Lily and Clara are two sisters who could not be more different. Lily inhabits a fantasy world, in harmony with nature, carefree and exuberant. She lives with her elderly mother in the old family house in the country. Clara, by contrast, is a city-dweller who lives a far more hectic life. When her mother dies, Clara is prompted to radically change her priorities and decides to devote herself to looking after Lily. Under her younger sister’s influence, Clara begins to experience a new zest for living…
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
An American biologist attending a big conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. Then people try to kill him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a former Stazi agent, he sets out to prove who he is and find out why this is happening.
Afghanistan. War correspondent Elsa Casanova is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. In some of the world’s most breathtaking yet hostile landscapes, a relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers who have no intention of letting their prey escape them and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in pursuit of their single aim – to bring her home alive. This strong, independent woman and these men of duty are thrown together and forced to confront situations of great danger that inextricably bind them – emotionally, violently and intimately.
Romy (Diane Kruger) and Richard (Gilles Lellouche) are a French couple on vacation in America. They play at being free and wild in the California desert, but can’t escape the shadow hanging over their relationship. A drunken night in a bar leads to a violent confrontation. Romy sees a chance to remake her life.
Following a tour of duty, French Special Services soldier Vincent (Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a Lebanese financier and his family. During a lavish party one night at their luxurious villa “Maryland,” Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business, Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Kruger) and their child. Vincent battles his own PTSD-fueled paranoia while clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.
Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]