Tag Archives: ADIFF 2016

ADIFF Review – Departure

Elliot (Alex Lawther) and his mother Beatrice (Juliet Stevenson) return to the family’s holiday home in the South of France. The house has been sold, and the two are there to pack away their things. While back in France, Elliot begins to experiment with his sexuality, when he befriends a boy named Clément (Phénix Brossard), but when his father Philip (Finbar Lynch) arrives at the house, the curious calm is shattered, with truths long ignored coming to light. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Labyrinth of Lies

In Frankfurt of the 1950s, public prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) believes that those who served at Auschwitz have cases of murder, cruelty and abuse to answer. The trouble is that few others think there is a story to be told, since many of the atrocities carried out at the camp have been covered up. With the help of a small team, and some survivors of the camp, Radmann sets out to get justice for the survivors, and tell his country what really happened during World War II. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Black Mountain Poets

After their plan to steal a bulldozer is foiled, Lisa (Alice Lowe) and Claire (Dolly Wells) luck out when they find a car to steal. It is not long before they discover that the car belongs to sisters who are acclaimed poets on their way to a weekend retreat. In order to keep their cover, Lisa and Claire assume the identity of the poet sisters, and take their place at the retreat. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Demolition

After his wife is killed in a car crash, which he escapes without a scratch, Davis’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) grief takes a strange form. When a packet of peanut M&Ms gets stuck in a vending machine, Davis finds himself writing long, confessional letters to the company’s customer care department, and taking some advice from his father in law quite literally, he begins dismantling household objects that no longer work. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – My Name is Emily

Teenager Emily (Evanna Lynch) always had slightly off kilter parents – her father (Michael Smiley) read obsessively when she was born and did not speak for a year – but after tragedy strikes and Emily is sent to live with a foster family, she is determined to rescue her father from a psychiatric hospital and, with the help of a new friend Arden (George Webster), she sets out to do so. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Anomalisa

Michael Stone (David Thewlis) reutrns to Cincinatti to give a conference on customer service. While there, he dredges up old memories from the past, and thinks he finds kinship in Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The trouble is that Michael sees no differences between the people in his life, and it is not long before Lisa begins to blend into the background. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Disorder

Soldier Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) has returned from active service, but is struggling with hallucinations and paranoia. To earn some extra cash, he takes on a job as private security for a Lebanese man and his wife Jessie (Diane Kruger). Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Propaganda Game

Spanish filmmaker Álvaro Longoria sets out to take a look into the hermit country of North Korea, with the help of fellow Spaniard and seemingly self proclaimed Spanish Special Delegate of North Korea’s Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Alejandro Cao de Benós. While there, Longoria tries to dissect the truth from the propaganda, and find out what life is actually like in North Korea, but he soon learns that all is not black and white. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review -The Truth Commissioner

In Belfast, Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam) is appointed as Truth Commissioner to find out just what happened to the hundreds of people that went missing during the Troubles. In trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter Emma (Jasmine Hyde), Stanfeld’s personal attention is drawn to the case of a teenage boy who went missing, and his family’s quest to find out what happened to him, and get his body home for burial. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Traders

After the company they work for loses €14 billion overnight, Harry (Killian Scott) and Vernon (John Bradley) find themselves unemployed and desperate. Vernon, however, has a plan. Named ‘Trading’ the plan involves two consenting adults cashing in all their belongings then engaging in a winner take all fight to the death. “If you ever find yourself in a fight to the death”, says Harry “take my advice, go for the throat” and although Harry becomes all too good at Trading, he soon has people gearing up to take him down. Continue reading

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