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"Everybody who knows us has forgotten us." ... When four very different teenage boys get lost in the forest, it seems like a small misadventure, making an already tiresome school excursion even worse. When they emerge they discover that not only has everybody forgotten them, but they've also been ... Read more
In a not-so far away land, not-so long ago, lived an ordinary little girl called Cathy... ... Suspecting she is invisible to her parents, six-year-old Cathy decides to test the theory by disappearing into the forest. And so begins an extraordinary adventure - with a little help from Cathy's ... Read more
Friendship, first love and faith plus homelessness is showcased in this special coming-of-age documentary. ... Best friends Kevin and Garrison spend their days skating and listening to punk music, seemingly inseparable until Kevin kisses Garrison's girlfriend Skye. As the three navigate the heady ... Read more
“You don't become a hero by being normal.” ... When zombies overtake a small town, only the misunderstood young boy Norman (voiced by Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak to the dead. In order to overcome a siege of the paranormal he must prove to his doubters that he is ... Read more
A David versus Goliath family battle of amusing and entertaining proportions. ... In Tina von Traben's feature debut, smart, ambitious Patty dreams of abandoning her mother's struggling sausage stand for a career as an upmarket chef. She gets her chance when she's offered an internship at a famous ... Read more
“Any stragglers still unconvinced that animation can be an exciting medium for both adults and kids alike will run out of arguments in the face of Persepolis.” - VarietyAn engaging animated tale of an eight-year-old girl whose life is upturned during Iran's Islamic revolution. Adapted by ... Read more
“You'll grow up, and by that time you'll have outgrown everything about this place.” ... Inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of Italy's most gifted sound editors, Red Like the Sky follows young Mirco, who loses his eyesight after a rifle accident at his family's home in Pisa. Sent ... Read more
Actress Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot) spearheads this edge-of-the-seat tale of a teacher spontaneously taking her classroom hostage. ... Sonia is in over her head, struggling to teach theatre to unruly students in an underprivileged Parisian suburb. When she discovers a gun in a student's bag ... Read more
“If you only see one Rambo movie this year, make sure it's this one.” - EmpireTrapped in 80s English suburbia, 11-year-old Will lives with his widowed mother, a devoted member of the Plymouth Brethren who stifles his imagination by forbidding television, popular music and film, restricting his ... Read more
Say goodbye to your last day on Earth.What's the one quality humans have that aliens don't? Empathy, of course - the lack of which has led to endless wars raging across alien worlds. Now Ulla, one of these empathy-lacking aliens, has found her way to Earth, infiltrating human society under the ... Read more
French master of animation Michel Ocelot (Azur and Asmar, MIFF 2007) presents a fantastical and entrancing series of six fairytales, lovingly animated in silhouetted 3D. ... Every night a young actor and actress meet at a local theatre and, with the aid of an elderly projectionist, craft magical ... Read more
“Strained metaphysics dovetail with urban and architectural nostalgia in [this] exquisitely realized, minutely detailed Japanese anime.” - Variety Adapted from the popular work of manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, Tekkonkinkreet - a pun on the words ‘concrete', ‘iron' and ‘muscles' - sees two ... Read more
“I may not know where I'm going, but I'll always know where to come home to.” ... The follow-up to one of Indonesia's most celebrated box office hits, 2008's The Rainbow Troops, The Dreamers is adapted from the second book in author Andrea Hirata's tetralogy of best-selling novels based on his ... Read more
A Scandinavian coming-of-age comedy about the hardest lesson of high school - learning to take a risk. ... Twelve-year-old Jo is terrified of all the usual stuff: bullies, soccer practice, girls, crossing the street... Some might call him a little anxious, but he's just doing his best to survive ... Read more
A lively coming-of-age story set in 1968, when the West's 'summer of love' finally spilled into conservative Israel. ... An avid reader of crime fiction, 16-year-old Arik can't believe his luck when he lands a summer job doing detective work for Yankele, a Holocaust survivor who makes his living as ... Read more
“Lyrically evokes a way of life organically coexisting with the ocean.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Pakis is a 12-year-old Bajo - an Indonesian ethnic group who live off the sea in wooden houses on stilts. Pakis' father is missing and presumed dead, but she believes he is still alive and will one ... Read more
The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale gets a glorious stop-motion makeover at the hands of legendary Russian animator Garri Bardin. ... In a farmyard populated with roosters, hens, ducks and geese, a strange-looking duckling is born. Shunned by the others for looking different, our plucky avian ... Read more
"Music, dance and a gentle dash of romance are the crowdpleasing ingredients of Touch of the Light." – Variety ... In the heart of modern Taiwan, two young artists find themselves cast adrift. Huang, a blind pianist, struggles to adapt in the prestigious arts college he has been accepted ... Read more
A widely acclaimed teen drama that blitzed the Danish box office and took out the Best Children/Family Film award at the Robert Festival in Denmark. Sick and tired of being treated as juniors at their high school, Rebekka, Claudia and Sofie devise their own means of gaining respect. They challenge ... Read more
“Animated beasties, both cool and cranky.” - Variety This colourful bedtime story introduces us to Princess Mona, an orphan who lives in a castle with two ghastly characters. One day, her sobs draw a unicorn named U who claims she's there to comfort and protect Mona. Life becomes sweeter with U ... Read more
A ripsnorter that becomes hilarious in its modern context. Taking cues from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of a similar name, this 3D, animated comedy goes about updating the premise of an ugly duckling turning into a swan in an unorthodox fashion. The ‘me' of the story is Ratso, a ... Read more
Veteran director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Not One Less) brings us a story of youthful passion amid the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution of 1970s China. ... With her father a political prisoner, trainee teacher Jing is sent to a provincial village as part of her 're-education'. There ... Read more
"[A] stirring, pro-tolerance documentary." – Hollywood Reporter ... "He was solving a problem." That's how one juror describes the actions of Brandon McInerney, a 14-year-old from Oxnard, California, who shot and killed his cross-dressing classmate Lawrence King. Serving a 21-year ... Read more
“A courageous representation of a conflicted human reality, full of pain, hatred and ethnic tensions.” - Jerusalem Film Festival Jury ... Growing up on the tough streets of Be'er Sheva in southern Israel, each suffering from a harsh family life, three teenagers - Shlomi, an Israeli pizza ... Read more
A multiple award-winner, as well as short-listed for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Vitus not only plays the piano like a virtuoso, he possesses ultra-sonic hearing and a propensity for reading the encyclopaedia. In other words, he is an extraordinary boy. Everyone anticipates a ... Read more
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