In 2020, with cinemas closed all over the world, most of the launches took place in streaming, which facilitated public access to the most awaited productions of the year. Bula brought together in a list the 20 best titles released this year in Brazil, which are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, the most popular platforms in the country. The selection was based on five other lists: "Esquire", "Empire", "NYT", "The Guardian" and "Rotten Tomatoes". Among those chosen are Liz Garbus's “Lost Girls: The Long Island Crimes”; “The Devil of Every Day”, by Antonio Dias; and the documentary “False Confessions”, directed by Katrine Philp.
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“Secret and Forbidden” tells the story of two women, Terry and Pat, who fall in love in 1947, a time when lesbians were attacked and raped on the streets of Chicago. They report how they managed to live this love secretly for more than 70 years, presenting themselves to others as cousins or best friends. The film is accompanied by records of the couple, who made a point of documenting the relationship from the beginning.
For nearly four decades, the discreet Jewish couple Karen and Barry Mason managed Circus of Books, a sex shop and pornographic video rental company in Los Angeles. In a short time, the place became a reference for the LGBT community, while Karen and Barry became the largest distributors of gay porn in the USA. In this documentary, the couple's daughter, Rachel, tells the story of the parents and the store.
At 16, Cyntoia Brown murdered a man who paid to have sex with her. She claimed self-defense, but showed no regret. Judged as an adult, Cyntoia was sentenced to life in prison. This documentary shows how activists and celebrities mobilized for Cyntoia and exposed failures of justice, causing the girl's case to turn around more than 15 years after her arrest.
In the early 1970s, adolescents with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation and discrimination. In this context, the Jened camp in Catskills started a revolution. Jened was a utopian place, welcoming these young people with summer sports and recreational activities. At the site, the first activists were formed who forever changed the legislation on accessibility for all.
The film tells the story of three black friends who fought in the Vietnam War: Otis, Eddie and Melvin. Years later, they decide to return to the place where they fought, in search of the remains of the squad leader. In addition, they hope to find a treasure that was hidden by their friend. On this journey, ex-soldiers have to deal with painful memories of the war.
When Mari Gilbert's daughter goes missing, she spends months campaigning for the police to properly investigate the case. But in the face of the authorities' indifference, Mari begins to follow the leads and look for her daughter on her own in the gated community on Long Island, where she was last seen. During the search, Mari discovers that several other women have disappeared under the same conditions. The film is based on real facts.
The story takes place in the 1960s, in a rural Ohio community, and follows several peculiar characters who were affected by the war in different ways. Chief among them, Willard Russell, is a veteran tormented for failing to save his wife from death. His son, Arvin Eugene, grows up trying to become a good man, but ends up being hit by the violence that dominates the city.
Tyler Rake, a black market mercenary, is tasked with rescuing Ovi, the son of one of India's biggest drug dealers, who is being held hostage by the city of Dhaka. Tyler needs to circumvent the kidnappers, the police and get out of town with the boy safely. If he succeeds, he will receive a great reward. But, even though he is physically prepared, Tyler is emotionally shaken by trauma from the past.
Based on the comics by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, the film tells the story of a group of immortal soldiers led by Andy. They live through the years disguising themselves among ordinary people and offering their services as mercenaries to those who can afford it. But, an emergency mission gets your superhuman abilities exposed. It is now Andy’s responsibility to protect his group.
Ellie Chu is a shy and intelligent student. To earn money and contribute to the bills at home, she does her colleagues' schoolwork. Paul, a soccer player struggling to express himself, asks Ellie to help him write a letter to Aster Flores, the most popular girl in high school. Ellie accepts the mission, but over time she also falls in love with Aster.
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During the Cold War, while the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union is taking place, two friends from a small American town are obsessed with the radio. Together, they discover a mysterious air frequency and try to find the origin of the waves. As their investigation progresses, supernatural things begin to happen in the city.
In a small fishing village in Maine, sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla live. As teenagers, they have just lost their mother and have to assume the household debt alone. Outraged, Mary goes out to drink and ends up being attacked by an unknown man. She murders him in self-defense and asks Priscilla for help in hiding the body. The pair tries to get rid of the corpse without leaving a trace, but the crime does not go unnoticed by the other residents of the village.
Henry Page, a 17-year-old boy, considers himself a romantic dreamer, but he never really fell in love. So he focuses on his studies to get into a good university and works as an editor for the school newspaper. On the first day of school in senior year, he meets Grace, a transfer student who is also interested in the newspaper. Henry falls in love with Grace, but the girl hides some secrets about the past.
Robert Bilott is a corporate lawyer famous for defending chemical industries. But when he represents a farmer whose land has been contaminated by the toxic waste from the great DuPont, he changes sides. For more than 20 years, Bilott has brought the company's environmental crimes to court. The more you investigate, the more you discover deaths and corruptions. But, your struggle can put your career and family at risk.
Barley and Ian are two elven brothers who live in a world full of magical creatures, only that they have replaced magic with the use of technology. Missing their father, who they never got to know, they find a gift left by him before he died: a staff that can bring him back to life for a day. But, the brothers are inexperienced and the spell goes wrong. Now, they need to find a way to reverse the error and get to see their father.
In the United States, investigators often use the Reid technique in their interrogations, a complex psychological tactic that forces suspects to confess to crimes. Over the years, many bullied defendants have pleaded guilty, even though they are innocent. "False Confessions" accompanies defense attorney Jane Fisher, who is determined to fight the Reid technique and free four innocents who have committed crimes they did not commit.
Three young offending friends are required to attend a camp for teenagers in the Scottish Highlands. Along with them, there is a supervisor who only accepted the opportunity to complete the curriculum. The four get along well, until they start being chased by wealthy hunters who want to kill them just for fun. The police appear, but do not support the boys, who need to defend themselves.
In 2016, the famous presenter Gretchen Carlson decides to sue Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Roger is a great executive at Fox News, so the complaint shocks the entire company. But, Gretchen's attitude makes other women have the courage to denounce Roger too, including anchor Megyn Kelly and ambitious newcomer Kayla Pospisil. The film is based on a real scandal.
Nagata is a screenwriter and director at a theater company in Tokyo. His work has not met with positive reviews and ticket sales are plummeting. In addition, your relationship with the theater troupe is not good. One day, he occasionally meets a woman named Saki, who is in town studying fashion, but dreams of being an actress. Nagata falls in love with Saki and decides to put her as the protagonist of his next play.