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All you wanted to know about 21st Century European cinema, but were afraid to ask
Six masterpieces of modern cinema available together for the first time. Showcasing six of the most important and influential European films of recent years, from double Palme d'Or winners Emir Kusturica and Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne to this year's winner, Austrian Michael Haneke, Danish enfant terrible Lars von Trier and his mentor Jørgen Leth, Michel Gondry and German wunderkind Fatih Akin, this box set will explain everything you wanted to know about 21st century European cinema, but were afraid to ask.
THE PIANO TEACHER France/Austria 2001
Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity in this powerful and controversial work from award-winning filmmaker Michael Haneke. She plays Erika Kohut, a repressed, middle-aged piano teacher who lives with her tyrannical mother, and whose extreme desires are unleashed after a liaison with a handsome student.
THE SON Belgium 2002
A deceptively simple story about a carpenter and a new apprentice. Who is this boy Francis? If Olivier refused to take him into his workshop, why is he following him everywhere? Why does he seem so afraid of him? Humane and intensely realistic, The Son is a tense psychological thriller.
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS Denmark 2003
Lars von Trier challenges his mentor Jørgen Leth to remake his 1967 short The Perfect Human five times, each time under increasingly arduous conditions. First technical constraints are imposed, then geographical, each hurdle more fiendish than the last. The result is a wickedly enjoyable filmic duel and an insight into the human creative process.
LIFE IS A MIRACLE Serbia & Montenegro/France/Italy 2004
1992: Luka has installed himself in a remote Bosnian village with his diva wife and their son. When war breaks out, his family desert him—his wife for another man, his son to the frontline—and he finds himself in charge of a beautiful POW, Sabaha. An exuberant tale of star-crossed lovers, full of wine, song and dancing from dual Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica.
THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP France/Italy 2006
A film like no other. Stéphane has a very fertile imagination but trouble with the everyday, retreating instead into his own world of invention and projection, blurring the real and unreal. When he falls for Stéphanie next door, he opens his fantasy world to her, a world of cardboard sculptures, time-travel machines, human flight and disasterology.
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Germany/Italy/Turkey 2007
The Edge of Heaven is a hauntingly moving ensemble drama from German-Turkish director Fatih Akin. Weaving storylines between Bremen and Istanbul, Akin brings together three families—a father and son, and two mothers and their daughters—caught up in inter-continental love affairs.