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Herman is the warm-hearted story of an 11 year-old boy who encounters a stumbling block on the path to puberty premature (and rapid) hair loss. The setting is Oslo 1961, a time when people didn't have pat answers for per­sonal problems, and young Herman, poised on the verge of adolescence ... Read more
In Poland they're called the 'Blocker Generation', Eastern Europe's version of the A Clockwork Orange's Nadsat youth. With no life goals, no values and no sense of 'good' and 'evil', they drift through hours of cigarettes, drink, drugs and excess. Tereska is a sensitive girl dreaming of a career in ... Read more
It's Emiel's 10th birthday. He doesn't feel like celebrating, so he hides away in his tree house. His parents try to persuade him to come down but the situation escapes them.. ... Read more
... ... Mike Leigh's latest film is his first made directly for cinema release in 17 years and a fitting culmination to the retrospective of his films screening through the festival. ... The most sophisticated and yet the most conventional of all his films, High Hopes weaves the story of three very ... Read more
*IMPORTANT* ... Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, *_High or Dry_* will not be screening at the festival. See daily schedule changes for replacement films. ... [High or Dry], depicting middle-class heroin-user Mark, is one of the best and most arresting documentary debuts seen in this ... Read more
Shot on location at seven American High schools, the film present a realistic picture of daily high school activity, both in and outside of the classes room. ... “High Schools was based on the report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The film essay illustrates the ... Read more
Using live photography and animation, the film demonstrates the importance of a properly balanced diet, and how to achieve it. ... 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
Hans-Jurgen Syberberg is a Munich film-maker who spent six years making films which have anatomized the history of German culture and politics since Ludwig II. He produced the first chapter in his magnum opus with the flamboyant film, Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King, and he followed it with Karl ... Read more
Like many effective experimental works this modest film has a capacity to provoke questions of consciousness which outstrip that of mainstream cinema. In the materialist tradition, rather than representing or describing an experience, Hold generates an experience in the viewers being. The rapid ... Read more
“The school seemed to be a metaphor for what's wrong with boys and young men in society. I'm sure that's why the impact of going to that school was so strong for me.” - filmmaker Kim Longinotto ... For the 40 children who call it home, Mulberry Bush is their last chance. Excluded from school ... Read more
Holding Margie's Hand is an intimate, comic look at the expectations and disappointments of friendship. What really goes on when two girls hang out? La La drops in unexpectedly on her friend, Margie. They agree to a night out together but La La sets up a double date with Doug and Dougy at a trendy ... Read more
Leigh's melancholy variation on 'Postman's Knock' centres on three postmen whose domestic lives on a suburban estate are more loosely (and painfully) entangled than they realise. The sexual conquests (if such a glamourous term is applicable here) of one of the 'posties' opens a can of worms that no ... Read more
A tirade of images, a barrage of animated etchings and artifacts for and against " the American way". ... Read more
In cartoon form and without any deference to science, pro-historic man is satirically shown progressing from rubbing flints to splitting the atom. ... Read more
Through the use of animated relief and puppets, questions to do with human creation and creativity are vividly suggested. The story of medieval alchemist Homunculus. who created a "man", is developed into a broad allegory, in which finally we are made aware of the fragility of universal order. ... Read more
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a combination of revealing interviews about Parian's fascinating life. McGlynn captures every stage of ... Read more
Horns and Halos careens straight into the heart of leftwing underground publishing versus hegemonic US political agendas. The pivotal characters include a 29-year-old punk rocker-cum-publisher an ex-crim-cum-muckraking author, and former Texas governor-cum-US president George W Bush. ... In 1998 ... Read more
The land of Hans Anderson's fairy tales is the Denmark you will meet in this film, but it is inspired by a driver in the Copenhagen of today. A milkman takes his horse and milkcart on a holiday trip round Denmark. On their way they are joined by an American girl and the three of them see Denmark ... Read more
“A virtual two-hander between an ornery skeptic and a young evangelist… with Host and Guest first time writer-director Dong-il Shin has fashioned a thoughtful, witty and involving gem.” - Variety An unlikely friendship between a morose filmmaker who has never made a film and an overly ... Read more
Home movies by cosmonauts onboard the space station 'Mir'. A slapstick look at the lighter side of life and weightlessness in space. ... Read more
Situated on a remote windswept English island. Hotel Sptendide is accessible only by a monthly ferry Kalh (Toni Collette) arrives, after a five year absence, with a mysterious note urging her to return. The hotel is a family-run affair that makes Fawlty Towers seem accommodating. The matriarch, Mrs ... Read more
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“The physical, emotional and cosmic unite in Andrucha Waddington's powerful The House of Sand… magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth.” - Variety ... This epic drama plays out on the sandy plains of northern Maranhão where three generations of women live out a ... Read more
“We live in our dreams, and everything is about fantasy invading reality or reality breaking into fantasy.” - filmmaker Guo Xiaolu Guo Xiaolu's intricate and unconventional debut How is Your Fish Today? moves fluidly between fiction and reality, and eventually seamlessly melds the two together ... Read more
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