Current Films

Café regular, Cairo

Ritesh Batra
Egypt, India 2011 | 11 Min. | OmU
A young Muslim couple sits in a café, talk­ing about the future of their rela­tion­ship for the first time and how pre­mar­i­tal sex could change it. The young woman wants … read more

Everybody in our Family

Radu Jude
Romania 2012 | 107 Min. | OmeU
There’s no way around it: modern man reacts to stress much like his stone-age fore­fa­thers, his phys­i­cal chem­istry decid­ing within sec­onds on fight or flight. Aside from the morn­ing hang­over, … read more

Sons of the Land
(Les Fils de la Terre)

Les Fils de la Terre

Edouard Bergeon
France | 87 Min. | OmeU

On a farm in the Pyre­nees, a few plain, func­tion­al build­ings, some pieces of equip­ment lying in the mud. In the cow barn, Sebastien Itard is hard at work. When the film­mak­er first met him, he said it was like seeing his own father: the same pinched expres­sion and ben­tover pos­ture from hard work. His father was also a live­stock farmer, who took his own life after he got into eco­nom­ic trou­ble – just like 400–800 other farm­ers in France every year. With half a mil­lion euros of debt on his shoul­ders, Sebastien Itard has a grow­ing family with soon four chil­dren to feed. His retired father still helps out on the farm but is con­stant­ly crit­i­ciz­ing him. SONS OF THE LAND fol­lows a year–and-a-half of dra­mat­ic events on the Itard farm. In between, the film­mak­er often flash­es back to his own family’s story, thus draw­ing par­al­lels between the fates of farm­ers and prob­lema­tiz­ing an agri­cul­tur­al system that lets them work like slaves for 15 hours a day for a month­ly income of 150 euro.

The Virgin, the Copts and Me

Namir Abdel Messeeh
Egypt, France, Qatar 2012 | 85 Min. | OmU
Namir’s mother is a Coptic Chris­t­ian. She is con­vinced that she can see an appari­tion of the Virgin Mary on a video tape orig­i­nat­ing from her home in Egypt. Her … read more

Unity through Culture

Christian Suhr, Ton Otto
Baluan Island, Denmark 2012 | 58 Min. | OmeU
Soanin Kilan­git is deter­mined to unite the people and attract inter­na­tion­al tourism through the revival of cul­ture on Baluan Island in the South Pacif­ic. He orga­nizes the largest cul­tur­al fes­ti­val … read more