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A beautifully complex machine makes beautifully simple light bulbs to the ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day. ... Read more
A whimsical three-minute animated history of the telephone, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone. ... Read more
The urbane and almost mournful life of a Melbourne busker, Monty, is invaded by his country-cousin Ida. As she learns the rules of the often capricious lifestyle of Monty and his friends, she comes to contribute her earthy approach to the problems of a stifling bureaucracy. ... Read more
A suburban encounter and a mutual need for companionship lead to a re-telling of the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Eerily distant images force words back into the prominence they once held in the days before cinema, radio and T.V. ... Read more
Hlynur considers waking up in time to masturbate to aerobic workouts on early morning TV a major achievement. A 20-something slacker with zero ambition, he has moved from child support to the dole and hopes to nap his way to an old age pension. 101 Reykjavik is a bizarre but charming and ... Read more
Saffron invites her new boyfriend to live with her— and her de facto. In this Birmingham love triangle, messages are mixed and no one ever reacts in quite the way they're meant to. Strong performances, a hand-held camera style and a slightly surrealistic edge underpin this amusing comedy. ... Read more
“An absorbing coming-of-age drama… takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.” - Variety ... The harsh realities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution enter 11-year-old Wang Han's life when a murder is committed in his small rural town. After encountering the fugitive teenage ... Read more
Documentary treatment of juvenile delinquency in New York City, showing the experiences and contributions of a juvenile-board officer in that city in dealing with a particular street gang. ... Read more
A radical biopic on the life and death of a Japanese icon from veteran provocateur Koji Wakamatsu. ... On 25 November 1970 one of Japan's most celebrated writers, Yukio Mishima, committed ritual suicide after staging a failed right-wing coup with his private militia that had attempted to reinstate ... Read more
This perceptual training film disciplines the eye to catch a single frame, an explosion of light, a moment of gesture and timing. ... --- D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating ... Read more
A moving and thought provoking second film by Meepok Man director Eric Khoo, 12 Storeys is a look at a day in the life of three households in a Housing and Development Board estate of cramped three-room flats. In Block 173 we enter the lives of Meng, an upright, interfering and over-protective ... Read more
12 Views of Kensal House is a documentary portrait of a working class housing estate built in 1936 as a model of enlightened planning, and which now stands as an archetypal example of inner city decay. The estate's downward path since idealistic conception (under the influence of Le Corbusier, the ... Read more
The history of coal mining is a story of back-breaking labor, dangerous working conditions, meagre salaries. and occasionally violent labor strife Coal deposits can mean job opportunities and economic prosperity for the people who mine the ore. but too often miners find themselves exploited by ... Read more
“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Romania's presidential palace on 22 December 1989, 12.08 East of Bucharest cleverly looks, with ... Read more
Magdalena believes she has been called by God to have 13 daughters all bom on the same day. News of these miracle births spreads each year, but just as Magalena's work is almost done, God seems to change his mind, causing Magdalena to question the religious beliefs which have guided her entire life. Read more
"[Director] Takashi Miike is in top, slashtastic form." - Variety ... Kinetic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, MIFF 2000, Sukiyaki Western Django, MIFF 2007) returns with an homage to his legendary compatriot Akira Kurosawa. ... In 19th century Japan, a time of peace is threatened by the ... Read more
Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award. ... “Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers ... Read more
A beautifully twisted moralistic tale evolves during a drug induced ride through the English countryside with a burly biker. ... Read more
The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects ... Read more
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev WS Kaukasus TV Foundation L Chechen w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/9mins ... Read more
A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy. ... The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event ... Read more
Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their biggest ever headache by focusing on Singapore's 'problem' boys: the ones from broken homes, the ones ... Read more
A visually clever and witty comedy about a young mans tentative first steps into adulthood Bernd Meys' first day as a security officer with the Underground Tram Network is complicated by the old gang, new love and a curmud­geonly boss. ... Read more
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