European Film College 2015/16

by el_Sveppi | created - 27 Aug 2015 | updated - 30 Apr 2016 | Public

Films screened at EFC in 2015/16

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1. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 16,567 | Gross: $0.94M

Faculty documentary screening

2. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 61,154

Faculty fiction screening

3. Who Killed Brown Owl (2004)

10 min | Short

In a 10-minutes long-take camera moves on and over a park in London showing the regular fellows doing regular stuff in a holiday but - there is something more to it.

Directors: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Votes: 49

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

4. The Banker (2004)

12 min | Short, Comedy

A story about unrequited love, focused on a lonely scientist who toils away in a sperm bank.

Director: Hattie Dalton | Stars: Adam Cocker, Chris Coghill, Tina Deen, Amerjit Deu

Votes: 180

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

5. School of Life (2004)

8 min | Comedy, Drama, Short

Stanley is a student who turns down his friend Gordon's invitation to cut class, saying that maybe today they'll learn something, maybe today the school will teach something. Sure enough, ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Polonsky | Stars: Jack Doolan, Susan Lynch, Chris Mant, Jonathan Readwin

Votes: 119

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

6. Milk (I) (2005)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy

Reluctant Jennifer must bathe Nan, her mischievous grandmother. Things are initially awkward between them until they begin to play and get to know each other again. Nan is scared of the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mackie Burns | Stars: Brenda Fricker, Kathleen McDermott

Votes: 57

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

7. Little Terrorist (2004)

TV-PG | 15 min | Drama, Short

The movie revolves around Jamal, a 10 year old Pakistani Muslim boy. While he was playing cricket near the Indo-Pak border with some of his friends, he crossed the Indian side of the border... See full summary »

Director: Ashvin Kumar | Stars: Julfuqar Ali, Sushil Sharma, Megnaa Mehtta

Votes: 625

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

8. Two Cars, One Night (2004)

12 min | Drama, Romance, Short

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards, Riwai Waka

Votes: 1,671

Shorts screened instead of Beach Trip

9. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 137,430 | Gross: $0.31M

Screened in place of the Five Obstructions

10. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 31,126 | Gross: $2.67M

Student screening

11. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,813 | Gross: $0.09M

Screened as part of Secret Screening Double Bill

12. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,184,641 | Gross: $120.54M

13. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 256,562

14. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy

Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Hanne Aagesen

Votes: 12,917

Student screening

15. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 244,438 | Gross: $104.95M

Screening Classics

16. Black Cat, White Cat (1998)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A small time hustler gets more than he bargained for when he tries to repay his debts by marrying his son to a sister of a troublesome gangster.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Branka Katic, Florijan Ajdini

Votes: 48,525 | Gross: $0.35M

17. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,930 | Gross: $0.80M

18. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,922

19. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,571 | Gross: $1.32M

20. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 16,194 | Gross: $1.16M

21. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 478,735 | Gross: $1.23M

22. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 309,883 | Gross: $2.38M

Student screening

23. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara

Votes: 33,603 | Gross: $0.06M

Student screening

24. Greed (1924)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller

Votes: 8,555 | Gross: $0.16M

Screening classics

25. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 60,207 | Gross: $3.29M

Creative documentary faculty screening

26. Telling Lies (2001)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The morning after the night before, a rapid spiral of disastrous telephone calls chart the certain ruin of young Phil's day as he attempts to fib his way out of one scrape after another. Told entirely in animated captions.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Tim Cunningham, Juliet Jones, Penny Linfield, Shaun Mechen

Votes: 298

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

27. 10 Again (2002)

10 min | Short

Three pre-pubescent tales of unrequited love, unattainable cool, and unremarkable bras.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Abigail Freeman, Hannah Gerring, Joel Trotman, Alex Shaw

Votes: 27

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

28. What About the Bodies (2003)

7 min | Short, Mystery

Mystery and misfortune, in spades.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Allen Mechen, Ishbel Nicol, Philip Webster

Votes: 70

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

30. Soft (2006)

14 min | Short, Drama

A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Jonny Phillips, Matthew O'Shea, Michael Socha, Ashley Marshall

Votes: 716

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

31. A Storm and Some Snow (2006)


A two-hour electrical storm in two minutes.

Director: Simon Ellis

Votes: 6

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

32. Jam Today (2011)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Robert is stuck on a boating holiday with his parents in the English countryside. Impatient to grow and become a man, an unexpected sight cracks his world open.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Oliver Woollford, Helen Barford, Jonny Phillips, Lucy Challenger

Votes: 54

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

33. Stew & Punch (2013)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A dinner party with beef stew and much punch spirals out of control when the host couple are sucked into a bout of light-hearted arm wrestling.

Director: Simon Ellis | Stars: Marc Ryan-Jordan, Holly Lucas, Joel Morris, Holly Matthews

Votes: 55

Simon Ellis Shortfilm Retrospective

Simon Ellis lecture

35. Brass Heaven (2015)

Documentary, Short

Every weekend, groups of English men celebrate an imminent marriage by visiting Hamburg's red-light district for the local "brass". The drinking begins aboard the low-cost flight.

Director: Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis lecture

36. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

Votes: 983

Simon Ellis guest screening

37. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Nuts in May (1976)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman, Anthony O'Donnell, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 1,608

Simon Ellis guest screening

38. Incident by a Bank (2010)

12 min | Short, Action, Comedy

An attempted bank robbery. Follows the thought process of two confused witnesses, the filmographer and the producer.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Bahador Foladi, Ramtin Parvaneh, Leif Edlund, Rasmus Lindgren

Votes: 1,019

Simon Ellis screening shorts

39. Careful with That Axe! (2008)

2 min | Short, Comedy

A cautionary tale in which a boy becomes intrigued by his dad's wood-chopping axe - with nasty results.

Director: Jason Stutter | Stars: Cameron Stevens, Kevin Stevens

Votes: 61

Simon Ellis screening shorts

40. Natural Glasses (2001)

1 min | Short

A man with glasses sees a pair of glasses called "natural glasses" in a store, when he puts them on, he finds himself in a natural environment.

Director: Jens Lien | Star: Per Christian Veberg

Votes: 207

Simon Ellis screening shorts

41. The Centrifuge Brain Project (2012)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Based on his childhood fascination for the strange atmosphere of amusement parks Till Nowak created the fictional documentary 'The Centrifuge Brain Project'. He collected footage and used ... See full summary »

Director: Till Nowak | Star: Leslie Barany

Votes: 481

Simon Ellis screening shorts

42. The Apocalypse (2013)

5 min | Short, Action, Comedy

4 uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse.

Director: Andrew Zuchero | Stars: Martin Starr, Ella Rae Peck, Ben Pike, Kate Lyn Sheil

Votes: 167

Simon Ellis screening shorts

43. Stardust (2010)

20 min | Short, Action, Crime

Stardust is the second part of the trilogy where Provost investigates the boundaries of fiction and reality by filming everyday life with a hidden high resolution camera and editing the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Provost | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight

Votes: 30

Simon Ellis screening shorts