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Another instance of the grisly Gothic, a forte of the fertile Kiwi (short) film culture. This Oedipal melodrama transposes an actual case reported in 1923 in a French newspaper to con­temporary Wellington where, under the shad­ow of Parliament, one nuclear family struggles to butcher its ... Read more
A poem by Verlaine sung by the Freres Jacques group, freely illustrated by a play of coloured abstract forms. ... Read more
“If there were an Olympic category for self-confidence, Malcolm Bricklin would win gold hands down.” - filmmaker Jonathan Bricklin ... At an age when most men start putting their feet up and cashing their pension cheques Malcolm Bricklin has decided to go for broke and start again, setting up a ... Read more
The end of an affair A whodunnit about a man, a room and a loaded gun. ... Read more
For three years, Jan Stach, farmer from the village of Znamuowice built a stone bridge over a 25 metre long gorge with his own hands. ... It was his only way of establishing communication with the world after the village was cut off when an artificial lake flooded the only road out. ... Read more
Ernie Newman and Rose Washington are two older people facing the greatest challenge of all—how to die with dignity. ... Read more
On the beach a tourist inflates a whole village in plastics. There is an ersatz for everything, including even human sentiments. A small, but real nail, however, gets involved in these proceedings. ... Read more
Vukotic plays out the human drama of love, jealousy, murder and suicide in the environment of plastic beach toys. Winner of the first Academy Award for animation outside the United States. ... Academy Award, Best Animated Short, 1962; 1st Prize, San Francisco, 1961. ... Read more
Ervinka is a smart young man with a healthy inclination towaids laziness — a sort of Tel Aviv Till Eulenspiegel. He and his friend, Joseph the peddlar, engage in a senes of adventures propelled by Ervinka's quick wit and talent for improvisation. They earn their keep through shady deals ... Read more
An evocation of interstellar space through coloured shapes and music. Kamler used powdered minerals to create this abstract animated film. ... Read more
God is in his heaven, all is (Not) right with the world. ... The Angels have descended. These colossal extraterrestrial monsters besiege the fortress-city of Tokyo-3 and our last line of defence is the Evangelion battle machine and its teenage pilot. A decade on, Hideaki Anno has reimagined his ... Read more
In Evening Land, British film-maker, Peter Watkins, projects a frightening future for the welfare state. The film, which was provisionally titled Denmark 1980, chronicles the disintegration of the welfare society. The democratic parliamentary system is menaced by mass unemployment, inflation ... Read more
Everlasting Regret received six nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. ... Based on the best-selling 1996 novel by Wang Anyi, Stanley Kwan's handsome epic, Everlasting Love, sweeps across the screen on a wave of Shanghai nostalgia. Using its troubled anti-heroine to navigate the troubled waters ... Read more
A light-hearted and often bizarre animation on the trials and tribulations of having to get up and face the day, ‘every morning'. ... Read more
The film takes the form of a two-part sketch book on army life. The first, The Heel of Achilles, shows a tough corporal and a raw recurit, sent from then barracks for a medical check-up in town, filling in time between trains. The emptiness of such a day—gazing at shop windows, drinking yet ... Read more
Set against the backdrop of British occupation of Northern Ireland in 1985, an Irish farmer struggles to save his drowning horse as his daughter looks on in horror. When a young British soldier offers to help, he is forced to confront his enemy. This Academy Award nominated film is a moving ... Read more
In a world gone mad, nobody seems to know who they are anymore. Have we evolved too far? ... Read more
Exchange and Divide takes a popular contemporary theme and develops it in unexpected directions. The effect is to ... bring under scrutiny both social relations and some of the conventions which condition their portrayal in the cinema and on television. The opening scenes use familiar devices of ... Read more
“The slow camera work, thoughtful shots and editing, all wrapped in the empathic approach, result in an unforgettable experience.” - International Film Festival Rotterdam ... Young filmmaker Marcin Koszalka turns his camera on octogenarian actor Jerzy Nowak (Schindler's List, Promised Land) ... Read more
Last year's MIFF guest, the enigmatic Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, the Pusher trilogy at MIFF 06), stars in a dark, Hitchcockian thriller set against the high-flying world of corporate finance. Thomas is a man at the top of his game, a successful venture capitalist with a beautiful wife and ... Read more
A long-awaited sequel and the most expensive Russian film ever made. ... Burnt by the Sun claimed both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Cannes Grand Prix in 1994. It took eight years to produce the film's follow-up - allegedly so filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov could let his actors age ... Read more
A series of scenes, multiplied over one another, depicts dancers progressing from a disciplined exercise class to freer movement. ... Read more
An explosion in a chemical plant releases dioxyne, the defoliant used in Vietnam. The workers clean up the machinery, then show signs of a skin disease developing; professional cleaners are called in, but are not told of the danger. This crew also becomes ill, one man dies. The company pays ... Read more
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