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Maiba Naman: Non-Hollywood Films On TV For The Pa-Artsy Fartsy In You

Move over, summer blockbusters. We've got a slew of non-explosive non-Hollywood films but are still worth watching here.
by Gelo Gonzales | May 13, 2014
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The summer months are typically reserved for big-budget blockbusters along the lines of Spider-man, Captain America and Godzilla. These are BIG films--especially the last one--that come packed with an entire season's worth of Looney Tunes TNT and other explosives.

But sometimes, the explosives just get too predictable, the fast-paced action, far too simple. This is what we'd like to call "blockbuster movie-fatigue." And to combat its effects, we need movies cut from a different cloth: quiet, salient non-Hollywood movies.

Did hearing that bore you immediately? Come on, movie bud, perk up, and give these four movies debuting on CinemaWorld--a cable channel specializing on award-winning films from all over the globe--a chance. Every Sunday, the channel premieres acclaimed international films that didn't show in local theaters. These movies below are the four that debuted or will debut this month.

1) Nobody Owns Me (2013/Directed by Kjell-Åke Andersson)

Imported from: Sweden

Quick recap: Mikael Presbrandt, who starred in 2010 Oscar-winner In A Better World, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug takes on the role of a divorcee and alcoholic father struggling to keep things together for the one person that remains to matter: his daughter, Lisa. Based on a true story, the story is set in 1970s Sweden, a time marked by the struggles of the working class--with alcohol being a massive coping mechanism. The alcohol and the financial struggles put to test the love a father has for his daughter and vice versa.

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Notable awards: Lead actor Mikael Presbrandt took home the Best Actor Award at the Swedish Oscar's, the Guldbagge Awards 2014.


Premieres on May 18, 9 p.m.

2) Tommy (2014/Directed by Tarik Saleh)

Imported from: Sweden

Quick recap: Based on a true story, Tommy tells the tale of one of the greatest heists in the history of Sweden. Estelle, her bank robber husband, the titular Tommy, and their daughter find themselves on the run, away from Stockholm after a heist gone awry. A year later, Estelle returns and makes her way back to locate her husband's former allies to demand his share of the loot. The events thereafter--as you would expect things to turn out when dealing with thugs--are hairy and messy and send Stockholm's underworld in a frenzy.

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Fast fact: Swedish indie-pop singer, Lykke Li, not only contributes a song to the film but also stars in it.

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