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Stockholm Film Festival 2009

This year was the festival’s 20th anniversary, so it was supposed to be a good one. Looking at the movie list, I must say that they didn’t disappoint. There was a great mix of movies from all over the world, although Africa was underrepresented and Asia got a bigger representation.

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Cove, The

Winner of many Best Documentary awards – including the first Critics Awards – The Cove shows how 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered on the Japanese city of Taijii.

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Luck (Indian Film)

Ram Mehra is a very unlucky guy. He doesn’t seem to get a break when it comes to his work or his personal life, always struck with bad luck in the aspects were he needs it. In struts Karim Moussa with his silk clothes, a kingpin that deals with high end and deadly bets. He promises Ram a better life as long as he becomes a pawn of human Russian roulette.

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Honokaa Boy

Honokaa Boy tells the story of a boy who ends up living in the small Hawaiian city of Honokaa after he mysteriously falls in love with the place during a failed trip with his girlfriend. There, he meets a bunch of very likable yet quirky people, who end up having an impact on his life.

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Mother (Korean Film)

Mother is a thriller that follows a mentally challenged 20-year-old that becomes the main suspect in the murder of a teenage girl, and his mother must do whatever it takes to prove he is innocent.

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Juri Ueno and the Five Bags

Ueno Juri to Itsutsu no Kaban (上野樹里と5つの鞄) is the 5-episode mini-series produced by WOWOW, in which Japanese actress Juri Ueno alongside directors Hideta Takahata, Michael Arias, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Takuma Takasaki, and Koji Hagiuda tell five different stories surrounding five different bags.

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Chang Shilei – Niu China

Just as its name in English states, Niu China is the album to showcase what’s new in the Chinese music world. From traditional sounding Chinese ballads to chanson francophone fused with electronic, R&B, Bossa Nova, to a Tango-ish sounding track, all the way to a mind-blowing fusion of Beijing opera with strong rock/electronic sounds.

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Inglourious Basterds

The Inglourious Basterds are the super secret group of Jewish-American soldiers sent to occupied France to kill and scare the freaking Nazis.