The Village Ukraine has put together a list of films to introduce foreign viewers to contemporary Ukrainian cinema. Our intention is to draw our readers’ attention to films that they can legally stream from abroad, rather than compiling a definitive “best of” list.

Set on a desolate desert planet which produces a mind-altering drug that enables intergalactic travel, “Dune” cried out for an adventurous director to adapt it. David Lynch tried in 1984, and it was a disaster, but could Jodorowsky have done better? Director Frank Pavich tantalizes us with just that possibility in his wonderful documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” which tells the full story of “The greatest movie never made” (as the tagline puts it).

“Once you are familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s movies and then you hear that that guy’s next project was going to be ‘Dune,’ and you learn about the amazing actors he had lined up — Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, Orson Welles — and you hear Pink Floyd was going to do the soundtrack … You wanna see that movie!” says Pavich, speaking at a post-screening Q&A at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Halloween is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for scary movie marathons. And while watching "Friday the 13th" for the 137th time never fails to entertain, maybe it's time to check out a seriously terrifying movie that you probably have never even heard of. Add each of the following movies to your list. We guarantee they'll entertain, terrify, and disturb you.

'Tis the season to be ... gory! Truth be told, Japan's real season for scares and spooks falls during the summer months, not Halloween. But don't let that stop you from checking out some of the freakiest, scariest films ever made, here or anywhere else.

It’s a well-known fact that Russia has got a movie piracy problem. As a positive counter-action, Soviet/Russian production company Mosfilm recently announced a partnership with YouTube, unleashing tons of films for full, free, legal streaming on their online channel. Many are subtitled, and five new films will be added each week. For Western cinephiles, this is a prime opportunity to broaden horizons and venture into the lands of Soviet horror and banned silent film. For nostalgic expats, it’s a great chance to chortle and coo over “Shurik” and his Soviet-era leading man charms, i.e. black-framed glasses and a knack for time-machines. Here are a few suggestions for the weekend ahead for five types of movie watchers.

James Cameron and his team of minions may have produced the high watermark for 3D technology in the 21st century, but it seems the Nazis got there first. The Australian film-maker Philippe Mora says he has discovered two 30-minute 3D films shot by propagandists for the Third Reich in 1936, a full 16 years before the format first became briefly popular in the US.

Imagine returning from an exhausting adventure only to find that your home is abandoned, empty. Not just your home, but your neighborhood, your city, in fact, everyone, everywhere, seems to be missing. This is what happens to the crew of the first manned mission to Barnard's Star - they return after awakening from suspended animation to find that their ship-board AI has sent them on a relativistic tour of the stellar neighborhood while they slumbered, dilating time so severely that nearly 200 years have passed on Earth.


L5 is a hard science fiction dramatic miniseries for online distribution. The first episode of the miniseries will be 10 minutes, and will depict the late homecoming of the astronauts and the first steps towards exploring the interior of L5.

“Shaking Tokyo” is about an agoraphobic man, called hikikomori in Japanese. He sustains himself on pizza, living off of money left to him by his father. One day, he does the unthinkable: he makes eye contact with a pretty delivery girl — the first eyes he’s set upon in 10 years. At this moment, the earthquake occurs.

CinemAfrica Filmfestival slår upp portarna i Stockholm 24-28 februari. Måndagen den 18 januari börjar biljettförsäljningen! Pinfärska program finns att hämta på festivalbiograferna Sture, Zita, Bio Rio och Klarabiografen i Kulturhuset.

CinemAfrica Filmfestival bjuder på de bästa och senaste filmerna från den afrikanska kontinenten och diasporan. 2010 års program innehåller 28 filmer från 12 länder.

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