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Eccentric and disquieting, this film follows two cynical and worldly young Europeans (played by the film's directors) who travel to Latin America seeking pure exotic sensuality in the third world. Unprepared for and gradually disenchanted with their metaphorical journey, their jungle encounter with ... Read more
Mika finds a dead bird in her swimming pool and asks her middle-aged neighbour to help remove it. The resulting afternoon of playful flirting leads to something far more confronting. ... Screens with Girl Model (USA, 80 mins). ... D/S Adi Kutner P Rona Feldman, Adi Kutner L Hewbrew w/English ... Read more
A former children's television mascot, the puppet-like Blue has been largely forgotten by the world. Grappling with his own irrelevance and struggling to hold down a dead-end waiting job, Blue is shocked one day by some twisted, tragic news from his past. ... Awarded the 50th Semaine De La Critique ... Read more
Daniel Borgman (Lars and Peter, MIFF 09; Berik, MIFF 10) delivers a moving tale of a boy who believes that his much-loved grandfather is still alive and possessing the power to reanimate dead animals. ... Screens with Nana (France, 68 mins). ... D Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit S Daniel ... Read more
At Stouts Hill School, when the young Stephen Fry is caught with forbidden sweets from the village sweet shop, he persuades his new friend Bunce to take the blame. Intimidated by the headmaster, Bunce buckles and tells the truth, and Fry is punished. ... Written by Stephen Fry and directed by Peter ... Read more
Clark makes a series of cruel bets with a homeless man, while Clark's girlfriend Becca watches in horror. Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this provocative, pitch-black comedy written by Neil LaBute. ... Screens with Dark Horse (USA, 84 mins). ... D Nathaniel Krause P Andrew ... Read more
Alone and low on supplies amidst a zombie outbreak, a man struggles to survive. Locked inside a storage shed, he must rebuild his inner strength to escape. ... Screens with [REC] Genesis (Spain, 80 mins). ... D/P/S Aaron McCann, Stefan Androv Radanovich TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Created as an inaugural work of the Cinema Reloaded crowd-funding project, this short film by Alexis Dos Santos (Unmade Beds, MIFF 2009) explores modern online youth culture. Two protagonists from different corners of the real world - Lulu and Rocky - meet by chance in the virtual world of random ... Read more
Mati Diop (star of Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum, MIFF 09) directs this visually striking queer coming-of-age story about an affair between a young girl and her American housekeeper. ... Screens with Palaces of Pity (Portugal, 59 mins). ... D Mati Diop P Charlotte Vincent S Mati Diop, Judith ... Read more
Chubby 12-year-old Chantal finds life difficult; she has few friends and receives little support at home, apart from her stepfather. Only in the local pool, training intensively for an upcoming swimming competition, does she truly feel at home. When Chantal needs a new pair of goggles, she does ... Read more
The Accordion tells of the human drive for material survival against a backdrop of religious intolerance. Two young street performers in Tehran, a boy and a girl, have their accordion confiscated following an incident, which they must learn to accept in order to survive. ... In 2010, dissident ... Read more
Inspired by a true story, The Cricket is about a labourer inside an airport terminal who gets increasingly irritated by the sound of a cricket that he can't locate. ... Screens with Caesar Must Die (Italy, 76 mins). ... D Stefano Lorenzi P WOPfilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
The world's first media interview, shot in Paris in 1886, finally comes to life. Narrated by Agnès Varda. ... D/S Dennis Tupicoff P Fiona Cochrane, Dennis Tupicoff L English, French w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Screens with Sodankylä Forever - The Century of Cinema. ... Read more
A cinematic tour through the Communist party headquarters in France, designed by modern architecture pioneer Oscar Niemeyer, exploring the building's architectural, historical and political significance. ... D/P/S Sasha Pirker WS SixPackFilm TD 35mm/2010 ... Screens with Detroit Wild City. ... Read more
Winner of the Cinéfondation third prize at Cannes, this moving Cuban film follows 65-year-old Felix while his wife is in hospital for medical tests. ... Screens with The Delay (Uruguay/Mexico/France, 84 mins). ... D/S Miguel Angel Moulet P Ivette Liang L Spanish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 Read more
Nostalgic black and white cinematography recalls the rapturous style of French icons such as FranÁois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. ... Twenty-five-year-old Arthur is an apprentice in the tailor shop of elderly Albert, who views Arthur as both son and successor. Attending the theatre one ... Read more
Created from the We Were Here project on YouTube, this short film is constructed entirely from 15 hours of footage uploaded from multiple participants around Australia. Rather than presenting a random mashup of clips, Gebhardt has worked hard to create a narrative structure giving insights into ... Read more
While Sarah is trying to conceive a child, she uncovers the confronting truth about her parents - retired activists from the Algerian communist party - and her own identity. ... Screens with The Rest of the World (France, 82 mins). ... D/S Karim Bengana P Alain Bellon, Karim Bengana L French ... Read more
Mouldy, decaying foods long forgotten in the depths of the refrigerator rise up against the fresh ingredients, their skirmishes soon escalating into total war. Foodstuffs morph, march, disintegrate, dance and explode in extravagant displays of color and form, culminating in a grand finale sequence ... Read more
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