Leading you into the weekend, we've made five new films available on the site. There's an Estonian thriller, Tim Roth versus a lie detector, a romantic drama set in Minnesota, a Turkish war movie and and a disturbing account of life in an Iranian prison. More details after the jump.
Liar is a 1997 crime thriller. It was written and directed by the Pate brothers. Reservoir Dogs stars Tim Roth and Chris Penn reunite for this tale of cops and crooks with dark secrets. When a young woman is murdered, suspicion falls on shady textiles heir Wayland (Roth). But is he any more guilty than the cops on his case? It's interesting to see Mr Roth playing beat-the-lie-detector after he went on to play deception expert Dr Cal Lightman in the Fox series Lie To Me. The film also co-stars a young Renee Zellwegger and Rosanna Arquette.
Liar won the Special Jury Prize at the Cognac Crime/Thriller Film Festival and Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the Stockholm Film Festival. It is only available in the UK.
Our next film is also a thriller, this time from Estonia. Vasha (Brother) is a 2009 film, co-written and directed by Hannu Salonen. Tom, an innocent 16-year-old befriends Artur, a Chechen man he meets in Tallinn, after inadvertantly saving him from a car bomb. But the car bomb is only the latest of a series of betrayals which Artur believes he must avenge, and Tom is soon caught up in his dangerous, alien world. It's a gripping tale of revenge and murder.
Vasha is available in all four of our usual territories: Canada, Australia, the UK and the US.
Written and directed by Ali Selim based on the short story by Will Weaver, Sweet Land is a romantic drama, beautifully filmed. It follows the story of Inge, a young German woman who journeys to America to live in a remote farming community, and take part in an arranged marriage. A series of misunderstandings leaves her new neighbours scandalised and Inge and her fiancé isolated in a battle for love and acceptance.
Sweet Land was the winner of Best First Feature at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, and took home another five wins and two nominations.Alan Cumming's role was written for him after he championed the film project. The film is available in the UK only.
Next up is A Step Into Darkness, a Turkish war drama from 2009. After a raid on a village in northern Iraq by a troop of panicked and misinformed American soldiers, only Cennet, a young Turkman girl, survives. With no friends or family left, she sets off to find her older brother, Azim, but her journey takes a disturbing turn when she is approached to become a suicide bomber.
A Step Into Darkness is available in all four territories.
Our final film, Daybreak, is based on true accounts of Iranian prison life. Condemned convict Mansour finds himself trapped a living hell when his execution is continually postponed. This 2005 film does not make easy viewing but is a rewarding watch for those who brave it.
Daybreak is available for US viewers only.
After a raid on a village in northern Iraq by a troop of panicked American soldiers, only Cennet, a young Turkman girl, survives. With no-one else left, she sets off to find her older brother, Azim but her journey takes a disturbing turns when she is approached to become a suicide bomber.Watch Movie
Tom, an innocent 16-year-old befriends Artur, a Chechen man he meets in Tallinn, after inadvertantly saving him from a car bomb. But the car bomb is only the latest of a series of betrayals which Artur believes he must avenge, and Tom is soon caught up in his dangerous, alien world.Watch Movie