My top 25 of SIFF 2008by ratcityfilmsociety | created - 23 Oct 2010 | updated - 23 Jun 2012 | Public
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1. Ben X (2007)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.
Votes: 18,024 | Gross: $0.00M
2. Under the Bombs (2007)
TV-14 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.
3. Captain Abu Raed (2007)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.
4. Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (2007)
81 min | Drama, War
A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »
6. Go with Peace Jamil (2008)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Drama
An Arabic tale that takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. About ancient religious hatred, about love, punishment, guilt and redemption, about being responsible for one's own actions and ... See full summary »
7. Juju Factory (2007)
97 min | Drama
Kongo is writing a book on the subject of immigrants but while his editor wants a kind of traveler's book in which ethnic exotic ingredients are offered to a European audience, Kongo has ... See full summary »
8. Time to Die (2007)
104 min | Drama
When the witty old lady Aniela finally gets rid of her last lodger, she thinks it's finally time for her to feel at home in her beautiful old wooden house. But her greedy son and neighbours have other plans.
10. Jar City (2006)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.
11. Leroy (2007)
89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Leroy (16) is an Afro-German boy who, not only notoriously unlucky, must also battle with an identity crisis born of the fact that he is both a highly cultured, well-mannered German AND ... See full summary »
12. Salawati (2008)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama
The story of a 12-year-old Singaporean-Malay girl who has just witnessed the death of her older brother, Shahim. The tragedy occurs when the boy goes for a swim and quickly gets into ... See full summary »
13. The Drummer (2007)
Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Music
A gangster's willful son is sent into hiding over sexual misconduct. Sent far, he unexpectedly takes up with remote Buddhist drummers who slowly but profoundly influence his life.
14. The Secret of the Grain (2007)
Not Rated | 151 min | Drama
In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.
Votes: 6,588 | Gross: $0.09M
19. Fighter (I) (2007)
100 min | Action, Drama
Aicha attends Kung Fu at her high school in Copenhagen. Her Muslim, Turkish father wants her to study hard and become a doctor but instead she starts training at a Kung Fu club where Emil helps with her training. They become friends.
22. Máncora (2008)
R | 100 min | Drama
An adventure drama that tells the story of Santiago, a 22-year old from Lima. Following his father's suicide, haunted by his inner daemons and hatred for the world in general, Santiago ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,080 | Gross: $0.03M
23. Love and Honour (2006)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Romance
A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.
Votes: 3,080 | Gross: $0.02M
25. Lady Jane (2008)
104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Muriel, François and René, three childhood friends from a working class neighbourhood of Marseille, suddenly stop their careers as thieves after having killed a jeweller.To keep a low ... See full summary »