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BEGINNERS (Mike Mills, 2010)
"A tender, funny-sad journey into the messiness that is love." - Hollywood Reporter ... At 75 years old, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is only recently out of the closet, dying of cancer, and determined … Read more

Behind Saraband (Torbjoern Ehrnvall, 2003)
"Four actors, 10 dialogues. It looks easy on paper but let me tell you I will be extremely rigorous." Thus begins Torbjorn Ehrnvall's window onto the back lot of Saraband, which Bergman claims will b… Read more

BEN X (M) (Nic Balthazar, 2007)
"Rarely has so much emotion and excitement been compressed into 90 minutes of screen time." - Screen International ... Ben suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism that prevents him from in… Read more

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Peter Strickland, 2012)
“[Strickland is] a British director who is independent in the truest sense.” - The Guardian ... Director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, MIFF 09) lifts the curtain on cinematic sound production … Read more

BESIEGED (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1998)
Bertolucci's latest film is designed with the pure geome­try of music in mind. In Kenya. Shadurai's (Thandie Newton) husband is arrested for opposing the military government. She moves to Rome an… Read more

BEST LAID PLANS (Mike Parker, 1998)
With echoes of the Coen Brothers' debut, Blood Simple (1984), Best Laid Plans is a noir-ish entanglement of lust, betrayal, theft and murder. At all times it remains a film about the perception of ev… Read more

BEST OFFER, The (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2012)
There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery. ... MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush stars alongside Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and newcomer Sylvie Hoeks in this mystery drama set in a … Read more

BESTIAIRE (Denis Côté, 2012)
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizar… Read more

BETRAYAL, THE (Philippe Faucon, 2005)
“Telling his story in a direct, straightforward manner, (Philippe) Faucon avoids the temptation of creating action for its own sake. This is not a war film; the conflict is in the people's heads an… Read more

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE (Anne Wheeler, 1998)
Walking home from a pleasant evening at 'Cat's Ass', a local lesbian club, Maggie finds herself bailed up by a gang of skinheads. Fearing the worst, Maggie is enormously relieved when a minibus scree… Read more

BEYOND THE HILLS (Cristian Mungiu, 2012)
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an… Read more

BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL (Szabolcs Hajdu, 2010)
“Spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature.” - Screen International ... An original and outlandish trip into a surreal and ki… Read more

BIRDWATCHERS (, 2008)
In Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the farmers lead a wealthy and leisurely existence. They own huge fields with transgenic plantations and they spend their nights with tourists who come bird watching. M… Read more

BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (Emir Kusturica, 1998)
The gypsies who populate Emir Kusturica's latest project, like those of his Cannes 1989 hit Time ot the Gypsies, live on the banks of the Danube River. These cheerful outcasts inhabit roughly constru… Read more

BLACK VENUS (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2010)
An unforgettable telling of the short, horrific life of Saartjie Baartman, the so-called 'Hottentot Venus'. ... Taken to Europe from South Africa in the early 19th century, the 'Hottentot Venus' beca… Read more

BLACKBOARDS (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000)
Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was the co-winner of the Jury Prize, Blackboards is bold and provocative. The film opens with an almost surreal image of a group of male teacher… Read more

BLAME IT ON VOLTAIRE (Abdel Kechiche, 2000)
In the first scenes of La Faute a Voltaire, Jallel, a young man from Tunisia who has come to France illegally is coached by a pair of uncles for his interview with an immigration officer. Tell them y… Read more

BLANCANIEVES (Pablo Berger, 2012)
"A love letter to 1920s European silent film, liberally mixing humor and melodrama." - Hollywood Reporter ... The Brothers Grimm get a sumptuous reinvention in Blancanieves, the new silent, black-and… Read more

BLOOD APPEARS (Pablo Fendrik, 2007)
A gritty, violent portrait of an Argentinean family at breaking point. ... On the streets of Buenos Aires a broken family finds itself clashing head-on over drugs and money. As one son dreams of retu… Read more

BLOODY ANGELS (Karin Julsrud, 1998)
An unpredictable thriller about a tight-knit rural community, a terrible crime and an untenable outcome. Bloody Angels is a vigilante justice film set in a frigid, bleak Norwegian burg. Two 'bad seed… Read more

BLOODY SUNDAY (Paul Greengrass, 2001)
On Sunday 30 January 1972 a British paratrooper unit shot dead 13 unarmed civilians taking part in a march for peace in Derry, Northern Ireland. Thirty years later, the killers still haven't got thei… Read more

BLUEBEARD (Catherine Breillat, 2009)
“This quietly surreal Freudian fable is an elegant exercise of style with a sly humorous undertow.” - Screen International ... Recalling her own childhood antics, contentious French auteur Cather… Read more

BORDERS (Mostéfa Djadjam, 2000)
Torn by famine and political turmoil, a disparate group of Africans, six men and one woman, cling to the dream of Europe. They are brought together through a variety of past hardships, lives in limbo… Read more

BOY A (John Crowley, 2007)
"Jack learns life like a foreign language... [he] tick tocThe Gks between the boy he was and the man he is, and we wait for the hour to strike." - The Guardian ... After his released from jail into a… Read more

BOY CULTURE (Q. Allan Brocka, 2006)
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture is a street-smart tale of gay male (in this case, often wayward) desire. ... Pulling out all stops with superb performances … Read more

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