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Ae Fond Kiss UK/Spain/Germany/ItalyMaster of contemporary social-realism cinema Ken Loach makes a return to MIFF with the final film in his acclaimed Glasgow trilogy, which includes My Name is Joe (MIFF 1999) and Sweet Sixteen. Peering into the world of interracial romance and ethnic intolerance ... Read more
On December 1,1942, a US airforce bomber crashed in the south-east corner of the Gulf of Carpenteria after a bombing raid over New Guinea. Four of the crew survived and, thinking they were near Cairns, naively set off on foot. Their story later made world headlines, but as it was playing out, as ... Read more
“Legal consequences in Denmark may be dire, but this agitprop work by writer-director-thesp Kaplers is a tour de force.” - Variety Taking aim at the political stage and the manipulative tendencies of the modern media, AFR is a work of fact-deconstruction in the guise of documentary. Following ... Read more
Underneath a lot of anxiety is one's worst fear. Afraid So is about that anxiety. It is based on a poem where each line forms a question with the implied being ""Afraid so."" Impending doom permeates the film.---D/P/S Jay Rosenblatt L English TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
Through the life history of a native woman we witness the basic problems of equatorial Africa: tradition versus progress; religious rivalry; colonialism versus independency - in this context we see her as a child, a girl at school, getting married. Finally the post-independence problems are ... Read more
In this anthropological study, we see the East African building his boats in the way that it has been done for centuries. Traditional methods of pottery making, basket weaving and the fashioning of hunting weapons are recorded together with ceremonial dances and folk music. In this way, we are ... Read more
As we follow the fate o£ a bicycle as it passes from owner to owner, we learn about the problems of an underdeveloped economy in Africa. ... Read more
"A negro and a white man linked to each other by four feet of hate and a steel chain!' - an immortal Defiant Ones tag line from a fascinating compendium of coming attractions, hyping mass-market black-oriented features from 1946 to 1976. Rare promos reveal the kitschy packaging of people of colour ... Read more
How would Aubrey Beardsley have viewed our world? In this film, contemporary or near contemporary figures like Lenny Bruce and John Lennon help demonstrate a hypothetical Beardsley picture of the 1980s. ... Read more
Australia: the surfie beach bum, the country school teacher, the suburban home-owner, the drover and the shearer. The Australians young and old, Aussie born or recently arrived, are seen at their sport, their gambling, their business and their pleasure. ... Silver Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
A wry investigation of a alleged sexual harassment. Flashbacks reveal the nature and circumstances of the assault, and powerful vignettes of the main characters deepen our appreciation of the background to the incident. ... Read more
Set in a purgatory limbo that looks an awful lot like an old brick school on a perfect autumn day. Guides assist the newly dead in selecting their most treasured memory, the one they will take with them to eternity. While some people have no trouble choosing, others agonise over the decision. A ... Read more
Hirokazu Kore-eda has two previous MIFF hits under his belt and once again proves his irrepressible talent. After Life is set in a purgatory or limbo which looks an awful lot like an old brick school on a perfect autumn day. Guides assist the newly dead in selecting their most treasured memory, the ... Read more
What is dying? How does it feel? What happens after? Afterlife is one artist s impressionistic and visionary response to these eternal questions ... Grand Prix, Montreal Silver Hugo, Chicago ... Read more
Migrants living on the outskirts of a typical United States community in a slum area are the subject matter. Townsmen become aroused when children from the bad area are permitted to attend public schools. Public animosity is stirred up by the alleged possibility of disease and uncleanliness ... Read more
The mainspring of the movement which swept Bohemia in the early 15th Century was a combination of a number of passionate ideals encompassing the religions which called for the reform of the Church and the national ideal which strove to lessen the influence of the dominating German minority. When ... Read more
Daryl Dellora's first feature-length film is a brilliantly executed, exactingly researched project flirting with the traditional line between drama and documentary, in its detailed examination of 'terrorist' and 'counter-terrorist practices in Australia today. ... Margaret Cameron plays Monika ... Read more
Kinetic artist Yaacov Agam uses the words "sharing", "participating", "dialoguing" in reference to his art. His aim is to have people communicate with one another, and with or through his art. ... Read more
Five years in the making, Agee chronicles in vivid, dramatic, and often humorous terms, the unfolding of a life dedicated to the written word. In his short, intense career, James Agee brought his passion, his integrity, and ... his reverence for life to all that he touched. His scrupulous honesty ... Read more
At the Shwalik engineering factory, two rival trade union factions are competing for recognition. One is a Communist Party figure and established leader of the majority of the workforce. He is a pragmatist whose position is reinforced by his adherence to principles and his legitimate concern for ... Read more
Agueda Martinez, a 77 year old woman, lives on a small farm in New Mexico. She speaks no English and grows, or barters with neighbors for everything she needs. She is also an expert weaver and creates serapes and rugs from the beginning to the end. ... Read more
Having left Franco's Spain many years prior Elias, now returns to meet what remains of his family and to confront the present day reality of his long guarded and cherished memories. Correspondence with his grandson, Eneko, a dancer, has nurtured the nostalgia he carries for the place of his ... Read more
Butoh is confronting, sexual and serene Japanese dance. This film documents a selection of stunning performances from one of its best exponents, Carlotta Ikeda. Butoh is unlike any other form of dance tearing at the flesh of social constructs and laying bare the primal and spiritual bones of us ... Read more
A reactionary sauna boss whose boyfriend studies theology and sings in Bach choirs, a therapist who teaches death meditation and gymnastics to AIDS patients, a female reporter who dresses up as a male and snoops around the gay scene in search of a story, a woman professor (Dr Blood) who catches the ... Read more
'I found myself with a heart I was not supposed to have.'- Nozomi, the inflatable doll ... The subject of a MIFF spotlight in 2007, filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, MIFF 09; Nobody Knows) returns with a Pinocchio-inspired fable about a life-sized sex doll (captivatingly embodied by South ... Read more
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