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The meaning of life is cheap. ... $9.99 has the beauty of meticulous claymation, nourished by the sustenance of a master storyteller. Tatia Rosenthal has taken a who's who of Australian voice talent (including MIFF mascot Geoffrey Rush) and a gorgeous Art Deco apartment block in Tel Aviv and melded ... Read more
A new animated feature by Nakamura Takashi, chief animation director of Japanime classic Akira (1988). At the base of a huge tree, Fow, an ancient botanist, lives in a hut with a malfunctioning wooden robot named Palme. A wounded warrior arrives at the secluded outpost just ahead of her marauding ... Read more
The world's second film about a futuristic society powered by human faeces. Consider a place where the currency is excrement. The government is anxious to control their sole source of energy that special sensors are attached to the citizens' anuses to monitor output. Those rewarded for ... Read more
Russian dolls' No, alter egos. Laurence Green has crafted a brilliant and perceptive animated documentary in his [Alter Egos]. His subjects are animator and 1969 Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin and prodigy Chris Landreth, himself an Oscar nominee. ... Ryan Larkin was one of the world's most celebrated ... Read more
Tehran, Iran, 1985. The Iran/Iraq war. A moving portrayal of what happens inside a bomb shelter. Australian premiere.---D/S Maryam Mohajer P/WS Royal College of Art L Farsi w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2007/6mins ... Read more
Running order: ... ... Snowtime (2 mins) ... The White Wolf (11 mins) ... Mutt (7 mins) ... Dog Days (16 mins) ... Chicken of God (8 mins) ... Dog with Electric Collar (4 mins) ... Shaman (11 mins) ... KJFG No. 5 (2 mins) ... Veterinarian (17 mins) ... Hot Dog (5 mins) ... Chainsaw (24 mins) ... Read more
Running Order: ... ... John and Karen (3 mins) ... For the Love of God (11 mins) ... Milk Teeth (11 mins) ... And Life Went On (6 mins) ... Monsieur Cok (9 mins) ... The Sense of Space for Urban People (6mins) ... Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight (4 mins) ... Nothing Happened Today (6 mins) ... Read more
Love is like a chainsaw, a very dangerous beast indeed. Screened at Annecy, awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Oberhaussen.---D/S Dennis Tuppicoff P Fiona Cochrane WS Jungle Pictures TD 35mm/2008/24mins ... Read more
When the face of Jesus appears in a chicken's comb, Yirri and Teresa's vineyard becomes the site of an adventure of biblical proportions. Directed by Frank Woodley of Lano and Woodley. World premiere.---D/S Frank Woodley P Jodi Satya TD DigiBeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
It's crass, edgy and often tasteless. It's [The District!] An hilariously incorrect updating of the story of Romeo and Juliet, [The District!] is set in the notoriously rough Budapest ghetto District VIII. This time it's not the Capulets and Montagues, but rather Hungarian and Gypsy clans that are ... Read more
A baby in an American upper-class family is accidentally exchanged with a white trash family's puppy.---D/S Geoffroy de Crécy WS Autour de Minuit TD 35mm/2008/16mins ... Read more
God is in his heaven, all is (Not) right with the world. ... The Angels have descended. These colossal extraterrestrial monsters besiege the fortress-city of Tokyo-3 and our last line of defence is the Evangelion battle machine and its teenage pilot. A decade on, Hideaki Anno has reimagined his ... Read more
A boy struggles to understand his strange, silent father - an immigrant who has become an emotional refugee in his own home. Narrated by Joel Edgerton. Australian premiere ---D/S Sebastian Danta P Samantha Jennings TD digibeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
The story of one man's unholy fascination with God.---D/S Joe Tucker P/S Raphael Warner TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more
"Nowhere is the level of sophistication of Japanese animation more apparent than in the work of Studio Ghibli ([Princess Mononoke], [Spirited Away], [The Cat Returns]). It also happens to produce the most artistically advanced examples of cel animation in the world" - writer, filmmaker, MIFF ... Read more
"Bill Plympton is a bizarre and supremely gifted animator. [Hair High] is a goofy, gothic re-imagining of Grease (without the music) meets Carrie (with more zombies). It's a spoof, a satire and a farce. It's a love story, it's a tragedy, it's horror, it's comedy and it's modern art of the silliest ... Read more
Our plucky hero joins the fire company to save the world from house fires and gain the affection he so richly deserves. The third in Plympton's ‘Dog' series.---D/S Bill Plympton P Biljana Labovic WS SND Films TD 35mm/2008/5mins ... Read more
[Howl's Moving Castle] is the latest gem from animation genius Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame ([Spirited Away]). He set out to make an animation for old people, but the result is a brilliant animation of ideas and inventions for all ages. ... Based on a book by children's author Diana Wynne ... Read more
In 1969, 14-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room for a chat. Nominated for Best Short Animation at the 2008 Academy Awards ---D/S Josh Raskin P Jerry Levitan TD 35mm/2007/5mins ... Read more
Festival favourite and dependably inventive animator Bill Plympton (Mutant Aliens, MIFF 2002) has produced a neat and nasty moral opus. ... In a bleak urban world of cars, bars and burbs, a cruel and selfish man makes an unpleasant discovery; he is growing wings. These irremovable appendages ... Read more
Taking their cues from the umbrella theme of ‘prejudice', highly talented Korean animators have put their minds together to create If You Were Me: Anima Vision, a collection of six animated shorts. Spearheaded by Korea's National Human Rights Commission, which launched the first omnibus feature ... Read more
An apologetic polar bear and a disgruntled penguin have tea together. Winner of Best Animation at Aspen Film Festival---D/S Matthew Walker TD Beta SP/2007/3'30mins WS Arthur Cox ... Read more
Keith Reynolds leaves his hat in his car. This isn't the only mistake he makes today.---D/S/P Felix Massie TD Animation BetaSP/2007/4mins ... Read more
Three professional musicians - a bear, a rabbit and a wolf - are practicing in the forest, when suddenly a hunter comes. Screened Annecy and Oberhaussen.---D/S Alexei Alexeev P Andras Erkel WS Studio Baestart TD BetaSP/2007/2mins ... Read more
Breathtaking in their beauty, the free-spirited and surreal animation work of Koji Yamamura has garnered much acclaim throughout the world, including a number of retrospective screenings and a nomination for an Oscar (Mt. Head). This collection of shorts represents a vivid slice of Yamamura's world ... Read more
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