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Eat, pray, whatever. ... Idling through her forties, Ellen's life is about to hit the brakes. Losing her job, partner and mind all in the same week, she embarks on a bizarre anti-journey of self-discovery that finds her wandering through endless hotel-room corridors, living in squalor with ... Read more
Evil in the form of an unknown shaman, divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. 20 years pass and two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq. the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. ... This is the first ever screenplay written in the ... Read more
Denis Villeneuve made his mark directing 20 short videos and winning first prize in the Canadian equivalent of the ABC's Race Around the World. August 32nd on Earth indicates his exceptional flair. ... Villeneuve's film captures the existential crisis of post-crash trauma with precision and humour ... Read more
“Bielinsky is a meticulous craftsman. Every moment has a payoff… A meticulously conceived and executed heist pic that is equally concerned with character.” - Hollywood Reporter ... An introverted taxidermist who fantasises about pulling off the perfect crime finds his dreams unexpectedly ... Read more
Eric Rohmer once commented that his films deal less with what people do than what is going on in their minds while they're doing it—a cinema of thought rather than aclions. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival in 1998, Autumn Tale continues in this vein. Rohmer's elegant ... Read more
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog handler is drawn into a scheme to kidnap an obese billionaire's dog. The plan goes awry and the ... Read more
Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) brings us this hilarious and heartfelt story of a young couple embarking on the most exciting, frightening, strange, and wonderful journey imaginable: starting a family and settling down. When Burt and Verona discover that they are going ... Read more
Friendship, football, fights and fashion. ... Adapted by acclaimed author Kevin Sampson from his own bestselling novel, Awaydays is set in the north-west of England in the post-punk 70s, an era that ushered in a new breed of football hooligan, one who cared about his clothes as much as his soccer ... Read more
The latest provocation from France's notorious master of the erotic. ... One of French cinema's most controversial modern filmmakers, Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, MIFF 03; The Exterminating Angels, MIFF 07), returns with the type of film he does best: one filled with explicit erotic ... Read more
Anita is a 'Babymother', a young woman raising two chil­dren in a housing estate in north-west London with the assistance of her own mother, Edith. Byron, the father of her youngest child, is a local Reggae celebrity who casually invites Anita to perform in his show but never follows up on the ... Read more
Ted Davis is a superhuman ladies man. He is worshipped by his pals who live vicariously through Ted's raunchy sexploits. Ted has all the lines, all the moves and a one hundred percent success rate in bar pick-ups. Needless to say he also has a fairly high opinion of himself as a high-flying, macho ... Read more
Balnearios combines oral tradition, faux- documentary style and techniques from the photo novel that resembles Chris Marker's seminal masterwork La Jetee, to celebrate the waterside holidays of Argentines from days long gone. Structured around four episodes, this wholly original film is filled with ... Read more
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievances in his latest film, Bamako. ... Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the ... Read more
"Chockablock with Cockney hardcases, bent coppers, kinky politicians, shadowy MI5 fixers, black radicals, a Soho sleaze merchant and a bevy of topless birds." - Eye Weekly ... Based loosely on the 1971 ‘walkie-talkie robbery' at London's Lloyd Bank, The Bank Job is a bank-heist caper of twists ... Read more
Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence. ... Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village in the 1990s and introduces us to two women: Amel, a young emergency doctor, and the 60-something ... Read more
The films of Majid Majidi - including Children of Heaven (1999) and The Colour of Paradise (2000) - have captivated MIFF audiences. With Baran, a stand out film at Rotterdam, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Majidi draws attention to the ongoing and current plight of illegal Afghan workers. ... Read more
Winner of Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. ... In the paranoiac nightmare of East Germany, 1980, Barbara - a physician from Berlin - has been sent to a small country town as punishment for some unknown crime against the state. Tormented by the Stasi, she dreams of escape to the West but ... Read more
Javi, Manu and Rai live in a none too salubrious part of Madrid. Their barrio (neighbourhood) is principally comprised of rundown, low-income housing and conse­quently the boys, in their mid-teens, spend more time hanging around the local tip than they do with their fam­ilies. Boredom, the ... Read more
"Denis is at the height of her powers ... unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music." - Hollywood Reporter ... When wealthy patriarch Jacques commits suicide in suspicious circumstances his family must come together to try to pick up the pieces - and to apportion ... Read more
God is on all sides, but not in Haditha. ... On 19 November 2005, US Marines retaliated to a bombing attack on one of their vehicles by massacring 24 Iraqi non-combatants - innocent men, women and children from the town of Haditha, where the bombing took place.Battle for Haditha takes a ... Read more
“One of the most striking films ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Set in the lush southern Louisiana bayou, where six-year-old Hushpuppy lives with her father, Wink, in a sinkhole shantytown named The Bathtub, Beasts of the Southern Wild is part magic ... Read more
Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes. ... The first Afrikaans-language film to ever be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existence comes unravelled. A chance encounter with Christian, the son of a long lost friend, ignites ... Read more
Rose Troche (Go Fish, MIFF 1994) has crafted an excel­lent comedy of manners and sex in the nervous 90s. Bedrooms and Hallways—which received the Audience Award at the London Film Festival—focuses on Leo (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting) a young gay man living in a share apartment with ... Read more
“[Filmmaker] Bujalski is both a neo-hipster Woody Allen and a Rohmer-like romantic.” - Cinema Scope ... Twin sisters in Austin, Texas, fumble their way through the vicissitudes of modern life and relationships in this latest mumblecore gem from writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha ... Read more
Before Night Falls is based on the memoirs of exiled Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas—an artist struggling as a homosexual in post-revolutionary Cuba and forced to smuggle his manuscripts of short stories and poems abroad for publication. He was the first Cuban writer to publish ... Read more
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