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The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf. ... A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian people singing, dancing and massing into the streets. Playwright Ava doesn't share in such positivity, so she ... Read more
“There is no tomorrow, all my tomorrows are yesterday.” ... Melody (Saffron Burrows) has been living an anaemic existence for a long time. With a thankless job and an equally thankless relationship, she’s closing in on her thirties when everything comes ... Read more
The handicapped experience the difficulties of living together in an extreme form. This film shows four of them in the attempt to overcome their greatest handicap: human isolation. Together with unhandicapped persons, they discuss their problems in a group, experience encounters and search together ... Read more
Kelly is 13, bored with her working class parents and jobless future, and a regular caller to Childline, where she invents tales of terrible things which never happen to her at home. ... Max is also 13, rich and given to faking suicide to scare his father's girlfriend, while his father has little ... Read more
Joining the army to fight for Queen and country during WWII might have seemed like a way for many young man to prove themselves. For Aboriginal recruits like Harry and Thomas, the stakes are even higher—a chance to be taken seriously and the hope of a brighter future. A moving tale of ... Read more
Local actor Syd Brisbane stars in this atmospheric portrait of a travelling salesman. Feneley's short Snow screened at MIFF 06 and was part of Cinefondation Cannes in the same year. World premiere --- D/S/P Dustin Feneley TD digibeta/2008/13mins ... Read more
A high-energy road movie that keeps career­ing off in unexpected directions. Heaven's Burning is the most ambitious film yet by Ade­laide-based director, Craig Lahiff. Working for the first time with a generous budget, Lahiff struts his stuff with vigour aided by a Louis Nowra screenplay ... Read more
... ... When Heidi Fleiss was arrested in 1993 Hollywood was- terrified that she would reveal a list of star clients and set the town ablaze with gossip and scandal British documentary director par excellence, and MIFF regular. Nick Broomfield (Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer-MIFF ... Read more
"Hell House goes behind the scenes to chart the tenth year of America's oldest Christian Halloween thrillfest. The perils of abortion, homosexuality, rave culture and more are among the many horrors illustrated in this annual Texas spookshow... Hysterical screaming, gory death scenes and teary ... Read more
In 1988 Alfred Merhan arrived in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport without papers. He was to remain stranded, living in the departure lounge for 12 years, as his case made its tortuous way through a bureaucracy. Or so we are led to believe. Not a mockumentary so much as a kind of cinematic hoax of ... Read more
This beautifully crafted short feature, examin­ing adolescent lesbian identity in the 1960s, is an absolute gem. Director Su Friedrich approaches her subject from a number of differ­ent perspectives, combining fiction, talking heads and archival documentary sources. The central dramatic ... Read more
With his third feature, Irish director Joe Comerford constructs a powerful allegory on a conflict which has, over the decades, produced more deception than truth. ... Murder, retribution and betrayal collide in this relentless portrayal of the aimless nature of violence that long ago made details ... Read more
Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters) teams with John Cusack to bring Nick Hornsby's hysterical bestseller to the screen. Cusack is Rob, an eternal teenager approaching 30. In the midst of a painful break-up with his long-term girlfriend, Rob re-examines the events of his life that ... Read more
Deadpan slacker absurdity meets mobster high jinks - plus a little kung fu - in this Icelandic comedy from Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. ... Lightweight debt collector David is on the lowest rung on the short ladder of Icelandic petty crims. Dreaming of climbing his way to a prestigious position in ... Read more
“I never thought in my worst nightmares that 14 years later I'd feel compelled to track down His Big White Self.” - filmmaker Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield's 1991 documentary, The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife, made during the final days of apartheid, focused on South African ... Read more
Using as its source a radio interview from the ABC's current affairs program The World Today in which a Queensland mother recounts how she came to learn of her son s shooting in 1995, Dennis Tupicoff explores terrain somewhere between documentary and animation. As an animator Tupicoff gives added ... Read more
This is the sassiest, sexiest and shortest love story of all time. Experience the glamour and allure of a hot and sizzling romance. --- D/S Monika Forsberg P Sylvie Bringas WS Animus Films TD 35mm/ col/2004/4mins ... Read more
Three generations of a family are confined into an exiled space. Sealed in their living room they watch the bombing of Baghdad and their old home on the television. ... A subtle insight into differing concepts of home and family dynamics during the Gulf War. ... Read more
The coming of the Arawa Maori people to the east coast of New Zealand and their entry into the strange thermal regions of Rolorua and Taupo. ... Read more
Death comes to all of us, but does the Grim Reaper always do his research with the requisite thoroughness? An impressive debut from Argentinean-born director Ignacio Ferreras. ... Read more
Unusual and humorous portrayal of the ways in which people get into serious and even fatal difficulties when swimming. ... Read more
From the director of Hard Road and Doombeach comes the latest feature from the Children's Film and Television Unit in Britain. How stays busy making business deals and dodging bombs during the raids on London in 1942. But his mother decides the dangers are too great for How to remain in London and ... Read more
Twin Peaks meets Microcosmos in this multi-award winning gem that has captivated Festival audiences world-wide. ... An old peasant sits by the side of a road hiccupping in a slow, rhythmic fashion. The sun beats down, and life, as usual, continues around him—women sew, grass grows and men ... Read more
The film is constructed in five movements, following the seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and another Winter. The story is set in 1942-43. ... A group of villagers are offered a one year contract of work on a farm in Germany. Four families and two single men accept the offer. ... They arrive ... Read more
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