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"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad Company is the gripping tale of Delphine, a shy and naive 15-year-old from a 'proper' family, who ... Read more
A wicked commentary on one man's bizarre per­ceptions of cultural and national identity in which live-action is substituted as a metaphor for animation. ... Read more
A little negro called Badabou lived in a village deep in the forest and all the wild beasts were his friends. What happened when he decided to visit Paris with his retinue of animals is told in the film. ... Read more
This exceedingly beautiful anthropological film observes and exhalts the life of the Baka Pygmies who live in the forests of South-East Cameroon. The languid flow of the picture allows the viewer to become engrossed, to get a sense of the gentle pace of these people's lives. Exceptional sound ... Read more
Avoiding the main roads, two cars explore France's Camargue district; the film shows their chance encounters with people and animals on these vast plains. ... Read more
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Rene, an artist, lives with his writer boyfriend in an abandoned dance hall on the chilly French coast. He becomes fixated on repetitive tasks, behaviour and images and feels, oddly as though he is "coming down with something". Rene and his partner enjoy a curious ritualist sex life; subtle ... Read more
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievances in his latest film, Bamako. ... Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the ... Read more
This has been described as in some ways a return by director Jean-Luc Godard to the world of Breathless — the world of outsiders, of "fringe-people Most of the film lakes place in the suburbs of Pans, and Godard and his photographers have succeeded in transforming it into a setting of ... Read more
Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence. ... Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village in the 1990s and introduces us to two women: Amel, a young emergency doctor, and the 60-something ... Read more
An elegant animation that shows that for the dogs of Constantinople, 1910 was a very bad year. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. ... --- ... D Serge Avédikian P Ron Dyens, Aurélia Prévieu S Serge Avédikian, Karine Mazloumian WS Sacrebleu Productions L French w/English ... Read more
"Denis is at the height of her powers ... unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music." - Hollywood Reporter ... When wealthy patriarch Jacques commits suicide in suspicious circumstances his family must come together to try to pick up the pieces - and to apportion ... Read more
Baw-naan is an incantatory ceremony practised by the Lebu during the winter season. When the rains are slow in coming, or when they are rare, the Lebu organise a ceremony destined to make God laugh and so to obtain ram For a whole day men and women in make-up and travesty sing and tell funny stones ... Read more
"Bayan Ko" was a popular protest song of the 1930's used against US domination of the Philippines, but now converted to an anthem of the anti-Marcos movement. Although Brocka's international reputation rests on socially engaged docu-dramas such as lnsiang and Manila: In the Claws of Neon, he is ... Read more
"Explaining why they want to have surgery, they would say, ‘I want to live like everybody else. I want to be like others. I'm not a weirdo... I'm not a homosexual. I'm not filthy.'" - filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian ... In a country where homosexuality is punishable by death, the state has discovered a ... 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
Arguably Denis' greatest film to date, Beau Travail is by any standard a magisterial piece of work: meditative, richly sensual—an ode to the beauty of male bodies and to the inscrutability of their passions. In adaptating Melville's classic Billy Budd, Denis and co-scenarist Fargeau transpose ... Read more
Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes. ... The first Afrikaans-language film to ever be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existence comes unravelled. A chance encounter with Christian, the son of a long lost friend, ignites ... 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
"Riveting ... A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts, and documentaries about process." - Variety ... A film for anyone interested in the creative process and the collaborative nature of theatre, Becoming Traviata is as much an engrossing behind-the-curtains look at the contemporary staging ... Read more
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Loudmouth Vincent embarrasses his friend Louis who asks him about condoms. Louis doesn't use the condom... and things don't end quite as easily... ... 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
Anyone who cares about cinema will relish Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire). Ambitious and illuminating, this documentary focuses on two of cinema's great masters—Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard—in exploring the city of Berlin. Described in poetic images, Berlin is slowly revealed ... Read more
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizarrely humorous piece of visual composition, Côté's (Curling, MIFF 10) latest film, named for the ... Read more
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