The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse

A torinói ló

by Béla Tarr , by Ágnes Hranitzky (Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland, USA , 2011 , 146 mins)
Horizon

Horizon

Tian Bian

Elena

Elena

Elena

Neighbouring Sounds

Neighbouring Sounds

O Som ao Redor

Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway

Sønner av Norge

by Jens Lien (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France , 2011 , 87 mins)
Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Hemel

Hemel

Hemel

Tabu

Tabu

Tabu

by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain , 2012 , 118 mins)
Atomic Age

Atomic Age

L'âge atomique

The Student

The Student

El estudiante

Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta se fue a los cielos

by Andrés Wood (Chile, Argentina, Brazil , 2011 , 110 mins)
Canícula

Canícula

Canícula

The Enemy

The Enemy

Neprijatelj

by Dejan Zecevic (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary , 2011 , 108 mins)
The Mirror Never Lies

The Mirror Never Lies

Laut bercermin

Southwest

Southwest

Sudoeste

Countdown

Countdown

Countdown

Beyond the Hill

Beyond the Hill

Tepenin Ardi

by Emin Alper (Turkey, Greece , 2012 , 94 mins)
Electrick Children

Electrick Children

Electrick Children

Vacuum

Vacuum

Vacuum

Living

Living

Zhit

by Vasily Sigarev (Russia , 2012 , 119 mins)
The Exchange

The Exchange

Hahithalfut

Ivan's Woman

Ivan's Woman

La mujer de Iván

Café regular, Cairo

Café regular, Cairo

Café Regular, Cairo

Hold Back

Hold Back

Rengaine

by Rachid Djaïdani (France , 2012 , 78 mins)
Welcome to Pine Hill

Welcome to Pine Hill

Welcome to Pine Hill

The Flat

The Flat

The Flat

by Arnon Goldfinger (Israel, Germany , 2011 , 97 mins)
Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur

Tram

Tram

Tram

ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards

ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards

ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards

by Stefano Sollima (Italy, France , 2012 , 112 mins)
The Last Step

The Last Step

Pele akher

The First Rains of Spring

The First Rains of Spring

The First Rains of Spring

Gamer

Gamer

Gámer

Neighbouring Sounds

Neighbouring Sounds

O Som ao Redor

Hansa

Hansa

Hansa

Play

Play

Play

by Ruben Ostlund (Sweden, France , 2011 , 118 mins)
Leviathan

Leviathan (2012)

Leviathan

The White Lions

The White Lions

Beli Lavovi

Where the Fire Burns

Where the Fire Burns

Atesin düstügü yer

In House

In House

Casadentro

The Master

The Master

The Master

The Interval

The Interval

L'intervallo

by Leonardo di Costanzo (Italy, Switzerland, Germany , 2012 , 90 mins)
In the House

In the House

Dans la maison

Call Girl

Call Girl

Call Girl

by Mikael Marcimain (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland , 2012 , 140 mins)
Everybody in Our Family

Everybody in Our Family

Toata lumea din familia noastra

The Convoy

The Convoy

Konvoy

Good Night, Missy

Good Night, Missy

Lahko noc, gospodicna

by Metod Pevec (Slovenia, Croatia , 2011 , 97 mins)
Starlet

Starlet

Starlet

Beauty: Nosilatiaj

Beauty: Nosilatiaj

Nosilatiaj. La Belleza

A World Not Ours

A World Not Ours

Alam laysa lana

by Mahdi Fleifel (UK, Lebanon, Denmark, United Arab Emirates , 2012 , 93 mins)
Coming Forth By Day

Coming Forth By Day

Al-khoroug lel-nahar

by Hala Lotfy (Egypt, United Arab Emirates , 2012 , 96 mins)
The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

La cinquième saison

Lapidation of Saint Etienne

Lapidation of Saint Etienne

La lapidació de Sant Esteve

Beautiful Valley

Beautiful Valley

Emek Tiferet

Another Night on Earth

Another Night on Earth

Another Night on Earth

Margaret

Margaret

Margaret

Appropriate Adult

Appropriate Adult

Appropriate Adult

A Hijacking

A Hijacking

Kapringen

Boy Eating the Bird's Food

Boy Eating the Bird's Food

To agori troei to fagito tou pouliou

Kolka Cool

Kolka Cool

Kolka Cool

Everyday

Everyday

Everyday

A Coffee in Berlin

A Coffee in Berlin

Oh Boy

Mushrooming

Mushrooming

Seenelkäik

Sister

Sister

L'enfant d'en haut

by Ursula Meier (France, Switzerland , 2012 , 97 mins)
Horses of God

Horses of God

Les chevaux de Dieu

by Nabil Ayouch (France, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco , 2011 , 115 mins)
The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

Syngué sabour, pierre de patience

by Atiq Rahimi (Afghanistan, France, Germany, UK , 2012 , 102 mins)
Touch of the Light

Touch of the Light

Ni guang fei xiang

by Rong-ji Chang (Taiwan , 2012 , Color , 110 mins)
Night of Silence

Night of Silence

Lal Gece

by Reis Celik (Turkey , 2012 , 92 mins)
The Towrope

The Towrope

La sirga

by William Vega (Colombia, México, France , 2012 , 88 mins)
The Daughter

The Daughter

Doch

Shell

Shell

Shell

Breach in the Silence

Breach in the Silence

Brecha en el silencio

Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Los mejores temas

The Repentant

The Repentant

El taaib

Itharamaathram

Itharamaathram

Itharamaathram

Yema

Yema

Yema

Familial Fever

Familial Fever

Homma aailiyya

by Amr Abdelhadi (Jordan , 2012 , Short , 13 mins)
Infiltrators

Infiltrators

Mutasalilun

by Khaled Jarrar (Palestine, United Arab Emirates , 2012 , 70 mins)
The Daughter

The Daughter

Doch

The Dead Man And Being Happy

The Dead Man And Being Happy

El muerto y ser feliz

by Javier Rebollo (Spain, France, Argentina , 2012 , 92 mins)

Grand Prix — Best Film of the Year

Amour
Amour Amour
(France, Germany, Austria, 2012, Color, 127 mins)

Love (Amour) opens with a terrifying scene: The fire brigade of Paris break into an apartment. The worried concierge has called them. They find the body of a dead woman in her bed, surrounded with flowers. It has been a while since she died.

The rest of the film is a flashback describing the series of events that lead to her death. The answers to the question "Why isn't she buried? Where are her relatives? What happened to her?" begin to hurt us slowly but deeply for they all relate to — almost — every adult’s inevitable experiences in old age. And eventually the story fills our eyes with tears. But rest assured that Love is not a melodrama; we cry as the result of a catharsis. Such a genuine catharsis is very rare in film. But Michael Haneke at the summit of his career as a director, achieves this level of excellence.

The simplicty of the plot, the calmness of the camera, silence filling in for the music, the clarity of Haneke's vision, his mastery as a storyteller, the solid performances of the actors and the meticulousness of art direction allow us to call Love a masterpiece. Michael Haneke clearly emphasizes that everything is meaningless without love. In the age of consumption, where love is not considered among the durables and is expected to have a three-year lifetime by certain auteurs, Haneke introduces us to an old couple living in harmony just like the music pieces they have been teaching about.
A love affair, especially when it passes to the phase of marriage, goes through many tests. Anne and Georges have not failed any of them, obviously. They have tuned in each time. They are both over 80 and still together. Theirs is a very refined form of love. After all these years it is drenched from the friction of passion and the stressful struggle for the future.

Then they face the only absolute truth of life: death. One last test to seal their love forever.

The apartment they have always been living in is the nest of their love, it is their shelter. They have taken refuge in their home, full of discs and books, comfortable armchairs and carpets. It is spacious and illuminous. They seldom leave it to go to a concert; they have a world of two within the walls. Occasional visits of their daughter, whose marriage to a famous musician seems to have become a business partnership, does not really cheer them up. Therefore, as they return proudly, after the successful concert of a former pupil, they feel very alarmed because of an attempted break-in to their apartment. A memento mori… The next day Anne has a minor cerebral hemorrhage. Although she is treated, her physical debilitation is inevitable in time. She only trusts her husband; he is the only person she cannot do without.

Death means separation. Death means the destruction of the life they have constructed together. Death means the wrong note which ruins their harmony. It is one thing they cannot be together in. The time is up for Anne, but how can Georges continue to live without his soulmate?

In a climactic scene George chases a pigeon that entered the apartment through the window. The poor bird is so scared that it does not know which way to escape. The trapped pigeon is a metaphor undoubtedly… Is it Anne? Is it Georges? Both of them? Does it mean that the soul has to leave the mortal body sooner or later?

As Anne's condition worsens and she is ashamed to be seen by others Georges does his best to protect her dignity. He protects her even from their own daughter. He respects his wife when she loses her consciousness and returns to a childish state in agony. In another climactic scene, the nurse they have hired combs Anne's hair rather harshly and does not realize she hurts her. In addition, she treats her as if she is a child. When Georges fires her, she is clueless about the reason. She protests that she turned down another job to accept this one and calls Georges "a mean old man". He wryly replies: "I hope you are treated the way you treat your patients."

There is no room for sentimentality in this film. No unnecessary compassion, no familial bonds, no hugs, no regrets. We cry our eyes out, but it comes as a result of the film stimulating delicate parts of our memories — the illness and/or loss of a beloved one which we have already experienced, or soon will. And above all comes the instinct and intellect of a great filmmaker who has understood the essence of life and is capable of reflecting it through cinema. It is Love.