U-156 believed the ship to be a troop carrier but on finding that he had torpedoed civilians he launched a rescue operation taking people onto the U-boat and attaching lifeboats to the stern. The Americans based at Ascension Island intercepted a message for help from Hartenstein and sent a B-24 bomber to investigate. On locating the U-boat the Americans proceeded to drop several bombs, forcing the Germans to abandon the rescue. The survivors subsequently endured five days in a lifeboat with dwindling rations until they were finally picked up by the Vichy French Cruiser Le Gloire. The real life accounts of the survivors are supplemented with illustrative archival moving footage…
Casts : Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, the action centers on the love of Marie de Mezières for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father’s political ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Philippe de Montpensier, who she has never met. When Philippe is called away to fight, she is left in the care of Count Chabannes, an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare, and soon becomes exposed to the sexual and political intrigues of court.
Casts : Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu
In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong – or “old sames” – bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong’s descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever.
Casts : Michitaka Tsutsui, Kubozuka Yosuke, Kishi Keiko, Tokushige Satoshi
A stirring memoir about kamikaze pilots who gave their lives during the war, WWII film For Those We Love, a.k.a. I Go To Die For You, attracted a lot of attention in Japan from the get-go because of its sensitive topic and the participation of renowned writer and outspoken Tokyo governor Ishihara Shintaro. Known for his nationalistic leanings, Ishihara served as producer and screenwriter for the film, adapting his own novel for the big screen. The film is directed by Shinjo Taku (Okinawan Boys) and stars Kubozuka Yosuke (Ping Pong), along with Tsutsui Michitaka (The Crossing), Kishi Keiko (The Twilight Samurai), Tabe Mikako (Night Time Picnic), and Nakamura Tomoya (Rampo Noir).
For Those We Love follows a group of young kamikaze pilots during their final days, as remembered by an elderly restaurant operator who spent time with them before they flew off on their last mission. The film touches on the people whose lives were affected by the pilots, from their families to the townspeople near the military base, and features impressive aerial battle scenes. Though a potential harbor for controversy, this heart-tugging film mainly appeals to universal sentiments about youth, courage, and sacrifice, providing an anthem for the war dead.