2011 HKIFF

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1. ANPO: Art X War (2010)

89 min | Documentary, History, News

ANPO: Art X War tells the story of Japan's historic resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan's foremost artists. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Hoaglund | Stars: Makoto Aida, Setsu Asakura, Hiroshi Hamaya, Kazutoshi Handô

Votes: 35

2. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 months, to help stabilize the country against the Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 9,324 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Bunraku (2010)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

28 Metascore

The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for.

Director: Guy Moshe | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Gackt

Votes: 19,183

4. A Useful Life (2010)

Unrated | 67 min | Drama

A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.

Director: Federico Veiroj | Stars: Jorge Jellinek, Manuel Martinez Carril, Paola Venditto

Votes: 881

5. Chico & Rita (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Directors: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba | Stars: Eman Xor Oña, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams

Votes: 8,660 | Gross: $0.35M

6. Cool It (2010)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Bjørn Lomborg, Hashem Akbari, Joe Barton, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 805 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 70,074 | Gross: $4.31M

8. Los ojos de Julia (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui, Francesc Orella

Votes: 32,945

9. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Stars: Mikhail Kaufman, Elizaveta Svilova

Votes: 22,743

10. My Joy (2010)

Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

A few days in the life of truck driver Georgi, which seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitriy Gotsdiner

Votes: 2,228 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Norberto's Deadline (2010)

85 min | Comedy

NORBERTO'S DEADLINE - After being fired from his job, Norberto tries his luck as a real estate agent, but he doesn't tell his wife right away. His new boss advises him to take an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Hendler | Stars: César Troncoso, Fernando Amaral, Roberto Suárez, Eugenia Guerty

Votes: 146

12. Oceans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 9,095 | Gross: $19.42M

13. Old Dog (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

Director: Pema Tseden | Stars: Yanbum Gyal, Drolma Kyab, Lochey, Tamdrin Tso

Votes: 78

14. Potiche (2010)

R | 103 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

A housewife and grandma takes over the family business 1977, after her husband is hurt during a strike.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard

Votes: 10,183 | Gross: $1.62M

15. Senior Year (2010)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A high school movie featuring a mix of real students and professional actors that deals with the experience of finding one's identity in a country that barely has one.

Director: Jerrold Tarog | Stars: LJ Moreno, Che Ramos, Danielle Afuang, Aaron Balana

Votes: 39

16. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi

Votes: 23,937 | Gross: $0.31M

17. Tears of Gaza (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, War

69 Metascore

In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed. The film also depicts the ability of women and children to handle their everyday life after a... See full summary »

Director: Vibeke Løkkeberg

Votes: 501

18. The Ditch (2010)

112 min | Drama

It recounts the harrowing story of life at one of Mao's camps, at the end of the fifties, where 'rightists' were sent to be 're-educated through labor'.

Director: Bing Wang | Stars: Ye Lu, Renjun Lian, Cenzi Xu, Haoyu Yang

Votes: 399

19. The Light Thief (2010)

80 min | Drama

The main hero of the film is an electrician with a far greater effect on the people around him than his job defines. He is the last link in a huge energetic system and he becomes the ... See full summary »

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat | Stars: Aktan Arym Kubat, Taalaikan Abazova, Askat Sulaimanov, Asan Amanov

Votes: 395

20. Tuesday, After Christmas (2010)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he's shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas.

Director: Radu Muntean | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor, Maria Popistasu, Sasa Paul-Szel

Votes: 4,354 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Family

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 10,737

22. Womb (2010)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf | Stars: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight

Votes: 13,472

23. Buddha Mountain (2010)

105 min | Drama

When they are evicted from their apartment in a provincial city in Northern China, a young bar singer and her two male friends rent rooms from a retired opera singer in Peking. The ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Li | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Bingbing Fan, Bo-lin Chen, Fei Long

Votes: 758

24. Carlos (2010)

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 13,016 | Gross: $0.15M

25. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 5,113

27. Solutions locales pour un désordre global (2010)

113 min | Documentary

Heroic machist industrial agronomy producing heavily contaminated and modified food and arid wastelands is challenged by several world examples of sensitive organic approach to producing food.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Dominique Guillet, Vandana Shiva, Ana Primavesi, Philippe Desbrosses

Votes: 303

28. Post Mortem (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In Chile, 1973, during the last days of Salvador Allende's presidency, an employee at a Morgue's recording office falls for a burlesque dancer who mysteriously disappears.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Amparo Noguera

Votes: 2,142

29. Eternity (2011)

105 min | Drama

The sort of love story that can only be believed in Thailand. A man returns after his death to the landscape of his youth and relives the love that was meant for eternity. Even if you don't... See full summary »

Director: Sivaroj Kongsakul | Stars: Pattraporn Jaturanrassmee, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Namfon Udomlertlak

Votes: 66



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