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A methodically crafted yet magically realised feature debut which, although officially credited to Michael Polish, is enough of a joint effort to be billed as a Polish brothers film. Michael's identical twin sibling, Mark, co-scripted this Sundance triumph and stars alongside him as his conjoined ... Read more
This mockumentary with a death-wish was a sell-out at Rotterdam Film Festival where it delighted audiences with its combination of macabre black humour and, well, more macabre black humour! Paul Miller (Paul Rudd, The Chateau, MIFF 2001) is an almost talented LA actor at the end of his tether. He ... Read more
A couple, growing increasingly distant, attempt to rekindle their relationship in this claustrophobic study of alienation. ... Mert and Selin are a young couple that seemingly have everything: good jobs, a nice apartment and each other. But as the silence between them grows, we find that they're ... Read more
"An intense exploration of the corrosive effects of human violence." - Hollywood Reporter ... A drunk and washed-up excuse for a man, Joseph (Peter Mullan, director of Neds, MIFF 2011) vents his anger on whoever or whatever is unlucky enough to get in his way: a group of friends at the pub, the ... Read more
Mark Dornford-May's [U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha] was awarded the Golden Bear at Berlin this year. It is based on Georges Bizet's [Carmen] (1875), one of the most popular operas in musical history. Merimee wrote the novella that inspired Bizet - a story fuelled by love, jealously, revenge, erotic ... Read more
Actors Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Bruno Todeschini are transcendent in this intense drama about a marriage on the skids. Each scene sees them pushed to the outer regions of their abilities as they constantly are at loggerheads over the most petty of details. After several years spent abroad ... Read more
After four years hard time in the slammer, Nate Maycott is determined to rebuild his family life and maintain his freedom. He wouldn't have done time at all if he had simply paid off the police like everybody else, but the 'tax' was too high. Now, just one year out of the slammer, the cops want to ... Read more
A beautiful elaboration on personal loss and what it means to be left alone. In a film radically removed from his past works, Francois Ozon (Water Drops on Burning Rocks MIFF 2000) again shows himself to be one of the brightest lights of recent French cinema. Marie (Charlotte Rampling) and Jean ... Read more
"David Gordon Green goes Southern gothic. John (Dermot Mulroney) lives in the Georgia backwoods with his two boys - teenage Chris (Jamie Bell) and tiny Tim who sometimes wears a pilgrim hat and compulsively eats mud and paint, explaining that 'it's an anxiety disorder.' The menage is menaced by the ... Read more
“Greengrass's movie is tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise… Stunning.” - The New Yorker On 11 September 2001, the world witnessed the hijacking of four American airliners in what was the largest terrorist attack ever on American soil. Two ... Read more
“A stylish ode to the ache of youthful passions set against a chic and multi-cultural London.” - Screen International ... Two young foreigners in London - one searching for his father, the other for love - engage in all the excesses of an inner-urban party lifestyle. ... Axl, played by ... Read more
“How do children define themselves or rebel against their parents, when the lines separating the generations seem to disintegrate?” - filmmaker Pia MaraisAt 14 years old, Stevie should be at school or hanging out with kids her age, instead - having reunited with her druggie father ... Read more
“A brilliantly uncomfortable character study of a woman in her forties still struggling to find her identity.” - The TimesTurning up in the dead of night to her friend's Italian holiday villa without her husband, Anna is alone and holding her cards close to her chest. Childless, in a marriage ... Read more
When British academic, Greg Dart, found himself the target of stalking, he felt compelled to record his conflict of emotions in a candid memoir. His writing piqued the interest of filmmaker, Chris Petit, who recognised the honesty of Dart's admissions (“It was the world of my twilight motives of ... Read more
In Official Selection at the Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals, this visually splendid film from Magnum Agency photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, is highlighted by stunning black-and-white imagery. Based upon a novel by Diego Brosset, the film recounts the story of Alifa, one of the ... Read more
Europe of the new century is a world with strong undertows. In his [Up and Down], Jan Hrebejk takes a darkly comic look at globalisation, xenophobia and changing society through the colliding worlds of a colourful cast of characters. ... The bleeding-heart liberal Otto is a professor. He is married ... Read more
"Original, heady, visually gorgeous, aurally luscious … [a] brilliant, bewildering sci-fi exploration of humanity's mysterious biological connections." - ioncinema.com ... Shane Carruth created great expectations with his debut, Primer (MIFF 2005), a no-budget, brain-bending time travel ... Read more
Horror film buffs will delight at Genevieve Jolliffe's debut. Chilling moments from classics including The Exorcist, Carrie, The Evil Dead, Poltergeist and as far back as Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963), register in this clever film. Rather than approach the project as a formulaic genre piece ... Read more
Acknowledged as the revelation of the Official Competition at Cannes this year, and the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor award—shared between the two leads—Uzak is a haunting tale of displacement and longing from Turkish auteur Nun Bilge Ceyian. ... Yusuf has left ... Read more
Young Vincenzo lives in a poor suburb of Naples, where he shares an apartment with his unemployed father, seamstress mother and his sister. They are tight knit, despite familial tensions. When suddenly the father dies, the lives of those he has left are thrown into disarray. The ensuing events and ... Read more
Twenty year-old Carol Dunn is set to win a surprise medal for New Zealand at the Olympics. Her family are caught up in the euphoria back home as a local television crew arrive and set up to film the family watching Carol's finest moment. On air, everything's about to climax. Chrissy, Carol's ... Read more
"A rich, humane, surprising film ... manages to mix the drollery of Wes Anderson, the genre swagger of Tarantino and the opaque narrative of a Bruno Dumont in one intriguing package." - Screen Daily ... Deep in the snow-covered backwoods of Quebec, 61-year-old Vic is trying to escape her criminal ... Read more
Ten year old Victor chooses a freezing winter evening to run away from home. Exhausted, afraid, his flight takes him to a fairground, the only bright and welcoming sight in the darkness. Moments before he faints, Victor sees Mick, a young man on a merry-go-round. When he wakes he finds himself at ... Read more
“Enigmatic, fascinating, alternately bitter and defiant, [Isabelle Huppert] commands the screen at every moment.” - New York Times ... After finding her boyfriend in the arms of another woman, renowned pianist Ann Hidden decides to completely deconstruct her life. Closing down bank accounts ... Read more
"The great discovery of TIFF 2012 was Matías Piñeiro's Viola, a fantasia on love that dances between dreams, theatrical performances and a kind of hyper-sensual reality." - Senses of Cinema ... A luminous coda inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Viola weaves a kaleidoscopic web ... Read more
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