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The love story of a youth, who inspired old mythological legend, succeeds in a statue. ... Read more
Parent's buy children toy's displayed in advertisments. Children play while developing a fantasy of their own. Other parents make toys themselves. ... Read more
From the recently excavated city of Taxilla in North­western Pakistan, we are shown relics of the Hellenistic-Indigenous culture that flourished in the first century B.C. to the second century A.D. ... Read more
Regaiado's surprisingly direct attack on the abuse of power and privilege by Cuba's bourgeouise is one of several similar films coming from young Cuban filmmakers. - (TB) ... Read more
Before Reinhold Messner's name inspired a Ben Folds Five album title he was known principally as a fearless, and possibly reckless, mountaineer who had lost a brother and six toes in his endeavours to conquer some of the largest peaks in the world. In this film Herzog captures Messner's attempts to ... Read more
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years lead us to suspect that more good films are being made today in that country than elsewhere in the ... Read more
... ... A haunting, grainy and poetic tribute to the ethos of the public toilet — gay sex, desire and frustrations. ... ... ... Originally shot on Super 8. ... Read more
"This hypnotic, poignant and richy imaginative work actually uses the 'I cannot tell a lie' folklore of America's first President as an ironic counterpoint to a stylised tale of lost youth in the South"—Filmmaker ... The surprise hit of the Berlin Film Festival, George Washington is seen ... Read more
George is a fifteen year old addicted to junk food, videos, truancy and general slothfulness. He is a concern to his teachers, a joke to his classmates and the seat of high hopes to his devoted Greek mum. Then one day he unwittingly upsets the school bully. Knowing that "revenge" will be sought, he ... Read more
A dramatised documentary in which Tony recalls and experiences the frustrations and failures of his past caused by his illiteracy. The documentary shows the positive actions and attitudes through which he is taught to overcome this handicap. ... Read more
Alex is 15, he, his parents and his older brother Michael and the woman he loves embark on an action packed beach ... holiday. When Alex returns he has aged considerably. ... Read more
Each year in May, Gypsies from all over Europe converge upon an isolated village in the Camargue, France, to hold a festival to their patron saint, Sara. Swamped by over 100,000 people, the town gives itself over to two days and nights of ceaseless festivity. The film is both an objective and ... Read more
“Soderbergh has captured an America in which the line between selling out and selling yourself has never been thinner.” - Entertainment Weekly ... As the 2008 elections come to a head and the US economy begins to tumble, business is booming for Chelsea - a young entrepreneur who has her own ... Read more
In 2002 Liz Garbus packed a cinematic whallop MIFF audiences won't soon forget with death-row documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean. Girlhood focuses on the opposite, but no less lethal, end of the US correctional industry. ... When Shanae was 10, she was gang raped by five boys. She coped with ... Read more
Born from the frustrating experiences of two theology students, the film describes the problems of a modern rural clergyman trying to keep a grip on a dwindling congregation, while examining the relevance of his personal role in modern life. ... Realising that the Orthodox Church is dying, and that ... Read more
A brief survey of Indian cinema from its inception to the present day. ... Read more
A vivid account of Werner Herzog's meeting with Californian late-night television evangelist Dr Gene Scott. Scott fleeced fundamentalists to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with his broadcasts. Extracts from these surreal preaching sessions alternate with interviews ... Read more
In this spectacular adventure, Ishii Sogo has married the kinetic energy of Akira Kurosawa's great samurai pictures with a uniquely deranged brand of Buddhist spirituality. Gojoe liberally employs the latest computer FX technology to increase the wonder and beauty of its awe-in spiring images. ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... A sprawling and intensely involving memoir of contemporary life under the shadow of the mafia, Gomorrah is based on a best-selling book of the same name by Roberto Saviano, who as a result of publishing the manuscript is currently ... Read more
Hazel Woodus a Shropshire primitive living with her wild father (a harpist and coffin maker) at the end of the last century is more devoted to her pet fox than she is to human society. She is pursued by a lascivious local squire Jack Reddin of Undern, and although she resists his advances. Jack's ... Read more
“Much like Thompson at his best, this film will make you want to yell in frustration at America's continuing parade of liars, pimps and thieves.” - San Francisco International Film Festival ... Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) turns his attention to the Wild ... Read more
A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baramnan Gajok) South KoreaAfter shocking MIFF audiences in 2001 with his forthright look at teen life in Tears, acclaimed director Im Sang-soo returns with A Good Lawyer's Wife. Peering inside the dynamics of a family in which almost everyone is having an illicit affair, in ... Read more
TV stars, news personalities and screen presenters Bryant Gumble and Jane Pauley arrive in Melbourne, Australia. ... Read more
Lionel Rogosin has used original techniques in gathering material for all three films he has made so far. In his first film, On the Bowery, shown at the 1957 Melbourne Festival, he used a hidden camera, a crew disguised as derelicts, and shot authentic sequences of down-and-out drunks in the slums ... Read more
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