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EL DIPUTADO
Sex and politics collide in Eloy de la Iglesiaís harrowing, hard-hitting tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself passionately in love with the man he must betray.

Contains nudity, harsh language and violence. Sexual situations and viewer discretion is advised.

(Spain, 1979) Director: Eloy de la Iglesia. Color. In Spanish with English subtitles. Running time: 110 minutes. Unrated.

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Ernesto
ERNESTO
Set in the Italian port of Trieste in 1911, ERNESTO is the coming-of-age chronicle of 17-year-old Ernesto, a handsome office clerk who dreams of becoming a violinist. An unexpected tryst with a sensitive dock worker open the youth to feelings he has previously been afraid to confront.

(Italy, 1979) Director: Salvatore Samperi. Cast: Martin Halm, Michele Placido, Virna Lisi. Color. In Italian with English subtitles. Running time: 90 minutes. Rated R

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THE FLAVOR OF CORN
Lorenzo, a handsome first-year professor in an isolated Italian village, falls under the spell of his most beguiling pupil, a dark-haired, starry-eyed 12-year-old named Duilio. As Lorenzo's relationship with his heartless girlfriend deteriorates, he finds himself walking the fields with his loving student. When their idyllic friendship is questioned by Duilio's suspicious stepmother, Lorenzo is brought to a crisis of conscience.

THE FLAVOR OF CORN is a bittersweet ode to male friendship and the confusion of first love.

(Italy, 1994) Director: Gianni Da Campo. Cast: Lorenzo Lena, and Marco Mestriner. Color. Italian with English subtitles. Running time: 92 minutes. Unrated.

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FORBIDDEN BEACH
Mexican cinema is famous for its passionate stories of jealousy and twisted desire. A trip to FORBIDDEN BEACH is a prime example. Director Enrique Gomez Vadillo (Worst Boy In Town) is your tour guide for this sordid tale of an angry adolescent with Oedipal tendencies gone wild. Thirteen-year-old Michel is vacationing with his recently widowed mother and cute-as-a-button younger brother when trouble arrives in the form of a handsome engineer with romantic designs on Mom. Fiercely protective of his late fatherís memory and determined to be the only man in his motherís life, this blue-eyes bad seed embarks on a vicious campaign of terror culminating in a brutal, blood-soaked finale.

(Mexico, 1984) Director: Enrique Gomez Vadillo Cast: Sasha Montenegro, Jose Alonzo, Jaime Garza and Oscar Alejandro. Color Running time: 84 minutes In Spanish with English subtitles Unrated

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FREEDOM IS PARADISE
Inspired by true events, FREEDOM IS PARADISE is the harrowing tale of a fiercely independent boy and his quest for the father he has never known. The first Russian motion picture ever filmed in actual Soviet prisons and reformatories, FREEDOM IS PARADISE combines a gritty documentary style with poetic lyricism. A riveting journey through the dark underside of the Soviet working class and institutional life, FREEDOM IS PARADISE captures a boyís fierce capacity to dream amidst the boldfaced cruelty of circumstance. This Grand Prize winner at the 1989 Montreal Film Festival addresses, with quiet eloquence, the sad irony of children dwelling on the margin.

(USSR, 1989) Director: Sergi Bodrov, Sr. Cast: Volodya Kozyrev, Alexander Bureyev, Svetlana Gaitan and Vitaulus Tomkus. Color. In Russian with English subtitles. Running time: 75 minutes. Full frontal nudity. Unrated.

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HIP HOP BOY
When Eric, an 11-year-old boy from Los Angeles, California, is not in school or busy doing his homework, he hangs out with his 14-year-old buddy Chris. They swim, tell jokes, eat and dance. Yes, dance. Well, at least Eric is the talented one here. The two boys end their day at the beach, where they do more swimming, chasing after one another and running off into the sunset.

Itís a story of a boy who finds in his friend, the big brother he never had.

(U.S.A., 1999) Director: M.L. DVD Bonus: Over 2 minutes of footage left on cutting room floor + Photo Gallery Running time: 27 minutes. Unrated

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