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John Greyson, acclaimed Canadian director of Lilies (MIFF 97) and AIDS musical Zero Patience (1993), embraces a more experimental - though eminently accessible - style with Uncut. The scene is Ottawa, 1979, and three eccentric gay men - all named Peter - find their lives intertwined and problematic ... Read more
Peaceful, rustic Berkeley is a charming fishing village peopled by friendly folk, and flesh devounng zombies! When a spectacular meteor shower brings an horrific alien virus to this country hamlet, the undead rise and begin their slow, unstoppable march in search of living brains. A lone, enigmatic ... Read more
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From a very young age, we are indoctrinated with taboos, told not to mention certain things even though they are neither illegal nor anti­social, forbidden to ask anything about these "shameful and nasty" matters. ... Why does something normal become abnormal? ... If sexual desire is the most ... Read more
After four years hard time in the slammer, Nate Maycott is determined to rebuild his family life and maintain his freedom. He wouldn't have done time at all if he had simply paid off the police like everybody else, but the 'tax' was too high. Now, just one year out of the slammer, the cops want to ... Read more
The Emperors of the Ming Dynasty concealed treasures under each of their tombs, so effectively hidden, that only in 1958 was the first of these - that of the Emperor Wan-li - discovered. ... Read more
... ... With Understanding Bliss Bill MacGillivray returns to the emotional terrain and sheer filmmaking passion of Life Classes, bring­ing forth a new story about the power art has to transform experience and sometimes rescue us. Elizabeth is an English professor from Toronto, a rather earnest ... Read more
"David Gordon Green goes Southern gothic. John (Dermot Mulroney) lives in the Georgia backwoods with his two boys - teenage Chris (Jamie Bell) and tiny Tim who sometimes wears a pilgrim hat and compulsively eats mud and paint, explaining that 'it's an anxiety disorder.' The menage is menaced by the ... Read more
A bomb has been dropped on the main square of a town, but has failed to explode. The citizens have taken refuge on a nearby hill, awaiting the devastating explosion. ... A stranger enters the deserted town, unaware of the danger… ... Golden Dragon. Cracow 1969; FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen ... Read more
“I'd always been told that I was born before my time. Oh, surely to God, the times can just catch up.” - Florence Broadhurst In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong fleshes out the many lives of flamboyant Australian design pioneer Florence ... Read more
“The best independent feature film of the year.”- Pusan International Film Festival The Unforgiven scooped a multitude of awards at Pusan and screened as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year. Described by the Fipresci judges as “a spirited and forceful ‘kick in the groin' to Korean ... Read more
Prejudice infiltrates the school playground. The new girl, once the victim, turns the tables on her tormentors and injustice reigns supreme. A short succinct look al peer group pressure prejudice and fascist tendencies in the schoolyard. ... Read more
A stirring history of three women's experience in labour organising in Chicago in the '30s, told through interviews mixed with archive newsreels and period photographs. The film raises the issues of sexism and racism in union organising. ... Read more
“Greengrass's movie is tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise… Stunning.” - The New Yorker On 11 September 2001, the world witnessed the hijacking of four American airliners in what was the largest terrorist attack ever on American soil. Two ... Read more
Last year Jia Zhang-Ke captivated MIFF audiences with Platform, a politically charged epic concerning a troupe of young performers in rural Shanxi province. The young Chinese filmmaker's third feature - in Official Competition at Cannes this year, where it was nominated for the Palme D'Or - again ... Read more
“A brilliantly uncomfortable character study of a woman in her forties still struggling to find her identity.” - The TimesTurning up in the dead of night to her friend's Italian holiday villa without her husband, Anna is alone and holding her cards close to her chest. Childless, in a marriage ... Read more
“I'd like you to meet a genius.” ... Some people call Lee ‘Scratch' Perry a prophet; others claim he's a madman. Seeing him in the opening scenes of this documentary - spinning in circles in his plaid shorts, oversized sunglasses, spouting the praises of Jah Rastafari - you could conclude ... Read more
“Clothes, a layer of substance in close contact with our skins, also have memories.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke ... Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, MIFF 07) picks at the fabric of the textile industry of China, the largest exporter of garments worldwide. Lingering among the cognoscenti of Paris Fashion ... Read more
In 1937 the art world was startled by the discovery of a canvas, "Christ at Emmaus", recognised by the famous expert. Bredius, as an authentic Vermeer. In the years that followed many similar paintings were discovered, all bearing the same mark of authenticity. Ten years later came Van Meegeren's ... Read more
In 1925 two German films in particular had immediate and widespread influence on motion picture technique: Variety, which showed that the camera could be put to outstanding uses, and The Last Laugh, which emphasized fluidity and eliminated captions. Both starred Emil Jannings and both brought a ... Read more
The film reverses the roles of and conventions of traditional cinema by confronting representations of sexuality and male/female desire directly, while not abandoning the pleasure(s) of narrative inherent in these conventions. ... Read more
Ambitious and outspoken, Frida is as Aussie as they come and she wears a headscarf. Selling American imported evening wear in Melbourne's Muslim heartland in Frida's Boutique anything is possible. ... Director Celeste Greer will introduce the session on Sunday 13 August, 11am at Greater Union. ... Read more
"A cry, a chant, a hymn to life, to love, to mourning and the price of blood," is how Tony Gatlif describes his latest feature, a beautifully brooding tale of a monumental feud between two warring clans Caco, the handsome and charismatic leader of his clan, tries desperately to dull the pam of his ... Read more
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