Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.
His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins.
As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors, whether bright, bad – or biutiful.
Biutiful is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who recently won an Academy Award for his work with Birdman. Als this film was nominated for 2 Oscars.
With the exception of an otherworldly prologue that remains mysterious well into the film, Biutiful is an unusually linear feature for Iñárritu, but no less involving or challenging than his previous works Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros. - TORONTO STAR
An overloaded agony parade of a film that’s such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it’s like watching a lush train wreck. - DETROIT NEWS
One day Inarritu may produce a masterpiece. For now, he’s given us another film where the whole doesn’t equal the individual parts. - DAILY MAIL
Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller.
Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog’s success in the ring leads to a violent altercation.
Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment.
And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he’s following his target, he’s interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help.
Amores Perros (aka Love’s a Bitch) was the debut from later Oscar-winning director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman).
In recent times the African country of Sudan has gone through two major civil wars, the loss of its rebellious southern oil region, and the indictments of its president for war crimes. Be our guests for the screening of two riveting films, set in Sudan.
DOCUMENTARY - Leni Riefenstahl was a German dancer, actress, and film director best known for her imposing propaganda films in support of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party. In 2000, Riefenstahl returned to East Africa to revisit the Nuba tribe she photographed in the late 70s, whose pictures restarted her career. Of course, this was not as simple as it sounds in war-torn Sudan and might easily have been her last trip. Her helicopter crashed and she was briefly reported dead. Ray Mueller’s LENI RIEFENSTAHL IN SUDAN (2003, 58 min) is the story of her voyage and what she found there.
FEATURE FILM - They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. Philippe Falardeau’s THE GOOD LIE (2014, 110 min) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. It’s a fascinating look at what happened to many Sudanese refugees, but also at how people who come from underprivileged parts of the world experience the United States.
Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.
When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.
The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed and a must-see for everybody in Cambodia; locals as visitors.
(141 minutes, biography, drama, history)
Set during the winter of 1981 – statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City’s history – A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
Magical! Beautiful! Highly recommended! - THE FLICKS
If you go expecting the usual gangster flick violence, you might come out feeling short-changed but, if you let the film get to you, this is an absorbing contribution to a central American obsession. - FILMINK
Though Abel remains a fish-out-of-water throughout,[Oscar] Isaac plays him with a fascinating assurance that never gives the slightest hint of a gasp for air. - HERALD SUN (AUSTRALIA)
‘A Most Violent Year’ is consistent with Chandor’s previous films, the financial-crisis drama ‘Margin Call’ and the Robert Redford survivalist saga ‘All Is Lost.’ These all are portraits of men in crisis, threatened by disasters with a deadline. - BUSINESS APPEAL
Romeet is pleased to present “Undivided Nature; the death within life / the life within death”, a solo exhibition by the Battambang based artist Sin Rithy.
This exhibition is a discussion of contradictions around several life & death forces. As long as life is, life is an empty blank space in which all stories can be written. Death, as a never-ending and certain journey, is full. Emptiness is the direct experience of boundless, ever-expanding and undivided nature.
Sin Rithy makes this exhibition literally alive, by including living animals and textiles waving in the wind. Nature, not in its botanical aspect but instead referring to the human being, the intrinsic instinct, represented through animals, conflict, canvas, wood or portraits is the main subject of Rithy’s works; but with this omniscient question: what is full and what is empty?
Overtaking sadness and pity, artist Sin Rithy tries to pictures emotions and feelings and to give to the audience an expression of the invisible wich always occupied emptiness to make it fullness.
Subjects of this Sin Rithy exhibition reveal the artist awareness of his past and thereby his redemption.
Julie Masis organizes a tour to bring people to visit the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday, February 12 from noon to 5 pm.
The tour includes transportation to the tribunal, which is about 40 minutes outside of Phnom Penh, as well as an introductory talk about the tribunal.
Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Visit-the-Khmer-Rouge-Tribunal/343135469147687
Professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is leading a casual-high learning curve photography workshop-tour in Phnom Penh.
During the 4-hour tour you will learn to set your camera for optimum results and discover Phnom Penh City with your camera.
This photo workshop is designed to make you a better photographer.
1/2 day from 1.30pm until 5.15pm from $55 per person.
Full day from 9.30am until 5.15pm $110,- p.p.
Includes all transportation by stand-by tuk-tuk-optional, ferry ride, fees and waters.
For Bookings Call: +855 (0) 60873847
Organized by: Cambodia Photo Tours
This new work by Heng Ravuth is a continuation of his last solo exhibition of the same title in 2011. Innermost II is a series of mixed media canvases depicting the artist in different positions of contemplation, repose and absorption.
Ravuth refers to his self-portraits as an “obsession” to express emotion, vulnerability and personal truth. Although the artist uses his own body and face to create the compositions, he obscures his identity to minimize a personal narrative leaving space for the viewer to imagine their own in his place. He sees himself not as a messenger but the medium.
Manu is a unique and impressive collection of two-metre high harmonious and uncluttered creations started one year ago. Representing the cycle of life, they follow the process of development of a human being, from the simplest primitive form to the most sophisticated structures.
Sothea Thang graduated from the Norton University where he studied architecture, Sothea opened his first exhibition in 2009, when a friend who saw one of his drawings, convinced him to organize it. Six exhibitions of paintings later Sothea started to explore new horizons: sculpture.