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An endearing, tongue-in-cheek look at the action behind the action. ... A former stuntman himself, Jeong Byeong-gil picks up a camera to document the unheralded heroes/lunatics of Korean cinema who - at the risk of broken bones, broken egos and even death - make the superstars look oh-so-good. ... Read more
“If you opened people up, you would find landscapes. If you opened me up you would find beaches.” - Agnès Varda ... French auteur Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I, MIFF 2001; Cléo de 5 à 7) takes an unconventional approach to film-as-memoir with this charming exploration of her own memories ... Read more
Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, BLANK CITY will no longer screen at the festival. Patrons have the option to swap this session for another session at this timeslot or to attend the replacement film. ... “It felt like our lives were movies.” - singer Debbie Harry ... A meticulously ... Read more
“Anyone who can make Hitchcock uneasy deserves closer examination.” - Senses of Cinema ... When filmmaker Serge Bromberg found himself stuck in a lift with the widow of Henri-Georges Clouzot, he learned of a lost cinematic treasure not seen by a wider audience: footage of the incomplete 1964 ... Read more
“We only make pictures because we need to and we have to.” - Mike Kuchar ... Compulsively reinterpreting 20th Century Fox spectacles of the 1950s in their Bronx apartment with an auntie's Super 8 camera, George and Mike Kuchar's earliest productions starred their mother and neighbourhood ... Read more
“He forever changed male sexuality in cinema.” - John Waters ... Propelled to underground stardom as the naked stud in the Warhol/Morrissey films Flesh, Trash and Heat, ‘Little' Joe Dallesandro became a unique counter-culture sex symbol. With his famous film role referenced in Lou Reed's ... Read more
“A master class on movie editing.” - Variety ... Legendary Hollywood film editor and sound man Walter Murch has worked on some of the greatest films of all time, including Apocalypse Now, the Godfather trilogy, American Graffiti and even the re-edit of Orson Welles's A Touch of Evil. ... In ... Read more
“A film of transformative power… Waiting for Sancho redefines film-making.” - Variety ... Mark Peranson, founding editor of Cinema Scope, takes up the video camera to shoot the making of Albert Serra's Birdsong (MIFF 08), an improvised black and white digital video reinterpretation of ... Read more
“I love the Yakuza… I see them as the heirs to the samurai spirit.” - actor Sonny Chiba ... Literally translated as ‘good-for-nothing', Japan's criminal brotherhood - the Yakuza - underwent a makeover into chivalrous heroes thanks to post-World War II cinema, where real-life criminals ... Read more
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