THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
1988, Sony Repertory, 126 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's third fantasy film (following TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL) is yet another terrific children's film that's just as entertaining (if not more so) for adults. The mythical Baron Munchausen (John Neville) materializes after a heinous performance of his life story, and sets off with pint-sized gamine Sally (Sarah Polley) to save a city in trouble, stopping off along the way for encounters with Oliver Reed, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams as the Moon King. "The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python - they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes." -Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


FARAWAY SO CLOSE!
1993, Sony Pictures Classics, 140 min, Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

In this sequel to WINGS OF DESIRE, Wenders' angels face post-Cold War Berlin - a world one angel, Cassiel (Otto Sandler), desperately wants to enter as a human. He does so, but his innocence and faith lead him into some difficult situations when his idealism clashes with the realities of the physical world. Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, and Willem Dafoe costar. In German with English subtitles.


BLACK BREAD
PA NEGRE
2010, 108 min, Spain, Dir: Agusti Villaronga

In Spain in 1944, 11-year-old Andreu (Francesc Colomer) witnesses the brutal murder of a man and his son in a forested ravine, and quickly runs home to tell his mother, Florencia (Nora Navas). Andreu soon thereafter is sent to live with his extended family in the countryside, where he befriends his jaded cousin Nuria (Marina Comas) who has lost her fingers to a grenade, and a consumptive boy who imagines he has angel wings. Loosely based on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations with the bleak fantastical soul of PAN'S LABYRINTH, subversive filmmaker Agusti Villaronga's harrowing and richly textured depiction of Spanish rural life during wartime is both challenging and rewarding. Winner of a whopping nine Goya Awards, including Best Film, Director, Actress (Navas), New Actor (Colomer), New Actress (Comas) and Supporting Actress (Laia Marull). "Dark to its heart and breathlessly watchable." -Variety In Spanish with English subtitles.


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