Biography

Soul Boys of the Western World

IMDb: 6.9
2014
102 min

A voyage through the heart of the 80s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau Ballet, this archive-only film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them imagined.


Country: UK

The Color of Fire

IMDb: 6.4
2015
70 min

First hand witness to the infamous World War II fire bombing and destruction of his hometown, Dresden, Germany, 15-year-old Diether Warneck lost his girlfriend and bicycled to the front-lines of the war, enlisting in the German army under Hitler’s rule. This single decision would haunt him for the rest of his life. Recalling the series of events that lead to his survival, Diether shares the extreme guilt he hid for seventy years while experiencing a life filled with love, family, intrigue, art and personal accomplishment.


Country: USA|Germany

Attila

IMDb: 6.7
177 min

A romanced story of Attila the Hun, since his childhood, when he lost his parents until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect to the great Roman strategist Flavius Aetius, his loves and passions, the gossips, intrigues and betrayals in Rome, all of these feelings evolved by magic and mysticism.


Country: USA|Lithuania

Ring of Fire

IMDb: 5.9
2013
90 min

“Ring of Fire” recounts June’s meteoric rise to fame with The Carter Family, considered the First Family of country music, before breaking out on her own to perform, when she would become a legend in her own right. Taking a personal look at June’s first two marriages, life with her daughters and touching relationship with her son, the movie showcases her infamous courtship with Cash and June’s heroic role in saving his life during his battles with substance abuse, as well as how her unwavering faith in God, confidence and talent has taught lessons to generations.


Country: USA

The Tillman Story

IMDb: 7.8
2010
94 min

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn’t done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev’s riveting and enraging documentary.


Country: USA

Eine Unerhörte Frau

IMDb: 6.8
2016
88 min

Based on true events, ”An Unheard Woman” tells the story of a Bavarian “Erin Brockovich”, who, to save her daughter’s life, even takes on the Bavarian government. Magdalena, the 9-years old daughter of bavarian farmer Hanni, suffers from a mysterious disease. First she stops growing, then slowly loses her eyesight. Hanni starts a nearly hopeless fight. At night she studies medical literature, at day she takes care of the farm. Additionally to that, she always also fights her personal demons from her youth and finally even risks her livelihood when she tangles with a powerful opponent in court hearings.


Country: Germany
Genre:

Cromwell

IMDb: 6.9
1970
139 min

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.


Country: UK|USA

Kelly’s Hollywood

IMDb: 9.2
2015
82 min

Kelly is a sassy young woman who loves performing and dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Her devoted brother Brian, an actor himself, sets out to do everything he can to help make her dream a reality. As sometimes happens in close-knit relationships, jealousy and co-dependency threaten to break the siblings apart. Kelly’s Hollywood is a loving glimpse into a tender relationship.


Country: USA

Frank & Jesse

IMDb: 5.9
1995
105 min

At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice.


Country: USA

Spirit of the Game

IMDb: 5.8
2016
97 min

In the lead up to the 1956 Olympic games, a group of missionaries are tasked with helping the fledgling Australian basketball team compete in their first ever Olympics, and in doing so, unite a nation still coming to grips after the war.


Country: Australia
Genre:

Charles Lloyd – Arrows Into Infinity

IMDb: 8.1
2012
113 min

Charles Lloyd was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s. His music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories. Catapulted into worldwide fame in his 20s, by his early 30s, he abandoned his life of touring and recording and went into seclusion in Big Sur, CA. Circumstance brought him back to a public life in the late 1980s. ‘Arrows Into Infinity’ is a journey in sound through the unusual life and career of this jazz legend. Lloyd’s own voice, and those who worked with him over the last five decades help us discover and better understand this enigmatic man and his spiritual pursuit through music. This film is a collaborative work between Lloyd’s wife Dorothy Darr; a painter, and videographer/filmmaker, Jeffery Morse.


Country: USA

Newman

IMDb: 6.8
2015
88 min

Legendary American asocial backwoods inventor Joseph Newman hap’s onto a brilliant discovery that ends the need for oil gas and nuclear dependency as we know it, but spends most of his life fighting conspiracy and Washington DC for a patent.


Country: USA

Witchfinder General

IMDb: 6.9
1968
86 min

England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain local power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men is Matthew Hopkins, who tours the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches.


Country: UK

Howl

IMDb: 6.8
2010
84 min

It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.


Country: USA

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

IMDb: 6.9
2005
98 min

Poet, singer / songwriter and ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his home about his life and times. The interview is interspersed with archive photos and exuberant praise and live perfomances from an eclectic mix of musicians, including: Jarvis Cocker, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Antony Hegarty, The Handsome Family and U2’s Bono and The Edge.


Country: USA

I Am Secretly An Important Man

IMDb: 7.2
2010
87 min

‘I Am Secretly an Important Man’ is a portrait of writer and poet Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle’s most celebrated and troubled voices. His angry, surprisingly fresh, lyrical writings are about sensitive souls, drifters and drug addicts, people alienated by a society that refuses to understand them. Bernstein was an integral part of the legendary Seattle rock scene of the late 80’s and early 90s, and in 1991 was dubbed the ‘Godfather of Grunge’ by the British magazine THE INDEPENDENT. Written by Anonymous


Country: USA

Who Took Johnny

IMDb: 7.3
2014
80 min

An examination of the infamous thirty-year-old cold case of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened to her son. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny.


Country: USA

The Reagans

IMDb: 5.9
2003
180 min

The miniseries featured James Brolin as Ronald Reagan and Judy Davis as Nancy Reagan, and covers the period in time from 1949 when Reagan was still in Hollywood, through his governorship of California until Reagan’s last day in office as President in 1989.


Country: USA|Canada

Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict

IMDb: 5.0
2008
86 min

Sue Silverman feels ‘neglected’ in bed by her hard-working husband Andrew and serially seduces men to ‘meaningless’ motel sex, even Rick Hudson, a contractor and fellow fund-raiser. After being swept into bed at work by French architecture writer Laurent Dekker, Sue seeks help from Dr. Robert Gardener, who discovers a childhood root cause. Andrew is no longer interested by the time she’s ready for addict clinic, and temptation lurks even there.


Country: USA|Canada

Mommie Dearest

IMDb: 6.7
1981
129 min

In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan’s attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother’s presence still overshadowing her.


Country: USA
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Waterloo

IMDb: 7.3
1970
128 min

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean’s best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.


Country: Italy|SovietUnion|USA

Bending the Light

IMDb: 6.8
2014
60 min

From acclaimed director Michael Apted (The Up Series, Masters of Sex, The World is Not Enough) comes a revealing look at the art of filmmaking and photography. A journey of glass, the documentary explores the relationship between the artisans who create camera lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses to capture their beloved art form. Bending the Light features never-before-seen footage from inside a premier Japanese lens factory, intimate interviews with lens engineers, and a peek into the world of award-winning photographers and cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, Greg Gorman, Simon Bruty, Laura El-Tantawy, and Richard Barnes.


Country: USA|Japan

Elena

IMDb: 7.8
2012
78 min

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. She only has a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and letters. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.


Country: Brazil|USA

Phil Spector

IMDb: 6.3
2013
92 min

A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.


Country: USA
Genre: ,

Into the Storm

IMDb: 7.1
2009
100 min

Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm, Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister’s life and career at the end of WWII.


Country: UK|USA

Kinsey

IMDb: 7.1
2004
118 min

Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into the mystery of human behavior.


Country: USA|Germany

Tyson

IMDb: 6.4
1995
110 min

The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of “Heavyweight Champion of the World”, and ultimately to his conviction for rape. The story of his turbulent life moves quickly, never focusing for long on anything in particular.


Country: USA

The Gathering Storm

IMDb: 7.6
2002
94 min

A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.


Country: UK|USA

Sinatra Club

IMDb: 4.6
2010
85 min

Brutal and celebrated Mafia gangster John Gotti (Danny Nucci) schemes, shoves and murders his way to the top of that world in this gritty biography told from the perspective of Salvatore Polisi (Jason Gedrick), who owns the Sinatra Club, where Gotti’s crew hangs out. Determined to make his name, the young Gotti plans a daring armored-car robbery that he expects to get him noticed by the bosses of each of New York’s five major crime families.


Country: USA

Queen Christina

IMDb: 7.8
1933
99 min

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.


Country: USA

E Agora? Lembra-me

IMDb: 7.4
2013
164 min

Joaquim Pinto has been living with HIV and VHC for almost twenty years. “What now? Remind Me” is the notebook of a year of clinical studies with toxic, mind altering drugs as yet unapproved. An open and eclectic reflection on time and memory, on epidemics and globalization, on survival beyond all expectations, on dissent and absolute love. In a to-and-fro between present and past memories, the film is also a tribute to friends departed and those who remain.


Country: Portugal|Spain

Winnie Mandela

IMDb: 6.0
2011
107 min

A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband’s incarceration.


Country: SouthAfrica|Canada

The Miracle Worker

IMDb: 8.1
1962
106 min

The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother’s voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston, arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch, the only tool they have in common, and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.


Country: USA
Genre: ,

Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer

IMDb: 7.2
2015
105 min

It is the late 1950s. Flourishing under the economic miracle, Germany grows increasingly apathetic about confronting the horrors of its recent past. Nevertheless, Fritz Bauer doggedly devotes his energies to bringing the Third Reich to justice. One day Bauer receives a letter from Argentina, written by a man who is certain that his daughter is dating the son of Adolph Eichmann. Excited by the promising lead, and mistrustful of a corrupt judiciary system where Nazis still lurk, Bauer journeys to Jerusalem to seek alliance with Mossad, the Israeli secret service. To do so is treason — yet committing treason is the only way Bauer can serve his country.


Country: Germany

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