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Chandni Bar launches scathing attacks on an outmoded caste system, police corruption, vice and the appalling conditions endured by the marginalized in one of the world's most populated but poor cities. ... Fleeing her hometown, left in flames after religious conflict, Mumtaz winds up in Mumbai with ... Read more
... ... In 1927, the explorer-filrrunaker team Schoed­sack and Cooper travelled to the Siamese rain forest to shoot this adventure extravagan­za. An obvious prototype for their 1933 epic King Kong, it is a highly entertaining film in its own right. Chang, according to renowned film ... Read more
The English Channel is the most frequented waterway in the world. Each day, more than 500 ships cross its 33 kilometres. There are also a handful of people who consider the Channel their own personal Mt Everest - which is not a bad analogy, until you realise that many more people climb Mt Everest ... Read more
"I write in South Molton Street what I both see and hear. In regions of humanity, in London's opening streets", - Jerusalem by William Blake, poet, painter and visionary. ... Wooding reinterprets Blake's once glorious anthem, using the contemporary British setting as his canvas.- (TB) ... Read more
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educational films to the community around the vast expanse of India. Lonely, he falls in love with the ... Read more
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist and guerilla leader Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara is instantly recognisable as a symbol of rebellion ... Read more
“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... In 1965, already an icon in his own lifetime, Che Guevara embarked on an ultimately doomed attempt to bring the revolution to the rest of Latin America. His final campaign ... Read more
Set in the dog eat dog world of Los Angeles' yuppies Che's Revenge is a tragi-comic story about dinner parties and Central America ... Jack and Candy (the yuppies) tell a tale that wags just once too often for Lola (the Guatemalan maid with the 'mysterious' past- "We say 'housekeeper' here - it ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German book series, this raucous rock ‘n' roll adventure is about friends, crushes and surviving high school. ... Three best friends, Hannah, Mila and Kati, navigate the explosive minefield of high school, coping with everything from oddball parents to school stress to the ... Read more
When the face of Jesus appears in a chicken's comb, Yirri and Teresa's vineyard becomes the site of an adventure of biblical proportions. Directed by Frank Woodley of Lano and Woodley. World premiere.---D/S Frank Woodley P Jodi Satya TD DigiBeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus, through the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to his time with the ... Read more
On his way home from running errands, Ali, a school­boy from a poor family, loses his sister Zahra's newly repaired shoes. Concerned that his parents will berate him, he calls on Zahra to help keep the incident a secret. An elaborate shoe sharing system—involving after school sprints ... Read more
35mm/Col/1996/94mins ... ... ... No suspension of disbelief is too big an ask, no flight of the political imagination of a nation too bizarre, to be incorporated into the stunning vision of post-war Australia teetering on the edge of a Brave New World that is Children of the Revolution. ... ... ... Read more
An account of current political unrest in Chile. 12 years after murder of Allende and installation of military dictatorship under General Pinochet. David Bradbury's most powerful film up to date, not because it is an in-depth expose of its subject or because it is a brilliantly conceived ... Read more
Two lesbians play Chinese Checkers and ascend into dreamy, communication, each absorbing the other to bring their latent feelings to the surface. An underground movie in the American style. ... Read more
This is the twenty-ninth film made by German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. ... Chance brings together an unhappy family for a long weekend at their country retreat The parents have indulged in affairs for years, blaming their infidelities on their crippled daughter but the sickness of the ... Read more
Rainer Werner Fassbinder embraces psychological melodrama in this blackly comedic domestic pressure cooker, laden with moral conflict and hypocrisy. ... An affluent couple turns a blind eye to each other's adulterous liaisons, but find themselves confronted with their infidelities when their ... Read more
Returning to Cameroon, the West African nation where she spent her childhood, a young Frenchwoman (Mireille Perrier) contemplates her youth, spent within the enclave of a colonial outpost, and the various characters who inhabited this idyll—notably her mother, Aimee; Luc, a visiting ... Read more
In one night, the choice between his footy mates and the girl he likes will change a teenager's life. ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD ... Read more
This is a record of what happened at Christmas for some of London's estimated 10,000 single homeless people. The St. Mungo Community workers help London's "down and outs" all the year round, and at Christmas, try to give them something extra. For three days they organise a 'party' in Covent Garden ... Read more
"Desplechin's ambitious widescreen tale overflows with inescapable emotion." - Screen International ... When Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband assemble their oddball clan - all seemingly suffering from some kind of psychological or social malady - for Christmas celebrations, it isn't long ... Read more
The film moves from a sparsely populated region of the Amazon to the urban centres of Sao Paulo and Rio and traces church activism, ranging from efforts of individuals to improve agricultural conditions to the aggressive Christian presence in the workers' movement. The church involvement in ... Read more
Afghanistan, "Switzerland of Asia", has about 12 million inhabitants and 12 cinemas. To one of these cinemas the admission is one afghani; the duration of the screening 3 minutes. ... Award of Merit, Oberhausen. ... Read more
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the \"Homelands Now\" spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare ... Read more
An animated advertisement designed for drive-in theatre screens. ... Silver Award, Advertising Category, Australian Film Awards, 1965. ... Read more
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