184 – Shot Caller (2017)

spacetime coordinates: 2010’s Southern California

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Shot Caller is an American crime thriller film directed and written by Ric Roman Waugh. The film stars Nikolaj Coster-WaldauOmari HardwickLake BellJon BernthalEmory CohenJeffrey DonovanEvan Jones, with Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4633690/

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157 – Pilgrimage (2017)

spacetime coordinates: Ireland, 1209.

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Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past. As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the east coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger. The monks belatedly realize that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction.

Cast:

Tom Holland … The Novice – Brother Diarmuid

Jon Bernthal … The Mute

Richard Armitage … Raymond De Merville

Stanley Weber … The Cistercian – Brother Geraldus

John Lynch … The Herbalist – Brother Ciaran

Hugh O’Conor … Brother Cathal

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149 – The Bad Batch (2016)

spacetime coordinates:  future dystopia. south-western desert wasteland in Texas, makeshift town named Comfort

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The Bad Batch is a 2016 American romantic black comedy horror-thriller film directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour. The film stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi and Keanu Reeves.

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134 – The Way Back (2010)

spacetime coordinates: 1940 Siberia, Soviet Union  Lake BaikalMongoliaGobi Desert, the Himalayas

 

the Way Back is a 2010 survival drama film directed by Peter Weir, from a screenplay by Weir and Keith Clarke. The film is inspired by The Long Walk (1956), the memoir by former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz, who claimed to have escaped from a Soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles to freedom in World War II. The film stars Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, and Saoirse Ronan, with Alexandru Potocean, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Gustaf Skarsgård, Dragoş Bucur and Mark Strong.

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Regardless of whether or not this particular “long walk” really took place, during World War II other Poles undertook difficult journeys attempting to leave the Soviet Union. Accounts of their escapes can be found in the archives of the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London, and in the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, in California. Also, several relatively verifiable and believable escapee autobiographies have been published in English, e.g., Michael Krupa’s Shallow Graves in Siberia.

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Many of the events that happen in the gulag scenes come from Varlam Shalamov’s The Kolyma Tales. (read/download PDF here)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023114/