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“An allegory about Russia itself, seen here [as] a sort of spiritual Hotel California, from which, to paraphrase the Eagles, you can check out but you can never leave.” - Variety ... Yuri's Day tells the story of the famous opera star Lyubov, as she returns to her rural hometown with her ... Read more
Directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of legendary actor-director John Cassavetes, [Z Channel] is an engrossing account of a TV phenomenon topped off by a bizarre murder-suicide. Jerry Harvey was a visionary programmer whose dream of bringing a perpetual film festival to Los Angeles resulted in ... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the ... Read more
Shot in the deserts of Arizona, Antonioni's first American film tells of two young people whose paths cross for a single day and night. In the morning he goes to his death, and the girl escapes into fantasy, depicted in the final spectacular scene of the film. ... Read more
The TV is talking and it's not happy! ... Via pithy pastiches of every imaginable TV genre, from soaps and Oprah-style talk shows, to news, gardening and the ubiquitious music-video, Paul Ruven (How to Survive a Broken Heart-MiFF '91) discovers there may be 57 chan­nels, but there's only one ... Read more
Memories and images fade easily; they are entities that are forever losing their balance. ... --- D/P Aihara Nobuhiro WS Image Forum L no dialogue TD 16mm/2008 ... Read more
Zardoz is a bleak projection of twentieth-century western society into the twenty-third century. The film is set in the year 2293. and images a society that has developed from our technology. People are ranked into a new order. On top is an elitist group of failing aesthetes who enjoy eternal ... Read more
Zatoichi Japan'a variation on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars' Zatoichi is as good as, probably better than, Kill Bill.' -The GuardianWinner of the audience award at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival and four prizes at Venice Film Festival, Zatoichi is an ... Read more
Zbig Rybczynski VISIONary Poland/USA ... Filmmaker, video artist, animator, effects wizard, visionary music clip director, new media pioneer: Polish-born iconoclast Zbig Rybczynski is all of these. Rybczynski (who now resides in the USA) has been at the forefront of the global development of new ... Read more
"A serious dash of Miike weirdness... One of the most memorable closing shots ever." - Twitch Film ... In 2004, MIFF favourite Takashi Miike (see 13 Assassins, also in this year's program) directed a deranged superhero parody about a geeky teacher who dons striped tights to crush crime as Zebraman ... Read more
Zelary Czech Republic Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards, Zelary is a heart-wrenching love story set during WWII. Sumptuous and moving, Zelary has been described by Variety as 'at once epic and intimate' in the David Lean tradition'.It is 1943 and the Nazis have ... Read more
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... ... Zentropa, the most dazzling film seen at Cannes for years, is a trip along the twin scenic routes of myth and history. It's about a journey of illusion that provides lightning glimpses, from a darkling parallel track, of the reality-track humanity so often leaves behind — especially ... 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
Zero Day USAOn 1 May 2001 high-school pals Andre and Cal walked onto their school campus in Middle America with an arsenal of weaponry, intent on unleashing bloody mayhem. In the lead up to the planned massacre, the self-named 'army of Two' used video cameras to record their plans as well as the ... Read more
It is July 1945; a small group of Germans are waiting in a suburb of Leipzig for the Russians to move in. The Americans have just pulled out of the area after occupying it first. ... The country is about to change drastically, but these civilians, who meet at the local railway crossing, are still ... Read more
The story of two enemies, business rivals, and perhaps conspirators - Zero and Steinmetz, and of Vivian, Zero's secretary and constant companion. Time, as well as moving in the ordinary sense, moves backward and forward in history and into projections of the future so that Zero and Steinmetz have ... Read more
The ever-changing moods of air during the course of a day as observed by a sailplane pilot in search of updrafts. ... Silver Wing Award, Vichy Festival; Bronze Award, New York Film and TV Festival. ... Read more
A one-off noir thrill-ride artfully crafted from chiaroscuro and fog. ... In the opening moments, Moth is hurtled from a soviet jail into a stylised 60s Sofia underworld. He must steer at breakneck pace through the Kafkaesque communism, the severe architecture and the menagerie of bottom feeders ... Read more
Award winning animator Georges Schwizgebel creates a peripatetic tribute to the illustrator Rodolphe Toppfer. Set in an idyllic countryside of windmills and would-be Gallileos the playful and engaging imagery flows seamlessly. A succinct and |oyous animation. ... Read more
An animated allegory in which fleeting, elusive images depict the cycle of life or, by extension, the course of man's evolution. ... Read more
Ken McMullen's most ambitious film to date traces the story of ... one of those shadowy figures from the past through whom we ... seek to learn the true temper of an extraordinary time. She is ... Zina, Leon Trotsky's daughter, whose copious letters to her ... father and others form the solid basis ... Read more
A seemingly simple matter - that of a woman continuing to work after marrying—is the cause for consternation and calamity in Ebrahim Mokhtan's Zinat.The young rural healthcare nurse of the title, vital to her village's wellbeing, is soon to be wed. In fundamentalist Islamic Iran this ... Read more
Shot on location at Amberley Air Force Base the commercial depicts the ... various back up jobs needed to get a single plane off the ground. ... Read more
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