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journalist Upin Puri, and becomes the object of obsession and oppression triggering off a train of violence that ends in tragedy. Palais K

HARD LABOR (TRABALHAR CANSA) (Brazil) Drama, 99mins. Cinema Do Brasil. Dir: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra. Key cast: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes. Young housewife Helena decides to open a grocery store. She hires Paula as a maid to take care of her home and daughter. When Otavio, her husband, is suddenly fired, work relations between these three characters change, and disturbing occurrences start to threaten Helena’s business. Palais G

KOKO AND THE GHOSTS (Croatia) Family,

95mins. Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Dir: Daniel Kusan. Key cast: Antonio Parac, Filip Mayer, Kristian Bonacic. Young Koko has just moved with his parents from his idyllic countryside home to a big city. There, with the help of his new friends and a neighbour, he investigates the mysterious case of a deceased old man who used to live in the flat he has just moved into. The old man, it seems, has begun to reappear as a ghost. Palais E

LUCKY TROUBLE (Russia) Comedy, 101mins. Bazelevs. Dir: Levan Gabriadze. Key cast: Ivan Urgant, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Milla Jovovich. Slava Kolotiloff, an ordinary school teacher from a sleepy seaside

small town with an uncommon name Fingers, has arrived to conquer Moscow with a novel manuscript in his hands. Riviera 1

MICHAEL (Austria) Drama, 94mins. Les Films Du Losange. Dir: Markus Schleinzer. Key cast: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger. Describes the last five months of 10-year-old Wolfgang’s and 35-year- old Michael’s involuntary life together. Lerins 2

STILL WATERS (Australia) Horror, 80mins. Get Reel Films. Dir: Tana Smith. Key cast: Carmel Savage, John Maila, Kristy Hamby. The first thing you will feel is his breath on your neck. The last thing you will hear is the echo of

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your scream. Don’t open the door. Gray 1

THE STORY OF FENIST (US) Documentary, 55mins. Red Palette Pictures. Dir: Yelena Demikovsky. Tells the story of the great Russian puppeteer Igor Fokin, who entranced children and adults alike with his memorable performances in Harvard Square — where a stature stands of one of his puppets — from 1994 until his untimely death in 1996. Gray 5


NEITHER ALLAH, NOR MASTER! (France) Documentary, 80mins. Doc & Film International. Dir: Nadia El Fani. August 2010: Tunisia is in the middle of Ramadan under Ben Ali’s regime. Despite the weight

of censorship, Nadia El Fani films a country which seems open to the principle of freedom of conscience and liberal in its relationship to Islam. Three months later, the Tunisian Revolution breaks out, Nadia is out in the field. Arcades 2


LOVERBOY (Romania) Drama. Celluloid Dreams. Dir: Catalin Mitulescu. Key cast: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu. Salle Debussy


BLUE BIRD (Belgium) Drama, 95mins. 86mins. Coproduction Office. Dir: Gust Van Den Berghe. Key cast: ‘Bafiokadiepotey, Tenepotey, Nanty Liberia Bani. Theatre Croisette

HANEZU (HANEZU NO TSUKI) HANEZU (Japan) Drama, 91mins. Memento Films International (MFI). Dir: Naomi Kawase. Key cast: Tohta Komizu, Hako Oshima, Tetsuya Akikawa. Lumiere

HAPPY TO BE SO (US) Documentary, 46mins. Red Palette Pictures. Dir: Yelena Demikovsky. Key cast: Mireille Briane, Oleg Briansky. ‘Happy To Be So’ is a documentary about Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane, former principal dancers, renowned ballet teachers, and a dynamic duet for more than 50 years. Gray 5

STAVISKY (France) Drama, 120mins. Festival De Cannes. Dir: Alan

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