The three best friends Yusuf (Emircan Çal), Ali (Arda Şahin) and Ahmet live together in a small Anatolian village and spend every free minute together. However, when the three boys one day want to refresh themselves on a river near the village, Ahmet drowns tragically. At the funeral, Yusuf and Ali observe the imam of the village praying and are convinced that he is talking directly to their deceased friend. Henceforth, they do everything they can to become Imams in order to contact Ahmet and to ask him what he experiences in heaven. In doing so, they thoroughly disturb the tranquil village life and the grieving village community. However, with the help of Ahmet’s grandfather Osman (Oğuz Oktay), they are slowly learning what Islam is all about …
Den förtrollade vägen 1986
1h 39min | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 29 December 1986
Writer and psychiatrist Oscar Parland (1912-1997) narrates this nostalgic story about his early childhood memories and fantasies. Five-year-old Riki spends the summer of 1917 at his cosmopolitan family’s summer house by the Gulf of Finland. Surrounded by other children and eccentric adults who speak Swedish, German and Russian, Riki also encounters some fantastic animal characters no one else is able to see.
Celestial Camel 2015
Nebesnyy verblyud (original title)
1h 30min | Adventure, Family | 9 April 2016 (USA)
When his father sells their baby camel Altynka, his mother, Mara, escapes to be find her calf. Her disappearance is a potential disaster for the family so eldest son, Bayir, takes off to retrieve her. What follows is part road movie, part coming-of-age as Bayr adventures across the Kalmyk steppe.
Ausência (original title)
1h 27min | Drama | 26 November 2015 (Brazil)
“Absence” is a family, sexual, emotional and everyday drama. We follow Serginho’s daily routine: taking care of his mother and his 5 year-old brother; the work at the street market; his strong friendship with Mudinho and Silvinha and a complex relationship between sex and affection with Professor Ney. A net of moments in the life of a boy in transition.
Fiertés (original title) Drama | TV Mini-Series (2018– )
First, this is so safe and timid, one has to wonder why this was produced and aired on Arte and not France 2. Let’s admit they tried (very clumsily) to embrace a large audience. Still, if the third episode wasn’t set in 2013, you could swear this was produced in the 90’s. Fiertés (what a badly chosen title, considering the result) only is the mostly joyless depiction of the many pains that a gay man has to go through – as if a gay life was only a life of pain. But the worse part is that this limited series (pun intended) almost always choses the side of the heterosexual characters over the gay ones. As if asking for empathy from a straight audience toward gay men was impossible. Finally, the pace is severely lacking, everything is toned down to the point of total blandness, and the depiction of the working class is laughable. A serious misfire.
The Cormorants 2016
I cormorani (original title)
1h 29min | Adventure | 1 December 2016 (Italy)
In the summer of their twelfth year Matteo and Samuele spend their days between the river, the forest and the shopping center, but compared to previous years, something is changing. The game becomes boring, imagination gives way to discovery, adventure turns into life experience. A summer without beginning and without end, the story about a friendship, an age and a land which are obliged to change with the inexorable passage of time.
Who Killed Pixote? 1996
Quem Matou Pixote? (original title)
1h 56min | Biography, Drama | August 1996 (Canada)
The true story of the boy who became famous when he was cast for the main part on the Brazilian film Pixote (1981). After the film was over, he tried to work as an actor on other projects, with little success. As time went by, he got involved with crime.
In the comedy-drama Cas, Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own. Gradually, both men fall head over heels for Cas’ laconic charm and it forces them to reconsider their many long-term plans. Is Cas’ presence endangering their relationship or is he actually a blessing in disguise?