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PLANET OF SNAIL (South Korea) Cat&Docs, 87mins. Dir: Yi Seung- Jun. The story of a man who has been deaf and blind from childhood, a deeply moving portrait of love and compassion that reaffirms the power of the senses. CinemaxX Studio 18

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (UK) Protagonist Pictures, 83mins. Dir: Malik Bendjelloul. Rodriguez was the greatest 1970s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the finest musician of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – reappearing years later. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the power of music. CinemaxX 4


LEE’S ADVENTURE (Germany, China) Action Concept, 90mins. Dir: Frant Gwo. Key cast: Jaycee Chan, Fiona Wang. Lee suffers from time perception disorder but when he meets a girl called Wang Qian, their lives change forever. Parliament

THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER (Italy) Intramovies, 85mins. Dir: Davide Manuli. Key cast: Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Elisa Sednaoui An adaptation of the 19th century Teutonic foundling story transposed to Sardinia. CinemaxX Studio 15

LOVE HURTS (Italy) Minerva Pictures, 100mins. Dir: Mirca Viola. Key cast: Stefania Rocca, Nicole Grimaudo, Tobias Helmerich. A comedy about love affairs. Germania is 40 years old, has a child and wants to become an actress. She falls in love with Gianmarco, but doesn’t know that he is a married man. Marriott 2


FOUR HORSEMEN (UK) Films Transit International, 80mins.

Dir: Ross Ashcroft. Twenty-three international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men explain how to establish a moral and just society and how to create a new economic world dramatically improving the quality of life for billions. CinemaxX Studio 17


THE FLYING MACHINE (Poland, China) Distribution Workshop, 76mins. Dir: Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey. Key cast: Heather Graham, Lang Lang. Live action/animation family film about stressed out businesswoman, Georgie, who takes her two children to see the animation ‘Magic Piano’, played live by famous pianist Lang Lang. Magically Georgie’s kids get transported inside the animation world. CineStar 4

SHUN LI AND THE POET (Italy, France) Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, 96mins. Dir: Andrea Segre. Key cast: Zao Thao, Rade Sherbedgia, Giuseppe Battiston. Love binds two solitudes. Along the Venetian lagoon, a delicate bond between a young Chinese woman and an aged fisherman becomes a poetic universe, a silent dialogue between two cultures, an odyssey that goes beyond conventions. CineStar 1

SNOWFLAKE (Spain) Filmax International, 90mins. Dir: Andres G. Schaer. Key cast: Elsa Pataky. Snowflake, a white gorilla, and his friend Ailur, a Buddhist black panther reincarnated into the body of a red panda, plan a sneak visit to a powerful witch to change the colour of his fur and become a normal gorilla. CinemaxX Studio 13


SURVIVING PROGRESS (Canada) National Film Board of Canada 87mins. Dir: Mathieu

Roy, Harold Crooks. Cinematic requiem to progress-as-usual. Some of the world’s foremost thinkers, activists, bankers and scientists challenge us to overcome progress traps. CineStar 5


A MILLION COLOURS (US) Fries Films, 110mins. Dir: Peter Bishai. Key cast: Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman. The true-life epic journey of South Africa’s once most famous teen movie star who, in the aftermath of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, is separated from the love of his life, becomes a fugitive and struggles to survive Apartheid. Marriott 3

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (Canada) Filmoption International, 92mins. Dir: Micheline Lanctot. Key cast: Madeleine Peloquin, Victor Trelles Turgeon, Rossif Sutherland. Human love or the love of God, which one is stronger? In 1959, in Sister Cecile’s class, Leonie meets Father Malachy. It’s love at first sight for the dreamy child. There’s also a spark between Sister Cecile and Father Malachy. CinemaxX 2

GRAYSTONE (US) 6 Sales, 83mins. Dir: Sean Stone. Key cast: Sean Stone, Alexander Wraith, Antonella Lentini In October 2009, three film-making friends break into Graystone, an abandoned asylum, to explore whether or not they believe in ghosts. But legend has it that anyone who ventures into the hospital will go mad. Marriott 1


MANIPULATION (Switzerland) Aspect Film, 92mins. Dir: Pascal Verdosci. Key cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sebastian Koch. When a compromising

photograph exposes a star reporter as a Soviet spy, he is unable to withstand the pressure and commits suicide. Agent Rappold is plagued by doubt. He realises that he himself is part of a conspiracy. CinemaxX Studio 12


INGENIOUS (US) Bleiberg Entertainment, 88mins. Dir: Jeff Balsmeyer. Key cast: Jeremy Renner, Dallas Roberts, Ayelet Zurer. The incredible true story of two friends, a small- time inventor and a fast- talking salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. CinemaxX Studio 11

SHADOWDANCER (UK, Ireland) Wild Bunch, 100mins. Dir: James Marsh. Key cast: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson. Colette McVeigh – widow, mother, IRA terrorist – has lived the Republican cause for all of her 29, violence-shadowed years. Now she’s an informer for MI5. CineStar 2

TATANKA (Italy) Minerva Pictures, 105mins. Dir: Giuseppe Gagliardi. Key cast: Clemente Russo, Giorgio Colangeli, Rade Serbedzija. The movie is a hard- hitting cinematic portrait of a young southern Italian man’s degradation and redemption through boxing. Michele is doomed to a life of crime, but manages to emancipate himself through boxing. CinemaxX Studio 19


LAST SCREENING (France) Les Films du Losange, 81mins. Dir: Laurent Achard. Key cast: Pascal Cervo, Charlotte Van Kemmel, Karole Rocher A young man, Sylvain, devotes his life to a local theatre condemned to bankruptcy, in which he lives. He is the

programmer, the operator, and the cashier. Every night, after the show, he goes out for a murderous ritual. CinemaxX Studio 14


BLISSESTRASSE (Germany, Canada) Bogeydom Licensing, 99mins. Dir: Paul Donovan. Key cast: Michael McManus, Alex Goode, Meredith Holcomb. Story of a group of young American-Christian fundamentalists put together on a mission to Berlin to try to bring the Germans back to Jesus. In this jungle only the most cynical will survive. CineStar 6 By invitation only

HAYABUSA: THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (Japan) Toei Company 136mins. Dir: Tomoyuki Takimoto. Key cast: Ken Watanabe, Yosuke Eguchi, Hidetaka Yoshioka dffb-Kino

VINYLMANIA –WHEN LIFE RUNS AT 33 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (Italy, France, Germany) Deckert Distribution 76mins. Dir: Paolo Campana. Have you ever listened to a vinyl record? With its unique sound and crackling that gives you butterflies? From Tokyo to New York, London, Paris and Prague we meet a tribe of collectors, DJs, musicians and artists. CinemaxX Studio 18


RENT-A-CAT (Japan) Nikkatsu Corporation, 110mins. Dir: Naoko Ogigami. Key cast: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi. “Rent-a-Cat, cat, cat. Feeling lonely? I’ll lend you a cat.” Every day, Sayoko walks along the riverside pulling a cart full of cats, repeating these words through her megaphone, hoping to rescue lonely hearts. CinemaxX 10

REPORTED MISSING (Germany) Junifilm, 86mins. Dir: Jan Speckenbach. Key cast: Andre M. Hennicke, Luzie Ahrens, Sylvana Krappatsch. Searching for his vanished daughter, Lothar realises a whole generation of children is disappearing. CinemaxX Studio 16


NIGHT OF THE TEMPLAR (US) Archstone Distribution, 108mins. Dir: Paul Sampson. Key cast: Paul Sampson, David Carradine, Udo Kier. A medieval knight resurrects to fulfil his vow and bestow a blood- thirst vengeance upon the kindred spirits of those who betrayed him long ago. Marriott 2

WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN (US) Media Luna New Films, 93mins. Dir: Mun Chee Yong. Key cast: Eric Mabius, Will Yun Lee, Fernando Noriega. A moving story about four men whose lives intersect for a brief time in the city of Los Angeles with life changing consequences. CinemaxX Studio 17


SALSIPUEDES (Argentina) KL Audiovisual, 66mins. Dir: Mariano Luque. Key cast: Mara Santucho, Marcelo Arbach, Mariana Briski. Summer is in full swing in the verdant natural surroundings near the Northern Argentinean town of Salsipuedes. Rafa and Carmen’s camping trip is about to be punctuated by a visit from her mother and sister. Yet while her mother is quick to apply her magic cream to cover up Carmen’s swelling eye, there’s no easy way of lifting the pall it has already cast over proceedings. CinemaxX 6


CONDITION (Germany) Deckert Distribution GmbH 74mins. Dir: Thomas Heise. CinemaxX 6

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