The Wonders

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Living in a remote part of rural Italy, German transplant Wolfgang and his family have all but turned their backs on the rest of society to live on their desolate farm and survive on their ramshackle beekeeping enterprise. Gelsomina, almost a teen and the oldest of his four daughters, is expected to be fully proficient … Continue reading

Toni Erdmann

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Winfried Conradi (Peter Simonischek) loves to clown around much to the annoyance of everyone including his ex-wife, and even the postman.  This suburban German ex-schoolteacher now semi-retired with just a few reluctant pupils learning piano left, his life revolves around his  elderly dog and his equally old mother who lives next door.  When both of … Continue reading


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Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay’s wistful melancholic dramady that swept his country’s  Goya and Gaudi Awards is about to hit US screens where it is bound to having very appreciative audiences also reaching for their Kleenex.   It’s the story of middle-aged Argentinian actor Julian (Ricardo Darin), now transplanted in Madrid for the past couple of decades … Continue reading

Ukrainian Sheriffs

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The pair of Ukrainian Sheriffs featured in this intriguing odd-ball documentary written/filmed/directed and edited by Roman Bondarchuk bear no resemblance at all to anyone bearing the same title in the Wild West.  But then that is hardly surprising as Stara Zburjivka their remote dilapidated village in Southern Ukraine bordering on to Crimea looks like time has … Continue reading

Wedding Doll

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Hajit, is a very pretty 24 year girl, who is obsessed with getting married. She doesn’t actually have a boyfriend, but she does have a potential groom in mind in the shape of her boss’s son who is totally unaware of her intentions. Hajit has a mild mental disability and works as a packer at the … Continue reading

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