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A multiple award-winner, including the highly prized Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Soviet block during the final days of communism, this is a tale of friendship, love and gritty necessity. Otilia and Gabita are both students in Bucharest. Gabita is pregnant and, rather ... Read more
“One of the most emotionally devastating films of the year, After The Wedding is also one of the most important.” - Toronto Film Festival Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen and director Susanne Bier's (a reformed Dogme disciple of what Village Voice calls “emotional disaster movies”) ... Read more
“Alexandra presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly.” - Variety Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (The Sun at MIFF 06, Russian Ark) casts an austere gaze over war-torn Chechnya with this simple tale of a woman who visits her grandson at his army base. Starring octogenarian Galina ... Read more
“I never wanted to be away from her. She had the spark of life.” Actress Sarah Polley's (eXistenZ, My Life Without Me) directorial debut is as much about Alzheimer's disease as it is a complex portrait of love and marriage. A husband experiences the painful decline of the woman he loves ... Read more
“Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel/On whom she can rely...” - poet Robert Graves Striking, young mother Marcela lost everything in the floods that swamped Prague in 2002. Her flat is small and empty, and shared with her two children and her husband, Jarda - a good but disagreeable man ... Read more
“You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” For José, the memories of his pro soccer career weigh heavy on his shoulders as he slaves in his brother's restaurant in New York City. When mesmerising waitress Nina is fired for being late to work, Jose jumps ship too and follows her into ... Read more
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked audiences with Belle de Jour, Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira revitalises the character of ... Read more
“The creators of Hustle and Flow have another raw hit on their hands!” - Hollywood Reporter Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake headline this gritty metamorphosis of deeply wounded people, each hungry for a better life. Bitter and broken by a cheating wife, Lazarus is ... Read more
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife and daughter in their picturesque home in Argentina. However, their tranquil existence is shattered ... Read more
“Here comes a film. It's a comedy and harmless.” - Lars von Trier When the owner of an IT company decides to sell up, he's forced to wheel out the CEO to seal the deal. The only problem is the CEO was his creation, invented to take the blame for unpopular decisions. Enter Kristoffer, an out of ... Read more
“Every scene hangs like a painting.” - Indiewire In an attempt to cure his crippling writer's block, author Jerzy moves his photographer wife Maria and their seven year-old son Jasiek to the Polish countryside. When his literary crisis continues, the strain on their finances becomes a strain ... Read more
“Nuttily wonderful… Best of 2006.” - New York Times Equal parts childhood reminiscence, expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie, Brand Upon the Brain! is a majestic silent-style movie. The fictionalised story sees house painter Guy Maddin (Erik ... Read more
“Reykjavik has never been shown like this before.” - Variety Shot in stylish black and white, Children is a compelling and, at times, darkly humorous look at four intertwined lives in the suburbs of Reykjavik - a single mother and her lonely son; the son's only friend, a 40 year-old ... Read more
“A well-tended half-acre of entertainment… A sort of al fresco My Dinner with Andre with Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin playing an artist and his gardener.” - Variety Veteran filmmaker Jean Becker (Children of the Marshlands, Elisa) adapts the work of author Henri Cueco ... Read more
“Inhabiting the territory between Chekhov and Strindberg, on coke.” - filmmaker Viesturs Kairiss Since 17 year-old Ria's traumatic birth, her mother hasn't spoken, living in an almost catatonic state in an attic where she is cared for by her husband's new girlfriend. The abnormal family unit ... Read more
“Why does the wind blow? To cover our tracks, so no-one knows we're still alive.” This second instalment in the epic, special-effects-congested, Russian trilogy sees writer-director Timur Bekmambetov of the award-winning Night Watch return in full force with an ancient battle between light and ... Read more
DOL: A traditional Kurdish tambourine, which is used for festivities in the Middle East, as well as for funerals. On the border of Iran and Iraq sits a small village, Balliova, which is controlled by the Turkish military, frequently at war with Kurdish guerilla fighters. Despite the hostilities ... Read more
Author Douglas Coupland (Generation X) makes a foray into film as the screenwriter of Everything's Gone Green, a quirky tale about a slacker caught in a late-20s wasteland. When Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) is dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his office job on the same day, he starts to ... Read more
Last year's MIFF guest, the enigmatic Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, the Pusher trilogy at MIFF 06), stars in a dark, Hitchcockian thriller set against the high-flying world of corporate finance. Thomas is a man at the top of his game, a successful venture capitalist with a beautiful wife and ... Read more
Playing somewhat like an updated, Austrian version of The Big Chill, Falling is the story of five women returning to their small hometown for their teacher's funeral. Having been apart for almost 14 years, the old school friends seize the opportunity to bond and reminisce, spending the next 24 ... Read more
“You're a good woman, Fay. Someday when all this is over and we have destroyed Western civilization... ” Ten years have passed since Henry Fool. With Fay Grim, filmmaker Hal Hartley reunites us with the characters of the original film who now, in favour of battling the pitfalls of celebrity in ... Read more
“[Juliet] Binoche is charmingly convincing as a sophisticated French female James Bond who speaks several languages, is handy with an automatic and has kept a pet turtle longer than she keeps her men.” - Hollywood Reporter A secret service agent finds herself attempting to reunite one of her ... Read more
“One year from now, we should meet here again, because we have been through quite something together.” An unlikely trio of men gets closer and more confined than they ever imagined when their car is run off the road and into a ravine. It begins with Rafael and his brother-in-law heading to the ... Read more
“A supple, silly and visually accomplished meditation on fleeting power versus simple joys.” - Variety When Vincent, a French government minister, is ousted from his cushy position, he loses not only his job but also the lifestyle that comes with it - mistresses, mansions and money. Faced with ... Read more
“A valuably tactless, steady, clear-eyed look at the tragedy and cruelty of the new globalised serfdom.” - The Guardian In February 2004, 23 illegal Chinese immigrants were drowned while cockle picking in the northwest of England, cut off by the incoming tides on an empty sandbar in the ... Read more
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