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MIFF 60th Retrospective

"In its exquisite refinement of Ozu's style and themes, and its general air of nostalgia and loss, An Autumn Afternoon does in fact feel like a summation of his career." - Criterion ... Hirayama (Ozu regular Chishu Ryu), an aging widower living with his two grown children, is forced to consider ... Read more
"Beautifully directed, unsentimental and darkly funny." - Time Out London ... Bong Joon-ho (Mother, MIFF 2009; The Host, MIFF 2006), a true creative and commercial giant of South Korean cinema, made his feature debut with the bloody-slapstick-meets-romantic-comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (MIFF ... Read more
"Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time." - Jean Cocteau ... Screening at the very first MIFF in 1952, Beauty and the Beast comes from one of the finest exponents of the avant-garde that France has ever seen, the prodigiously talented Jean Cocteau. It is a marvel ... Read more
The existential dilemma of Kafka's Amerika re-imagined as an insight into class struggle. ... The dark and poetic visions of Czech writer and unlikely national hero Franz Kafka have often lent themselves to screen adaptations, but filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's take on Amerika ... Read more
"An entrancing hippie-dippie oratorio on gender combat that doesn't retell Genesis so much as slip it a microdot." - Village Voice ... There have been few filmmakers as willing to completely carve apart the conventions of cinema as Czech pioneer of the feminist avant-garde Vera Chytilová ... Read more
"No conceivable competition will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Mr. Korine's debut feature." - New York Times ... From the controversy and brutal honesty of Kids to the freak-show delinquency of Trash Humpers (MIFF 2010), writer and filmmaker Harmony Korine has never been one to toe ... Read more
Garnering high praise and multiple festival awards upon its release in 1997, Happy Together (MIFF 1997) instantly became a cult classic for filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. ... After his melancholic epic Ashes of Time and the upbeat and frenetic Chungking Express, Wong emerged into an altogether different ... Read more
"Potent symbolism linked to a bizarre story rooted in fact, set in Iran and laden with political, social and generational overtones." - New York Times ... A truly remarkable achievement, The Apple (MIFF 1999) was directed by Samira Makhmalbaf at the age of 17 using leftover film stock from her ... Read more
"The people in Fred Schepisi's The Devil's Playground are like sculpted figures that glow with their own light." - New Yorker ... The Devil's Playground revolves around Tom Allen, a 13-year-old boy growing up in the rigorous confines of a 1950s Catholic seminary and torn between the demands of the ... Read more
"Creepiest movie of the year in every sense, and one of the best." - Time Out London ... The fifth collaboration between Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, The King of Comedy (MIFF 1983) was underappreciated upon its release, but stands up as a forgotten classic, featuring virtuoso performances ... Read more
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