Rabu, 2 Oktober 2013

ASTRO A-LIST (OCTOBER 2013)

REF: astro/a-list & budiey.com

National Security
"In September 1985, when the ideology between South and North Korea is sharply opposed, South Korean democracy activist KIM Jeong-tae was forcefully dragged to Namyoung where the government’s national security agency is located. There he met LEE Doo-han, the professional interrogator who was notorious for the ruthless torture. With a distorted patriotism against the South Korean military regime, LEE detained KIM over 20 days and tortured him with water and electricity until he confessed that he was under the control of North Korea. 20 years later, KIM confronts LEE again who now becomes a political prisoner. Staring at LEE with vacant eyes, KIM asks himself “Will I ever be able to forgive him?”. 2014 Academy Awards - Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film. Official Selection: 2012 Busan International Film Festival, 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2013 Fribourg International Film Festival. 

I, Anna
Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Reid hasn’t slept for weeks. Recently separated from his wife and son, he prowls the city at night. He fields a call to an apartment, where he finds divorcee George Stone bludgeoned to death. Near the scene of the crime, Bernie is distracted by an encounter with a female passer-by, Anna, who leaves a lasting impression. He follows Anna and when they finally meet at a singles’ party, the mutual attraction is instant, although Anna has no recollection of Bernie, nor of the night they first met. As evidence begins to point to Anna’s involvement in Stone’s murder, Bernie’s professional judgement battles with his desire for intimacy and love. When the mystery deep within Anna’s mind finally unravels, it reveals a truth too painful to bear. 2012 Winner of Most Popular International First Feature for Barnaby Southcombe in Vancouver International Film Festival. 2012 Winner of Platinum Award for Cinematic Excellence for Barnaby Southcombe in Viareggio EuropaCinema. 

Moonlight in Jilin
Weiwei often dreams about her hometown Jilin and her childhood friends. Despite the sweet memories, she cannot go back. To get the substantial betrothal money, Weiwei dropped out of school, came to Taiwan to marry a man she's never met before. Weiwei promised her friends and relatives that she would lead a happy life in Taiwan. Surprisingly her husband turns out to be gangster and suddenly absconds with their money. Weiwei has no choice but to make a living in a massage store in which some"special services"are offered, but Weiwei insists on being professional. One day the police makes a raid and a junior officer Jiahao falls into love with Weiwei at first sight. 47th (2012) Golden Bell Awards - Best Sound Mixing & Editing. 12th (2012) South Taiwan Film Festival - Competition in Drama Movie Category. Official Selection: 2012 New Taipei City Film Art Festival - Opening Film. 

The Secret in Their Eyes
In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case. 2010 Academy Awards & Best Foreign Language Film. 2010 Goya Awards: Best Spanish Language Foreign Film & Best New Actress. Official Selection: 2009 San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. 

Berlin-7 
The war in Iraq had many victims. Many of them refugees. Atef, a quiet Engish school teacher, has been living in Baghdad for years. But, after the accidental shooting of his wife. Atef takes his daughter and son and escapes the violence that has tormented this once loving family. They escape to Berlin. But their arduous journey has just begun, as Atef learns that being a refugee in a foreign country is not the dream he once thought..And his family is not what he once knew. 31st Fajr international film festival (2013) - Winner: Best Technical and Artistic Achievement (Cinematography), Best Composer, Best Sound Effect & The Islamic Human Rights Prize. 

Mr Morgans Last Love
Story based on the Francoise Dorner novel, "La Douceur Assassine". A retired American widower meets a French woman who brightens his life. From the day Pauline (Clémence Poesy) lends him a helping hand on the bus, the suicidal, stubborn Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) stumbles back to happiness. Swept off his old feet by the young woman’s disarming vitality and unwavering optimism, the quiet teacher becomes an unlikely renewed student of life. In their every day adventures of finding a decent meal for lunch, visiting museums, or taking trips to the country, the odd couple explores the treasures of friendship, the comfort of companionship, the taste of romance – and the meaning of family. Through their mutual restoration of faith in people who care, Pauline embraces the idea of a new kind of family while Matthew finally reconnects with his estranged son Miles (Justin Kirk) who in turn finds himself deeply affected by the changes in his father. What begins as Miles’ and his sister Karen’s (Gillian Anderson) frustrated attempt to bring Matthew home to the US, leads to consequences in Miles’ own life that he never expected. Just in time, father and son learn to respect each other again, to let go of the past and open up to the future – and in their life lessons, they each in their own way find love and hope again.” Official Selection: 2013 Festival del film Locarno. 

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips
The secret to relationships for the nation's common women is revealed at last! Assistant Commercial director Choi Bona does all the hard and tedious work thanks to her indecisive personality. Endless nights of overwork has caused her face to be crisp and her hair to be messy. She is one of the most common women who doesn't even remember when her last date was. Then one day, she coincidentally ends up with a book called "Man Manual". She follows the instructions given by Dr. Swalski in the video and not only do men on the streets turn to look at her but top Hallyu star Lee Seung-jae has fallen for her. Will she be able to start a new relationship with "Man Manual"? 2013 Udine Far East Film Festival - Audience Award. 2013 FanTasia International Film Festival - Audience Awards & Best Asian Feature - Bronze. 

When Wolf Falls in Love with Sheep
This is a cute romantic love story which takes place in a neighbourhood where there are many "cram schools". A young man works at a photocopy shop and is stuck with the daily boring routine of making copies for test papers. On one of these monotonous days, he finds a drawing of a sheep on the back of a piece of test paper, which leads him to an unexpected journey. Taipei Film Awards 2013 - Best Technical Achievements. Asian Film Awards 2013 - Nominated Asian Film Award Best Newcomer - Man-shu Chien, Best Visual Effects.

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