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“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
Following the hugely successful The Story of the Weeping Camel, Mongolian-born and German-trained filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa delivers a thought-provoking and gentle mélange of documentary and drama in The Cave of the Yellow Dog. ... Where her debut film often favoured nature over humans, this ... Read more
“A wistful, equally tender and raunchy comedy of self-discovery… the jokes sing as well as zing.” - New York Times ... Tim Lippe (The Hangover's Ed Helms) is a naive 34-year-old insurance salesman who has never moved out of the family home. But his life begins to open up after he's ... Read more
“Satisfyingly intense… keeps the viewer tightly handcuffed.” - Variety ... A gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with powerhouse performances and calculated twists, this multi-award-winning film from filmmaker Daniel Monzón (The Kovak Box) locks you behind its four walls and ... Read more
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” - Screen International ... At the European launch of his latest book, academic author James Miller (operatic baritone William Shimell) meets his match in a passionate art curator ... Read more
"Modern civilisation is shown as a bleakly homogenous super landscape in the ambitious [Chain], which links narrative fiction filmmaking to the avant-garde with vision and authority... the cumulative effect is profoundly unsettling but is tempered by (director) Cohen's effortlessly eye-catching ... Read more
Off-kilter with a refreshingly sly wink to the great outdoors (think Deliverance as psychotherapy), Champions sees actor David Wike in his directing debut. The result is a tight ensemble piece that takes a skewed view of a quarter-to-midlife crisis. ... Seeking harmony in nature, three ... Read more
Myriam enjoys a quiet sojourn in Venice with her young son, Serge. In her previous career as a dancer she was filmed in this very city in a passionate duet with her estranged husband. She is approached by Pierre, an art forger some years her senior. Myriam is wary of his advances but unlike his ... Read more
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educational films to the community around the vast expanse of India. Lonely, he falls in love with the ... Read more
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist and guerilla leader Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara is instantly recognisable as a symbol of rebellion ... Read more
“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... In 1965, already an icon in his own lifetime, Che Guevara embarked on an ultimately doomed attempt to bring the revolution to the rest of Latin America. His final campaign ... Read more
“Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colourful fantasy Iran of 1958.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Celebrated Tehran-based violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is so sad he has decided to die. His ... Read more
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. ... When dissatisfied, well-to-do Cornelia finds out her 34-year-old son, Barbu, has struck and killed a young child in a car accident, she goes into maternal overdrive to keep him out of jail. ... Calin Peter Netzer's (Medal ... Read more
“Nearly two decades after the war, we live in an endless ‘today' and are afraid to look into a ‘tomorrow'.” - Director Aida Begi? ... Ghosts of the past loom large in Sarajevo, where the transition from wartime to reconstruction remains incomplete, and corruption and violence thrive ... Read more
Don McKellar sends up America's celebrity culture and its predilection for the inane in his satirical [Childstar]. Twelve-year-old Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall) is a star of the trashy US sitcom Family Differences, and is accustomed to having his every whim met. Tailed by his flaky mother ... Read more
A steamy Hitchcockian thriller that delves into the realm of sexual jealousy. ... Eroticism as seen through the eyes of Atom Egoyan (Exotica) comes elegantly composed with caressing camera moves, and Chloe - a twisty-turny thriller - is no exception. ... Catherine, suspicious of her husband's ... Read more
"Desplechin's ambitious widescreen tale overflows with inescapable emotion." - Screen International ... When Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband assemble their oddball clan - all seemingly suffering from some kind of psychological or social malady - for Christmas celebrations, it isn't long ... Read more
Life is the journey, life is the enigma. ... At 99 years old, veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira (Belle Toujours, MIFF 07) returns to MIFF with Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, a romanticised blending of fact and fiction exploring the origins of the great mariner. Travelling back and forth ... Read more
"Chuck and Buck were once 'best friends', a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence that formed it is gone. For Buck this innocence has never gone away. His interests are infantile; his pursuits are childish. He is 27 years old but still lives with his mother. When ... Read more
"An amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz." - Hollywood Reporter ... Two 16-year-old best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, coming of age under the repressive theocracy of Iran, are struggling to deal with their burgeoning desire for one ... Read more
In a seedy motel in Ontario, rocker Lee Hauser (muso James Johnston), managed by Vernon (Don McKellar), overdoses on heroin. His partner in love and crime is Emily (Maggie Cheung), who is wrestling with her own addiction and with dreams for musical success. Their son, Jay, lives with his ... Read more
"The legend of Cleopatra unfolds through the nuances of Portuguese literature, music and culture." - The Hollywood Reporter ... Audacious Brazilian filmmaker Júlio Bressane brings us his vision of the legend of Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, with this highly stylised version of the ... Read more
Climates won the Fipresci Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... “In terms of what faces can express, without ever doing too much, Climates puts Ceylan on a par with Ingmar Bergman.” - Screen Daily ... A master of nuance and tightly drawn emotion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan directs his ... Read more
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