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Mimi is a somewhat timid Sicilian who, weary of being told what to do by others, rejects the control of the omnipotent Mafia in his public life, and of his wife in the privacy of his home. He is, however, forced to flee north as a result of his stance, and he gets a job in a factory, where he meets ... Read more
De Sica has described his film as “a fable for children - especially of the grown-up variety - a comedy with an undercurrent of tragedy”. The title he originally wanted was The Poor are Disturbing, but the producer preferred the present version. ... The importance and originality of the film ... Read more
... ... 70-year-old Amalia fails to arrive for a visit to her daughter Delia's home Missing for 48 hours, she is finally discovered drowned on a beach in Naples wearing only an exotic red bra. Delia travels to Naples for her mother's funeral and witnesses a number of unsettling events that indicate ... Read more
Mr. Rossi's driving career is not a long one. . . . ... Anica Cup, Venice; Speical Mention, Cannes; Special Mention, Locarno; Golden Mesal, Milan; Award, Bordighera. ... Read more
The loveable little Italian cartoon character now tries his hand at the intricacies of winter sports - with the usual disastrous results. ... Special Award, Trento Festival. ... Read more
The misadventures of Signor Rossi during his holidays at the beach. ... Award, Festival of Tourism, Venice; Televisuion Award, Venice. ... Read more
An archer uses her skill and discipline with the bow and arrow to extract a violent revenge on those who wronged her. ... D/S Enrico Maria Artale P Elisabetta Bruscolini L Italian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
This tale of working class characters caught in a down­ward spiral of their own and society's weaknesses could be considered amongst Ken Loach's best work. As befits his reputation, this is a no holds barred examination of the daily tribulations of marginal personalities. Loach's leading man ... Read more
Some people need to be taught a lesson. ... In the urban wastelands of 1970s Glasgow, 12-year-old John McGill is an outlier. Quiet, studious and uncommonly intelligent, he exists in contrast to his alcoholic, abusive father, gang leader brother and repressed, ineffectual mother. But as he enters ... Read more
At the conclusion of Aureiio Grimaldi's Neroiio a title appears stating that: "The events and characters described in this film are the fruit of the director's imagination." For Grimaldi, whether the poet/film director he depicts resem­bles Pier Paolo Pasolini or not is a moot ques­tion. At ... Read more
Through the hunt for a mad killer, a private detective ends up discovering the truth. By playing with the conventions of the genre, this tape becomes an amiable tribute and homage to thrillers and their heroes. ... Read more
"Beautifully shot and winsomely appealing … Nina is an artfully elegant and sweetly playful film." – Screen ... It's August and Rome's citizens are deserting the city for cooler climes. Remaining behind in sweltering streets, 20-something Nina is preparing for an exam, and her ... Read more
A mix of fashion music painting and computer graphics shot in a 16th century Roman pavilion, during a parade of Roberto Capucci's collection. A fashion video compilation of material from the Mecca of style. ... Read more
Gorciakov, a young Russian professor, journeys to Italy to retrace the career of 18th century composer Pavel Sinovsky. Exploring Italy's museum culture, Gorciakov begins to suffer 'nostalghia' and the experience changes his life. ... Joined by Eugenia, his interpreter, they visit the central piazza ... Read more
A South Sea islander, Tanai, sets out on a pirogue to find a sackful of earth on another island, where he could plant a cutting of the "uru", the breadfruit tree, and settle down to raise a family. ... On his journey, he braves the elements, faces hunger and thirst, survives an epic storm and ... Read more
*Due to forces beyond MIFF's control we are going to have to pull Once Upon A Time in America from this program. ... “The movie has a pulse; it's alive. But not now. It's alive in some golden-brown past of the imagination.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker ... The epic rise to power of David ... Read more
At the start of the somberly handsome Italian thriller Open Doors, a calm, neatly dressed man returns to the office from which he has recently been dismissed. He is armed with a long sharp knife. With shocking efficiency he quickly murders two former colleagures who were instrumental in bringing ... Read more
Open My Heart (Aprimi il Cuore) Italy Sexual obsession and forbidden passion is at the core of Open My Heart, a bold and potent tale from talented newcomer, director-actor-writer Giada Colagrande.Caterina (Colagrande) is a shy 17-year-old who lives with her older sister, Maria, a prostitute ... Read more
Alejandro Amenábar's follow up to the phenomenal Tesis, his 1995 debut which scooped seven Goyas (the Spanish Oscar). From a darkened cell in the psychiatric wing of a high security prison, César reluctantly relates the events that have led to his incarceration. In a series of flashbacks we come ... Read more
An animated short, made of many crazy gags, tied by a common theme —music: from classical to opera, nothing gets spared from irreverent and affectionate observation. Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Pagan in i, Verdi, Rossini and Puccini are just some of the personages called in for this "Opera" ... Read more
The welcome return of provocative film director Sally Potter teams her with festival favourite Tilda Swinton in a grand tour de force. Acquiring centuries, continents and sexes in a sweeping flourish, Orlando, as in Virginia Woolf's novel of 1928, is a lissome four-hundred-year-old with remarkable ... Read more
Luchino Visconti's first film was based on James Cain's thriller 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', which was also made into a French film in 1939, and was turned into the celebrated Hollywood movie by Tay Garnett, in 1946. ... The theme of the story is the destructive power of sexual passion. Gino ... Read more
Celebrated experimental director Jon Jost has created an arresting and challenging film that plays with the form of the burgeoning digital medium and its content, for Oui Non is not easily categorised—it is neither drama nor documentary. Screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival ... Read more
Set in the mountains of Sardinia, Padre Padrone explores the childhood and adolescence of boys who are compelled to leave school and spend years in isolation as sheep-herders. ... Gavino is at school in the village of Siligo, but at the age of six, he is taken away by his father, Efisio. They go ... Read more
A filmic synthesis derived from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. An ingenious and disquieting production which traces the impact of sin from its first appearance in the Garden of Eden. ... Read more
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